Do you want to Eat Yummy Food? These are Best Places in Solo Indonesia
Solo, a.k.a Surakarta, is one of Indonesia’s best foodie destinations, and that is all the incentive we will need to write a post about the best places to eat across the city. Together with cafes, fine dining and classic street food stalls all combined into one attractive area. Your holiday in Solo will probably involve a lot of restaurant hunting and tasting menus. Without further ado, here are favourite places to eat in Solo.
Bakso, a famous Solo dish that has meatballs in a clear, flavoursome broth, is Bakso Alex’s specialization. Though this small restaurant serves other food too – believe mie ayam and ayam goreng – its bakso varieties, like bakso urat, are what draw clients from across the city.
Gladag Langen Bogan
Also called Galabo, Gladag Langen Bogan is a food court with about thirty different food stalls offering a variety of cheap food. While you won’t find the same quality as in a fine dining restaurant, Galabo is a great way to try lots of traditional food in a short amount of time. The atmosphere is also fun and lively – if you’re lucky, live music will play when you see it!
With glossy wooden furniture and colonial-era décor, this restaurant’s unique, old-timey atmosphere certainly sets it apart from the fellow Solo eateries. Its menus comprise a wide range of traditional Javanese meals, including pecel (cooked vegetables tossed in a peanut sauce, served with rice and fried tempeh), jajan pasar (literally, “market snacks”, sweet dessert balls made from glutinous rice), and also cabuk rambak (rice cakes served with a creamy sour sauce, coconut (and crackers).
Located onsite at Ramada Suites Solo, Ramayana is nice dining – Javanese-style. Together with exquisitely-patterned tiling, and a vast choice of Indonesian and international foods, it is a great way for you to encounter quality dishes without even leaving the comfort of your accommodation.
Adem Ayem Restaurant
Adem Ayem doesn’t look like one of Solo’s most popular restaurants. With enormous interiors that feel more like a college hall compared to an eatery that’s won two TripAdvisor Excellence awards, the ambience isn’t world. Still, the food is definitely among Solo’s greatest. It is especially renowned for its gudeg (unripe jackfruit stewed with palm sugar, coconut milk and spices), which go well with steamed rice and grilled chicken. If you’re searching for an authentic Solo dining experience, Adem Ayem certainly needs to feature in your vacation hit-list.
Gubug Makan Mang Engking Solo
Among Solo’s finest waterfront restaurants, Mang Engking is a cut above its competitors when it comes to ambience and plating. Conventional Surakarta foods have been served in a contemporary style, and the menus offer English subtitles (always beneficial if you don’t talk Indonesian). Authentic? Check. Tourist-friendly? Check. Amazeballs seafood? Check. If you are wondering where to consume Solo, add Mang Engking for your listing.
Bebek Goreng H. Slamet (Asli)
Presently a famous food chain with stores across Indonesia, the first Bebek Goreng H. Slamet was created in Surakarta, and it is there that you’ll find the best of the hugely-popular fried duck. Bebek goreng (Javanese-style fried duck/chicken) runs the danger of being overcooked, but H. Slamet’s offerings are perfectly balanced – crispy skin and smooth, succulent flesh. Their hand-made sambal is every bit as popular, although, for the uninitiated, a glass of water might be handy – these yummy sauces are a little bit spicy!
Goela Klapa is a clear step up the culinary food chain – with cushioned leather seats, amazing Dutch-influenced architecture and a sterling reputation, it’s one of Solo’s best fine dining areas. The menu includes traditional favourites like nasi gulung dadali (fried chicken accompanied by a rice/corn mix served in a banana leaf basket), ikan bakar ala raja (whole fried fish garnished with sambal and fresh salad), and pindang tulang (bonefish boiled in a spiced broth).
Par Four Café
Par Four Café is about soulful American food – we’re talking burgers, Nu Yawk pizzas, and schooners of cold beer. With friendly staff and also a cosy ambience, this is your one-stop-shop for steaks and barbecued ribs in Solo.
Ganesha Lounge Bar
Excellent alcohol can be tough to locate in Solo, thanks to a largely-Muslim people and massive governmental limitations, but Ganesha Lounge Bar (found onsite at Ramada Suites Solo) has a few yummy bevvies on hand. Their cocktail line-up includes Virgin Mojitos, Tirtanalinis, Rujak Punches and Ramada Elixirs, with Bintang being the beer-of-choice. For all the non-drinkers on the market, Ganesha provides a good range of fresh juices, flavoured milk, coffee, iced/hot tea, squashes and smoothies.