Published 30 November 2016   


Written by:
Denverino Dante

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The communal dining area of Attarine.

Spice HQ

New dining establishments are mushrooming all over Jakarta. However only a handful can match an exciting concept with stellar food & beverage execution. One company that seems to have hit the right notes in the F&B sphere is the PTT Family- an Indonesian hospitality and lifestyle company behind several well known brands, including Potato Head Beach Club Bali. PTT Family’s latest project in Jakarta is Attarine, which held its grand opening in November 2016. Named after a spice market in Morocco, Attarine serves western cuisines married with the love of spices from the Mediterranean and Asia. After all, their concept is “a casual all-day neighbourhood restaurant serving modern and refined cuisine inspired by the flavours of the Spice Route”.

The Jalan Gunawarman/Senopati area food scene is quite comparable to that of Seminyak in Bali, best described as a melting pot of hip and progressive eateries. From the outside, Attarine looks quite understated with a low canopy and greens covering most of its front. Going inside the venue, guests will find the venue to be one big room with a high ceiling and no pillars. The mood in Attarine is unpretentious, a bit quirky (there is a small car in the middle of the room!) and rather communal with the wooden picnic tables that are set not too far apart. Living up to the spice route theme are jars of various spices stretched on the open kitchen.





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Chef Jacob Burrell and his dishes with Asian and Mediterranean spicing.

The food offering is perfect for those who seek a twist on their common western cuisine. Take the Lamb Shoulder Chops for example. Instead of the common rosemary, basil, thyme, salt and pepper rub, Attarine’s version of Lamb Shoulder Chops is to be cooked with saffron braised onions and garlic and topped with walnuts, olives and pomegranate. Fried chicken? Here it’s served drizzled with spiced coconut nectar. Our favorite dish has to be the fish and beetroot on sourdough toast: fire oven baked rye bread topped with a beetroot mixed with cashew spread and sprinkled with poached fish flakes. If you have a thing for cakes, you’re in for a treat. The cake selection is put on display on the kitchen counter, where you’ll see customers spend a decent amount of time trying to choose the one they are going to go for. The dessert list also incorporates a blend of the west with locally sourced spices and fruits: Farm Carrot Cake (with nutmeg, cinnamon, walnut, lemon cream, cheese frosting), Apple Pie with apples from Malang, East Java, and 70% South Sumatra Dark Chocolate Cake. A popular drink in Attarine is the Jamu Royal, which is a blend of turmeric, tamarind, honey, lemon juice, carrot and ginger beer. Another refreshing drink we must mention is the Green Leaf made of kale, celery, apple, cucumber, lime and a pinch of salt.

Attarine is a home run on taste and experience, and we wouldn’t be surprised if PTT Family were to develop the Attarine brand and open new branches elsewhere.

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