A junkyard is a place where scrap is collected before being discarded, reused, or recycled, a place where you can buy, sell, or leave junk. True to its name, this particular Junkyard is full of all things recycled, upcycled, and refurbished (you’ll see). Pretty much everything here you’ll find is what most would deem junk but has been cleverly and creatively transformed into furniture and other functional items. I say everything, except for its food!
Junkyard is secretly located on Jl. Birah Raya, around the bustling Senopati area, and is neighbors with a barbershop, a clothing store, and a tattoo parlor. Take the stairs shown above to get to Junkyard. Originally intended purely as a bar, Junkyard now serves lunch and dinner everyday except Mondays. If you are one to appreciate vintage paraphernalia, you’ll love Junkyard’s interior.
Min Ki Kang, owner of Junkyard, tells us everything displayed at the joint is a result of his love for vintage goods and upcycling old items. Everything you see–from the couches, chairs, and tables, to the lighting, television, and plates–come from Min Ki’s personal collection collected over the years from his travels. Besides his glaring attachment to recycling, the multi-talented and versatile entrepreneur also loves to cook and eat (a prerequisite to being a restaurateur, no?).
And in case you were wondering, no, the television isn’t functional.
If the interior was striking, the menu proved curious. The selection was a unique fusion of Indonesian, American, Italian, and Korean food. What’s great about it? It’s easy, feel-good, comfort food. Just come and have a taste for yourself. So it was lunchtime, but Min Ki insisted we have a shot (and a little more) of their house special. We politely and happily obliged.
Peach Shaker Shots | 120K
Sweet, peachy, but you can definitely taste the alcohol (but then again, I am a cheap drunk). Recommended to share with a couple of friends. Or by yourself.
Cheesy Yangnyum Chicken | 55K
Boneless chicken glazed in a Korean sweet and sour sauce, baked with a creamy potato gratin, and topped with mozzarella cheese.
Curry Chicken Rice | 40K
Butter rice topped with a fried egg with curry chicken katsu.
Mac and Cheese | 40K
Macaroni hangs out (this is literally what it says on the menu) with cheddar, parmesan, mozzarella in a baked bowl.
Lime Coronarita | 95K
You’ve guessed it – an awesome, sweet concoction of Corona and margarita. A MUST-TRY!
First off, thank goodness the portions were generous! Can’t say enough how much little baby portions irk (and worry) me. Second, the food was easy to enjoy. The chicken meatballs, although a tad too salty for my taste, was wonderfully cripsy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. And the sweet and sour sauce just made it perfect. I appreciate that butter rice, instead of regular white rice, was used to complement the katsu curry. The butter rice was oh so moist and buttery. Makes me wonder why we eat plain white rice. The mac and cheese, too, was tasty. Overall, I’d say Junkyard serves real food, no nonsense, nothing pretentious. In short, I would definitely come back. This place is great to come at night for drinks and small bites, or for lunch or dinner. Price wise, you’re looking at spending in the range of 50-80K per person for a meal (very very decent), and of course, more if alcohol is involved.
Here’s the tatoo parlor I mentioned. You’ll see Matjo as you enter Junkyard on the left. They create custom, one-of-a-kind tatoos for anyone looking to accessorize.
Tue – Thurs: 11 AM – 12 AM
Fri – Sat: 11 AM – 2 AM
Closed on Mondays