After being well-known as the blunt ‘antagonist’ chef in MasterChef Indonesia, which fans of the show compares with the international version of the show’s Gordon Ramsay, Chef Juna Rorimpandey has recently decided to embark on his own culinary journey.
Less, though not low profile at all. Juna takes very high pride in his first restaurant, Correlate, that is now open for public. “I have had a vision for this restaurant since over 10 years ago. This restaurant, epitomize my visions; I designed everything. Not only I create the menu, but even to the smallest details of the design, the plates, everything you see here.” Juna firmly explained during the opening of Correlate, located in the office building area Menara Rajawali, Mega Kuningan.
Correlate is not a fine dining restaurant, Juna emphasized, but it is definitely premium casual dining. “I don’t want people to think they’ll have to make a reservation, dine on white table cloth and all that, but I assure you we have the best possible ingredients, wine, liquour, sake you can buy in Jakarta” Juna further adds.
Sake? you might ask. As so it happens, Correlate offers a ‘well structured and balanced’ (not to say fusion) cuisine based on modern French and Japanese culinary. It tries to give ‘correlation’ to the French’s rigorous and disciplined cooking technique, and Japanese for its freshness and simplicity.
The interior is pretty basic, taking ‘spring and autumn’ as a theme–shown from its red leaf logo, and earthy color palette– yet very refreshing, away from the overly used ‘industrial’ chic look, although you can still see a glimpse of exposed bricks here and there. The restaurant also sports a trendy bar/lounge surrounded by couches and antique-looking loveseats.
One interesting offer would be the chef’s table menu, where guests can book a multiple course degustation menu with chef Juna himself, who will not only cook and serve, but also explain the dishes himself to the guests.
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