Best Donburi (Rice Bowl) in Jakarta!

by 10:38:00 AM


Donburi is a Japanese term for rice bowl dish which consists of meat, vegetables and rice served inside the bowl. I don't know since when, but I'm going crazy about donburi lately and that's why I decided to make a quick guide on the best donburi in Jakarta! Let's get started with the guide, shall we? (oh, now I'm getting hungry and craving for donburi!) 

1. OKU Jakarta

OKU is a Japanese restaurant located at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski at the heart of Jakarta and they served one of the best donburi out there which is the Truffle Gyu Don! This one tasted superb with a strong flavor of truffle oil and tender meat, not to mention that the onsen egg was perfect. It priced at IDR 650k++ for three-courses meal and I do think that it's quite worth it though!

Address:
OKU
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Jl. MH. Thamrin, Thamrin, Jakarta

2. Yakitori Box


Yakitori Box is a new Japanese restaurant located at Gandaria City (although they already had their first outlet at Standard Chartered Tower). They served various donburi with Japanese skewers or known as yakitori. It tasted pretty decent for IDR 60k and I personally liked the texture and consistency of their rice!

Address:
Yakitori Box
Gandaria City, Lantai Lower Ground, Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Gandaria, Jakarta

3. Donburi Ichiya
Ontama Yakitori

Donburi Ichiya is a Japanese restaurant specialized in serving various kind of donburi and they already established around 7 outlets in Jakarta. I tried the Ontama Yakitori (IDR 52k) which is a grilled chicken thigh served with oozing ontama egg and garlic butter sauce. I personally though that their donburi had pretty mild taste and I've to add extra amount of spices and chili to elevate the flavor. Although the original Japanese donburi should have been like this, I guess Indonesian prefer the one that had stronger taste, right?

Donburi Ichiya
Lippo Mall Puri @ The St. Moritz, Lantai Lower Ground, Jl. Puri Indah Boulevard Blok U No. 1, Puri Indah, Jakarta

4. Abura Soba Yamatoten 


Abura Soba Yamatoten might specialized in serving soba, but did you know that they have great selection of donburi as well? My favorite would be the Aburi Chashu Don with extra Ontama (IDR 77k). The chashu had a perfect texture and I love how they manage to put strong flavor to the meat, mix it along with the oozing onsen egg and you'll get a perfect bowl of happiness!

Abura Soba Yamatoten
PIK Avenue Mall, Lantai 2, Foodtown Dotonburi, Jl. Pantai Indah Kapuk, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta

5. Yoshinoya

Yoshinoya is probably the most famous fast-food style Japanese restaurant that serves donburi as they had more than 40 outlets around Jakarta. My favorite would be the Egg Mayo Beef Rice Bowl (IDR 51k) with creamy egg mayo sauce that might sounds overwhelming to someone but I love it so much!

Yoshinoya
Ciputra World, Lotte Shopping Avenue, Lantai 4, Food Avenue, Jl. Prof Dr Satrio, Karet, Jakarta

6. Waroeng Mama Ong

Waroeng Mama Ong serves various fusion food including the Beef Mushroom Rice Bowl which consists of marinated beef topped with thick mushroom sauce, salad, sunny side up and crackers. If you wanted to try good fusion Japanese food that has been localized, I do recommend you to try this one as it was unexpectedly pretty great!

Waroeng Mama Ong
Ruko Simprug Gallery, Jl. Teuku Nyak Arif 10, Blok M, Jakarta

Pvblic Bistro & Bar
Gyutan Don with Egg

Pvblic Bistro & Bar is a bistro and bar located at Pantai Indah Kapuk area and they specialized in serving various cuisine including Asian. The Gyutan Don with Soft Boiled Egg (IDR 58k) was pretty intriguing and I love how they made those perfect soft-boiled egg!

Pvblic Bistro & Bar
Ruko Elang Laut, Blok M1 No. 33-33A, Jl. Pantai Indah Selatan, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta

I think that's all that I could share about the best donburi that I've ever found in Jakarta, if you have recommendation, please do tell me as I'd love to try it! I hope you guys find this guide useful and let's eat!

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OKU (Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Jakarta)

by 10:51:00 AM


OKU is a Japanese fine-dining restaurant located at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski at the heart of Jakarta. As one of the premium restaurants located at premium location, OKU aims to serve best and authentic Japanese food. In this holy month, the restaurant had special Iftar Bento package that starts from IDR 650k++ for three-courses meal including tajil and hot or cold tea.

Table

The restaurant itself is quite big and spacious with several VIP rooms available. The interior was beautifully decorated with wooden material that gives off Japanese restaurant vibe with dim lighting to enhance its luxury. The Iftar Bento set was served in a wooden tray with wooden lunch box which was pretty and artistic. It consists of following menu:



There are 4 main courses that you can select which are Truffle Gyu Don, Chicken Teriyaki Don, Salmon Teriyaki and Sukiyaki. I tried their best seller and recommended dishes which was Truffle Gyu Don with runny onsen egg.

