OKU, a Chef’s Playground
Today we have a very exciting experience to share with you all. Last Friday the 1st of April, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski unveiled its new upscale Japanese dining restaurant, OKU, helmed by Chef Kazumasa Yazawa, takes over from Hotel Indonesia Kempinski’s last up-scale Italian restaurant, Casa d’Oro, instead offering a modern take on traditional Japanese dishes.
A clean, minimalist wooden interior greets you at the front door illuminated by the natural light flooding in from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Deeper inside, two large metallic cranes hanging low from the ceiling transport you to a different land – the land of the rising sun. Every inch of this place begs to be admired, to be photographed, and you’ll have a hard time stopping yourself from doing so.
While the restaurant itself is reason enough to visit, make sure you sit down at the bar or lounge while waiting for friends. With an extensive cocktail list exclusive to OKU, you mustn’t miss out on the instant classic Geisha’s Karma or the acidic Yuzu Cosmo. If you’re unsure, the bartender can also prepare drinks for you Omakase style (a Japanese phrase meaning “I’ll leave it up to you”).
Don’t think that you’ll be missing out if alcohol is off-limits to you. Bring your friends no matter if they’re pregnant, dieting, or prohibited from consuming it due to religious reasons. The head bartender at OKU has prepared a crafty list of delicious mocktails for them to try.
OKU Japanese Fine Dining has a refined but limited menu made to showcase their fresh sushi and sashimi. The majority of their menu focuses on flavourful food condensed into one or two bites. The ajitama, a Japanese classic, is reinvented here with the addition of smoking, shiguren beef and vegetables.
Similarly, the charcoal grilled eel was simply the best (not only one of the best, but the best) that we have ever tasted. The rice crackers also added an extra layer of texture and just completed the dish.
When ordering off the menu, we recommend ordering to share as Chef Kaz’s dishes are best when eaten with friends. Portions are modest and unless ordering from the mains, we suggest two to three dishes per person.
Finishing off with the dessert, this smooth chocolate mousse was one of the highlights of the day. A combination of textures and flavours made it a great close to the meal. We also had a creamy green tea ice cream served with two thin rice wafers.
OKU Japanese Fine Dining is a great place to go with friends, family or a loved one when you’re after a special meal or a special day. It is still new and bound to be packed, so make sure you reserve in advance.
When: Monday – Sunday
12:00 – 15:00
18:00 – 22:00
12:00 – 15:00
18:00 – Late
Where: Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, Ground Floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No 1, Jakarta 10310