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September 21, 2011 | Cakes, Bread & Dessert, International Cuisine, JAKARTA, South Jakarta, Western Cuisine

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 🙁

Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar

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.

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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

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  • lala

    menurut gw.. red velvet cake nya union, kemanisan

  • lenie

    Romaine salad, roast mushrooms, pasta Pork Clarkingnya superb, waitersnya polite dan ramah2, cuma lack di receptionnya, judes2 bgt dan suka curang skip2 antrian buat seleb2/socialite..

  • Rima

    Red Velvetnya Enakk…and besarrrr =)

  • lighta

    carbonara memang seharusnya ga pake krim krn sausnya terbuat dari telur+lemak babi/sapi+keju. sedangkan yg ber-krim itu alfredo.

  • Chiquita

    Terakhir ke sini, servis mereka udah jauh lebih bagus. Mungkin karena banyak yang complain ttg servis di sini ya.
    Dessertnya enak semua, gue beberapa kali ke sini hanya untuk makan cakes-nya aja 🙂

  • Mario

    I have been to the Union now several times and actually I found it very disappointing, if it happens that you walk in a bit later at the evening the restaurant is very dark, hard for people with bad eyes like me to read the menue, a candle light surely doesn’t help! Besides that the music is very loud and it takes a loud voice and big ears to understand the waiter or your friends. It takes ages for the kitchen to roll out the food, over 1 hour is outrages in my opinion! Servings are very small, if it happens that you order pasta you better think twice… order 3 portions, the Ravioli is just enough for a kid in kinder garten. All by all not such a good experience with the Union. It is sure not worth for your bucks…

  • Lina

    menurut gue Union servicenya not great. ga ramah sama sekali… Red Velvetnya bikin eneg dan overpriced sekali… lebih doyan red velvet dari toko-2 lain seperti mary’s pastry lab atau cupcakes company

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