Many have known this restaurant since the '90s. Depot Surabaya has served Eastern Javanese foods that were great in taste before any food court. They have introduced the famous Es Blewah drink to many satisfied customers. Now they open two more restaurants on Jl Sangaji and Jl Boulevard Raya Kelapa Gading.Ambiance
Depot Surabaya is a casual restaurant with no Air Conditioners. They provide chairs and tables at the house porch and inside a long narrow room. When we arrived at 11am, there were few tables filled. Sometimes they can get crowded at lunch time.
One of the seating areas at Depot Surabaya
There were four of us. We ordered Rissoles and Lumpia Basah for appetizers. Then for the main entree, we shared two Rujak Cingur, Tahu Telor, and Kupang Lontong. Depot Surabaya offers other delicious food such as Lontong Cap Gomeh, Nasi Rawon, Soto Ayam, Soto Madura, Gado-gado, just to mention several. All of us had Es Blewah for our drinks with syrup on the side. The food and drinks came in pretty quickly.Rissoles, Rp 5k
I could taste several ingredients in their Rissoles: carrot, egg, bean, and cream. The mixture of creamy taste, the vegetables, and the pastry were nicely balanced. However, the filling was too little to our liking.Lumpia Basah, Rp 7,5k
Depot Surabaya's Lumpia Basah contained bamboo shoot and was eaten with sauce that tasted like plum sauce (the Peking duck sauce). The strong taste of bamboo shoot didn't mix well with the "plum sauce" strong flavor. We thought this snack didn't taste good.
Rissoles (left) & Lumpia Basah (right) at Depot SurabayaRujak Cingur, Rp 20k
Depot Surabaya's Rujak Cingur has been the best so far. Cingur means beef nose. In general, Rujak Cingur mixes beef nose; vegetables such as kangkong, beans sprouts, green beans; fruits such as pineapple, jicama/ bengkoang, kedondong; tempe; tahu; and deep-fried cracker/ kerupuk. We customized our Rujak Cingur to omit the fruits for our preference. We also ordered to have 2 chilies per dish for a medium spiciness.
Their peanut sauce was sweeter and thicker than in gado-gado dishes. Their sauce was also darker in color, probably from the shrimp paste/ petis. The sauce spiciness level was good, giving the dish a hint of spicy flavor. The vegetables were fresh as always, whereas the beef nose was tender and tasted similar to beef tendon. But, the cracker/ kerupuk was a little stale that it wasn't as crunchy as it should be.
Rujak CingurTahu Telor, Rp 14k
Tahu Telor was made by frying cut tofu in scrambled egg. The dish was topped with sauce, fried shallots, and cut scallion. When I tried it, the tofu somewhat weakened the egg taste but made the dish more filling. The sauce contained shrimp paste/ petis, sweet soy sauce, and probably peanut. I thought the dish was okay.
Tahu TelorKupang Lontong, Rp 20k
My wife recommended this dish because she liked it when she was a child. The dish had rice cake/ lontong with tiny Kupang clams, vegetable, sauce similar to plum sauce, and croquette/ kroket in soup. The Kupang clams were interesting to try. They still tasted like clams, but unfortunately they had a seafood smell. The soup was good by itself, but the "plum sauce" ruined it. The sauce sank at the bottom of the plate and sticked to the rice cake, making everything too sweet and salty. The croquette was okay. It was made of deep-fried meatless mashed potato. We didn't quite like this dish.
Kupang LontongEs Blewah, Rp 7k
This place was the one intoducing me to Blewah, canteloupe-like fruit in Southeast Asia. The drink was refreshing. They gave a generous portion of Blewah in our glasses at the time. Without the syrup, the grated Blewah already had some sweetness. A little syrup made this drink perfect.
Depot Surabaya's Es Blewah
Our total bill came to Rp 165k. Depot Surabaya has been an affordable go-to place to satisfy our hunger of traditional Indonesian, specifically Eastern Javanese, food. Depot Surabaya's cooking feels like homey food that keeps its consistency. I'm sure we are coming back for our favorite Rujak Cingur and Es Blewah.
Date of Visit: 2012-10-26