Akira Back Valentine's Day Menu Preview

February 3, 2016

Being single when Valentine's Day is approaching is no fun. For some, that is, but I actually find it one of the most anticipated times of the year, because restaurants and F&B businesses will be racing to come up with something special and exciting to attract the lovebirds out there. For me, I enjoy trying the special menu preview the most, so it doesn't matter if I'll be eating popcorn and watch The Flash series alone at home on the evening of 14th February. LOL!

One of my favourite restaurants in Jakarta is serving up a delightful feast for all the lovebirds celebrating this year's Valentine's Day. I've braved the harsh reminder of my relationship status and tried the line up of sumptuous V-Day menu created by the charming and brilliant Executive Chef of Akira Back Jakarta, Andri Dionysius.

Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Repeating last year's success, Chef Akira Back will be spending the weekend of Valentine's day in Jakarta again (to work and oversee his team during the important event, of course). How exciting is that! This is arranged amidst Chef Back's super packed schedule for the opening of new Akira Back restaurants in Seoul, Bangkok and Dubai. I wish Chef Back all the best of luck for his projects.

Back to the special Valentine's Day menu at Akira Back Jakarta, is available on 14th February 2016 for dinner only. The 5 course menu is priced at IDR 1,000,000++/person and at the end of the dinner, the lady will receive a bouquet of flower and a box of bon bon to take home. Akira Back takes really good care of you from the beginning to the end and they are seriously generous! So without further ado, here's what you can expect to enjoy during the dinner:

Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
1st course (to share): Tuna Pizza - micro shiso, ponzu mayo, white truffle oil.
This is THE legendary Akira Back tuna pizza, I could never get over gushing about this heavenly cripsy 'pizza' with its intoxicating truffle scent and delightful umami sensation in my mouth. Did I just gush about it again? ;)


Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
2nd course: Scallop 2 Ways
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Seared scallop
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Scallop tartare
2nd course: Scallop 2 Ways - Scallop tartare, uni foam, tobikko and seared scallop, compressed vanilla nashi, shaved foie gras
A clever combo of hot and cold serving of Hokkaido scallop. While the hot pan-seared scallop is a classic and fail-proof way of serving scallop, I actually enjoyed the cold scallop more. Thinly sliced fresh scallop, fresh uni


Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
3rd course: Nova Scotia Lobster - Seaweed butter poached, oxtail gyoza, wasabi furikake
I started with the oxtail pot sticker, the semi translucent skin still crispy from the pan-searing and the oxtail was so tender. Then I tried the fresh Canadian lobster, already tasted sweet & juicy on its own, but the seaweed butter sauce elevated the whole thing into one beautiful dish.


Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
4th course: Slow Roasted Wagyu Tritip - Eringi, tomato confit, burnt onion puree, truffle jus.
Two incredibly tender and juicy tritip steak with slightly burnt and crispy edges. So divine it was that I'm sure even the most talkative date will shut their mouth to savour each and every bite. The burnt onion puree was quite unique and taste unexpectedly good too.


Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
5th course: "Valrhona Chocolate Heaven" (photo above)
The whole plate is made with Valrhona's Grand Cru chocolates range, processed into various forms and textures of chocolate: Gianduja mousse, Ivoire ice cream, 30 seconds Araguani cake, Jivara lactee cloud, Dulcey & Maldon popcorn.


Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Mignardise: Chocolate Croquette filled with Manjari 64% Grand Cru Valrhona chocolate.This is heaven for me, the taste of melted bittersweet, tangy with hint of berries Manjari chocolate was just unforgettable.

Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Special Valentine's Day Cocktail
Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Left: Akira Ice Tea - fresh fruits, orange juice, bubble gum syrup IDR 50,000
Right: La Passion (mocktail) - lemongrass, honeydew melon, orange juice IDR 50,000
Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)
The bar area
Akira Back Jakarta (www.culinarybonanza.com)

So, imagine you and your date, sitting at one of the tables at the penthouse floor of this building with all of its glorious vista overlooking Jakarta's skyline lit up in the evening, enjoying a glass of wine (or two) and tucking in to the above dishes. I wish someone would invite me to dinner here but I'd settle with enjoying my Mum's company at home and let you have my seat instead ;)


Open hours:
Lunch: 12 PM - 3 PM
Dinner: 6.30 PM - 10.30 PM

Dress Code:
Smart Casual / Business Casual

*) Prices are subject o Government Tax & Service Charge

Akira Back Jakarta
MD Place Building, Penthouse 12th Floor
Jl. Setiabudi Selatan No. 7
Setiabudi - South Jakarta 12910
Ph: +62 8577788777 / +6221 29040777


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