Yesterday I was invited to join in a blogger gathering celebrating the opening of a new restaurant joiner in one of the hippest hangout area in Pondok Indah, Street Gallery-Pondok Indah Mall 3. I always happy when it comes to something new and unique rather than new but so so. I mean you know, most of the new restaurants in Jakarta now only focus on the theme and the decor, as long as it’s instragammable and gather the hype of Jakarta’s patrons, everything will look “unique” without minding the food served, which is more important for the establishment of the restaurant.
Well, sorry for my dramatic thought, let’s start talking this new baby which is good in name also, Pavela. This is the first-ever Peruvian restaurant in Jakarta (I thought in Indonesia, CMIIW since I’ve never heard any Peru’s authentic restaurant before anywhere in Indonesia). Pavela, wholly owned by Henalda Group, serving original Peruvian cuisine with fresh ingredients from Peru and modified with some Indonesian’s ingredients to give the world’s culinary hunter satisfy feeling in enjoying authentic Peru’s cuisine right in Jakarta.
Not only the authentic Peruvian cuisine, Pavela also brought us to enjoy Peru’s atmosphere here. The ambiance is set very warm, with yellowish lighting and black and white colour in overall interior. The pictures of Peruvian people in frames and a mural of Macchu Picchu, Peru’s historical and ancient city, also adding a real atmosphere of Peru.
So, for the opening treat, Pavela gave us a refreshing Peru’s national drink which is a very MUST TRY, named Pisco Sour (45K). This drink was made from fusion of lime, egg white, brown sugar and cinnamon. A lil bit sour but super refreshing!
For appetizers, Yucca Fritas (40K) was the BOMB!. Actually this is only a crunchy cassava, but the dipping called ‘aji verde’ was between hell and heaven. A combination of cilantro, lime, and ‘secret ingredients’ resulting a spicy flavor like wasabi but surprisingly addicting when I dipped the cassava in it. Can’t stop munching this snacks!
Another tasty of appetizers you can choose are as follow:
Papas Fritas (40K). Butter french fries with ‘aji verde’
Pavela Wings (55K). Marinated crunchy bone-in chicken wings with pavela tarter dipping.
Causa Limena (45K). Traditional Peruvian style. Seasoned mashed potato terrine topepd with shredded chicken breast, onions, Japanese cucumber, and ‘aji verde’
Move to the main course. Peruvian cuisine is actually dominated with ‘carbo-things’. You can see rice and cassava get together in one plate like in this Pollo A La Brasa (95K). In one plate, you can find slow-roasted Peruvian spiced chicken leg quarter, fresh green vegetables, yucca fritas and cilantro butter rice. I simply love the buttery rice. Moist and fragrant in the same time.
If you want something sweet, Pollo Saltado (85K) might be the best choice. This one actually similar with Pollo A La Brasa, combining butter rice and yucca fritas but with caramelized onion for the chicken, resulting more sweet sensation for non-spicy lovers.
My favorite would be this Nikkei Chicken (80K)
Crunchy chicken leg topped with special Nikkei sauce which is sweet like a maple syrup, cilantro butter rice and Pavela tartar. I can not explain how heaven this was, the one thing I love was eating savory chicken with shot of sweet sauce has never been so good before!
And this one also, Jalea (95K). Peruvian fish & chips, fresh salad, papas fritas, with ‘aji verde’ and salsa criolla dipping. I simply love how crunchy the Dory fish outside and super moist inside.
Another choice you can try is this Chicharron De Pollo (80K). Crispy chicken breast with salsa criolla, cream de rocoto, fresh greens and cilantro butter rice.
Don’t skip the dessert since Pavela also serves selection of great Peruvian style’s dessert.
Banana Popsicles (40K)
Who doesn’t love popsicles?! Ouch, I bet you’re gonna love this. Frozen banana topped with dark chocolate coatingand roasted crushed peanuts served with vanilla ice cream. Childhood alert!
Beso De Moza (45K)
I expected something ooey gooey from this dark choco cake unfortunately they’re served frozen so it’s really hard to cut the cake. The hint of melted marshmallow inside made my feeling better to enjoy the rest of the cake.
Overall, I love having lunch here. Friendly and fast service with reasonable price and proportional portion. So, if you’re someone who loves traveling and wishing to visit Peru someday, visiting Pavela might be a good start before you enjoy the real Peru. Congratulation again Pavela. Wishing you have a great journey ahead!
Pavela Peruvian Cuisine
Street Gallery Ground Floor #13
Pondok Indah Mall 3
Telp. +62 21 2952 9767
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah, Jakarta Selatan