Bring all your amigos over to indulge in plates upon plates of jamon iberico, paella, and more authentic Spanish tapas over at Javanegra's new restaurant Atico.
If you’ve ever had the good fortune of dining at Chef Andrea Pangestu’s Javanegra, you know what a special treat that experience is. Though one of our favourite restaurants in the city, its steep price and long set menu usually calls for no less than a special occasion. Luckily, the good folks behind the much-acclaimed Javanegra have just opened up their latest, Atico, on the rooftop of BTPN Building in Kuningan.
Like Javanegra, dining is still a casual deal at Atico, with the focus on the food with tapas-style small plates deliciously meant for sharing. If you feel like sampling most (if not all) of Atico’s dishes, then we suggest arriving with a grande group of amigos so you can order quite literally everything off the menu. Early arrivers to the dinner party should start with the gourmet cheese platter drenched in truffle honey, and then help yourself to plenty melt-in-your-mouth jamon iberico cuts so delicious you won’t want to share. Then comes the tapas – brilliantly cooked fresh pasta completely slathered in the melted cheese wheel, the creamy champignon pasta covered in white truffle oil (which we promptly ordered seconds of), and angel hair pasta with uni and caviar that sent us to straight to food heaven. The hero of the meal though of course was the famous grilled striploin with chimichurri sauce. Our only objection? Portions could be bigger! As per usual, despite our full bellies, we couldn’t bear to say no to dessert: the durian ice cream (although not technically Spanish) was one of the best we’ve had in the city.
The restaurant also has a spacious al fresco rooftop area, ideal for sipping on sangria while enjoying the city view. At the time of our visit, the venue wasn’t too crowded yet, so we managed to move our party outdoors to enjoy our desserts. Oh, and Atico also serves a mean breakfast menu for those up early in the CBD. We’ll be sure to be back.
Atico by Javanegra, Menara BTPN, Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 2295 8194.