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Indonesian Restaurant Shut Down by Health Department

By Mathew Katz | October 7, 2013 1:10pm
 Bali Nusa Indah was still closed for lunch on Mon. Oct. 7, 2013.
Bali Nusa Indah was still closed for lunch on Mon. Oct. 7, 2013.
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HELL'S KITCHEN — The only Indonesian restaurant in Hell's Kitchen was shut down last week by health inspectors who found mice, dirty equipment and a host of other violations.

Bali Nusa Indah Indonesian Restaurant, at 651 Ninth Ave., remained closed Monday, after Health Department inspectors issued 55 violation points to the eatery on Oct. 2, records show. In addition to mice, inspectors found cold items that were allowed to get to room temperature, poorly maintained counters and a dishwashing sink without soap, according to an inspection report.

Bali Nusa Indah's closure leaves the neighborhood without an Indonesian restaurant. The unique spot is popular for dishes including roti bread; Kari Kambing, a lamb curry; and Ketoprak Jakarta, a noodle dish.

This is not the restaurant's first run-in with the Health Department: Inspectors have visited the spot 13 times since 2011, often finding critical violations, which require reinspection.

In past visits, inspectors found live roaches, rats, dirty or cracked eggs and cooks with "inadequate" personal cleanliness, records show.

The restaurant remained closed for lunch on Monday. Staff said they were unsure when it would reopen and declined to answer any further questions.