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“Expected more”
Review of Bali Cafe

Bali Cafe
Ranked #305 of 4,201 Restaurants in Miami
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Dining options: Delivery
Description: Reviewed on yelp at http://www.yelp.com/biz/bali-cafe-miami and on Zagat at http://www.zagat.com/r/bali-cafe-miami and on urbanspoon at http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/12/150389/restaurant/Downtown-Miami/Bali-Cafe-Miami
Lake Worth, Florida
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Expected more”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

The salad was very nice. I thought we were off to a good start. The Sateh Ajam came through. The chicken was ok but the sauce, still trying to figure out what it was. The Gado Gado, oh how I love that plate, consisted of overcooked vegetables. They're supposed to be bleached. No sign of some raw crispy greens like sliced cucumbers. Topped off with some sauce that made the whole dish have some weird sweet aftertaste. No sign of the usually included boiled eggs or peanut sauce. It was topped off with some tasteless variety of Krupuk (pressed and deep fried shrimp cookies). No sign of fried shallot or emping. The Nasi Goreng (fried rice) also had a so-so taste. I think they can do a much better job.

  • Visited May 2014
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Littleton, CO
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115 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Worth the walk!”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

When your in downtown Miami this small restaurant is well worth the trouble to find it. Try the asian salads, they were fresh and delicious, citrus sesame dressing. Order the large and you have lunch. $13 buys the house specialities and they are well worth it, authentic tastes that are better than Asia and we were there just last month. The coconut curry flavors make any of the beef or chicken dishes mouthwatering. Bring cash, they don't accept credit cards.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank ColoradoCoach
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Beijing, China
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659 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
“Best meal I've had in Miami hands down”
Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

A small but comfortable setting nearby the bayside area full of SE Asian immigrants, colorfully decorated with the appropriate tokens of wood carvings and paintings of hanuman, the Ramayana, and other indonesian gems. The food is delicious. Authentic, flavorful, this is exactly the type of hidden gem you savor. Hands down the best meal I've ever had in Miami, surpassing the Mondrian, Delano, and other high end south beach sites that cost 5x more.

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Thank Jon1796
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Caracas, Venezuela
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97 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Nasi Goreng galore”
Reviewed 26 February 2014

Rijs stafel (dutch for Rice table) and nasi goreng were very good. Two Sambal Olek (hot sauces)
a necessary compliment to fully enjoy these Indonesian dishes. Bravo.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank tom z
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New York
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295 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
“Authentic Indonesian Cuisine and really delicious”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

We went to the Bali Cafe with an Indonesian friend who swears by this restaurant insofar as being truly authentic Indonesian Cuisine. The place is small and only has ten tables and the decor is pretty basic with traditional pictures lining the walls. But, you go here for the food and not the ambience. We started off our meal with the Asian salad that had lightly cooked tuna in a delicate homemade orange sesame dressing. Our friend also ordered the Lumpia which are basically spring rolls with chicken and cabbage topped with a delicious sauce.

For our main course, we had Lontong Cap Go Meh, a combination of shredded beef on one side of the platter with chicken on the other served in a delicate coconut sauce with rice balls and crunchy rice crackers. We cut up the rice balls and soaked them in the sauce. Really good! We ordered two side dishes - Sambal Goreng Teri Kacang which consisted of peanuts with crunchy fish. The quail eggs were not on the menu but they were very small (size wise like oversized jelly beans) served in a red chili sauce.

Dessert was perhaps the most unusual dish. Es Campur is essentially a compote of tropical fruits mixed with coconut milk and crushed ice. It also included red beans which are naturally sweet. One of the more unusual fruits in this mixture were the palm seeds which I particularly liked. Very refreshing! Of course, we washed down our meal with hot green tea.

  • Visited December 2013
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