Danku’s Indonesian Sloppy Joe
I thought I was probably never going to have to go back to Danku, the Dutch/Indonesian fast food place on 57th btw. 5+6th, until last week when I read about their latest creation: the Indonesian Sloppy Joe. Oh boy. Luckily Lunch’er Adam P. took the bullet for all of us, and sent in some photos and a report.
So I went to Danku to try out the Indonesian “Sloppy Joe”. The sandwich sells for $5, but you can get a combo with “Organic Fries” for $7.50, though I opted for the solo Joe and got 2 krokets on the side instead of fries. I was disappointed to find they dropped the Mac&Cheese krokets from the menu (no, really), so I had the Spinach&Artichoke krokets instead.
The sandwich is exactly what I expected from the description of an “Indonesian Sloppy Joe”, and unfortunately it was exactly what I expected in a sandwich from Danku.
The “Joe” filling is a marinated, sweet, and mildly spiced chopped (not ground) beef mixture that was a little too watery rather than saucy, so it dripped out into the container and pooled while eating it. If you want to try one, make sure to get some utensils from the back area (I forgot) as none are provided in the takeout bag since a good quarter of the mix will fall out like any good “Joe”. Also, the filling was served room temperature, rather than piping hot like a proper Joe. I would think the heat would have helped with the spiciness. The filling is served on a wheat “baguette” that is like a slightly larger hot dog roll and much smaller than a grinder roll (bit similar in style). Unfortunately the roll tasted like the plastic bag it was stored and shipped in, so I was quite disappointed as I couldn’t ignore this plastic taste while trying to eat the sandwich. Aside from that, the filling was tasty, but mediocre. Somehow I thought I was going to walk away thinking “wow”. (I guess I expected something like Keema Mottir on a roll).
As you’ve said to describe other sandwiches, this sandwich is not for hearty appetites (or as you’ve said, “Not for a fat man like me”). There certainly was no “wow” factor (though I’d wager that keeping the filling hot would improve that ten-fold), and for the price I’d rather go to Certe (they really know how to make a ‘midtown lunch’ sandwich), as you can finish one of their sandwiches and be satisfied. You can spend about as much on two dirty water dogs and be equally as satisfied. -Adam P.
Hmmmm. Surprisingly that may not be enough to keep me away…