In the chic neighbourhood of Gunawarman, Greyhound Café has opened its second branch in Jakarta. Ajeng G. Anindita explores its halal menu.
Greyhound has always prided itself on being a “Thai food with a twist” kind of place, so customers know what to expect going in. Long gone is the trend of serving “authentic” food. Jakartans know what they like and are honest about it. It’s totally acceptable to adjust to the market you are targeting. At the end of the day, diners want to have a good time with good food, and Greyhound provides exactly that. The first branch in Grand Indonesia proves this, as every weekend it’s packed with diners. You have to book in advance to be sure of a table. Which brings us to the restaurant’s new standalone branch in the chic neighbourhood of Gunawarman.
Prestige visited the new Greyhound a week after its soft opening. Its façade can be deceiving with black, white and grey colour dominating the walls and tinted windows. Once you go inside, you realise immediately that this is where they keep all the light, with windows from roof to floor, high ceilings and just enough hanging plants on top. It almost feels like you are entering a greenhouse – one with a kitchen and bars.
The seating area is the usual four- and six-seater layout, with comfortable sofas near the window and in the middle of the restaurant. Its layout is divided in three plans; indoor, semi-outdoor and outdoor area. You step directly to the indoor area once you enter, it’s where most of the action took place, with open grill kitchen where you can see the culinary team grilling your meat and a bar on the opposite corner. The semi-outdoor and outdoor area are more relaxed, although you might want to wait until 3 or 4 pm to fully enjoy these spaces. The semi-outdoor and outdoor space are adorned with neutral hues and photogenic murals that adds good aesthetic to the overall ambiance. The open-air atmosphere is quite refreshing and relaxing, you could stay for a while there and keep ordering food to your liking. There’s also a VIP section on the second floor that accommodates up to 16 people, excellent for private launch or meetings.
Then there’s the food. While the concept is the same as at Grand Indonesia, we are told they serve only halal food at this branch. We start with Crispy Tuna with Spicy Mango Salad. The fried tuna, tossed with a refreshing spicy green mango salad, is a good way to begin a meal. But if you are not a big eater, this dish could be your lunch of choice. Another appetiser we try is the sliced fresh salmon drenched in special Thai spicy sauce. The green sauce has enough kick to liven up the salmon without overpowering the taste itself. Moving on to the main course, there’s the Tom Yum Hotpot, a classic Thai dish that everyone must have tried and love. This sharing dish, one of Greyhound’s signature menu items, contains seafood and fish balls in a sour and spicy broth that does not disappoint.
Next is grilled US rib eye, coated in rich and a spicy northeastern Thai- style sauce that could easily become a crowd favourite. There’s also Grilled Jumbo Prawns with Namplawarn Sauce that consist of juicy river prawns with caramelized seafood sauce, topped with crispy shallots and kaffir lime leaves. While we are enjoying our foods, the barista team presented us with two of their signature cocktails. One is inspired by Thai tea, with whiskey and baileys as the base, and the other is a light and refreshing version of amaretto sour, Peach Tea Amaretto.
Last but not least is the dessert. Among all of the dessert they have, there are two that we tried; Chocolate Banana Crepe Cake and Happy Toast. Happy Toast offers you a fun experience, as it allows you to add your own toppings of choice to the freshly made toast, whether it’s Thai tea custard, salted caramel or condensed milk. There are five toppings to choose from. The Chocolate Banana Crepe Cake offers a more classic combination of banana and chocolate layered with thin crepes, custard and cream.
Considering the number of restaurants opening in the area these days, sometimes you just want to have something that’s familiar and guaranteed to taste good. Whether it’s for a quick lunch, dinner or even hanging out with your cliques, Greyhound Café Gunawarman just might become your top choice.
Greyhound Cafe Gunawarman
Jalan Gunawarman No: 36A, Jl. Senopati, Kec. Kby. Baru, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12110
Phone: (021) 27082788