1945 is the newest and the most daring venture from sari rasa group after the successful Tesate and Sate Khas Senayan restaurant. The restaurant tries to elevate authentic Indonesian cuisine into the fine dining arena. The restaurant team manages to refine the ingredient, preparation, and plating of the dish without pulling the root.
The amuse bouche started with boiled plump peanuts, garlic rice cracker (kerupuk gendar), sweet and salty cracker made from melinjo (gnetum gnemon), and sweet cracker, served with savory peanut sauce. The chilled ginger drink has a mellow and sweet gingery flavor coming through. Very good.
Timlo is a clear soup originated from Surakarta. Usually, it consists of chicken liver, chicken gizzard, chicken meat, savory hard boiled egg, and vermicelli. In this bowl, they use shredded duck meat, foie gras, poached egg, and rolled duck croquet. It might not tasted as authentic as the traditional one. But this one still manage to capture the idea by replacing the ingredients and the cooking technique. It is a good dish to start of.
The refined version of Indonesian signature oxtail soup presented beautifully with tender meat and flavorful oxtail consommé.
Pecel basically is a mixed of blanched green vegetables dressed with savory peanut sauce. Here at 1945 they serve a mixed of greens with cherry tomatoes, edible flowers with two different peanut sauces, black sesame sauce with spicy notes on the sides, and the traditional peanut sauces on the bottom. I believe that both sauces works incredibly well with the salad. It has the fragrant aroma coming through, and packed with flavors. They also serve rempeyek (savory cracker made with rice flour and peanuts) on the sides.
I personally feel that 1945’s version of Tongseng was more towards gulai. Tongseng was a muton stew originally from Surakarta, it was salty, sweet, savory, and fresh at the same time. Gulai is slightly sweeter, thicker, and more mellow compared to tongseng. The lamb was sous vided first before they deep fried it to get the crust from the outside and tender inside. The gravy was was very tasty but slightly too sweet to my liking.
This dish was delicious. The meat was unarguably tender, but the flavor was not bold enough. It was slightly missing the strong savory flavor that you normally get in rendang to be honest.
By the way, they serve 3 different selections of rice ranged from white rice, brown rice, and yellow rice. The yellow rice was fragrant, and very tasty, like it’s been cooked with coconut milk. Traditionally the yellow rice was colored by using turmeric.
The soufflé was felt more like a mousse to be honest, and coated with shredded coconut. It was smooth and has a right amount of sweetness. It’s paired with Bubur Sumsum puree, made with rice flour.
This combination really works! The sweet and sour fermented cassava (tape) flavor balanced the richness from the cheese really well.
1945 restaurant manage to refine Indonesian cuisine with great respect. The dishes have been constantly right in terms of texture and flavor. I would greatly recommend this place to anyone who wants to experience Indonesian cuisine in a ‘fine’ way. The only advice is to make sure you choose the menu wisely. In my case for example, the flavor profile is mostly sweet and heavy so that you’ll become quite bloated.
Jl. Asia Afrika No.8, Jakarta, Central Jakarta City, Special Capital Region of Jakarta, Indonesia