I've been walking past Saucepan Cafe Restaurant in Darlington each work day since it opened last year thinking it was just a "regular cafe"...you know, the ones that serve sandwiches, burgers and the like. Not very interesting really. Infact downright boring.
Little did I know that this cafe, which is just a hop skip and a jump from my office, also has a large range of interesting Indonesian meals on offer. Lucky for me the ever-intrepid Miss Chicken and Mr Shawn have done the reconnaissance work for me and unearthed the delights on offer here.
Miss Chicken is keen for a return visit so we rendezvous for lunch. I’m excited to find such interesting food in the deep dark depths of Abercrombie Street, on a stretch of street that has ample cafes on offer (not that that is a bag thing mind you).
Miss Chicken orders the Nasi Goreng with Chicken ($10.00), Nasi Goreng is an Indonesian Fried Rice, quite dark in colour due to the addition kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and it is delicious. The dish comes topped with a fried egg, the runny yolk oozing over the rice when pierced with the fork. I have to admit I have food envy.
I'm overwhelmed by the selection of dishes on offer - everything sounds so amazingly tasty. I make a hasty decision to order the Gado Gado Ulek ($11.90) as the Waiter is standing in front of my wanting to take my order. The Gado Gado comes with the largest prawn cracker I've ever seen - yay! The dish is a medley of fried tofu, boiled potato, hard-boiled egg, choko and Kangkung (aka Morning Glory) topped with peanut sauce. It's pretty nice and feels like a healthy feed.
Saucepan Cafe can be found Shop 6/ 245-249 Abercrombie Street, Darlington.