A pleasant surprise, when we decided to have dinner at this Ungaran restaurant, operative since 2010. Advertised as a seafood restaurant, the menu is really creative with items we never found elsewhere. Helen had a 'seafood soup' served in a coconut, containing mussels and other delicacies. Theo chose a 'nasi seafood' which turned out to have a dry-fried fish, a prawn and other things served on banana leaves. The iced fruit bowls also were innovative and fresh.
There are small pavilions for having your food 'lesehan' (sitting on the floor at low tables). But we referred the chairs and tables in the Pendopo Punakawan, the large pavilion at the rear with a view of Ungaran mountain.
By the way, Godong Salam is Javanese for 'salam' leaf. Salam being a fragrant leaf of Syzygium Polyanthum, widely used in Indonesia to add flavour to cooked food.
Favorite Dish: You might choose blind from the menu and let yourself be surprised. Our choices were: sop kelapa seafood Rp 55,000, nasi seafood Godong Salam Rp 38,000, es campur strawberry and es mangga muda each Rp 17,000 (add 10% sales tax).
For some time, when passing by, we had seen a dilapidated colonial house being restored. The work was partly hidden by shrubs in the front garden. But when it was finally finished, the garden had been replaced by a large parking, and the restored house stood in full view.
So we decided to have a closer look. But upon entering the parking we were waved on to the back of the house and down to the bank of Garang river behind it. There a fish restaurant had been established in several rustic bamboo pavilions among ponds. It is an attractive place to have dinner, especially at night when the lights are on. Actually the only nice restaurant in Ungaran, not counting those in the resorts.
Favorite Dish: Various dishes of gurame (carp), on average Rp 50,000.
Various dishes of prawn, on average Rp 75,000.
Crabs, on average Rp 165,000 / kg
Set menu of prawn and gurame (carp) for six people Rp 350,000.