This restaurant is no longer trading. It has been replaced Hut & Soul Eatery -https://www.weekendnotes.com/hut-soul-eatery/ .
We first discovered Pondok Bali on Pulteney Street when we were looking for an Indonesian restaurant, with the hope that it would serve Tahu Telor, my father's favourite Indonesian dish. Tahu Telor is a tofu omelette served with julienned cucumber, peanut and a spicy sauce. Sadly Pondok Bali does not offer this dish; neither do any of the other Indonesian restaurants that we have visited. However we did enjoy the food during our first visit so we decided to return to see if their food was still as good. We were glad to find that the food was still delicious. Befitting taking part of its name from one of the islands in Indonesia, Pondok Bali serves a good range of Indonesian cuisine.
We enjoyed all the dishes that we ordered but were left a wee bit dissatisfied because the portions were not enough to yield complete pleasure. The eggplant in their Terung Belado (Spicy Eggplant) was soft with still a bit of bite to it and the sambal sauce gave the dish a delectable spicy hit. It was accompanied with slices of cucumber, lettuce and cabbage whose milder flavours helped to balance out the spiciness of the eggplant.
Terung Belado (Spicy Eggplant) (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Out of the main dishes that we ordered, their Ayam Goreng Sanur (Sanur Fried Chicken) had the most generous serving size. The crisp coating of the chicken contrasted nicely with the tender meat. The chicken was served with a Balinese sweet lime sauce which brought out the flavour of the chicken. We think the hint of sweetness is from kecap manis, a sweet soy sauce that is used in Indonesian cuisine.
Ayam Goreng Sanur (Sanur Fried Chicken) (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Pondok Bali's Ikan Acar Kuning (Turmeric Fish) had fish fillets which were fried to golden brown with the turmeric and candle-nut sauce complementing the flavour the fish and giving the dish a slight sour taste. Candle nuts are somewhat similar to macadamia nuts, but are a bit more bitter in flavour and slightly toxic when eaten raw.
Ikan Acar Kuning (Turmeric Fish) (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We also ordered Martabak as it is one of our favourite dish. Martabak is roti prata with beef or chicken filling and is usually served with curry. The pastry of Pondok Bali's Martabak was crisp and of the right thickness with the beef and vegetable filling being a good partner to the pastry. It came with a serving of chilli sambal that can be spooned over the Martabak to give it a spicy hit.
Martabak (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The restaurant had an Indonesian themed décor and the ambience was pretty inviting. Parking is available along the street where the restaurant is located. We enjoyed 25% off our total bill by using the Entertainment Book gold card. Yumtable has a more attractive offer of 30% off the total bill at the moment. Pondok Bali also offers a lunch deal which cost only $12.90.