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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.