NUSA Gastronomy takes break fasters on an edible journey throughout Indonesia.
One of the reasons we love Ramadan is all the festive food dining spots roll out just for the fasting season! The many great places to enjoy a great buka puasa in Jakarta range from restaurant buffets to seasonal pop-up markets scattered all over the city. We tried something a little different at NUSA Gastronomy when they invited us to enjoy their Indonesian fine dining experience for buka puasa.
For those who haven’t had the chance to visit the modern Indonesian restaurant, NUSA Gastronomy is a tasty reflection of Indonesia’s diversity in the culinary scene. The restaurant takes diners on a culinary trip through the use of indigenous ingredients and traditional cooking techniques from all around the archipelago. Their Ramadan set is no different – a four-course break fasting menu running until 25 June that includes a takjil amuse bouche, main course, pre-dessert, and dessert showcasing some of the best dishes inspired from Bandung, Bengkulu, Papua, Bangka and North Sumatra. It’s a pre-set menu so you just have to sit and sample every dish that is served one by one in an arranged order.
The aroma from the piles of Indonesian spices placed in the centre of the dining room were already making us hungry pre-meal and Honeys, we were not disappointed. We started off with the amuse bouche platter that included a range of local crackers (our favourite was the Kerupuk Ojay from Bandung), bongko mento (traditional scrambled eggs wrapped in banana leaves), and tempe goreng that was so appetizing!
Then came the main event that started with a couple of gulai servings: the first, a fish called Kakuwah which is a common suhoor menu for people in Bengkulu. The second, also our favourite, was the Gulai Kepiting with oh-so-excellent soft shell crab. If you like your food packed with flavour and with high spice-factor, you’ll get a kick out of this one in an instant. Next, we had West Java’s Mie Glosor which translates to slippery noodles in English. The noodles were made of the finest sago from Papua and incredibly slurp-worthy.
Beyond the tastiness of the dishes, we also love how they came with interesting background stories. Like the next dish that we had which was the Ayam Lempah from Bangka Island served with Pelawan – a mushroom that, according to locals, can only grow with the help of heavy rain and lightning. Wow.
Rounding off the trip for the mains, we had Rabeg beef from Banten served with ketan and Kambing Nilomang from North Sumatera with a coconut shell as the bowl.
Though we were stuffed, it was time for our pre-dessert (and we will never say no to dessert!) The kecombrang sorbet was a sour (in a good way) palette cleanser that’ll make you want to ask for more. Then we had kolak espuma and bongko kopyor from Gresik as the dessert served with such gorgeous presentation. It’s an upgraded kolak serving combined with frozen kopyor after being nitrogenized. Not to forget a couple slice of pumpkin pudding, banana crackers and a touch of pandan syrup all over it. What a sweet way to end this edible trip!
Now you know that while keeping its winning dedication to always highlight the abundance of Indonesia’s local cuisines, NUSA Gastronomy is serving the best Ramadan menu you’ll appreciate, be it from the presentation, the background story, and of course the taste. Enjoy!
NUSA Gastronomy’s Ramadan set menu is available every Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to 9pm. Price starts at IDR 850,000 and portion fits up to two persons per set.
NUSA Gastronomy, Jl. Kemang Raya No.81, South Jakarta. p. +6221 7193954.