According to their website, ‘Ayam Bakar‘ means ‘Grilled Chicken’ while ‘Ojolali‘ is Javanese for ‘Don’t Forget’. Therefore, ‘Ayam Bakar Ojolali‘ stands for ‘Unforgettable Grilled Chicken’. Nice way of saying ‘we’re good’, but it’s also a high standard to live up to. But they don’t disappoint. Ever since D introduced me to Ojolali, I’ve been hooked. Now everytime we shop at Wisma Atria or Ngee Ann City across the road, we make a beeline for Lucky Plaza to have our meal.
Lets begin with their chilli. You know how people always say chilli sauce can make or break a good plate of chicken rice, whether hainanese, malay etc.? Well, Ojolali’s chilli is the Javanese sort. It’s made of lots of chilli padi (among others) that can sting your palate, bring tears to your eyes or make you perspire incessantly. But believe me, you’ll come back for more. A tad sadistic, but true. My well-tuned palate for spicy food took a stab the first time I tried it, but all’s good now. They’ve got a sweet black sauce that is supposed to be paired with the chilli and your food. It helps to take the heat off your tongue.
The Ayam Penyet or ‘smashed chicken’ rice ($6.50) [****] pictured above is deep fried sinfulness with tahu (tofu) and tempe (fermented soya bean cake) as sides. Its evil oily grilled twin the Ayam Bakar ($6.50) [****] on the left is just as good with the same soya bean sidekicks.
Last but not least, do try their clear Oxtail Soup [***]. The meat is lean and tender, and MSG seemed thankfully absent. Other dishes you might want to consider is their Ikan Goreng Kipas (Crispy Fried Fish).
Taste – 8/10
Price – $ to $$
Service – 6/10
Ambience – 5/10
Accessibility – 7/10
[$]-cheap like peanuts: ($10 & below/person)
[$$]-average Jane ($15-$25/person)
[$$$]-you might wanna tke tht card out..($30-$60/person)
[$$$$]-extremely exorbitant ($70 & above/person)
[* to *****] – rating(s) for individual dishes
Tel: 6235 3597
304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza #03-39 & #03-43
Open Daily | 12pm – 9pm
Dress code: Casual
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Buses: 65, 14, 36…