I went to Indonesia with a mission - to sample as much of the local cuisine I could get my hands on! Which is why, when I first heard about the "Je- Jamuran"restaurant from my Indonesian Couchsurfing friend Ined Deni, I just knew that this had to be on my Indonesian food bucket list.
Located in the Sleman area in the cultural city of Yogyakarta in Indonesia, this restaurant has quickly amassed a loyal following for their unique signature - they ONLY serve mushrooms. That's right, only mushrooms. To reiterate, ONLY mushroom based cuisine!
The entrance to this restaurant has a lovely ensemble of their mushroom collection, and if you visit during the day, they can also give you a tour of their mushroom farm. Unfortunately we made it there for dinner, so had to miss out on that.
I especially loved their decor. They have constructed a nice photo-op spot for anyone coming into the restaurant. Just glimpse the photos and you'll know exactly what I mean! As soon as you enter the restaurant, you're greeted with an amazing mixture of smiling faces – and these are not made-up fake smiles, these are genuine expressions of delight from people who are loving their jobs! We were introduced to an array of incredible variety of mushrooms and we truly enjoyed the complimentary details given to us about how to identify the best mushrooms, how to recognize if they are poisonous or safe for consumption, how to know which earthen tones would translate into the best flavors on our tongues.
After purchasing some of these delights for ourselves (so glad I did that because now I'm yearning to go back for more!), we walked into the next chamber (the photo ops area), where we then proceed to pose away for our perfect insta-worthy shots (you know what “they” say: apparently, if it's not on Insta, it didn't happen!).
We decided to sample some of the delicacies and I asked my friend Ined to order because she was a pro at this. Having placed our order, we were then informed that it would be half an hour before our food would be served. Without missing a beat, Ined suggested we get fish massages on our feet. I remember staring at her briefly, before I figured out what she meant - in fact, I actually had to follow her and that was when I figured out what she meant: we could actually get a fish feet spa done right there (completely free of charge) whilst we waited for our food!
This was actually my first time experiencing this, and I simply couldn't wait to roll up my jeans and plunge right ahead. It's hard to describe that first feeling of tiny little fish nibbling away and essentially 'eating' your dead skin cells – the first tingling shock actually made my draw my legs right out and it took my three more tries to finally get comfortable. However, once I had adapted, I can happily confirm that this was literally the most fun I have ever had whilst waiting for food at a restaurant!
The minutes passed quickly and before we knew it, our food had arrived! Ined had ordered us a varied selection of mushroom satays, mushroom rendang, crispy friend mushroom tempura, mushroom karedok salad, mushroom foo-yung, mushroom spring rolls and mushroom pasties.
At this point I was literally in food heaven! And with amazing company, dinner just seemed to fly by. We managed to finish all out dishes - Kudos to Ined once again for ordering just the right amount! And the best part of it all was the bill that followed: ALL of this for less than USD 10 ( that's right: 10 dollars!)
So the next time you find yourself in the vicinity of Yogyakarta (whether it's to visit Borobudur or Prambanam, or just to chill out in the cultural hub of Indonesia), don't forget to check out this gem of a restaurant. Your taste buds will thank you!