Author: Posh Eater
I’ve seen and tasted quite a number of Spanish/Tapas restaurants in Jakarta, but just learned about its story recently. Believe it or not, the common house-fly was the inspiration for the Tapas phenomenon. Somewhere around the Kingdom of Castile and Galicia-Spain, patrons drinking at the bar used to be bothered by flies crash-landing into their wine, so they cover their glass with coasters. As the tradition grows, the chef would place the cardboard plate with a cut of meat or cheese and so the Spanish hors d’oeuvre was born.
Basque is the newest addition of Jakarta’s Tapas and Wine destination. Located on 8th floor of a new office building in Mega Kuningan area, the hall leading to Basque was still very much dusty and smelled like paint fumes. I was relieved to see that the restaurant looks grand and most importantly, ready to serve. Most of the place looks like a wine cellar, with exposed brick walls and long bar in the middle, but the most eye catching was the glass house like seating area with large dome shaped windows.
If you’re curious about the menu, Basque doesn’t just serve Spanish food, they also have Italian and plenty of Indonesian cuisine. But I was more interesting of their signature menus, so I ordered some of their Tapas:
Basque Cured Beef (IDR 40.000): Smoked beef tenderloin, preserved with salt. Doesn’t look too appetizing is it? But don’t judge the book by its cover, cause the beef was light, salty, fragrant and delicious.
Gamba Ajillo (IDR 60.000): This Spanish style Shimeji mushroom and shrimp with garlic oil, burst with flavor. The shrimps were in generous amount and cooked perfectly.
Cobb Salad (IDR 85.000): Mixed salad with chicken breast, smoked salmon, Gorgonzola cheese and honey mustard dressing. Presented with elegance, as you can see the colorful veggies they use. The mix of honey mustard and cheese made this salad so creamy and the crunchy tortillas added the texture.
Seafood Paella (IDR 195.000): Most famous Spanish rice dish, this one has the finest ingredients of king prawns, mussels, bany squid and smoked salmon. The rice was full of flavor, rich and nourishing, with deep zest from thr broth. Wonderful!
Parque De Pannacotta (IDR 50.000): Pannacotta might sound and look boring, but this one was different. It has a light texture, strong vanilla bean flavor, and works well with the sweet and sour Passion fruit, crunchy cocoa tuiles and crumbs of spinach sable, beet and Praline.
Tarta De Nutty Chocolate (IDR 60.000): Mixed nut, hazelnut meal, chocolate, caramel sauce, yoghurt and crumble. Served with Rosemary ice cream. Similar to pie, but with much firmer chocolate cake. The cake itself was a little flat and boring. The Rosemary ice cream stole the show with powerful and unique flavor.
Picollo (IDR 35.000): Spanish baby Latte or Ristretto shot, topped with warm silky milk, served in small cup.
It goes without saying that the food here was highly executed. I saw many people ordered the local dishes too, which sparked my interest. Well, I guess we’ll have to wait for my next visit to try them all.
Noble House Building
Jl. Mega Kuningan 8th Floor No.2
Kuningan – South Jakarta
Phone: (021) 2978 3111 / 2978 3112
Mon – Sun 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM