Following its success in Plaza Senayan, Pasta House AW Kitchen by Akira Watanabe has recently opened second outlet in Plaza Indonesia second floor.
Originated from Tokyo, Pasta House AW Kitchen in Indonesia is an exclusive collaboration between Jaddi Foods and Japan’s celebrity chef Akira Watanabe.
Italian style pasta has been popular in Japan since the post war period, since then Italian and Japanese fusion dishes have gained its popularity in Japan, there are lots of unique and innovative Japanese-Italian fusion dishes that can be found in Japan including in Pasta House AW Kitchen by chef Akira Watanabe.
AW Kitchen outlet in Indonesia is the first AW Kitchen outside Japan, it is a Japanese Italian restaurant, therefore you can find Italian cuisine with modern Japanese twist in each dish.
The new outlet in Plaza Indonesia has new and brighter atmosphere, compared to our last visit, we can see there are plenty of new dishes, let’s start the tasting session shall we?
Dory Fish Beccafico IDR 60k
First let’s start with the hot appetizer. This dish consists of deep fried breaded dory fish with sauteed onion and raisin. It is an interesting yet delicious sweet and savory combination between the crunchy savory dory fish and sweet caramelized onion with raisin. Sprinkle with a bit of lemon juice for extra tangy fresh taste.
Yellow Tail Carpaccio with Yuzu Pepper Dressing IDR 95k
Fresh Japanese yellow tail fish with fish roe, vegetable and yuzu pepper dressing. This dish was very refreshing and light, the tangy yuzu pepper dressing was amazing and did an amazing job in increasing our appetite.
Capellini with Sakura Shrimp and Truffle Oil IDR 85k
Absolutely fell in love with this dish. It is a must must must try dish in AW Kitchen seriously!!
Cold capellini angel hair pasta seasoned nicely with addicting savory seasoning that is full of aromatic truffle oil and shrimp aroma topped with crispy sakura shrimp.
It was very rich yet light at the same time.
Trofie Arrabiata IDR 85k
Trofie is a short, thin, twisted pasta from Nothern Italy, the shape reminds us of Indonesian cendol. This kind of homemade pasta is kinda rare in Jakarta, it was our first time trying it in AW Kitchen and we loved it.
This Trofie Arrabiata is a favorite menu in AW Kitchen Japan, it consists of trofie pasta and cooked with eggplant, cherry tomato, beef bacon/ bacon. The homemade trofie pasta has a nice elastic al-dente texture, while the seasoning itself was very rich in tomato’s sweet, sour, and savory taste with a bit of creamy taste, it was an interesting and different kind of pasta dish in a good way.
Tomato Sauce Spaghettini with Blue Crab and Zucchini IDR 168k
Compared to the dish above, this one has more fresh and light tomato sauce with rich taste of sea from the use of whole blue crab. The addition of blue crab meat gave the pasta a luscious sweet taste of seafood.
Nero Spaghettini Asparagus Ikura IDR 135k
For creamy pasta lovers, this one is top recommended! It consists of squid ink spaghettini, salmon roe, green asparagus with cream and cheese sauce. The homemade squid ink spaghettini was very delightful with al-dente texture while the sauce was very palatable and creamy but still in the right amount of creaminess level.
Spaghettini in Garlic Oil with Spicy Cod Roe and Japanese Mushrooms IDR 168k
This specialty best selling dish in AW Kitchen still remains my number 1 favorite dish in AW Kitchen!
All dente spaghettini in aromatic garlic oil with juicy Japanese mushroom, seaweed flakes and Spicy Cod Roe or mentaiko.
It was simply wonderful, light and smooth-tasting with addicting savory taste from the mentaiko. Definitely a must try dish, I’m sure you’ll get hooked after the first forkful.
Wagyu Sirloin with Wasabi Pepper Sauce IDR 368k
Grilled Wagyu sirloin served with grilled peppers, fresh vegetables, potato gratin and sauce. For the sauce, AW Kitchen offers rather unusual combination of sauce such as Porcini Sauce, Wasabi Pepper Sauce, Miso Sauce, Ginger Sauce and Jalapeno Mustard Sauce. AnakJajan had the Wasabi Pepper Sauce, it was savory and a bit creamy with subtle taste of wasabi, I’m not a fan of wasabi but this one was surprisingly yummy.
Specially for Wagyu menu, AW Kitchen is currently having Wagyu Sensation promo where by purchasing Wagyu dish (Carpaccio/ Hamburg/ Sirloin with Marinated Miso/ Tenderloin with Wasabi Pepper Sauce) and post the pic on Instagram, customer can get 50% off for any dessert purchase.
Black Cod with Balsamic Teriyaki Sauce
AW Kitchen offers four types of fish Black Cod, Seabass, Salmon and Barramundi, we highly recommend you to try the black cod because it tasted fantastic!!!
The black cod fish was very buttery, tender, well-seasoned and juicy with melt-in-the-mouth texture, as for the sauce the are five options, Soy Truffle Sauce, Black Pepper Crust, Balsamic Teriyaki Sauce, Spicy Salsa Sauce and Lemon Caper Cream Sauce. We tried the Balsamic Teriyaki sauce and it was uniquely different and flavorful, slightly sour, slightly sweet and goes really well fish.
Cannoli IDR 58k
Cannoli is an Italian pastry dessert of the Sicily region, crispy deep fried tube-shaped pastry filled with sweet creamy filling. Unlike the popular tiramisu, cannoli is still pretty rare and hard to find in Jakarta especially the decent one and I’m glad that AW Kitchen is doing a great job with their cannoli.
The tube-shaped pastry was nicely fried till crispy and not greasy at all, filled with cream and sweet orange peel inside, served with fresh fruits and blueberry jam. The cannoli itself first tasted a bit too sweet but once we paired it with the fresh fruit and sour blueberry jam, it became very balanced.
The addition of fruity taste in the cannoli is a very smart idea, it made this dessert not too heavy and enjoyable.
Banana Tiramisu IDR 68k
This is not any ordinary tiramisu you can find out there, it is currently Mr. Jajan’s number one favorite tiramisu in Jakarta. Smooth, creamy, light-tasting, not too sweet tiramisu with banana and crunchy caramelized sugar on top.
Presentation wise, Chef Tanaka Hidekazu did a great job with the pretty plating considering tiramisu usually has a very simple and basic presentation.
Overall, casual and cozy ambiance, flavorful and absolutely satisfying dishes, Pasta House AW Kitchen is definitely one of the most recommended places for tasty Italian-Japanese cuisine. Let’s Jajan!!
Pasta House AW Kitchen by Akira Watanabe
Plaza Indonesia Level 2
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav.28-30
Central Jakarta, 10350
Phone: (+6221) 29924325
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