Like theeater, one of my top favorite foods is a juicy piece of steak. With many western restaurants popping up in Jakarta, you can find a few decent steaks here and there. But where would you go for AMAZING steak? There used to be Y grill. This place served the only grade 9+ marbled wagyu in the country. When brought to you, the meat was raw on a sizzling hot stone. Its quality was phenomenal that you need only grill it for a few minutes and eat it with salt and pepper. The set menu also always featured a new creative amuse bouche and the dessert was ice cream with pashmak – Persian candy floss. It was heavenly…alas not so for the price. Hence, 2011 waved good-bye to the restaurant and it was closed permanently.
These days, if you’re in the mood for steak, the place to go is Angus House. Of course, you can’t compare the quality of the meat to Y grill but this Japanese style steak house carries good cuts of US beef and prepares them well. It has also been around for ages. It was really popular back in the mid to late 1990s but died down during the mid 2000s due to the numerous number of new comers. However, in the past few years, they made several changes to the menu and opened a new branch right in one of the city’s busiest malls. That put the restaurant back on the map.
Located in one corner of the 4th floor, you wouldn’t think of the mall once you enter the restaurant. The minimalist decor, low lighting and smartly dressed waiters give it a semi fine dining feel. You can also hear the crackle and sizzle of the open grill, smell the sweet aroma of the char and upon walking further see the action for yourselves. This has always been a characteristic of the restaurant. Waiters are also friendly and the wait between courses is not too long.
Italian Foccacia and French Baguette
They have broadened the set menu to include dessert, added a few more types of white bread to the selection and introduced foie gras and oysters as appetizers. Unfortunately, there was nothing special about the appetizer, salad and soup of the set menu and all three dishes tasted a bit bland to me. I recommend ordering appetizers a la carte.
Pan-seared foie gras (IDR 125.000 for 50g)
One appetizer worth trying is the foie gras with cranberry sauce and soft brioche. This dish was better than I expected. Like other good renditions, the thickness of the cut was just nice and it has a crispy outer layer.
Sea Urchin and Scallops Spaghetti
What many people don’t know is that this restaurant also serves one of the best Japanese style pasta. The pasta has been on the menu since the opening of the restaurant in 1993, long before the recent Japanese pasta craze. A favorite of my family’s is the Sea Urchin and Scallops Spaghetti. The sea urchin is worked into the sauce, making it thick, flavorful but lighter than cream-based sauces. It goes well with soft scallops and the salty seaweed.
US Beef Tenderloin – (IDR 255.000 for 150g set meal)
The main highlight of the meal is still the steak. The juiciest cut is the sirloin but if you are looking to cut down on fat, opt for the tenderloin. It is best to eat the steak medium rare or medium but the restaurant caters to many levels of doneness and you can also have it cooked medium well – the most popular choice for most Indonesians.
From the top: Banana Cake, Mango Panna Cotta, Chocolate Macaron, Taro Creme Brulee
The new dessert platter included in the set also brings many surprises. The banana cake was moist and dense and the taro flavor was strong enough to surface through the caramelized sugar. I thought the plating was really pretty and eye-catching.
I enjoyed rediscovering the newer Angus House and would gladly go back for steak and other flavors of its Japanese spaghetti. The original branch of the restaurant is also still open on the 26th floor of Chase Plaza and this is where you want to go if you want a more romantic ambience or a breath-taking view of the CBD.
Angus House Charcoal Steak
Senayan City #04-48
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 19
Tel: + 62 21 7278 1588
Chase Plaza, 25th floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 20-21
Tel: +62 21 570 0198