Dine in the Secret Garden of Lemah Ledok Garden Resto
The city of Yogyakarta might be one of Indonesia’s most sacred and historical cities. It is renowned as a centre of classical Javanese culture, in the form of fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows. But those are not the only charm this city has to offer. It is also known as the culinary paradise, especially for those who loved Javaneses-oriented cuisine. Of the many cheap restaurants in Yogyakarta that carry Javanese culture theme, Lemah Ledok Garden Resto could best many if not most of them.
Lemah Ledok Garden Resto is a semi-open restaurant with a garden restaurant concept, where a 2500 square meters area is transformed into a restaurant with Javanese interior surrounded by trim and beautiful garden. However, Lemah Ledok Garden Resto is not just a common garden restaurant. Located in Jalan Cangkringan Km 0,3 Kalasan, Sleman, this restaurant might look quiet, but when you entered the back garden, you’ll immediately be delighted as you seemed to find a secret garden, where the beautiful and unique flowers and plantations seemed to welcoming you as you pass the hallways wrapped in vines. This is why the tagline of Lemah Ledok Garden Resto is “The Secret Garden of Kalasan”.
The Javanese theme that the restaurant picks up is enhanced where the spacious main hall interior is surrounded by picturesque gardens and laid out neatly with carved wooden chairs. Gebyok wood carving, a renaissance chandelier, an old-time rickshaw and carriage with a bamboo hat, a bundle of rice, and a bunch of corn further strengthens the atmosphere of a typical Jogja nuance. This semi-open room is surrounded by a beautiful garden and a stone wall with rainfall-like water effects separating the main hall and lesehan area. While waiting for your order, you can walk around the paved path, explore the park for just a breath of fresh air, enjoy the colorful fish in the ponds or take pictures in the vine-wrapped hallway and wooden boats in a small pond.
This restaurant favorite menu is Lemah Ledok Chicken Grill. Other menus that is often ordered by the visitors are Kalasan Fried Chicken, Grilled Ribs, Sate Lilit Gurame (Gourami Satays), Honey Grilled Shrimp, and Honey Grilled Gourami. Lemah Ledok Garden Resto also provides a variety of sambal, a typical Indonesian chilli sauce, such as green sambal. Onion sambal, and shrimp paste. This restaurant also offers a delicious veggie menu like Tumis Kangkung (Sautéed Watercress) that was served with using a ceramic pot.
Lemah Ledok Garden Resto also tried to lift back the popularity of the uncommon Kawista fruit, a fruit closely related to Maja fruit and the citrus family, by making it as one of the special drink menu. If you want a warm drink, available options are Lemah Ledok Wedang, Wedang Uwuh, Bajigur, Sekoteng, Teh Poci Gula Batu, and many others. For dessert, Lemah Ledok Garden Resto have a special menu, the Ice Swargo,where three flavors of ice cream complemented with banana wrapped pancakes. Yummy.