Neighbourhood dining doesn't get much better than Senopati's latest hot spot: Attarine.
From the team behind the much loved Potato Head Group, comes the next great addition to Jakarta’s food scene. Their latest restaurant, Attarine, checks all the boxes and has got us totally hooked. Having just launched last week, the casual neighbourhood local serves well-crafted, modern cuisine that takes inspiration from the Spice Route. Helmed by Chef Jacob Burrell (from Big Sur Bakery), Attarine entices with delectable flavours and plates put together with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
The cosy restaurant features a wood-fire oven where grilled meats, roasted vegetables and fresh bread are cooked in throughout in the day, ready for you to sink your teeth into. At the heart of the menu are refined, yet unpretentious dishes designed to show off the fresh produce, many of which are sourced from independent Indonesian farmers. Don’t be surprised if your favourite dish doesn’t show up on your next visit, Attarine’s food options may change based on seasonal ingredients available.
Word of advice: get there with a group of your hungriest friends, as their small plates are designed for sharing (although we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to go through much of their cracking menu all to yourself). Drool-worthy starters include the Wood Fired Flat Bread with smooth green lentil puree and za’atar, and Stuffed Onions with minced beef and rice. Even their seasonal vegetable dishes totally pack a punch – their Golden Cauliflower with turmeric, lemon and cashew butter was a standout, and one we dreamt about for days. Attarine’s trademark dish, the Wood-fired Whole Fish, features the catch-of-the-day, simply seasoned with sea salt, long pepper and bay leaves, soft, fragrant, and paired perfectly with the earthy and comforting Heritage Rice Pilaf flavoured with saffron and pine nuts.
Though we haven’t had the chance to sample Attarine’s decadent dessert offerings, we are eyeing their Farm Carrot Cake (with Banda nutmeg, walnuts and lemon cream cheese frosting!) and their Malang Apple and Oat Streusal Tart for our next visit. For you cocktail connoisseurs, Attarine also blends local flavours into classic drinks – we encourage you to try their Roasted Bloody Mary complete with a dash of cabe rawit, and their signature Kopi Martini with a shot of espresso from local coffee experts One Fifteenth Coffee.
Attarine is currently only open for dinner, but expect the restaurant to take all-day bookings in soon.
Attarine, Jl. Gunawarman No.11A, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 2277 1256.