GIOI SENOPATI - JAKARTA09.28.00
GIOI (pronounced: 'Jioy') is a Vietnamese word meaning "great" and something indeed feels GIOI when I first entered the restaurant and feeling this Christmasy vibe it gave me it's almost like en-gioi (sorry for the fuckin pun), I like how they kept the interior very simple, neat and clean and I gotta give it to them for the good effort in decorating the restaurant with Christmas details like Christmas tree, wrapped gifts, mistletoe, ornaments and altogether created this warm and homey vibe that I was super fond of, and something about the overall look that reminded of Tredici (also in Senopati), but anyway I noticed that there was this construction happening and I was informed that they are building their second floor and it will be more like a lounge and bar area where you can casually chill and drink.
A large table for 12 in the center, I don't know if they're fully booked or what for Christmas but if you are planning to make a big dinner for 12 (and feel like having Indonesian cuisine) then I highly recommend going here.
Salmon Lodeh - IDR 130k
Scanned their menu and found that here they mostly serve Indonesian-Asian cuisine that are mostly spicy (but they also have non-spicy food here), or Asian cuisine with a touch of local Indonesian element and value infused. I came here with my beloved friends from Jogja and somehow we were craving for good duck and YAS TO THAT when we saw that crispy duck on the menu. I heard good rave about their Salmon Lodeh and Satay Lilit so we had those two to complete.
FYI most of the ingredients used in the kitchen (and your food) are planted by them as they have their own plantery which I thought pretty awesome.
Price range for the food here is around IDR 60k-250k, standard Senopati price.
Red Thai Tea - IDR 35k
Not the biggest fan of the presentation but it was a sweet and delicious dessert to finish our lunch - texture check, flavor check! The thai-basil pannacotta was the highlight.
Freaking satisfying lunch and had zero complaint towards GIOI, even the service was memorable, especially the host who greeted us and escorted us to out seats who deserved a special shoutout. GIOI suddenly came to the scene and won me over, looking forward for the future visits!
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GIOI Cookery & Plantery
Jalan Senopati No. 88 (beside Cacaote)
Senopati - Jakarta Selatan 12190
021 - 7211 468
Opening hours: 11 AM-11 PM daily
Average spending for two: IDR 300k