Dija Mara in Oceanside serves elevated takes on classic Indonesian dishes, like beef short rib rendang and nasi goreng, which are really good and unlike anything else you’ll find in town. It’s one of our favorite neighborhood date spots, both because of how good the food is, but also because it’s a cool space and the staff is really attentive. They also have an extensive wine, beer, and cocktail menu, which makes it a great place to stop by just for a drink, and a possible second dinner.
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