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Asian, Indonesian
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Reviewed 18 October 2020

I have been wanting to go here for ages as I love Indonesian food. This restaurant has a lovely atmosphere with low lighting....ruined by the loud music. I could barely hear the waitress. Due to Covid it was not crowded but was still noisy. It...was raining lightly so we couldnt sit outside. The service was attentive but lacking in knowledge eg the waitress had no idea whether the cuisine was from Sumatra, Java or elsewhere. She also had to go and ask the kitchen about gluten free. It wasnt much like any Indonesian food I had in Indonesia so I was curious to know where it was from. Gluten free was also not ideal. Although they say that they can do some dishes gluten free, they told me that they do not have a separate pan for gluten free so therefore it is easily contaminated- which is not acceptable to those with Coeliac disease. They are licensed and there is no BYO which increases the price significantly. We missed the happy hour by 4 minutes so all cocktails were $18. We ordered 4 lumpia (spring rolls) as an entree and they were disgusting. Again, nothing like the tasty lumpia I had had in Indonesia. These consisted of a large amount of fried pastry with an indiscernible mush in the middle. Apparently this was vegetable but there was little taste. If you have ever eaten a Chico roll, (terrible things!) these are just like that. On the positive side they refunded us the cost of the 2 that we didnt eat. Our mains were barramundi, and beef ribs with satay sauce. My partner didn't really enjoy his barramundi and I wasnt smitten with the ribs either. They could have been a little softer rather than having to cut the meat off the rib. The satay sauce was very thick and was underneath the meat rather than alongside or on top. There were no vegetables with the beef and I didnt want to pay another $16 for a dish of "stewed vegetables." The turmeric rice was nice though. So, overall a disappointment and we won't be back nor recommending it to friends.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 16 February 2020 via mobile

2nd trip to Salt and Palm. Great food, reasonable prices and nice cocktails. Come for happy hour - $10 select cocktails- definitely do the beef rendang and the corn fritters.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 20 January 2020

We didn't make a reservation and chose the restaurant as we walked around the neighbourhood. The customer service was poor and the staff seemed really uninterested. We were given a small table that would usually seat 2 people but there was 3 of us, and...we ordered a lot of food too. We asked to sit outside but the manager was not really keen to let us sit outside as he said might be raining. However, they were a few people dining outside too... NOTE: The principle is, if you dont want us due to we didnt reserve, please tell us to come another time rather than rude and no manners is bad cos we paid for our food and not asking for free.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 8 January 2020

Somehow we didn’t know this restaurant had opened so we finally checked it out yesterday lunch time. It was fantastic. In the site of some of our old favourites over the years. We had the chicken satay and the rendang with rice. Authentic tastes. Just...perfect. I can’t wait to go again in the evening and be a bit more adventurous with our choices, and also try the cocktails! Lovely service as well and incredibly reasonable prices.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 10 November 2019

We spent $35 each and left hungry. The vegetarian choices were just meat-dishes without the meat: rice + salad + a garnish (meaning nuts). We were pushed to add extras for the vegetarian option we took (there weren't many), which was just slightly more garnish...(meaning more nuts). We also ordered the gado gado which was the nicest dish we had, but they were very stingy with the tempeh - only 2 pieces. The outdoor area is nice and is dog friendly, but we could smell the bins from the table when the lids were lifted, and the table next to us was way too close.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 6 November 2019

Simple menu, tasty food, relaxed atmosphere. Eat out the back in the beer garden, or in the restaurant for shade. Recommend the spicy egg extra and the pork. Also the indo spicy squid@ Not the cheapest lunch $20 with extras, but tasty and spicy. They...do a locals 10% discount.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 11 October 2019

