Bengawan Solo which is located at the Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel in Central Jakarta, is served Indonesian food with authentic flavours. This restaurant first opened in the early 1990s, then it renovated and reopened in October 2014. Walking into this restaurant you can see that Punakawan is a central character of this restaurant.Before you entering the restaurant you can see the four punakawan puppet standing upright near the entrance. Inside the restaurant you can also see many punakawan element like in the plate and some paintings.
Even though the food is traditional but once you entering restaurant you can see that the interior of this restaurant is modern and minimalist with a touch of Indonesian. The dining room dominated with white and clean surface and the dim light.
Located in a heritage hotel like Grand Sahid Jaya, Bengawan Solo success to keep the authenticity of the taste, and still pay attention to food hygiene standard five-star hotel and the food presentation is neat and attractive.
As we seated we presented with cassava chips as a welcome snack. This cassava chips is home-made and made daily. The crunchy chips covered with sweet-spicy spices, sesame seeds, and julienned kaffir lime leaves. We busy munching this snack while waiting our food to come.
I check the menu and not sure what should I order but then I remembered something, I get my smart phone and check the OpenSnap applications. If you wondering what is OpenSnap, keep reading my post and you’ll find out that this apps is very fun and easy to use. OpenSnap is a new social dining guide apps from OpenRice, we could easily find any recommended foods or restaurants through the photos that uploaded by other users.
We started our meal with Sosis Solo (IDR 40K) as an appetizer. This traditional snack from Solo, Central Java is different with the other sausages. This Solonese sausages made from thin egg crepes filled with seasoned minced beef, it rolled before then deep fried until golden brown.
What makes this Sosis Solo different with traditional one is this sosis Solo is dipped into beaten egg whites, before it fried. A layered of egg white on the outside make this snack crunchy on the outside but not dried. This sosis Solo also came with a small bowl of fresh lettuce and chilli spray oil.
We moved to meaty dish for our main course. Iga Sapi Bakar (Slowly braised beef ribs seasoned with Indonesia spices and finished on open char-grill). The portion of this beef ribs is big and enough to share for 2-3 people per portion. It tender and juicy.
For the dessert we choose Bengawan Solo Exotic Ice Cream single scoops (IDR 45K) . We go for mango flavoured, this ice cream come with a dramatic effect. The ice cream soft, not to sweet and it taste fresh, I guess it made from real mango and no artificial sweetener added. It such a good choice to end up our meal with this mango ice cream, because it light and refreshing.
I can’t wait to share my experience eating at Bengawan Solo restaurant with my foodie friends. I will upload my photo to OpenSnap and give it 4 stars. Oh ya another feature that I love from this apps is Map View with this feature I could easily find a restaurants or food that near from my place. Like now, after lunch I want meet with my old friends from high school but I don’t know where is good coffee shop around Sudirman, I just need to check the apps and it will show me a list of coffee shop around Sudirman or if you looking one specific food like halal food it will show you a list best halal food in Jakarta. This application also available in other big cities in Indonesia and Asia. So what are you waiting for? Lets download this app and forget to follow me!
Bengawan Solo Restaurant
Hotel Grand Sahid Jaya, Level 1
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman