Vegan-friendly Indonesian restaurants are, apparently, just like buses. I’d never seen one before, and then suddenly this year two of them popped up! I visited this one in Nuremberg in May, and then Javanka appeared in Prague not long after. It serves meat, but has lots of clearly labelled vegan options, and it’s honestly one of the lovelier restaurants in Prague – slightly shabby chic, really friendly service, and a very relaxed atmosphere.
I’ve been twice, and both times I ordered this tumis tempeh dish. Tempeh is one of my favourite things ever, and it turns out that it’s significantly better from Indonesian restaurants than the supermarket. Who would have guessed?! It’s cooked in dark, sweet, soy sauce and chilli, and it’s supremely flavoursome. The peanutty dressing on the gado-gado salad, complete with fried tofu, is also excellent- my omni friends have also happily devoured this.
Dr HH can always be counted on to go for a mixed plate when it’s available, which is very handy for reviewing! The javanka vegan plate also featured the same tempeh, rice, and gado-gado salad. He also had some green bean sambal goreng and some seasoned rasped coconut Serundeng, and another unspecified vegetable dish. Basically, he loved everything! The tempeh and coconut were his favourites, but everything was flavoursome and we both had clean plates at the end.
My only complaint about Javanka is the lack of vegan desserts. Not that I really needed one, but it’s nice to have the option,isn’t it? Despite this, it has quickly risen up the ranks of my favourite places to eat in Prague. It’s great whether you’re eating with fellow vegans or omnis.
Here’s to more Indonesian restaurants for all!