Ayam Penyet Ria
248 Clarendon Street
+61 3 9077 2947
I’ve been meaning to check out more of my local eateries. There’s plenty to choose from on Clarendon Street with a good variety of different cuisine such as Vietnamese from Wat Da Pho, Malaysian from Penang Road, and Italian from Etto. Having walked past Ria more than a couple of times, I finally stepped inside for a quick weekday lunch.
The Indonesian restaurant offers Penyet (or smashed) dishes, ranging from chicken to egg to eggplant. There’s also a couple of soup dishes and homemade sweets on selection. Ria’s marketing tactic advertises the mains to be under $10 but once the cost of rice is factored in makes it slightly more than a tenner.
I tried the fried chicken that day and wondered where “smashed” comes in. Nonetheless, the chicken was fried the way I like it, with minimal batter and a coating of simple seasoning, namely turmeric. The sambal packs some serious heat and I was reaching for tissues by the end of my meal.
I left satisfied and eager to try the eggplant or beef ribs in future.