“I should warn you to not go overboard when mixing the sambal with the satay sauce as things can get uncomfortably hot if you do.“
A stroll through Kota Lama in the heart of Semarang and basking in the historical ambience of its colonial architecture should on the top of one’s itinerary whilst in town. Besides the camera-friendly surrounding, stalls with orange-coloured tents touting various delicacies abound here. However, instead of trying them out one by one, I went to an eatery called Sate & Gule Kambing 29 right across Blenduk Church. First established in 1945, this joint still retains its original structure and character, lending it a unique – slightly vintage – ambience.
The walls of the establishment were decorated with pictures of Semarang from the days of yore. There were no other customers at the time, so I chose to sit at the largest table available. Based on its moniker, I assumed that it specialises in Sate Kambing (lamb satay) and Gule Kambing (lamb curry), so I ordered one each.
As I waited for my food, I decided to engage in a light conversation with the waiter to kill some time and gather more intel regarding the restaurant. I learnt that the shop actually has several branches across Semarang, and it even has one in Jakarta. After a ten-minute wait, my meal was ready.
The lamb satay sported large chunks of lamb meat that were tender and juicy. What makes it even better was the absence of the typical odour that would normally emanate from a lamb-based dish. However, I should warn you to not go overboard when mixing the sambal with the satay sauce as things can get uncomfortably hot if you do. The Gule Kambing, on the other hand, was flawless. The lamb meat were thinly sliced to perfection, and they were succulent and tasty. More points should be awarded to the affordable pricing of its dishes too.
Jl. Letjen Suprapto No. 29,
Semarang, Central Java
Open daily from 8am-9pm
Rp.60,000/US$4.40 per person