We list new restaurants in Jakarta that you need to check out this month! From a new swanky restaurant by celebrity chefs, mille feuille katsu, dashi chazuke, pillowy slab of castella cake, sushi burgers, to ochazuke. It’s a world of culinary wonders.
1. Vong Kitchen
Soft opening this month is Vong Kitchen, one of the first original modern French-American restaurant that focuses on seasonal cuisine, by three michelin star chef Jean-Georges & his son Cédric Vongerichten in the soon to be opened Alila SCBD. Opens April 2nd for dinner (from 6pm).
2. NSNTR, Mercure PIK
From the newly opened Mercure, PIK’s bustling food scene has a serious contender. NSNTR ( read: Nusantara) is the hotel’s all day dining restaurant that appropriately focuses on Indonesian food, from Aceh to Sulawesi. The flavors are authentic and presentation is refreshing but not pretentious, Located on the 8th floor of the hotel, NSNTR is currently the tallest restaurant in Pantai Indah Kapuk too, which gives you a great bird’s eye view of PIK.
Mercure Pantai Indah Kapuk
Jalan Pantai Indah Kapuk Kamal Muara Penjaringan North Jakarta, (PIK Avenue)
Phone: +62 21 22571000
After going about from one pop up market to another, Burgushi finally settles down in the trendy neighborhood of Panglima Polim, South Jakarta. Burgushi’s tagline : I Love Burger, She Loves Sushi represents the restaurant’s mission to play around and mix the two completely different worlds. Burgers brimming with Japanese elements (or, as they put it, sushi flavors), or beef patties sandwiched between sushi rice. Is it just going to be another hype? you decide!
Panglima Polim V No. 38d, South Jakarta
4. Taiwan Original Cake
You’ve probably seen it in your instagram feed; the huge jiggly slab of pillowy castella or kasutera cake, A popular Japanese sponge cake made of sugar, flour, eggs, and starch syrup, or sometimes, honey. One of the most popular castella cake chain in Taiwan has made it to Gandaria city.
Gandaria City Lt. UG Unit M-U05
Phone: +62 812-6888-1441
5. Zenraku Dashi Chazuke
Chazuke or ochazuke is a simple yet comforting Japanese dish made by pouring green tea, dashi, or hot water over cooked rice. Such a healthy idea for a meal too! A restaurant that focuses on this art of warming the belly that reportedly has been around since the 7th century, has come to Indonesia. Not just on rice though, Zenraku offers a variety of ochazuke with different toppings.
Grand Indonesia West Mall, LG-17,17A
Phone: 021- 2358 0486
We predict 2018 to be the year of different kinds of ‘katsu’ or deep fried panko cutlets. One of the newly opened Japanese chain that will base our claim is Kimukatsu who instead of pounding and tenderizing a single piece of meat, Kimukatsu pounds and flattens 25 separate layers of meat (in this case, beef), and deep fry it as you would other katsu cutlets, to be enjoyed with either the traditional tonkatsu sauce or various fillings. Must try also: their tempeh katsu!