Living in the southern part of Jakarta, I barely ever venture to the northern part to eat or hang out. If you’re a fellow Jakartan or you’ve been to the capital you would understand why. There is never a day without traffic jam anywhere and it is particularly arduous on a Friday or Saturday night . It is wise to stay within your district and to avoid going into central areas after 7pm and between 4-7pm if you have less than 3 people in a car. If you do, just be prepared to spend 45 minutes to 2 hours in the car. Thus, my Northern Jakartan friends have been persuading us South and West people to go to their area to no avail. That is, until a few months ago. At least for me.
It changed when thecook took me to one of her friends’ restaurants located in PIK, Pantai Indah Kapuk. Alarming but true, that November was the first time I ate in the area. The surroundings were new to me but what I find interesting was the restaurant’s location. The restaurant was located in a shophouse (ruko) that was part of a row of other shophouses that stretches for probably a few hundred meters long and all full of places to eat. There was also another identical row on the opposite side of the road. In effect, you have tens of restaurants of various cuisines within a short distance. So two weeks ago, when another friend suggested trying another restaurant in the area, I’m in.
One of the newer restaurants in the area is a place called Beatrice Quarters and it was on a Friday night that I made my way there. Travelling from the West area, I was afraid that traffic would be bad. Surprisingly, my driver navigated through the streets to enable us to arrive in the restaurant within 30 minutes. Travel tip: from Kebon Jeruk take the new Puri-Pluit toll but u-turn at the Airport (yes Soekarno Hatta Airport) to exit directly at PIK. The Pluit exit of the toll is more jammed.
The ten of us couldn’t get a booking inside a restaurant so we were placed in the foyer. Although there was no air-con, the place was very breezy. The decor was also very playful though slightly girly. Correctly named, the place reminded me a lot of a toy house a little girl would play in. The French phrases on the wall, the cartoon drawings on the table and in the menu were cute. It was also funny to find that you can buy the menu for IDR 2,500,000 (written on the last page). Service in the restaurant was alright but being outside made it slightly harder to order.
I didn’t know what to expect when it came to the food. I thought the menu would contain standard Western fair but it turned out that the specialty of the restaurant was rice pizza. I’m not kidding. None of us have tried it before and we ordered three different types to compare.
Chicken Teriyaki Rice Pizza (IDR 60,000)
Meat Lover Rice Pizza (IDR 75,000)
Beef Teriyaki Rice Pizza (IDR 65,000)
The rice pizza tastes a lot like Hong Kong style baked rice without an overwhelming amount of bechamel sauce. The amount of cheese was just nice to make it moist but also crispy. Out of the three, the chicken teriyaki was the best. You could taste the chicken through the rice and condiments. The meat lover was strange – pepperoni and rice just don’t go together.
We were also intrigued by the Carbonara Fried Rice.
Carbonara Fried Rice (IDR 30,000)
Perhaps inspired by the concept of omurice on Japanese curry, this dish sadly missed the mark. The fried rice under the egg was under-seasoned and the ‘Carbonara’ sauce did not do anything to it. After four consecutive rice dishes, we were all very glad when the fried chicken wings came.
Ever since En Dining introduced the original honey bread, restaurants have been popping up everywhere following the idea. BQ is one of them and they have a wide variety of flavors to choose from. We ordered the Strawberry one.
Strawberry Jewels Honey Toast
Although the buttercream and plate decorations look pretty, the ice cream wasn’t very good and the yeast taste was slightly too strong in the bread.
However, the overall experience at BQ was alright. I like that the place has a laid-back casual feeling and you can spend hours after your meal to chat and catch up. People still come in to eat around 9pm and they don’t place any restrictions on the length of your reservation. Would I go back again? Probably, when I’m craving for hearty baked rice or when I want to take friends to eat adventurous food. Though next time, it is perhaps wiser to order more poultry or fish selections to balance out the rice.
Price $ – $$
Jalan Marina Ruko Crown Blok B/26
Bukit Golf Mediterania, Pantai Indah Kapuk,
Jakarta 11470, Indonesia
Tel: + 62 813 2215 7245