This small section of Whitney Avenue in Elmhurst has been home to a few Indonesian restaurants of random quality and rotating ownerships. At another location a few doors down, three different businesses have come and gone fairly recently. At this address a restaurant called Minang Asli used to occupy the space, but for at least the past four years it has been home to Asian Taste 86, what many people consider to be the city's best.
The tiny space crams in about 20 seats, and our group of eight took up just about half the restaurant. They happily accommodated us though, and despite the server having to steer around our table to get to everyone else, it all ran pretty smooth.
Gado gado ($6.50)
Siomay goreng ($5)
Empek empek ($7.50)
After the above four appetizers came out, they gave us some time to finish before sending in all of our mains.
Sayur asem, served with chicken ($10)
Ayam penyet ($8.50)
Soto daging ($9.50)
Nasi rendang ($10.50)
Lamb satay kambing ($9)
Pecel lele "smashed catfish" ($9.50)
nasi goreng ($8.50)
It was a fine meal made better by the sheer array of options we had as a large group and a new Indonesian friend who did a wonderful job ordering for all of us. We all paid under $20 each and the vibe of the restaurant is terrific, let's just hope it sticks around longer than the average for the block.