With F&B businesses burgeoning out like wildfire, I know I won’t be able to keep up. So I go back to the classics.
Sumire is one of the few restaurants in Jakarta I’ve loved since I was a kid. My parents used to take us here a lot for a very particular reason you’ll find out in a minute.
While I’m not sure how long the place has been around, I’m guessing it has stood as long as the whole Plaza Indonesia complex, which is about the same as how long I’ve lived. So you do the math – longstanding = legit.
Come to think of it, I’ve never tried Sumire’s teppanyaki dining before, which is the set it’s famed for. I can’t speak for that, but after revisiting the restaurant recently to dine a la carte, I can say that the SUPREME quality (not exaggerating, 100% truth, absolute honesty) hasn’t changed a bit, especially when compared to the average high-end Japanese restaurants in Jakarta.
Unfortunately I was too hungry to jot down the menu items for the blog (I was pondering whether to blog this or not while taking the pictures), so I hope to encourage you to come taste ’em for yourself through le pics ;)
This is one big sashimi set with super fresh, thick, and fatty fish to top off your vinegared rice, seaweed, and giant, popping fish roe. You know that I don’t usually eat white rice because it’s refined and high GI, but gosh, anyone who loves a good, sticky sushi rice would devour this – it’s like it’s pampered in the vinegar during the coating process.
Also, did I mention how chubby the sashimi servings are? It’s been so long since I last tasted sashimi this thick. All that fat was divine.
We also had a nigiri set. Equally fresh and glorious as the sashimi set, and I guess through this picture you can see just how fatty the roes are. They’re cooling they enter your mouth and pops lots of its juices while you’re chewing inside. Everything here is so fine I have nothing to complain … except that I want a fattier salmon! (the tuna was extremely thick though).
This is something I just ordered to give it a try, but ended up disliking it. Not for its taste per se, but it’s just that you’re facing something challenging on your plate. I was tempted so many times to just use my hands to take out the meat, but it’s a yellowfin cheek, and cooked yellowfins aren’t exactly the fluffy type like dory (though I love yellowfins when they’re raw).
It was fine if you love cooked fish and those fish that has a more grainy texture, but don’t bet on it if you’re too lazy to eat with your hands (I managed to eat enough of it by constantly pulling it out while my boyfriend holds the other end of the fish down. Nobody on our table eat it until my brother arrived starving and finished it all till there’s only bones). It was some meaty cheeks for sure, but just not my type of fish -_-“
Now, the best part of the night … GINDARA TERIYAKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This still won over the one from my other all-time favorite Japanese restaurant, Miyama. The bomb is the fleshiest, pudgiest, and most blubbery gindara in my life (yes, in my life) and it’s the sole reason why I always come back to Sumire.
We ordered 2 servings of it, even though 1 serving is around 6-8 ounces and tagged at IDR 200,000+. Trust me, every rupiah was worth it. The teriyaki sauce was also worth a mention, as you find most Japanese restaurants sweeten it up and either make it more liquid-y or terribly viscous, yet tasteless. This one’s just perfection.
And no, I’m not overstating it. Nice is someone offering you a gum as to perfection is a hot babe licking you like a candy.
Before you think I’m completely biased, it’s not all Cloud No. 9 at Sumire. One of the biggest issues (and most widely reported issue) is their service. They portray a huge exclusivity to their brand that you won’t get any seat if you don’t make a reservation first (do it here or call them; see number below). Secondly, on my visit, service was super slow. We had to ask for tea refills at least 3 times before anyone comes to our table with a teapot. To be fair, it was a Sunday night and there were many people, but still you won’t let a customer make a request thrice and still call yourself a good enough service provider, right?
I guess quality food has its price. And speaking of price, be prepared to spend anywhere around IDR 1,000,000 to IDR 2,000,000 for 2 to feel full if you opt for the a la carte dining. Obviously it’s not that they come in tiny servings like you’d get in fine dining restaurants, just that their stuff is so good you can’t stop gobbling.
M – S Lunch 12:00pm – 03:00pm
M – S Dinner 06:00pm – 11:00pm
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