Koh-E-Noor Restaurant Review, Pasar Festival, Jl. H. R. Rasuna Said, Kuningan, Jakarta
As I have compared this restaurant favourably in another review, I thought it was only fair to do the honourable thing and give it its own run-down.
After a busy day of doing precisely nothing – I love holidays – the Marmz team scooted down to Pasar Festival, which the management appears to be making worse, if that was possible, by placing a weird facade on to the front. Perhaps they are trying to compete with the government buildings on Rasuna Said, which are also having a tacky face-lift to justify their budget for another year. The funky orange lines on the building next to Menara Kuningan would be fine but for the fact that they are unevenly positioned, creating a very wonky appearance that will annoy me until they rip them down in favour of some other half-baked idea.
Koh-E-Noor is not a very large restaurant and appears to be under-staffed compared with the over-proliferation of staff in some of the other Indian restaurants in Jakarta. What they have actually done, miracle of miracles, is to employ people who can work a restaurant rather than Gramedia-style quantity-over-quality employees.
I have been going to Koh-E-Noor for 4 years and I am always impressed with the level of customer service. They are pleasant and attentive, and their knowledge of the dishes is good. Food arrives extremely quickly which can be a bit of a double-edged sword. Erring on the side of speed is not going to win any plaudits from me, though, when it comes to cooking chicken, so today I wasn’t especially chuffed with the kitchen staff. My chicken arrived on a hotplate, and despite my best efforts to roll it around to get the pinkiness to cook off, the chicken was still unnervingly underdone. I can not stand it when I see undercooked chicken. It makes me put off eating it at all. I made do with stealing Mz’ tikka makhanwala sauce and dipping my qeema naan into it. The poppadum masalah was very salty and this made me a little sad as this was usually very tasty with a nice balance of flavours .
We told the waitress about the chicken, who responded with an ‘oh’ but looked about as concerned about this as she might have been about the 2.30 winner at Chepstow.
I am going to give the benefit of the doubt that this was a one-off, as unlike other commenters on this site, I haven’t previously had a bad experience there. But now I am wary…
Any favourable words about curry joints in Jakarta? Please let me know!