Author: Posh Eater
It’s always a pleasure to see a brand new restaurant inside an elite mall such as Plaza Indonesia, so I was interested to taste what Lada Merah has to offer. From the appearance, this spacey Indonesian restaurant has fun and fresh design, simple wooden with dominant colors of green plus the floral antique style floor tiles are an eye catching.
In front of the restaurant were many kind of traditional (and untraditional) snacks for sell. I think it’s pretty smart cause it’ll attract customers who are just passing by. The price for the food are very reasonable for a Plaza Indonesia’s restaurant and I think the taste (judging by my first visit here) was alright to just standard.
Nasi Manado (IDR 25.000): Steam rice with Ayam Woku (Manadonese spicy chicken), Dabu Dabu (Manadonese salsa), sayur daun pepaya (papaya leaves), perkedel jagung (corn fritters),and lalapan (salad). The chicken was cooked well,overall the dish was very tasty.
Empal Goreng (IDR 30.000): Sweet Fried Beef with Coriander.
Gado Gado (IDR 27.000): Indonesian style salad with boiled mix veggies, fried tofu and peanut sauce, served with kerupuk (fried crackers). The Gado Gado here was just average.
Tahu Goreng (2 pieces- IDR 9000): Fried tofu.
Tempe Mendoan (2 pieces-IDR 9000): Thinly sliced Tempe (soy bean cake), battered and deep fried quickly resulting in limp texture.
Nasi Uduk (IDR 8000): Indonesian style steamed rice cooked in coconut milk. The rice was just ordinary, need more taste.
Kangkung Balacan (IDR 27.000): Water spinach stir-fried with chili pepper, garlic, ginger, dried shrimp paste (balacan/terasi) and other spices.
Es Tropis (IDR 24.000): Alpukat /Avocado, Cincau/black jelly,tape/fermentation cassava, Kolang Kaling/ Palm fruit in sugar preserves, Nata de coco (chewy, translucent, jelly-like food product produced by the fermentation of coconut water), Nanas/Pineapple, Kelapa muda/ young coconut meat, Nangka/ jackfruit and syrup on ice shavings.
Es Duren Kacang Merah (IDR 39.000): Durian meat plus cooked red bean on ice with condensed milk and syrup. Good Durian,but terrible tasting beans.
Lada MerahPlaza Indonesia LB 27-27A Jl.MH Thamrin Kav 28-30. Jakarta, Indonesia Phone: (021) 29923854