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Balilicious Modern Indonesian

3488 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z2W8
Tel: (604) 709-8150
Neighbourhood: East Side

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Overpriced, Underwhelmed
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

My wife and I were cruising up Cambie after a round of pitch n’ putt, when we spotted Sate Satu. It promised “Modern Indonesian Cuisine”. It did not deliver.

We started with a mango papaya breezer and a coconut shake as beverages, and for mains ordered a full order of the lamb curry and the spicy grilled eggplant and zucchini in their signature belado sauce.

The breezer was a kind of fruit smoothie, but it was syrupy and oversweet. By contrast, the coconut shake was very bland and was devoid of coconut.

The lamb curry had a tasty sauce, but the portion size for the “full order” was puny, and more like a half order. That little snack cost 15 bucks. The spicy veggies consisted of 6 thin slices of each of eggplant and zucchini in a devastatingly salty sauce, which completely overwhelmed any other flavours in the meal. It was surprisingly little for eleven bucks.

The service was occasionally good, and we only waited 40 minutes for our dishes (this place does a lot of take-out) but the restaurant was like an oven despite the fans going full blast, and the cooking smells were strong enough that I could taste it all.

Not worth the money and not very good. Try Tropika instead.

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What's with this review?
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Reviews seem to be popping up and disappearing for this restaurant.

Went with a friend on a weekday afternoon and had Laksa, a dry beef curry and Satay. The Satay was juicy, but the dip was disappointing. They use brisket for the beef curry. It is tender, but too much fat. Tenderloin or shank would have been a better alternative. To be fair, most restaurants use brisket for this dish. Laksa was disappointing.

During my lunch, I overheard the conversation at the next table. A caucasian who just returned from Singapore was lamenting how he misses Singapore's Laksa, and that there is no restaurant in Vancouver that comes close. How true ...

Service - Considering there were only 2 tables, it could have been more attentive.

Ambiance - I actually like the decor. Modern, yet with hints of asia. Nicely done.

Return? Unlikely. There are better dry beef curry, laksa and satay elsewhere.

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Balilicious is Cheap, Delicious - $38.84 For Two
By jmawanabe of Downtown (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 16, 2010 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

Balilicious interesting review from The Savvyinsider.ca.
This small unpretentious restaurant on Cambie Street in Vancouver serves wonderful modern Indonesian cuisine.
And the price is right - dinner for two totals a mere $35.85, before taxes and drinks.
Our first item is a small starter - coconut sambal egg telor. The hard-boiled egg, sliced in half and covered in a great tasting, slightly hot, chili sauce. Some dried garlic and fish flakes give the dish crunch and great texture; a bit of creamy coconut sauce finishes it off.
Who knew a hard-boiled egg could be so delicious?
The super-thin green onion pancake - Martabak Asin -are enveloped with a yummy combo of savoury spices and ground beef, another testimony to chef's innovative approach to simple food. And that peanut satay sauce is gorgeous.
Lumpia Goreng spring rolls are delightfully super light, crispy, crunchy, nary a sign of having been deep fried.
How do they do that?
A medley of tiny bits of chicken, carrot, crunchy Chinese cabbage, vermicelli noodles, minced fresh garlic and spring onions, heighten the experience and of course that Tamarind dipping sauce, a contrast of sweet and sour, is perfect for the dish.
The Satay skewers - young spring lamb - are juicy and that slightly charred element adds extra flavour. The dark satay sauce brings another dimension to the dish. Yum yum.
And at only $2.95 a pop you could feast endlessly on these tiny morsels.
The most expensive item - a red snapper filet at $15.95 - is stunning in its presentation and taste. The snapper (Ikabn Bali Balinese fried fish) arrives with the smaller end slightly curved upward, the batter pale, the fish crunchy on the outside, moist and meaty on the inside, all of it doused with a superb spicy garlic sauce.
And finally dessert - a chocolate-avocado parfait, smooth and creamy, hints of lemongrass and lime, topped off with tiny bits of chocolate, crunchy wafers, a hit of whipped cream, adds up to a stunning dessert.
Balilicious a great culinary treat and so easy on the pocketbook.
And one more thing, Balilicious changed its name recently from Sate Satu, to reflect its more contemporary approach to Indonesian cooking. The dinner menu is under takeout.

