While the building is being renovated, Sudirman Place (soon to be renamed), still has a good reason for us to go there. FRV has a lunch in a Spanish way at La Tapas: late and delicious.
There are plenty of choices for Italian pasta, French cuisine, American steaks, Asian rice and noodles, and all the predictable dishes around town, but there is a place in Jakarta that only serves a one-of-its-kind gourmet: La Tapas.
Former hotelier Alex Jovanovich and his comrades are spreading a new concept for Jakartans: the tapas lifestyle—small servings that can be grouped together with other dishes to create a whole meal or a snack, if you didn’t know already. The place to kick back and enjoy good food with a price that won’t upset your Visa bill is located in Central Jakarta, basement of Sudirman Place, at the back of Bali Deli. This hiden place is discreet and dimmed. Yet, it has a vibrant pulse pumping from its main attraction: the blazing bar, considered to be the longest in the city.
The long and narrow venue is set with dining tables on one side and the bar on the other. The intimate theme is perfect for all-day grazing, accompanied with select wines from the cellar, and good friends.
Opened in mid 2006, La Tapas has been the talk of the town ever since. The buzz is around the warm concept, the friendly ambience, and of course, the good food.
Cheese Platter (Rp 40K) is a favorite starting point. The threesome of brie, cambozola and emmental comes in the right portion. Tortilla Espanola (Rp 18K) is a good choice. Served cold or hot, this Spanish omelet is cooked in the traditional way with potatoes and onions.
Escaping the vegetarian tapas row, the Gambas a la Plancha (Rp 22K) is a must. This portion of hot grilled prawns quickly fills and indulges any gourmet-junkie. Get a little harder with Albondigas (Rp 20K), the hot meat balls in tomato. The carnivorous meal couldn’t get any better.
Food combiners can also order cold Rucola con Queso Parmesan salad (Rp 18K). Refreshing Rucola salad served with shaved parmesan can slip between the meat fiesta. Also, check out the Special Chef’s Creation; Mejillones Rellenos (fried stuffed mussel in shell, Rp 20K), Vieiras con Salsa (scallop with spicy tomato salsa, Rp 22), Pinchos de Cordero con Romero (lamb brochettes with spiced herbs and Rosemary, Rp 22), Pimentos con Queso (grilled paprika with fetta cheese, Rp 18), and many enticing petite gourmet.
La Tapas has a list of signature drinks consisting of must-tries only. And to do them one by one is another reason to stay late in the bar.
Open Daily: 11am – 12 midnight
Happy Hour Fri & Sat 4 – 7pm
Sudirman Place, Lower Ground Floor, Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav. 1 Jakarta.
T: +62 21 30030530