Friday, November 27, 2009

Bumbu Desa Jakarta

Bumbu Desa

"Sema Wilu Jeung Sumping!!!
"

That's the shouting that you'll hear from the waiters when you enter this Sundanese restaurant named Bumbu Desa. It means "Welcome" in Sundanse - West Java dialect.

Bumbu Desa

As soon as you have ordered your drink and what kind of rice you like (white rice, brown rice or liwet rice (nasi liwet which is rice cooked with coconut milk and wrapped in banana leave), you can start to choose your own dishes on a buffet style counter.

There are so many choices that make you sometimes confused but good thing is that each dish is tagged with the name of the dish. Keep in mind that this is not buffet, you have to pay according to the dishes that you are taking.
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Appetizer:
Sayur Asem
(Sour soup with corn, chayote, peanut, long green bean and melinjo cooked with red chili, and tamarind, etc.)
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Main dishes:
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Side dishes:
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Fried food
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After selecting the dishes that you want to eat, you can sit back to your chair and the waiters will bring the dishes to your table.
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Then there's a little stall in the middle of the restaurant where you can take fresh vegetables as salad with chili sauce and sweet soy sauce- free of charge. We called it as "lalapan".
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My ex-colleagues and me went for lunch to the latest Bumbu Desa's branch in Tanah Abang area.
Everyone is eating with their fingers :)
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We ate the food with brown rice.
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Dessert drink:
Es Campur
(young coconut, avocado, black cincau, kolang kaling with syrup and condense milk)
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Prices range from Rp. 3.500 (side dishes) to Rp. 47.000 (main dishes) plus 10% tax.

So, if you are looking for authentic Sundanese cuisine, Bumbu Desa might be the right place to go ;)

Bumbu Desa Tanah Abang
Jl. Tanah Abang II No. 97
Jakarta Pusat
Tel: 380 8270

Disclaimer:
The review and opinion expressed here are purely according to my personal taste. There's a possibility that the taste of the food might change later on, which could affect the review and opinion here. I also affirm that no monetary or non-monetary compensation has been received from this restaurant for writing this review.

40 comments:

  1. Oh wow, so many choices, I wouldn't know where to start! Everything looks very tasty!

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  2. wow! This is a kind of restaurant I love to visit! Fresh, varied, delicious, and reasonably priced.

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  3. I do miss the Sayur Asem... Haven't had that in ages! Kicks off my appetite quite nicely. :)

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  4. the vege looks similar to one buffet i've tried in Bali...mayb it's Indonesia's way of cooking??

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  5. Oh my! I love this!
    Rice and dishes is alws my fav I hv to hv this for lunch almost everyday ;p

    Love the pics Selba.. drool-worthy indeed.

    I wonder tho, what is the diff between Indo food and Sudanese food?
    WE only hv one outlet here in KL that I knw of that serves Sudanese food. Needless to say, its very expensive so I only went twice w my friends (who paid ;p)

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  6. Selby, what a lovely array of food. I definitely would not have room for dessert. I agree with Kerstin - with so many choices who would know where to start.

    I've been traveling and away from internet service for the last couple of weeks. Looks like I've missed a lot of good food.
    Sam

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  7. There is so much to be had here that it would paralyze anyone unfamiliar with the food. How do you pick when there are so many choices. It looks wonderfully exotic to these Western eyes.

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  8. What a spread of food! And the Es Campur looks super delicious...! You make me want to have some right now (even though winter is approaching here...)

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  9. I love the green and uniformity of the banana leaves. It makes a nice presentation!

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  10. What a gorgeous spread of food...looks delicious!

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  11. Indeed brings out my appetite and lunch hour is just half an hour away...lol

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  12. Wow amazing food!! how long were you standing there taking all the photos haha!

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  13. kerstin: Yeah.. it's can be quite confusing and also tempting to try them all, hehehe...

