The innovative chef Afit Purwanto who is known from his highly successful Holycow! Steakhouse venture, started another initiative that involves lobsters and shrimps that goes by the name Loobie just last year. Continuing his same recipe of success, Loobie presents the customers with affordably-priced lobsters and its other crustacean family such as shrimps and crabs.
Grilling the crustaceans is the style here, you will find the lobsters are grilled yet they keep the sweet and savory flavors intact. Lobster platters in Loobie usually involve prawns and fried calamari alongside with rice and the much-loved sambal matah but they all come with a highly reasonable price, even for their imported Maine lobsters!
While both the Maine lobsters and local are good in their own way and really worth the try, we were impressed with one of the latest Loobie additions on the menu, the baby lobsters with Singaporeanstyle chili sauce, which we all know usually applied for crabs. The baby lobsters are just too good to be true and especially if combined with the ginger-y sweet and spicy sauce, it was simply awesome! Be sure to try the black pepper version for the crabs as well. This is the reason people seemed to be okay with waiting and queuing at their first outlet on Jalan Gunawarman. Lucky for us, they now they have a bigger outlet on Jalan Panglima Polim.
LOOBIE LOBSTERS & SHRIMPS
Unsuitable for vegetarians
Jalan Gunawarman no. 32, Jakarta – Indonesia
Jalan Panglima Polim no. 21, Jakarta – Indonesia
Everyday – weekdays for lunch and dinner & weekends for dinner only.
Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE May 2014 edition
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Photos by: Dennie Benedict