For Valentine's, we took a trip to Solenad, Nuvali and decided to eat at John Bamboo -- a Sate House by Red Crab. According to Wikipedia, sate is a "dish of marinated, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce". I don't remember the last time I've eaten Indonesian food, so I was pretty excited because it was something "new". Anyway, we were given crackers as appetizers. The crackers itself was nothing special (though I doubt crackers can actually get any special), but the sauce was pretty good!
We ordered two kind of Sate -- beef and pork. They were both spicy (though if I remember correctly, the waitress said all the Sate were spicy), though the beef was a lot more spicy than the pork for some reason. It was also served with some sort of peanut sauce. I liked the Beef Sate, though the spiciness became unbearable after a few sticks! (Edit: I labeled it as pork and chicken before... I have been corrected :p)
In contrast to the Pork Sate, the Pork Sate was very mediocre when it came to taste. Besides, the meat wasn't tender. :(
Marcus was very happy by the fact that they had Mie Goreng, so he ordered it even though we had already ordered for so much. The product? There was a lot left for take out. Anyway, the Mie Goreng was "just okay" for me as well. Honestly, it was a bit on the bland side.
We also ordered Nasa Goreng Mie (don't ask me what that stands for!). It was very different from the Nase Goreng that I'm accustomed to, because the rice wasn't coated in the sauce. If you've been to Banana Leaf, you might know what I'm referring to. However, I liked it... I found it very tasty! It was salty, but in a good way.
We got there during off hours (as usual), so if I remember correctly, we were the only ones around.
To end this post... look at the pretty giveaway they gave me! ;) Though Marcus had to ruin the mood by saying, 'Why don't I get any?'... aaargh.
The food is a hit or miss. For example, I liked the Beef Sate, but the Pork Sate wasn't very good (for me). I guess you just really need to be very careful on what you order. The ambiance was nice as well, and the staff were very accommodating.
Taste - 3/5
Ambiance - 3/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3/5
Overall Value - 3/5