Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Satay Sarinah
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Satay Sarinah
Address: 512-A South Van Dorn St. , Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: 703-370-4313
Neighborhood: Alexandria
Cuisines: Malaysian/Indonesian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Saturday 11:30 to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5 to 10. Open for lunch and dinner Sunday noon to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Van Dorn St.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Potato croquettes with beef and vegetables; sweet-corn cakes with scallions; lamb satay; fried chicken; spicy beef stew; pickled vegetables; chocolate/avocado smoothie; fried banana with vanilla ice cream.
No matter what you order at this humble Indonesian cafe, it’ll feel like a feast when it arrives at the table. Oversize portions and hearty cooking that uses only halal meats (those slaughtered according to Muslim law) make this place perfect for a cheap date or an inexpensive way to feed a family.

Start with fried potato croquettes stuffed with beef and vegetables ($3.95), sweet-corn cakes with scallions ($5), and expertly grilled satay ($10)—especially the lamb. Skip the stir-fried egg noodles ($9.95) and go for the perfectly fried chicken ($10) or the hot and spicy beef stew ($12.95) spiked with a lemongrass-and-turmeric sauce. A side of pickled vegetables ($3) cuts through the richness of the dishes. If there’s room for dessert, try the refreshing chocolate-avocado smoothie ($4) or the fried banana with vanilla ice cream ($5), a comforting end to a comforting meal.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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