In this edition of Hot New Tables: Kintaro Sushi, Union PIK, Henshin, Mr. Fox, and Samsara
Feeling hungry? This month on Hot New Tables, we’re putting the spotlight on a fusion sushi joint that doesn’t take itself too seriously, a Jakarta staple’s Northern counterpoint, the new highest rooftop bar in Jakarta, Ismaya Group’s latest with eclectic food and amazing cocktails to match, and a modern Indonesian restaurant worth the special occasion. Here are the newcomers that are on our radar this September.
Union’s latest outpost has the same signature Union brasserie vibes with a North Jakarta twist: pork dishes and cocktails exclusive to their PIK branch are served here. Chef Adhika Maxi puts comfort food first, with dishes like chilli crab spaghetti, crispy skin pork belly with honey mustard and mash, nasi babi garing (crispy pork belly) with sambal matah and pineapple kimchi (a must-try)! If you’re settling in for drinks try their Nutella Frappe (a non-alcoholic dream for Nutella-lovers), their Corn Latte (which tastes like cornflakes and coffee…in a good way), and Matcha Grasshopper (a matcha twist on the mint-flavoured classic cocktail). Top with Union’s famous Ube cake and you’re golden.
Union PIK, PIK Avenue Mall, Ground Floor. p. +62 21 25571168.
Henshin is indeed a game-changer – at 67 stories up, this impressive restaurant and lounge has taken over the title of highest rooftop bar in Jakarta. The swanky dining spot sits atop The Westin, and serves exotic Japanese-Peruvian eats worth raving about. Share plates of cebiche and tiraditos dreamt up by Chef Hajime Kasuga, while indulging in a Nikkei-inspired cocktail or two.
Henshin at The Westin Jakarta, Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav.C-22 A, Kuningan, South Jakarta. p. +62 878 0002 8008.
Kintaro Sushi is another PIK spot for those who like to have fun with their food. This new Japanese restaurant serves some of the freshest fusion sushi, by dishing up creative takes on rolls. Sushi rolls are presented on beautiful arches, in Japanese Imperial house-shaped bentos, and even molded into sushi bombs. And if you’re a fan of poke, you’ll be pleased to know that Kintaro Sushi even has poke bowls served in a real pineapple!
Kintaro Sushi, Ruko Garden House, Blok B 21, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. p. +62 21 22570366.
Ismaya Group’s latest venture comes in the form of Mr. Fox, a worldly character who has settled into the Big Durian to share his culinary delights to discerning Jakartans. We dare adventurous eaters to try the K.F.C. – Krunchy Fried Crickets – but if you’d rather go for a drink, try excellent tipples whipped up by award-winning mixologist Peter Seabrook. We’ve sampled a few (in the name of work, of course) and our favourites are The Countess, Madame St Germain, and Carmen “Chi-Chi” Colada.
Mr. Fox, The Energy, SCBD Lot 11A, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52 – 53, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 5296 1999.
Samsara puts a modern spin on traditional Indonesian cuisine by combining French and Italian cooking techniques with classic Indonesian flavours. Take their pepes patin ungkep garam – a traditional pepes (fish cooked in banana leaf) which is also baked in a French salt crust. There’s also the tape (cassava) crumble with Earl Grey es puter (ice cream) that tastes surprisingly luxe. If you’re looking for a tipple to go with your lunch, try cheekily named cocktails like their Punya Simpanan, a beautiful drink that essentially an orange and mango margarita with a dash of jalapeno for bite.
Samsara, Jl. Gunawarman No. 16, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 72787110.