Truffle Gyu Don

As what I've expected, the Truffle Gyu Don tasted superb with a strong flavor of truffle oil and tender meat, not to mention that the onsen egg was perfect.


Truffle Gyu Don Set

As for the sides, I personally love the Oku Aburi Salmon Roll as it had perfect texture and it just melted in my mouth. The salmon flavor was quite subtle and I love how it did not taste fishy at all. It has a spicy mayonnaise sauce which gives a spicy kick.

Oku Aburi Salmon Roll
Sukiyaki Set

I bet most of you probably have known the so-called Oku Karaage because it was one of their signature dishes. The black karaage tasted pretty satisfying for the eye and for the palate. It had a perfect crispness that everyone would love!

Oku Karaage
Salmon Teriyaki Set

Overall, I had an amazing dinner at OKU, their food tasted amazingly delicious, the service was superb and the place is great. I've never been so happy to eat food for so long and I'm glad that OKU exceeded my expectation with their amazing food. I always love food that has great visual and taste and I'd say that OKU has it all!

Last but not least, thanks for having me and I wish best of luck for OKU! :)

Sukiyaki

OKU
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Jl. MH. Thamrin, Thamrin, Jakarta

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 12.00 - 15.00 ; 18.00 - 22.30

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Kamakura (Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta)

by 1:23:00 PM

Kamakura is a Japanese cafe and restaurant which was located right beside Fat Straw at Pantai Indah Kapuk area. Kamakura is definitely not a new player in F&B scene in Jakarta, but apparently they just launched new menu with huge selection of Japanese main course and dessert. Their specialty food are Japanese-style pasta with a modern twist and Japanese-style soft and fluffy pancake.








The restaurant itself is pretty eye-catching with unique exterior and the interior was beautiful with wooden and blue color dominating the whole scene. The restaurant itself is not really big, but it was nicely spacious and I reckon they could accommodate up to 40 people. It's not really crowded during my visit and I could really feel the Japanese-vibe inside the restaurant.

Let's get started with their food!

Seafood Style Mentaiko Pasta (IDR 108k)
Seafood Style Mentaiko Pasta

Seafood Style Mentaiko Pasta consists of al dente spaghetti topped with salmon roe, prawn, mussels, squid and seaweed. I tried the clear version of their mentaiko pasta, but you can opt for the creamy one with the same price. It tasted unexpectedly delicious with generous amount of seafood and I could really tell the freshness of their ingredients.

Seafood Style Mentaiko Pasta
Seafood Style Mentaiko Pasta

Aburi Salmon Don
Aburi Salmon Don

Aburi Salmon Don is basically a rice topped with slices of baked salmon, salmon roe, scallions and shredded nori. It tasted pretty delicious even for non-seafood lover like me, the salmon flavor was mild yet not overwhelming.

Aburi Salmon Don
Aburi Salmon Don

Spicy Salmon Roll
Spicy Salmon Roll

Spicy Salmon Roll ought to be my favorite dishes of all as I really love the slightly spicy sauce that drenched the sushi. There's a salmon on the top of the sushi and I could spot crab stick as the filling of the sushi. Oh and can you see those toothpaste-like wasabi packaging? It's so cute!

Kamakura Style Matcha Pancake (IDR 53k)
Kamakura Style Matcha Pancake

Kamakura Style Matcha Pancake is one of their specialty dishes and it definitely live up to my expectation. The fluffy matcha pancake was topped with azuki, sweet potato paste and vanilla ice cream. It had a perfect texture and I love the idea to put the sweet potato paste as the topping. Keep in mind that this dish might take up to 20 minutes before it can be served.

Kamakura Style Matcha Pancake

Matcha Ice Cube (IDR 38k) / Thai Tea Ice Cube (IDR 38k)
Matcha Ice Cube

(looking for an instagram material? lol!)

These Matcha Ice Cube and Thai Tea Ice Cube was definitely an instagram material as it was prettily shaped and served along with fresh milk. Watching the ice cube melts as you pour the milk is definitely a fun thing to do! Oh and you can adjust the sweetness level by yourself as they serve the syrup separately, I prefer mine to be less sweet though.

Thai Tea Ice Cube

Overall, I had a great lunch at Kamakura, the food tasted pretty authentic and delicious, the service was nice and the place was great. It's great to see that they keep innovating because you know, people these days tend to be bored easily and you have to come up with new idea to attract those people. I hope they maintain the consistency of their food and best of luck, Kamakura!

Kamakura
Ruko Garden House, Blok A No. 10, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
0815 8354707

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 11.00 - 22.00

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Rasa Restaurant (AYANA Midplaza, Jakarta)

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Rasa Restaurant is one of the hotel buffet restaurant(s) located at AYANA Jakarta (formerly known as InterContinental Jakarta). During the holy month of Ramadan, from 27 May – 25 June 2017, Rasa Restaurant invites guests to break their fast with a colorful feast inspired by traditional family recipes. There will be several special menu to accompany your breakfasting moment during the upcoming Ramadan.





