Daily: 11:00 - 21:30
Famous Indonesian food chain Wong Solo has opened its first outlet in Singapore, by taking on a youthful branding that boasts a fast-food concept catering to its target audience of students and young executives.It's signature dish is the ayam bakar, grilled chicken with a special blend of Indonesian spices.
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The Ayam Bakar ($6.90) was delightful. The skin wasn't too charred and the marinate was sweet. I liked the fact that the taste of the marinate went through the meat as well. The chicken meat was also easily torn apart. The rice was supposed to be pandan rice although it didn't have a very strong pandan flavour. The chilli was also spicy and appetising.
My only gripe about this place is that they prepared the tomato and cucumbers much earlier than we placed our orders. Plates of cucumbers and tomatoes were just left in the open even though no one had made any orders. Honestly, I would rather wait a few more minutes for my food than eating food that has been left in the open for so long.
Must Tries: Ayam bakar, ayam penyet
Fans of the popular Indonesian food chain, Wong Solo will be thrilled to know that its franchise is now in Singapore! It is located at Far East Plaza which has now become quite a foodie heaven in its own right!
Among the variety of eateries which include Korean food, ramen, nasi padang, Pontian noodles and bubble tea is Wong Solo, which now boasts 90 outlets in Indonesia and 5 in Malaysia. Here in Singapore, Wong Solo takes on a more youthful and vibrant branding and boasts a fast-food concept catering to its target audience of students and young executives.
Many Indonesian eateries are known for their ayam penyet, but Wong Solo’s signature dish is its ayam bakar. The grilled chicken ($6.90) is well-marinated with a special blend of Indonesian spices, making the meat really tasty right to the bone. Those who do not like a thick, heavy deep fried batter over their chicken will like Wong Solo’s version as the chicken skin is thin and only slightly charred, while the insides remain soft and juicy. It is served with a side of crispy, fried batter bits, black sauce-manis, spicy chili and rice.
On the other hand, we weren’t as pleased with the ayam penyet ($6.90). Though the meat was sufficiently moist, the chilli served on the side lacked oomph.
The other dish to try is the iga bakar or beef ribs ($10.90). Here, the ribs are braised for hours to yield fall-off-the-bone tender ribs.
Now, even though Wong Solo does not have service charge or GST, the slightly higher cost of $6.90-$10.90 per set may put some customers (especially students) off. Wouldn’t it be great if they could throw in a free bowl of soto soup, some fried vegetables or an egg to make it a more complete meal?
Started off well, now food quality going down.
Ambience: A stall in Far East Plaza. Block chairs still not so comfortable, got a bench seat at the back.
Food: Ordered 2 beef ribs. tough and over cooked. also not tasty. Had the tomato juice which had little taste of Tomato. Fortunately the Squid bits were tasty but only a small serving. Highlight was the "tempa" with frieds - tasty and well fried and the Gado Gado had a good sauce..
Value: Not good value, overpriced items.
Service: Order at counter, not so happy waitress brings it over.
It's been about 6 mths since my food tasting session with HGW, this time i returned armed with 2 x Groupon vouchers. The ayam penyet, bakar and Iga bakar are as good as before. Tender, flavorful and really authentic, the chilli's the best, bring back memories of eating home cooked food in Indonesia.
It is typical for people to start eatery and slowly yet workers run the show, but I saw the lady boss clearing plates taking order etc. No wonder the standards are so consistent.
One downside, your hair and clothes will have a bit of the lingering bakar smell.