The Big Durian is a hotbed for diners designed for friends who are just looking to hang. Coffee shops, beer bars, and day-to-night luncheonettes scatter throughout all four corners of Jakarta. People would come day in and day out and hang for hours, catching up with each other’s busy lives.
While the city’s central offers a smorgasbord of chic fusion bistros, the understated POSTE has won my heart since day one.
POSTE, or “post office” in French, has been around since October 2008, although they redesigned their space into the present bohemian semblance back in late 2010. Taste and quality still remains top-notch, considering they’ve been standing relatively long. For some reason, each and every one of my previous visits have always been at night. Perhaps it’s the live performances they tend to have in here or just the slightly more amorous ambiance when dusk falls, but what I love most is that it’s one of the coziest nests around Mega Kuningan to which I don’t have to dress up too much :p
It’s not homey per se, but there’s an eclectic touch that is both inviting for expats and locals alike.
10 likes the place as much as I do. We’ve only gotten around to keep talking about how we mean to come back, but work, time, and Jakarta’s traffic play huge factors for us to finally make it. So this time, we had a pleasant brunch date while looking out at the recent moody weather outside.
For starters, we had a delectable set of Mushroom Sfoglia, or “puff pastry tart filled with a medley of seasonal mushrooms” as written on the menu. This may seem like a simple dish, but just as much as I’ve grown to trust the house cook on quality maintenance, I believe in the taste of their dishes despite how modest they look. I love how zesty the juices of the mushroom chunks are, how they oozes out of the flaky tart as you chew. For the sensitive tongues like me, you’ll love the balanced contrast between the shrivels and the slithers.
Now this … is what we came here for – POSTE’s Aglio e Olio.
I can’t really pinpoint what’s so different about this Aglio e Olio compared to the plethora out there, but there’s definitely lots of capers and tiny chili flakes mingling around these delicate strands to dress it all up. Perhaps they took longer to cook the spaghetti till it’s this silky (and I prefer it that way compared to al dente), and you just can’t compare with anything that’s based on a garlic-infused olive oil.
While you have five meaty selections to complement the Aglio e Olio, I think we can all agree that clams are practically a natural match to this classic dish. You have a choice of:
- salmon (IDR 80,000)
- prawn (IDR 80,000)
- white clams (IDR 65,000)
- turkey bacon (IDR 65,000)
- chicken (IDR 65,000)
Given that we’re such a carb-loving couple, one pasta dish is never enough. I initially ordered a bowl of Truffle Pasta. It had a ‘recommended’ mark on it on the menu, and my gut was already picturing the taste of a super creamy, super oily, parmesan-rich angel hair palate … when the waiter came back and told us they were out of it
So I swapped my carb cravings to the Slash & Burn Snapper, a surprisingly sumptuous set of butter rice and baked snapper – stuffed with roasted chili paste.
The snapper was sooo supple and soft – trickles of the buttery goodness would gush out on every slice of the fish. Rice was practically butter-soaked, so it adds a whole load more cushion to the already velvety fish.
Come to think of it, anything that’s warm, gooey, and comfortable is an instant crush for my taste. While this snapper is neither marked as ‘recommended’ nor the most popular entrées at POSTE, I’d highly recommend the fatty stuff for you – whether you’re carnivorous or a vegetarian. It’s a major lush, and probably heavenly when you’re having the cravings for comfort food
POSTE: Kitchen & Bar
The East Building
Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan Kav E-3.2 No. 1
Jakarta Pusat 12950
(021) 2554 2707
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M-Th 11:00am – 12:00am
F 11:00am – 02:00am
Sa 10:00am – 02:00am
S 10:00am – 12:00am
S-Sa Brunch 10:00am – 03:00pm