I have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Padang Kitchen opposite the Prahran Market in Commercial Road Prahran for months since discovering Padang cuisine on a trip to Java and Bali. Bowls of freshly cooked fragrant and spicy curries and deep fried vegetables originating from Padang in West Sumatra are daintily displayed on upturned bowls on shelves in the windows of Padang restaurants throughout Indonesia to lure diners to a quick and inexpensive buffet-style meal packed with flavours.
At Padang Kitchen most of the food is presented in a bain-marie but don't let that put you off because the curries are tasty and varied and change regularly. I tried a fragrant chicken curry and dry cooked beef rendang with beautiful coconut flavours. The fish in spicy tomato sauce and the jackfruit curry were delicious and transported me back to a Padang Cafe in Yogyakarta. I didn't have the spicy deep fried chicken which is made to order or the corn fritters because my plate was already generously piled with curries, steamed rice and a potato croquette which cost less than ten dollars in total.
This restaurant serves home-style food of Indonesia so don't expect the dishes to taste like Malaysian dishes of the same name. If you have an adventurous palate you should try the beef tendons (cow's feet) or deep fried lungs that appear from time to time. You can dine in or take away and the meals are certified Halal.