Another UNION Kid on the Block: THE DUTCH JAKARTA

THE DUTCH is a modern gastropub by Union Group which has names like UNION, Cork & Screw, Benedict, E&O, Bistecca (and many more) under its belt. Situated between the SCBD and Senopati districts, The Dutch can be found on the ground floor of 18 Parc Place.
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Checking out The Dutch at Parc Place.

It is headed by Chef Chris Moes, a Dutch chef who has lived and worked in Jakarta for some time (hence the name The Dutch – DUH). Unlike what its name suggests, The Dutch is not a Dutch cuisine specialty restaurant.
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Homemade sausages to go, anyone? 🙂

Instead, it adopts a smokehouse concept where cold cuts, sausages, smoked and cured meats are prepared in-house (i.e. homemade). You can expect hearty Western/Asian fare on the menu along with some Dutch classics.
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Awesome housemade sausages!

The minimalist restaurant is designed by renowned architect, Andra Matin, who has a big love for open spaces. This is reflected in the large open kitchen which allow guests to peer into.

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Large open kitchen with bar counter seats.

Its interior is dimly lit with industrial vibes and a spacious feel. All the windows are covered by metal bar grilles, allowing tiny amounts of light to stream in (forgive my badly taken pictures – totally blaming the lighting hehe). The atmosphere is warm and inviting; people settle in and get comfortable over booze.

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Warm and inviting atmosphere.

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Agent D and I both felt a little under the weather so we stayed away from alcohol and ordered hot tea + fresh orange juice instead.

 Being a gastrobar, The Dutch functions as a restaurant cum pub. If you’re an alcohol lover, you’ll adore this place. Headlining the bar is a copper multi-tap beer tower, dispensing seven kinds of draught brews. The selection ranges from local favourites to international ales; each pour is perfectly frosty due to the cold pipe system.

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7 beer taps + 1 cocktail tap.

Beer aside, the cocktail list at The Dutch runs gourmet and experimental, incorporating exotic ingredients and interesting techniques. It is legitly the first pub in Jakarta that serves cocktail direct from a tap. Plus they have loads of happy hour promotions going on throughout the week. So look out for that!

Food-wise, The Dutch makes really delish homemade sausages and cured meats. Don’t forget to pair your sausages with the mustard on the side. Its SO GOOOD. The waiter recommended Erwtensoep – traditional Dutch split pea soup and Braised Lamb in Puff Pastry but we decided to go with other options.

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The Dutch’s Menu.

Here’s what we ordered:
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Classic Bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard on the side (IDR 105k). Traditionally handmade using natural casing, and then slow-smoked in house. Orange juice was genuinely fresh (IDR 55K).

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Caesar Salad had an overdose of parmesan and was a tad dry (IDR 90k).

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Spaghetti Aglio Olio with pork (IDR 90k). Quite a nice change from the usual prawn/chicken.

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Soy-glazed Duck Wings on rice with pickled vegetables (IDR 95k). Duck wings were good but Agent D left the pickled veges untouched.

Food at The Dutch is not exactly cheap but the portions and quality are good. For both of us, the bill came out to about IDR 580k. That said, we had an enjoyable meal. 🙂

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Sundate brunchin’.

After lunch, we spotted a really pretty mini park/garden opposite Parc Place and headed there to walk off some pounds. The trees, plants and flowers were beautifully landscaped. Such a pleasant surprise after lunch!

We had to leave after about 15 minutes because I was becoming food for the mozzies. Dang should have brought my mosquito repellent out.

And that’s how my Sunday went by. How did yours go? 🙂


The Dutch Gastrobar (by UNION Group)
18 Parc Place Tower E, Ground Floor
Jalan Jendral Sudirman Kav. 52-53, SCBD
Jakarta Selatan 12190

Cafe Series: HAUSE Rooftop in Kuningan

Hause Rooftop Kitchen & Bar is an oasis in the city, away from the bustling Jakarta traffic. Located on the topmost floor of MD Place Tower 2 (in Setiabudi), this cozy rooftop hideout makes a good place to relax and unwind.

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Hause Rooftop Kitchen & Bar.

Bearing semblance to that of a private glass house complete with a backyard, Hause Rooftop has both indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor space oozes homey vibes and takes a collected approach, with souvenirs and artworks from the owner’s travels.

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Cozy electic interior.

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Brunch at Hause Rooftop on Good Friday. #TGIF

The outdoor space is my favouritest part of the cafe. It is a really nice place to chill and feel the breeze in your hair coupled with a lovely sky view.

