Iga Bakar

$18.00 · 3 Reviews

Beef ribs with medan spiced kecap reduction.
Simply excellent. 12/10.

$18 for beef ribs is a really good deal. Tasted nicely charred. Wish there was more of a side with it though. There was a bagedil puree but it felt more like a "sauce". It needed something more substantial to go along with it.


I like it when cafes try to serve their own versions of Asian flavours — this Iga Bakar is one good example where they serve a grilled beef rib (braised for 48 hours) with kecap manis reduction with polenta fries. I wasn't much of a fan of the polenta fries on the side for they tasted very much like salted tidbits but still decently crisp and fluffy, but the beef certainly was delicious with the sweet Kecap Manis despite it carrying just a slight gamey flavour profile; just that it could be more tender overall. What intrigued me the most was the crisp on the side; earthy yet spicy flavours like dried chili flakes in cracker form — very interesting indeed but felt isolated from the whole dish for there seem to be nothing else on the plate to pair the crackers with.