Java Noodles2400 E. Oltorf, 443-5282
Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm, 5-10pm; Sat, 6-10pm; Sun, noon-3pm
The food at the unassuming Indonesian eatery is so diverse and remarkable that the Chronicle critics named chef Johanes Mulja Di as one of Austin's two best chefs in Java's first year of business. The traditional Indonesian dishes presented here are perfectly seasoned, spicy, and full-flavored without being too fiery. The $4.95 weekday brunch buffet and $5.99 Sunday brunch buffet have to be two of the best bargains in the city. The owners have also opened the new Java Market retail store a couple doors down from the restaurant.