Miyagi is a fine Japanese restaurant concept managed by Arena Corps, a leading restaurant group in Indonesia who operates Penang Bistro, Seribu Rasa, Hongkong Café, etc. Miyagi itself has 2 outlets; located at Gandaria City & Lotte Shopping Avenue, and I just heard that they're going to open a new outlet at Lippo Mall Puri. "Classy" was my first impression as I walked into the restaurant.
Putien is a humble Chinese restaurant, which serves tasty, simple, yet heart-warming comfort food. No doubt they have many outlets in Asia, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Hongkong, Shanghai, Taiwan, and Guangzhou. Until now, they only have one outlet in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta at Sawah Besar area. Good news for you is they've just renovated their restaurant and changed their concept to be more modern.
Portico Terrace Bistro by Opco is located at Senayan City Ground Floor, you can easily find it because its location which is near the front lobby, with extensive glass design. First impression is the place has a good ambience even though the non-smoking area isn't too big. The semi-outdoor and outdoor area are for the smoking one, and both area have more eye-catching terrace theme interior, which makes you feel comfortable to chill or just have chit chat with your friends.
Karami Ontama Abura Soba (72k). Abura soba with spicy miso sauce, served with hald-boiled egg, chopped spring onions, sesame seeds, bamboo shoots, dried seaweed, and slices of tender roast pork or chicken (I totally recommended the roast pork). There's a rule how to eat abura soba: first add 2 rounds of vinegar and 2 rounds of chili oil, then mix the noodle in quick circular motion, last eat while it's hot. Don't take a picture too long, because it's best consumed while it's hot! I love the noodle texture, along with the creamy taste. Look at that sexy egg! YUM. Yamatoten abura soba is still one of my favorite soba in Jakarta. Let's see is there any competitor coming up?
Yamatoten Abura Soba
Senayan City, Lower Ground Floor
Ph: 021- 7278 1632
Grand Indonesia East Mall, Ground Floor
Ph: 021- 23580807
Ruko Garden House PIK, Blok A no. 12
Ph: 021- 29033342
Hard Rock Café isn't a new comer, it's famous for its unique restaurant theme, as a hard-rock music café. Honestly that was my first time visiting them at Pacific Place, since it used to be located at the closed shopping mall; EX Plaza Indonesia. My first impression was that the café is quite spacious with lots of rock music things and decoration, also a live music stage with drums and instruments.
Few days ago, I had lunch at a well-known shabu-shabu restaurant located at 30th floor of Graha Mandiri Building, named Yakoya. Yakoya also has 2 other outlets; Kelapa Gading & Arteri Pondok Indah. As you can see from my photos above, the restaurant has an awesome view of Jakarta skyline that makes your lunch more enjoyable!
Another hang-out place located at North Jakarta, De Ploeit Café. If you're passing by Pluit Selatan road, then you probably recognize a building named De Ploeit Centrale, just opposite Toyota showroom. There's a humble café with indoor and outdoor (for smoking) area on the 2nd floor of the building. Well, let's check it out!
Birdcage isn't a new comer in café and restaurant areas. I've passed their café few times when I was in Wijaya area but never pay a visit before. Until few days ago, I visited them with my mom to give a try. FYI, it's located at Wijaya strategic street, opposite of SMPN 12. My first impression is that the place is surrounded by glasses but not similar enough with the real birdcage. Nevertheless, I think their concept is quite decent. The weather was nice on that day, and when I sat on the sofa near the glasses, it looked like I was in Puncak or Bandung or any shady places. So cozy! I thought I'd sleep on that sofa.