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Pastificio-K Homemade Pasta (Kemang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Pastificio-K is a tiny pasta bar located in Kemang next to Signature Coffee. Created by the owner of Koi, it serves a wide range of homemade pastas that you can choose directly from the chiller. I counted at least 12 types of pastas such as ravioli, gnocchi, tagliatelle, conchiglie, gigli, rigatoni or maccheroni. It also sells Italian desserts like Tiramisu and Panna Cotta.

The prices are rather low, starting IDR40,000++ for a 100g portion of home made pasta cooked with the sauce of your choice (toppings come with additional cost). 

I tried the Conchiglie with Bolognese Sauce. The cooking was al-dente which is not the way I prefer but I should have asked beforehand. It was also a bit too spicy for my liking. Still, I really enjoyed it, especially considering that I paid less than 50,000rp net for it. 
Overall: For the price-conscious who don't want to sacrifice quality, Pastificio-K is highly recommended. It is one of the restaurants with the best value-for-money in Kemang. 

Pastificio-K Pasta Bar
Kemang Raya 72
South Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone number: +62-21 7195 704

Facebook: PastificioK

Publik Markette vs Caffé Milano

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Following the opening of Central retail store and Uniqlo in Grand Indonesia, there has been a few new restaurants opening in this part of the mall. The two most popular are Publik Markette and Caffè Milano. I tried both of them for a quick double lunch on a weekday. In that same area, you also have Union Deli, Benedict and Nomz that I did not visit.

Publik Markette was opened by Ismaya (SKYE, Kitchenette, Pizza e Birra, Fook Yew, etc) and Caffé Milano is owned by the same people behind Union (some of which are also shareholders in Loewy, E&O and Cork & Screw). The Union group's venues, concept and design, are more geared towards Westerners while Ismaya's concepts are very popular among local Indonesians and less among expats (except for a few venues such as Dragonfly). Ismaya is usually more playful, more creative and innovative, while Union stays more classic and chic.

Caffè Milano:
Caffè Milano does not offer anything really new in terms of design and originality compared to the group's other venues. Even though it looks nice and classy, it is a disappointment for this part. Regarding the food, it is prepared by an Italian Chef, Luca Pezzera, so it is rather decent from what I could try. It is quite expensive for what you get though. I paid Rp200,000 for a basic pasta dish (Linguini with Ragout) and a sparkling water. For a 100,000rp more, I prefer choosing a full set lunch menu from Casa d'Oro in Kempinski Grand Indonesia, or in Scusa in Intercontinental also nearby.

Publik Markette
Publik Markette, on the contrary, is quite original, with an artsy design I have not seen elsewhere yet in Jakarta (I let you look at their photos). Their concept is similar to an adult version of Marché restaurants. You can take food and drinks from the display, or order from the menu. Taste-wise, as with most mall restaurants serving Western food in Jakarta, it is average with more misses than hits. The prices are not too high considering the location.
If you are looking for a buzzing and trendy place, both places will make you happy.
If you are looking for a classy venue with better food, more expats and closing late, you should go to Caffè Milano.
If you are looking for an original and comfortable place to eat or drink, you should go to Publik Markette.
If you are looking for excellent food at a decent price, you should go elsewhere.

Caffè Milano
Jl. M.H. Thamrin
Grand Indonesia East Mall, Central Department Store - Ground Floor
Phone number: +62 21 23580638
Facebook: Caffè Milano
Instagram: Caffè Milano

Publik Markette
Jl. M.H. Thamrin
Grand Indonesia East Mall, Central Department Store - Ground Floor
Phone number: +62 21 23581281

Sesto Senso by Hide Yamamoto (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Sesto Senso is an Italian restaurant owned by a Japanese Chef, Hide Yamamoto. Located in Lotte Mall Kuningan, it is similar in concept with other recently opened venues such as AW Kitchen and Popolamama. All of these are managed by Japanese but sell mostly Italian dishes.

The design of Sesto Senso is modern minimalist, which made me feel like it was soulless, a bit as if I was sitting in the waiting room of a brand-new hospital. It is a good thing the waiters were warm and friendly to compensate for that feeling. I also enjoyed the view of Jakarta's skyline from the large window.

The menu (available in detail here) features all the popular Italian classics, particularly pasta. The prices are rather expensive, about 20% higher than average.
Pocket Size Pizza Margarita (Rp89,000+21%)
Spaghettini Aglio Olio Peperoncino (Rp85,000+21%)
I had a Pizza Margarita (89,000rp+21% tax and service) and the Pasta Aglio Olio Peperoncino (85,000rp+21%). The Pizza Margarita tasted ok, but certainly not as fine as those you can have in authentic Italian restaurants. It was quite small too. The pasta portion was rather tiny as well and the taste was very common. The thing I preferred actually was the free bread they gave as an appetizer (from their own Flour Flour Bakery). 

