Eating out is a numbers game. Pretty much like the speech a sales manager tells to his subordinates. If you call out twenty menus about half of it would taste mediocre, a quarter of it would be a little above the par, if you’re lucky you’d have one or two that leave a smile on your face. A pretty good odds if you have twenty menu, but you don’t normally eat that much do you?
10-20 Percent? Would you continuously bet your lunch on that odds?
Maybe, when I’m feeling adventurous, but when I wanted certainty I know at the back of my head where to go. There’s a shortlist of places that would hit that home-run on my tongue at least 9 out of the 10 lunch. Ikan Bakar Cianjur is one of those special ones.
These are some of my favorite menus, but frankly at Ikan Bakar Cianjur I’m confident enough to just pick a random menu and I know I’d be getting something good. But for those who scored high on conscientiousness, here’s a quick run through.
1. Nasi Liwet (IDR 25K)
You haven’t eat until you have rice. Most Indonesians would high-five me on that line. It is almost pointless if you eat at Ikan Bakar Cianjur without trying their famous Nasi Liwet. That little mountain of Ikan Teri (anchovies) on top of hot steaming rice will rock your world. I can eat them with sambal and I’d call it a good lunch.
2. Ikan Nila Pesmol (IDR 75K)
The pride and joy of Ikan Bakar Cianjur. I mean why are you here if you don’t eat the fish? These fish menus are the ones that won them an award from the Indonesian government. I like that this dish has all my favorite flavors : sweet, savory, and a little bit spicy. Easy pleasing signature dish.
3. Tahu Tek (IDR 28K)
This dish requires no introduction and no explanation. I’ll just let you drool on the picture instead.
4. Gulai Kambing (IDR 40K)
I’m a fan of lamb and not many can cook it the way we all want it. Tasty, without the common eerie smell. This one’s excellently cooked with flavors that hit all the right notes. Thick, creamy coconut milk based soup that screams out ‘medok’.
5. Es Campur Tempo Doeloe, Es Shanghai, Es Cianjur (IDR 22K / Each)
Frankly I forgot which is which. But one thing for sure, don’t judge them from the appearance. They might look pale, but they’re pack with refreshing tones. I personally like the one with the blue straw.
There you go. For the adventurers, try out your odds to as many restaurant as you can, but for Indonesian food you can rely on, you know where to go.
Ikan Bakar Cianjur
Jl Alam Utama Kav.20
Alam Sutera, Serpong, Tangerang
(Right next to Flavor Bliss)
Phone: +62 21 2921 1600
Jl. Cipete Raya 35
T. +62 21 759 00222
Jl. Batu Tulis 39, Jakarta
T. +62 31 350 7788
Everyday 10.00 – 22.00
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