Opened in 2014 at North Adelaide, Ketut's Kitchen serves a good range of Indonesian cuisine. The dishes they offer here consist of a mixture of familiar dishes such as Nasi Goreng and unusual dishes that do not often come to mind when one mentions Indonesian cuisine. During our visit, we ordered the Ikan Bakar, Ayam Bakar and Lotek.
Despite the name meaning "burned fish" in Indonesia and Malay, Ikan Bakar is not literally burned, the name more likely referring to the fish being grilled over charcoal. Preparation of the fish is also unique, with the fish being opened out before it is cooked. The crispy skin contrasted wonderfully with the tender flesh, with its flavour lifted by the spices used to marinate the fish in. The fish was topped with a fresh salsa to give it a bit of a refreshing taste with a serving of Indonesian chilli sauce if you like a potent spicy hit.
While the last part of their name is similar, the Ayam Bakar served here has a different taste from the Ikan Bakar due to different spices used to marinate the chicken before it is cooked. The chicken was cooked just right with a delectable char-grilled flavour from the grilling process. As with the Ikan Bakar, it comes with Indonesian chilli sauce that you can dip the chicken into if you like to make it a bit spicer.
Better known as Gado-Gado, their Lotek had a noticeable more savoury flavour compared to the Gado-Gado we have tried at other restaurants, possibly due the use of different seasoning in the peanut dressing. All of the steamed vegetables had the right amount of bite to them with the prawn crackers adding an element of crunch.
Although small, the restaurant still had a good ambience and great service as we did not have to wait long for our food to arrive. There is a good amount of parking space in the streets near the restaurant but they tend to fill up quickly during the peak dinner hour so it is advisable to arrive early to avoid having to wait for parking space to be available. We enjoyed 25% off our total bill by booking our table through Yumtable.