Kahyangan Teppanyaki Restaurant Jakarta

The only answer that you should be taking when you got a call from Kahyangan Teppanyaki asking you for lunch is "YES!". I was super excited when they told me they're hosting an exclusive teppanyaki lunch for me and in the same time *ahem* honored.

Kahyangan is surely no stranger to those who respect quality, desire and the love for the art of fine dining. This might came as surprise for some of you, but 40 years ago, Kahyangan already existed, but back then (and until now), it's known as the place where you could probably have the best shabu-shabu in town, all thanks to the awesome Chef Hidemaro Hodaka who dedicated 35 years of his life for Kahyangan. Just on April 2012, Kahyangan finally expanding its empire by launching the first teppanyaki-themed restaurant under the Kahyangan brand. The name speaks for itself: Kahyangan, which by the way means "the state in the sky", mostly located on the tallest floors of a building. 40 years ago, it was located at the highest level of Jakarta's tallest building, and now Kahyangan Teppanyaki majestically stand on the 28, 29 and 30th floor of Wisma Nusantara. 
Kahyangan Teppanyaki has 6 private dining rooms for a more intimate dining experience with your loved ones, each room fits approximately maximum 10 people and a private chef will guide you through. Live cooking for your eyes only. Real eyes real-ize the real ones.

Was seated inside the uber comfortable and private Sagano room.

I was given the ultimate pleasure to try out their "Premium Teppanyaki Set", but here in Kahyangan Teppanyaki, you could find some other menus to choose from. Their range starts from appetizers, salad, soup, sushi, sashimi (also premium ones), bento (for lunch only), rice, fried (Agemono) or grilled (Yakimono) dishes to desserts.

My awesome lunch started with "Zen Sai" which by the way means "appetizer". It was a lovely Salmon croquette, perfectly fried and seasoned. The only negative thing is the portion, I wish it was bigger (just kidding, it's an appetizer anyway). FYI, the "Zen Sai" course is not always consistently the same, depending on Chef's creation that day, but mostly between salmon or chicken croquette.

Vegetables Salad with Yuzu Soysauce Dressing
This was the second appetizer, the vegetable leaves were fresh, clean and worryfree. The Yuzu soysauce dressing was also fresh, even though it might be a little sour for some.

Cauliflower Soup
I honestly never expected a cauliflower soup to taste this good. It actually tasted like potato cream soup in a good way. I was fond of this one, seriously.

Sea Bass Teppanyaki
The first main course that I was having from the set is Sea Bass Teppanyaki. It was seriously a joy looking at the cooking process, the chef seemed very expert in handling the iron utilities. Impressed.

The Sea Bass and the pan seared vegetables were perfectly cooked and seasoned, it's so smooth and just melts in your mouth like that *snap*, the yellow sauce on the right was Sea Urchin sauce and the dark one on the left was Balsamic, both sauce were working well with the meat. Good start!

Seared Foie Gras
I probably just ate one of the best Foie Gras dishes in Jakarta. They were extremely smooth and juicy, melt in your mouth and burst! I love the play of texture from this dish, a stick of biscuit was added for contrast and the play of flavor from the raspberry sauce and the pan seared pear. In a nutshell, freaking awesome! Seriously must try!

Intermezzo: Traditional Miso Soup
Loving the art of fine dining here, in the middle of the dining, they're giving you an intermezzo of Miso Soup which tasted really good for a simple dish and it's being accompanied by some fresh pickles. Served searing hot! Look at the smoke, no Photoshop.

Wagyu M9+
Kahyangan Teppanyaki is offering you three beef options depending on your preference such as: Ohmi Beef (which is the ultimate top third best beef quality in the world), Wagyu M9+ (highest M grades beef) and US Prime. I was incredibly curious to try out the Ohmi Beef, it has this wow factor to me, especially the price and the thought of why some people would spend that much money. Frankly speaking, eating beef courses in Kahyangan won't cost you little. Unfortunately, due to the high demand from the costumers, the Ohmi Beef was not available on that day and the lobster also. The lobster was in the menu and should be in my freaking tummy that day, but again, was out of stock.

Picture of a raw Wagyu M9+

Beef was cooked medium rare (the default cooking level for beef in Kahyangan) resulting the super tender, juicy and awesome beef. Having these with simply the awesome Himalayan salt, Ponzu sauce and Wasabi was daebak as in awesome! Speaking of its Wasabi, it's imported and it was NOT spicy like the common wasabi here! Plus it was tasty <3.

Anchovy Fried Rice
The funny thing about anchovies used in this dish is that they actually came from Indonesia but got exported to Japan for a reforming state and sent back to Indonesia for sale, sort of funny but hideous. The fried rice was decent but however, I didn't find it extra special.

Lime Sorbet with Raspberry
Short to say, this was refreshing and the texture of the ice cream was just lovely smooth.

Banana Flambee
Another cooking process joyful to watch! Consists a big fire action. Technically it's a pan seared crepe, banana, topped with vanilla ice cream. Since I am a huge sweet tooth and there's always room for dessert. I found this lovely <3.

Chocolate Duo
Technically this was not in the menu but I got the chance to try this cake because it's a newly launched menu from the Le Chocolat Lounge I visited before. This cake was incredibly awesome and perfection from top to bottom. I didn't find it overpoweringly sweet (but it depends on each person). Loving the play of flavor from the chocolate and hazelnut (damn those two always work really well together) and the play of texture from the lowest layer which happened to be really crunchy. I even declared this on my Instagram as the top 5 best chocolate cakeS in Jakarta. Seriously, MUST TRY! Go grab one.

As for the beverage (should have posted this at the earlier part of this entry but whatever), I ordered a fresh Honeydew juice.

Live view of Bundaran HI from the Sagano room. One sort-of busy day.
Short to say, Kahyangan is one fine state in the sky I would love to live in. The food was awesome, the service was terrific and despite from the unavailable Ohmi Beef and Lobster, it was one of the best lunch, ever! Another worthy suggestion: prepare your cash because it won't cost you a little. For the premium lunch set I had on the day (technically for two people), it would cost you about IDR 3.7million ++/set (with Ohmi Beef), but you got what you paid. Beside, sometimes splurging yourself for food might be worth it. Might be.

THANK YOU KAHYANGAN TEPPANYAKI RESTAURANT FOR SUCH A BEAUTIFUL LUNCH, especially Ms. Amelia and Mr. Sofyan from Pullman Jakarta Indonesia for the kind invitation! You two are awesome!

Kahyangan Teppanyaki Restaurant
Wisma Nusantara 28th floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin 59
021 - 3190 7012

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