Foie Gras for Shabu Shabu, Anyone?

Just a week after Vue46 opened for public in Jakarta, Les Amis Group Indonesia launched yet another premium dining concept in Jakarta. But this time round, the food is something familiar and relatable to Indonesians: shabu shabu.

Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)

Thanks to the various Shabu Shabu restaurants that already exist in Jakarta for a long time, Indonesians are no longer alien to the concept of d.i.y. cooking of raw meat and vegetables at the table. In fact it has become so popular in Jakarta, that recently the Big Durian saw a spurt growth of all you can eat shabu shabu restaurants, such as the one I visited quite recently. While there are plenty of premium Japanese restaurants offering one-of-a-kind menus and omakase experience, there's not a single one specializing in premium Shabu Shabu, yet...
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Executive Chef Komiyama Minoru at the meat slicer machine
Shabu Shabu Gen, one of the brands under Les Amis Group, opened in Singapore in 2009, and it specializes in serving high end shabu shabu. Seeing the opportunity in the increasingly affluent yet untapped market in Jakarta, this November 2015, Shabu Shabu Gen arrived to cater to the highly niche market.
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
The various types of meat displayed in the chiller (from L-R): Iwate A3 Ribeye & Sirloin, Iwate A5 Ribeye & Sirloin, Hida Wagyu A5 Sirloin from Gifu Perfecture
Located right next to Vue46, on the 46th floor of The Plaza office tower, Shabu Shabu Gen not only promises an entirely new level of shabu shabu dining, but also an unparalleled vista right at the heart of Jakarta. Bear in mind that there's a dress code to be observed, commonly observed at similar high end dining venues. With 32 seating capacity, it would be best to make reservations ahead, so as to secure a good spot.
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)

Curious what a premium shabu shabu is like? at Shabu Shabu Gen, a standard beef Shabu Shabu Set comprises 150 grams of meat of choice (US Beef / Special Beef / Premium Beef), salad, fresh vegetables for cooking and ramen/gohan (rice). Other than beef, there are Wagyu Tongue Set and Foie Gras Set too (WTH!!). Yes, I know, have you ever seen anywhere else offering foie gras for shabu shabu? I have not, but I was about to experience it for the first time...
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
(disclaimer: this is a sampler that was prepared specifically for blog coverage and not an actual presentation of the Set)
So firstly, the staff would serve the various imported sauces and toppings, as well as truffle salt. And then the shabu shabu pot will be prepared at the table top induction stove as well. Unlike at the average shabu shabu restaurants, Shabu Shabu Gen only serves Original broth to cook the meat in. The broth itself is a mild mixture of konbu, katsuoboshi, and other Japanese spices.
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Sauces from left - right: Ponzu, yuzu shio, sesame (goma) miso
Other condiments: Garlic paste, chili paste and spring onions
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Fresh vegetables and salad included in the set
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
The various choice of wagyu meat and foie gras for shabu shabu
(disclaimer: this is a sampler that was prepared specifically for blog coverage and not an actual presentation of the Set)
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Just need to dip the incredibly tender and thin meat slices into the boiling soup a few times, until it reaches this slightly opaque, creme colour.
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Look at that marbling! *gasp!
The meat literally melted in the mouth, and even without dousing the meat in the sauces, they already taste really delicious, sweet and buttery (from the fat). And then, the part that I anticipated most: trying out foie gras for the first time in my life, boiled in shabu shabu soup. The cream coloured lump of liver looked very tender and fragile, so I requested for the staff's assistance, for fear my clumsy hands will destroy it while cooking.

The boiled foie gras has a consistency that's very similar to soft tofu, but it's a lot fattier, so, you might want to be extra careful when picking it up with your chopsticks. Much to my relieve, the foie gras did not have any gamey odour at all (this is what i fear the most about eating liver, I hate the gamey stench!). I dabbed the edges of the foie gras into the truffle salt (just a bit will do). Right upon contact with my tongue, the foie gras immediately melted into this sweet and buttery liquid in my mouth. It felt to good, yet guilty at the same time. I was transported to an entirely different level of foodgasm!
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
The buttery Foie gras, best enjoyed with the truffle salt
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Shabu Shabu Gen Jakarta by Les Amis Group (www.culinarybonanza.com)

With Shabu Shabu Gen's arrival, it has definitely elevated shabu shabu dining in Jakarta to a brand new level. Price wise, indeed, it's not intended for the median consumers, who mostly prefer quantity over quality. For those who value quality over quantity, then Shabu Shabu Gen is where you should go to, especially if you are into one-of-a-kind, premium dining experience.

Prices of Shabu Shabu Set:
US / Special / Premium Beef Set (includes 150gr Beef of choice + Salad + Vegetables + Ramen / Gohan)
IDR 650,000 - 2,350,000/set
Wagyu Tongue Set (includes 80gr wagyu tongue, Salad, Vegetables + Ramen / Gohan) IDR 850,000/set
Foie Gras Set (includes 120gr foie gras, Salad, Vegetables + Ramen / Gohan) IDR 750,000/set

Open Hours:
Lunch : 12 PM - 2.30 PM (Last Order)
Dinner : 6.00 PM – 10.30 PM (Last Order)

Dress Code:
Formal / Smart elegant

*) Prices are subject to Tax & Service Charge
**) Reservation is highly recommended

Shabu Shabu Gen
The Plaza 46th Floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Central Jakarta - 10350
RSVP: +62 812 1212 4646 / +6221 29922246
www.shabu-gen.com


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