Indo Indo Seafood & Grill is a casual dining, Indonesian seafood restaurant in Cluster D of JLT. Located at lake level, it’s right next door to Mexican bad boys, Chalco’s. The interior is minimalistic (b-o-r-i-n-g), with a grey epoxy-style floor, blacked-out, exposed ceiling, and simple wooden tables and benches. A single life saver on the wall facing the entrance is the only give away that this restaurant has something to do with the sea. I couldn’t help thinking how much a ceiling fan (or two) would give the place SOME of the character it so desperately lacks.
The Cumi Cumi, which is basically breaded, fried calamari, was over-salted but really good. My food buddy, Sam and I couldn’t help thinking of how well a bowl full would compliment a chilled pint of beer. And then came the Seafood Laksa, the best I have had in Dubai. Actually, I shouldn’t say that till I have been back to ensure it wasn’t a fluke. Till I am sure then, it was ONE of the best Laksa’s I have had in Dubai. Not so the Udang Balado, which was so smothered in fiery sambal that it was almost inedible, almost.
All in all though, the food at this little place has HUGE potential. And I will be back, not just for the Laksa but also to try their 38 Dirham lunch special, Wonton Noodle Soup with Crispy Duck – OMG! Topping it all off, their all-girl staff were friendly, attentive, and super-fast, making this a must visit restaurant.