Overall: Being used to eat authentic Italian food, I was a disappointed with what I ate in Sesto Senso. I did not see any Japanese or innovative touch in any of the dishes. I could try again if I happen to be in Lotte Mall, but I wouldn't come specifically from far away only to eat there.
Sesto Senso & Flour Flour Bakery
Pasta and Antipesto
Ciputra World Super Block - Lotte Mall
Jalan Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav.3-5, First Floor
South Jakarta

Phone number: +62-21 2988 9153
Fax: +62-21 2988 9155


Opening Hours:
Every day from 10am to 10pm
Pasta Menu in Sesto Senso

AW Kitchen (by Akira Watanabe) - Italian Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
AW is a restaurant which was opened by a celebrity Chef (one more) named Akira Watanabe. I had never heard of that name and I am pretty sure you haven't either. From what I could find on the internet, he participated in a TV show called Iron Chef in 2009. He then probably read a book about how to turn one's name into a brand and went on to open several restaurants in Japan.

The staff told me that he only came to Jakarta for a few days for the opening, then left and never came back. The current Chef is still Japanese though.

Unlike what you could expect, the food in AW Kitchen is Italian, mostly pasta. It is rather expensive, but still reasonable considering you are in one of Jakarta's most luxurious malls. 

The service was friendly but they did quite a big mistake as they brought my appetizer and my main course at the exact same time. The setting of the restaurant is fine as well, with a few original touches.

I ordered the Honey Tomato Bruschetta (Rp30,000 +18%). Simple dish but pretty good. The Spaghettini Bolognese (Rp82,000 + 18%) was quite disappointing for such a classic. The meat was over-cooked and there was really nothing unique about the taste. I am a terrible cook but I'm pretty sure I could have done better.
Honey Tomato Bruschetta
Spaghettini Bolognese
Overall: Based on my experience, I would not visit again AW Kitchen. You could try instead Sesto Senso, another Pasta restaurant opened by a Japanese Chef Hide Yamamoto.
AW Kitchen by Akira Watanabe
Italian Restaurant
Plaza Senayan Unit CP409 Level 4
South Jakarta (next to Garçon)
Jakarta, Indonesia 10270

Phone number: +62-21 5790 6071

Twitter: AW Kitchen

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 10am to 10pm

Another branch is scheduled to open in Kota Kasablanka at the end of 2014.

L'Osteria Italian Restaurant Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
L'Osteria is an Italian restaurant located in the Senopati neighborhood. It serves pastas, steaks and oven-baked pizzas.

I visited before lunch and the place was almost empty. Its design is modern and bright: It would probably be more appropriate if it was inside a mall. It lacked atmosphere, but fortunately the waiters and waitresses were very friendly and made me forget about this.

I tried a Margarita pizza, priced at 75,000rp ++. This is rather expensive for Jakarta standards. It tasted fine, but it did not have an authentic Italian taste. In particular it was way too greasy.

Overall: Average experience. I would not recommend unless you live nearby and you are lazy to go to cheaper pizza joints like Pepenero.
L'Osteria Jakarta
Jalan Ciranjang No 21.
South Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone number: +62-21 72 69 015/16

Facebook: Osteria Indonesia 
Website: Osteria Jakarta 

Opening Hours:
From Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm

From Friday to Saturday from 11am to 11.30pm

Cuadrilla Restaurant (Kemang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Cuadrilla is a small restaurant in Kemang, serving Italian, Spanish and Greek food. It has only a few tables and the prices are affordable. I tried the Greek Salad (47,000rp++) and the Pita Bread with Tzatziki (23,000rp ++).

Considering the price, it was very decent. The Paella seems to be their signature dish so I would be happy to come back to try it.

Overall: Recommended for lunch if you live in Kemang. They had fast wifi too and the waiters were very friendly. The music played was Latin mostly, including Bossa Nova, Manu Chao, and maybe Bonga (?).
Cuadrilla Restaurant Kemang
Jalan Benda No 1D (near Beer Garden Kemang)
Kemang, South Jakarta
Phone number: +62-21 782 0188

Facebook: Cuadrilla Resto Kemang

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 11am to 11pm

Modi & Rosa Authentic Italian Restaurant Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I saw Modi & Rosa from a taxi on Jalan Ampera and I immediately wanted to try it as it seemed like the kind of restaurants I enjoy: small, independent, and with a good value for money.

I was a bit disappointed with the general atmosphere of the place. The decoration is minimal and there was no customers. It looks like a meeting room in a 3-star hotel. The waiters were friendly but they seemed bored to death.

The music was not stable, sometimes there were songs, sometimes not. The music from the supermarket Jason's, at the lower level could be heard as well.

They have a rather small Italian only menu, with mainly pastas (from 45,000rp++ to 95,000rp++), pizzas (from 35,000rp++ to 95,000rp++) and meat dishes (between 100,000rp++ and 200,000rp++). The oven for the pizza is electric.

I took one of the dishes of the day, the Duck Confit Ravioli (65,000rp ++). The portion came very small, but it was very good. The raviolis were home-made and cooked perfectly with a delicious creamy sauce.

