There’s an Indonesian-language church in Randwick, and after Sunday Mass families often go out nearby for lunch. When I lived in Sydney years ago there were three Indonesian restaurants serving this trade, and it was noticeable that Java was always the first one to fill up, after which people would head to the other two.
Mrs Leghorn and I dropped in for Sunday lunch during a recent visit to Sydney, to see how Java was going.
We ordered our three favourite dishes: petai goreng (stink beans), ayam bakar (Balinese grilled chicken) and kangkung cah terasi (water spinach stir-fried with shrimp paste, tomato, chilli, and onion).
Chatting afterwards, we discovered that Java has been in business for 33 years, with the mother of the family still running the kitchen. That’s impressive in itself.
OverallJava has excellent food at a budget price. We paid just over $40 for our lunch, with no charge for our BYO wine. On weekdays they have lunch options for under $10. Because there were only two of us, we had a limited range of dishes, but the menu provides many more choices: fish, different vegetables, satays, octopus, prawns, noodles and soups. A large group will probably pay $15 each for a Sunday lunch. You can find the full menu on the restaurant’s facebook page.
Java’s location in Avoca Street is a couple of blocks away from the main Randwick shops, but seems to attract the most interesting restaurants. Across the road there used to be an excellent family-run Lebanese restaurant, which closed down when the children finished university and went off to be doctors and lawyers and such. It’s been replaced by a Peruvian restaurant serving specialties like ox heart. Next to that is a Mexican restaurant called Mexico Lindo. I ate there when it was called Azteca’s, and it too was very good. So if you’re looking for food in Randwick, duck around to Avoca Street.
Find it atJava Indonesian Restaurant
151 Avoca Street
Randwick NSW 2031
Phone: (02) 9398 6990