950 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K7
Tel: (604) 732-7608
June 26, 2012 – Lunch
Written by: Second Stomach
I was looking for a quick bite to eat for lunch on Broadway today. This sign attracted me to come here today:
If it wasn’t for the signage, I would never have found this restaurant. This restaurant is on the second level of a complex and hidden away on Broadway. When I walked in, I was amazed at how large this restaurant was. I was also a bit surprised by the decor. You wouldn’t know this is an indonesian restaurant – there was nothing in here to suggest that theme at all. There were many tables, a dance floor, and facilities for karaoke. I wonder if this place is busy at night and whether they have multiple large functions?
Anyway I came here for lunch and I was one of the few people here today. Here’s the menu for their lunch specials:
I chose for my lunch special:
Laksa Ayam- $6
– So, I chose this because Laksa “should” be good here at an Indonesian Restaurant. I also had Laksa a few weeks ago at Malay Curry House and I was anxious to compare. This Laksa was a disappointment. In fact, I think it’s the worst one I’ve had in all my experiences of ordering this…
– My first clue was that the bowl was very small. At first $6 seemed pretty good for a bowl of laksa but then I quickly realized that I was presented with more like a snack.
– Yes, the bowl did contain the typical ingredients you would see in Laksa- rice noodles, bean sprouts, chicken, prawn (yes, in my bowl, unfortunately just one prawn), hard boiled egg, fried shallots…but the broth was not very good. It was thin and tasted mainly of curry. The coconut flavor was very light. I prefer a richer flavor of coconut and a spicier broth. This one was not spicy at all. As I was eating this, I could help but crave the laksa that I had at Malay Curry House a few weeks before.
So, here’s my bill today…
Pondok is a restaurant hidden away on Broadway. It has plenty of seating and does feature some pretty reasonably priced lunch specials. Unfortunately, the food wasn’t really that good today. It also didn’t give me the impression of a true authentic indonesian experience especially with the lack of culturally themed decor.
– Plenty of seating
– Parking can be found right below the restaurant (in the same complex)
– If the laksa is any indication, the food quality is really not that great