“The soup was a bit oily due to all the fat from the beef gristle floating about. The meat, though, was succulent and didn’t give me hard time in chewing it.”
Established way back in 1961, Rumah Makan Madya holds the record for being the first restaurant to open in Lombok. It specialises in the many signature delicacies of the island, including Bebalung and Nasi Campur, among others. Now operated by the third generation of the family that founded the eatery, Rumah Makan Madya has stayed true to its roots by consistently offering authentic Lombok cuisine amidst the developments that have taken place on the island.
Rumah Makan Madya is located right in the heart of Mataram and is designed to cater to families, which is noticeable by its long tables. Seats here are a rare commodity due to the limited seating capacity, so expect a long wait when you come during peak hours. There are no air conditioners around, but the ventilation arrangement sufficiently supplies fresh air into the well-maintained restaurant.
I had a go at its Bebalung, a traditional dish of the Sasak people. Made from beef gristle, the name is actually derived from a Sasak word that means “power”, as they believe that its ingredients could pump you with a considerable amount of energy. Taste-wise, I would say it’s comparable to the oxtail soups that I would usually consume in Jakarta – rich beef broth and a slightly peppery flavour. The soup was a bit oily due to all the fat from the beef gristle floating about. The meat, though, was succulent and didn’t give me hard time in chewing it.
If there were one thing that’s missing while I was there, it would be my family. It would be amazing if I could share its grilled tilapia fish with my loved ones.
By Jessicha Valentina
Jl. Sultan Hasanuddin, Cakranegara,
Kota Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara
T: 0370 626 116
Open daily from 6am-11pm
Rp.30,000/US$2.20 per person