Thursday, 4 July 2013

[Review] de Luca

Visited De Luca on a weeknight and it was packed, we had to sit at the smoking area even though none of us smoked! With cozy, dark ambiance, we don't know when the next non-smoking table would be available. Goes to show what a crowd favourite it was, and it's been around for quite a while too!

Green Smith Mocktail - 52thousand
A concoction of green apple, mint, lemon and soda; even though it did state green apple, we think it's tad too sour to enjoy. A wee bit more mint and sugar would've made it refreshing.

Farfalle with Beef Bacon and Mushrooms - 78thousand
Pretty self-explanatory, looks simple, but it was delish! Being the first to be served, the dish came out pretty quick, and piping hot too! You know how some cream-based pasta could be too overwhelming that you get sick of it after a while? This was no where near it, Le Sister could easily finish it in one seating. Just a minor concern would be the pasta was a little too al dente to Le Sister's liking.  

Overall, it was a good one. If you're not a fan of cream-based pasta, they have tomato-based and aglio olio-based too. There are a few other promising options that we would like to try on out next visit.

Supremo Pizza - 78thousand
Mozzarella di Buffala, tomato sauce, pepperoni, cherry tomatoes and mint leaf. We finished this in a blink of an eye! Definitely one to look out for. The ingredients were fresh, and the dough was thin yet has a nice grip to it. First time eating fresh mint leaves, and it was a great first taste. Who knew mint leaves would taste so yummy!

 Lamb Shank - 198thousand
Lamb shank served with mashed potatoes, greens and gravy. The most expensive dish, yet not the best. (Don't judge a book by it's cover, ey?) The lamb came out dry and hasn't been marinated well, so the meat just tasted like meat? The mashed potatoes still had lumps in it, and could use a little bit more butter. And the gravy? It was too thick. Overall it wasn't that bad, but not one that we would order on our next visit.

Like previously mentioned, this was one of the more expensive dish on the menu, and the servers keep pointing this menu to us. As we couldn't decide on a final main, we went ahead with their suggestions. After finishing our meal, the servers (more than 2) came up to our table asking how the Lamb Shank was, and not about any of the other food which we enjoyed. We found it rather rude and amusing at the same time.

Panna Cotta - 52thousand
 We're in pursuit of the yummiest Panna Cotta in town, and this definitely do not make the cut. It was dense, and didn't go really well with the nuts, but it does have a fragrant aftertaste.

Overall, it was an enjoyable dinner where we could see ourselves coming back, and we can't wait to head on over. For dessert, jump right opposite to their sister company, Monolog for a slice of our favourite Raspberry Velvet cake. Imagining it right now is putting a smile on our face. :)

de Luca
Plaza Senayan P1 101B
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8
Jakarta 10270

Telephone : (021) 572 5170

Operation Hours:
Monday - Friday : 11AM - 11PM
Weekend : 11AM - 2AM

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