[Eats&Treats] Mockingbird Restaurant Jakarta

I love to eat (good food). My taste is pretty eclectic; I might go for Japanese food one day and craving for soto betawi the next day. One of the things my husband absolutely loathe about me is that sometimes I get so indecisive regarding food (because there are so many things I like!) that I can spend 20 minutes browsing the menu and couldn’t decide. It’s THAT bad. You don’t want to take me to a restaurant where they have 30 items on the menu. I’d drive people crazy with my indecisiveness.

That’s why I love the idea of Mockingbird’s limited set menu. By the way, the concept of the restaurant is affordable fine dining. They only have 3 sets to choose from. When I went there for dinner, it took me like 30 seconds to decide what I want. Each set consisted of an appetizer, entree and dessert. I’m not really accustomed to three-course-meal but when I like the food, I can eat A LOT. Mockingbird’s menu is updated every 3 months and when I went there, these were the three sets.

Set 1: The Flying Goat
Starter: Twice cooked chicken wings
Entree: Tandoori roasted lamb racks
Dessert: dessert of the day

Set 2: Cow Me To The Moon
Starter: Wagyu Beef Tartar
Entree: Angus Beef Tenderloin
Dessert: dessert of the day

Set 3: Underwater Fireworks
Starter: Seared Canadian Scallops
Entree: Crispy skin Barramundi
Dessert: dessert of the day

Tandoori roasted lamb rack with harison sauce, raita, eggplant salad, peppernade, roast potatoes and semorilla

My husband chose the Flying Goat and I, obviously, went for the beef course (duh). This will be my first time tasting beef tartar (raw) and I gotta say I was pretty apprehensive. The only beef tartar reference I have is in an episode of Mr. Bean (Steak Tartare act). Although it’s hilarious, it left me with a not-so-good impression of beef tartar and raw meat in general. Play the video and see what I mean. 😀

I was pleasantly surprised that I love it! It was served with poached egg and I like the combination of creamy egg yolk with the cold beef. The richness of the yolk is balanced with sharp tang of grated pecorino cheese.

Wagyu beef tartar with poached egg, pecorino cheese and semorilla

I asked my steak to be cooked medium rare (is there any other way?) and it was cooked perfectly. Beef was tender and the red wine jus complement it well. Now, here I must commend the chef for this plate. Aside from the perfect steak, the sides and garnishes were also superb. Mashed potato was simply the best I’ve ever had: perfectly smooth and creamy without being mush. The porcini cream is absolutely to die for! And although I don’t really care for the mushroom and caramelized shallots, nothing on the plate was bad. The shallots were quite nice actually, sweet and crunchy. I just don’t like the “zing”. I’m not a fan of shallots in general so my opinion might be biased.

100gr of Angus beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes, red wine jus, porcini cream, swiss brown mushroom and caramelised eschalots
Medium rare, just the way I like it!

For dessert, they have two options that day: creme brulee and pannacotta. So we both ordered each. Both were okay. My husband loved the pannacotta and the creme brulee was good. They were both complemented with tangy berry coulis to offset the richness of the dessert.

Vanilla bean panna cotta
Creme brulee

I have to admit that having given only three choices was liberating. I make decisions daily and constantly; regarding my children, work, my marriage, household. It can be overwhelming. So this little “freedom” of not having to think too much (albeit only about dinner) is refreshing. It’s funny, you’re being limited in some ways, but you feel liberated. This is something I would ponder about some more.

Back to Mockingbird. They are currently in the second “season”, meaning they have a whole new set menu to choose from. The menu will last for 2 months until they update it again. So I think I’ll be back there in a few weeks to try out their new menu. Can’t wait to see what they’re offering!


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