While we’ve had plenty of Indonesian eateries in Sydney, not many of them back up quality eats with a good location, nice décor and decent boozing options. Salt & Palm seems to assembled all these ingredients in a beautiful sandstone cottage at the Broadway end...of Glebe Point Road. While still a relative newcomer, the restaurant, run by daughter Natasya, builds upon a decade of her family's experience running Teras Bali in Walsh Bay. While that restaurant pushed a traditional vibe, Salt & Palm modernises the offering, starting with a funky salmon pink, blonde wood and green fit-out that’s the work of Kreativ Design (the same folks responsible for the look of Pyrmont’s Long Kin). While it’s super dark inside, you do get a bit of a laid-back Bali-holiday vibe with hanging woven basket lights, pot plants and tropical leaf wallpaper feature walls, encapsulated in their sun, surf and palm tree logo. With al fresco seating front and rear, there are plenty of spots to kick back and explore their tropical cocktail list. Far from dated or tacky, this list has some of the best exotic fruity cocktails I’ve tried in recent years, won by Bourbon & Bacon ($21). This easy-drinking cocktail combines bacon fat-washed bourbon with rockmelon, lemon, strawberry puree, thyme and orange into a harmonious drink that really appeals to me even though I'm normally adverse to rockmelon! While it’s served in the usual young coconut, Salt & Palm’s Coconut Mojito ($20) balances the sweetness of white rum and coconut water with bright lime acidity and mint. Jambi Jive ($18), with Jack Daniels, nectarine, lemon, cinnamon and rosemary, is let down slightly by floury nectarine, which I hope will resolve by itself later in the season. I’ve got no complaints about the Green Mary ($18) that takes on everyone’s favourite tomato juice-based breakfast tipple with banana liqueur longan, lemon, coriander, green chilli and egg white joining the usual Worcestershire sauce and Bombay Sapphire gin, for a unique, island-appropriate version of this classic drink. Poured at the table, the Genie in the Bottle ($22) is a veritable smoke pit of Substation No. 41 Rum, crème de cassis, orange and Angostura bitters. It’s so hickory chip smoky it begs for a beer chaser, and the leaf-ringed bar is happy to oblige with three taps all pouring local craft brews. Cheap snacks, like Indonesian corn fritters, Bakwan Jagung ($4/2 pieces), flavoured with spring onions, parsley and garlic, make Salt & Palm easy to enjoy as a bar. Twice fried Perkedel Kentang ($4/2 pieces) potato patties dipped in egg white are good at soaking up booze, though they need sambal terasi to really sing. Staff are happy to customise the sambal to your preferred heat level, so be sure and let them know if you want things at proper, Indonesian chilli strength. Having travelled to Amsterdam, I find it hard to pass up the chance to eat rijsttafel – the Dutch term for an Indonesian rice table meal. Salt & Palm give you the opportunity to build your own individual plate, starting with a Nasi Kuning ($10) base. Centred around a mound of beautifully cooked Javanese yellow turmeric rice, this plate gives you urap salad (steamed vegetables with spiced shredded coconut), sambal, fried peanuts and cassava crackers. Then you add on your choice of proteins, like juicy Ayam Goreng Kuning (+$5.50) chook quarters, flavoured with garlic, turmeric, cumin, coriander seeds and candlenut, or Telur Balado (+$3.50), a sambal-tossed boiled and fried egg. There’s also a heavily reduced Rendang Sapi (+$5.50). In this dry, Padang-style version of this popular Indonesian and Malay dish, tender strands of beef are cooked in coconut cream with shallots, chilli, tamarind, turmeric leaf, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. You can also eat all of these add-ons as shareable main courses if you don’t like the idea of an individual meal on one plate. Prices here are good, staff are friendly, and, as I already mentioned, it’s exciting to be able to get Indonesian food and a decent drink in the one place.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 9 October 2019

Just down the street from us is the Salt and Palm where we had an excellent dinner with two friends who are also visiting Sydney. Friendly service, quite original cocktails, and a wonderful Indonesian menu for both vegetarians and carnivores like us. With reasonable prices...and great dinner selections, we will want to return next time we are in Sydney.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 17 September 2019

What a wonderful Indonesian dining experience, with probably the best beef rending outside Indonesia! Although the online menu currently looks very limited - I imagine due to a technical glitch - when you visit the restaurant you are handed a beautifully designed 10-page offering. This...includes two different 'Reistafel' (traditional multiple-element platters) designed for the individual diner as well as a range of entrees - with 5 or so people I would order 1 of each and share or a couple could do the same for a full meal. Beers on tap or bottled, plus wine and a range of exotic Balinese cocktails. Friendly service and great prices - and I agree with the previous reviewer about their need for greater visibility to ensure their success. We will definitely be back sooner than later.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 23 May 2019

My partner and I went here for dinner. We had the chicken rice bowl ($13), served with turmeric rice, generous portions of chicken, veg, and toasted coconut. It was DELICIOUS. The rice was cooked with lemongrass, which gave it extra flavour. We also ordered Gado...Gado to share and it was a generous bowl with yummy tofu and tempeh. There were craft beers on tap, as well as wonderful-sounding cocktails. Happy hour is from 5-7, with $10 cocktails. The only thing I have a suggestion for is that the place is poorly signposted. You can easily walk past it without knowing it's there. All around that area, every other restaurant is clearly signposted with their shop name and cuisine. You really have to look hard to find this one. There are fairy lights, but you'd hardly know there was this delicious cheap indonesian restaurant with a great bar. To the owners: if you want a thriving business (and we want you to succeed!), please put up some signs, especially lit ones in the evening.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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