Ayam Penyet Ria
Ayam Penyet Ria offers patrons an authentic 'taste of Indonesia' . With a flair of fried food, they feature the most popular Ayam Penyet. All entrees are served with Indonesian favourites such as deep-fried beancurd, soaybean cake, and assortment of vegetables and topped with blacan chilli relish.
I found that the ayam penyet that was served was way too oily and the sambal was a little rancid tasting. The only saving grace was the Rawon or stewed beef in keluak soup. The rawon still tasted as good as I remembered it to be.
Somehow, the outlet is still quite packed. Maybe, the diners do not know of smaller eateries selling Surabaya cuisine on the levels above it in Lucky Plaza that serves food I dare say much better in taste and consistency and authenticity,
Not for the faint hearted. Though i must say the chilli is good to boot! Just that only those who can really take spicy foods would be able to take the spiciness of it. Pair the chilli with the crispy but not oily chicken, I'm in heaven.
The fish however, I thought was of mediocre standard only. It was rather dry and lacked taste. Unlike the succulent chicken, it didn't wow me and I didn't touch it anymore after a few bites.
Also, their gado gado fared pretty well. Drenched in a rich, peanut sauce, it complemented well with the crispy hot ingredients underneath the peanut blanket. The keropok given together was a nice touch.
There were long queues when it first opened up, but i guess the hype has died down, time to revisit!
The drinks are downright scary. Very synthetic looking and loaded with enough sugar to give an elephant diabetes.
This branch is notorious for its poor service, but I am always quite forgiving of serving staff. Hey, if you had to work as a waitress in a crowded restaurant wearing some ugly uniform and getting yelled at by diners you’d be grouchy too.
My usual order is the catfish penyet. When I'm lucky, I would get a really big catfish but on other days, the size of the catfish is still acceptable. I simply adore the crispy skin. The ayam penyet is not bad as well. Apparently, the avocado juice is a very popular drink back in Indonesia. It's drizzled with chocolate, which mixes well with the avocado. For chilli lovers, you should give it a try. I guarantee you would fall in love with the chilli!
When it first hit the stores in Singapore, it was extremely popular as it is delicious and cheap. However, the latter no longer holds today. Ayam Penyet Ria has been increasing the prices of their dishes - a plate of Ayam Penyet now costs $7+! Also, I discourage people from ordering takeaways as the quality of food drops drastically. The chicken crust becomes slightly soft and the rice soggy - probably due to condensation in the styrofoam box.
Overall though, if you are craving affordable Indonesian food, Ayam Penyet Ria is a convenient way to satiate that craving!
I've not actually tried their other food items because they're known for their ayam penyet. On a side note, their drinks are really overpriced and simply not enough to sustain you throughout the whole meal. The amount of ice tea they provide is little so you end up having to purchase another glass of water.
Their prawn crackers are my favourite appetizers. I've been trying to find it outside but to no avail. Nonetheless, the ayam penyet at Ayam Penyet Ria is so worth it.
One of the best parts of the meal has got to be the fried crumbs — it feels like heaven in my mouth when eaten together with rice. The affordability and location (right smack in the middle of town!) makes it a worthwhile visit.
I like how the chicken was coated with a different kind of bread crumbs from the typical fast food restaurants, in addition to the generous dishing out of bread crumb toppings on the rice. Writing this review is making me salivate now!!
The best part is, there was a free cup of cold water with the ayam penyet, just in case you couldn't take the super hot chilli paste. My first thought was: What good service:)
Even though the price was a little tad expensive, the portion was just nice for me. I would say go for it if you are someone who likes something different.
After all, there's free water:)
However I feel that their standard had dropped tremendously in terms of food quality and service. The portion was small and they served cold food. Their service is horrendous! The staff is rude and unhelpful. Being popular doesn't give you the right to be arrogant.
Food was served shortly after ordering and paying at the counter. The service was alright and i immediately started digging in since it was my first meal of the day.
The chicken was well marinated, cripsy on the outside and tender within. It tasted slightly above average though, nothing fantastic. I like the chili! It was awesome, really spicy but addictive.
Do not touch the lime juice, too sweet it was just awful.
Ayam Penyet wise, i'll still prefer the stall at the hawker centre opposite Vivocity. Cheaper and more tasty.
As we got there, the queue was pretty long, and we waited about 30 minutes before we got a seat. Once we sat down, the staff passed us the menu to choose from. As the outlet was so busy, there really was not any service to talk about as the staff were rushing to fulfill everybody's requests. As we had a table of 6, we ordered almost all the main dishes that was available.
The dishes came pretty fast, and it was still crispy and hot when it was served. The fish was crispy and fresh and it disappeared in a very short time. The chicken penyet was good too, but i thought it should be "penyet" more. It was not too oily yet still very tender.
Most importantly, the chilli. oh my, i think the best about this place is not really the penyet, but the chilli itself. It was really spicy and strong and I absolutely love the chilli, as it gave me a strong kick and woke me up. It was spicy and added a lot of flavour to the food.
Would i go back to this place for penyet, probably. Would I go back for the chilli, absolutely!
It is always served fresh and the sambal is simply addictive. The chicken is fried to perfection and the sambal has a balance of spicy and sweet. End the meal with a glass of Avocado juice and you will feel as if being transported to Indonesia.
Service wise i can rate it only as fairly okay. Its such a waste that they have good food but their staff are not very friendly. Sometimes i feel that our request are being ignored whenever we need someone to attend to us.
If you are into good Nasi Ayam penyet, i reckon you should have a try at this outlet but if you are into good service then its not the right place to go. Whichever way you decide.
The staff there was very unfriendly and they had all of them had very thick make up on,They threw their menus on our tables and walked off and as we did not know we had to order at the cashier,we raised our hands to question one of the staff.She rolled her eyes at us and walked over and than with a very unhappy face,asked us what we wanted.We told her that we wanted to order and she retorted with a snort to tell us to proceed to the counter.She made us feel really stupid but since we were too hungry,we kept quiet.
The food took more than 5 mins to arrive even though the place was not crowded at that time.Again,they threw our food on the table as if they were very unhappy to serve us.I was hoping that the food could at least compensate for the bad service we were faced with but sadly,the chicken that was fried for us tasted so hard that I only ate half of my meal.
As compared to a very famous Ayam Penyet stall at Changi Village, this one was horrible. Bad service,bad experience,bad taste.