During a brief visit to Jakarta to observe the presidential elections recently, I had dinner with dear friends of mine: Flo and Nelly. We wanted to celebrate our reunion, moreover it was Flo’s birthday. Therefore we selected the appropriate venue and went to the Elbow Room in Kemang. I had been there before, and during my two days in town, I went twice to this relaxing drinking and dinning place.
The food is simple but solid. The service is excellent. The wine list is well sorted and offers a wide range of new and old world wines. We choose a wine from Western Australia, a ‘2004 Mad Fish Shiraz’.
Mad Fish 2004 Shiraz
The Shiraz has a dark red colour. On the nose it displays cherry and spicy peppery notes. The tannins are well balanced, the wine has structure and a good finish. Wine critics give it 88 to 90 points. I like the wines from the Margaret River region.
During my second visit the next day, a live band played extremely well and entertaining guitar music. The restaurant also displays some interesting (copies) of famous paintings as shown below.
Yue Minjun’s paintings are unique and easily identifiable, even as copies
Overall, my verdict is: If you are in Jakarta, check the place out. It is right in Kemang, not too difficult to find. You will certainly enjoy a nice evening there. I hope you are lucky as regards the live music.
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 24 A