Seleraku is small, affordable restaurant in Satwa which serves authentic Indonesian food. The interior is nothing fancy, but it’s clean and doesn’t smell like a curry house.
The food is very good, easily on par in terms of authenticity, quality and taste with Betwai Café or Mamak. Stand-outs for me were the Soto Mie Bogor, a spicy noodle soup dish which can be enjoyed as a light meal on itself.
The Chicken Satay, which was outrageously delicious; so much so that we ordered a second portion. The peanut sauce is so good, I could eat it on its own.
And the superb must-have Mei Goreng, mildly spicy fried noodles.
Restaurant exotica came in the form of Ayam Goreng Nasi Bakar, fried chicken served with fragrant rice wrapped and grilled in banana leaf. It promised much but was let down by a tasty but over-cooked chicken.
The Iga Penyet, on the other hand, was an exercise in frustration, delicious but too spicy (even for me). This is a traditional Javanese dish made with fried ribs, and served with a spicy shrimp paste (Sambal Terasi). Try it but remember to ask them to go easy with the Sambal.
Service is typically Indonesian, genuinely hospitable, humbly polite, and infinitely accommodating.
If you like Indonesian food, or are looking to try something new from the Far East, do not leave Satwa without visiting Seleraku.