Being an Indonesian is awesome when it comes to food. We are probably the most flexible human beings on food and eating time. The rule is simple: you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want.
Although there are some food which are more popular during certain hours, we don’t really have any rules. For example, chicken porridge is a popular breakfast dish, but you can also eat it for lunch and dinner. Really, we’re that cool.
So when it comes to brunch, there are many choices. Many stalls and restaurants open from as early as 08.00 and will stay open throughout the day and even until night. Here are some of my favourite spots to go for brunch in Yogyakarta, be sure to check it out yourself!
This restaurant has become extremely popular in the recent years. I have been a fan since it opened (which was a long time ago, back when I was still in uni here…woah I am old!) and you will see why people are crazy about it. The place specializes on mushroom dishes cooked in Indonesian flavours and their mushrooms are all harvested from their own garden (which I hear is massive since demand rocketed in the last few years). This place is definitely perfect for vegetarians and will charm meat lovers too. I love the place too as it is huge and the service is quite good. Not only that, you can also see the different types of mushrooms that they grow and cultivate. My favourite dish is definitely the mushroom sate, so ridiculously good that I could almost give up chicken sate!
Address: Jl. Magelang KM. 11 No. 53 RT. 01 / RW. 20, Niron, Pandowoharjo, Tridadi, Kec. Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Opening Hours: 09.00 – 21.10 (last order)
Lotek Bu Bagyo
I swear this place is super awesome. Lotek is basically a mix of boiled vegetables (spinach, bean sprouts, long beans), fresh vegetables (cucumber, tomatoes, cabbage), corn fritters, rice cakes mixed in a generous portion of peanut sauce topped with crackers. It is light and filling at the same time (not to mention it is also a vegetarian dish!). This particular one, Lotek Bu Bagyo, is known to be the best one in Yogyakarta where you can ask them to “adjust” your lotek according to your taste. People usually add some chilies, as we all know Indonesians cannot live without some heat in their food.
Address: Jl. Sagan Baru III/I Yogyakarta
Open Hours: 08.30 – 21.00
Eastern Kopi TM
This place is quite new but already made quite an impression. I love the food here! It is basically Chinese food, but I find it that it’s not as greasy as the ones I eat anywhere else. The dimsum are also quite good but my favourite is their signature Chicken Hainam. I don’t usually like chicken hainam elsewhere since it’s too oily and the chicken is too “gamey” but this one is perfect and so good! They have an amazing array of food and their place is super cosy and clean. Definitely a great brunch spot.
Address: Jl. Seturan Raya A9-10
Opening Hours: 08.00 – 23.00
There is only one thing that they sell here: soup. The soup is clear with cabbage and rice vermicelli. However, you don’t just eat the soup (although you can if you want to) as they offer some side dishes too, and this is where it gets interesting. Their side dishes start from simple fried tempe to their specialty empal. Empal is basically beef that has been slowly cooked in various spices then fried for a while before serving giving its signature tender, savoury taste. It is a great compliment to the plain soup. I also love their simple but tasty crispy chicken. They have two branches in Yogyakarta, one is their original stall and the other one is at a food court. I personally love their original stall (it opens earlier too).
Address (Original Stall): Jl. Dr. Sarjito No.3
Opening Hours: 06.00 – 14.00
Address (Food Court): Jl. Magelang KM.6 (Jogja Paradise Food Court)
Opening Hours: 10.00 – 00.00
Nasi Uduk Palagan
Nasi Uduk is basically rice cooked in coconut milk. It is has a savoury taste and just so delicious. There are not many good nasi uduk stalls in Yogyakarta so I was extremely happy when Nasi Uduk Palagan opened. They sell the rice wrapped in banana leaves and you can choose the many side dishes they offer. I love their fried chicken with sambal bawang (chilies crushed with garlic). It’s the perfect brunch!
Address: Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar No. 104
Opening Hours: 07.00 – 21.00
So next time you come to Yogyakarta and in desperate need of a great brunch, don’t forget to check out those amazing places!
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