Let’s imagine yourself waiting for the heavy rain to be at ease accompanied with a bowl of meatballs or bakso. Hmm.. isn’t it perfect enough to fulfill your belly with something warm and mouth-watering? Among Indonesians, bakso never fails its lovers especially during rainy season. Even though it comes from China (called as bah-so in Hokkien pronunciation), it is assumed that bakso has a mixture of culinary influences back in colonial Dutch East Indies according to some culinary experts. Gosh, such a fascinating fact, isn’t it?
Nowadays, most of bakso vendors are from Wonogiri (a town closed to Solo in Central Java) and Malang (one of the cities in East Java). As Java is considered as the native of bakso, no wonder if you see not only abundant bakso food stalls scattered across the street but also at most Javanese restaurants. For this time, I would like to boost my giddy mood up by having a bowl of bakso at Lippo Karawaci named Basolo.
From the exterior, it is slightly classy for a type of bakso restaurant within its white concept especially in Tangerang. While going inside, you will be enthralled by the interior decorations with a touch of cute gerobak (a wagon used for typical bakso vendors across the street) nearby the cashier.
The table itself has the concept of chess board decorated with all-white wallpaper and several classic lanterns hanging above. Isn’t it cool, folks? After gazing through the ambiance of the restaurant, I order one of its signature bakso dish.
This is it! A bowl of signature bakso dish completed with fried shallots, bean sprouts, noodle, rice vermicelli and spring onions. From the presentation, it is exactly the same like other Javanese types of bakso. However, I find it unique of having a piece of tofu inside the dish that is quite uncommon.
To enhance the taste, usually on the tables you will find several ingredients such as sweet soy sauce, chili sauce, salt and vinegar that can be customized based on your own preference. What captures me most is the texture of the bakso that is chewy but not too chewy as well as the 100% beef melting in your mouth while biting it. I cannot clearly describe the sensation, but it is worth a try!
The scores will be about:
- Taste: 85 / 100
- Ambiance: 90 / 100
- Food Presentation: 80 / 100
- Price: 75 / 100
- Service: 75 / 100
The cost of IDR 27,000,- for a regular size bakso dish is considered pricey as you can have it across the street with cheaper price around IDR 12,000,- up to IDR 15,000,-. However, the ambiance is pretty homey, though. For the complete details about Basolo restaurant, kindly check it out on instagram @basoloresto.