Pantai Indah Kapuk is truly worthy of its name – FOOD HEAVEN. There are LOTS of good restaurants clustering over the area, you can literally just go over there and take your pick on the spot.
One of the latest restaurant joining the crowd at PIK is Tsubohachi Izakaya, a restaurant brand that originally came from Hokkaido, Japan. It has over 300 branches all over Japan, and it began to open its first branch in Jakarta less than 3 months ago.
Once I entered the restaurant, the waitress welcomed me with traditional Japanese greeting. The place itself was decorated (obviously) Japanese style. There are some sitting spots made of wooden cubicles for semi-private dining areas if you prefer more privacy. For those of you that bring larger crowd, there is also an open area to accommodate your needs.
Tsubohaci Izakaya specializes in selling Japanese skewers (yakitori), grill, and sashimi. There wasn’t too many sushi choices, but otherwise you can find plenty of other Japanese appetizers, main course, and dessert.
I am quite a picky eater when it comes to sashimi and other raw food. However, because the only sashimi fish that I could accept eating it raw is only salmon sashimi, decided to give this one a try.
Given the price, I thought that it wasn’t too bad. Each portion consists of 7 pieces of salmon belly sashimi. The quality of the salmon belly is not top grade, but you should really spare them this when you take the price into account. In terms of freshness, however, I think it was quite fresh and I enjoyed every slice of it. Of course, the beautiful plating is a bonus point for this dish!
The waitress said that their Kamameshi (pot rice) is one of Tsubohachi’s special, so I decided to order one for myself. Kamameshi is a Japanese pot rice served in a hot iron pot to your table. It was initially half-cooked so you have to wait around 15-20 minutes before you can open the lid and start eating.
I thought it was a unique experience, yet I find that it tastes too bland. The portion was also a bit small considering the price. I do love the fragrance of the Japanese rice cooked using their special Japanese broth (umami) though.
You don’t have to taste it to know that its good. The smoky bacon and lightly marinated enoki sure tastes nice!
I am a true avid cheese lover, thus I can’t miss on not ordering this one. Despite the price, I thought it was quite decent (heey, it’s cheese!). Although it’s a bit too oily, they put plenty of mozarella cheese so I am going to let them pass on this one 😉
Overall I have a pleasant visit at Tsubohachi. Although the price is at the mid-high range, the food tastes decent. Also, considering the area they open their first branch, I think that it is still quite reasonable.