Dear fellow tasters,
Jakartan culinary universe is constantly bustling and shaking with newcomers, offering a different take on menu selection, theme and concept, making this ever-crowded metropolitan less boring for foodies and restaurant goers alike. A newcomer worth mentioning would be Double Bay, a rustic-meets-glam restaurant-slash-lounge, located in Plaza Menteng and recently established in January 2012, which is well on its way of becoming a favorite hang out and dine out place.
About a month ago, several food bloggers and I were invited to a food tasting there and we had a chance to sample some dishes from their extensive menu, ranging from Western to Indonesian cuisines. The culinary team especially prepared for us the dishes in tasting portion as seen in the pictures so that we can savor many items. Worry not that when you order regularly, the food will be much bigger.
For appetizers, we tried the baked escargot lemon garlic butter and smoked salmon mesclun salad. The snails, served in the shells, were quite tasty and the lemon garlic butter sauce was buttery with just a hint of tanginess from the lemon and red wine. The salad was flavorful with different textures combined from the salty smoked salmon, bitter mesclun, sweet candied cashew nut, and vinegary dijon balsamic dressing.
For the entrees or main courses, each of us was given a choice of two dishes from four but I ended up sharing all four dishes with the person sitting next to me. From the fish menu, there were the Tijuana salmon and pan fried dory in butter sauce. The Tijuana salmon is Double Bay chef’s own creation with a Mexican twist and it tasted delightful with the black bean salsa, green-colored lime cilantro cream sauce, and cajun potato wedges. The pan fried dory was served in white wine, bacon and butter sauce making it creamy, bacony, and delicious.
From the poultry, there was the cheesy three cheese chicken, chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella, cheddar and parmesan, served with tagliolini pomodoro. But my favorite from the four would be the scrumptious beef burgundy. The tender and thick beef tenderloin was glazed with red wine burgundy sauce and served with roasted vegetables, roasted garlic, and shoestring fries.
For desserts, we were served the mini version of butterscotch apple crumble and royal lemon tart. The butterscotch apple crumble was sweet and cinnamony, served with vanilla ice cream, while the sour and sweet lemon tart was made from a classic English recipe and topped with fresh fruits and raspberry sauce.
Overall, I had a pleasant evening and enjoyed the food very much. We were also served some drinks, the Menteng punch, a mix of orange juice, soursop juice and blue curacao syrup, and the Bellini with rose wine and peach purée. Thank you Miss Larasati and Double Bay for inviting me.
Happy eating! Bon appetit!
The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – beef burgundy
What to try next time – the all day breakfast menu