Konro at Daeng Tata
I was first introduced to Mamink Daeng Tata by one of my coworkers, who promised me the best ribs ever. We went with a group of work people one Saturday night to the resto on Casablanca in Tebet, and we were wowed by the Sulawesi-style ribs, leading to much pride from our recommender :p
Amee and I went back tonight, and I was wowed by the ribs again. So tasty. The busyness of the restaurant was also a good indication that its no one hit wonder. I was also floored to see that this popular little eatery, which has three branches in the same area to account for the overflow of patrons it attracts, now offers WiFi internet. Too much awesome in one warung! They’re also on Facebook and have a blog. For an open air basic joint with old mobile phone promotion banners as tablecloths and toilet paper rolls for serviettes, that’s a pretty big leap forward.
The Tata Ribs (pictured left with the knife sticking out) are the house specialty… barbecued until gooey on the outside, served with fresh lemon and a mild peanut sauce. Just delicious. You need to use the sauces, they are extra good, especially the in-house sambal (chili sauce), which is unlike any others I have tried. The ribs are served with white rice, fried shallots and some ‘moisture’ to flavor the rice, which is a weak beef broth.
This time, Amee and I also got a Konro to share (pictured up the top), which is ribs in beef soup. The broth was one of the heartiest beef broths I have ever tasted, flavored by shallots, both of the fried and fresh varieties. The ribs were good, the meat being more tender, but the rib I got in the Konro was a bit too fatty for my liking, so the Tata Ribs are still my favorite. But it’s all delicious… and cheap. Also, for people who don’t cope with the superhot food, everything comes un-chili-fied, and then you spice it up to your liking with the sambal. Highly recommended!
The branch we went to was at Jalan Casablanca 33, Tebet, South Jakarta. A lot of taxi drivers and neighbors know the resto well, so it’s not hard to find. If one branch is full, the staff will direct you to one of their other nearby outlets.