Two weeks ago, we made our first trip to Karawang, West Java, to visit the newly-(re)opened SAKANA restaurant in Delonix Hotel. SAKANA itself is a renowned brand under KAWANO Group (along with Honzen, Bistronomy, Tontoki, and many others) serving spectacular Japanese and International cuisine in a contemporary setting.
Currently there are 3 SAKANA restaurants in Jakarta and surrounding areas: one in MidPlaza 1 building, another one inside Soekarno-Hatta airport (international departure hall of Terminal 2 D-E), and this one inside Delonix Hotel.
２週間前に初めて西ジャワ、工業団地カラワンにあるデロニックスホテルで新たにオープンした酒菜に行って来ました。酒菜は KAWANO Group の傘下のレストランであり（本膳、ビストロのミー、屯登木など）、MidPlaza店、スカルノハッタ空港（ターミナル２D-E）に続いた3店目の酒菜です。
It took us around 1,5 hours to reach the hotel (with a good traffic on Saturday noon), including some wasted time searching for the place. We’ll write about the hotel later in separated post so if you are interested, you can check back later 🙂
If you have been in SAKANA restaurant in MidPlaza before, you’ll notice that they have quite an interior to suit authentic Japanese atmosphere, with a touch of warm colors. Here in SAKANA Delonix, the theme is very much still the same authentic Japanese ambience, only made much more simple and calm in a contemporary style, yet giving a touch of laid-back feeling. The lighting is kept minimally and even during daytime, the place is quite dark, except the bar area and few seating area near the Zen-style garden at the back of the restaurant.
If you think the ambience is less Japanese for you in the main dining area, you can opt to sit in private tatami rooms. It is amazing to see that such room exists in this place, it was totally unexpected!
SAKANA’s menu is impressive in term of selection. I mean, the selection is simply crazy. We can find simply everything about Japanese comfort food, as well as International dishes like pasta and even Indonesian dishes. The price is also considerably very affordable so this can actually be one-stop restaurant that we can visit again and again without having to worry about being broke, LOL!
While we were waiting for our food, we tried their new mocktails menu which are (interestingly) named according to the SAKANA Delonix’s staffs’ names, cute! Tried 4 of them and my personal fave was the Mey-co. The combination of fruits (kiwi, papaya, mango) were surprisingly unique and refreshing, mixed with Blue Curacao which tasted citrus-y, it was simply a thirst quencher as well as eye candy.
Delonilita IDR 34,000
Melon, pineapple, lemon.
Bananaina IDR 38,000
Banana, yogurt, lemon, orange, condensed milk.
Mey-co IDR 35,000
Blue Curacao syrup, kiwi, papaya, mango, soda.
Hevitable IDR 32,000
Spam Katsu／スパムカツ IDR 58,000
We admitted that we took all the liberty to take photos of this beautiful dish and probably took too long, but when we finally had our first bite, it was still as crunchy as it could get, amazing! I enjoyed them as they were as I found them quite salty already, but there was separate dipping sauce prepared that made them even saltier. As an appetizer, this is a great option to be enjoyed with alcoholic drinks.
Ika Natto／イカ納豆 IDR 39,000
The squid slices were very fresh and smooth, while the natto was very enjoyable. Since I am not already a convert (used to dislike natto like, SO MUCH), I wanna say if you don’t like natto, give it a try again and again. XD
Tonpeiyaki／とん平焼き IDR 48,000
Pan-fried omelet with pork filling, this is basically like okonomiyaki served omelet way. Beside pork, we could see cabbage and bean sprouts inside. Taste-wise, it was quite similar with okonomiyaki. The downside was that the cabbage cuts were too thick and they were not cooked until soft. It might be just us, but we prefer a softer and thinner-sliced cabbage for this kind of dish.
Oden Enkai Mori ／おでん宴会盛り IDR 97,000
Claimed as SAKANA’s most favorite and best-selling item, we just couldn’t miss the oden. Oden is considered as Japanese winter dish and is best enjoyed warm. In SAKANA, we can choose 3 types of portion based on the amount of ingredients (3, 6, or 12), and this one is the complete (12 ingredients) version.
What I love about their oden is the simplicity. Yes, oden is indeed a simple stew dish that is served with light broth, but the effect is great, heart-warming dish that is perfect for everyone. The 12 ingredients oden didn’t only look so beautiful (presentation, colors and arrangement), it also brought back a lot of memories and the warmth of homemade dishes, simple as that.
