We have once again enjoyed the pleasures of outstanding Indonesian cuisine at the Dragonfly, Richmond St., London. Yesterday we were reminded of just how special this little gem of a restaurant is. The Indonesian menu, which changes monthly, included Ayam Betutu, comprised sliced chicken breast with a delicate lemongrass and lime leaves inspired Balinese sauce, and Oseng Oseng Sayur Hijau, or stir fried greens; this dish with its sweet and spicy sauce included a perfectly balanced spicing of garlic, chili, ginger and lemon/lime juice. Owners/chef Don and Nora, are to be commended on their culinary excellence and hospitality which they provide in a completely unpretentious and welcoming setting.
Although we made reservations we were spoiled to be the only customers on a Monday. This is the day set aside as Indonesian food for a prix fixe and menu of 20$ not including drinks. The menu changes monthly.I am from Irian Jaya which used to be called New Guinea. We had a nice conversation about Java where my family lived as did Don the chef and owner.The meal was ajam (chicken) balado with rice and delicious green beans. I requested some heat in the form of sambal, a very common Indonesian condiment to accompany meals. It was exciting to know he whipped some up freshly and expertly. Krupuk or prawn crackers are part of the meal. The dragonfly is is cosy little place worth a visit for something special. If you're a couple get the window seat.