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Menu Highlights: The Vegetarian Dishes of ST. ALi – Jakarta

As of this moment, I bet that many hipster foodies and coffee lovers of Jakarta would already have visited ST. ALi – Melbourne’s prominent third-wave coffee shop, at Setiabudi Building.

Which is why this time, I’d rather not talk about ST. ALi’s marvelous piccolo and its fantastic cold brew latte, or even about how these champion baristas like Matt Perger or Yosua Tanu served their finest for us. It was such a delightful experience for me personally and many would tell you the exact same thing about what happened to them being served personally by these idols.

That’s why, it’s all about between me and Chef Mark Richardson’s food here. However then again, it will be not at all about their the juicy burgers or anything meaty. This post will tell you about one thing and one thing only – ST. ALi Jakarta’s vegetarian offerings!

I figure, why not tell the readers a bit about my experience with vegan stuffs because the ones I had here were golden.

Okay, here are what I have tasted so far:

ANCIENT GRAIN SALAD

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First of all, this is a beautiful vegan dish and even an omnivore like me wouldn’t want to miss it. Chef Mark smeared the Middle Eastern’s labneh or one would say, the Greek yogurt, on the plate fully until it fills every corners.

He then stylishly spread the crunchy pearl barley and quinoa. He also put seeds and nuts all over the place. Okay, that’s the crispy part. So how about the zing needed to make this all work?

Yes, the chef put some segments of orange and lemon dressing on top of the fresh herbs. Not forgetting also, the labneh itself already has the citrus-y feel as well.

Lastly, the smoky flavor came from the delicious torched cauliflower. BANG! It was a fulfilling healthy lunch for me.

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MY MEXICAN COUSIN

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So, this one has an interesting twist. While the name refers to something, of course, Mexican – but apparently what it holds inside is a mash up of interesting stuffs from many cultures that Chef Mark cleverly conjured.

The corn fritters may came from Chef Mark’s discovery as a chef somewhere, but apparently it is very similar with Indonesia’s perkedel jagung but different only in terms of shape and the crispy skin.

The big treats from perkedel are soon matched by the glorious poached eggs, giving the lifeline of flavors for the whole dish.

As soon as you mix and match everything and the dish became deliciously messy, then came the perfectly matched corn & cucumber salsa with Indian kasundi.

I never thought that salsa can go well with this Indian-style relish. It gave a hint of herb-ish flavors and spiciness, which is a very good idea. A fine addition to the old salsa flavor that we all love so much.

However my favorite part came next – the sliced halloumi that gave a really good cheese-y flavor and certain sharpness, plus the fresh green salad on top of these beautiful creatures.

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So as a conclusion, I still cannot decide which one favors my palate most since I like them both. But do let me know which one do you actually choose at the end of the day, okay?

Other than these two, feel free to discover other vegetarian-based dishes which are also available here. Don’t forget to pair it with the coffee, of course!

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ST. ALi
Not halal-certified
Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Setiabudi Two, GF
Jalan HR Rasuna Said, Jakarta – Indonesia

Website

Opening hours:
Daily, 7am – 6pm

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Menu Highlights: Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Jakarta

Saw Ruth’s Chris Steak House for the first time when visiting Meritus Mandarin back in Singapore and all I could think of that time was how classic this steak house must be. Well, it can be seen clearly from the formality that you might often observe from fine-dining establishments and that’s the impression I got during my first encounter back then.

More than a year later, Ruth’s Chris arrives in Jakarta and located in one of the busiest spots of the city. Residing in one intimate corner of Somerset Apartment, next to Lotte Shopping Avenue; Ruth’s Chris is ready to take over the “steakdom” of the metropolis.

Clad with the sophistication of speakeasy feel, a blast from the past, but also homey at the same time; Ruth’s Chris introduces the classic southern hospitality of The States in the menu.

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APPETIZERS

SIZZLIN’ BLUE CRAB CAKES

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As the proponent of the use of sizzling hot plates, Ruth’s Chris’ signature appetizer is the rich and satisfying blue crab cakes that goes really well with the butter sauce and to be paired with the bread. This is a must try for both classic American and seafood lovers.

BARBECUED SHRIMP

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This is probably the best stuff I ever had for a long time and it came from these marvelous juicy shrimps and paired with the New Orleans-style butter sauce – both garlicky and herb-y. I seriously went off for the rampage with this beautiful dish.

