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Published September 15th 2012
Authentic Indonesian flavours in Rosebud
Leo is from Indonesia, so I knew the Gado Gado would be great. For those of you who are yet to discover a good Gado Gado, it is a traditional meal of steamed vegetables, tofu, egg and peanut sauce.
I'm vegetarian, so I order mine with extra tofu, no prawn crackers and lashings of freshly cut chilli. What I love about this place is that changing your order is no drama for Leo, who clearly adores cooking and pleasing his customers.
Leo watched on as I devoured the chilli before letting me know that he grows the chillies himself along with his basil ... now he tells me ... yes, they pack a punch not usually found this side of Clayton.
The restaurant itself is your typical canteen style Indonesian flavour, yet I always find it very inviting and the decor as fresh as the food.
Over summer it does get busy, but Leo takes phone orders.
I would like to review more food, but I can't get past the Gado Gado, so I'd love to hear from any locals who also found something they can't live without. I think the seafood lovers might like 'deep fried coconut prawn' but it's veggies for me, and I love the freshness and the open kitchen.
Lemongrass has all the Asian favourites, such as Thai Red/Green/Yellow Curry, Singapore Noodles, Spring Rolls, Mie Goreng, Stir Fried combinations with beef/chicken/prawn/tofu/vegetarian, Rice dishes and yummy roti breads to go with the curries.
This shop is located not far from the Rosebud Jetty, so I would recommend you park near the beach, take a nice walk, and in warmer weather take your food back to the tables on the grass by the seaside and enjoy your quality meal.