Southeast Asian eateries are really limited in Calgary, but what eateries you may find serves really good food. Borobudur Resto in Crossroads Market is one of these, and they serve excellent authentic Indonesian food!
For the uninformed, Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple complex! Each of its perforated stupas house a Buddha statue, and from atop, it resembles a Buddhist mandala. This one is definitely in my bucket list of places to visit!
While there were many options to choose from, I chose Borobudur Resto because I haven’t eaten Indonesian food for a long time. The stall wasn’t as busy as the other food stalls (it wasn’t at all busy), and I’m a sucker for underrated, overlooked and/or hidden ethnic eateries.
The ladies in the front were really friendly, and I had an awesome conversation about Indonesian food and Indonesians in Calgary with the owner!
The menu can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know anything about Indonesian food, but they are willing to help out if you have any questions.
I ordered combo #5, which had tempeh in a sweet & savoury sauce, gado-gado (salad) with peanut sauce and tofu crisps, served with yellow rice. Everything on my plate was really delicious and filling (only ~$11)! The tempeh was so flavourful, and the peanut sauce was super tasty! The green sambal on the side added a touch of heat, which is warmly welcomed.
It was my first time visiting Crossroads Market, and I was surprised at how varied and huge the market was! Unlike Calgary Farmer’s Market or Market on Macleod, Crossroads Market didn’t just have food stalls. It also housed boutiques selling antiques, video games, clothes and other paraphernalia.
Borobudur isn’t a sit down restaurant, but instead it reflects the street food stalls you would see in Southeast Asia. I personally don’t mind this, since I love street food and local places of gathering like these farmer’s markets! 😀
If you’ve never tried Indonesian food, Borobudur Resto is a good place to start out. The atmosphere may not be great, but you can be sure to eat some awesome-tasting food!
COST: Moderate. My whole vegan meal, with the rice, tempeh, tofu, and gado-gado was only ~$11, which was a really good deal! All the other combos were more or less the same price.
TASTE: Very good. It didn’t look the prettiest, but everything on my plate was really tasty! I loved the chewy & savoury tempeh , the gado-gado with the peanut sauce was very delicious, and the tofu crisps was excellent with the peanut sauce!
ACCESSIBILITY: Moderate. Borobudur Resto is located at the Crossroads Market, which is just south of Inglewood. Driving is your best and most efficient bet to get here, but public buses do service the area.
ATMOSPHERE: Okay. Because it’s located in the food court, there isn’t much of an atmosphere here. It’s more of a casual eatery like what you would find in Asia. That said, the tables are clean and well-maintained.
SERVICE: 8/10. The ladies working at Borobudur were very friendly and welcoming. The owner was really courteous, and we started talking about the lack of Indonesian eateries in Calgary.
Address: Crossroads Market (1235 26th Avenue SE , Calgary AB)
Phone: (403) 400 – 5937
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday: Closed
- Friday: 10AM – 5PM
- Saturday: 10AM – 5PM
- Sunday: 10AM – 5PM
Website: Borobudur Resto
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