Kila Kila by Akasya

JJK e-magazine - - RESTAURANT REVIEW -

If you’ve been liv­ing in jakarta long enough and have made enough rounds at­tend­ing wed­dings or cor­po­rate events, there’s a high prob­a­bil­ity you’re now fa­mil­iar with a cater­ing ser­vice called Akasya. Af­ter they achieved great suc­cess and recog­ni­tion, some time ago the cater­ing ser­vice ex­panded their op­er­a­tions by open­ing nu­mer­ous small restau­rants-slash-cafe­te­rias around the city. Ear­lier last month, the well-re­garded com­pany fi­nally opened a full-fledged res­tau­rant named Kila Kila by Akasya that’s si­t­u­ated right across Pa­cific Place Mall in the SCBD dis­trict. Given their track record, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore peo­ple can en­joy their favourite foods at any time of the day that are typ­i­cally only avail­able through ban­quet pack­ages. We de­cided to visit Kila Kila dur­ing lunch time on a business day. As ex­pected, the place was filled to the brim with busi­ness­peo­ple tak­ing a break from their daily rou­tines. The res­tau­rant it­self is perched on the top floor of a seven-storey build­ing, mean­ing you do get a pretty de­cent view of the sur­round­ing area –al­though the smok­ing area mainly gets a view of the mall’s con­crete façade right across the road. Af­ter be­ing shown to our ta­ble, we were promptly brought the menu and im­me­di­ately mar­velled at the se­lec­tion of dishes. Hav­ing gone through nu­mer­ous events with Akasya as the caterer, I could iden­tify a few dishes that are fa­mil­iar and of­ten fea­tured in their buf­fet spreads. It didn’t take long for us to de­cide on the dishes we wanted to or­der and be­cause it’s an In­done­sian res­tau­rant at its core, we or­dered nu­mer­ous dishes to share. From the first pages of the menu, the ayam bumbu ru­jak (chicken with ru­jak sauce) caught our eye. Not hold­ing back, we ex­panded our se­lec­tion by or­der­ing the li­dah cabe hi­jau (beef tongue with green chili), tahu ke­cap (tofu with

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