For someone who was born in 80s like me, I experienced a lot of awesome stuffs during my childhood. Around 5-6 years ago, my sister told me that there is a unique store selling nostalgic stuffs like snacks, candies, even toys from our childhood time in Kelapa Gading Mall. The store’s name is Sagoo. I went there twice. And I was (and still am) impressed. The store has an old feeling in it, even from the interior decoration and all. Not to mention they have so many things that bring me back to the good old times when gadgets were not the primary toys for kids. I found the candies like cigarette candies, Davos peppermint, nougat candies, etc. How nostalgic! They even have the collection of ancient cigarettes on sale, like it’s so cool because they’re so jadul! Okay, and Mr. K bought like, loads of the cigarettes because he is so into antiques. XD
Back to the topic.
So this year, I found this restaurant called Sagoo Kitchen. Out of curiosity, I went there to see whether it’s the same Sagoo I knew, or not. Turned out that the restaurant, which is located in Tebet Green, has the same idea and theme, the old time.
When I arrived there, I was amazed by the design and totally in love with it. It reminds me of the Betawi houses, like I always saw in movies. The brave colors like red and brown totally dominate the interior, and I love how they put all the old style kitchen utensils on the wall. They’re just so authentic like I was having a lunch in museum or something. Even the windows are so old style I think it’s brilliant!
From the picture above, you can see that in front of cashier box, they have loads and loads of traditional baskets containing the snacks, candies, toys from the good old days. They even have the old style gasing (spinning top)! Wow.
Coming inside, I was even more mesmerized by the shelf on the other side, that shows collections of kettles, teapots, even bowls and snack jars. They even have the soccer balls in net, snack bags, hung on the wall, like typical Indonesian warung. EPIC!!
And the menu book!! Seriously, I love this place. I felt like I was in another era or something. Clearly they put a lot of effort to live up the theme of the restaurant, and they’re trying so hard for that. There is also many explanations about the owner, the idea of the restaurants and so on, which you can learn from the menu book. Most importantly, everything is written so nicely that it makes them so interesting to read.
There is a large selection of food that we can choose, and most importantly, they’re like, so nostalgic! I don’t even know some of the food, so I guess they’re probably from earlier period or something. But it’s cool to know (and taste) those food that your parents -or grandparents- ate during their childhood!
We started off with Tahoe Gondrong (Long-haired Tofu, literally XD), which is quite similar to the fried tofu we can buy in banana fritters street kiosk.
Tahoe Gondrong – IDR 19.500+++
We also ordered Nasi Goreng Sagoo, which tastes like your typical homemade fried rice. Another one was Bistik Sapi Kereta Api (Train Beef Steak), which is described as one of the food that was so common and popular back then. This is an example of old time food that I didn’t even know about, maybe it was popular way long before I was born. The meat was okay, but I didn’t really like the glaze, simply too sweet. Like the potato wedges, though.
Nasi Goreng Sagoo – IDR 24.900+++
Bistik Sapi Kereta Api – IDR 36.500+++
The last one was I Fu Mee Sagoo, which made me disappointed. It was too salty, too watery, and just not right.
I Fu Mee Sagoo – IDR 25.900+++
Overall, I will recommend this place to anyone just for the sake of nostalgia. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for great food. Personally, I think that they only serve standard-quality food, not great or special or anything. But it’s always nice to go there just to remember the old days.
*All prices are subject to 2% service charge and 10% government tax
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