This Hot New Table is literally hot in taste, thanks to their use of spicy herbs. The latest brainchild of Chef Andrea Peresthu now focuses on Indonesian food – a first for Javanegra Group.
Those who have dined at any of Chef Andrea Peresthu’s restaurants will agree that he creates some of the best meals in Jakarta. So when we heard that he opened up Daun Muda Soul Food by Andrea Peresthu, we couldn’t hide our excitement. Despite previous ventures Javanegra and Ático featuring Spanish cuisine, his latest Hot New Table focuses on Indonesian food, exploring local dishes from the chef’s hometowns of Palembang, Manado, and the east coast of Sumatra.
Since the dishes are influenced by Manadonese cuisine, expect a lot of spice at Daun Muda. Each dish comes with a generous serving of spicy herbs, and if that’s not enough chilli for you, Daun Muda also has ten different chillies for an extra kick of spiciness. Ranging from sambal matah, dabu-dabu, sambal mangga, sambal nanas, sambal rica-rica, and more, their cabe-cabean is definitely not for the faint-hearted. If you like your sambal tasting extra fresh, try their sambal cacam, which uses tomato, ikan asin telang, and red onion. The sambal pairs well with any dish and tastes even better when mixed with white rice.
As is the case in most Indonesian restaurants, dishes in Daun Muda are made to share, so it’s best to come here with a group of four or more. Their Sate Ayam Menado, Ayam Ijo Royo Royo, and Nasi Goreng Kambing are among the standout dishes, but frankly, a visit to Daun Muda will not be complete without ordering seafood. The Aneka Kerang Rebus makes the best appetizer to snack on, but if you’re looking for a main course to share, we highly recommend their Ikan Bakar Bujang Gadis, which uses either leather jacket or grouper fish and tasty cabe ijo.
Interior-wise, Daun Muda’s resemblance to Javanegra and Ático still exists in the use of red brick walls and wooden furniture. There’s also an open bar with wooden stools and an open kitchen in the middle of the space, where guests can directly choose fresh seafood from inside the fridge. The restaurant’s ambiance also makes it the perfect place for a casual lunch or dinner with friends, family, or even colleagues, who can also use the restaurant’s private rooms on the second floor for corporate meetings. With Daun Muda as their first Indonesian restaurant, Javanegra Group has successfully proven that Spanish cuisine is not their only forte.
Daun Muda Soul Food by Andrea Peresthu, Jl. Aditiawarman No. 24, South Jakarta, p. +62 822 9777 7136.
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