Bunga Rampai – Dine In A Dutch-Colonial-Inspired Setting
Arrived at this gorgeous location to have my Birthday dinner with a couple of friends. Bunga Rampai is one of the most reputable, high-class Indonesian restaurant in the city. The interior reflects a traditional home restaurant stylized lavishly, a Dutch colonial inspired setting we’d say.
Bitter Ballen is amazing because is another rendition of the fried potato craze. I love all types of potato croquettes, or locally I would often have perkedel from time to time. These Bitter Ballen were downright fantastic. It was perfectly crisp, a little melty within which we thought that kind of consistency was just superb!
Konro Bakar is essentially grilled pork ribs. This dish was the highlight of the night, not just because it is pork ribs (duh easy option), but we got to give it to the amazing marination. They used simple sweet soy sauce and caramelized shallots, and we gave it just a pinch of nasnaran mandarin to freshen the taste buds.
Nasi Goreng can never really go wrong because its easy to cook, and sourcing for ingredients required for it wouldn’t be hard to find. We enjoyed every scoop of it and it wasn’t too oily like it would if you get the very same dish on the side roads. It actually taste a little like Chinese fried rice, which we too love.
We ordered a satay sampler inclusive of four different types. Towards the most left was sate lilit, commonly known in Bali for its use of thicker sticks and the meat of choice would typically be minced fish. On its right were tumeric chicken skewers, beef skewers, and a good shrimps grill.
It seems like we would order kangkung Balacan for every time we go to an Indonesian restaurant. Anyone else does the same?
We adored the tenderness of the grilled chicken. It was cooked in the West Sumatran style where the chicken absorbs the coconut milk throughout the whole cooking process. It was served with caramelized fried shallots for an extra punch of flavour.
Asinan is a traditional salad loved by the locals. The gravy may look like peanut sauce but its taste was absolutely different. T’was salty, sourish and spicy concoction altogether in single bite. We also love the kerupuk (crackers) that comes with it. An added texture of crunch always makes a dish more addictive and tasteful.
Bunga Rampai is a lovely, really lovely restaurant. If you are looking to impress expatriates, family members or friends from overseas to try out Indonesian food in a classy restaurant, this is the place to be. I had a simple yet memorable birthday. Thank you to my closest friends who attended.
Jl. Teuku Cik Ditiro No. 35
Tel: 021 3192 6224