Category: Happening Places
Published on Thursday, 14 July 2011 22:16
Written by webmaster
Opened at the beginning of July 2011, Union is the most happening bar in Jakarta at the time of writing. The owners are also behind Loewy and Cork and Screw, and they haven't changed their concept: Union has a retro setting, serves expensive "chic" food (but with average taste) and its atmosphere is both cosmopolitan and busy. The best thing about it is actually its location, with a view on the Plaza Senayan Courtyard, which I find quite unique in Jakarta:
I visited on a Thursday afternoon, and it was so full that we had to wait about 10 minutes to get a table. The waiter was friendly, but visibly overwhelmed and still new to the job, which is normal only a few days after opening. The menu has something for everyone: Burgers (one of them with foie gras, yuk!), pastas, grilled meat, asian favourites, etc... Nothing very original. The prices are quite high: On average, a meal will cost you around Rp150,000k without drinks.
I tried three dishes there, but I have only photos for 2:
|Caesar Salad (Rp60,000++)
|Union burger (Rp55,000++)
The third one was the rib-eye steak (Rp195,000++). The food did not come with a nice presentation. On the photos it may look fine, but that's only an impression. In real, nothing looked appetizing.
The salad was the best dish among the three, but it wasn't very fresh and there was so much sauce it would have been healthier for me to drink a glass of oil. The french fries that came with the burger were not well-cooked, and more importantly, the beef patty had so little flavours I thought it was a vegetarian burger. The worst was the rib-eye, which was not medium as we had ordered it, and was an average-quality steak with some boring accompanying vegetables.
Overall: I may sound negative in this review, but I actually liked Union because the location is great, the design is neat, and it feels busy. Yet, I'm disappointed they came up with almost a copy of Loewy instead of taking the risk to create a more original venue. I also think the food, though not terrible, is too expensive for the quality you get. My recommendation would be to try Union for a drink (small Heineken=Rp30k++) and to avoid in particular the grilled meat.
Everyday, from Breakfast to late Dinner.
Brasserie, Bakery and Bar
Plaza Senayan Courtyard, Ground Floor,
Jalan Asia Afrika No.8, Jakarta
Phone number:+62-21 5790 5861/63