Daitokyo Sakaba: A Short Visit to Japan from The South of Jakarta.

The hike to Rinjani has caused a tremendous effect towards my body. Even until two weeks after the trip. I never knew nor expected that the after-effect of such an exhausting journey would linger for weeks. I thought a nice full-body massage session would replenish my body that was challenged to the limit during that four days on the mountain.

DR & I experienced the same thing for a few weeks. We were always sleepy yet we had trouble sleeping at night. And, we were always hungry. Staying up until 3 AM and having countless of calories intake for every two hours were the scenario that we had to deal with for days.

One Saturday, precisely two weeks after the trip, I woke up with an empty-scheduled Saturday, which is kind of a luxury for me these days. Surely I didn’t want to let this opportunity to slip away. So I texted some of my closest friends and asked them out for a casual hangout. Surprisingly, they were all (except for DR who had an MC gig) available!

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Since I was still in this super “constantly craving for something to munch” mode, I started the day with a mega lunch at Negiya. If you’ve never been to Negiya, you should try their Gyutan Don (rice bowl served with grilled beef tongue) and add an extra omelet to your meal. I’ve tried some of their Donburi (Japanese rice bowl dish) menus plus the side-dishes and they were all delightful.

Fast forward to 2,5 hours later, I found myself sitting comfortably at Bakerzin. Surrounded by some of my favorite people, we spent the afternoon exchanging stories and sharing some good laughs, while enjoying Bakerzin’s scrumptious desserts. I kid you not, mostly anything in their menu, especially the desserts, tastes good!

I had a great time indeed. Sometimes a simple quality time with your friends is the easiest and heart-filling getaway that you need. As the day turned to night, we agreed that it’s too fast to part. As the night was still young, my friends and I concluded that a nice Japanese dinner would be perfect to end the day.

And off to Daitokyo Sakaba we went.

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Jl. Melawai 9 No. 26, Kebayoran Baru. Open: 6PM – 1AM.

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It was a decent two-story building, located in an alley next to the famous Kira Kira Ginza and Kaihomaru. The restaurant is divided into two sections: the bar table on the left, where you can see the open kitchen and watch your meal cooked; and the small cubicles on the right, which could fit 5-6 people each.

I was too excited to eat I completely forgot to take a good photo of every dish we ordered. Kudos to my friend, Yohan Yosua, who captured all these photos and gave me the permission to use it here. Here are some of the highlights of our dinner: Buta Mayo Don, Teppan Hamburg, Tori Karaage and Gyutan Don!

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Gyutan Don

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Gekikara Age Tofu

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Buta Mayo Don

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Buta Bara Yakiniku

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Kawa (chicken skin)

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Teppan Hamburg

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Tori Karaage

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Takoyaki

If you’re a Japanese food aficionado, a short visit to this restaurant might refresh your craving towards the real authentic Japanese foods that you have tasted in Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya. I personally give this restaurant 8/10 for their tasty foods!

Anyways, if you’ve been inspired to hike a mountain because of what we’ve done impulsively last month, don’t let the first two paragraphs discouraged you. Because, the price that we had to pay was all worth it and they are mere nothing compared to the feeling and the view that you get to see once you’re up there!

This weekend, DR will share with you some of our favorite photos during the hike. So there’s that.

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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