Thanks to this particular visit to SAKANA Delonix, I have been consuming a lot of shabu shabu, nabe, sukiyaki, hot pot -you name it- dishes ever since. I had never been a soup person and prefer grilled stuffs more, since I prefer bold and strong tasted dishes rather than a light-tasted ones.
Good news is everyday from 15-31 October 2015, SAKANA Delonix has the promotion of Shabu Shabu All-You-Can-Eat for IDR 128,000++/person, with beef or pork selection, including rice.
We were so delighted to be able to try this shabu shabu with delicious pork slices that Ako-san (the great master cook of Kawano Group) brought specially for us that day.
And the fresh, colorful vegetables, tofu, mushrooms and noodle.
While I rarely eat shabu shabu with pork as the main meat, I found it surprisingly much more delicious than beef. The pork slices were perfect, not too thin and not too thick, so they were still tender after cooked, very easy to eat.
Must say we totally fell in love to the soup, despite its clear color, the soup was rich and tasty! The mix of sweet and savory flavors really amazed us and it reminded us to the superb soup of Hakusai Nabe from Tontoki. Oh yes, you can always ask the staffs to refill the soup whenever you need it.
Few days after my visit here, I missed this so much and decided to visit SAKANA in MidPlaza for another shabu shabu experience. Too bad I didn’t get the same taste and it was in fact, quite disappointing. So let me tell you something. This shabu shabu is definitely MUST EAT if you happen to visit SAKANA Delonix and you won’t regret it!
Chicken Katsu Curry Udon／チキンカツカレーうどん IDR 72,000
Although the photo probably doesn’t do the judge, the actual serving portion of this udon is quite big. They probably don’t serve the curry udon “the proper way” like we can find in Honzen (another Kawano Group’s joint) where they serve curry udon with tempura and a bowl of rice, but this one is already satisfying the way it is. But again, this is not only “curry udon” but more as “chicken katsu curry udon” so I should not compare them in the first place.
The curry flavor was quite bold with strong aroma and taste, perfectly hit the spot. Love the chewy udon noodle as well as the crunchy katsu and generous spring onions on top!
Sushi Moriawase Hatten／寿司盛り合わせ８点 IDR 98,000
When I was younger, I visited SAKANA MidPlaza for the sake of their high-quality sushi and sashimi. Back then, there were not many authentic Japanese restaurants in Jakarta that serve great sushi and sashimi like nowadays. I think many Indonesians around my age can totally relate to this as we didn’t have many selections back in old days but we were glad we have already had SAKANA since few years ago.
For that very reason, I requested a nigiri sushi platter to remind us all how great SAKANA’s sushi are. The platter consists of 8 different nigiri sushi, arranged beautifully and best enjoyed alone (HAHA!). I was totally mesmerized by the fresh ingredients and well-seasoned sushi rice, just like what I could reminisce from the good ol’ days. If you like good quality sushi and sashimi, SAKANA should always be in your list, period.
Tezukuri Zunda Ice／手創りズンダアイス IDR 22,000
For the dessert, we tried their homemade Zunda Ice, which is made from mashed edamame or young soybeans, served with the real edamame bits as well. The taste was interesting, a mix of edamame and soybean taste which is quite light.
Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream IDR 38,000
Another dessert we tried was a seemingly-heavier one, which was a chocolate brownies served with vanilla ice cream. Surprisingly, the brownies didn’t only taste all sweet but had a nice bitterness infused since they use dark chocolate as well. I really love dark chocolate more than milky ones, and I always find bitter chocolate products are more seducing than sweet ones. The bitterness worked very well with the sweet ice cream, it won’t make you feel sick afterwards!
Overall, we had a pleasant late lunch and stayed for more than 4 hours only to try all these food slowly and enjoy them one by one, LOL. The dishes we tried were good, if not great, and we really had so much fun eating them, especially the shabu shabu. Had never imagined that I could be so hooked to this particular dish like how I am now, who practically hunts every shabu shabu places all around the town lately. XD
Last but not least, thanks for having us SAKANA Delonix, and hopefully we’ll come back soon! <3
*All prices are subject to 10% service charge & 10% government tax
*The Food Escape team are not paid whatsoever for writing this post.
** This review is written based on our visit on 10 October 2015.
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Komplek Sedana Golf KM. 47
Sukaluyu, Teluk Jambe, Karawang Barat
West Java 41361
Ph. +62 267 644370
Weekdays : 05.30 – 09.30
Weekend : 05.30 – 10.00
Lunch: 11.30 – 14.30 (14.00 last order)
Dinner: 18.00 – 22.30 (22.00 last order)
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