I always wanted to go Indonesian Restaurant 1968 but the one in Causeway Bay is always so busy it's impossible to get in. I was happy to find out about the Shatin branch and it was not very busy at all the day we visited (a weekday afternoon).
The lunch menu was pretty big but we decided to go for the lunch sets. All the sets come with a drink and a pick at the salad bar. Here we have iced tea on the left and guava soda on the right. I wished I had gone for the ice tea because my guava soda was extremely sweet and synthetic tasting.
T's attempt to put together a gado gado. Not bad!
I was not nearly as adventurous and settled for a plate full of prawn crackers instead. I was happy!
T ordered the Indonesian fried rice with satays. While the satays were tasty the rice was funny. It's like the rice grains were burnt somehow and they were hard.
My beef rendang looked so rich and thick I was really surprised at how plain it tasted! Even though the beef was tender there was no hint of spices whatsoever. Upon looking up the recipe on wikepedia the cooking process should include ingredients such as ginger, turmeric, lemon grass, galangal, and chillies. Well I assure you that I didn't taste any of those ingredients. Disappointing!
Two set lunch came to around HK$150. Large doses of MSG came for free. I was so thirsty afterwards I felt so uncomfortable I had to go for my good old thirst/hangover remedy: a can of Coca Cola to get me out of misery. I will not go back ever. Not even if I am desperate.
Indonesian Restaurant 1968
Shop 701 New Town Plaza Phase 1, Shatin, Hong Kong. Tel: 2699-8777