The house was full when we arrived at dinnertime. I didn’t know that we had quite a population of Indonesian expats here, probably because we Southeast Asians almost looked alike.
Before settling on our table, we noticed that they have a buffet section. We found out that it wasn’t your typical all-you-can-eat. It’s self-service, yes, but there is a specific cost for each dish. It was too complex for us since we’re very hungry so we didn’t bother try to comprehend. We’ll probably explore the buffet next time.
I need not to take a look at the menu coz I automatically asks for a plate of slightly spicy Nasi Goreng every time we go to an Indonesian restaurant. They have a few varieties of my favorite fried rice depending on your choice of meat (chicken, seafood or both, dried fish or lamb). I had the Nasi Goreng Campur, which is a mix of seafood and chicken. It was amazing – I had a party in my mouth! Together with the rice dish is an egg cooked sunny side up, a handful of prawn crackers, slices of cucumber and tomato and two sticks of chicken satay. I don’t usually like satays as they tend to be too nutty for my liking BUT Dapoer Kita’s version has a subtle peanut taste – I am in love! I swore I could finish a stick or two more.
The husband had Nasi Timbel, which is steamed rice wrapped in banana leaf that came with grilled chicken, tempeh (similar to tofu but with a different texture), tofu and shrimp paste chili sauce. The grilled chicken has an Asian kick making it not your typical grilled meat. It was a tasty dish with perfect side dishes except for that meat-looking thing (next to the rice in photo) that he found too salty.
We also shared a serving of Kangkung, which makes a perfect accompaniment to our mains.
I had my nasi goreng washed down by a coconut milk beverage called Es Cendol. It has some green rice flour jellies giving it an interesting texture. Hubby had Jus Alpukat or avocado shake, which he liked so much. It’s not like the common avocado shake we get from small cafeterias drowning the avocado flavor with milk and honey. Instead, it’s light and reminds us of homemade shakes back home.
We still have a lot of dishes to try in Dapoer Kita that we’re planning to return in the near future! This hidden gem in Karama is really worth a try. The restaurant’s simplicity interiors-wise is doubly compensated by the quality of Indonesian fare they serve.
43A Street, near Lulu Hypermarket and Karama Souq, Karama, Dubai, UAE
+971 4 379 5501