The perfect venue for Valentine’s dinner
Location: Grand Indonesia East Mall, Ground Floor 06-07, Central Jakarta
A year after its grand opening, Nomz Kitchen and Pastry continues to attract Jakartans intrigued by its creation of modern East-meets-West comfort food. Long lines are still often seen outside their door.
Despite an upscale setting and price tag, there’s an earthly feeling you get when you enter the establishment, thanks to the use of exposed brick walls, blue cushioned sofas and wooden tables and chairs.
There’s also curiosity over the much-talked about genius of the restaurant’s Arnold Poernomo, chef and judge on MasterChef Indonesia, and Kim Pangestu, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef.
We got right to business and ordered, as starters, Chinese-style steak tartare. The dish came garnished with salmon roe, crispy shallots, chives and traditional Indonesian crackers with colored edges. Between the crunchy crackers and the chewy tartare, the contrasting textures of the concoction worked very well.
Our main dishes were even more exciting: Milanese veal shanks braised in white wine and broth called ossobuco and, yet another Italian classic, spaghetti vongole, which simply means spaghetti cooked with clams in white wine.
“Veal shank served on top of truf e cream risotto could just be your perfect meal for your romantic date,” said Speak! intern Dara, obviously rooting for the ossobuco. The meat is juicy, the aroma of the truf e inviting, she says. Our other intern Wira, though, prefers the simple spaghetti dish for its texture, garlicky avor and the clams.“They’re serious with the amount of clams they put in the dish.You won’t be disappointed.The clams are also soft and fresh,” she adds.
Topping off our encounter with Nomz, we opted for a dessert called lust, which were layers of jasmine- avored whipped cream, diced watermelon, topped with honeycomb crumbles and infused with vanilla. It did what creamy desserts are supposed to do, though we could do less with the jasmine avor.
At any rate, if it’s the food experience you’re aiming for, Nomz will not fail to impress. Book early to avoid any disappointment.