Up In Smoke

Exquisite Taste - - Best Casual Dining : Jakarta -

Like any other great sto­ries, Up In Smoke was born out of some bets and com­pe­ti­tions be­tween two good friends over who could smoke and grill meat the best. The rit­ual re­sulted in too much smoked meat to eat, and be­fore long, mas­ter­minds

Justin Su­marta and Zachary Nice had es­tab­lished a catering ser­vice and were grac­ing the pop-up scene in Jakarta – mak­ing a name among the car­niv­o­rous crowd. For­tu­nately for all of us, the fre­quent ques­tion of “When are you open­ing a restau­rant?” fi­nally nudged the guys to open Up In Smoke in the dy­namic area of Jakarta's Mega Kuningan.

The restau­rant has a stylish, mod­ern de­sign that's also com­fort­able and un­pre­ten­tious at the same time, with a spa­cious out­door area, where you can find oc­ca­sional movies or footie matches be­ing screened and have a good time with a big group of friends. In­side, the fo­cal point is the open kitchen where the rock stars are: two smok­ing ma­chines and the cus­tom-made griller – the scent of de­li­cious deca­dence is in the air.

The menu drips with juicy meaty good­ness, like the smoked brisket with a sig­na­ture sauce and shishito pep­per and the suc­cu­lent grilled rib­eye served with baby po­ta­toes, spinach and chimichurri. That said, don't miss out on the non-meat dishes, such as the ri­cotta toast with honey, thyme and home­made ri­cotta, and the flavour­fully fes­tive grilled broc­coli with pick­led gold raisins, spiced cashews and romesco sauce. On the white meat side, the smoked chicken with

Alabama white sauce is not to be missed.

Take it easy as Up In Smoke of­fers the most sin­fully scrump­tious desserts, like the to-die-for ba­nana cream pie. The bar also serves metic­u­lously con­cocted cock­tails, great for sun­set cel­e­bra­tions or a well-de­served night­cap. To sum up, Up In Smoke is where qual­ity food and drinks and great at­mos­phere are com­bined. Per­fect for a night out with the cheeky en­tourage on Sat­ur­day night and a qual­ity lunch with the fam­ily on Sun­day noon.


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