A new Argentinian restaurant specializing in grill, bar, and cafe, Sudestada recently opened in Menteng neighborhood area, just behind Pullman Jakarta. The restaurant is noticeable among the surrounding concrete buildings, due to its spacious glasshouse like exterior adored with red bricks wall.
Building up the vibe of outdoor Argentinian restaurant experience, a huge painting of El Caminito building - a popular tourist spot in the La Boca district of Buenos Aires - beautifully occupies one side of the dining area walls. Just before it, is a yellow-painted spiral staircase leading to a neoclassical balcony-concept second-storey area, decorated quaintly with hanging potted plants.
To bring out they best of Latin-inspired, Argentinian cuisine’s highlight - which is its slow grilled meat, Sudestada sticks to the asador or outdoor fire pit - the first in Jakarta, and 1.4-metre-tall charcoal grill from Argentina, both being the secret to Sudestada’s recipe. Complementing the savory and grilled specialties is the Restaurant’s homemade Argentinian condiment, oil-based sauce Chimichurri.
Leading the restaurant is Argentinian-borne Chef Victor Taborda, who throughout his career has worked with three-Michelin starred chef, as well as many other distinguished dining places. A must-try starter is Chef’s Victor family recipe of stuffed dough empanadas with hand-cut beef, and several other choices of fillings.
He also brings out Sudestada’s signature of grilled rose meat, or matambre as known by the Argents, with its crisp upper layer and tender meat. Another from guest’s favorite’s pulpo con papas y salchica - a beautiful presentation of roasted octopus with chorizo, potatoes & garlic mayonnaise.
If one isn’t in the place for hearty dishes, the desserts and cafe menu also make as pleasant choices, like a plate of fried-dough pastry churros, or a balanced combination between Argent’s sweet caramel-sauce dulce de leche-filled alfajores with a cup of coffee. Meanwhile its bar area, adjacent to the main dining area is a good option to chill at.