It is interesting to see Jakarta starting to flex its muscles and show that what other cities can achieve is also reproducable here. Liquid Exchange is very swanky and wouldn’t look out of place in a docklands development in London or Sydney. There are two seating areas – one in an upstairs balcony and the other downstairs where I sit watching the mall’s multinational clientele doing their capitalist thang. It is a racial pot pourri as the mall is next to the Taman Rasuna monstrosity.
One thing that is very refreshing about the whole Bakrie development – forgetting about the umpteen towers of doom – is the sense of space that has been factored into the Epicentrum complex. Space to swing a luwak is a sorely-missed concept in Jakarta. For noms, I opted for the pork loin with chorizo sausage, fettucine with herbed vegetables and whole-grain mustard sauce. The meal was attractively presented, but my appetite soon made short work of that. The pork loin was very good. Four cuts that were very filling, but I think the chorizo stuffing was kind of carnivore overkill. Its richness would have worked on its own, but I ended up working around it.
The staff are discreet and prompt, but it must be said that service is good most places on a Tuesday afternoon when you are the only customer. The one thing that bugs me in a lot of ‘lounge’ restaurants is the apparent indecision with the volume of the (not my cup of tea) music. Music outside of my normal playlist is fine, but please stop turning it up and down. It is intrusive and prevents an ambience being created. First a true lounge atmosphere, then disco, then restaurant, then “Oh, I like this one!” says Mr Waiter. And 120 bpm’s while eating gets tired quickly. Mz showed up and ordered the roast baby chicken with shitake mushrooms and dauphinoise potatoes. This got big thumbs up from us both, especially the dauphinoise as they were very well-seasoned and the combination of these and the sauce balanced the whole meal well.