Ippudo is one of the copious new restaurants in town that I’ve been wanting to try. I’ve heard good things about the joint from LA and Singapore residents, and when the first Ippudo joint opened in Indonesia about 3-4 months ago, crowds were lining up at the storefront like swarms. How can you not be curious?
Now that the hype has died down, there wasn’t any more lines, and you don’t even have to reserve a seat (which is a normal thing in some of the most beloved ramen joints in Jakarta). So we finally try it out.
Grand Indonesia is one of those malls that keeps the booming F&B industry alive: This year, they’ve decided to replace a spacious fountain area with the popular Japanese pasta chain, Popolamama.
A portmanteau of popolare and mama, the 1995-established chain aims to bring the popular Italian notion that the best foods are those made by mothers – freshly homemade, crafted with care, and delightfully filled with love.
So there’s a fairly-upscale, billiard-equipped, trending new space opened 3 weeks ago in Pantai Indah Kapuk (Yeap, another one).
The space covers 2 separate business joints, with one offering your meals and another a bar for enjoying ice creams. It’s located right beside Optik Melawai, so you’ll find it on the street parallel to Tekko, Leko, and Sate Khas Senayan.
By now I’m sure you’re no stranger to Kitchenette, one of the few hot spots in town that are still hot. Part of the reason is because it’s owned by local F&B giant Ismaya Group. They’ve been tested through time and budding groups of competitors in recent years, but the group only continues to grow because they’ve done a great job at keeping up with quality standards.
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.