Few weeks ago, we were invited to a lunch gathering with fellow foodies at LOBO, one of the restaurants in The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan. This was not our first time there since we have had many staycations in the hotel, simply because we love it. In Jakarta, there are 2 Ritz-Carlton hotels (another one, newer one located in Sudirman CBD area), but we always love this one in Mega Kuningan better.
LOBO itself is a contemporary fine dining restaurant which features a stylish yet elegant surrounding, consisting of a bar & lounge, dining area and a well-designed wine cellar offering premium selection of wines.
Our favorite spot is always the al fresco terrace area, which is beautifully designed like the buildings in Europe, it makes us forgetting the fact that we are still in Indonesia. I think because of the construction, the airflow is really good and I never feel hot or humid sitting here. If you like taking photos of the food -or yourself-, it’s like a mandatory thing to sit in this area, LOL!
In term of dishes, LOBO specializes in premium steaks, modern European dishes, and tapas. However, if you see the menu, it’s easily seen that LOBO also serves a lot of Asian fusion dishes, mainly those related to Japanese cuisine.
Matching with the restaurant’s theme, the complimentary breads are European breads with crunchy crusts and soft, chewy interiors. These breads are already tasty but spreading some butter definitely will make them even nicer.
For the appetite-kickers, we got these trio of small bites. The most impressive one was the soup in the Illy cup, with distinctive salty flavor and made me wanting some more than this tiny cup. But wait, this was just the part of Amuse Bouche, so I expected greater things coming after!
Hokkaido Scallop IDR 215,000
Creamy Soup of Wild Mushroom IDR 150,000
King Prawn Carpaccio IDR 175,000
Foie Gras Tortellini
These beauties were total eye candies but could be a disaster for people who dislike foie gras specifically. Honestly, both of us are never fans of the said ingredients, but occasionally, we are fine with this. Luckily, the foie gras here was acceptable although it still had the significant smell, but thanks to the aromatic Porcini Cream Sauce and Pecorino al Tartufo Cheese, it became quite enjoyable.
Crispy Half Suckling Pig IDR 875,000
You know, it was shocking for me to see all these stuffs, and the worst part is that I actually ate it and even ENJOYED it. I am not a kind of person who will turn vegetarian unless I really have to (for health purpose or something similar), but seeing all these real thing in front of me was a heartbreaking process and I seriously thought that I was simply a cruel human being for consuming all that. No, sorry, I didn’t need to see that and I hope some things can be unseen. T__T
Well, let’s leave things at that. #coldtone
Served with Apple Puree, Pineapple-lemongrass Puree, and Suckling Pig Gravy, the pork itself was already very soft and tender, with super delicious crispy skin. For me, I prefer my pork to taste bolder, because pork has certain smell that can be “managed” by adding few seasonings. Other than that, this dish was perfect.
Live Painting IDR 235,000
The desserts used so many ingredients like fresh fruits, jams and sauces, food powders, and so on, but the main attraction was the “rocky” components made using liquid Nitrogen. We were busy going ga-ga watching the process, so hopefully you can get the idea by seeing the photos!
The final result was simply an art, hence the name: live painting. I totally love the colorful platter and especially the abstract expression made by the chefs. There is no point of start or end, to enjoy the dessert, just grab whatever attracts you first. Forget the rules, and simply enjoy it. I think that’s the best way to experience this dessert.
FYI, starting this May 2016, LOBO will have a new Chef de Cuisine, Chef Jan Schwittalla, who is originally from Michelin-starred restaurant in Bordeaux, France. The new chef is German, and it must be interesting to see what he can offer to LOBO. Cheers for more glorious cuisine at LOBO, and see you again soon!
** This review is written based on our visit on 16 April 2016.
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Lunch 12PM – 2.30PM
Dinner 6PM – 10PM
LOBO Lounge and Terrace 8AM – 1AM