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Outdoor garden area.

Filled with the owner’s personal collection of hanging air plants, herbs and flower plants, it feels like you’re dining in a private garden of a friend’s.

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Lush green enclave.

Some fun facts about Hause Rooftop:

#1. Hause Rooftop handcrafts food & drinks using herbs picked from their very own backyard.

#2. The restaurant is pet-friendly so you can laze under the sun with your fur friends.

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Perfect for you and your fur kids.

#3. Hause Rooftop opens early and closes late. They open at 9 a.m. everyday so you can get your morning coffee fix. On Sunday – Thursday, they close at 12 a.m.; on Friday – Saturday, they close at 2.00 a.m.. A great place to hangout and have late night drinks with friends!

#4. There is live music on certain nights. So check before going down!

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Hausemade food.

Hause Rooftop is as much a restaurant as it is a bar. Their Hausemade menu and drinks are all freshly made with love. The food menu offers both Western and Indonesian choices along with vegetarian/organic options. For example, they have organic burgers by Burgreens.

Agent D got himself the ‘Curry Katsu Burger’ (IDR 115k) while I ordered a ‘Hausemade pasta – Linguine Carbonara with Salmon’ (IDR 100k).

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Curry Katsu Burger (IDR 115k).

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Consists of fried chicken breast, curry mayo, purple cabbage, hausemade bun served with fries & mixed garden salad.

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Linguine Carbonara with Salmon (IDR 100k).

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Consists of linguine carbonara, salmon, diced red onion in light cream sauce and egg yolk served with orange zest.

Classic cocktails aside, they have a pretty good list of Hause-invented cocktails which are inspired from their garden and hand-crafted to perfection.

For instance, the fresh and light Backyard (white rum, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, clove syrup with lemongrass and scented basil), the milky Hause Sweet Hause (vanilla flavoured vodka, Frangelico, Baileys, fresh milk, and caramel syrup biscotti), the light and fresh Flower Lady (Hause Gin, Bols elderflower, fresh lemon, lavender bitter and rosa aroma), etc.

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Hause bar.

Non-alcoholic options are extensive too with freshly squeezed juices, chilled juices, artisan coffee, specialty tea,  hand-crafted Vitamines (something like mocktails), Kombucha Sangria, etc.

Agent D went for the ‘Kombucha Sangria’ (IDR 75k) which is rather pricey for Jakarta standards, in my opinion. According to Hause, their kombucha is made exclusively from fresh local fruits & vegetable juice that cleanses, heals, energizes and detoxifies one’s body. Sounds too good to be true eh?

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Kombucha Sangria (IDR 75k).

I love all things chai and ordered the ‘Chai Latte’ (IDR 45k), a cinnamon flavored milk tea served with palm sugar.

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Chai Latte (IDR 45k).

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Chai latte made my morning!

Adding to the list of cafes in Kunignan. ENJOY!


Hause Rooftop
MD Place Tower 2 – 6th Floor
Jl. Setiabudi Selatan no. 7
Jakarta Selatan

Authentic Japanese Dining Series: ASUKA at JW Marriott

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Asuka Japanese Dining.

Asuka Japanese Dining at JW Marriott is a fine dining restaurant offering FRESH cuts of sashimi, sushi, and seasonal food. According to the hotel staff, majority of their ingredients are flown in directly from Japan’s Tsukiji & Fukuoka fish markets. WOAH now you no longer have to fly 7 hours to eat fresh Japanese sashimi.

Decked out in modern zen furniture, Asuka’s interior feels very woody-cosy. The restaurant has a limited seating capacity with a few private tatami rooms, sushi bar counter seats, and less than 10 small tables. I love it that all the waitresses wear kimonos and white socks…totally adds to the Japanese experience.

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Japanese sundate.

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Our view by the window.

They have a good omakase menu featuring exotic Japanese delicacies like shirako (fish sperm??!), fugu (tiger blowfish), assorted sashimi and sushi etc. Some of the courses consist of seasonal ingredients which are available only at certain times of the year. The omakase doesn’t come cheap though — be prepared to set aside IDR 2,000,000++/pax on average. 😉

If you’re not prepared to fork out a lot of $$$, do not despair. They have really affordable, good quality BENTO SETS. Available 7 days a week during LUNCH time. Whooooop.

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‘Sashimi, Unajyu Bento’ (IDR 290k).

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‘Barachirashi Bento’ (IDR 260k).

