Keep Calm ... and Eat

DA MAN - - Eats+drinks -

In a time where flam­boy­ancy and flair can some­times beat qual­ity, we need more restau­rants like

( Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav 52-53, Lot 18 Parc Place, Jakarta; +62 822 1020 0200). With a phi­los­o­phy cen­tered on “no frills” and “straight to the point” Bird­man fo­cuses sim­ply on top-tier Ja­panese food. Con­cep­tu­al­ized as a “dif­fer­ent take of mod­ern Izakaya”—think in­for­mal Ja­panese Gas­tropub—the de­sign of the place is min­i­mal­ist with heavy grey ac­cents. This de­sign, in turn, was jux­ta­posed with their fla­vor­ful food, such as its as­sorted skew­ers grilled over Ja­panese Binchō­tan char­coal, which un­doubt­edly is the high­light of the house. Other prom­i­nent dishes in­clude the Bird­man Te­bagyo and Un­agi Rice Pot Takikomi, which tastes splen­didly rich and pro­found. It goes with­out say­ing that Bird­man is a per­fect rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what ca­sual din­ing should be like.

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