Rasa Mantap: One-stop Indonesian cuisine

As Denpasar gets more and more crowded, with traffic nightmares occurring on almost every corner of the city, it is becoming difficult for people to find a place to eat without getting trapped in traffic. If you are in Denpasar, it is worthwhile visiting Rasa Mantap (which literarily means superb flavor) on Jl. Hayam Wuruk 172. The modest restaurant, run by Sri Widiastuti, a native of Wonogiri in Central Java, offers more than 100 items on its menu every day, ranging from original Indonesian cuisine to Chinese food.

The restaurant could be a great eating place for those who do not have much time for lunch. Its interior is simple, with 24 wooden tables, each with four chairs, and is capable of accommodating 100 visitors. All the meals are reasonably priced, from Rp 3,000 per portion to Rp 70,000 (25 US cents to $5.80) for chicken cooked in the Wonogiri style. Rasa Mantap, as the name suggests, does offers meals that taste great. Opened three years ago, Widiastuti speculated with her restaurant business when she decided to serve 100 different items on the menu every day.

“To maintain the quality of our food, we always hold a monthly meeting to evaluate our food, services and our clients’ demands,” Widiastuti said. So far, she said, “No clients have lodged complaints over food and service.” Every six months, representatives from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) visit and make a food review and evaluation to ensure the quality and the eligibility of all served food to receive halal (food allowed for Muslims) certification. “For us, the quality of food is our top-notch priority,” she said.

source : bali daily

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