Taste of Bali

**Taste of Bali is now closed downtown. No word yet on a new location.

Taste of Bali is moving soon to 82nd Ave, and now that I’ve finally gone there, I won’t miss them. Although the man behind the counter was one of the friendliest workers I have ever come across, repeatedly warmly calling me “my friend”, that just can’t save a bad meal.

I’d been eying it for years from my office and finally visited last week. I have eaten excellent vegan Indonesian food previously, and knew that Taste of Bali sells and uses homemade tempeh, so it was worth a shot. It’s a small restaurant that I’m proud to at least temporarily still see in downtown Portland – independent owned, operated, and unique. Orders are taken at the counter and your food is later brought to you. The establishment always seems to have diners in its plant-filled room with small tables. I grabbed one of the last few open ones when I went for lunch, cozily sitting alone in a corner next to the front window – a great people-watching location, if the windows were cleaner.

When inquiring as to what was vegan friendly, I was asked if I prefer mild or spicy – I appreciated such customer service. I chose the Bakmi Goreng, which was tofu and pan fried noodles. The server assured me it also included cabbage and carrots, since I was omitting the onions. Other veggie options include Vegetarian Rendang and Sayur Lodeh. Also included with the $5.45 meal was a small cup’s worth of salad that was given upon ordering. The cabbage was crisp and the tangy, vinegary dressing was very tasty. The meal came about after 15 minutes ordering, and just see the photo below. I think I counted two pieces of cabbage, one carrot slice and a runner up for plainest tofu of my life. I want to assume there was a miscommunication and this was the cabbage and carrots my sever was referring to was my salad. The noodles were warm and quite aromatic, but that’s about it. I didn’t see any point in eating something like this other than to fill my stomach, and I didn’t enjoy putting it there.

I’m sorry Taste of Bali…..rather, you should apologize to me. Enjoy your move to 82nd.

Cabbage salad
taste of bali

Bakmi Goreng
taste of bali

Rating: 1 out of 5
Address: 947 S.W. Broadway Portland OR 97205
Mon-Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm

Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm

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6 responses to “Taste of Bali

  1. Wow. Was the tofu even cooked?

    Portlandfoodanddrink.com has as their tagline, “Throwing Ourselves on the Grenade of Bad Food to Save You.” I appreciate you doing the same.

  2. Nope, not cooked at all – possibly what made me officially give this a one. “pan fried”??
    but I’m glad I could take one for the team….of vegans.

  3. I haven’t been there in years, but for what it’s worth, I used to really enjoy the sayur lodeh there; I had it many times and always enjoyed it. It’s basically a stew of carrots, green beans, and maybe one or two other vegetables, cooked in what I think I remember as a coconut-based mild sauce. It’s served over rice, and as I recall the portion was enormous.

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