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New favorite: Genki Sushi at Empo

 

Disclaimer: This is my review of the food served during my visit. Keep in mind that taste may change over time, depending on the restaurant’s consistency. Just keep munching~


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Can I just say that it’s difficult to find a good Japanese restaurant in North Jakarta? At least, ones that serves mainly sushi, but also tastes close to those made by the true hands of a Japanese. I’ve become increasingly complacent over the years, but since the opening of a new Genki Sushi branch here1 in the neighborhood, we Northerners finally have a go-to place to get some authentic Japanese.

My favorite food since childhood have always been Japanese. I’ve always loved the private feel of the dining experience (you know how you always accidentally look at the people from the table across yours in restaurants and they thought you’re a creep? Yeah …) and how neat the foodstuffs are served on your plate. But in an increasingly globalized world, you can’t escape from the fact that foods brought to your nation from other cultures would inevitably be served differently, mostly tailored to the locals’ taste and preferences. For one thing, I don’t like chili, not because it doesn’t taste good but because it’s the source of most of my digestive problems. I don’t want another case of bad diarrhea, so I tend to avoid it. Yet, it’s not difficult to find local Japanese restaurants that claims itself as “authentic”, yet they have sushis prepared with sambal and/or unvinegared rice. My complacency has led me to other “localized” foods, namely Italian pastas. But hey … I’m rambling too much here. You get my point – Genki Sushi is the place to go if you want good sushi, a more intimate setting, and, yes, what the Japanese food chain is famous for: It’s moving conveyor belts (hence its kaitenzushi label).

On this day that I brought my DSLR, it was surprisingly a full house. The first time I was here we were a party of 5 and we didn’t need a waiting list.

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You place your order(s) on the tablet. There’s even a charger on your table that is meant to charge the tablet if the battery’s running low, but whenever we come here we always use it to charge our smartphones xD

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This is where you get your warm water for your tea. There’s a matcha green tea powder along with the spices provided on every table. So yeap, definitely not for washing your hands.

Maki

Beef Cheese Roll
This is one killer. I don’t normally like meat, as you may know if you’re a longtime reader, but as a sucker for dairy, this is naturally my treat … and here I thought the umaminess in beef can never go well with anything other than rosemary. Cheese solves everything.

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Genki Roll
This was okay. I have no idea what’s the meat in the roll, but what’s important is the produce was fresh and the raw salmon was served relatively thick. Best to order when you don’t know what to order anymore but still hungry.

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Nigiri

Negitoro Negi Layu
This doesn’t look much like a star, but we ordered this 3 times. 3 TIMES!!!! It’s raw toro drenched in so much sesame oil, it can’t balance itself on top of the rice. Seriously. You have to try this thing to see what I mean. Plus, you can’t get toro at this size this cheap anywhere else in Jakarta … trust me.

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Tuna
I’ve never seen a tuna nigiri served at such generous portion. I mean, seriously, look at that tuna (compared to the rice)!?! I mean, it’s so vibrant and fat I can grow a second skin just by looking at it, and it tasted a thousand times fresher than those thin slices you see in most other Japanese restaurants.

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Scallop Carpaccio
Non-scallop lover will not necessary enjoy this (my beau made me have all of it), but if you love scallops, you’ll like the good mix of acidity and fresh-from-the-sea taste, plus good ol’ rice vinegar down below the carpaccio. I wish the scallop is bigger.

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Sashimi

Fattiest Tuna
OH MY GOD CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW FAT THIS TUNA IS?!!!?!?! YOU HAVE TO PAY A THREE-DIGIT THOUSAND RUPIAH TO GET THIS SERVING OF SASHIMI AROUND TOWN, BUT OH MY GOD I LUUUURRRVVVE HOW FAT AND HOW THICK THIS IS. GOD IS SO GOOD AND YOU GET IT IN THIS PORTION!!! (COMPARED TO THE SUSHI SERVINGS YOU’VE SEEN SO FAR) AND NO, AS LONG AS I’M COMMENTING ON THIS BUNDLE OF FAT I WON’T STOP GOING ALL CAPS LOCK ON YOU. THIS IS LIKE %^&*(*&^%$#@#$%^&^%$%^&)(*&^%RTFTRE#$^%&IYT   T________T

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Dessert

Mochi Chocolate Ice Cream
On my first visit I had the Mochi Taro. These two desserts are the recommended items on the menu, so instead of going for the taro again I tried this one. It was great – not too sweet, not too mushy, very melt-in-your mouth once it’s defrosted. So you have plenty of time to take good pictures until the mochi turns soft. Yet I still recommend the taro one better, because chocolate does get old :s

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The only downside of everything? Well, you only get so much in one serving. But that’s like most good Japanese restaurants out there, right? Come taste for yourself :)

 
 
 

Genki Sushi


Penjaringan
Emporium Pluit Mall
Jl. Pluit Selatan Raya
Jakarta Utara 14440
+62 (0)21 6667 6465
www.genkisushi.co.jp

Operating hours:

M – S 10:00am – 10:00pm

 

Other location(s) in Jakarta:

Senayan
Plaza Senayan
SOGO Basement Floor, Food Hall
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8
Jakarta Selatan 10270
+62 (0)21 5790 0063
 
 
 
 
 


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  1. the first one’s in Plaza Senayan []
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