Last Saturday, Eatinerary was invited to the media launch of ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, the latest food venture by the Bottega, Wilshire and 3rd Avenue Group. Straying away from Bottega's Italian roots, the restaurant dubs itself as a Japanese bistro specializing in coffee and cocktails. Located in The East tower in Kuningan, its prime location would serve them well as it would probably be buzzed with office workers during both lunch and dinner times. Tucked in the wing area of the tower, patrons can also access the restaurant directly from the parking lot.
|Check out the cool installations!|
I was served plenty of food from the menu during the media launch and was given thorough explanations on their specialty dishes and cocktails. It was fascinating to hear about the concepts behind each cocktail. While I thought the appetizers were pretty ordinary, a few of the main dishes, desserts and cocktails definitely stood out.
Always look for the blush when you are eating beef. This dish is similar to those you find in hip Japanese restaurants (i.e. Sushi Sen, Sushi Hiro) but with truffle. The truffle flavour was rather pronounced, but I didn't mind it at all. I just wished that the beef was served in smaller cuts.
Karage Don (79,000 IDR)
Fried chicken is my absolute witness. And this crispy and well seasoned chicken bits are finger licking good I was hoping they'd just serve me a huge bowl of the chicken without the rice. The addition of fried garlic really elevates the depth of the dish. Love it!
|Left: Deconstructed Shibuya Toast (79,000 IDR)|
Right: Ricotta Hotcakes
I first tasted ricotta hotcakes in a popular Melbourne brunch spot called Top Paddock. The dish was one humongous berry and ricotta hotcake with what I remember as creme fraiche, some violet rocks, and edible flowers. Pardon my hazy memory. And it was the most delicious hotcake that I have ever tasted in my life. Hotcakes are meant to be a little thicker and denser than pancakes but theirs was fluffy and soft. In recent years, several cafes in Singapore have attempted to replicate the dish, but none really came close. Honestly, I appreciate how they didn't try to 'copy' the dish but instead recreate it by using berry compote and vanilla ice cream instead. I loved the texture of the hotcake but thought that the berries were a sour despite the vanilla ice cream. Also, I find it rather perplexing with how they categorized this under 'ROCK'. Is this meant to be a sweet main dish?
|Left: Loco Moco (80,000 IDR)|
Right: Minced Beef Katsu Sandwich (85,000 IDR)
|Left: One of the "dons" they serve|
Right: Miso Honey Butter Chicken (85,000)
Do come if you love simple delicious food and unique cocktails! Although they describe themselves as a Japanese bistro, I thought that they were a little Hawaiian inspired as well with all the spam and tropical cocktails. For the location, they are also reasonably priced. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and would definitely come back again.