There’s a new restaurant opening in town that was said to belong to the celebrated chefs Adhika Maxi & Karen Carlotta. Located at Plaza Senayan (inside Sogo Dept. Store), the place quickly becomes one of the hippest places in Jakarta. I heard that the place were often full, so last month I went there at around 3 PM. It was still crowded, but luckily I can get a table until 5 PM. The place is a smoking restaurant, so naturally SC didn’t want to join me. Although I got a table in the non-smoking area, the smell of smoke is still quite strong 🙁
Since I was eating alone and I’ve already had lunch, I only ordered creamless carbonara tagliatelle with pork bacon and parmesan 50K with tea (20K+, can’t remember the exact price). The pasta was delicious, it was creamless and only covered in egg. The funny thing is, when I tweeted about creamless carbonara, my friends noted that carbonara should be creamless. But here in Indonesia, many assumed that carbonara is a white creamy sauce (American influence perhaps?). After that, I ordered Chef KC’s signature red velvet cake 50K, which was moist and has the right level of sweetness. I love it! Too bad the portion were too big for me.
Severals weeks later, I went back with several friends (SC joined for a while, but left quickly since many around us were smoking). We decided to try only the dessert, so we ordered carrot cake 50K, crunchy chocolate cake 50K and banana cake 50K to share. I have to admit that all of the cakes were superb. After that, we couldn’t resist to ordered Mini wagyu burgers with truffle fries 55K and pork crackling & bacon lard on spaghetti with alba truffle cream 70K. As the menu was written as ‘mini burgers’, we expected to get more than one mini burger, but we got only 1 mini burger with fries. The burger was decent though, and the fries were superb, with a distinct aroma of truffle salt if I’m not mistaken. The pasta were also good, although a tad too salty, thanks to the pork & bacon lard. The cream sauce were also delicious.
Overall we had a great time. The food is good, even though it’s quite pricey, but we worshipped the dessert. The service is a bit lacking though, especially during the more crowded afternoon and evening hours. It took forever just to get any waiter to write down our orders, and later on, it took an equally long time for our bill to show up. Considering the smoking policy however, I will never sit here again. If I craved for Union’s cakes, I’ll just buy them for take away.
Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar
Seven days a week
breakfast, lunch & dinner
Plaza Senayan courtyard, ground floor
Jl. Asia Afrika No.8
ph. +62 21 5790 5861-63