The universe provides. The air we breathe, the ground we walk on, the food we eat. It is up to us, humans, to take care of those gifts, and pass it on to the next generation. Conserve the energy. Make less carbon footprints. Gioi Cookery & Plantery—a new restaurant at Jalan Senopati—practices farm-to-table concept that supports this notion.
Busy South Jakarta, cramped parking space, beautiful facade. From the outside, Gioi looks just like any other restaurant in the area. The hanging lights and the wooden furniture are gorgeous yet typical, but things start to click when you look for the little details.
Besides the regular potted plants, a few rows of hydroponic greens adorn the dining space. The two might not look that different at first, especially because the pipes for the watering system are not visible, hidden behind the pillars. “We source the vegetables from just outside of Jakarta. There are actually a lot more stock back in the kitchen. Just in case we run out of vegetables, we can pick some fresh ones from the rack,” explains Anthony, one of the partners.
The left side of the dining area has a glass ceiling, which reduces the need for artificial lighting. Dozens of rice tampah embellish the wall, keeping the vibes positive with its happy orange color. And that seemingly ordinary wooden chair? Apparently it has a springy rattan cushion. So comfy it deserves a special mention in this review.
Gioi plans to change its menu every a couple of months based on fresh seasonal produce. Focusing on sophisticated South East Asian cuisine, they are currently serving dishes with Indonesian and Thai theme. Think Balado Escargot (a twist on Medanese Kerang Balado) and Prawn & Chicken Herb Salad. Everything tastes fresh, clean, and full of spices. The portion is slightly on the smaller side, especially if they’re aiming for shared family meals.
While farm-to-table concept is a lot more than just using hydroponic plants, and to tear apart every single detail of every meal would be an arduous task, I believe Gioi has its heart set on the right path. It would be interesting to come back in the near future and see what kind of new menus they come up with. Best of luck, Gioi!