TAKUMI Robata & Sushi is a premium Japanese restaurant located inside the prestigious Senayan National Golf Club, just beside The Terrace. After its first opening in Tokyo back in 2005, TAKUMI has been spreading its business to Singapore, Shanghai, and Jakarta.
TAKUMI（匠）Robata & Sushi はスナヤン・ナショナル・ゴルフクラブの中にあるプレミアム日本レストランです。２００５年に東京で開店し、現在までにジャカルタを含め、シンガポール、上海などに進出しています。
Location-wise, TAKUMI prefers the current place as the owner wants somewhere in the center of the city, not inside any shopping mall, and preferably somewhere with nice, beautiful view. I think the decision to open this restaurant near a golf field is very good.
With the inspiration of real Hokkaido’s ambience, the interior design is also carefully crafted by a famous architect from Japan, Araki Sasaki, bringing a concept of ancient building from Northern Japan, which is simple and dominated by wooden furniture, yet still looks elegant and sophisticated. The glass windows overlooking the green scenery of golf field, which can be fully enjoyable during daytime.
The restaurant is very spacious, starting from the reception area, bar, then main dining area, which is divided into several sections. Hidden inside is a small sushi counter where guests can also choose to sit there, especially for those who opt for Omakase session. In the center of the main dining room, there is the robata station where we can see the large sand pit with the charcoal in the middle. To be exact, let’s move on to the photos!
Bringing the concept of robatayaki (often referred as “robata only), literally meaning “fireside-cooking”, which is a method of cooking similar to the barbecue, in which items of food on skewers are slow frilled over hot charcoal in a sand pit. Robata itself originated from a centuries-old country style of cooking by northern Japanese fishermen around a communal hearth (irori) that serves both as a cooking area and a source of heat, found on the northernmost island of Japan, Hokkaido.
To make great robata, great ingredients are needed, and almost all the seafood are directly imported from the infamous Tsukiji Market, Tokyo, Japan. Some of the fishes available are amazing to be found in a restaurant in Indonesia, such as Hokkaido Kinki fish, which is very rare and is priced at IDR 1,420,000++ here.
Although TAKUMI specializes in robata and sushi, there are many other menu available such as salads, rice and noodle menu, as well as set menu. Price starts from IDR 25,000 (Edamame, Inari Sushi) to unlimited because some of the seafood are priced according to market price, which I don’t even want to imagine, LOL.
Salmon Salada ／サーモンサラダ IDR 95,000
This is one of TAKUMI’s signature dishes, which is very popular among the frequent visitors. The salmon salada probably looks just like typical one found in Japanese restaurants, but the fresh thick salmon slices are the main point of the dish, complimented with the special homemade Japanese sesame dressing. I personally really love the way it is presented, not mentioning that the ingredients are very well selected, creating a beautiful feast to the eyes as well as to the mouth.
Foie Gras Chawan Mushi ／フォアグラ茶碗蒸し IDR 120,000
Although I always declare myself that I don’t like foie gras, I have to give kudos to the chef of TAKUMI for making me enjoying this particular dish. The egg custard is nothing but perfection, and the foie gras gave a unique flavor and texture to the humble egg custard dish. It’s a deadly combination of yin and yang, yet still managed to be so beautifully paired.
California Roll ／カリフォルニアロール IDR 98,000
While usually I always avoid California Roll, here it’s different and generously topped with slice of salmon. The sushi rolls are big, I think it was a bit difficult for me to chuck one roll directly into my mouth, but I don’t complain. Love all the fillings (kani stick, avocado, lettuce, cucumber, mayo), and with the salmon, this roll is perfect!
Gotta love the freshly-grated wasabi, not an everyday thing to find as mostly Japanese restaurants here use instant ones: powder or paste types. The difference is that the fresh one has a nicer aroma with slightly stronger taste but less “shocking”, no annoying attack to the nose and throat when eaten. It’s just, different in many levels.
