Manise, up the top end of William Street, near the mosque, serves up excellent East Indonesian food, at very low prices. There is a small printed menu, with black boarded specials –and they often upload a pic of the day’s special on Instagram to give you notice before they run out –so if you like this type of food well worth following them! And they are unlicensed but happy to supply wine glasses.
I have been here a number of times and always enjoyed the food – on this occasion we tried a couple of dishes new to us, as well as an old favourite.
First cab off the rank –Tempeh Goreng, fried marinated tempeh with which we asked for a bowl of peanutty satay style sauce to dip – the tempeh may have been a little dry for our taste, but the sauce solved that – pleasant starter.
Then Telur Balado, halved boiled eggs, deep fried and sloshed with a mild chilli and tomato sauce – these were a very enjoyable dish, eggs had a little fried crust and the sauce was mild, but with a good depth of flavour.
I should mention here they also have a hotter house made chilli sauce is available on the table for those who like a little more kick and it does deliver one! So we indulged in that as well with both the eggs and our next dish, fried rice.
Nasi Goreng Kampung, vegetarian fried rice, nicely glossy rice, cooked al dente, with chopped vegetables and a fried egg to add some oozy yolk – well turned out dish to accompany our last choice – one we have had before – Ikan Bakar Manise – a whole fish, grilled, butterflied and topped with a mix of chopped fresh chilli, diced tomato and onion, with a good slathering of sweetish sauce which complemented the chilli –fish was crispy, juicy and flaky – very good indeed we thought.
Friendly, smiling, welcoming – Manise is certainly a place to be visited for very good Indonesian food, at great prices – recommended. Will be back soon!