Burgers and donuts have been among the top culinary trends in Jakarta in the past few years, and for one of those moments when you just can’t choose between the two, you can find both at Ask For Patty.
The eatery is pretty much a newcomer to the city’s dining scene, as it only opened around the latter half of last year. As the name suggests, Ask For Patty is inspired by American punk-rock icon Patti Smith, with one burger named after her too.
After seeing many of our friends raving about Ask For Patty on social media, we finally gave in and ordered two burgers and four donuts off their menu. There are two stores at the moment, one at Shophaus in Menteng, Central Jakarta — at which you can also dine in — and one in Cilandak, South Jakarta. We ordered from the latter through our trusted app-based food delivery service.
First off, the Patty Smith burger (IDR84,000 ala carte, IDR105,500 with fries), consists of its signature patty, beef bacon, double American cheese, spicy ketchup, burnt butter aioli, pickled onions, and lettuce. We were surprised by the beef bacon, as it appeared to use an in-house creation, and it’s thicker and a bit tougher to chew than most.
As for the patty, we found that it crumbled easily, which made for a very messy meal. One complaint from us is that we ordered medium well (yes, sue us) for the patty, only to receive what appeared to be medium rare, as most of the patty was still pink inside. Overall, the Patty Smith burger was tasty, though the patty was pretty bland to be eaten on its own.
The second burger we tried was the Smasher (IDR62,000), with a thin patty and browned bits on the edge. We enjoyed the charred, crispy goodness of the patty, and the inside was juicy as well.
Taste-wise, between those two, we think we prefer Smasher than Patty Smith — though we still look forward to trying their other offerings, such as Patty is Hot (IDR77,000) and Salt Lake City (IDR110,000), the latter of which incorporates house-made pastrami.
We also ordered Cheese, Gravy, and Honey Mustard Fries (IDR50,000), which is exactly like the name described. The sauce came in separate containers, but you’ll have them slathered on top of the fries if you’re having it at the restaurant. We found the mixture of the three sauces to be salty, and we’ll be sure to try the Cheese Fries (IDR34,000) or Bacon & Cheese Fries (46,500) the next time we order from them.
On a separate occasion, we ordered Ask For Patty’s donut offerings: lemon curd, peanut butter, strawberry field, and classic vanilla. Prices for the donuts range from IDR19,500 for classic vanilla to IDR41,500 for the nutella donut, while others are around IDR20,000 or IDR 21,000. The prices put us off at the beginning, but we were surprised by how big the donuts were. All the donuts we tried were quite thick, which may make you feel full from eating one, and not overly sweet.
All in all, we think Ask For Patty is a strong contender to be included among essential burger and donut joints in Jakarta.
Ask For Patty
Shophaus Menteng, Central Jakarta (dine-in and takeaway) and Cilandak, South Jakarta (takeaway only)
Open: 11am-9pm, daily
Order via GoFood and Grabfood
Phone: +62 812-1076-0343 (Shophaus Menteng) or +62 811-1020-432 (Cilandak)