Gastromaquia – Spanish & Mediterranean Weekend Brunch Spot
Evelovelle was invited to dine at Gastromaquia courtesy of Zomato ID
Hey folks, what are you up to this weekend? I suggest start your day with a good brunch to make your weekend with your loved ones meaningful and fulfilled. Gastromaquia is experimenting with new Spanish flavours which they would be expecting to serve to the public on the 16th of April 2016. Gastromaquia is a Spanish/Mediterranean restaurant, that I consider to be one of the best in its category in Jakarta. I was attracted immediately coming to the restaurant because white facade always gets me. I entered the premises and saw a quirky, lovable space, kinda like entering Mad Hatter’s party.
We started with something rather sweet, churros as appetizer. It was fried perfectly and it tasted wonderful. The chocolate just needed to be a little thicker in my opinion, but the rest of the diners agreed that it was on point and they like their chocolate consistency rather light.
Tirta Lie aka Jakarta’s Bakmie King attended the event as well so the chef specially made a noodle dish for him to try out. The Garlic Noodle had a great chewy texture, a little too far out chewy but the crab meat on the other hand was fresh and tasteful.
We also got to try out several other small dishes to share. The standouts in my opinion was the Grilled Asparagus and the Octopus dish. Grilled Asparagus is a vegetable, and I know vegetables aren’t usually a standout dish, but this one is definitely one of my favourites. I’m a huge fan of fresh produce and asparagus are one of those ingredients that are easily cooked, simply seasoned and left an everlasting impact to the tongue. Galicians are natives from Northwestern Spain and they are famous for serving a traditional dish – Octopus with boiled potatoes, and often served with powdered paprika. Gastromaquia’s version of potatoes are elevated in such a way that they emulsify potatoes into potato foam. The octopus was surprisingly soft and unchewy, that means its cooked perfectly!
If you are a frequent reader of mine you would have known that bread is my weakness. I can forgo simply any other forms of carbs but not bread – aka imo the greatest artificial staple food of all mankind. And then Gastromaquia decided to do a sexy rendition of Mallorca. Its both sweet and savoury, I spied melted cheese, ham or bacon in it and I am still unsure of it. It is best eaten warm so if you want to take pictures, do it under a minute like we all do! This bread my friends, is my favourite dish of the day! Some of the other food bloggers felt that the bread tasted rather mild, but I on the other hand preferred it that way because I get to taste the bread itself.
We were served with two Greek Yoghurt Bowls where one is unsweetened (left), and the other sweetened (right). I’m torn between the two if I have to pick one because I love chia seeds on the left, but I love blueberries, kiwis and granola on the right! Okay I still can’t decide, I just love both.
I like baguette with garlic, butter, wine, olive oil with mussels and I used to have those back in Melbourne. Shrimps are great too! The tomato sliced chunks and garlic gave off a sweet and garlicky flavour that taste really delicious combined.
You have to wait about 30-45 minutes for the paella to be ready. The rice matches that of a risotto consistency, but less watery. Everyone loved this dish so much that they say that they would come back just for the Seafood Paella. I’ve tried quite a few paellas but I got to say that this is one of my favourites!
For desserts, we had a light and fluffy sponge cake, and a texture-dense New York style Cheesecake. I had to order coffee to pair all these sweetness with. I very much preferred the super rich cheesecake, its seduction is too much to handle.
Mirror mirror on the wall, isn’t this place the fairest of all?!
Owner Alan mentioned that Gastromaquia changes their decorations seasonally and this season’s theme is all about spring! The picture on the right showcases the second floor of the restaurant.
You know ever since living in Melbourne, I long for great, unpretentious food that speaks true to its authenticity. I am really in awe with the high standards of food Gastromaquia has presented to us. No doubt I will definitely come back to this restaurant, even when not sponsored in the future, Ha! Thank you owner Alan and also Dennis to have arranged the meet-up with the Zomato team as well as other foodies of Zomato. As much as I miss my fellow foodie blogger friends in Melbourne whom we met too frequently through events, I am enjoying myself meeting up with new faces, as it was indeed my first #ZomatoMeetUp in Jakarta.
PS. I apologise if the quality of photos has been compromised. I put in effort to lug my heavy DSLR to the scene but to my horror, carelessly left my SD card at home, gah! But nonetheless, I thank Iphone 6 who still does a good job in taking not-bad quality photos, and of course pictures are easier to take when the place itself is stunning and has great lighting!
Jl. Ciniru I No. 1, Senopati, Jakarta
Tel: 021 2970 4981