Taste of Jakarta
1239 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201
(503) 222-5136Add Hours
Fax: (503) 222-5136
Cuisine: Fusion, Asian
12/31/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Indonesian food is something wonderful. Having lived in various parts of Indonesia for over a year, and loving the food, I know the cuisine well. Taste of Indonesia serves it up. This place may be simple, but it is a treasure to those who love ethnic food.
So excellent to walk into "Taste of Jakarta" and savor some of the great smells of Bali. I love the satay and peanut sauce, and the rendang is fantastic. We always pig out on bakmi goreng, and nasi goreng. I have brought company there, also people that have visited Indonesia, and they were in heaven too. I live 30 miles away, but still don't think twice when the mood hits. I wish they used real silverware, but then again, in Bali things are served to us in a banana leaf and eaten with fingers.
08/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I know people are complaining about the lack of silverware and real plates. We solved that by ordering takeout every time. Now, my fiancee order take out from Taste of Jakarta once a week. The owner is amazingly nice. The food is fresh, delicious, and spicy. My fiancee is from Malaysia and knows good Indonesian food. She is impressed, so take her word for it.
The nasi goreng and mi goreng are fabulous. They come with shredded fried chicken that's cooked until it's crispy. Perfect texture! The crackers get hard by the time my take out order gets home unfortunately.
The owner is real cool and takes the time to talk to his customers about anything. Really puts you at ease. I know a lot of people would rather have a more upscale Indonesian restaurant with better interior dec, silverware, real plates, and higher prices - but doesn't Portland have enough of upscale restaurants? These dishes are meant to be eaten in this casual setting - I prefer to save my money and eat here.
07/29/2009Provided by Citysearch -
A must do for any foodie worth his/her salt. The balance of spices is great. No beer? Just have some mango or guava juice - it'll make the experience even more authentic. Can't miss with anything on the menu and the price is just right for what you get. Sure paper plates and plastic forks not of the top of restaurant ambience, but the bottom line is the food and the food is GOOD.
06/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We got together with other PDX chow hounds and had a great time at the Taste of Jakarta. We had quite a few goodies that aren't on the menu. Every dish was fantastic.
The decor is nothing special and the lack of beer to wash down the hot foot isn't so hot. Hopefully the owners can rectify the beer problem soon! The food is terrific, and at these prices is a huge value.
04/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been craving some good authentic Indonesian food since coming back from Sumatra, but Portland's usually great dinning scene seemed to be lacking this very thing.
I was skeptical when I first heard of this place, fearing that it would be a cheap imitation of Indonesian cuisine. Was I ever proven wrong.
The decor and the dishes ( paper plates, plastic utensils ) were far from impressive, but I don't go out eat to be wowed by a restaurants interior design or flatware. I go out to eat in hopes of being impressed by the food. The menu although fairly small, had several dishes I recognized. One of my favorites being nasi padang. Tender and moist beef and jack fruit both served with a spicy chili sauce, rice and a roasted egg served wit a shallot and chili salad. The beef was melt in your mouth good and was not dry at all. The chili coconut sauce was spicy, but not anything that's going to make you start sobbing. Perfect. Jack fruit if you've never had it is good, if not a little hard to describe. It has the taste and texture of a cross between a baked potato and coconut. It's very unique, but delicious none the less. I don't really like boiled or roasted eggs that much, but I even liked the seemingly strange combination of the roasted egg and sweet chili and shallot salad. After lunch I had a dessert I can't remember the name for. It was a banana wrapped in a thin dough, fried and served with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce. Despite being stuffed I had to try it. Was it worth it? Oh yes.
The staff was very friendly and seemed to enjoy talking and were attentive, but not to the point of being annoying. I'm giving this place five stars because it really does deserve it. It may not have the decor that is going to be impressing anyone, but it's a good place if you are missing some authentic Indonesian food, or are looking to have something out of the ordinary. I will be back.
03/04/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Yes, the place is tiny and the decor is lacking, but the food is not. If you are into Ethnic adventurous food this is the place to go. Everything is good - there is no bad choice. The menu is limited but hopefully they'll expand it as the business grows. The service is efficient and you get a lot of food for the value. Their carry out service is also speedy. I will definitely be going back.
02/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Don't let the decor fool you. The dining area may leave something to be desired but the food will astound you. I've now dined at Taste of Jakarta on four occasions. Each time I've tried something different from the menu and each time I've found the dish to be delicious. The food and service have made me a loyal customer.
Try the Nasi Goreng or the Nasi Padang!!!
01/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Just ate my first of what will surely be many dinners from Taste of Jakarta and had to review! This is a real gem: cheap, authentic Indonesian food with great service. I have a wheat allergy, and often when you eat at a cheap, foreign restaurant with non-native proprietors it can be impossible to get an answer about food allergies or even to get them to understand how important it is. When I ordered my dinner I asked if there was wheat in it, and I wasn't sure I'd been understood, but I was assured that there was no wheat. A few minutes later the proprietor came back out holding a package of noodles (something my date had ordered) and explained to ma that I couldn't have any of those because they did contain wheat. It was GREAT! Not only was my food incredibly flavorful, but I could eat it with confidence that it wouldn't land me in the hospital!
01/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I grew up in Holland where there are a lot of indonesian restaurants and I've had home cooked indonesian meals numerous times. After moving here I missed the indonesian food....
But now finally a restaurant in Portland that reminds me of the indonesian food at home as I remember it.
We went to taste of Jakarta for the 1st time today. The restaurant looks clean with friendly staff. We arrived at 8:00pm and after we ordered our food came out quickly.
Nasi Kuning (the yellow rice tasted good, the tempeh was nice, the chicken was the best part of this dish
very tender with great flavor)
Nasi Goreng (could have been a little spicier but the fried unions on top were delicios)
Gado Gado (peanut sauce tasted very good, vegetables nice and crispy as they should be)
Next time I'll try the Rendang.
The menu will be expanded over the next couple of months according to a sign that was posted, here is my wish list:
Sate Ajam with peanut sauce
Sate Babi with ketjap sauce
Sambal Goreng Boontjes
We'll be back and bring our friends!