Lae’s City Cafe

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Ifirst vis­ited The City Cafe, in the Lae City Ho­tel, shortly after it opened five years ago and had an out­stand­ing beef ren­dang. So imag­ine my dis­ap­point­ment when I re­turned re­cently to find that it was not on the menu.

Never mind, I thought, if I’m do­ing a re­view I re­ally should be sam­pling some­thing else any­way.

Though this in­for­mal restau­rant does have a wide ar­ray of Asian dishes, rang­ing from nasi goreng to hainan chicken and tan­doori chicken, it also of­fers plenty of Western-style op­tions. In fact its sig­na­ture ribs and cakes have both earned quite a rep­u­ta­tion around town.

Open seven days a week, from 6am for break­fast daily, the cafe pro­vides a flex­i­ble all-day din­ing venue. It is also cen­trally lo­cated, with plenty of se­cure park­ing. I plumped for the chicken curry this time, served with rice or prata bread. It was a large serve and was tasty, if not quite as mem­o­rable as my ear­lier ex­pe­ri­ence. There was also good news when I went to pay the bill. Not only was the cost very rea­son­able by Pa­pua New Guinea stan­dards (the curry was PGK30, the fa­mous ribs are PGK65) but also I was ad­vised that they are still quite happy to serve beef ren­dang on re­quest, de­spite its mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance from the menu.

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