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an impressive experience
By wiwi1987 of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

a very good place to go, the decor is very modern and the service is very welcoming. the food quality exceeds the price it asks for, especially the 1 dollar sate, which is about twice the size compare to other restaurants. me and my gf was so full, yet when the bill came its only a mere 30 dollars. a definitely must try.

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excellent experience
By bizby of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 1, 2007 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

Due to change in plans we found ourselves without any place to have dinner on new years eve, and so wandered into Sate drawn by the glow of their open sign. Although the table we were seated at was not premium, owing to larger parties booking whole banks of seating,
we settled in for a surprising evening of friendly service and very tasty food. The owners are young and original in their thinking, presenting what they refer to as modernized versions of their old traditional Indonesian cuisine. In this regard, they are spot on, and just need to think about some of the finer details with their physical setup to take this little restaurant to a very presentable level.

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Great satay.
By homercdn of vancouver east (17 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

This is a great little place to be for some great satay.YUM! They closed down during the Olympics (dont blame them!), but dined in the week following. Great food and service for the price and location. Cant beat it! Good all round place for good eats! Will be back soon.

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a great surprise
By Gkii of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

Just got back from a fantastic meal at Sate Satu - everything was fresh and incredibly tasty. Service was excellent - everyone seemed to take turns to ensure that we had our water topped up, new cutlery, even offered to get us new plates between courses - and this is by no means an expensive restaurant! We had the sambal goreng udang, which was perfection in a dish - spicy, sticky, prawn goodness, and a nicely put-together gado gado. Desserts finished off our evening - an avocado mousse and chocolate pudding confection was both a surprise and a delight, and the martabak manis was HUGE, and filled with all manner of gooey condensed milk, chocolate, peanuts, and banana.

Honestly, go check it out - chances are, we'll be sitting nearby!

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Good Solid Food Service Etc...
By manager of commercial drive (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

I've been to Indonesia a number of times and like the food. Someone told me this restaurant has better food than Bali. Ok so that's a bit of a stretch, but the food was solid as my rating indicates. Indonesia is a wonderful holiday for adventure, sun and cuisine if anyone cares. I love it.

The people in this spot were genuinely nice. It's actually called Balilicious now. It's a little tight and doesn't have many tables. Our dinner came to under $50. We had 2 small appies, 6 satay, one salad, one entree, a beer and a pop.

I might be back. But Sweet Chilli is closer and the food is better. Sorry it is.

The men wear traditional Indonesian festive outfits which is cool. Nice touch!

salut

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tasty, but overpriced
By jcont of Kitsilano, Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

We went to Sate Satu after seeing their booth at Eat Vancouver. The food is very tasty, and spicy, and the presentation of each dish is very pleasing. However, the portions are teeny tiny, and the wait staff will badger you to order alcoholic drinks. If that isn't bad enough, you'll end up spending more than you expected to for a slightly above average meal.

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Expensive & not good
By food4thought of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 12, 2009 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

Rice & roti were overly pricey. You have to pay $2 just for sauce. I can make almost the same at home. The curry lamb was so tiny & there were only 5 or 6 tiny pieces. Also, my bf is a chef & he could tell the lamb wasn't stewed together with the curry. It was just fried separately & then given a quick cook together. It was also a tiny plate. The skewers weren't good b/c they weren't hot. The drink was expensive (as expected) but 2/3s of it was ice, even when I finished. Definitely wouldn't come here for Indonesian food.

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favourite
By kitchenbuccaneer of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

An awesome restaurant with a great atmosphere, friendly staff and a very good selection of dutch/indonesian cuisine. The rendang was good. Always have some gado gado and spring rolls. Ask for some sambal if you like it spicy. The satay sauce is like a benchmark for me. This one is kind of sweet and creamy and nice in it's way.

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