Pondok Buyung offers authentic Indonesian cuisine in unpretentious surroundings. What the restaurant can offer isn’t represented by the exterior so don’t be put off. The Padang food is presented in a bain-marie. This is typical of Padang restaurants in Indonesia. If you are looking to taste something different then try the bitter melon. The average price of a dish is $8 so it certainly won’t stretch the household budget. Cash is the accepted currency and alcohol is not served on the premises.
Underneath the not-so-"instagram" interior is a hidden gem. Authentic indonesian food at its best. Food is prepared fresh daily with lots of different meats and vegetables to choose from. Prices have gone up over the years but this does not stop me from coming back. Recommended choices include the tempe and beef rendang! 10/10 Added rice for free is always a plus!
Don't judge a book by its cover. Not the greatest looking decor in this place, but it adds authenticity to this Indonesian home cooked dining experience. It gives a feel like you are dining in Indo. At $10 for rice with choice of 2 meat + a veg option it is great value for for a variety of delicious Indo food. There is a range of great curries including jack fruit curry, lamb curry, beef rendang and a few curry chicken varieties and ayam goreng. There are some tasty vegetable dishes and my favorite part of the meal were the accompaniments which include sambal, peanuts with a dried anchovies and crispy chicken skin. Will be back to sample all this bargain gem has to offer.
Nothing's changed, especially their mouthwatering food on display. It's not easy to pick just a few items to go on your plate as everything is so good. So I always end up buying lots home to enjoy over the next day or two. My favourite item is the classic eggplant with chilli topping - irresistibly delicious!
If you're looking for a 5 star dining experience then you'll have to head somewhere else. But if you're willing to turn a blind eye to its basic plain interior, you'll be feasting yourself to one of the finest Nasi Padang in Sydney. Pondok Buyung is the place for an economical and satisfying meal with absolute minimum fuss, dine in or takeaway. The food here taste just like in Indonesia and Malaysia, so it is as good as it can get in authenticity. So if you're craving home style Indonesian food, Pondok Buyung is the place for it. I wouldn't look elsewhere.
The new place might be smaller but it is definitely a lot cleaner and more pleasant. The food is as delicious as before (not sure if they can even go better than they already are) and there are still a lot of selections to choose from. If you have never went here before, just bare in mind that some of their traditional dishes can get quite 'tribal' and aren't exactly on the top of the healthy list. Just make sure you help yourself with some tea to wash down any excess after taste.