Urban Kitchen Blogger Dinner

urban kitchen samples

Dear fellow tasters,

Just one day after Ten Ten blogger gathering, I was invited for another blogger dinner slash food tasting, this time not at a new opening place but at a revamped Urban Kitchen food court located in one of Jakarta’s prestigious shopping mall, Plaza Indonesia.  I’ve actually been to Urban Kitchen several times before and I would definitely say that the current version is much snazzier and cozier with all the additional urban meets ethnic decor details.  The food counters are more or less the same from my previous visits but two major differences were that: one, the card swiping system was no longer and customers can directly pay to the counters; and two, the best part is that it will incorporate a warehouse-looking urban-loft-like area for Anomali Coffee, serving original Indonesian coffee, freshly brewed and steaming.

For the dinner, we actually got seated in the early-previewed Anomali Coffee section which was still being polished and plastered for final touches and details.  As starters, we were served strong Aceh coffee and various traditional Indonesian snacks, such as kue cubit (literally translated to ‘pinch cake’), kue lekker (lekker is Dutch for ‘delicious’) and kue rangi (no translation lol).

Meanwhile, on the long table were samples from some of the food stalls.  The most appetizing looking were the bebek goreng cabe hijau (fried duck with green chili) by Bebek Yogi, the bowl of ramen by Ramen 38 Sanpachi, and the nasi goreng iga (fried rice with beef rib) by Iga Penyet Shinta.  Putting the ramen aside and not fast enough to grab the nasi goreng, I settled for the duck while my accompanying +1 chose the nasi gudeg (traditional Javanese rice dish with cooked unripened jackfruit, curry-like chicken opor, and spicy krecek or rind) by Inggih Mas Rendi.

My bebek goreng was huge.  It probably came from a super duck *grin*.  I had never really gone to the original Bebek Yogi restaurant so I had nothing to compare to, but the tough-looking duck with the scary ground green chili was actually very tender.  It tasted a bit salty but when combined with the chili, the rice, and the thinly-sliced sweet sour mango, was quite sensational.  I did get a taste of the nasi gudeg; and the sweet taste of the spices used in the jackfruit, the spicy rind, the savory coconuty chicken which my friend quite liked, were all fairly enjoyable.

I got out of the Urban Kitchen feeling pretty full.  I had a great time with all the food and the chance to meet and chat with other fellow bloggers.  Thank you goorme.com and Urban Kitchen Jakarta for having me there.

Happy eating!

The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – only tasted the bebek goreng Yogi and nasi gudeg
What to try next time – curious about the nasi goreng iga and bakwan malang
Food rating  2 star
Price rating  $
Ambiance rating  3 star
Service rating  2 star
Damage 0/pax, should we pay for the dinner it would be less than 100k/pax

Urban Kitchen Food Court
Plaza Indonesia Level 5
Jl. MH Thamrin Kav. 28-30 Jakarta 10350

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