How on earth I did not know about Huize Van Wely Kemang until last week is beyond me. But what I know is that this place has almost everything necessary to keep me coming back.
First and foremost, great food prepared by a great Japanese chef. Was lucky to have a sit-down with Chef Hideaki Takahasi himself and share a bit or two on being an expat chef in Jakarta. Having started his career in Jakarta in 1986, one of his golden moment is cooking for Emperor Akihito. Right now, he aims to introduce Kaiseki, a form of Omakase but with an unique twist.
Kaiseki is a combination of food and art.
In Kaiseki, the menu has to be in the odd number, its either 5,7, or 9 course meal. Each set must represent the current season (spring / summer / winter / fall) as well as the chinaware presentation.
Although I didn’t get to taste it on my visit. I did had a wonderful lunch with their Japanese buffet menu. At IDR 250K, I must say, it is worth every penny spent. Two menu speaks to me the most, their Chameshi and Chicken Kuwayaki. The earlier for making a simple fried rice into a feast for the tongue. The edamame topping is one of a kind. As for the latter, nothing beats mildly seasoned & well grilled chicken.
On the dessert section, I found myself going back and forth picking up their Warabi Mochi & Corn Flakes Brulee. They are as scrumptious as they sounds.
I know one visit is not enough to do justice. I can’t wait to try their Kaiseki. Until then, have a good long weekend Jakartans. Pay Huize Van Wely Kemang a visit and let me know what you think.
Your food storyteller,
Huize Van Wely Kemang
Jl. Kemang Raya No 45 AA
Daily 10AM – 10PM