The restaurant itself is quite big with dim lighting that gives off elegant yet homey vibe. The special Ramadan buffet will features delightful sweets such as umali, es teler, fresh fruit soup and many intriguing dessert aside the diverse main course selection. There are Indonesian, Western, Indian, Japanese and Chinese cuisine available. It is priced at IDR 388k per person during period of 27 May – 3 June 2017 and 18 June – 25 June 2017. During 4 June – 17 June 2017 your Ramadan dining pleasure is priced at IDR 450k per person.

Let's get started with their food!
Fresh Seafood

Seafood lovers will be spoiled by many selections of fresh seafood such as crayfish, mussels, crabs and clams. Oh, and if you love sashimi and fresh salmon, it's available here as well. I'm not a big fan of seafood as you might already know, but strangely, I could eat the sashimi without any problems!

Fresh Salmon

The noodle corner was pretty good as you can customize your own noodle dish by selecting the type of the noodles, toppings and condiments. I had mine with prawn, spring roll, crackers, perkedel and a little bit of veggies. It tasted pretty decent and I love their perkedel which tasted flavorful and nice. Oh and did you noice the signature "mangkok ayam" that brings up memories? (so nostalgic!)

Noodle
Bread Corner

For bread lovers, you can try many selection of bread available including variants of cheese and butter. If you love Indonesian food, you might want to try these gado-gado which is basically veggies, fried tofu, fried tempeh mixed with sweet peanut sauce. 

Gado Gado
Dessert Corner

For sweet tooth, you won't want to miss these pretty dessert corner and I have to say that they had super intriguing and unique dessert. Just look at those coconut-shaped and bamboo-shaped things!

Coconut Mango Pudding

The coconut-shaped dessert was actually a mango pudding, it tasted pretty delicious with a hint of mango flavor topped with jelly. Oh and you can eat those coconut-shaped chocolate as well if you want to.




I couldn't remember the name of the dessert which looks like a bird nest with egg yolk in the middle. But it tasted super amazing and I love how their dessert was not overly sweet, but still manage to satisfy my taste bud!



Overall, I had a good dinner at Rasa Restaurant, the food tasted pretty delicious, the service was nice and the place is great. I guess I have to highlight this one again, but I personally would like to give kudos for the pastry chef as their dessert creation was super unique and tasted super delicious as well. You know that it's not easy to create those unique idea and maintain the consistency, right?

Last but not least, thanks for having me and I wish best of luck for Rasa Restaurant!

Rasa Restaurant
AYANA Midplaza JAKARTA, Jl. Jend. Sudirman 10-11, Sudirman, Jakarta 10220
(021) 2510888

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 5h 30m - 11h, 11h 30m - 15h, 18h - 23h

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Nocturnal (Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta)

by 11:02:00 AM

Nocturnal is coffee, bar and kitchen that server various fusion and international cuisine. It is strategically located across PIK Avenue mall and the exterior is pretty nice and definitely my style. (I love dark colored interior with decent lighting) As the name might suggest, the place perhaps would be better at night time, but I came on day time and it's pretty great as well!






The interior looks pretty nice with dark colored decoration, dim lighting and decent  natural lighting filling the restaurant. Apparently, the best lighting in the restaurant is in the smoking area which was a shame, but thankfully there was no one smoking during my visit. (phew!) 

Let's get started with their food, shall we?

Chicken Sambal Matah (IDR 70k)
Chicken Sambal Matah
Chicken Sambal Matah consists of rice served with shredded chicken, sunny side up, green beans, and Balinese sambal matah. I have to admit that this one was beyond my expectation, I didn't expect that they could serve super delicious sambal matah and it can even be compared with the one that I had at Bali. I love how they make the rice super fragrant with a hint of pandan smell.

Chicken Sambal Matah
Chicken Sambal Matah

Nocturnal Sampler (IDR 120k)
Nocturnal Sampler

Nocturnal Samples consists of aioli salad, spam & fries, potato & cassava, and barbecued chicken wings. One of the best selection of appetizer to be shared among 3-4 people as you can try most of appetizer available in the restaurant. It was served along with three kinds of sauce which was barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce and sesame sauce. I personally love the fried cassava as it had unique flavor.

Nocturnal Sampler
Nocturnal Sampler

Overall, I had a great meal at Nocturnal, the food tasted pretty delicious, the service was good and the place is super nice. It's great to see that there are still good cafe with good local food around. I wish best of luck for Nocturnal and thanks for having me!

Nocturnal
Ruko Crown Golf, Blok B 57-58, Bukit Golf Mediterania, Jl. Marina Indah Raya, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
(021) 50116433

Opening Hours:
Sun - Thu : 08.00 - 23.00
Fri - Sat : 08.00 - 01.00

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