Last week 21st August 2015 was a very special day for us, because it was our 11th Anniversary. We took a day off having quality time and enjoyed each other’s company and had an amazing anniversary dinner at Namaaz Dining, a molecular gastronomy restaurant in Jakarta.
We’ve been together for 11 years and now we have problem in remembering what gifts we gave to each other in every special moments such as anniversary, birthday, etc. Therefore I need to write down this year’s anniversary gifts we gave to each other.
In the early morning, Mr. Jajan surprised me with a box of beautiful bloom box, filled pastel color flowers and macarons just the way I like, the macarons were delicious and sweet just as sweet as Mr. Jajan. While for me, I chose a set of coffee equipments for him to explore his new hobby and interest in grinding and brewing his own coffee.
Out of topic for a while, there is one thing that I would like to clarify, all of our blog posts are based on our experience and personal taste. Therefore we cannot guarantee you get the same experience at every places we visited and reviewed because everyone has a different personal taste, also flavor and quality consistency in Food & Beverage industry is not easy to maintained. So I hope all of us can support each other and respect each other’s opinion. Okay, let’s move back to Namaaz.
I got lots of question about Namaaz Dining, I guess many of you are curious about it? During our dinner, I recorded sooo many snapchat posts simply because they didn’t have any menu list or explanation so the only way I could remember the details of our dinner was by recording video so I can share it with you.
Namaaz Dining is the first molecular gastronomy restaurant in Indonesia where you can enjoy a set of 17 course of dishes cooked with molecular gastronomy technique for around 2-3 hours. Namaaz always serves their dish in a unique theme in every season where each season lasts for 6 – 8 months. During our visit, the theme is ‘Childhood’ where they bring a nostalgic childhood memories into delicious dishes. They will move to the next season this October 2015 with ‘Favorite’ theme where they combine customer’s favorite dishes from the first to fifth seasons.
FYI, it is located at Gunawarman street right across Woot Coffee or Martabak Boss Gunawarman. In order to dine in Namaaz, you have to make a reservation first on their website, namaazdining.com. The space is quite limited because they only accommodate 28 seats every night so we highly recommend you to make a reservation well in advance.
Dining at Namaaz cost IDR 1.155.000 per pax. There are three time slots for you to choose, 18.30, 19.00 or 19.30.
Each dish will be served personally by the chefs, they will explain the philosophy and ingredients of each dish also instruction on how to eat it.
The first dish that looks like a set of stationeries was actually an ‘Opor Ayam’ (Javanese Chicken Curry). You have to roll the ‘paper’ with all ingredients in order to enjoy it, and it tasted literally similar with ‘opor’. The paper was kinda similar with rice cake or ‘ketupat’ flavor.
Green Spot Soda
Citrus flavored soda with classic old school design.
Mie Anak Mas
This dish is inspired by the nostalgic ‘Anak Mas’ noodle snack. You can see the crispy noodle complete with a bag of seasoning. It is consist of ‘sambal goreng hati’ or chicken liver cooked in chilli sauce topped with crunchy noodle while the seasoning plastic bag is actually edible and you have to shred and sprinkle it over the noodle. The ‘sambal goreng hati’ was da bomb! Sooo good and seasoned very well.
Hearty red bean soup with haw flakes or ‘sanca’ candy, the thin round shaped candy we used to enjoy when we were small. So nostalgic!
Do you still remember having these cigarette shaped candy? These cigarettes were made from frozen marshmallow and popcorn wrapped in sugar paper while the cigarette ash in the ashtray was made from black sesame and ‘terasi’ or shrimp paste. They will froze the cigarette in front of you so you can enjoy the fake cigarette with smoke effect.
Nasi Bakar Ikan Peda
This black alien thing is inspired by Space Invader game from Atari and it is actually ‘nasi bakar ikan peda’ or baked rice with salted ‘peda’ fish served with crackers or ‘kerupuk’ thorns and sous vide egg yolk. One of my favorite dishes because it tasted literally similar with Indonesian baked rice, so flavorful and aromatic.
Non alcohol signature drink from Jakarta made from ginger, lemongrass and spices. They added a flower that I used to play with and suck the honey from the center of the flower. Nostalgic!
Snail racing is a very common game for children especially boys in earlier times, this is where they get the inspiration for this dish. Inside the shell they added squid and rice noodle while ingredients on top of the spoon are spicy ‘setan’ chili and sauce. Mix and eat all ingredients in one spoon itself was made from cracker or ‘kerupuk’.
Donut and tea anyone?? Well, don’t get fooled by its shape because it is actually ‘rawon’ a strong rich tasting traditional Indonesian beef black soup. Mix until all the materials become soluble including the tea bag and voila! a cup of ‘rawon’ complete with beef and bean sprouts.
Traditional steamed fish or ‘pepes ikan’ in cold salad form. The tender fish was seasoned by stirring the fish on top of huge salt board while they froze the ‘pepes’ seasoning.
Deep fried juicy chicken with ‘balado’ chili seasoning coated with crushed frozen peas and shaped like a swing using crunchy deep fried ‘pete’ or stinky beans skin.
Ikan Asam Pade
Elastic mochi with ‘tongkol’ fish and scallop filling drizzled with spicy yet sour ‘asam pade’ sauce.
A can of rice with homemade corned beef with egg yolk. The corned beef itself was marinated for 10 days and cooked for 60 hours, while egg yolk was cooked in perfection creamy and melty, this dish was absolutely delicious and satisfying!
Es Krim & Dodol
Silky smooth homemade vanilla ice cream topped with crumbles, poprock candy and ‘telur cicak’ candy served with toothpaste. Nahhh.. just kidding, the mini tooth paste was filled with glorious sweet yet salty ‘dodol’ or Indonesian sweet toffee-like confection. So good!!
Black sticky rice with mango and milk sauce. Do you still remember this classic milky candy with rabbit mascot?? They cleverly dilute the candy into milk for this dish, love it!
Homemade marshmallow coated with pineapple juice and star anise sprinkled with ‘kue cubit’ crumbles. Cute but didn’t taste memorable for us.
Balonku Ada Lima
“Balonku ada lima, rupa rupa warnanya…, meletus balon hijau hatiku sangat kacau~~” do you still remember this song about balloon?? This was the finale dish, where we have to blow a green balloon made from melted sugar, smashed and sprinkle it on top of other ‘balloons’. The other ballons were sweet juice covered with delicate thin layer of coating that will literally pop in your mouth (red = ginger, blue= pandan, yellow = star anise and purple = soursop). Perfect and fun way to end our dinner!
Overall, dining at Namaaz was memorable and we had a great time both in the food and experience. It was a fun dining indeed. Let’s dine!
Jl. Gunawarman No. 42
Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
DKI Jakarta 12110, Indonesia
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