Ayam Penyet RIA, 248 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. Phone: 9077 2947
Ayam Penyet RIA is part of an Indonesian restaurant chain , one that – going by its website – is based in Singapore.
The South Melbourne branch has been open about a month – and the word is well and truly out among students and other Indonesians in Melbourne.
Even on a chilly Monday night, the limited seating is at a premium, with there being more potential customers than the place is able to accommodate.
The concise menu runs to four mostly meaty soups, three meat plates and a few more of egg and eggplant, along with gado gado.
I find the service cheerful and quick.
But my “smashed chicken” platter with rice ($10.50) doesn’t quite reflect the various photos around the place in terms of generosity.
The greenery is limited to a single slice of cucumber, and there is a single chunk apiece of tempeh and tofu.
The good-sized piece of fried chicken is real fine, though, especially in conjunction with what the website calls “blacan-chilli relish” – a wonderfully potent concoction!
All this combined with the rice makes for a good meal.
But I suspect there may be better to be had here – the beef ribs and gado gado I see being whizzed past me look interesting and more substantial.
Worth another look, for sure.