Monday, April 5, 2010

Bumbu Desa @ The Curve

Bumbu Desa offers a seemingly authentic Indonesian eating experience: its staff members comprise exuberant Indonesian young men who chant intermittently while they cook and serve a staggering spread of simple fare.

Customers can flip through a menu or point to whatever they want from a mouthwatering array of food on a long table. It's a challenge to choose only a few items!

Cumi Goreng (deep-fried squid marinated in turmeric paste). Satisfyingly hearty and fragrant, but only recommended if you don't mind lots of chewing.

Cireng (fried tapioca flour). Thick, savory peanut sauce saved an otherwise bland platter.

Lalampa (steamed sticky rice, stuffed with mackerel, then grilled in banana leaves). Kinda unmemorable; tasted like the regular pulut concoctions available locally.

Pergedel, a crisp blend of sweet corn, egg & flour. An addictive snack, not oily at all.

Ayam Pop & Ayam Bumbu Desa. Steamed, then fried with different spices. Tender chicken is this outlet's forte, though the flavours are slightly less intense than expected.

Rendang Daging, a Minangkabau favorite. Slow-cooked beef with coconut milk. We feared this would be terribly tough, but it turned out surprisingly succulent. Beware though: thenomadgourmand also ordered this earlier that day for lunch, and her beef was horrible.

Ayam Tangkap (young kampung chicken fried with shallots & curry leaves). Spicy!

Daun Umbi Tumbuk (pounded cassava leaves & anchovies in coconut milk). A bit too watery for our liking. Definitely not a healthy veggie recipe.

Gulai Tilapia. A Padang delicacy. The yellow curry seemed rather ordinary and forgettable, but the fish was firm, fresh and flaky enough to recommend.

Nasi Liwet. Sundanese rice, steamed with anchovies & coconut milk. Less aromatic than nasi lemak, but well-prepared enough to please patrons who loathe wet, soggy rice.

Es Campur. A refreshing treasure trove of avocado, young coconut, traditional jelly & other sweet treats. One of the most enjoyable desserts we've had in ages.

Bumbu Desa,
The Curve.


  1. oooh such a pop name for "ayam pop" haha! and I thought Cumi goreng was a cute name. Should ask Cumi & Ciki to try it!

  2. eiling: apparently "cumi-cumi" means squid in the indonesian language? i think they use "sotong" to refer to cuttlefish only =)

  3. It's great that there are more Indonesian outlets these days as a reflection of our new multicultural composition. =)

  4. lemongrass: hmmmm, for now though, i foresee more indonesians working here rather than eating here :D

  5. wah... so many dishes that you had! really admire your digestive system :)

  6. leo: my digestive system can handle anything as long as it's not too spicy! can't take too spicy! :D

  7. you and TNG.. both killing me!!

    cumi IS squid. cumi is also the LOVE of my LIFE! hehe

  8. ciki: killing u softly with our posts =) squid is the love of your life? what about cuttlefish then ... ok ok, sorry, lame joke :D

  9. What is the pricing like? Indonesian food in KL don't come cheap... =(

  10. bangsar-babe: most of the items cost below RM10, though the servings aren't very large. the fish is the priciest, at nearly RM20, but it's decent-sized platter...

  11. COOOOLLLL!! we posted nearly same time & different dishes! I enjoyed reading wht i didnt order! Hehe.. at least i knw now wht to order on my nx week!
    Ha.. I had better luck w mah fish!!! ;p ;p

  12. Honestly, I'm a glad a new place to eat finally opened in the Curve. The place has been a dud of late and pretty uninspiring when it comes to food. And Bumbu sounds promising. Think I'd prob head there soon.

  13. tng: try the es campur, since u're a fan of desserts! i have a feeling that u're gonna like it :D and yeah, the curry for your gulai ikan looked a lot creamier!
    qwazymonkey: i totally agree with that. the curve is still a nice place to hang out, but i rarely go there anymore. i like the food and cocktails at the apartment, but since there's a more conveniently located branch at klcc, there's no reason for me to head to the curve.

  14. yes.. i wanted to go for the avocado one (funny u din order tht ;p) but aft seein the number of dishes my fren selected, i had plain water instead !hehe.. the avocado can be pretty heavy. Nx round, will try less meats, and hv some tummy space for desserts ;)

  15. tng: oh ya, but the es campur actually contains avocado, so that meets my quota :D yeah, the rice can be quite filling too!