Izakaya Kai, Pluit Jakarta

Reporting live, one of THE most talked about restaurants in town – Izakaya Kai at pluit! The modern Japanese izakaya is owned by a famous power couple – chef Adhika Maxi and pastry chef Karen Carlotta, so expect to get both your sweet and savory tooth get satiated!

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Izakaya Kai is a 2-storey Japanese restaurant, each carrying a different concept of its own. The first floor was geared towards modern Japanese-western restaurant and a small glass counter featuring some of chef Karen Carlotta’s signature desserts. The second floor serves various traditional Japanese cuisines. The decor and concept matches the type of food they serve.

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Chawanmushi – IDR35,000++

I’ve never missed not ordering Chawanmushi at a Japanese restaurant. The Chawanmushi is a traditional Japanese appetizer of steamed and savory egg custard, filled with various fillings such as chicken, prawn, mushrooms, fish cakes,-etc.

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Chawanmushi – IDR35,000++
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Chawanmushi – IDR35,000++

This particular chawanmushi is more watery than most of the many chawanmushi I’ve ever tasted. However, setting aside the sky-high price they charged you for this mini-bomb, it was a pleasing appetizer indeed.

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It tastes very mild and light, the egg custard was very soft that it melts in your mouth. The filling wasn’t too generous, but I didn’t mind too much of it.

Saikoro Steak (IDR125,000++) set menu (additional IDR30,000++)

The Saikoro steak was served and sold separately on its own for IDR125,000++. If you’d like to make it a full set meal, you’ll have to add IDR30,000+ which already includes rice, soup, and pickles set.

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Saikoro steak set menu
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Saikoro steak set menu

For a plain steak costing you IDR125,000++ (without set menu), the portion was very small – only 6 to 8 pieces of diced beef. However, it tastes quite nice. The steak was very tender and seasoned at a perfect level.

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Brioche Bao – IDR35,000++

I’ve heard a lot of people saying that this is a must try item at Izakaya Kai, yet it had proven itself to be an overstatement. I am not sure what they are trying to interpret, a brioche, or a traditional bao? Either way, it failed to serve any of the purposes.

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Brioche Bao – IDR35,000++
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Brioche Bao – IDR35,000++
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Brioche Bao

The bread was not moist and soft like a bao, it was dry and too airy. In addition, for a piece of bao priced this much, I imagined that the filling should be very generous and fresh. However, the pork stuffed inside doesn’t taste fresh, it’s like stuffing frozen salted egg and pork meatball inside a bread. Definitely not worth it.

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Chocolate red velvet – IDR60,000++/slice

This was undoubtedly one of the most talked about and ‘hype’ dessert in town right now, and it surely wasn’t an overstatement at all. Even though it’s a dessert, an avid dessert lover such as myself wouldn’t mind considering this as a main dish after a mediocre-to-below expectation of the food tasted above.

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Chocolate Red Velvet Cake – IDR60,000++
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Chocolate Red Velvet Cake – IDR60,000++

It was packed full of moist and dense chocolate with a generous mix of rum. Each serving slice was quite big. Even though there’s a lot of chocolate, it wasn’t overwhelming at all as it’s almost like dark chocolate. I really love the rum fragrance because it really makes it tastes much more sophisticated – a job well done indeed!

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Overall the food wasn’t bad at all, but the price does makes it not worth it. Portions are comparatively small and there’s not a lot of food variations over here. I would suggest just trying the chocolate red velvet cake if you come here.

Izakaya Kai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Jl. Pluit Kencana No.59, Pluit, Jakarta

 

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