April 17th, 2017. I was invited to Media and Bloggers luncheon. It was very exciting. A new place. You know about Akira Back, right? Yes. There’s connection between this place and Akira Back. Turn out, this is the latest brainchild by Chef Akira Back. It’s a modern Korean Steakhouse with American style. AB Steak.
Chef Akira Back stays true to his take on cultural merging, mixing flavors and tastes of his Korean origin along with a variety of other cuisines in an exotic fashion. The innovative steakhouse concept has been developed by Chef Back for quite some times and Jakarta has been chosen to be the first city to open AB Steak. The restaurant’s door opens in April 2017 with a commitment to deliver high quality service, comfort, style and memorable experience.
The experience was like in a movie. We came in. It’s dark. A lot of meat in there. People walked around. There’s fire on the wall. Yeah, not really fire, it’s more like live wallpaper. It’s still dark. I know! We’re like coming into a private party of mafia kingpin! LOL. The difference from the movie, in AB Steak, there’s no dancing pole. Hahaha. Yup, trust me. Not even one. *please be serious Yen..* Ok, I’m not lying. It’s like private party. I could feel the elegant and luxury ambiance. There’re paper cranes on the wall. It’s so beautiful. Well, let’s begin the steak-party!
Shitake Croquette 225k
Sea Urchin, Sweet Shrimp Kejang, Smoked Potato Foam, Caviar
My favourite! Can you imagine? Sea Urchin with Caviar on top of croquette. Tasted marvelous. The sweet shrimp kejang was also very delightful. It’s not every day I could eat kejang. The smoked potato foam was in a quite rich creamy texture even though it’s form as a foam. Super recommended!
Gejang or gejeot is a variety of jeotgal, salted fermented seafood in Korean cuisine, which is made by marinating fresh raw crabs either in ganjang or in a sauce based on chili pepper powder.
Amberjack “Carpaccio” 195k
Roasted Jalapeno Salsa, Oranges, Blood Orange Soy
Beautiful presentation. The lovely colour of the raw amberjack fish, blend charmingly with the colour of oranges and roasted jalapeno salsa and blood orange soy. The fresh spicy and tangy flavour of the dish was really strong. I only ate one beautiful slice of amberjack and it’s enough. The flavour burst in my mouth. Ulalaaaa..
Scallop Crudo 135k
Chive & Kimchee Gel, Jicama, Truffle Yuja Soya
Crudo means raw in Spanish. So it means raw scallop. And it was beautiful. It’s glazy and divine in presentation. But the flavour was very strong for my palate. The sour and tangy flavour. If you like sour and tangy flavour, this is for you, then. An eye-opener starter.
Pachyrhizus erosus, commonly known as jicama, Mexican yam bean, or Mexican turnip, is the name of a native Mexican vine, although the name most commonly refers to the plant’s edible tuberous root.
Citrus junos or yuzu (from Japanese ユズ) is a citrus fruit and plant in the family Rutaceae. It is called yuja (from Korean 유자) in Korean cuisine context.
Steamed Bun 150k
Bbq Duck, Seared Foie gras, Ssamjang hoisin
Such a delicate bun. And I think it’s very genius to serve bun with tender duck and seared foie gras. And the bun was very delicate. Ok, I said it twice. But it’s true. I just rolled the bun, put those delicious in my mouth. And it’s literally melted. Yes, melted in my mouth. This is one of my favourites too.
Black Mussels 135k
Meatballs, Crispy Rice Cake, Kochujang Butter Sauce
Love this one too. Wow, it’s getting better! The black mussels were a rare ones. So, it’s really lucky for me to try this one. It was very delicious. I prefer they made the meatballs larger, of course. But those mini meatballs were scrumptious. Those little.. errrr.. ok now let’s talk about the crispy rice cake. It was pretty amazing. Sometimes they made the tteobokki quite hard to chew. But this one was pretty soft. Don’t ask about the butter sauce. I wanted to put warm rice on top of it. Huft.. I should did that! 😦
Steak Tartare 185k
Roasted Bone Marrow, Wagyu Tartare, Pine Nuts
At first I ate only the wagyu tartare. Then I combined with the roasted bone marrow. And it was unbelivable. The flavour changed all at once. As you know, bone marrow tastes meaty and buttery. Umami!
AB’s Caesar 110k
Grilled Romaine, Grilled Salmon, Herbed Yogurt Caesar Dressing, Caramel Mac-nuts
I think it’s caesar salad a la AB Steak. The romaine grilled perfectly, mingled impeccably with the well-seasoned salmon. The caramel macadamia enhanced the texture of the salad. Recommended!
After those starters, let’s move to the main course. And they served five dipping sauces: Sesame Oil, Bulgogi, Wasabi, Ssamjang and Chimichurri. My favourite was the sesame oil. 🙂
Flat Iron Steak 300gr 675k
Tender wagyu beef with melt-in-your-mouth texture. Super juicy.
HOUSE AGED BEEF
They categorized 6 types also. 60 days Whiskey Aged Bone-In Wagyu Ribeye MBS +6 123k per 100gr, 45 days Porterhouse (500gr minimum) 185k per 100gr, 45 days T-bone (500gr minimum) 178k per 100gr, 45 days Bone-in Ribeye (300gr minimum) 199k per 100gr, 21 days Kiwami Wagyu Top Sirloin 9+ 168k per 100 gr and 15 days Belgian White Tongue 160k per 100gr.
45 days – Porterhouse 500gr 925k
200 days grain fed
I could still hear the sizzling sound they made. They added apple wood chips in the charcoal. Smell so good. Juicy and tender meat. OMG. But I prefer it grilled in medium well. Melt-in-your-mouth!
45 days – Bone-In Ribeye 300gr 597k
200 days grain fed
Same texture with same flavour. Aaaargh, after tried 3 kinds of meat, I still couldn’t choose which one is the best. Since they all were delicous, juicy, tender and melt-in-your-mouth. Well I think, you should try them all. OMG! To-die-for!
Coconut Mochi Cake 65k
Butter Mochi Cake, Salted Caramel Popcorn & Macadamia, Coconut Sorbet
Molten Chocolate Soufflé 150k
Valrhona, Pinenut Streusel, Vanilla Frangelico Ice Cream
Brandy & Maple With Nashi & Crepe Flambé 150k
OK, from those three desserts, my favourite was the Molten Chocolate Soufflé. The mochi cake was just ok for me. Maybe because I don’t really like mochi. And the crepe flambé was just a sweet crepe with additional of brandy flavour. Those two were delicious, but I love the molten chocolate soufflé more. The texture of the soufflé was flawless. Super recommended.
Thank you AB Steak for the lovely luncheon. Wagyu see is Wagyu get. Grilling on April 23rd, 2017 – currently only for dinner. Be prepared, people!
AB Steak by Chef Akira Back
MD Place Building
Jl. Setiabudi Selatan No. 7
Phone: +62 21 2966 9272