In a new section dedicated to all Jakarta’s foodies, Indonesia Tatler has scoured the city and gathered five of the hottest recent openings to try out this month
Up high on the 46th floor of Plaza Tower, Momozen pampers diners with views of the Jakarta skyline and sumptuous Japanese menus. Truffles are one of the main stars here, from being paired with silky somen served cold, with rice and dashi broth mixed table-side, or with rice and truffle butter stuffed in a grilled baby chicken. The small bites are also headily addictive, from fresh Hokkaido scallops to squid jerky and frog legs.
Up in Smoke
With two big smokers and one parilla grill faithfully labouring in the back, Up in Smoke serves the rare (here, anyway) Western-style barbeques for all dedicated meat-lovers in Jakarta. Located on the ground floor of the RDTX Tower in Mega Kuningan, the simple and cosy atmosphere is perfect to breathe in the smokiness of brisket, rib-eye steak, wild boar sausage, or chicken. Desserts and drinks are also available from banana cream pie and s’mores to beers and wines.
Another one from Culinary Collective and right next door to Up in Smoke, One Eyed Jack is Chef Rapha Menchaca’s Jakarta brainchild after two successful branches in Bali. A sleek, relaxing gastro-pub perfect for a winding down after hours, One Eyed Jack serves a long list of classic cocktails, Japanese-fusion mixtures, sakes, Japanese whiskies and beers, and many other drinks. On the food side is an array of yakitori skewers, rice bowls and delicious desserts.
Recently opened and making news with his fabulous fare, Mr Fox’s humble hideaway in the Energy Building reflects his love of travel from the interesting food and cocktails down to the decorations. Helmed by Chef Vebrina Hadi, the fluffiest tape-filled Greek loukoumades doughnut meets its match in mixologist Peter Seabrook’s Madame St Germain decked in edible flowers. Mr Fox will soon wake earlier to serve tasty breakfast power-ups such as the Es Teler Smoothie Bowl.
The first Kaum opened in Hong Kong last year and entered Hong Kong and Macau's Michelin Guide this year. Another then opened in Bali before Jakarta finally got a branch with lovely high-ceiling colonial rooms decorated in lovely Indonesian touches. Expect deliciously authentic Indonesian menus rarely served in other places, such as the spiced gomal noodle from North Sumatera, kue lumpur with black sticky rice from Java, and fresh Maluku-style marinated raw tuna.
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