It’s good to see Hyderabadis exploring new cuisines so much so that a group of restaurateurs have launched an exclusive Indonesian restaurant, named after the famous multi-purpose spicy sauce, Sambal.
The food is as authentic as it can get, with the Indonesian chef brought down all the way from Jakarta. Salt to Taste was invited to a special Bloggers Table to sample the new fare.
We started with a refreshing Es Kelapa Muda, a summer cooler of fresh tender coconut mixed with jaggery and lime.
The Laksa was a bit different from what the usual Penang Laksa. Sambal’s version of Laksa didn’t have any coconut milk in it, instead it tasted like a watered down minestrone soup to me.
With that minor hiccup, the rest of the dishes were impressive. Especially the vegetarian Terong Goreng (batter fried eggplant served with sambal balado). The non-veg starters were all impressive. Specially the Satays of chicken and minced fish. The Nila Goreng, crispy fried tilapia was fried such that even the bones turned brittle.
For the main course, Kakap Kukus Soy (steamed fish with soya sauce) and Kakap Bakar Dabu Dabu (grilled red snapper served with Dabu Dabu sauce) were extremely well done, retaining the natural flavour of fresh fish. Also the blue crab with black pepper sauce is an absolute must-try if you like seafood.
The restaurant is also working on a separate section for live seafood where diners can pick their choice right out of a fish tank.
These were accompanied with a fiery Mee Goreng (fried flat noodles) and Nasi Goreng (fried rice).
The fried banana served with sweet green beans, jaggery sauce and black rice pudding for dessert was delicious and surprisingly light – especially the banana fritter despite being deep-fried.
Terima Kasih, Sambal.
Address: 1-98/2, Durgam Cheruvu, Inorbit Mall Rd, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081
Phone: 040 4854 4954