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Steamed live rajungan crab from The Seafood Tower in Pantai Indah Kapuk. (instagram.com/theseafoodtower/File)
Clams and crab cakes, fish fries and oyster squids — for a nation of supposed chicken fanatics, we sure do make a special occasion of seafood.
In Pantai Indah Kapuk in North Jakarta are several try-worthy seafood stalls and restaurants that bringing ocean game to the forefront. Some of them are fancy, while others aim for something more relaxed. Seafood trends might just be arriving slowly at Pantai Indak Kapuk, but these seafood restaurants all have at least one thing in common: They deserve your attention.
With K-pop culture overwhelming Jakarta and Indonesia, no wonder The Seafood Tower is growing quickly to become one of Jakarta’s favorite seafood joints. Different from the basic seafood styles, here you will found towers filled with different seafood dishes. From king prawns and scallops to clams and even beef slices, combined with favorite Korean cuisine like Tteokbokki, it is all served alongside your favorite seafood choice and melted cheese.
Offering Asian-style seafood dishes, Jemahdi uses only fresh ingredients on its menu. Speaking about new experiences, the place doesn’t use plates to serve dishes, but instead serves food right on top of your table using a clean disposable table cloth. With menu items like Mix Platter, steamed fish, clams and vegetables, one thing that sets Jemahdi apart from the rest is its homemade sauces, from Western sauces to traditional ones.
If you’re more into crabs and lobsters, Cut The Crab is the right place to please your palate. With crabs and lobsters flown in straight from Kendari and Papua, which has the best seafood in Indonesia, you’ll find various special sauces, from Salty, Cheesy and Caramel to Sweet and Sour, to cover the whole crabs and lobsters. Regarding taste, the restaurant is one of the pioneers in mixing Western and Eastern combinations that will work for any seafood fans who like a rich undertone to their fresh seafood meats.
Finding a good grouper dish in Jakarta can be challenging, but Ikana Ikana is one of the places to properly get your hands on this menu item. Using fresh-from-the-sea grouper, the meat of which is still fresh and sweet, here you can try to indulge in this rare dish, combined with a zesty yellow turmeric sauce that unites with the sweetness of the fish meat.
Talking about unique sauces, it’s safe to say that Alu Alu Seafood & Dessert offers a good choice for one-of-a-kind toppings for your seafood choices. Some of the must-try dishes are the Lemongrass sauce with a hint of tanginess, Smoked Crab with smoky feels and wheat and salted egg toppings with savory undertones that lather your prawns and fish very well. (kes)
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