In Indonesian-Latino Comes to Jackson Heights, Edible Queens World’s Fare blogger Joe DiStefano describes his visit to a new Indonesian-Latino restaurant, Tropika Grill n’ Cafe, in Jackson Heights, Queens. Say what? Indonesian-Latino? You have to question the concept immediately, but as the way DiStefano describes it, Tropika doesn’t sound half bad. Indonesian and LAtin American flavors aren’t completely unrelated. There is abundance of spices, fruits, chiles, and fish. The chef is from the island of Sulawesi, therefore the majority of the dishes seem to be Indonesian, though the restaurant is right in the heart of the latin community on Roosevelt avenue, so I guess you have to please the neighbors. DiStefano says they serve Beef Rendang, Satay, and even frogs legs. There’s fried yucca and even bolas fritas de maiz, which are seasoned with kaffir lime leaves. There’s also nine flavors of elote, or Mexican grilled corn, including chocolate and garlic. I don’t foresee Michelin stopping by anytime soon, but it’s definitely interesting.Tropika Grill n’ Cafe
82-18 Roosevelt Avenue
Jackson Heights, Queens
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