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Hole in the wall spot with five-star Indonesian fare
Popular plate: Betawi dishes up a mean opar ayam – chicken braised in a coconut milk curry. The broth is rich and beautifully spiced, and the chicken fall-off-the-bone tender.
Talk of the town: Many of the chefs that helm Dubai’s five-star restaurants frequent Betawi on their off-hours. Always a good sign.
Betawi Café is a difficult find. A small restaurant, tucked away in one of Karama’s ambling backstreets, those that make the effort are rewarded with a supremely affordable, expertly prepared Indonesian feast.
Everything, from the routine nasi goreng to the more authentic nasi padeng, excels at this homey café. The super friendly staff are eager to answer questions and offer recommendations. Be warned: the place is tiny, and visitors might do well to travel in small groups.