Dear fellow tasters,
It felt like stepping back 60 years in time, or shooting a scene from “Arisan 2” movie, when a couple friends and I entered Restaurant Trio, probably one of the oldest Chinese restaurants still surviving in modern day Jakarta. Opened since 1947, the eatery still preserves its modest nostalgic atmosphere with antiquated wooden chairs and tables, old ceiling fans, a specialty menu board still written in obsolete spelling of Bahasa, and an all-male server crew looking as ancient as the dilapidated ceiling.
It took us quite a while to browse through the photocopied paper menu book with a thousand dishes in it (well, perhaps not that many but definitely a lot), some of them with mind-boggling names. We settled for four dishes to share and eat with steamed rice. My two favorites were their signature soup asparagus dengan telor kepiting (asparagus soup with crab roe) and ayam wudkee (wudkee chicken – I know kee is chicken but not sure what the wud means). The soup tasted very good with generous crab roe in it and I really liked the later with the chicken braised in oyster sauce and chock full of mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, green peas, and other vegetables.
The other dishes we ordered, the cah brokoli (stir-fried broccoli) and nasi goreng saos tomat (chicken fried rice with tomato sauce), also tasted quite nice. I suppose that leaves us nine hundred ninety six other dishes to try for next time eating there.
Selamat makan semuanja!
The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – soup asparagus, ayam wudkee
What to try next time – items from the menu that sound delicious
Damage less than 100k/pax
Jl. R.P. Soeroso No. 29 A
Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
Ph: +6221 3193 6295