Dear fellow tasters,
It was a public holiday on a Wednesday and I already planned on redeeming a voucher for Hacienda that I bought on maiplay.com. So I invited my favorite couple to join me for a Mexican lunch and maybe a margarita or two. Unlike Japanese restaurants which you can probably find just about anywhere in Jakarta, Mexican establishments are scarcely existent in this crowded metropolitan. Hacienda is one of them and it has been on my to-visit list for quite some time. Located on the ground floor of Plaza Senayan Arcadia, with literal translation from Spanish as ‘home’ or ‘estate’, Hacienda provides a homey, albeit a bit chilly, snapshot of a classy Mexican estate. Upon entering, we were greeted by the friendly waitress, who escorted us through a small bar area with high stools and tables, into a bright glass-enclosed garden-overlooking dining area with wooden furnishings, orange-pillowed sofas, and some green plants on the glass perimeters providing a fresh eye-pleasing scenery.
There are plenty to choose from the menu – traditional Mexican favorites such as tacos, nachos, quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas, and chimichangas; main courses from steak, seafood, to poultry; Mexican appetizers, ensaladas (salads), soups, and postres (dessert); and last but not least, Hacienda’s margaritas and signature tequila cocktails. After contemplating upon the menu book, we finally decided to order the antojitos platter, tacos al pastor, and fajitas de rez. To drink, we ordered a jug of orange juice and a frozen mango margarita. A bit different from a French or Italian restaurant where you are served a complimentary bread basket, here they gave us a tortilla chips basket with spicy salsa sauce which warmed us a bit against the freezing air con.
The antojitos platter was simply delightful and quite filling for a starter. It featured a sampler of cheese quesadillas (pancake made from tortilla), bean and cheese nachos, beef taquitos (small tortilla rolls), chimichangitas (deep-fried mini burritos with beef chorizo/sausage and potatoes), and jalapeno poppers. I particularly liked the quesadillas (loved this, so cheesy), the delicious chimichangitas, and the surprisingly hot but tasty jalapeno poppers with yummy cream cheese stuffing.
The tacos al pastor were the highlight of the lunch – soft tacos with fresh diced onion, cilantro, pineapple, and pork cubes accompanied by beans and salsa on the side. We especially enjoyed the herb-and-spice-flavored pork as we bit into the taco. The fajitas de rez were also quite enjoyable though not that memorable. The dish came with two pieces of tortilla but plenty of sliced sirloin and the beef was not served in a pan or hotplate like they usually do in other places.
The frozen mangorita was the perfect accompaniment to the lunch. It was sweet, refreshing, cooling from the ice, and warming from the tequila. Overall, we only ate three Mexican dishes but the food was probably enough to feed another person. Service was also quite excellent and the waiting staff were friendly, helpful, and attentive. My friend even suggested that we revisit Hacienda, should there be other voucher deals or promos.
The taster’s notes :
Favorite dish/drink – the antojitos platter, tacos al pastor, and mangorita
What to try next time – other traditional Mexican dishes, maybe quesadillas, enchiladas, and the postres