Caprese: A Taste of Italy in Jakarta

By N Mark Castro

I wear Italian, I listen to Italian music, I ogle at Italian women and, what the heck, might as well eat Italian.

And that’s what Caprese is all about:

A foundation of Italian food reminiscent of a traditional taste not found in other restaurants in Jakarta pretending to be Italian. And aside from the homey ambiance by day and cozy lounge at night, the restaurant provides a casual to semi-fine dining atmosphere that gets serious with its food.

Part of the challenge in having an al-fresco dining in Jakarta is the pollution and smog, which results in the failure of so many restaurants that have made futile attempts to create a semblance of it. Yet where all else failed, Caprese seem to be on the right track with its outdoor lounge that’s incessantly sprayed with moisturizer to combat the pollution. It also helps that this joint is in the inner part of the main Casablanca road, providing an aerial relief.

The only thing missing are the little plastic umbrellas on the drinks

Caprese‘s interior, however, is one of the best so far as they managed to optimize the allotted space with a mixed delivery of art-deco, eclectic and ethnic figurines, a dash of exotic ornaments, and a sprinkle of dark wood on the bar; its high ceiling, transparent bamboo partition, cute dining lamps, and the available reflection of light coming from the outside adds brightness to the place in daytime but, if I described it any further, it would make me sound like a knowledgeable gay yet failing.

blinkNow, before you go nuclear on me and start picketing my office, let me disabuse you of any notion you may have about bigotry. What I’m saying is that gays would protest that I be included in their roster with how inadequate my descriptions are of such clearly an exquisite restaurant.

See that word ‘exquisite’? I threw that in to mess with you.

But when it came down to the food, straight up, it’s good.

Picture7Take this thin-crust Porkies Pizza which, at Rp 60,000 (US$ 6.24) is a value meal you can share as you enjoy its pork sausage toppings with bacon, barbeque sauce, and mozzarella cheese.

And, then, of course — the MEAT.


The meatball and spaghetti are great but the Pork Chops … well, for Rp 99,000 (US$ 10.20), you can’t complain. So if you want a reasonably-priced hearty and meaty meal … head to Caprese.


Caprese Restaurant, Pizzeria, and Bar
Kota Kasablanka Mall, Ground Floor Unit FGS02
Jl. Kasablanka Raya kav. 88, Kuningan
Phone:  (021) 29465333
As my standard practice, you’ll have to take me so I’ll tell you.


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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