Solo Restaurants and Dining
(Solo, Central Java, Indonesia)
A trip to Solo can only be enhanced by dining out at a traditional Indonesian restaurant (warung), allowing you to immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine. If you are craving food and looking for cheap eats, then head to the Pujosari area, where a collection of restaurants and eateries are situated next to the Solo tourist office, a number of which stay open 24-hours a day.
Another popular dining option in Solo is the street food, which really does deserve sampling. Street hawkers offer a pleasant and inexpensive alternative to restaurants and are gathered along the main stretches, particularly at night, competing with each other to attract your attention.
What to Eat
Street food in Solo comprises an assortment of different tasty dishes, such as 'nasi liwet' (rice cooked with coconut milk, papaya and garlic), 'nasi gudeg' (spiced chicken, jackfruit and rice) and 'srabi' (miniature rice puddings).
Indonesian fare in general is simple, with individual flavours, such as cumin, coriander, peanut sauce and lemon grass together with fresh fish and sticky rice. For the cheapest dining, look out for the backpacker restaurants in central Solo, such as the Warung Baru on the Jalan Ahmad Dahlan, as well as further eateries within the backpacker quarter, around the Jalan Imam Bonjol.
Don't despair if Indonesian cuisine is not your thing, since Solo local restaurants often also serve grilled steaks and barbecued / chargrilled chicken. On the Jalan Slamet Riyadi, the O Solo Mio eatery specialises in pizzas and Italian dining, while on the Jalan Veteran, the Mas Mul restaurant is known for its deep-fried snakes. Here you can even pick out your own live cobra when you arrive, and choose between having it fried or grilled as a satay-type kebab.