Happy New Year, dear fellow tasters!
It’s been around two years since my last post and if you’re wondering why, let’s just say there are things that I need to take care of and unfortunately I have to put my blog on hiatus. For now, I am staying with my family in Pekalongan and that has given me a chance to clear my mind, think things through and decide what I want to do with my life. Let’s just hope that this is a temporary thing and that I can move back to Jakarta pretty soon, or to some other civilized and cultured place, and continue to blog regularly again.
Well, that’s not all about the post surely, because last month I managed to visit Jakarta for several days and food hopping was one of the main activities apart from meeting and reconnecting with some old friends. The first destination was for a fancy lunch at Salt Grill, a recently opened modern Australian-inspired restaurant by celebrity chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan, located on the 46th floor of The Plaza office building.
Stepping inside Salt Grill, my friends and I were greeted by the breathtaking view of Jakarta skyline and Bundaran Hotel Indonesia seen through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Unfortunately, because there were eight of us, we could not get a table with a view (which only accommodates four people maximum) and had to settle for a place under the running bulls painted wall. The rest of the dining area features a bar on the right side and an open kitchen and several private rooms on the farther end.
For our order, we opted to choose from the lunch set menu which is quite affordably priced, Rp 180k for three courses or Rp 150k for two courses (net, not including drink). The lunch menu offers four dish choices for each starter, main, and dessert and with eight people, we ordered and shared almost all of them, except for the gnocchi, probably because it is a vegetarian option and well, forgive us signore gnocchi, the majority of us are meat lovers.
Starters — There were Sashimi of salmon, ginger, eschalot and goats feta; Tempura zucchini, corn puree, smoked feta, capsicum vierge; Duck sliders, pickled papaya, hoy sin sauce; and Chargrilled mackerel, pickled onion and fennel on toast. All of them were enjoyable but I personally loved the salmon sashimi – although portion wise it was a bit on the small side – and the mackerel which tasted very nice without being fishy. Aside from the lunch set menu choices, we also ordered an appetizer from the a la carte menu, the Sydney crab omelette, enoki mushroom and herb salad, miso mustard broth which is supposedly to be Luke Mangan’s signature dish and no, we were not disappointed. It was probably the best fusion omelette I’ve ever tasted.
Mains — Our taste buds were pretty much indulged by the Barramundi, prawns, capers in burnt butter, roast tomato, cauliflower puree; Minute steak, garlic mushrooms, truffle mash, baby spinach, red wine sauce; and Chicken parmigiana, mix leaf salad, French fries. The highlight was definitely the tender and delectable minute steak with the lovely and sweet red wine sauce. The chicken was not that memorable but the barramundi was definitely something to recommend to those who enjoy a light yet flavorful main course.
Desserts – The line ups were Creme caramel, honeycomb, saltanas in red wine syrup; Guava mille feuille, creme patissier, guava consommé; Coconut and kaffir lime panna cotta, mango espuma, passionfruit and pineapple; and Passionfruit cheesecake with raspberry sorbet. My favorites would be the creme caramel which tasted heavenly on its own and the cheesecake which was sweet and cheesy, complimented perfectly by the sour and refreshing sorbet. And guess what, I got a surprise serving of the cheesecake, since it was my birthday that day. Thank you Salt Grill and my dear friends!
It was raining hard that day since the middle of the lunch which gave the atmosphere a subdued gloomy feeling and made us reluctant to leave the comfort of our seats. Or maybe it was the scrumptious fulfilling meal that we had, or simply the amusing conversation and laughter shared amongst us. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant lunch. The service was also excellent although we had a bit of a problem with our bill which was resolved quickly by the attentive staffs.
I’ll definitely be back for more Salt Grill deliciousness. Bon appetit!
PS: Most photography done by Anthony Lee, do visit his Instagram antzl33!
The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – crab omelette, sashimi of salmon, minute steak
What to try next time – the weekend brunch
Damage – around 250k/pax
Altitude The Plaza, 46th floor
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