It is one thing to open an Indonesian restaurant in a small town. It is another way of being successful. Mayasari Indonesian GrillThe stamina in Greensburg – it was opened four years ago with namesake Maya Effendi from the Southeast Asian archipelago and Purdue graduate in the kitchen – speaks volumes about the quality of the food and the warmth of the experience. Effendi’s husband Rick Mays and her daughters run the cozy dining room while she sends out large plates of pasta dishes, curries and satays. Spices, sauces and an affinity for minced meat distinguish the region’s canon from the better-known Asian cuisine. Get your first taste of the mango tea (pieces of the fruit sink to the bottom) and an appetizer sampler that includes the meatball, a fried piece of turmeric-flavored chicken coated with egg and breadcrumbs, and the strongest peanut sauce to try always with a pork or chicken kebab. Enjoy the delicious hot sambal goreng sauce, a chunky mix of cayenne pepper, garlic and shallots. Then put yourself on the short list of specialties. Turmeric and ginger galangal, main ingredients in Indonesian cuisine, spice up the curry featured in Nasi Goreng, a recipe for fried rice with meatballs and fishballs. The beef and curry main course resembles a braised beef: a tender, crumbling piece of roast flanked by cap cai (sautéed vegetables of the season). Select the highest heating level. “Mild” hardly registers itself. 213 N. Broadway St., Greensburg, 812-222-6292
Tuesday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wed – Fri 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat noon – 8 p.m.
Know before you go
The menu includes American grills, sushi, and a grilled cheese for kids. But no alcohol.
What are you in a hurry?
Mile high cakes beckon a block away The restaurant of history, a rural cooking institution. Stop by for a piece of sugar cream or cherry, or take home a whole cake for less than $ 20. 109 E. Main St., Greensburg, 812-663-9948