Simpang Asia is one of the recommended place to have Indonesian food when you're in LA area. A few years ago we managed to sample some of their dishes at the West Covina location before they closed down later on.
The LA location one is side by side with a small convenience store that provides Indonesian snacks, drinks, some ready made food and sandwiches. The restaurant portion seemed like it was just renovated. Minimalist, cement floor, no decor whatsover on the wall. On one side was a counter with a cash register and a bunch of snacks on the counter. There was a sign that says "All snacks $1". Kue lapis - layered coconut cake and bolu kukus - steamed cup cakes were among the snacks. We got to try some fried banana (2 for $1).
When we got there, there were about three tables occupied. It took about a couple of minutes before anybody acknowledged us. We were then seated and given a menu. First page of menu was special of the day. None of those seemed to be interesting enough. So I settled with Bakwan Malang - noodle soup with fried wonton. For hubby I chose Nasi Rames Padang - rice with Padang style spicy dishes. And for dessert, we'd share es teler - shaved ice with avocado, coconut and jackfruit.
10433 National Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034-4681 (310) 815-9075