Lae’s City Cafe
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.