My friend Miss Jimmy took me to Sweet Java, a cute little Indonesian restaurant on Grosvenor Road in Mount Lawley tonight.
I was very intrigued by this dim lit restaurant. Looking in from the outside is a green closed door, so closed that we weren’t sure if Sweet Java was open. The only indication that it was a restaurant was the small window to the side.
I had the nasi goring special $18
- The fried rice was nice;
- The egg was a bit too cooked and thick for my liking;
- The chicken pieces were delicious, nice and tender;
- The chicken skewers were warm, I would have like them hot, satay sauce was nice; and the
- Prawn crackers weren’t as crunchy as I usually like.
Miss Jimmy had the Kambing Bakar $20 which was a dozen bite size pieces of BBQ lamb served on salad with soy sauce, cut chilli and diced Spanish onion and tomato. The lamb wasn’t tender enough but Miss Jimmy enjoyed the dish still.
The setting was beautiful but it was a no frills restaurant, there were no entrees or desserts, just a selection of mains and the option of soft drinks / teas. Sweet Java however is BYO and there’s no corkage charge. Service was nice and very homely. Price-wise it was expensive for Indonesian food but I haven’t been to anywhere like Sweet Java before in Perth and was happy to pay.
The Indonesian food is authentic and the owner/chef said on request for functions she does cook Indonesian desserts. Worth a try if you enjoy Indonesian food and happy to pay a little more for the setting. They don’t take bookings so just rock up.