11/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
What can I say...I am Indonesian, I am a cook, my mom's a cook (and a very bitchy critic at Indonesian food too. lol). So I grew up eating really authentic Indonesian food. Yes, that's correct.
I moved to SF several years ago, and over these years, none of the Indonesian restaurants in SF comes close to bamboo in terms of best authenticity and best reminder of mom's homemade cooking. Of course my mom is more generous in portion and I can eat for free. lol. But bamboo is relatively cheap-average for their dinner prices. My fave. includes the Pempek, Mie Tek Tek, Soto Betawi, Coto Makassar, Nasi Rames, Rendang, Gado-gado, Es Teler, Avocado Juice, Jeruk Hangat (Warm fresh squeezed orange juice - try it before you fcukin judge it), and the black sticky rice.
As other people have mentioned, service is very slow since it's family operated. So here's the trick. Get their take-out menu and save it by your fridge. Next time you're planning to go there, call them 15-20 mins earlier to make RSVP and order right there if you already know what you want. By the time you get there, you only have to wait an extra few minutes or so. (note: I've only done this several times and might not always work. lol). Other than the slow service, everything else is great.