Born, raised, and living in Indonesia has made myself very familiar with Asian dishes. In Jakarta, where people are spoilt for choices to dine… most Southeast Asian dishes are available in a home-style restaurant with casual settings. Between my birthday and his new job, we decided to celebrate the two together in our favorite place to eat: E&O Jakarta.
E&O stands for Eastern Oriental – E&O is located in Menara Rajawali building in South Jakarta’s business district of Mega Kuningan. The restaurant is owned by the Union Group (Loewy, Union, etc.) with menu crafted by the celebrity street-chef Will Meyrick of Sarong group. You can check more details about the place on their website eandojakarta.com.
Upon entering E&O, you will sense the similar ambience of its sister restaurants like Union or Loewy. The ambience is full of warmth with dark parquet floors, dominated by wooden furniture with yellow pendant lights throughout the whole area.
Now, they say… picture speaks a thousand words, so let’s start with the dishes.
Open Steamed Buns with Crispy Pork Belly (IDR 85,000,-). This one is a must-have for every visit. The pork belly, with super crispy skin is mixed with fresh coriander, sliced cucumber, and an amazing secret sauce.
Hanoi Crispy Spring Rolls (IDR 45,000,-). It’s not your ordinary spring rolls, I think E&O actually uses the wraps for fresh spring rolls and literally deep fried them. Filled with fresh herbs and vegetables, it serves with traditional Vietnamese sauce the Nuoc Cham Dressing. Very refreshing!
We ordered the Crispy Duck with Bok Choy (IDR 150,000,-) and Crispy Pork Belly with Tamarind Sauce (IDR 200,000,-), with Stir-Fried Water Spinach (IDR 45,000,-) and Jasmine Rice (IDR 15,000,-) to go with it. The duck is my favourite, it’s so juicy, so tasty. It’s kind of difficult to explain it, I could taste quite a bit of Hoisin sauce in there. The pork is amazingly tender, sweet and sour. The husband said that was the best pork dishes he’s ever had.
Most of the desserts here are priced at IDR 60,000,- by itself, yet, a platter of 4 desserts costs IDR 120,000,- , and despite our full belly, we went with the platter and here’s what you get: a ‘Kampung Snickers’ Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Vietnamese Creme Brulee, Mango Sticky Rice with Coconut Ice Cream, and Nutella Steam Buns; the two at the latter was my favourites.
Now, let’s take a look around at the restaurant:
All in all, I’d say if you have the money and time to spare, I highly recommend this restaurant, and yes it seems a bit pricey but remember every dish here is meant for sharing with 3-4 peoples. The husband and I just a very big eater haha. Every bite of food you get here seriously takes you to places, and things/ingredients that you think might not work together are made possible and amazing by Will Meyrick.
Thank you for reading and ps. this is not a sponsored post 🙂