Really delicious and approachable Javanese food cooked with love
So good that we went here back to back nights. After returning from a two week trip to Indonesia, we concluded that this was by far the best food we experienced in Java. The ingredients were fresh and super flavorful. The dining experience feels like you are being welcomed into Lillies home and it is clear that she cooks from the heart with a sense of pride to convince each diner how incredible her food culture is - we were convinced!
16 Jul 2018
we loved this restaurant. is in a very small street. everything we ordered was spectacular and the waiters were very friendly
08 Jul 2018
Freshest ingredients, authentic Indonesian food with excellent service.
This is my first time to the restaurant, turns out the place has moved to inside the small alley beside the previous location. Kesuma Restaurant presented not too big list of menu. We ordered Beef Rendang, Kesuma Chicken which was the specialty of the place, and sautéed beans and tempe. Rendang and Chicken came with rice. The portion, by Indonesian standard was big, by western standard was just right. Beans also came in big portion. Eating for two people, we were damn full, no space for dessert. When we arrived, the lovely lady owner, Ms Lily picked us up from the front alley, greeted us with sweet hot spice tea of cinnamon, cardamom, and clove as soon we reached her converted house to be the restaurant. It was really nice. The food was, how can I say this, westernized version of authentic Indonesian food but in a very good way. It didn’t discount the authenticity, only abit less sharp to accomodate international taste and less spicy. All the ingredients were fresh. Seasoning was just right, balance was great. Beef was tender. Although it’s not typical dry rendang Padang, because Kesuma version was with curry sauce, which probably some fanatics will think this is not rendang, however, it’s a beautifully cooked dish. Chicken was rich, with lime leaves and pineapple. Strong combination, but will not shock your palate. The beans was fresh, tender with medium sweet of soy sauce. Overall, you can taste the freshness of all ingredients and they cooked everything just right. I’ve been to Kaum Restaurant Jakarta recently an establishment by Potato Head Group, and Bu Ageng Restaurant Jogja some times ago. The quality of the cook on those places was below this restaurant. Will I come back, absolutely yes. I am curious on how they cook the Areh Chicken. We paid 215,000 for food, plus 2 big Bintang of 55,000 each, where they made an effort to buy from nearby store since they didn’t have it. We tipped them for the excellent warm and timely service they gave us. I hope my next visit will be in their new place which only 5 meters away from this temporary place. Too bad I didn’t have photo of the food. It was nicely placed in white bowls and plates.
12 Jun 2018
jl. Sartono No.858 Mantrijeron III, Yogyakarta, Indonesia