RUTH’S CHOP SALAD & LOBSTER BISQUE

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The chop salad boasts over the use of 15 ingredients and finely plated, packed with freshness and flavors. Meanwhile, the lobster bisque emphasizes the use of pumpkin, generous use of lobster, but tastes subtle at the same time – unlike many other versions of seafood bisque which was very sharp and numbing. However, I still personally prefer the chop salad.

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MAIN COURSE

PETITE FILET

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Despite of the name, the premium USDA beef was portioned 230 grams! Went with the medium rare and it was perfectly executed. Let me say this once again, perfectly executed!

Again, the sizzling hot plate sealed the day as the MVP with its ability to further grill the steak a bit until the outer texture reached my liking. It’s no fuss and no frills with Ruth’s Chris’ steaks as they will always serve it only seasoned with basic salt and peppers and butter sauce. They won’t even recommend to combine the steak with black pepper sauce or other kinds for instance. They have it in the menu though if you wish to order.

Of course there were complements such as the mashed potato, asparagus, sauteed mushrooms, and Hollandaise sauce but I like my steak naked and bold!

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DESSERT

CHEESECAKE WITH FRESH BERRIES

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Unlike the usual cheese cake that we found in dessert shops, Ruth’s Chris’ version has the outer crust to seal the secret cheese-y and creamy goodness inside. It felt classic, beautiful, delicious, and also friendly for your palate. It’s flavorful but did not feel punishing to your stomach and senses at all. Nothing could go wrong from a good cheese cake as the end of a great adventure in a fine restaurant like this.

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RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
Not halal-certified
Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Somerset Grand Citra, GF
Jalan Prof. Dr. Satrio, Jakarta – Indonesia

RSVP: +62.21.5221.178

Website

Opening hours:
Daily, 12pm – 3pm (lunch), 5.30pm – 11pm (dinner)

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Menu Highlights: Nordic Cuisine with Chef Jaakko Sorsa

Ah the Nordic cuisine. Separated from the rest of continental Europe and is a world of its own. Despite of what people would think of the land as cold and icy, Scandinavia is breathtakingly picturesque and with people who are mostly purists when it comes to food.

On stark contrast with Indonesia and its abundance in spices and herbs, Scandinavia may seem very straightforward with how they develop their produce and palate. However, the latter may not be always in such terms.

With the appearance of the Finnish masterchef Mr Jaakko Sorsa at C’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant of Grand Hyatt Jakarta quite recently, it is high time for me to personally appreciate the refined Nordic cuisine.

Chef Jaakko Sorsa
Chef Jaakko Sorsa

Mr Sorsa himself has over 20 years of experience apprenticing with Finnish and Swedish masterchefs and a part of kitchen team of Presidential Palace of Finland. He was also an instrumental actor behind the success of Chez Dominique, a two starred Michelin, in Helsinki before now becoming the master of his own house at FINDS – a restaurant dedicated for Nordic cuisine in Hong Kong.

So here is the highlights of his creations that night. Each and every dish was presented beautifully, perfectly executed and with a degree of finesse found only on experienced chefs. In addition to that the use of ingredients and techniques for the dishes were also unique and unseen before for me. He utilized native ingredients and that explains the price for his set dinner – IDR 1,200,000!

It was wondrous, let me tell you.

Shall we proceed then to the dishes?

Smooth salmon soup with king crab and dill cucumbers
Salmon in six ways – gravlax, cold-smoked, seared, mousse, pickled, and smoked roes
Duck breast pastrami with smoked bell peppers, torched feta, and tarragon puree
Roots & mushrooms, using roasted gold roots & beet roots, and brined mushroom salad
Smoked veal tenderloin using alder wood and served with porcini barley risotto and black currant sauce
“DAIM” Parfait which consists of meringue, almond, caramel. dark chocolate, white chocolate, red berries, spruce needles, and sauce from Christmas tree from Lapland

Well, this one I will have to leave it up to your imagination. It was magical for me with these wondrous rare ingredients and FINDS may well be a must-do experience whenever I’m in Hong Kong next time.

How about you?

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C’s STEAK & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Not halal-certified
Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Grand Hyatt, Jalan M.H. Thamrin, Jakarta – Indonesia

T: +62.21.2970.4981 ext. 438

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Opening hours:
Daily, 12pm – 3pm (lunch), 6pm – 10.30pm (dinner)

Menu Highlights: A Taste of France at Oakroom Restaurant & Bar with Chef Jerome Cartailler

As one of Jakarta’s premier serviced apartments, Oakwood – which has been known worldwide, presents all gourmets in the metropolis to enjoy the rustic French dishes by Chef Jerome Cartailler.

