Soulfood, A Happy Food Revolution

I always have a special place in my heart (or tummy) for Indonesian food – well, sashimi and wasabi (and plenty of other Japanese foods) also win my heart all the time, but that’s another story. I just simply can’t resist how tasteful most of our cuisines are. I always got excited to the idea of having nasi uduk (steamed rice cooked with coconut milk), pecel ayam (deep fried chicken) and sambal plus petai (stink bean) for lunch. I always come out of my bedroom and walk to the dining room excitedly everytime my mom cooks my all time favorite cumi hitam (black squid) with petai for lunch. Oops, did I mention petai twice?

As much as I love Indonesian food, it’s not easy to find a decent Indonesian restaurant here in Jakarta that could be a good place to hang out and sit for hours as well. Darling Rice Club, as we wrote in our former posts, was probably one of the few that kinda has it both. So when I knew that there is another similar place in Kemang, called Soulfood, that serves delicious Indonesian foods I got all curious to try it out immediately. I texted DR right away and told him that we really gotta try this place.

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Welcome to Soulfood.

So we paid a visit to Soulfood during our exploration in Kemang area (you can read about it here). It’s located in Jl Kemang Raya No 72D. The place is a two-story building with a very vintage decoration that made me feel like I was visiting my grandmother house. In the foyer area, we were greeted by a wide bricked wall with a big tagline of the restaurant, #HAPPYFOODREVOLUTION. It got me thinking, “Hmm.. let’s see how happy I would be after I tasted your food and experienced your service.”

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Waiting area.

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Window display.

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No Kembulan for me. Sad.

Their famous menu the Kembulan Lunch Platter, was written on the wall before the entrance. I really really really wanted to try it, but then I noticed that it is a “Lunch Platter”. My heart sank down in misery as I took a peek on my watch, it was already 5.30-ish PM. Goodbye, Kembulan.

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Open kitchen situation.

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Some of the sambals and dishes.

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Did anyone say, Petai?

As you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by an open kitchen on your left, where you can pick your food with the various sambals. On the right side was a small corner where they sell some Indonesian traditional snacks that you can take home.

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Most of the tables on the first floor was full or reserved, so we headed up to the second floor where we found the whole room just for ourselves. DR and I picked what seemed to be the most comfy corner, which was actually a table for six, haha.

I really wanted to try the dinner plater, but I know I wouldn’t be able to finish it by myself. DR and I decided to share the food. We were still on our diet program (more like a betting challenge, which I won!), he didn’t feel hungry and was not really in the mood of having a dinner.

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The menu was printed on a vintage enamel plate.

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More of the menu.

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Display corner.

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Reserved table signage in Bahasa. They keep it conventional.

I ordered a plate of Nasi Udang Jambal Merah plus a portion of Black Squid. When my food came, DR was still busy working on some articles. He was too focused staring at his laptop screen. But, the moment he laid his eyes on my so appealing food, he wanted to try it. And long story short, he ended up finishing the whole plate. No wonder, I won the diet challenge. Ha!

Anyway, Soulfood indeed gave me a happy food experience, they deserve an 8/10. I would definitely come back to try more of their dishes!

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Teh poci in enamelware tea set. Vintage at its best.

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Nasi Goreng Jambal Merah. YUM!

Write to you later,

 

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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