Barong Bar

JJK e-magazine - - RESTAURANT REVIEW -

First and fore­most, barong Bar is a cocktail bar. You don’t get many of those in Jakarta that of­fers both qual­ity drinks and food. The at­mos­phere leans to­wards the mas­cu­line side, with dimly lit light­ing ac­cen­tu­ated by dark wood colours. You’ll feel as if you’re in an up­scale busi­ness club in Lon­don rather than Jakarta. That said, Barong Bar does of­fer a num­ber of food items within a sin­gle-page menu, and an even more ex­ten­sive drinks list com­plete with sig­na­ture cock­tails and all-time favourites. If you’re look­ing for gut-bust­ing meals that will fill you to the brim, Barong Bar may not be the place for you. How­ever, if you want a va­ri­ety of small plates while en­joy­ing some of the most de­li­cious cock­tails in Jakarta, then you’re in the right place. Get­ting down to busi­ness, we first or­dered cock­tails in the form of the Clover Club and a ver­sion of whiskey sour. The bar­tenders could be seen in ac­tion be­hind the counter, and it was ap­par­ent that th­ese guys knew how to make a good drink – they even cre­ate their own bit­ters. This im­pres­sion was con­firmed upon the first sip of the whiskey sour. It was chilled to per­fec­tion with the right amount of sour­ness and sweet­ness. More im­por­tantly, it didn’t taste bland like so many whiskey sours else­where. Ev­ery gulp was as ex­cit­ing as the first, and that’s not eas­ily achieved. Our sec­ond drink – the Clover Club – was a mix of gin, rasp­berry, lemon, and egg whites.

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