For foodies in Jakarta, the name Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) would spark the image of endless rows of restaurants, bakeries, cafes, eateries from casual to fine dining, with some selling specialty / niche goods, to a place that offers anything under the sun.
But anyway, away from the centre of hubbub and bustle at the main street food of PIK, there's a new section, or a row of shophouses currently being developed. One has to go further inside to access this part of PIK. From the rate of construction and development, I can tell this stretch is going to be alive and bustling pretty soon. One of the earliest settler at this new stretch is a new Indonesian Restaurant named Pala Adas.
|Pala Adas Indonesian Bistro|
The name Pala Adas is actually the names for two Indonesian spices: nutmeg and aniseed, both are common ingredients used in Indonesian cuisine. The concept of Pala Adas is a casual Indonesian dining, but with a twist.
As it is located in the predominately Chinese Indonesian residential area, thus you can find Non-Halal dishes on the menu. Pala Adas stands out from the crowd and thus captures the existing niche market that has been deprived of their porky fix.
The VenueUpon entering the restaurant, you will be greeted by an eclectic interior, mostly dark wood and raw red bricks adorned with vintage ornaments and thingamabobs. Overall, it feels like stepping inside the house of an old Peranakan family, as one can tell the marriage of Malay and Chinese elements inside.
The Food & Drinks
Having a meal at Pala Adas is most recommended to be shared, preferably with a big group. Here's what we had for lunch sometime ago (all of the following dishes are flawless, absolutely recommended!):
Bebek Cabe Ijo - half a duck, deep fried and served with Indonesian green chili. I have not been a huge fan of duck as the meat tend to have strong gamey odour, but since this is one of the signature dishes of Pala Adas, it would be an offense to not give it a try. The duck was not overly crispy, but the meat is so tender and odourless!
Gulai Singkong - cassava leaves cooked in thin coconut gravy.
Sate Pala Adas - beef on skewers, grilled and covered in 'serundeng' or slightly sweet, spiced coconut flakes.
|Left: Bebek Cabe Ijo IDR 78,000 (half duck)|
Right: Gulai Singkong IDR 18,000 and Sate Pala Adas IDR 30,000 (3 pcs)
Iga Babi Tiga Rasa - This is another must-order item at Pala Adas, pork ribs cooked and served in 3 different ways and sauces: Rica-Rica (sweet & spicy), Cabe Ijo (green chili) and Hitam Manis (sweet soy sauce). It's hard to pick which of the three styles are my favourite, as each of them have their own appeals, but sweet-toothed me would like to champion the rica-rica pork ribs if I really have to choose one.
Sup Buntut - tender oxtail soup in spiced broth.
Nasi Pandan Pala Adas - slightly savoury screwpine fragrant rice. Rather than order white rice (come on, don't be boring!), I'd go for the wildest option: green rice. If they have purple rice, I would probably order that one LOL!
|Iga Babi Tiga Rasa IDR 158,000|
|Left: Sup Buntut 78,000|
Right: Nasi Pandan Pala Adas
Gurame Matah - fried gouramy fish served with fresh Balinese sambal 'matah', it's crispy to the fins!
Nasi Merah - brown rice, a healthier option for those who needs carb but is on a diet.
Sambal Cobek Pedas - be warned, this little devil packs a hell lot of punch! Just a little scoop of this sambal, should last you several scoops of rice. I wouldn't want to end up visiting the toilet after my meal here, so I would take caution and eat the sambal moderately to accompany the main dishes.
|Gurame Matah IDR 72,000|
|Left: Nasi Merah IDR 8,000|
Right: Sambal Cobek Pedas IDR 5,000
Dessert at Pala Adas is a no-brainer affair. After trying 3 out of its 13 dessert items, I can safely say that whatever you choose, they would turn out fine! Here are what we had:
Kolak Pala Adas - an Indonesian dessert, which is basically warm coconut milk soup with chunks of banana, sweet yam and palm fruits.
Banana Pala Adas - banana with chocolate rice and condensed milk, who can resist that combo?
Es Kacang Merah - a bowl of shaved ice, topped with thin coconut milk, mung beans and red beans.
|Kolak IDR 18,000|
|Left: Avocado Coffee IDR 38,000|
Right: Es Kacang Merah IDR 18,000
|Banana Pala Adas IDR 25,000|
|Left: Healthy Juice 20,000|
Right: Tropical Dragon IDR 30,000
Pala Adas pretty much nailed it in the taste department in my personal opinion, which is quite impressive, considering this is the first F&B venture of the owners. The dishes are well executed, presented and seasoned to appeal to the Indonesian market who love bold flavours. You must be joking if you're not tempted to come here after reading this post!
Open Hours: 11 AM - 10 PM (Daily)
Pala Adas Indonesian Bistro
JL. Elang Laut Boulevard No. 8, 9, 10 (click to open in Google Maps)
Pantai Indah Kapuk - North Jakarta
Ph: +6221 29219129