The food really saved Modi & Rosa because apart from that, it doesn't have much for itself. I think that if they had a nicer location, it would certainly benefit them.

Overall: I would visit again, if I was living nearby, for reasonably-priced Italian food. It is not a place for a date or serious dinner though, because of Jason's Supermarket below.
Modi & Rosa
Authentic Italian Restaurant Cilandak
Jason's Market, Second Floor
Jalan Ampera Raya 22, Cilandak,  South Jakarta

Phone number: +62 (0) 81806199788

La Luce Italian Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →

La Luce is one of the most upmarket Italian restaurants in Jakarta. It was also voted the best Italian restaurant in Jakarta for 2014 by Now Magazine. It is located in the SCBD area, not too far from Pacific Place. It is currently headed by Chef Alessandro de Boni, formerly working in Il Mare Italian Restaurant in Mulia Hotel.

I tried La Luce about a year ago but it is only now that I'm writing the review. I was reminded about my visit there when I met yesterday with its previous manager, Gianni, who now works in Balboni.

La Luce does not have a very complicated design. It is rather simple, with an emphasis on the service and the food. Be warned: It is very expensive for Italian food, probably about the same than in Gaia (Altitude).

The restaurant will appeal to those looking for a fine dining experience, with all the formality and the extra attention. Personally, I don't need to have someone coming to my table to fill again my glass every time I have a sip of wine.

The food in itself was excellent, but clearly too expensive. I remember paying around 350,000 rp for a glass of wine and a plate of pasta.

Overall, I would not come back to La Luce because it is a tad over my budget and I feel I can get similar food for much cheaper in other Italian restaurants in Jakarta (click to see my ranking and recommendations). BUT, if you can afford it or if you are looking for a restaurant a bit over the top for a date or business dinner, then La Luce is for you.

La Luce Italian Restaurant Jakarta
18Parc Tower C - GF

SCBD Lot.18

Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53, South Jakarta

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 11am to 11pm

Phone number: +62-21 5153 860

Fax: +62-21 5153 861


Balboni Italian Restaurant Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →

Balboni is an upmarket Italian restaurant located in Kota Kasablanka Mall. It is the property of Mr. Lal De Silva,  an Australian national also the owner of the popular Harvest bakery shops, and Negev and Chateau Blanc restaurants.

The concept of Balboni changed recently with the arrival of a new Italian General Manager, Andrea Gianini (who used to work in La Luce). Once a fusion Italian-Asian restaurant, Balboni is now a traditional Italian restaurant and it seems this new concept is more successful.

My first impression of Balboni was very good. The place was crowded and the service impeccable. Andrea, the GM, was on the floor, instructing his team to make sure each table was well taken care of. The staff was really attentive, even too much. There was not 3 minutes without someone coming to my table to ask if everything was ok.

The music playing was quite good and upbeat. It makes the place a rather nice spot for a pre-party evening. I saw they have regular DJ events on weekends too.

In the open kitchen, I could see there was a western Chef as well, Ivan Tarrago, a Spanish man who is the corporate Chef for all the venues of the group.

The prices are reasonable: I had the Bruschetta for 59,000 rp and a Pizza Margherita for 70,000 rp. It was not incredible, but considering the quality of the service and the atmosphere of the restaurant, I felt it was good value for money. I would not come from far away to visit Balboni, but if you leave near from Kota Kasablanka, it is worth a try.

Balboni Italian Restaurant Jakarta
Kota Kasablanka Mall, Tower A
Jalan Casablanca Raya Kav. 88
South Jakarta

Opening hours:
Every day from 11am to midnight (later on weekends)

Phone number: +62-21 2956 8712

Website: Balboni Restaurant Jakarta
Twitter: Balboni Jakarta
Twitter of the Executive Chef: Ivan Tarrago
Facebook: Balboni Kota Kasablanka

Mamma Rosy (Kemang)

By Nyoman →
The Italian Restaurant Mamma Rosy is quite unique in Jakarta. To my knowledge, it is the only one which is entirely managed by an Italian expat family.

At the top, you have Daniel Vigone, the main owner and manager, his mom (Mamma Rosy) who is behind the kitchen, and several other family members which I could not identify but seemed like their children/wife/sister. To see the whole family in the restaurant and in the kitchen gives you quite a good first impression and makes you feel instantly at home. If you have a bit of imagination, you could even feel as if you went to Italy...

The restaurant is also located in a huge house with several dining rooms, some of which are private. There is also a patio which is absolutely gorgeous with a nice decoration. 

The food is moderately priced and tastes authentic as you could expect. It is a good alternative in Kemang to Toscana or Pepenero. I would definitely come back.
Mamma Rosy
Jl. Kemang Raya 58
12730 South Jakarta
Tel. +62 (0) 21-71791592

Facebook: Mamma Rosy
Twitter: Mamma Rosy

Opening Hours:
Open everyday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM