Native Indonesian / Malaysian cuisine never looked so hip with the recent opening of Beras Merah (brown rice) in Plaza Indonesia, right smack in the air-conditioned playground of Miniapolis.
Initially, I was quite disappointed that they replaced the pork-serving Ten Ten Restaurant, but then again, there are children here and introducing them to brown rice made sense.
What’s adorable about the way they laid out the food is that it hearkens back to the Javanese tradition. Seeing the “old thermos” was particularly interesting, amidst one of the most expensive malls in the country, and reminds you of your grandma’s yucky kitchenware. And yet, here it is.
The Soto Betawi, which has recently become my favorite, was impressively delicious. And I got to try the ubiquitous Teh Tawar (warm tea), which is a good companion of traditional Indonesian food. Although I heard that inasmuch as they serve uniquely original cakes, the Rainbow Cake must be avoided.
So while the kids were having their weekend gym class at …
I got to enjoy a simple meal, with a touch of traditional Indonesian interior. The large bar made of wood and the intricate carvings added a twist among the modern table and benches.
Sometimes, it’s your adventure with your kids that take you the best of places you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered.
Although I honestly don’t know why I should be sharing this gem with you.
Plaza Indonesia, 3rd Fl, Miniapolis
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28 – 30, Jakarta
10:00 – 22:00
Most Expensive Item In The Menu: