My husband and I go out for a “no kids” date night on a weekly basis, and usually we try to do something a little different every week.
This evening, we went to test the legendary reputation of Sparrow Indonesian Takeaway, in Highgate. It was originally located in Northbridge for many, many years, and is still run by the same owners.
We decided to eat there because so many people recommended it to us, and it is constantly listed in Perth’s Top Meals under $20 or something like that.
But, a lot of women in my family make damn fine Indonesian/Malay style food, so I have pretty demanding standards.
As you can see, it is a little “cheap and cheerful” establishment, with only 8 small tables inside. The big, generic, red and green letters on the glass, and the security mesh, really say it all. This place seems to spend very little on presentation.
Inside, the impression of low-glamour functionality was reinforced. But it was super clean and the place was almost full of people on a Wednesday night.
The owner met us with a huge Indonesian smile and showed us to a plastic table with an excellent view of the opened fuse box for the power supply. There was a steady stream of locals getting takeaway – a good sign.
So this is what we ordered. 1 Beef rendang, 1 Balinese chicken curry, 2 plates of yellow rice = all for $17.10.
Yes, that’s right…seventeen dollars. For TWO mains AND two serves of rice.
And my verdict?
This is the smile of total satisfaction + embarrassment + resignation. (Note the fuse box in the background!)
It was really, reeeeeally yummy. The curries were saturated with flavour, the meats were both so tender and juicy and fell apart at the poke of a fork, the rice was perfect and fragrant, and my tummy was very satisfied indeed.
*Very happy Karen*
I strongly, strongly recommend it.
Sparrow Indonesian Restaurant
301 Lord St, Highgate,
Western Australia 6003