Gindara Teriyaki Set ／銀だら照り焼きセット IDR 210,000
One of the must-try robata menu is the Gindara (black cod) served with teriyaki sauce. The gindara itself was AMAZING. Fish is always my favorite item and I love gindara, but this was the first time I ate such a soft, delicate one. No wonder though, the gindara is imported from Tokyo’s infamous Tsukiji market! If you think usual gindara is soft already, this one will still surprise you by how smooth the meat is, and how it will melt almost immediately when it touches your tongue. It’s almost magical, yet so real.
The set price comes with rice, miso soup, and chawan mushi.
Tempura Moriawase ／天ぷら盛り合わせ IDR 125,000
While tempura seems to be one of the most famous Japanese cuisine in the world, I rarely find extremely good ones outside Japan as there are many “modified” versions of this particular food. I wasn’t very enthusiastic about this either, but when I had my first bite, I was totally sold! The word “GREAT” can’t even do the judge here.
The set comes with two prawns and various veggies (one each type) including enoki mushroom, eggplant, shiso leaf, etc. This is probably a set portion for one person only as it’s *very* difficult to actually share this with others. When you start eating, it’s just almost impossible to stop. Yes, it’s THAT good. The crunches are superb, very fresh and crispy, not oily at all. The sauce was also amazingly good, with perfect consistency and very tasty. We’ve tried many watery ones with unconcentrated taste so this came as a nice surprise for us.
Milk Pudding ／ミルクプリン IDR 45,000
Or more popularly known as “purin”, there is no better one in the world than the ones made by Japanese. The pudding is soft, smooth, and addictive, supposedly eaten with the sweet caramel in the bottom of the cup. Topped with various fresh tropical fruits and whipped cream, the milk pudding is enhanced to another level of beauty and delicacy. I wish that the caramel sauce was thicker, though.
Shiratama Cream Anmitsu ／白玉クリームあんみつ IDR 60,000
This is the menu which I knew I had to order the moment I saw the picture in the menu book. Basically a dessert served in a daruma cup, this is very Japanese and attracted me immediately. The daruma itself is a kind of toy which is believed to bring luck, although the face doesn’t always look cheerful. And in case you’re wondering, the cup is actually quite big and deep, and inside it, there are some shiratama (mochi balls), red bean, and vanilla ice cream, topped with fresh fruits slices and whipped cream. I am literally drooling over my keyboard just remembering the taste of this dessert, fabulous!
For the drinks, TAKUMI has many selections from teas, fresh juices (not instant or syrup), even alcoholic beverages like sake. We tried the Lychee Ice Tea which seems to be one of their recommended drinks, it tastes as good as it looks. The tea itself was fragrant, and there was some other fruity aromas going on in the drink. A fresh lychee fruit is added inside the tea. For the juice, we tried Melon Juice, which was clearly freshly made and (probably) no additional sugar used. Refreshing!
Lychee Ice Tea／ライチティー
Dining here at TAKUMI opened my eyes that it’s *possible* to find high quality Japanese restaurant with real Japanese ambience here in Jakarta without the sight of Japanese chef around. Don’t get me wrong, TAKUMI still has Japanese chefs, but one whom we met last time seemed so busy going back and forth the stations to check whether everything was alright. Most all of the working chefs in the stations are Indonesians, and I am so glad to say that the food quality doesn’t differ despite all that!
And one thing about TAKUMI that I love is the service. I have been in many premium Japanese restaurants here in Jakarta and always get disappointed by the services, even those ones located inside five-stars hotels. Here the service was almost flawless, the staffs know what they do, and they are very informative and knowledgeable in term of explaining the menu.
It’s also ideal for business meetings or private gatherings/events as the restaurant has some private rooms which can accommodate up to 8 person/room. Reservation is advised to ensure the availability of these limited rooms.
Clearly TAKUMI has set the bar quite high for me, and I am sure the next visit(s) will be done soon! <3
*All prices are subject to 11% service charge & 10% government tax
*The Food Escape team are not paid whatsoever for writing this post.
TAKUMI ROBATA & SUSHI
Senayan National Golf Club
Jl. Asia Afrika Pintu IX
Phone. +62 21 571-0181 Ext. 218