Warung Leko Samarinda: Beef Ribs Penyet Specialist

June 3, 2016
Can't miss visiting the the newly opened Indonesian restaurant with family especially when it claims to be a specialist in Beef Ribs Penyet!

My family and I are huge fans of Indonesian cuisine, or anything that is served with sambal, really. So, of course we can’t miss visiting this the newly opened Indonesian restaurant especially when it claims to be a specialist in Beef Ribs Penyet!

Penyet is an Indonesian word that translates to being smashed or crushed. Hence, dishes with the word such as Ayam Penyet (Fried Chicken Penyet) would literally translate to Smashed Chicken.

Penyet dishes are usually marinated, boiled, and then deep fried and smashed before being served with sambal (chilli). It is one of my favourite Indonesian dishes – it’s simple yet flavourful.

Warung Leko Samarinda

Authentic Indonesian Food

The beauty of Indonesian cuisine is its humbleness. And its sambal, of course. Like in most places, the penyet dishes in Warung Leko are served with sambal. Understanding that not everyone could withstand spicy dishes well, Warung Leko allows its visitors to choose their preferred level of spiciness – mild, medium, hot and very hot. And.. guess which level did I choose to try?

Even though I love spicy food, my tummy couldn’t withstand much. Thankfully, they don’t mind serving my Empal Penyet (Smashed Fried Beef) and very hot sambal separately. Though it was pretty much a wasted effort since the very hot sambal wasn’t hot at all.

Besides the hyped Beef Ribs PenyetWarung Leko serves other penyet dishes that are just as good. The restaurant uses traditional Javanese as a concept for its decor and ambiance. Though it’s designed for a quick turn over rate instead of comfort, the ambiance is not too bad and quite modern.

Service was pretty good, and price wise it’s still affordable, too.

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Most Delicious Penyet In Samarinda?

Frankly, the title of the ‘most delicious penyet in Samarinda’ doesn’t fit Warung Leko. At least, not for now. With tonnes of amazing Indonesian restaurants around – even in Melbourne and Singapore, I can’t help but feel Warung Leko is mediocre. It’s good, but just not as wow to make me crave for it again in the future.

Also, there are a lot of warung (shops) by the roadside serving dishes that are just as delicious. Though these warung offer more authentic Indonesian dining experience, they are typically less Instagrammable. Hence, many younger generations these days would prefer air-conditioned, modern and more comfortable places like Warung Leko instead.

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The Verdict
Food: 3 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Value: 3 out of 5
Ambience: 3 out of 5
Overall score: 3 out of 5

Warung Leko
Jl. Untung Suropati No. 8 Ground Floor Big Mall, Samarinda
Contact: +62 541 411 2636
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun (11AM to 10PM)
Price Range: Rp 50k – 80k / person

Eat like a local, city walkers!


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