GIA is a hidden gem in downtown area of Jakarta. Well known as the Italian restaurant and lounge which combine the idea of modern and retro design together. No wonder it looks so classy from any point of view. Perhaps, if you are trying to elevate your Italian food game, this place would provide you the answer. Then, are you in?
Exactly located at the Sampoerna Strategic Tower 2, this restaurant is truly strategic and looks awesome. At GIA, they apply a core discipline of authentic Italian cooking in a modern context. And then if we talk about the design of the space, the incorporation of a strong cocktail programme, the live music performance during dinner time, and certainly the food, all has been contribute to GIA competitive advantages. Also believe it or not, they are the first restaurant from Indonesia to win the 'Best Restaurant Design of The Year' from Asia Pacific Design Awards. Big achievement for this restaurant so far.
GIA's menu has represent the idea of Italian traditional cuisine with a modern vibe so for the starter, Polpo alla brace is a brilliant idea. Featuring an iron skillet soft boil octopus that comes together with nicely cooked scallops, fresh cauliflower, and pea hummus to give a melt-in-the-mouth texture and is also slightly grilled to create an addictive smokiness. Each components is not stand alone, because they need to be added together in one spoon in order to taste the beauty of this cuisine. Gorgeous presentation for unexpected flavours to enchanted the dining experience.
Next is the Risotto scampi, burrata & caviars that entices diners with great aromas - even when the dish just landed on your table. The succulent pink prawn combined with salty burrito, and carnaroli risotto rice is quite sublime and many people say it's addictive. From this point, we can understand why GIA called this as their signature dish. Because no one could resist this and every single table mostly have this. Definitely worth to try.
Focusing on protein element, Filetto al turtufo could be your main here. A lovely combination between US beef tenderloin, truffle potato purée, barley, veal jus, and sous vide egg is magnificently good. As you can see, that protein has been cooked to the perfection because the outer layer has leave the grilled mark while the core remain pink. Especially that sauce has escalated the whole flavour of this dish. No more doubt to say this one is just stand out.
And yes, there's always a room for dessert. The best-seller one on the menu is Affogato alla nocciola which is a hazelnut ice cream with dark chocolate dome and topped by espresso. It's more than sweet, melted, and well-balanced. Especially it comes in good-looking presentation. Most of the foodies would be love this. Right?
Brilliant food, great beverage, and luxury space is the key element of GIA. They just really concern about the whole dining experiences for each customer. And overall, no one would leave this place without happy face. Perhaps, they all satisfied enough with everything. Certainly what you need in Jakarta.
Sampoerna Strategic Square
South Tower - Lobby Level
Nearest area: Kuningan, Thamrin
RSVP: (+62) 21 579 3300 / (+62) 12 89 253 300
11.00am - 2.30pm (Lunch)
5.00pm - 1.00am (Dinner)
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