Ambassador attends launch of New Barnet restaurant

Indonesian restaurant Bali Satay House claims to be the first of its kind in North London reports Egle Rameikaite

Diners enjoy the food at the opening of Bali Satay House (Credit – Egle Rameikaite)

A new authentic Indonesian restaurant has opened in New Barnet with a visit from an ambassador.

Bali Satay House restaurant officially opened its doors to friends and the public in the opening event on Thursday 16th of March.

The official opening was marked by a speech from Indonesian ambassador Dr Desra Percaya, while the guests had a chance to try various dishes, accompanied by complimentary drinks and a performance by Indonesian dancers.

Indonesian dancers at the launch event. (Credit – Egle Rameikaite)

The Satay House claims to be the first of its kind in North London bringing exotic flavours of Indonesian food by a professional Indonesian chef exclusively invited to the UK to work for there.

According to the owner Simone Barbett, the idea came from his business partner, who recognised a need for authentic Indonesian cuisine to be represented in Barnet. 

The menu features choices to suit many different dietary requirements and Simone wanted to be flexible with food that suits European taste buds while maintaining original flavours. However, ‘If somebody wants very spicy food, the chef will chop fresh chillies for them,’ he joked. 

The restaurant was packed out for the event and one of the guests, Fidelia, admitted to missing out on food but is dedicated to coming back another day. She said, ‘We need restaurants like this. Small businesses need our support.’

Bali Satay House prides itself on offering an authentic environment, which is shown through the official logo picturing ‘The bird of paradise’ flower and colourful in-house décor. Once it is up and running it has further plans for live performance nights and traditional cooking classes. 

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