Last month I was invited by the newly-opened Tjendana Bistro to attend their food blogger gathering lunch. During the event, I met other Bandung’s food bloggers and foodies from Ceritaperut.com, Nyicip.com, Indonesian Food Bloggers Community and social media peeps which was really nice. The owner of the bistro has personally selected Tjendana’s best menu for us and we just had to choose the beverages.
I had Ice Tjendana, a refreshing bowl of “sop buah” full of fruit slices such as green apple, dragon fruit, cherry, mango and coconut in milky syrup. It’s a festive goodness in a bowl, suitable for hot days which happens often in Bandung lately.
Tahu Telur Asin – Salted Egg Beancurd
My number one favorite was Tahu Telur Asin, fried diced beancurd tossed in salted egg yolk. The beancurd is savory and so moist. I could taste and smell the invited salted egg-yolk covering each piece of the beancurd. FYI , Tjendana produces their own beancurd, pretty firm outside but very smooth and melting once eaten. In short, it tastes sooooo good! I wish they would sell the homemade beancurd in take-home packs! *They said it might be possible for them to do so!*
IDR – 35,000
Tamarind Fish Soup
Next up is Tamarind Fish Soup which has rich and tasty soup broth. The notes of tamarind was pretty strong but not overpowering. It’s just so fresh and original!
IDR – 73,000
Ikan Gurame Kremes Ebi – Deep Fried Gurame Fish with Dried Shrimp
This dish was also very good, with crunchy gurame fish fillets sprinkled with dried shrimp… It’s something you wouldn’t be able to resist. Let’s just dig in!!!
IDR – 15,000 / gram
I think Tjendana Bistro offers Asian cuisines-inspired more than fine Indonesian foods alone. Some of the dishes here are inspired by Asian countries’ dishes like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and even Japan. Almost all of the dishes have an interesting twist of the “normal” Indonesian foods we’ve been familiar with. For example the Tahu Telur Prantalay – IDR 35,000, is not just a common Tahu Telur (Egg Beancurd) but it has Thai foods particular flavor on its sauce.
Foods here seemed to be carefully and finely executed. you can tell can’t you? This is why I’m not surprised when the owner told me that he himself has worked with the chef for more than a year before to develop fine taste for every single dish.
Actually, I have made a second visit two weeks ago and still very satisfied with the foods here. If you happen to visit Tjendana Bistro, I highly recommend you to order Laksa Udon and Roti Canai Chicken Curry besides the foods I’ve mentioned above. The place is modernly designed, spacious and also comfy, perfect for quality time with your inner circles.
Strategic location and beautiful ambient added the value point of Tjendana. Good foods with reasonable price in a cozy place, couldn’t ask for more… I don’t think it’s too much to say Tjendana Bistro is one of the best Indonesian eatery in Bandung!
Sukajadi 181, Bandung
+62 (22) 203 4622
+62 (22) 9232 7000