The place is really simple, a typical Depot in Surabaya, nothing fancy, but comfortable enough to dine in at any time of the day. They have an air-con installed so that you won’t get heated up by the hotness of Surabaya, and since it’s an indoor room with an AC, of course, smoking won’t be allowed inside. I saw some power outlets too if you want to charge your electronic devices. In total, they have enough seats for 10 to 15 people inside.
I went there at around 11 AM, and I was actually already prepared my tummy to have a feast in here. I looked at their menu, and they have around 20-ish choices of foods and also 20-ish choices of drinks, but all of them are familiar to me and some of them were actually my favorite Indonesian foods & drinks! On top of that, their average price is around 17k-25k! Super affordable! So I was pretty excited ordering my lunch, hoping that they would be amazing!
Nasi Rawon (22.5k) 9/10
If this is the first time for you to see Rawon, calm down, and don’t panic. This dish might look unpleasant with its black broth, but I can assure you, it tastes DELICIOUS! And in here, is definitely one of my favorite dish of the day. The flavor is on the savory side and it’s rich with spices. The beef is tender and chopped with a size of a dice so that it’s easier for you to chew. The fried red onion on top will complete the taste and PLEASE! Try eating this Rawon with a bit of a salted egg and scoop it out with white crackers. Trust me, you won’t regret it. 🙂
Lontong Mie Bu Sindar (17.5k) 8.5/10
The specialty dish! But I’m afraid I can’t do its justice because the soup was (sadly) made out of garlic (a lot of it), and as you probably know, I’m an anti garlic person. But since it’s the specialty dish, I tried my best to taste it thoroughly and be as objective as possible.
After I tasted it, all I could say is, I love everything about it (the ebi shrimp, the noodle, the fresh sprouts, the rice cake, the fried tofu and mostly, the lento) except the soup. The soup itself tasted sweet and garlicky, it’s also has a taste of petis in it, which made the taste pretty exotic if that made sense. I tried it after an hour of taking pictures of the dish, indeed it was cold, but surprisingly, I could still say that it was actually enjoyable. What I was also concerned about was the sprout, I was afraid that it would be smelly, but no, it was clean and fresh! So, kudos! I would say I like it. 🙂 Hopefully next time I could request it served without garlic, hahaha..
Nasi Udang Kremes (17.5k) 9/10
This one is also one of my favorites! A very simple dish, as the name is actually pretty self-explanatory: Nasi (Rice), Udang (Shrimp), Kremes (The thing that sprinkled on top of the Shrimp, basically a mixture of an egg, flour, and spices, deep-fried, and crushed). It came with a teri sambal on a sliced cucumber as the side dish and served with a generous amount of fried onion on the rice. This is one savory dish that I think everyone would love to eat at any time, such a comfort food. Enjoy it as you like, or do what I did : Take a bite of the crispy fried shrimp, dab it on the teri sambal to add spiciness, and end it with a good scoop of rice, the crunchy kremesan, and fried onions! Ggah, I’m salivating…
Penyetan Bandeng Presto (20k) 9/10
Another favorite of mine. What makes me in love with this was their sambal! But it’s different from the teri sambal that’s in Nasi Udang Kremes, this one tasted better. It’s in the combination of sweet, spicy, and a hint of sour, just the way I love it. Presented with lalapan (the veggies on the side, usually contains : cabbage, cucumber, long beans & basil) to freshen up the overall taste of penyetan. The Bandeng fish was also a joy in my mouth, it’s soft and easy to rip, thanks to presto (a cooking technique which can make any meat becomes tender, so tender that in some cases, you can even eat the bone). I’m really recommending this, so yummeh! 🙂
Bubur Ketan Item (12.5k) 8.5/10
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- Lontong Mie & Penyetan Bu Sindar
- Jl Dharmawangsa 107 Surabaya
- 031-5018530 | 085101703949
- 082233595962 | 081234141962
- Opening Hours : 08.00 AM – 08.00 PM
- Safe Budget : 50.000
- Smoking : Non Smoking
- AC : Yes
- Power Outlet : Available
- Payment : Cash Only
- Delivery : Via Go-Jek
- Dresscode : Casual (literally)
- Waiting Time : 10-15 minutes