“Hey, do you think we can eat more food?”
—Me, with a 90% full tummy, after eating a bowl of donburi and X number of sushi
BM, also known as banyak mau, or glutton, seems to be the theme at Dotonbori PIK Avenue. After all, seeing rows of affordable Japanese food has the same effect to me as online shopping. It reduces the capacity of my adult brain into a two-year old’s, incapable of thinking of anything else but want. Not good, not good. IDR 59K for a row of Salmon Sashimi is such a steal after all.
Dotonbori is the shiny new mall’s foodcourt that is dedicated to Japanese food. The name is a nod to Osaka’s world-famous Dotonbori area, a street filled with Kansai culinary wonders. While you won’t be able to find any fugu fish, Dotonbori PIK Avenue offers more than 10 big outlets and some smaller ones (think taiyaki-shaped ice cream and takoyaki), all selling Japanese food. The big outlets include Donburi Ichiya, Shigeru, Hanako Sushi Bar, and Kin No Tori Kara.
Here’s a tip to (possibly) control glutton: pick a rice dish before you eat anything else. Thankfully Donburi Ichiya is available to answer our call. While you can fully customize your rice bowl, we opted for one of their signature dishes: Ontama Yakitori. The grilled chicken had strong charred taste, giving the dish an overall tinge of bitterness. While it was balanced by the creamy egg yolk and garlic butter sauce, the flavors might still come off as too strong for some people. Wanderbites Team liked it though!
Somewhat satiated, next on the table was sushi. The packed assorted sushi is filled with 10 full-sized sushi, 8 maki, and 1 tamago. That many and it only costs a cool IDR 59K. Additional Kikkoman soy sauce is sold separately, IDR 1K per 3ml pack. Everything was quite fresh and the taste was pretty good, especially considering the price.
Full but not yet extremely full, couldn’t help but buying some skewered goodness (kushiage) at Shigeru. Every item is individually priced and I had a hard time containing myself to choose only a few. But I had to. Because there was no more room for more food. Not even for that really cute ice cream I had been eyeing. Oh well. There’s always next time.
Overall, Dotonbori PIK Avenue is a nicely themed affordable foodcourt that responds to the ever-growing love of Japanese food in Jakarta. Not everything is authentically Nippon, but it surely carries the spirit of the real Dotonbori: good Japanese food that will make people happy.
Dotonbori PIK Avenue
Address: PIK Avenue, 2nd Floor
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