MELBOURNE | Melbourne might be exiting lockdown on Friday, but that doesn’t mean that all of the great pick up and delivery options around town are immediately about to stop. Some will continue, some will stop as the weeks go on, and some will evolve into something new.
One I can highly recommend Jaen Jumah. It was started by three Indonesian chefs, Ida Bagus Palguna, Raphael Dreki, Devina Wijaya, during last year’s lockdown, as a way to keep themselves ticking along financially (there was no government support for hospo workers on visas at the time), while giving Melburnians a taste of home.
There’s a lot of variety on the menu, with a focus on Balinese dishes you might not have tried before. You can’t go past the signature nasi campur daging, a greatest hits box featuring Ayam Betutu (Balinese Spiced Chicken), Babi Merah Sambal Bongkot (Braised Pork Shoulder with Torched Ginger), Lawar (Spiced Salad with coconut), Sate Lilit Nangka (Jackfruit skewers), Sate Lilit Ayam (Chicken skewers), Tempe Kecap Pedas (Sweet and spicy tempeh), Kerupuk Rambak (Pork Skin Cracker), and Jasmine rice. It’s really, really good with that wonderful interplay between sweet, salt, fat, and acid that indonesian food gets so right.
The diamond shell clam with Jimbaran style sauce, and Jajanan Pasar / Dessert Box are also ace.
With lockdown ending, Jaen Jumah will revert to a more occasional pop-up format, rather than the current weekly format. The trio have been super stoked with the response to the business over the past year, and hope to open a bricks and mortar restaurant in the neighbourhood in the future. The focus of that one will be not just Balinese food, but a deeper dive into Indonesia’s diverse regional specialities. Watch this space. It’s gonna be exciting.
In the meantime, head over to the Jaen Jumah website to put in and order for the next pick up/delivery run.
450 Smith Street (Inside Worksmith)
Sun: 1:00pm to 3:30pm; 5:30pm to 7:00pm