This atmospheric little eatery in the royal town of Solo (Central Java) purportedly served Solo classic dishes based upon heirloom recipes. Calling itself "waroeng tempo doeloe" or old-era eatery, Pecel Solo's squarish wooden dining room had a beautiful golden glow, lit by antique Dutch lamps. Wooden teakwood furniture filled the small space, with eating counters and long benches lining the walls. Photos of almost every Indonesia media celebrity who'd dined at this famous spot filled the walls.
You get served cafeteria-style here - i.e. 2 female servers stood behind a HUGE buffet-syle table, and you simply point at the dishes which you want and they'd ladle the food onto your banana-leaf-lined lunch platter.
The food items were all attrractively displayed on wooden or rattan vessels, lined with banana leaves - there was an amazing selection of raw salads and ferns, a selection of Central Javanese curries and fried items (tofu, spring rolls, tempe), and meats (fried chicken, grilled beef, etc.)
For my lunch platter, I had a fried tofu stuffed with spices chicken & vegetables, a fried spring rolls and a tempe - unfortunately, these were all served cold, and I didn't quite get to appreciate the Javanese flavors therein. A stick of chicken intestine sate was also cold & tasteless. The curried egg fared better, but still a bit blandish compared to food at other Javanese eateries we'd tried so far.
All in all - I wished they'd re-heat all the items before serving, but some local Indonesian tourists seemed to be relishing their food.
Waroeng Pecel Solo
Jl. Dr.Soepomo No. 55
Solo, Jawa Tengah