Chef Jerome Cartailler

Currently the executive chef for Oakwood Manila, the chef will host A Taste of France dining events from 5 – 30 October 2015 at Oakroom Restaurant & Bar Jakarta.

Lucky to be among the early tasters of his skills, I was introduced with a three-course lunch which consisted of warm goat cheese salad with walnut vinaigrette sauce. The baked buche cheese was presented on a toast and altogether with the mixed greens created an intricacy of flavors behind this seemingly simple presentation of an appetizer.

Secondly, the seared salmon did not fail me at all. Despite the ubiquity of salmon nowadays, Oakroom provided a good quality and developed wholeheartedly as well by the chef. With the light aioli sauce and Mediterranean crunchy vegetables as well as mashed potato, this dish was the clincher of the day.

Lastly, the profiteroles with warm chocolate sauce. Classic and straightforward, the dessert successfully enchanted my heart. The taste of the ice cream may be all too familiar for me. Hopefully it will have a distinctive characteristics should the chef decided to put his real flavors into it. As for the chocolate, it was good!

So, be sure to visit Oakroom very soon since the opportunity will only last until the end of October!

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OAKROOM RESTAURANT & BAR
Not halal-certified
Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Oakwood Premier Cozmo
Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung, Blok E4.2 No 1, Mega Kuningan, Jakarta – Indonesia

T: +62.21.2554.2300

Opening hours:
Daily, 6am – 11pm

Menu Highlights: Brunching at Tredici Ristorante

Ah Senopati and Suryo. Never ceases to satisfy the empty place on that one side of our hearts as Jakartans. With an array of coffee shops and restaurants along the way, it’s easy to schedule your weekend far ahead and do that cafe hopping that you have always dreamed of.

While Tredici is not a new kid in this block, the appearance of this charming Italian ristorante has attracted a lot of people. The artificial garden behind with a small fountain and those cute striped chairs have made everyone gone crazy. Not to mention of course, the homey feeling with all of the warm, rustic wooden feel all over the restaurant that emanates the good feeling. Plus, of course, the Italian fares here!

Along with Zomato, on one fine Saturday morning, we’re up to try Tredici’s new lineup for brunch.

Mesalina pizza

The opener was a really good mesalina pizza. With the charming look of the restaurant and the part where we can see clearly how they bake their pizza, there’s somehow an added value to this. Even so, the formation of this pizza was already solid on its own. There’s the all time favorite grilled chicken, red onions, and duo of cheeses – mozzarella and emmenthal. The tomato sauce worked so well and I just couldn’t help having seconds (while perhaps it was frowned upon by others).

Mac & Cheese parmigiana benedict

The two mains of the brunch lineup were the savory crepes with beef sausages and scrambled eggs. The other one was the mac & cheese parmigiana benedict. The latter sounds a bit too complex and strange but it was the heartiest among the two.

While initially I thought the crepes would be like the galette type but it wasn’t and it became a bit strange somehow for me personally. Even so, it was quite hearty and the bechamel helped a lot to put everything together. Meanwhile the mac & cheese was all about the eggplants. Yes, eggplants.

Savory crepes

Nevertheless, the sauce again came to the rescue to zip everything back to normal. This time it’s the marinara. As for the poached eggs, while it was not cleaned thoroughly to give away that charming yellow more than the whites, most of them were already a bit overcooked. Again, it was quite hearty.

Mascarpone sponge cake & blackberry coulis
Mascarpone sponge cake & blackberry coulis

What I actually quite enjoyed was the closure of this sponge cake with creamy mascarpone and blackberry coulis. That’s a good, balanced flavor between sweetness and acidity. It was not only airy and spongy but decadent at the same time.

Well, turns out that Tredici was quite nice and has its own potentials with the charming atmosphere and hearty Italian dishes. Next time, I am actually looking forward to try its more authentic menu. After all, Chef Mario as the head of the kitchen has this immense experience in Italian restaurants around Jakarta for many years. It’s good to dig in and find out his true talents.

Until next time!

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TREDICI RISTORANTE
Not halal-certified
Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Suryo no. 42, Jakarta – Indonesia

T: +62.21.2970.4981

Opening hours:
Daily, 10am – 10pm

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