Java Warung [Indonesian Lunch Buffet]
While hanging out at a THRIVE Coffee at Cold Stone Creamery (which was awesome) the topic of lunch came up and we mentioned Java Warung, which has an Indonesian lunch buffet for $6.99. Java Warung has been on our “Eat Here” list for quite a while, but it wasn’t until today that the Food in the Fox team finally made it a point to visit. We’re glad we did.
Sweet, Sour, and Spicy for $6.99
The Java Warung buffet spans three tables, one of which is loaded up with fresh fruits (huge red and green grapes, sliced peaches, etc.), soups (one of which tasted like grass clippings), sushi (I didn’t try it), and desserts (classic pumpkin pie and a cinnamon-infused bread pudding with raisins). The other two tables held the main course, so let’s take a look at what I have on my plate in the photo below.
The 5 Cent Plate Tour
We have rice, pork (which looked and tasted a lot like chicken), a mild teriyaki chicken, the aforementioned grapes, noodles, tofu, various vegetables, and my personal favorite that is tucked off on the left side of the plate: sweet n’ sour fish. Sweet n’ sour fish? Yep. Think sweet n’ sour chicken, but instead of heavily breaded chicken chunks you get firm pieces of white fish and pineapple. Maybe the best way to compare Java Warung’s lunch buffet is to compare it to a Chinese buffet. Yes, I know, apples and oranges. Still, the Indonesian fare tended to be lighter, less deep fried, used lighter sauces, and came together with very complimentary sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. There were also a lot more egg-related dishes.
There’s not a lot to talk about when it comes to the service since guests pay when they come through the door and there’s not much interaction afterwards, but everybody was friendly, the steam trays were kept full, and we didn’t run out of water.
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1915 N. Richmond Street
Appleton, WI 54911