(New): Fun Indonesian Dining at Bengawan Solo Restaurant

Bengawan Solo Restaurant at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel, a local 5 star hospitality property owned by the Sahid Group, has actually been in existence for as long as the hotel was around. But it recently underwent a major renovation, a major facelift or rejuvenation if you wish to call it, that it might as well be recognized as a new restaurant!

Cinnamon Ice Cream
Expect some antics and theatrics in the food presentation here!
Bengawan Solo Restaurant today is a brand new fun dining concept, serving authentic Indonesian flavours in creative contemporary presentation. The Punakawan, or the 4 clowns in the Indonesian puppet story 'Wayang' are the main characters central in the concept of Bengawan Solo. The four are Semar, Bagong, Gareng and Petruk. The clowns are indication of the sort of 'fun' dining that one eill experience at Bengawan Solo.
Bengawan Solo Restaurant at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel
The 'Punakawan' or the 4 clowns in the puppet story, become the icon of the new Bengawan Solo Restaurant
Bengawan Solo Restaurant at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel


The Place

The entire restaurant underwent a major renovation, from what used to be an entirely wooden and more serious interior, with a Gamelan stage in one corner. The new Bengawan Solo is a playful combination of traditional and modern, plenty of clean and white surface, as well as well lit during the day. There are separate areas for smoking and non-smoking guests. Wi-fi password available upon request.
Bengawan Solo Restaurant at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel
Bengawan Solo Restaurant at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel
Bengawan Solo Restaurant at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel
Bengawan Solo Restaurant at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel
Right: Indonesian puppets or 'wayang' 
Bengawan Solo Restaurant at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel
Area for smoking guests


The Menu

Entirely Indonesian menu from Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Sambal, Rice & Noodles, Seafood, Signature dishes, Chargrill and Braised, as well as Desserts. The Drinks menu has quite interesting Signature Indonesian Drinks such as Mangosteen Iced Tea, Jus Kopyor Es Krim Duren (milky coconut juice with durian ice cream), Beras Kencur (traditional jamu beverage).

Just for dinner, there is Rijstafel menu, a complete 6 courses Indonesian menu from Appetizers to Dessert, at IDR 390,000 for 2 persons. I reckon this an absolutely good deal, considering the variety and the price. The Rijstafel requires at least 2 persons to go.
Left: water served in traditional 'kendi' or water container made from clay Right: Mangosteen Iced Tea
Left: I've never seen water served in traditional 'kendi' or water container made from clay
Right: Mangosteen Iced Tea IDR 40,000

The Food


Sosis Solo - fried egg crepe with sweet and minced beef filling, served with sprayable chili oil. This is my first time eating Sosis Solo (literally means Solonese sausage), and it was nothing like a sausage. Absolutely must-order appetizer here!
Sosis Solo - fried egg crepe with sweet and minced beef filling, served with sprayable chili oil
Sosis Solo IDR 40,000 (3 pcs)
Sprayable Chili Oil
Left: first time in my life seeing this - sprayable chili oil
Right: spray some of this chili oil  on the Sosis Solo!
Sosis Solo - fried egg crepe with sweet and minced beef filling, served with sprayable chili oil
Do you see the filling?


Soto Betawi - Beef, vegetables and potato soup in milky broth, served with melinjo crackers and green chili.
Gado-Gado - traditional Indonesian steamed vegetables (string beans, bean sprouts, potato, water spinach, etc), tofu and tempeh served with sweet and spicy peanut sauce and fried shallots. The portion is quite massive, if you plan to eat other stuff, I'd suggest this to be shared.
Soto Betawi - Beef, vegetables and potato soup in milky broth, served with melinjo crackers and green chili.
Soto Betawi IDR 65,000
Left: Soto Betawi | Right: Gado Gado
Left: generous beef chunks & potato in the soup
Right: the lovely staff will assist diner with tossing their Gado Gado
Gado-Gado - traditional Indonesian steamed vegetables (string beans, bean sprouts, potato, water spinach, etc), tofu and tempeh served with sweet and spicy peanut sauce and fried shallots.
Gado-Gado IDR 45,000


Nasi Goreng Bengawan Solo - original, fried rice served with grilled (beef, chicken and lamb) satays, fried shrimps, egg omelette julienne, pickles and sambal. This truly made my lunch, I loved how the fried rice tasted just like what I usually bought from the street food carts, the taste is authentic yet, fragrant and without the germs or pollution from the streets, definitely one of my favourite upscale fried rice dish!
Nasi Goreng Bengawan Solo - original, fried rice served with grilled (beef, chicken and lamb) satays, fried shrimps, egg omelette julienne, pickles and sambal
Nasi Goreng Bengawan Solo IDR 95,000



Bengawan Solo Exotic Ice cream - Cinnamon Flavour. If the ice cream's flavour alone is not exotic enough, the presentation will at least catch your attention. If you wonder why or how a single scoop of ice cream would cost this much, the presentation will at least be a spectacle to account for the money. Each serving comes with a tall porcelain container, dry ice and palm sugar sauce. Yes, it means everyone in the room will know that you've ordered ice cream ;) so much for being subtle right? Lol

The ice cream here are truly exotic, other exotic flavours besides cinnamon are durian, lemongrass, honey ginger. But if you fancy something more normal, you can opt for banana, mango, green tea, coconut.
Cinnamon Ice Cream
Exotic Ice Cream IDR 45,000 (single scoop) | IDR 80,000 (double scoop)


Cinnamon Experience (for 2-3 persons) - Javanese cinnamon bonbons, fried jackfruit-banana fritters served with cinnamon ice cream, chocolate sauce and palm sugar sauce.
Cinnamon Experience (for 2-3 persons) - Javanese cinnamon bonbons, fried jackfruit-banana fritters served with cinnamon ice cream, chocolate sauce and palm sugar sauce
Cinnamon Experience IDR 135,000 (for 2-3 persons)
For the love of Indonesian food and yet still in the comfort of a 5 star property and strategic location, come soon and experience how fun eating Indonesian dishes can be!

Open Hours:
11 AM - 11 PM (daily)

Bengawan Solo Restaurant
Lobby Level, Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 86 (click to open in Google Maps)
Ph: +6221 5704444 extension 1438
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