Solo, is just one of Indonesia’s best foodie destinations. That is all of the incentives we will need to compose a listicle concerning the finest places to eat in the city.
Together with cafes, fine dining, and traditional road food joints all rolled into an exciting place, and your rollercoaster vacation is most likely going to involve lots of restaurant-hunting and menu-tasting. Do not worry, and we are not judging you — we have done the same thing!
Thus, without further ado, here are our favorite places to eat in Solo.
Adem Ayem Resto
Adem Ayem doesn’t seem like among Solo’s most well-known restaurants. With enormous insides that feel more like a college hall than an eatery that has won two Trip Advisor Excellence awards, the ambiance is not world-class. Still, the food is unquestionably 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 cooked rice and broiled chicken. If you’re looking for for an authentic Solo dining experience, Adem Ayem certainly needs to be featured in your vacation hit-list.
Bakso, a famed Solo dish with meatballs in a transparent, flavorsome broth, is Bakso Alex’s specialization. Though this little restaurant serves additional food too — like mie ayam and ayam goreng — its own bakso varieties, such as bakso urat, are what draw customers from throughout the city.
Sit indoors or consume beneath the cover of an open floor porch as sailors rumble past on motorbikes. Bakso Alex isn’t the most important or the fanciest, but we believe its meatballs are delish!
The glossy wooden furniture and colonial-era décor, this restaurant’s exceptional, old-timey atmosphere certainly sets it apart from the fellow Solo eateries.
Its menus comprise a wide selection of traditional Javanese meals, such as pecel (cooked veggies tossed in a peanut sauce, served with rice and fried tempeh), jajan pasar (literally, “market snacks”, sweet sausage chunks made from glutinous rice), and also cabuk rambak (rice cakes served with a creamy sour sauce, coconut (and crackers).
Pecel Solo is possibly the city’s finest traditional Javanese restaurant. Read up on your Indonesian cuisine until you dine there.
Located onsite at Ramada Suites Solo, Ramayana is a nice dining room — Javanese-style. Together with exquisitely patterned tiling, along with a wide choice of Indonesian and global foods, it is a fantastic way for you to encounter quality dishes without even leaving the comfort of your lodging.
Taste classism with dishes such as gado-gado (boiled veggies, tofu, and bean cakes chucked into a mild peanut sauce) and soto ayam (shredded chicken and boiled egg suspended in a transparent broth and served with white rice), or tuck into Surakartan lamb curry, Javanese fried noodles and pasta Bolognaise.
Gladag Langen Bogan
Also called Galabo, Gladag Langen Bogan is a market-esque food court with roughly thirty different food stalls offering several cheap foods.
Even though you won’t find the same caliber here as you want at a suitable restaurant, Galabo is a fantastic way to try many traditional foods in a brief moment. It has also got a fun, lively setting — if you are lucky, there will be live music playing when you see it!
Par Four Café
Though we enjoy exploring traditional flavors once we travel, craving a taste of residence can be straightforward.
Par Four Café is about soulful American food — we are talking hamburgers, Nu Yawk pizzas, and schooners of cold beer. This is the one-stop shop for steaks and barbecued ribs in Solo with friendly staff and a cozy ambiance.
Among Solo’s finest waterfront restaurants, Mang Engking is a cut above its rivals regarding ambiance and plating. Conventional Surakarta dishes are served in a modern fashion, and the menus offer English subtitles (always beneficial if you do not speak Indonesian).
The best restaurant dishes revolve around fresh-caught marine life, such as carp, squid, and soft-shelled crab. Authentic? Check. Tourist-friendly? Check? Amazeballs seafood? Check-check!
If you are unsure where to eat in Solo, be sure to add Mang Engking in your destination list.
Bebek Goreng H. Slamet (Asli)
Presently a renowned food chain with shops across Indonesia, Bebek Goreng H. Slamet was created in Surakarta. It is there that you will discover the best of the hugely popular fried duck.
Their hand-made sambal is every bit as popular, though, for the uninitiated, a glass of water may be handy — those delicious sauces are somewhat hot!
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