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~
Recently, I had my first En Dining experience in 4 years. 4 years!! There used to be a branch (and the only one at that time) at eX Plaza Indonesia, and it was my go-to Japanese restaurant whenever I hang out at the mall. But since the mall extension has been removed, here I am again revisiting the quality goods at the other En branch in Jakarta.
Figured if I want to live a long life on earth, I should be eating at En often. The establishment specializes in serving delicacies from Okinawa Island, the star blue zone of the few blue zones in the world. I dropped by during lunchtime, and the sun rays was penetrating through the glass walls. It made the overall ambiance indoors quite divine. Don’t worry about UV rays, as the seatings are cupped with light wood all over – there are even some spacious VIP tatami rooms further inside. Believe me, this interior was one of the most relaxing and comfortable ambiances I’ve immersed myself into in a while.
For starters, we had the Maguro Yukke (IDR 48,000), or tuna tartar with quail egg.
It was perfection. The tuna was super fresh and meaty, zested thoroughly and served in generous portion. The accompanying ingredients were also served just to the right amount (nori, green onions, sesame seeds and shisamo leaves), and I just love how the rawness of it all felt glossy after I blended the mixture with the quail egg. By far the best tuna tartare I’ve ever tasted – I’m serious. Simplicity is hard to execute, so it shows that the sous chef here has done a good job preserving the quality of this dish.
For our sushi, we had the unagi foie gras roll (IDR 350,000).
It’s not that I’m a big fan of unagi or what1, but anything written “foie gras” on the menu will catch my eye. And let me tell you, this doesn’t come as cheap as your regular sushi around town, but it’s 300% worth it, 100% guarantee if you’re a biggie on either freshwater eels and/or fatty livers. Again, I can’t say anymore on how I’m impressed with the quality ingredients they serve even though they are a chain restaurant. I’ve had flavorless foie gras and overcooked crispy eels too many times in Jakarta, even in luxury dining. No wonder they put a high price on its tag, and every rupiah I’ve spent on these rolls were so worth my coma.
And then my food coma continued on to the hotate hokkaiyaki (IDR 135,000). It’s ‘spicy mayo Hokkaido scallops and crab stick gratin’.
Again, this was beyond my expectations, although none so far can compete the unagi foie gras roll. Expectations: Tiny scallops even though the menu says “Hokkaido scallops”, messy and overflowing nearing-expiry-date mayo, and too much hot sauce, as many Japanese restaurants in town serve when they say “spicy”. But every time you expect the worst out of things, you get good stuff. Not the freshest hotate mentaiko I’ve had in my life, but definitely a fresh taste to this traditional dish, what with the potato gratin and some crab roe added among the creamy mayo. Luscious.
Since we’ve been spending on small (but filling!) dishes so far, we had the okonomiyaki (IDR 58,000) to have our bellies full.
It was a downfall by now since I had my climax at unagi foie gras roll. Not that this isn’t good, but you can spend your ~IDR 60,000 on something else. As you can see, it was a thin okonomiyaki. I was expecting it to be choked with seafood and cabbage, but all I taste is the pancake itself. To be fair, there’s plenty of noodles integrated onto the bottom of the pancake, so that’s filling. But it lacks richness and flavor as there weren’t a lot of seasoning, except for the classic ingredients (mayo, tonkatsu sauce, katsuobushi and beni shoga).
On my way to the loo, which was super cool because the camouflaged door reminded me of Tatemukai‘s entrance, I spotted this display. I suppose you can always trust Zomato when it comes to listing the restaurants in town with actual good food. In another the next 4 years, I know I will still be dining at En.
Have you tried their stuff?
En Japanese Dining
Jl. Asia Afrika Lot 19
Crystal Lagoon, LG floor
Jakarta Pusat 10270
+62 (0)21 7278 1603
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M – S 10:00am – 11:00pm
Plaza Indonesia, 3rd floor
Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 28-30
Jakarta Pusat 10350
+62 (0)21 3199 0203