[Jakarta] It is not difficult to find Padang and Sundanese eateries in Jakarta, ranging from street stalls, to posh restaurants.
However, there is one local cuisine that could be lacking in the capital – Balinese.
If you are searching for Balinese food in the capital city, I would recommend Putu Made by the Boga Group.
Located on the fifth floor of Senayan City Mall in South Jakarta, Putu Made believes in keeping the philosophy of Basa Genep – the concept of balanced-comprising main ingredients such as galangal, turmeric, ginger, and kaempferia galanga or known as aromatic ginger.
To ensure that the restaurant delivers authentic Balinese flavours to the capital, Putu Made ships most of their spices and herbs from the island itself.
The highlight of the interior is the large “Barong” (mythical creature in the mythology of Bali) mural painting and the live grill station inspired by the famous seafood restaurants at Jimbaran, Bali.
Here, diners can take a “sneak peek” at what is being prepared, ranging from fresh seafood to fresh meats, all of which are grilled using coconut husk, to get that smoky aroma.
Putu Made’s signature dish is Bebek Betutu (IDR 235K, SGD23.50), a slow-roasted whole duck which is considered one of Bali’s most famous dish.
It contains of a whole duck stuffed with herbs and spices, wrapped with dried palm leaves, then steamed for 5 hours until the meat is tender and soft.
Sure enough, the duck meat was really soft and tender – probably the softest duck meat I tried.
However, in terms of seasonings it was on the bland side, though thankfully there was some sambal to go along.
The Putu Made Seafood Platter (IDR 550k, SGD55) consists of coconut husk-grilled barramundi, prawns, squid and Balinese crab soup, plecing kangkung and trio sambal(s) – bongkot, klungkung and kelapa.
The fish was fresh and soft, grilled using coconut husk which brought upon an enticing aroma.
Personally, I think that the Lidah Sapi Bumbu Asin (IDR 129k, SGD12.90), the dish of salty beef tongue to be the highlight of the meal – thick cuts, juicy and tender, especially when dipped into the lime salt.
Other dishes include Sate Kambing – Mutton Satay (IDR 85k, SGD8.50), Perkedel Jagung – Corn Fritters and (IDR 35k, SGD3.50); and Coconut Grilled Ayam KlungKlung (IDR 150k, SGD15.00).
The famous crispy duck dish of Ubud Bebek Goreng (IDR 115k, SGD11.50) was executed well – crispy, yet tender on the inside with addictive sambal matah.
As for the Nasi Goreng Bumbu Pangi (IDR 75k, SGD7.50), this is the first time that I see Nasi Goreng include “kluwak” or “buah keluak” – a type of black nut as the base ingredients.
This results in dark grains of rice, might not appealing to look at, but the aroma from the kluwak and the lamb meat truly complemented each other.
End the meal with some dessert of Es Cendol Durian (IDR 39k, SGD 3.90) and Es Libo (IDR 25k, SGD 2.50) drink included with cucumber, basil seed and lime juice.
A simple yet refreshing drink, this is the perfect combination to freshen up after all those heaty and spicy dishes.
Although Putu Made is a Balinese restaurant, they do serves various Indonesian cuisines such as Sundanese and Manado.
While some of the dishes could do with more flavours and spices, Putu Made is considered reasonably priced with fresh seafood, generous portion, and comfortable ambience.
Senayan City Level 5, Jl. Asia Afrika, Senayan, Jakarta Pusat 10270
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Putu Made
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* Written by DFD͛’s Jakarta Food Correspondent @iknowhowtoeat who loves exploring NEW food places in both Indonesia and Singapore. DFD pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.