Jakarta Fine Dining Experience: AMUZ Gourmet Restaurant

Last Saturday, Agent D took me out to dinner at AMUZ, a French fine-dining establishment in Jakarta. It was a pleasant surprise as we weren’t celebrating any special occasion/anniversary.

Agent D: Wear something nice ya, we’re going out for dinner.

Me: WHERE WHERE WHERE (absolutely can’t stand yet love surrrrprises).

And so I found myself at AMUZ Gourmet Restaurant, cozily tucked away in a corner of the second floor of the Energy Building. The entire place was serene and elegant – a nice getaway from the crowded and busy streets of Jakarta.

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AMUZ Gourmet Restaurant.

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Chic Parisian inrerior, circa 1900.

Opened by Chef Gilles Marx in October 2010, AMUZ makes a lovely place for a date night out. I loved its entire Parisian interior featuring Eiffel Tower-inspired ironwork, unique teardrop-like chandeliers and paintings by some of Indonesia’s renowned artists.

The restaurant offers contemporary French cuisine accompanied by French, as well as other European wines, stored in a walk-in glass cellar. Patrons can enjoy their cocktail creations or wine in the adjoining bar and lounge.

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Hungry half smile.

Agent D made a reservation for their “Saturday Romantic Dinner” which includes a 6 course degustation set menu for two, table set up, and cocktails before or after dinner. The total bill came up to about IDR 2 juta.

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Pretty table set up.

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Our 6 course degustation set menu.

We started off feeling very hungry but as the courses progressed, we ate each one slower and slower.

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Light creamed chestnut soup – white truffle essence added oomph to this.

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Light smoked fresh water eel – crisp on the outside but succulent and tender on the inside. (Agent D’s favourite course)

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Pan-seared foie gras, champignons, and black truffle cannelloni – sparks flew in my mouth. (my favourite)

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Halfway there…3 more courses to go!

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Baked pacific coral grouper fillet – fish was fresh but nothing spectacular.

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Overnight braised US prime short ribs in red port wine-red port jus – meat was done just right. FATS melted in my mouth. 🙂

Towards the end of our dinner, I realised we had not yet taken a mandatory table shot. So here goes! *Agent D rolls eyes*

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5th course and pressing on.

By the time we finished our main courses, I was 99-ish% full. But there’s always room for dessert. Right.

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Surprise pre-dessert comprising preserved pear – not to my liking at all. Then again, I’ve never been a fan of preserved fruits.

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Mango-ginger-passion fruit creme brulee – nice twist to creme brulee but I wasn’t too wowed.

Overall, we enjoyed our fine-dining experience at AMUZ. Most of their dishes are rich in taste and flavor, yet light and refreshing.

Thank you for arranging this, Agent D. Above all, I enjoyed our conversations over dinner the most.

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Happy diners.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”  – Virginia Woolf


AMUZ French Restaurant
The Energy Building, 2nd Floor 
Jalan Jend. Sudirman Kav 52-53
Jakarta 12190 

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