Japanese food is identical with its authenticity. Many of us who live in Jakarta know that Blok M is kinda well known as the nest of authentic Japanese food. Even they have the annual Japanese festival in the neighborhood.
Anyway, I've tried some of Japanese restaurants in Blok M area. So far, none of them was disappointing. This time I've tried one Japanese restaurant called Kira-Kira Ginza. The name itself sounds promising to me. Excited to give it a try!
A little brief about Kira-Kira Ginza. Kira-Kira Ginza has opened since 1985. This authentic Japanese restaurant is still on strong contender among Japanese food scene in Jakarta. After all this time, Kira-Kira Ginza maintains their good quality with their affordable price. Turns out they are in the same group with Daitokyo Sakaba and Sanpachi ramen.
Stepped inside the restaurant, we were welcomed by the usual Japanese greeting. The warmth of Japanese ambiance was bold. The sound of laughter and small talks filled the room, some of them were locals, some of them were those expats who missed a piece of Japan. I was seated in the room with floor seating. For the atmosphere, I could say I loved it! The scene was perfect for those people who need stress reliever after their long day, accompanied with good food here. The dim light was kinda relaxing, not to mention the comfortable feeling they offer. Felt like home.
HIYASHI TOMATO-IDR 30k
We are greeted by this unique appetizer. As a first time, this kind of greeting might surprising. Hiyashi Tomato was actually cuts of cold tomato served with salt and Japanese mayonnaise. The tomato was so fresh, and the hint of salt was kinda waking you up! What a succulent and healthy appetizer! I do recommend you to give it a try!
SUSHI MORIAWASE (OO MORI)-IDR 210k
My favorite thing to eat whenever I visit Japanese restaurants is their sashimi! These assorted sashimi, came in large portion, was a very satisfying one. Those thick cuts of high quality and fresh sushi were so fresh. My favorite of all those sashimi are salmon, tuna, and mackerel! They did not have any smell at all, such a very enjoyable one!
Look at that goodness!
NEGITORO MAKI-IDR 69k
Negitoro maki was actually chopped belly tuna with leek. They were beautifully handmade and the flavor was good as well. The freshness of tuna was just on point, covered with Japanese rice and seaweed. This one might looked simple, but as they said, Japanese food maintains the simplicity in their plate, and surprisingly, the simplicity is one thing that make it great!
(boiled hourensou for IDR 22k, sweet sesame hourensou for IDR 28k, hourensou butter for IDR 42k)
It's a good thing to have veggies in your meal, and yes I love this hourensou of theirs! Hourensou was actually their kind of spinach, having its sweet, crunchy, and fresh flavor in every bite. I personally love how this dishes bridges the freshness I had before this one and the main course after.
Kushiyaki means Japanese skewer, and this time I tried Momo, which means chicken thighs. Major love for their Momo! One of the tastiest yet juiciest I've ever had. These pieces were well seasoned, delivering a very pleasing bite of their tender chicken!
CHIKUWA ISOBEAGE - IDR 38k
This one was another unique thing I tried at Kira-Kira ginza! One portion of fried chikuwa, covered in seaweed, served with salt. You need to give it a pinch of salt before taking a bite. It was a very tasty experience when the pinch of salt gave a kick of unusual flavor (but in a good way)! I could have it all for myself!
GYOUZA (chicken or pork)-IDR 58k
I could say that this one was one of the juiciest gyozas I've ever had! The skin was not too thick and the filling was delicious and generous! One portion of gyoza was consisted of many, but trust me you will mind to share it!
ps: Do not forget to dip it in the sauce, you can make the sauce by mixing vinegar and soy sauce!
CURRY RICE WITH BEEF CUTLET-IDR 88k
Yes, I am a big fan of curry rice because having curry rice reminds me of my childhood. The curry was very fragrant, delivering a true homemade dish. The texture was just right, not too heavy but quite thick, served with potato, carrot, and beef. The rice itself was also the highlight because their Japanese rice was very fragrant and kinda sticky. Love it!
Overall, Kira-Kira Ginza is one promising Japanese restaurant, proved by their quality since 1985. I personally love their homey ambiance, accompanied with good food, not to mention about their affordable price. Now I have Kira-Kira Ginza as one of my favorite list!
Jl. Melawai 8 no.9
Opening hours : 11.30am-2.30 pm and 6-11.30pm
Jessica Christy Limanjaya