Previously when I did a post on Ayam Penyet Ria at Sunway Mentari, I was told about a similar place in Ampang. Feeling adventurous one day, we decided to check it out at Ampang. Located next to the Galaxy Mall where you can get loads of Korean foodstuff and imported items, the restaurant occupies a relatively large space of two shop lots.
Tofu and Tempe Goreng (RM4)
This particular restaurant is part of a successful franchise built in Yogyakarta, Indonesia by Puspo Wardoyo. They have also been awarded the Superbrands and Enterprise 50 awards. The owner is also known in Indonesia for his many wives which he claims is the source of his success. If you visit the restaurant, you'll see the aptly named Poligami Juice as a drink on the menu. Don't worry it's just milk with soda water which tastes pretty refreshing.
Empal Sapi (RM5.50)
Order your meal from the pretty extensive menu. Each main order comes in a clay plate with a vegetables and the all important sweet soy sauce. Use it to dip fried tofu and tempe (fermented soybean). If you prefer spicy versus sweet, they also serve sambal. Our favourite was their Empal Sapi - thin beef filet which was slightly pounded to make it flat and fried. The meat is tender and delicious when eaten alone or with the sweet sauce. Definitely a must order here.
Pecel Lele (RM5.50)
I had to satisfy my cravings for this - Pecel Lele which is essentially deep fried ikan keli (catfish). The fish was nice and crunchy that you could even eat the bones. Topped with the crunchy batter bits, I was happy reliving memories about this dish which I once ate at Jakarta.
Ayam Bakar (RM5.50)
Strangely enough, their namesake dish was overshadowed by the Empal Sapi and Pecel Lele. Although the chicken was juicy and had the slight smoky taste from grilling it, I felt it was pretty ordinary.
Sayur Asam (RM5)
They also serve a variety of vegetable dishes like Gado Gado, fried bean sprouts (taugeh), fried spinach (kangkung) but we went for the traditional Indonesian dish, sayur assam. Served with a slightly tangy soup, there were a variety of vegetables like a corn on a cob, brinjals, long beans, potatoes and peanuts.
The restaurant also has a branch at Kampung Baru which is near the Masjid Jamek but it's a smaller place with limited parking spaces.
Ayam Bakar Wong Solo
No. G18 & G19
Jalan Dagang B/3A
Tel No: 03 – 4270 1947
(Halal. Note the word Halalan Thayibban on their signboard means Di Tanggung Halal in Indonesian language. The restaurant is open from 11.45 am to 11.30 pm daily. To get to this branch, drive down Jalan Ampang, at the second traffic light after Ampang Point, make a right turn to Taman Dagang. Go straight and make a right turn when you see the police station. Go straight and you'll pass a mall on your left hand side, the restaurant is at a row of shophouses on your left hand side which face a gated community of houses. This place is located near Nong & Jimmy)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.