A reinvented Indonesian favourite

Felicia Yustantio, owner of Pinang Bistro in Sydney’s Kingsford, has several dishes on her menu that are firm favourites with her customers.

“I saw a Facebook post by a customer the other day that described our pork meatballs as ‘legendary’ and the photo had 50 ‘likes’,” she laughed. “We get lots of compliments for our noodles too. They’re different to how lots of other places make them and they’re really delicious.”

Pinang Bistro is the third Indonesian restaurant that Felicia’s been part of.

 “My family had the Pinangsia Noodle House a few doors along from where we are now here in Kingsford,” she said. “We closed it and our other restaurant in Ultimo to concentrate on Pinang Bistro.”

Pinang Bistro’s renovated space features high ceilings and a modern, minimalist look.

“I wanted to make it feel like the outdoors so we’ve used earthy colours, woven chairs and a polished concrete floor,” she said. “Joshua from Jaydar Projects gave me some great ideas about how we could achieve the look I wanted and Caroline from Caféideas helped with our choice of furniture for the dining areas.”

With a loyal following, Felicia was keen to keep some continuity with the former restaurant, hence keeping ‘Pinang’ in the name and retaining many favourites from the old menu, plus some new additions.

Feedback about the new restaurant has been very positive since it launched in early November. “Our customers tell us they love the space and they love the ambience,” said Felicia. “And most of all they still love our food!”

A friend in the industry originally recommended Cafeideas to Felicia.

“Caféideas had most things we wanted which made it easy to deal with a single supplier,” said Felicia. “Plus they gave us a very good deal.”

Felicia visited Caféideas’ showroom and also the Fine Food Australia event at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, at which Caféideas was an exhibitor.

“I like using Caféideas’ website but it was also good to be able to see the furniture and equipment firsthand, which I was able to do at their showroom and at Fine Food Australia,” she said. 

For Pinang Bistro, Felicia bought table tops, table bases, chairs, ottomans, a wok oven, oven cooktop, dishwasher, fryer and microwave.

With 12 years experience, Felicia has a strong understanding of how to run a successful restaurant and she hopes to one day have more branches or franchise her business.

Pinang Bistro is located at 313 Anzac Parade, Kingsford. It’s open 6 days (closed Mondays) from 11am to 9.30pm, serving lunch and dinner.