Many of us were cooped up at home for two years, unaware that Jakarta’s culinary scene continued to move forward and left us behind. In my quest to reacquaint my taste buds with the best the capital city has to offer, I am going all out to review some of the most hyped new players in the scene for my regular column, ICYMI (In Case You Missed It). Bon appetit!
Sudestada, one of the few Argentinian steakhouses in Jakarta, has launched private rooms where guests can have an asado, or a traditional event where family and friends gather around the grill to savor grilled meat delicacies.
I was recently invited to a media gathering at Sudestada to check out the four new private rooms, as well as have lunch featuring Argentinian delicacies — during which we also learned a thing or two about the country’s cuisine. Did you know that aside from being a name for a barbeque party, “asado” also refers to a large section of the rib cage of a cow that produces delicious meat cuts?
The four private rooms are located on the second floor of the restaurant, with their names inspired by the country’s culture, namely Polo; La Boca, from the famous barrio (neighborhood) of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires; El Gaucho, nomadic skilled horsemen; and Tango, which is clearly derived from the country’s celebrated dance.
The rooms’ capacities range from eight to 10 people for Polo, La Boca, and El Gaucho; while the Tango room can accommodate up to 30 people, which is perfect for a large family gathering or corporate events.
All private rooms are equipped with table-top grills, where guests can have their meat grilled on the spot by the chef or grill them by themselves according to their preferred doneness.
The Argentinian feast
As a disclaimer, this was my first time at Sudestada and my first taste of Argentinian-style steaks, so, needless to say, I was eagerly looking forward to our lunch. We were gathered at the Gaucho room where various appetizers were served on our table including a bowl of spinach and kale salad, cold cuts platter, as well as half pepperoni and mushroom pizza. Hot and cold yerba mate were also served, completing the whole Argentine experience for us.
While those were tasty, the dishes that captured my attention the most were Grilled Matambre, which is the thin layer of meat between the ribs and the skin; Melted Provoleta (provolone) cheese with mixed herbs and toasted bread; Empanadas platter; Chipa, or small cheese rolls. I also got to try a special off-the-menu item, Mollejas (sweetbread), which is the cow’s thymus gland or throat.
While the Matambre was thin, it was packed full of flavor and enhanced by the restaurant’s magnificent chimichurri sauce. The Mollejas was quite a unique experience to me due its chewiness, though it was rather soft than tough. Víctor Taborda, Sudestada’s executive chef and owner, told me that Mollejas is a highly prized cut in his native Argentina due to its scarcity, as each animal only has one throat.
We were served the succulent Beef Ravioli right before the main event, with the beef cuts being grilled on the table-top grill in front of our hungry eyes by Chef Víctor himself. We were served rib eye, bife de vacio or flank steak, and porterhouse — the latter of which is a composite steak that contains meat from the top loin and the tenderloin, resulting in two different textures.
The steaks were simply seasoned with salt, which elevated the flavor of the high quality beef and was a welcome delight on my palate. I went back and forth in delight between eating the meat straight up and dipping into the chimichurri sauce and sides such as mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and roasted vegetables.
Our feast was ended by a selection of desserts on a platter, including Dulce de Leche cheesecake topped with a mini Alfajores (sandwich soft cookies with the dulce de leche filling), Churros con Dulce de Leche, Tarta de Limón in a small glass, and a chocolate-flavored Alfajores. Being a fan of everything dulce de leche, the alfajores made a sweet ending for my meal.
My first visit to Sudestada left a lasting impression for me, and I’ll definitely put the restaurant on the list for the ultimate dining experience to share with loved ones.
Jl. Irian No. 15, Menteng, Central Jakarta
Transit: MRT or TransJakarta Bundaran HI
Opening hours: 11am-9pm, daily
For more information about the private rooms, RSVP or order, contact through phone at +62 21 392 8944 or Whatsapp at +62 811 9126 556