January 17, 2009 | Central jakarta, CUISINE, JAKARTA, Japanese & Korean Cuisine, South Jakarta
Last month, we noticed a new restaurant next to Urban Kitchen at Pacific Place. It’s the same Japanese restaurant that has opened earlier at Senayan City, but we haven’t had a chance to try it. A week later, while we’re at Pacific Place again we decided to dine there. The restaurant is spacious with minimalist decor, but still feels warm and comfortable. The service was flawless. We’re given hot towels for refreshment as soon as we arrived and the waiter asked if we want cold ocha or hot ocha. Turned out that ocha is free in this restaurant. The tea they used is one of my favorite Japanese tea, genmaicha, which has a faint aroma of roasted rice. The menu is exciting as there are no sushi or sashimi. Instead, we were presented with a list of dishes they claimed as Japanese home cooking. We ordered their fried eggplant vinegar sauce 20K, rice cooked with oyster set menu served in bamboo basket 79K, and cold soba served in wooden tray 35K. Turned out the dishes was very delicious. I love my fragrant rice topped with oyster, and SC was enjoying his cold soba.
Several days later, we’re back again with friends. This time, we ordered their cold tofu 18K (I love it so much), tofu & egg soup 55K (so comforting), hot udon in wakame soup 39K (also great). We’re enjoying our time there so much, we went back there again a week later with another couple of friends. This time we ordered Natto 15K (I’m not really into this thing, although SC said it’s not that bad), rice with roasted chicken with plum & egg soup 59K (very hearty meal), charcoal grilled chicken salad in basil sauce 69K (perfect), while my friends ordered rice with fried beef served with kimchi 79K (very tasty according to her) and fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce 69K (I didn’t taste this one, but it looked promising). Overall I think we’ll be back again, dragging even more friends 😛 as long as they can keep their menu’s authenticity 🙂
Ootoya Japanese Restaurant
Senayan City Level 5, #37-41, Jl. Asia Afrika Lot 19 Jakarta 12190. ph. +62(21) 72781552
Pacific Place Mall Level 5 #08/09, Kawasan SCBD Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 52-53 Lot 3&5 Jakarta 12190. ph +62(21) 57973858
(Opening January) Plaza Indonesia Level 4, unit 5 #E10A&10B. Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav 28-30 Jakarta 10350