Janken pon! The Japanese rock-paper-scissors game is clearly the inspiration behind Rock Paper Scissors Jakarta, a new bistro at The East Tower, Mega Kuningan South Jakarta. Whether you’re good at the game or not, worry not, Rock Paper Scissors Jakarta—often stylized as ROCK PAPR SCSR—will still provide you with good food and drinks. No, they’re not gonna ask you to play before entering. Thank my lucky stars. I’m bad at that game.
Coming from the same group that also manages Bottega Ristorante and Wilshire, Rock Paper Scissors Jakarta differs from its siblings with Yoshoku-style food, a fusion of Japanese and Western cuisine. The food menu is divided into 3 sections: ROCK, PAPR, and SCSR. The first two are leaning towards brunch and lunch, while the last one is gravitating towards dinner. Having said that, everything is available all-day long. The strong Japanese influence in the menu should come as a no surprise, since the head chef, Cla Lisca, used to live in Japan and graduated from Nagoya Culinary School.
Out of all dishes we’ve tried, a couple stands out. First is Tuna Poke Bowl (IDR 95K). This hearty bowl of avocado, poke tuna (Hawaiian-style raw tuna), rice, edamame, and soy sauce tastes light, fresh, yet fulfilling. Not to mention the fun color coalition of red, green, and white. Meanwhile, Deconstructed Shibuya Toast (IDR 79K) is an organized mess on a plate that plays with tried-and-tested texture of honey toast, plus sour berries and vanilla ice cream flavor combination. The inspiration is clear: Shibuya’s ultra busy crossing.
But if you ask me to pick one most memorable feature at Rock Paper Scissors Jakarta, I have to say it’s the cocktails. Seeing Nick Lim, the renowned mixologist from Singapore, in action enhances the experience. One drink in particular will stay in my brain for a long time: Hot Spring (IDR 490K for level 1, IDR 690K for level 2). There’s clever bubble theatrics that instantly reminds you of a too-hot onsen. Fruity flavors of passionfruit, pineapple, lemon, and mango. Tons of alcohol mix. One sip and I already feel like giggling for no reason. What’s not to love?
Not stopping there, Rock Paper Scissors Jakarta has Common Grounds’ Yoshua Tanu behind its coffee bar. With the 60% Toraja Sulotco Washed and 40% Cerrado Washed Brazil beans house blend, my cappuccino tasted rich and provided that jolt of energy. Lots of it. I had cappuccino after the cocktails, which lead to endless chatter and blabber to people around me. Sorry folks. At least I can tell you that here, you will not run out of liquid courage supply.
Food, cocktails, coffee. On top of it all Rock Paper Scissors Jakarta also has great decor. I particularly enjoy the lovely glass ceiling and the faux-grass green wall behind the bar. The place is not too big and smoking is allowed inside, but try to find a slower service hour and I think you’ll find yourself having a good time.
So have you been to Rock Paper Scissors? Any plans of visiting soon? By the way, they have live bands every Wednesday and DJs every Friday and Saturday, in case you want to coincide your visit with the live music ?
Rock Paper Scissors Jakarta (ROCK PAPR SCSR)
Address: The East Tower, Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan Blok E3.2 Kav.1
Price Range: IDR 45-135K (food); IDR 75-690K (alcoholic drinks); IDR 20-60 (non-alcoholic drinks); wine and liquor by the bottle are available.
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