Truffle lovers in Jakarta, get ready to load up on one of the most exquisite ingredients to have graced the planet. This subterranean delight is deemed as one of the jewels of gastronomy, not only because of its unique earthy aroma that simply elevates your dish to unrivalled levels of flavor but also because it is expensive and extremely hard to find.
But yay us! We get to experience this special ingredient in many restaurants here in Jakarta. One of the best pairings known worldwide for truffle is with pasta – think angel hair, tanglioni, risotto, penne and more. So we have rounded a few of the city’s best truffle pasta dishes that will simply blow your gastronomic mind away.
The Italians are not the only ones known for using the delectable truffle in their dishes oh so well, the French do so too, and one such restaurant that has nailed it is Amuz. For a more classic option, go for the angel hair pasta in light truffle cream sauce, which is generously topped with shaved black summer truffle – you could taste its earthy flavors with every bite. For a more seafood route, you can opt for the wild porcini risotto with pan-seared Hokkaido scallops, completed with arugula salad, shaved parmesan and, of course, truffle. Ah, nothing like a romantic, fine dining experience (using only the best of the best truffle in town) at Amuz.
Address: The Energy Building, 2nd Floor, Lot 11A, SCBD, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53, Jakarta Selatan
Tel: +6221 250 5064
2. Mamma Rosy
Located in the heart of one of Jakarta’s most bustling areas, Kemang Raya, is this increasingly popular Italian resto. Resembling an Italian mansion, expect to experience authentic, quality, homemade dishes, some based on the owner’s very own grandma’s secret recipes, here. At Mamma Rosy, there’s more than one truffle dish worth trying – one of them is homemade ravioli filled with black truffle, champignons, and ricotta in butter, cream and herb sauce. Another must-try is the homemade tanglioni in mushroom and truffle sauce, and finally, one of the best truffle, mushroom risottos in town. You get to also customize your orders by choosing your favorite type of pasta (i.e- freshly made ones such as ravioli, gnocchi, tagliolini, or dry ones such as penne, angel hair, and linguine) and sauce with a special request for truffle on the side.
Address: Jl. Kemang Raya No. 58, Jakarta Selatan
Tel: +6221 717 91592
3. Union Plaza Senayan
If you have not heard about the Union brand – with one of its popular establishments at Plaza Senayan – then you have been living under a culinary rock! This classic and romantic hang out spot serves some of the best dishes, desserts, and drinks in South of Jakarta. One of their most popular dishes is the mushroom tagliatelle pasta cooked in white truffle cream sauce, topped with black truffle. Another must-try dish is for the pork lovers. Union, by far, is the only place in town to have paired pork with spaghetti pasta and truffle cream sauce so exquisitely. This creamy delectable dish is topped with pork crackling to give it an epic crunchy texture.
Address: Plaza Senayan Ground Floor, Jl. Asia Afrika No.8, Senayan, Jakarta Selatan
Tel: +6221 5790 5861
4. OSO Ristorante
Here comes one of the best fine dining Italian restaurants in J-town to have ever established. Located at the 46th floor of The Plaza’s Altitude, this grand and lavish restaurant will take your breath away with its exceptional dining experience – from stunning views to impeccable service and authentic Italian food that are just to die for. Bringing you to truffle heaven and back is the tantalizing, creamy Tartufo risotto made with mascarpone cream cheese and black truffle. And although we are straying away from a pasta dish, OSO’s porcini mushroom soup with truffle oil is also a dish worth trying.
Address: The Altitude, The Plaza 46th Floor, Jl MH Thamrin Kav 28-30, Jakarta Pusat
Tel: +6221 2992 2448
5. Caffe Milano
You can find Caffe Milano in the heart of the city, in one of South East Asia’s largest malls, Grand Indonesia. This chic semi-outdoorsy restaurant truly resembles those found in Italy, thus, temporarily transporting you to the beautiful country through its ambiance and, of course, food. Make sure to order one of the best truffle pasta in town: homemade angel hair pasta with light butter sauce and shaved black truffle on top – every bite of this dish simply melts in your mouth. And for an added truffle bonus is a non-pasta dish worth mentioning: the green asparagus appetizer, cooked also in light butter sauce with sage, shaved black truffle and a sunny side up egg – trust us when we say you will want to bottle up the leftover sauce from the dish and bring it home!
Address: Grand Indonesia East Mall, Central Dept. Store Ground Floor, Jl. MH Thamrin, Jakarta Pusat
Tel: +6221 235 80638
By: Divyha Pridhnani-Bhojwani