Pondok Bali, Adelaide

Ever wanted to try something different? Say… Balinese/ Indonesian food?

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Located just on the outskirts of the city is Pondok Bali, meaning Bali Hut and classified as one of the restaurants in Adelaide with the most authentic Balinese/ Indonesian foods on offer. Upon entering the restaurant, get ready to be transported away to Bali, minus the sand. A large hut acts as a centre piece in the restaurant housing a couple of tables, the walls are covered in posters, umbrellas and large plants. The restaurant is dimly lit with flickering candles on each table (nice intimate atmosphere for dates and the like) and staff are friendly and helpful. We were all quite hungry and the one hour wait for food didn’t help either, but alas, it did come out!

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Chargrilled chicken, ayam panggang bekakak, chargrilled chicken fillets marinated in turmeric, garlic, ginger, chilli and Balinese fresh herbs; $18.50

This was my favourite dish of the night, the sauce was very dark and strong – much like a burnt caramel but rather pleasant and worked beautifully with the crispy chargrilled chicken.

Combination fried rice

Chilli prawns, sambal goreng udang, fresh king prawns pan fried with chilli, garlic and selected spices; $22.90

Fried whole fish, ikan goreng, crispy fried whole Barramundi served with a special Javanese hot chilli soy sauce; $24.90

I find that my chilli tolerance is quite high, so the chilli prawns didn’t live up to my “chilli” level expectations… however the javanese chilli soy sauce did, and what a delight it was! At first, the soy was light and flavourful, but after a few seconds, once the soy sauce settled on ones palate, the chilli explosion hit… it teamed up beautifully with the crispy fried barramundi which was cooked to perfection.

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Fried noodles, bakmi goreng, stir fried Indonesian combination noodles with chicken, shrimps and vegetables; $15.90

Verdict? Great eat out! It’s always fun to try something different and let our palates go on a ride it’s never been on before.


Pondok Bali
310 Pulteney Street
Adelaide SA
P 08 8232 0588

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5 comments for “Pondok Bali, Adelaide

  1. April 5, 2010 at 3:03 AM

    i actually haven’t had a crispy fish before in a restaurant although this one looks really tasty. i should try it next time when i’m dining. i’ve had a steamed ginger and shallot style in a Chinese restaurant which is really enjoyable. easy to get the fish off the bone.

    • debbii
      April 6, 2010 at 10:07 AM

      You definitely should! My favourite crispy fried fish is probably flounder.. total bliss when eaten with tomato sauce!


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