MELBOURNE | Kedai Satay is a casual Indonesian restaurant on King Street that’s been on my radar for a while now. It was recommended to my by an Indonesian couple I met, when I asked where they liked to go for Indonesian food in Melbourne. I finally managed to visit recently, for What’s On Melbourne.
It’s a casual, family run restaurant, popular with Indonesians looking for a taste of home. There’s also a steady stream of people who work nearby, looking for a tasty, well-priced feed. The menu features recipes passed down through three generations of owner, and former software engineer, Alfonso Agustinus’ family.
There’s a focus on home-style meat and vegetarian satays and curries, supplemented by rice dishes and more. Popular items include batagor (fried fish dumplings and wontons with peanut sauce); and soto batawi, a fragrant Jakarta coconut curry soup with your choice of grilled beef or lamb ribs. Be sure to order the fall-off-the-bone tender, grilled beef and lamb ribs with satay sauce and yellow rice; and or course, a selection of charcoal grilled satay skewers.
If you’re thirsty, there’s sodas, teas, and a small alcohol selection, along with a variety of Indonesian drinks. Think es cendol, sirap bandung, and the wonderfully fruity es teller.
186 King Street
Telephone: (03) 9640 0371
Mon – Fri: 11:00am to 9:30pm
Sat – Sun: 11:30am to 9:30pm