Owner of legendary eatery Sate Padang Ajo Ramon in Pasar Santa passes away

In a city full of sate warungs, few stand out above the crowd the way Sate Padang Ajo Ramon does.

Jakartans can engage in endless debates about who serves the best sate in town, but few would disagree that Sate Padang Ajo Ramon is legendary in Jakarta – so much so that one needs a fair bit of luck to get a seat at their original warung in Pasar Santa.

Sadly, the owner, founder, and namesake of the warung, Ramon Tunjang, passed away at the age of 57 yesterday.

Detik reported that Ramon was admitted to hospital a week ago following the onset of dengue fever and several other complications.

“Last night (Sunday) father looked so weak. At around 3 pm yesterday, he told his children he’s no longer strong enough,” said Ramon’s son, Supriadi, as quoted by Detik yesterday.

Ramon leaves behind a wife and 6 children. We hope his legacy (and his warungs) will live on.

Ramon began selling his signature brand of sate Padang in Pasar Santa in the ‘80s. Some 3 decades later, the original warung still serves packed houses every night and more outlets have been opened in Kalibata, Kelapa Gading, and Bekasi. Ajo Ramon is in fact so popular that it currently holds a 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor, coming in at 31st on the travel website’s ranking of the best eateries in Jakarta.

In honor of Ramon, we’ll soon be back to his warung to enjoy his tender ox tongue sate drenched in spice rich sate Padang gravy.

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