This time, I would like to share my diner experience in a newly opened Pepper Lunch Yogyakarta this past weekend. Apparently, it was their first establishment in Yogyakarta but we could easily find them in other major cities in Indonesia (Surabaya, Jakarta etc.). When we visited this place, it was just opened for few days so we expected a bit of crowd over there.
The newly opened Pepper Lunch was located in the most popular shopping center called Plaza Ambarukmo and in order to avoid such a long queue, we decided to go there around 9:00 pm. When we got there, we saw only few people were in queue but I realized later that there were quite a number of guests who were there earlier were still waiting for their food (in their tables) to be served : The restaurant was fully packed at the time we arrived there.
We ordered two (upsize) Wagyu pepper rice and one Beef Aglio Olio for our diner. Our food was served in 15 minutes time and at first, the first impression based on food presentation, I did expect they should be quite delicious. However, I immediately felt a bit disappointed after trying our meals as its taste was not even close what I was originally expecting.
However, the design and ambiance of this new establishment was really nice : We decided to sit down a bit longer even after finishing our meal. Honestly, this place was really suitable for young people to hang out and have fun with their friends but in terms of food quality, as I had explained before, it did not really meet my expectation. So, I would gave them a three stars' rating despite such a nice interior design they had in the restaurant.
Hopefully, one day I would come back to the same establishment and have the opportunity to order and try something else. By that time, I truly hope that everything will be improved greatly. Overall, I would recommend this place for every one who is looking for decent Japanese food in the middle of their shopping activities in this particular mall.
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