There are so much more to Japanese food than just Sushi and Tempura. The age-old culinary tradition dates back to centuries and has received major influences from other culinary heritage around the world. But finding true blue Japanese cuisine is never too hard in the city, and if you’re feeling rather adventurous, there are also dozens of restaurant selections that epitomize the modern fusion of Japanese cuisine. Buy from all those selections of restaurants, how many are actually good? We have our resident food-lover shares his thoughts on which is which the finest Japanese spot in the city!
Located on the ground floor of Sampoerna Strategic Square, Iseya Robatayaki is an entirely different Japanese dining experience, offering Robatayaki and Teppanyaki experience unlike any other. The ingredients they used are imported from the finest sources in Japan, and it is very likely that we find different menus whenever we visit the establishment. Ask for the chef’s specials and what’s new on the menu, because the selections at Iseya can be seasonal, which guarantees its freshness and innovative option.
Sampoerna Strategic Square LG Kav. 45-46
Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Jakarta 12950
Chef Kazumasa Yazawa is one of the very few fine Japanese chefs in the country, and he has been at the helm of creating only the finest selection of menu that is available at this prestigious Japanese dining establishment, located in the heart of Jakarta. Oku offers a modern interpretation of Japanese dining experience that is perfected through techniques, a traditional flair, and appreciation to texture and taste.
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Jl. M.H Thamrin No. 1
(+62-21-23583896) / [email protected]
Arguably one of the finest spot in the city to enjoy proper Kobe and Wagyu beef, Akira Back is the latest brainchild of Chef Akira Back after the famous Yellowtail opened in Bellagio, it seems like there’s no stopping for this talented chef that has produced various fine establishments in America, India, Asia and so much more. Akira Back offers diners the experience to enjoy only the finest quality meat and the freshest ingredients.
MD Place Penthouse Level 12
Jl. Setia Budi Selatan No. 7
Serving all of their authentic offers with the high grain Hitomebore rice, there are various selections of the menu that you can enjoy at this high-end dining experience atop the 46th floor. From the imported Iwate Wagyu Beef and the fish head, Enmaru is quite an experience in its own respect. Their sashimi platter is something that can be taken note off whenever you visit this restaurant, not only do they serve the freshest, but by staying true to the authentic style, the restaurant, with its brilliantly-lit view will sway your evening away.
The Plaza Office Tower, 46th Floor
Jl. M.H Thamrin No. 28-30
Located in the busy area of Cikini, Kokoro is an authentic Japanese restaurant offering the best Japanese experience in town. Their omakase set can set you back for Rp. 2,8 million, but don’t be disheartened, as the price tag speaks quality and class once you’ve tasted it. Their omakase menu changes seasonally because they import their ingredients straight from the land of the rising sun, we highly think that dining at this establishment is a must only when you have the biggest craving for authentic Japanese cuisine.
Jl. Cikini Raya No. 37