An Englishman will go to great lengths to track down a curry house – even if this means going into one of Jakarta’s most-ostentatious shopping malls, the ridiculously over-the-top and snobby Pacific Place, a refuge from the city’s mayhem for Jakarta’s 1 percent. After finally finding the restaurant tucked away on the fourth floor, I was feeling incredibly peckish and got down to giving our orders.
Ordering a curry here is easy. You specify the type of curry sauce – I chose Rogan Gosh – the type of rice (white, yellow, buttered?), how hot you want it (from mild up to raging hot), and the type of topping (chicken, fish, vegetarian etc). Some variations are possible. You can pay a little extra, for example, to have naan bread instead of rice. The curries promptly came and were soon devoured…
The Restaurant: bright, clean, cheerful, small, not claustrophobic (good views of inside the mall!)
The Taste: for convenience food, the curry was excellent. Not a particularly large serving but the dish was well-presented and quality ingredients were obviously used.
The Service: pretty useless. The waitresses forgot to bring a couple of drinks and were generally inattentive and very slow.
The Price: Very expensive! A curry and a lassi will cost you around Rp120k. The lassi itself costs Rp30k before all sorts of taxes are added. Outrageous. For this price you may as well have the Sunday brunch at Kinara in Kemang – it costs about the same, you can eat as much as you want, and you don’t have to go into Pacific Place shopping mall!
Go Curry - Pacific Place
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52 - 53,
Telp: (021) 5140 2750