03 June 2016

Robata Jinya - Jakarta

Robata Jinya
Ruko Emerald No. 27-28, 
Bukit Golf Mediterania,
Pantai Indah Kapuk,
North Jakarta 
Tel: 021-29033051 / 29033052

In the Japanese cuisine dictionary, Robatayaki or Robata is the technique of "cooking with a fireplace on a fire". The technique is almost like the barbecue one, grilled over hot coals. The technique is adapted from the way the fishermen in Northern Japan cook their meals above the burning coals and stone.

To experience the Robatayaki in Indonesia, you can go to Robata Jinya in Pantai Indah Kapuk area. The name refers to a dish Robata or Robatayaki or grilled dishes, while the Japanese Jinya means palace. Robata Jinya in Jakarta blends the modern lifestyle typical of Hollywood with an authentic Japanese traditions.


The restaurant is dominated by the color of black and red. I can see some Japanese warrior dolls in the corners. The guests can choose to sit at the usual table or at the bar. If you sit at the bar, you can see the chefs cooking right in front of you. The bar is also the place where you can see the process to cook Robatayaki. Yep, it is an open kitchen too where you can find the burning coals and stone there. 
When I look up, I can see a small miniature of garden on the ceiling. The reverse garden! Interesting!


To maintain the quality and taste of the food, all the recipes are imported directly from the United States and Japan. Some of the most favorite menus are Robatayaki, Sashimi, Tapas, Rice and Soup, and also Sushi. For Ramen lovers, you can try the legendary Ramen Jinya. The Robatayaki Ramen itself is formulated by the original Japanese chef to ensure the flavor.
As for the meat selections, you can choose from processed chicken, beef, and pork. And the choice of sauce is miso sauce, teriyaki, and pecan.


The sashimi in Robata Jinya is fresh. You can choose to eat the sashimi only, or choose the ones that is paired with vegetables and avocado. Very creative way to present the dishes!  


The sushi comes in many variations. As a sushi lover, this is the dishes that I call heaven! Just like the sashimi, the sushi itself is fresh. The spicy sauce and wasabi truly increased the taste. Go ahead and try their Soft Shell Crab Roll, Chirashi, and Tiradit.


I must admit that this is the first time I eat Robatayaki. And the Robatayaki in Robata Jinya taste so good. They are not overcooked and easy to chew. The sauce has added the taste to a higher level. Perfect!

The Tebasayaki (a chicken wing section with a splash of black pepper sauce) is very delicious. Don't forget to taste the Tsukune (chicken meatballs with herbs). Some menu items such as Sunagimo, Chicken Tail, Sasami, and Chicken Breast could be an alternative delights.

For pork lovers, Miso Marinated Pork Belly is the best one. The taste of the Pork Belly is crunchy and yummy. The main point is to always try their beef and pork. All of them are awesomely delicious! 


Well, Ramen is one of my favorite food, especially when I get flu or when I am in a cold weather. The Ramen in Robata Jinya is tasty. The good taste of noodle, egg, meat, vegetables and broth completes each other to make a bowl of happiness. Nice one!  


The chef behind all the delicious Japanese food is Chef Makoto Kamiyama. Meet him at the open kitchen and ask him about any Japanese food you like. He will be happy to discuss them with you.


Officially, the first restaurant of Robata Jinya opened in 2006 in Tokyo, Japan by Takahashi who learned cooking techniques of Japanese cuisine through his father who owned Kappo Mushashi restaurant. Then Robata Jinya opened branches in several cities in the United States. Today, you can find Robata Jinya in Japan, the United State of America, and Indonesia.

In addition, for Sake lovers, you can always drink Sake in Robata Jinya too!

Enjoy your Japanese food, happy people!