Austin >Java Noodles Restaurant
NOT authentic Indonesian food.
This restaurant seems to be what you would get if you had never been to Asia, and decided to open an Indonesian restaurant based on some recipes you got off the internet. In fact, I think even if you followed a recipe you would probably come closer than what is at Java Noodles. What a disappointment!
What I ordered: Sate Ayam, and Nasi Goreng. Neither tasted anything at all like what you would get in Indonesia.
The sate was dry, and tasted like it had been done on a tandoori oven. The peanut sauce doesn't even begin to resemble what Indonesian peanut sauce should taste like. Where's the sambal? Where's the ginger? Bland.
The nasi goreng has all of the right ingredients: fried rice, carrots, onions, eggs, chicken, shrimp. So it's weird that it doesn't taste anything like nasi goreng. It was bland - I added soy sauce (which is not the right taste, but at least it gave it some flavor). This dish would be passable as Chinese fried rice, but not Nasi Goreng.
The food itself is fine, and tastes ok in its own right (except not much flavor) - probably why there are so many good reviews. If I had never eaten in Jakarta, I would probably think this was pretty good. But it doesn't satisfy someone who wants real Indonesian food.
Ah, Indo Cafe in downtown Sacramento - I'm going to miss you!
My new hangover tradition.
Java noodle is so delish. i have never been inside the actual place, as i always order delivery, but it has the best curry in austin, hands down. everytime i wake up hung over from a night of drinking, my little tradition is to order like 50 bucks worth of java noodle and be in heaven for the rest of the day.
i recommend anything with the shrimp, as they are huge and plump!
and the indonesian fried rice is interesting and yummy.
so next time you get drunk, put JN on speed dial!
Not very authentic Indo food in Dingy Setting. I am from Singapore and think I know what is "real" Indonesian food. Alas, this place ain't it. Food is cheap and tasty, but more Chinese than Indonesian. In the daytime, the place is hopelessly ill-lit and dingy, and very depressing. Not a place you want to linger in. Certainly not for meeting up with friends or for dates!
great food, excellent service. Java Noodle is the best Asian I have had in Austin. Its a dulled down version of many Asian-esque dishes but they do a great job trying to convey the exotic flavors in a palatable way. Nothing is too spicy or too flavorful, but the food is fresh and really you cant find much better. Good gate-way food if youre used to only chinese cuisine.
Great Tofu!. Getting good tofu in East Austin is usually a task, but Java Noodle has some of the best tofu dishes around. I highly recommend the Kari Tofu. Yumm!
The best lunch deal, all u can eat from the buffet table ++ lunch. I think not so many people know this restaurant, because is an Indonesian cuisine where not so many familiar with and maybe affraid to try. To tell the turth I like it so much, Even I can go there every day. They got the best rating, thier cleanest, and the server is friendly too. Java Noodles is the best place to have a party, where they have a private room for party. I would recomanded the Beef Rendang (spicy w/ cocoanut milk), The Sambal Udang( green beans w/shrimp and red curry sauce is so tasty), The Indonesian fried rice w chicken and shrimp, and also the variety of vegetarian dishes such as Java Special(all kinds of vegatables, Tofu and curry sauce), The steamed Veg Dumplings w/ java sauce is so good, and grilled tofu w/ peanuts sauce so yummy. I like their environment so cozzy and quite, it is a good place for people who want to enjoy good food and friendly atmosphere. They also have so many differnet kind of dishes that would not make u regret to try. I say this is my favorite place and I hope every one can go and try the only Authentic Indonesian food in Austin.
Indonesian Food!. Java Noodles is definitely a favorite amongst my coworkers, and I strongly recommend it to anyone that can come here for lunch! The restaurant has a nice cozy feel with a great lunch menu. The lunch menu includes very vegetarian friendly items as well as something for the carivores, all in different kinds of curry sauces. The lunch items includes free appetizers such as eggrolls, coconut/wonton soup, chicken wings, and some fried banana eggrolls... you just can't beat that! The food is good and at a great value too whether you are coming for lunch or dinner (but lunch is definitely the better bargain).
It is not authentic. Java Noodles does not serve authetic Indonesian food.. if you want authetic Indonesia style food go to Houston! For people who have never had Indonesian food, I guess it can be quite an amazing experience. The food is not too bad... is more chinese mix with vietnamese than Indonesian. The service is not fantastic.. can be quite slow. I just wish that the chef of the restaurant is Indonesian, then I would go to Java Noodles all the time 24/7.
South Austin meets Southeast Asia..
Located in a strip center near a large valley of student apartments, Java Noodles is a quiet, family-style place with a smattering of Indonesian art on the walls. The large portions allow for sampling, causing a warm, communal feeling. Popular starters include the aroma-heavy coconut curry soup with mixed vegetables and chicken. The deep-fried squid with red curry sauce has an interesting texture and enough spice to give the dish a kick.
Excellent Buffet. It has a good selection of tofu items for you vegetarians, and the soup is wonderful. The beef was a bit fatty but well-flavored and the duck was superior.
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