I got to know about IndoChili after reading the good review at Maureen's blog. I finally got my chance to make my way down to Zion Road to check out the restaurant that was opened last year serving authentic Indonesian cuisine at Zion Road. The restaurant is just located at the stretch of shop houses opposite Great World City or beside Zion Riverside Food Centre.
Stepping into the restaurant, it felt like I have been transported to Java with its woodcraft decor and traditional music playing in the background. The restaurant is owned by the Java Kitchen Group which has 13 casual eateries in Jakarta and 5 nasi padang stalls in foodcourts.
Jus Alpukat 4/5
Lunch was served with a complimentary plate of keropok. I like that they have a varieties of it however inside me was screaming for a chilli dip to go with it. Paired with a glass of creamy and refreshing Jus Alpukat ($6.80), fresh avocado juice, I look forward to the rest of the lunch.
Tahu Telor 4.2/5
Initially, I wasn't impressed with the presentation of the Tahu Telor ($8.80) when it was served. I was looking forward to a beancurd tower instead of pieces of beancurd drenched with the peanut sauce. What hit me is the unique savoury sweet peanut sauce that comes with a hint of spiciness. This is probably the best Tahu Telor sauce I ever had. I also spotted an interesting white ingredient garnished on top of the beancurd omelette that has a raw garlic taste. I realised it was baby bean sprout head which they painstakingly peeled after checking with the staff.
Redang Sapi 4.2/5
The Redang Sapi ($9.80) is a traditional from Minangkabau, West Sumatra. The fork tender beef redang was slow cooked for at least 4 hours packed with richness of the spices.
Ayam Kari Padang 4.2/5
The Padang style curry chicken, Ayam Kari Padang ($8.8) may not be as rich or spicy compared to the Indian version. The curry is more watered down with a strong ginger taste, I am actually surprised that coconut milk was added in it. Nevertheless the chicken was cooked perfectly, tender and moist. For diners that can't take too spicy, the kari ayam will be easy for your palate.
Sop Buntut 4.5/5
A must order at IndoChili is the Sop Buntut ($14.80). The thick and yet clear broth was comforting and hearty. No wonder it is known for serving one of the best oxtail soups in Indonesia. I have learnt from my Indonesian friend that you can squeeze a bit of lime, add a few drops of sweet soy sauce and mix a bit of sambal to enhance the flavours of the soup, giving it a different punch.
Es Cendol 4.2/5 and Es Teler 4.2/5
Wrapping up lunch on a sweet note with Es Cendol ($5.80) and Es Teler ($6.80). The Es Cendol was really good with the mixture of pandan jelly coconut milk and palm sugar. Once again, my Indonesian introduced me to Es Teler during one of my Jakarta trip. I am glad that the assorted fruits of coconut, avocado and jackfruit in a milky ice mixture was as good as the one I had in Jakarta.
54 Zion Road
Tel: +65 64451766
Nearest MRT: Outram Park (EW Line, NE Line), Tiong Bahru (EW Line), Orchard (NS Line)
Mon-Thu, Sun: 1130am -10pm
Fri-Sat: 1130am - 1030pm
1) Alight at Outram Park MRT Station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop opposite Outram MRT station (Stop ID 06011). Take bus number 75 or 970. Alight 4 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop at Tiong Bahru MRT station (Stop ID 10169). Take bus number 5, 16 or 195. Alight 4 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop opposite Orchard MRT station (Stop ID B09022). Take bus number 16 or 175. Alight 4 bus stops later. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]