This reputable Indonesian eatery has been crafting up delicious home-cooked Indonesian food for as long as I can remember. From its Chicken Menado specials to the daily staple the Ayam Rica Rica, this place is as good as a classic Indonesian restaurant gets. While I come here often, I have only brought my camera here once in 2010 so it was time for a re-visit.
This beef soup is absolutely amazing. From the moment it hits the table you get the smell of the aromatic fried scallions slowly settling into the beef broth. The thick chunks of tender beef is another stellar attribute of this dish. Pair it with a bowl of rice and some burning hot sambal (free on the table) for a great time.
Stir fried morning glory with shrimp paste is a classic Malaysian/Indonesian/Singaporean favourite. What is there not to like when fresh crunchy vegetables are cooked with a lip smacking sauce made from sauteed chilli and prawn paste.
This well fried chicken is topped with Kecap Manis, an Indonesian Sticky Sweet Soy. Like how the Americans have Sticky Ribs, the Indonesians have Ayam Kecap Manis. I reckon the sauce its a little too sweet for my liking, but there is nothing a little sambal cannot fix! Not to be forgotten is the fried chicken that was already tasty by itself!
Ati Rica Rica
People's first impressions of animal innards are "eww". But with nose to tail, no waste advocates and other hipsters alike, these dishes are getting most respected. And as always. well-prepared innards are simply amazing. Its odourless, taste like meat and the remaining merits are based on the chefs capabilities. This deep fried liver dish is a on and off special from Manise. The giblets were super flavourful and lovely even by itself. Almost tasted like fried chicken! The sauce on top of it is none other than Manise's famous Rica Rica sauce. This spice mix is simply irresistible. Sweet, salty, fragrant and slightly sour, this sauce be used for anything. Chicken, beef, or seafood. Even tofu! Also note that everyone makes Rica Rica sauce slightly different but I like the one Manise Cafe does the best in Perth!
Manise Cafe has not disappointed me before and it continues to impress. Its food is consistent, truly affordable and most importantly good! The menu is pretty dynamic too with its staples available throughout the weekdays and several interesting specials brought to life over the weekend. If you are craving for some Indonesian, definitely give Manise Cafe a try.