A good movie is awesome, but it’s even better when it generates an equally enjoyable sequel. You see the same core characters acting a new plot line. It’s possible to enjoy each of them separately, but viewers will compare the two and have different preferences. With its recently-launched new menus, Potato Head’s Attarine Jakarta does just that.
Interspersed between old favorites are new dishes that result from listening to hundreds of feedbacks over the past ten months. The newbies still feature quirky comfort food with bold seasonings, but there’s a new sense of familiarity that some people might find lacking in Attarine 1.0.
The two pasta dishes are testaments to that. While spaghetti and fettuccine can be found almost everywhere, bucatini and gnocchi are not ordinary sighting at other restaurants. Bucatini Pasta + Crab serves up tube-shaped pasta with braised fennel, dried chili, and crab abon. The star of the dish is the fragrant crab abon. Being accustomed with beef abon, one would expect a certain flavor but end up tasting another. Meanwhile, Pumpkin Gnocchi + Shredded Duck presents soft, pillowy pasta with braised savory duck leg. Both are generous in portion and ladies with regular appetite might want to share between friends to be able to fit more dishes.
The starters are also as interesting as the mains. Jackfruit on Sourdough Toast is, true to its name, a slow-cooked young jackfruit served with citrus bbq sauce. The jackfruit is sweet with a kick of acidity, and not mushy, providing a nice balance to the crusty part of the sourdough. If jackfruit is not your thing, opt for Wood-Fired Flatbread with Burrata Cheese. The soft texture and subtle flavor of burrata cheese complements the sweet profile of tomato jam, bringing the best out of each other.
Each person in our group of three have different opinions on which dish we would go back for. This reflects the all-roundedness Attarine Jakarta is trying to achieve with its revamped menu. It’s inevitable that some people would miss Attarine 1.0, but take a closer look and you’ll see that Attarine 2.0 is carrying the same torch.
Besides the menu, the rest of Attarine Jakarta is still the same. The vintage light green Fiat remains in the middle of the space, the almost-tropical vibe stays, and the hospitality is as wonderful as always. Do come to Attarine and give their new menus a go. Savor it as much as you can, because it’s a sure thing that Attarine will continue to evolve and present diners with more sequels in the future.
Address: Jalan Gunawarman No. 11A, South Jakarta
Current Price Range: IDR 30-245K (Food); IDR 25-300K (Beverage); Spirits by the bottle are also available
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