After much success with their first poke and matcha bar in Kemang, Honu has spread its wings with a new location in Menteng, and we’re totally not complaining.
These days we can’t even remember what it was like to survive without our regular dose of poke from Honu. As the first poke place in the Big Durian, Honu introduced the hungry masses to this healthy Hawaiian-Japanese bowl and we have been hooked since. Now, just one year after opening their popular poke bowl and matcha bar in Kemang, Honu has decided to branch out with a new location in Menteng right in the heart of the city, so that those living and working in the centre have closer access to this poke and matcha bar.
Honu Central may be smaller, but it still packs a punch. Their concept, ‘Honu goes to the city,’ imagines Honu as a bustling Manhattan-style diner, but instead of red vinyl booths, there are minimalist mint green booths and chic counter stools. On the second floor, a long table for communal eating welcomes solo diners and those who want to share space alike.
Foodwise, you’ll still find good old favourites like Two and Two, Honu-Lulu, Yugo, and The Skinny. If you’re a big fan of the first, you may also love their new poke bowl, Torched. This dish features flame seared salmon and salmon belly, much like salmon mentai normally found in Japanese restaurants. If that sounds too creamy, try the lighter Super Bowl, a poke bowl of citrusy salmon with miso lemon, and superfoods like avocado, crispy kale, edamame, wakame, carrots, and cucumber. Don’t forget to also pair your bowls with their new Ahi Dip, which is basically nachos served with tuna, avocado, tomato, and fresh lime that are perfect for sharing.
That’s not all, though. There are two new dishes that you should try while you’re at Honu Central: the new vegetarian Tempeh Bowl and the strong Spiced Matcha Latte with cinnamon and turmeric. Only available at the Menteng branch for the time being, the two dishes have been launched to celebrate the new location’s opening, so when it comes to something new, you’ll know exactly what to order at Honu Central.
Honu Central, Jl. H. Agus Salim No. 60, Menteng, Central Jakarta, p. +62 21 2123 1449.
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