    AR: Psst... It's actually a bit pricey, it's more for middle and up class ;)

    LFB: Sayur asem is nice. Come visit Indonesia and I'll bring you to eat sayur asem ;)

    LI: Hahaha.. yup, it is kinda huge :)

    SG: Many kind of Indonesian cuisine look the same but it might taste different because of the spicies :)

    TNG: Hahaha.. I thought bread is your favorite food ;) Thanks for the compliments on my pictures. Well, Sundanese food is Indonesian food. Sundanese food is the food from Sundanese people who live in the western part of Java island in Indonesia. The Sundanse food can be also very pricey in restaurants here ;)

    MCK: Yes, there are so many dishes to be tried :) Don't worry, Sam! There's plenty time to catch up :)

    mary: Hehehe.. too many choices! Good thing that they serve the side dishes in small portion so we can have a lot of side dishes :)

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  14. CG: Drinking ice in winter can be fun ;)

    monica: yes, it's always nice to see banana leaves as a decor :)

    faith: Wait until you try it! I believe you will love it ;)

    peachkins: Agreed :)

    ck lam: hehehe.. hope you have a wonderful lunch :)

    3 ht: Hahaha... I think quite long as you can see at the picture of my ex-colleagues are eating half of the dishes and my plate's still clean and empty because I was too busy taking pictures :)

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  15. Great variety, love sayur asem :)

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  16. laveena: You love sayur asem and tempe goreng, ya? ;)

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  17. This is the type of food which I could eat daily. Help me diet! XD

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  18. wow, did you eat all that?! the corn looks yumz!

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  19. What a variety of festive dishes!! It all looks execllent to me!!


    MMMMMMMMMMM,....lovely!

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  20. Wow what choices, you are making me so hungry.
    xxx

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  21. email2me: Wooohoooo... well, I guess people can eat it daily since there're so many varieties :)

    cumi & ciki: Hahaha.. of course not! In fact, I was only eating the rice with green chili chicken :)

    sophie: Just wait until you try it, it totally will confirm how excellent it is ;)

    DA: Hehehe... Hope not making you to drool too much :)

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  22. gotta love those food! so delicious and appetising they seem! :)

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  23. Wow, look at all this amazing food!

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  24. kyh: And there're so many dishes for vegeterian also ;)

    5SF: hehehe.. it is indeed :)

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  25. OMGGGGG I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT! my grandma live just across the road from bumbu desa tanah abang, food there is sooo good. sigh this post made me homesick.. :''''(

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  26. Looks like a great place! The dessert is really interesting. I'd love to try it!

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  27. spoilt for choices-are the Petai eaten raw?

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  28. liz: Hi Liz, thanks for stopping by my blog :) Seriously, your grandma just live across this Bumbu Desa? Whoaaa... how nice :) Ouch... you feel homesick? It's almost Christmas holiday, hope that you come back for holiday ;)

    the ungourmet: The dessert drink is really yummy :)

    foodbin: Yes, the petai is eaten raw usually dip with sambal chili :)

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  29. eh, first glance at the collage of food shots, I also thought it's a buffet!
    hahaha, to imagine walking in thinking its a buffet and piling up those food!

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  30. j2kfm: Hahaha.... yeah, the food array looks like a buffet :)

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  31. Use to have these stuff with friends. Fond memories of the Sayur Asem. At one point had it in almost all my meals at the home of my friend!

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  32. what a spread with so many selections! and i thought it was a buffet! ;P

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  33. worldwindows: Hehehe... any chance that you got bored with sayur asem in the old days?

    CL: hahaha... yeah, if people don't know, they probably would think it's buffet and taken too much dishes which cause a big suprissed bill at the end :)

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  34. Darnnn again, I did it again.

    I did say bye on chat box, but I am still doing this "stop by here". Urap, sayur asam, paria, tempe, empal ohhh remind me of the university's time in Bogor.

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  35. I swear I can smell all this food! I had a rice in NYC that was steamed with crab and shitake mushrooms, and I cannot stop thinking about it, was so freaking good!

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  36. jadi laper nich lihat makanan"a

    enak buanget........


    :)

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