Masakan Indonesia, Palm Beach

Masakan Indonesia since 1984” says the sign.

Considering that Indonesia is such a geographically close, powerful neighbour, it’s somewhat surprising that there are so few Indonesian restaurants on the Gold Coast, (let alone Balinese)!

I remember dining at Masakan over fifteen years ago, and not much has changed.

Makasan 9BThe decor catches in my memory. We’re tucked away in one of the intimate bench-seated booths, shielded by bamboo mats with batik fan features. Outside, there’s a view to the pool and garden of the 19th Avenue apartments, under which this restaurant is located. The view is quaint but ambient, in keeping with the menu.

But there’s no getting away from the noise: talk back radio floods the restaurant, punctuated by arguments which filter through from the kitchen, diners privy to every word.

Makasan 8BOur waiter ambles out. Time to order. There’s a reasonable choice of vegetarian, noodle, rice, meat and seafood as well as curries on the menu. ‘Ring of Fire’ is playing on the radio. Maybe we’ll avoid the curries tonight! Drawing on fond memories of Balinese satays, entrée is an easy choice, followed by a couple of ‘taster’ main courses to give us a taste of several dishes. The owner, Doris, comes to our table.

“You having alcohol?”  It’s more a statement than a question.

We smile, cringe and give our order. We need it!

Makasan 7BBut then the satays arrive, smoky meat smothered in a rich peanut sauce. If only we lived closer – we’d come here for takeaways! We order more.

The sound of chopping filters through the talkback.

“Drings OK?” She’s back, checking orders from booth to booth.

A couple of guys who wandered in earlier from the surf are now hoeing in to fried rice and curries.

Makasan 5BOur meals arrive: Nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) and  Nasi campur (a mini rijsttafel-style dish comprising of a pile of rice surrounded by smaller serves of noodles with chicken, beef rendang, vegetables, prawn crackers and condiments). They are hearty, homestyle meals, very different to the delicate flavours of Balinese fusion cuisine.

Makasan 1B‘Unforgettable’ croons Nat King Cole, as our extra satays arrive. Yes, they are! So is the rest of our dining experience, most of it for all the wrong reasons. It’s been a Fawlty Towers experience, funny, but more for its cringe value than anything else.

Cnr 19th Avenue & Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach Ph: 07 5576 4699

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