Ayam Penyet Ria @ Lucky Plaza

19 Feb

Ayam Penyet means smashed fried chicken in Indonesian. Ayam Penyet Ria is an authentic Indonesian restaurant which prides itself for its ayam penyet. Apparently, there are 2 outlets at Lucky Plaza, one at 1st floor and the other at 4th floor.  I went  to the 4th floor outlet.

The menu was pretty straightforward with choices of chicken, beef, fish, salads and soup. The catch is that we got to order and pay at the counter.

Girlfriend had the ayam penyet set. All the sets come with kang kong, deep-fried beancurd, soy bean cake, balacan chilli and a plate of rice (not seen here). The only difference is the choice of meat. The chicken drum stick, though not the best fried chicken we ever had, was flavourful enough for us and went hand in hand very well with the balacan chilli. But take heed that the balacan chilli is not suitable for those with “weak heart”. The spiciness of the balacan chilli is certainly of some hot standards and will take you off guard. There is a counter where you can help yourself to extra chilli if you can take the spiciness like me. In addition, ice water is not being served in the restaurant, so you have to order drinks to ease the spiciness.

I had the empal penyet, which means smashed beef steak. I find the beef slightly dryer and in comparison, I prefer the chicken, which is more crispy and tender.  Taste wise was mediocre, not as flavourful as the ayam penyet. Perhaps that’s why the restaurant was named after the ayam penyet. 😛

We also ordered the kerupuk udang & timping (as seen on the right), which is a combination of prawn crackers and bitter crackers. This serves pretty well as snacks to munch on. Together with the black sauce and chilli, the crackers tasted pretty interesting. At the price of only $1.50, its worth a try. To help us tide over the spiciness of the balacan chilli, we had the teh botol sosro, which is the Indonesian ice tea. This tasted sweet and cold, pretty refreshing. Girlfriend finished 2 glasses (including mine), as she accidentally bit the chili seeds. Warning for those who have a weak tolerance for spiciness!

One may have to queue when visiting the restaurant. Was there at 6.30 pm and managed to get a table without queuing. At 7.00 pm, crowd started to pour in and the queue started to form. Recommended to make reservation if going there in large groups.

Conclusion: Best Indonesia restaurant around? No. But for an affordable and good ayam penyet, Ayam Penyet Ria is definitely easy on your pockets.

Verdict: 7/10

304 Orchard Road
Lucky Plaza #04-25
Contact no.: 6235 6390
12 pm – 9 pm

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