Borobudur Restaurant 700 Post St./Jones St., Lower Nob Hill, 3 blks. from Union Square, (415) 775-1512. L M-Sat, D daily (Sun from 1pm); $$. Reservations advised.
A bank of comfy booths line either wall in this simple, often quiet spot specializing in an extensive menu of exotic Indonesian fare. A favorite cuisine of mine, I didn’t know where to begin or end my order. So I started with an appetizer of roti prata, a delicious pile of pan-fried layered bread served with an enhancing curry dipping sauce. I would be happy with a meal of just this. But it was followed by rendang beef (a classic stew cooked with spices and coconut milk) and ayam bakar cabe (spicy barbecued chicken). Both were tasty and slow-cooked so that the tender meat just fell apart. Portions are large, and so we had enough food left over for dinner the next night. If you don’t want leftovers but want to try several items, the rice plates—which are a available at both lunch and dinner--make a good choice. The Nasi Padang rice plate combines rendang beef, crispy tofu in a sweet-and-sour chili sauce, and chicken curry. A rijsttafel feast is also available. Next time I plan to try the corn fritters, ayam goreng kalasan (fried honey chicken), and a noodle dish.
Read a blog post and view some images of Borobudur in Indonesia.
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