My wife and I had an early lunch here on Friday 7th December 2018. The menus were better laid out in book-form since our last visit, and the air-conditioning was cool and comfortable. For starters, we had Tahu Gejrot (fried tofu in a sweet and spicy vinegar sauce). Though a tad chilli-hot, the blend of flavours was very nice.
My main meal was Ayam Goreng Penyet (fried chicken with a hot and sour sauce). The chicken was tender and the sauce was more sour than hot. The dish came with a plate of rice. I preferred eating it with the sambal terasi (hot shrimp paste in oil) which was provided on the table in a metal receptacle. The sambal terasi was especially authentic and quite splendid!
My wife’s main meal was Soto Betawi with a plate of rice. The Soto Betawi is a Jakarta-style beef soup. It tasted very much like the Malay sup kambing (mutton soup). Generally, this was quite palatable except for the few pieces of tripe (stomach) that was mixed with the meat.
Our desserts were Es Kelapa Muda (Iced coconut water with rose syrup, with pieces of coconut flesh), and Es Campur Durian (a mixture of durian, black grass jelly, arenga palm seeds, agar-agar jelly, and avocado covered over with finely-shaved ice and doused with syrup). Both of these were refreshing, although were not used to having coconut water mixed with rose syrup.
Overall, we enjoyed the different flavours of these dishes, and we would certainly go back to try some of the other interesting Indonesian dishes on their menu. The two ladies who served us were pleasant and gracious. The hospitality was typically Indonesian.
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