Green is GOOD

Asia Dreams - - GOURMET -

Amidst the lush and tran­quil Dharmawangsa area, Ivy Restau­rant of­fers visi­tors a respite from the con­crete jun­gle of Jakarta, ply­ing them with com­fort foods and won­der­ful con­coc­tions.

Res­i­dents of South Jakarta will be fa­mil­iar with pic­turesque Ta­man Kura Kura. Over­grown with ver­dant clumps of green­ery, com­plete with large gen­er­ous paved walk­ing paths and quirky tur­tle adorn­ments, the oa­sis of green­ery is pop­u­lar amongst pet own­ers and jog­gers alike ea­ger for a spot of fresh air and some light ex­er­cise. Oc­cu­py­ing an en­vi­able po­si­tion op­po­site Ta­man Kura Kura, Ivy Restau­rant has been a warm and wel­com­ing space pop­u­lar with visi­tors look­ing for a bite af­ter their rou­tine trek about the park.

The restau­rant's main din­ing area is bright and cheery, with stun­ning floor to ceil­ing win­dows al­low­ing plenty of nat­u­ral light and daz­zling views of green­ery. El­e­gant hazel­nut ta­ble tops are ac­com­pa­nied by er­gonomic mod­ernistic chairs and banks of cushy saloon booths com­plete with plush squishy pil­lows wel­come visi­tors to sink in and bask in the comfy space. Am­bi­ent booth lights and modern ceil­ing lamps il­lu­mi­nate the clean white space. Taste­ful geo­met­ric wooden floor­ing and Zen monochromic il­lus­tra­tions round off the min­i­mal­ist dé­cor.

Visi­tors with a thirst for a re­fresh­ing pick-me-up can look to Ivy's bar, where they can pull up one of the hand­some bar stools. The hole-in-the-wall cutesy bar spe­cialises in clas­sic cock­tails such as the zesty Old Fash­ioned, re­fresh­ing Mo­jito and charm­ing Man­hat­tan. Guests with more ad­ven­tur­ous tastes can try

the Ivy White Choco­late Mar­tini or zesty Ivy Gim­let cour­tesy of Ivy Restau­rant's mixol­o­gists. A taste­ful se­lec­tion of in­ter­na­tional beers, wines and spirits is also avail­able for pa­trons look­ing for straight, hard drinks to end a bustling work week in style. Guests will be pleased to know that Ivy Restau­rant is of­fer­ing a gen­er­ous 1 for 1 cock­tail pro­mo­tion, avail­able dur­ing the restau­rant's happy hour daily from 4PM to 7PM.

Pop­u­lar amongst pet own­ers, Ivy Restau­rant's pet-friendly out­doors seat­ing of­fers open air views of Ta­man Kura Kura. On any given day, visi­tors may be treated to the pres­ence of charm­ingly po­lite Mal­tese, cul­tured Poo­dles or docile baby Pugs seated with their own­ers, tak­ing a breather af­ter their rou­tine ex­er­tions while their own­ers en­joy light snacks and drinks.

Sump­tu­ous Western clas­sics and com­fort­ing Asian se­lec­tions grace Ivy Restau­rant's com­pre­hen­sive menu.

For starters, the clas­sic Cae­sar salad is a pop­u­lar item among the health con­scious. Gor­geous fresh leaves of ro­maine let­tuce are dressed with gen­er­ous slices of shaved parmesan, ac­com­pa­nied by home­made Ar­me­nian lavosh bread and fin­ished with a per­fectly soft-boiled or­ganic egg.

For those look­ing for a lo­cal twist on a starter, the Tempe Goreng comes highly rec­om­mended by the chef – thinly sliced crispy soy­bean cakes are fried to golden per­fec­tion and served with sweet soy sauce and a choice of fresh chilli or tan­ta­lis­ing house­made sam­bal matah. Guests crav­ing some­thing hearty are urged to try Ivy Laksa. The com­fort­ing bowl of co­conut curried udon is ac­com­pa­nied by slices of lus­cious fish cake, springy fish ball and a gen­er­ous help­ing of prawns. Lo­cals who need their rice fix can try the udang bakar madu – juicy large tiger prawns grilled to sticky unc­tu­ous per­fec­tion with honey, served with a hearty por­tion of steamed white rice and a side of sam­bal matah.

IVY RESTAU­RANT

Jalan Braw­i­jaya II No. 48, Dharmawangsa, Jakarta 12160, In­done­sia

(+62) 21 726 5766

Ivy laksa

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