Agent D’s ‘Sashimi, Unajyu Bento’ (IDR 290k) came with sashimi slices on the side, which is more value for money than ordering sashimi independently. (We had dinner at Asuka a few months back and a plate of salmon sashimi set us back by IDR 250K.)

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Salmon Sashimi (IDR 250k), about the price of a bento set.

 The lunch bento sets are served with a small bowl of salad and fresh fruits after.

The salmon slices in my barachirashi were very fresh and nicely cut. I must say the quality of ingredients is pretty unparalleled for Japanese food in Jakarta.

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Close-up of my ‘Barachirashi Bento’.

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CHEERS to awesome possum sashimi in Jakarta!!!

Agent D really liked his unagi + tempura + sashimi slices. I tried the tempura egg plant and it was so goooood. The tempura batter was just right.

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Close-up of ‘Sashimi, Unajyu Bento’.

Now you know where to go if you’re cravin’ for some good quality authentic Japanese food! 😉


Asuka Japanese Dining
JW Marriott Hotel

Cute Cafe in Kuningan: Harlow Brasserie

Last Friday, I finally got to check out Harlow Cafe – an exciting new Brasserie concept located in Kuningan (lovin’ the fact that it’s just 10 minutes away from me!). The concept behind Harlow is to bring to diners a melting pot of cultural flavors and diversity that New York City offers in a fun yet casual setting.

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Homely  Scandinavian architecture of Harlow Brasserie.

Located on the mezzanine floor of H Tower in Kuningan, Harlow’s interior is Scandinavian-styled (which I absolutely adore). The brasserie is nestled within a beautiful view of pine trees and its full length glass windows allow daylight to stream in, brightening up the entire place.

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Open and well lit design. Spot the pine trees outside? 🙂

The main dining area can seat up to 150 people which is ideal for functions of all sorts ranging from business meetings, casual gatherings, bridal showers, birthday parties, product launches, etc.

When I was there with Ivana on Friday, we happened to be the only ones having lunch at that time. It could be because June is the fasting month of Ramadan. Anyhow, it was pretty shiok. It was as if we had booked the entire restaurant and the waiters were serving us only. Perfect for a great chit-chat in a serene setting.

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A variety of seating at the bar, hangout lounge and tables.

Interestingly, Harlow serves daily continental breakfast (buffet-style) to residents of Citadines serviced apartment nearby. As such, they open super early for breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., continuing with lunch until 5 p.m., and serving dinner till 10 p.m. For those who need an early breakfast fix after morning gym, before going to work, etc – Harlow is the place to go!

I took a picture of their lunch menu for your reference. 🙂 They are currently having a weekday lunch special: IDR 100K nett for selected mains + drink. Very value for $$$!

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Harlow prides itself in using healthy farm ingredients (not sure how true though). In addition to its core menu, Harlow offers by-monthly special menus highlighting the various ethnic neighborhood cuisines of New York City, such as China Town, Little Tokyo, Astoria and many more.

Ivana and I went for their lunch special (can’t say no to a good bargain!).

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Against the pretty background.

Complimentary bread was served first, followed by the mains. I liked the fact that they took effort to heat up the bread. Love butter melting on warm soft bread!

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Complimentary bread and free drink (ice lemon/peach tea).

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Aglio olio with prawns.

The pasta was cooked al dente and had a good bite to it. It was a little on the dry side though, and portions were smaller than usual. But not complaining since it was a lunch special.

After lunch, we still had a bit of space in our tummies and so ordered a honey cheesecake to share.

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Honey cheesecake.

The cheesecake was nice and creamy but I couldn’t taste any honey. :/

All in all, Harlow Brasserie in Kuningan is a nice place to have a lazy casual lunch at. Due to its spacious layout, one can talk loudly enough with having anyone eavesdrop on his/her conversations! The prices are mid range for Jakarta standards. 🙂

Harlow Brasserie
The H Tower, Mezzanine Floor
Jl. H. R. Rasuna Said Kav. 20
Jakarta 12940


After lunch, Ivana came over to play with Freckles. Ivana was amused at how small Freckles was, only slightly larger than the size of her palm. But to me, she’s growing wayyy too fast. (I secretly wish she would stay mini forever!)

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Little Freckles on Aunty Ivana’s lap.

As usual, Freckles was prancing around with great bursts of energy (a result of long periods of napping). We managed to quieten her down for a few wefies. It was so hard to get her to look at the camera though!

After expending all her energy, she fell asleep almost immediately. #suchacutie

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Struggling to keep awake.

Thank you for helping us take photos, Aunty Ivana! ❤ ❤ ❤

Come and play with Freckles again soon pleassssse.