A foolproof way to test the authenticity of an Indonesian restaurant is through its sambal. Aptly named, The Sambal on Kent Street, serves not one or two but seven varieties of sambal. And each one is tastier than the last! So if you’re craving for authentic Indonesian food, this is it.
The Sambal serves a range of traditional Indonesian cuisine including some of the owner’s childhood favourites—all lovingly recreated using her mom’s recipes. We recommend trying the sambal tempe, eggplant sambal Balado style, beef rendang, fried rice and soto ayam (traditional Indonesian chicken noodle soup).
And don’t forget to sample the drinks. They have a few iconic Indonesian thirst quenchers like Teh Botol (sweetened jasmine tea), Es Cincau (sweet herbal drink with natural jelly bits), and Wedang Jahe (ginger tea). We tried the homemade Es Cendol and it was delish!
The Sambal gets very crowded during mealtimes, so make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.