Monggo's is one of our favourite restaurants. It's located on Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley just a short walk from the busier end of town. Monggo means "greetings" in Javanese. The staff are always happy to greet us when we walk in and show us to our table and bring out a small little bowl and spoon for our little one.
The restaurant is decorated with Indonesian artwork and statues and always has pleasant music playing. The first time we went there our little girl was only a baby. We're gone back so many times since we've almost become regulars. Monggo's serves a variety of food from all over Indonesia. There is something to suit almost anyone, including lots of vegan and gluten free options.
When we went there last time we decided to try something new, so for an entrée we got the Pe 'empek dos, which are fish cakes served with a side of hot sauce. The fish cakes were delightfully chewy and went well with the sauce.
For my main, I got Mi Goreng Bali which was Balinese style fried noodles with garlic, egg and vegetables. I'd had this dish before, so I knew I was in for a treat. I shared my dish with my little girl and she really enjoyed it. She made a mess shovelling noodles into her mouth.
My husband got Soto wong gembul. It's called a favourite "hawker's food" on the menu. It's sliced beef, tofu, tomato and rice vermicelli cooked in a slawi central java traditional soup. The meal comes with a side serving of merm-melek sauce so you can add as much as you like.
Monggo's also serves a selection of traditional Indonesian desserts if you want to try something sweet. You can choose from homemade coconut ice cream, black sticky rice, a traditional layer cake with banana slices called kueh lapis or my favourite serabi banbung which is 3 pieces of Panadan-coconut pancake with srikaya sauce.
Monggo's is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday and is available for reservations and take away orders. Once you've finished your meal, why not walk down Beaufort street and visit some of the other bars and shops? There's always lots to see in Mt Lawley.