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UNION - Street Gallery Pondok Indah Mall

9/28/2013 Soya Yanagawa 4 Comments



You might know about UNION the brasserie, bakery and bar that quite happening in Plaza Senayan. Now, they spread their wings wider by opening their second outlet at Street Gallery - Pondok Indah Mall.

UNION is located at the Street Gallery - Pondok Indah Malls' Ground Floor. Because of their strategic location, you can easily find it right at the corner of Street Gallery.

Nowadays, there is lot of dining placed named their self as a brasserie. For your information, brasserie is a type of French restaurant with a relaxed, upscale setting, which serves single dishes and other meals. Different from bistro, brasserie is often to have professional service, printed menus, and traditionally white linen. For the most obvious thing, if you look a little closer to your table, you will find out that they are using the "real flower". That makes UNION is one step higher than bistros, cafes and other restaurants.

The word brasserie is also French for "brewery" and, by extension, "the brewing business". The term is often used in the United Kingdom applied to small metropolitan restaurants, usually in city centres, however it generally has no connection with brewing.





 

When you arrive to this place, the host will greet you and escort you to the available table. But don't be surprised if you only have 1 hour to stay on this place. I think it was UNION's policy for dine-in customers.

You will find that UNION’s environment is beautiful. They are using the terrace concept, so it is quite a semi open-air. The ceiling is almost similar with E&O at Menara Rajawali. No wonder, the owner of this brasserie is same group as E&O.

The decoration is modest but classy; they use black and white as their dominant colors. Posters and frames was hanged on the walls and make this place feels homier and cozier. But too bad, because of their semi open-air environment, for some areas, the heat from the outside is more intense than the air cooler from the building.










Just like its name, UNION Brasserie, Bakery and Bar is serving you with their tantalizing french food, diverse pastry and alluring beverages. Well, you can find UNION's menu on their website or you can see it above (The menu is for September 2013)




While you are waiting for your order to come out, UNION will treat us with their homemade bread. To tell you the truth, firstly i thought it was a Ciabatta. But after i saw the shape and texture, I start to doubt myself.

Well, the homemade loaf was warmly served and accompanied with smooth and slick delicious butter. The bread was so soft and a little bit savory. By adding the butter, the taste becomes wonderful and will make you craving for more. But even though UNION is generous enough by offering us to add more of this loaf, my friends and I had to refuse it. So we can have our main course while our stomach is not too full.






Lime Juice IDR 25,000
This homemade lime juice have a very humble presentation. But when you have a zip on it, you will be surprised with its' sourness. The taste is so shocking refreshing, served with a mini cup of liquid sugar so you can adjust the sweetness to make it perfect for your taste.

Lychee Ice Tea IDR 35,000
Tea with lychee flavor is often indulging us with their fresh and sweet taste. This flavored tea is the most suitable beverage for those who want to quench their thirst from Jakarta’s heat. Served with lychee fruit, will makes your day become jollier.

Ice lemon Tea IDR 35,000
Lemon tea from UNION is freshly made from lemon fruits. It is also shockingly sour and refreshing. I have got full with their presentation once again. Usually, if you ad lemon on your tea, the color become paler. But UNION’s lemon tea have a dark brown color, which is why I never see it coming as a stunningly refreshing beverage.





US T-Bone Steak, French Fries, Roast Vegetables IDR 225,000
The portion is quite large and satisfying for those who seeks quantity. I really love their roasted garlic and asparagus. The dressing is wonderful and very delicious. Served with French Fries next to it, will fulfill all of your needs.

The T-bone cooked beautifully, the meat was tender, although not as tender as I hope.





Crispy Skin Pork Belly IDR 130,000
With Pomme Puree & Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Four-sliced pork belly was put on the top of UNION's pomme pure. Surrounded by Honey mustard vinaigrette and sprinkled with sliced chives makes these dish look stunningly beautiful.

The pork belly was beautifully cooked; it was sweet and juicy. The honey mustard vinaigrette is very delicious. With silky potato puree, crispy skin and soft pork belly makes the dish have richness in scent, taste and texture. Obviously the dish is really a "must try" item in UNION. It makes my heart soar!






Filet Mignon Rossini IDR 295,000
Black Angus Filet Mignon w/ seared foie gras & Black Truffle Sauce

To tell you the truth, this was my first time to eat Filet Mignon and foie gras. The filet mignon is outstandingly tender. The meat is perfectly cooked (medium) and easily cut. The foie gras is also delicious; it melts in your mouth.

This Filet Mignon is also served with potato (you can choose between french fries or mashed potato), garden vegetables and dressing. For the dressing, you can choose between Au Jus, Cafe de Paris, or Soy Mirin Sauce.




Red Velvet cake 55,000
I would like to introduce you to the most famous dessert in UNION, Red Velvet. This four layers maroon colored cake is outstandingly seducing. Their beautiful colors and alluring presentation is already makes my mouth full of drool.

What makes this dessert is so famous among the sweet tooth-er? First, the appearance! Second one is the taste, it has a pinch of rum flavor on this cake and then the third one is the textures. The fluffy and moist from the cake, the soft and creamy from the cream, and the crunchy from the nuts makes this this is full of textures. What a sinfully indulgent cake! (I order one to take away thehe..)






Caramel Peanut IDR 35,000
UNION introduce us with their 3 variants of Flaky Doughnut; Cinnamon Sugar, Chocolate Vanilla, and Caramel Peanut. Because Chef Dominique Ansel has trademarked "Cronut", so UNION named their croisant-doughnut as flaky donut .Too bad, I cannot taste them all, because for the Cinnamon sugar and chocolate vanilla is already sold out.

Different from the others, UNION's Caramel Peanut Flaky Doughnut have a long form of doughnut. Honestly, I am a little bit upset about this Flaky Doughnut. It looks like that this flaky doughnut is composed of 4 dough that came from the other donuts' hole and they just stuck it with a skewer. They dip it with caramel and sprinkled the peanuts.

Actually, I really love the layer of this doughnut. You can see each and every layers that this doughnut has. It is crunchy and flaky from the outside and soft from the inside. The taste is delicious and the texture is great, but I just think that this flaky doughnut tasted a little bit oily.





Their service might need a little bit improvement. The host is the front liner of the brasserie; you can asked them to be more friendly and concerned about the customer. But the waiter is very friendly and helpful. Although there is some mistakes on the bill (and we have just noticed after we already back to the office) Mr. Irwan (the manager or supervisor) apologized and immediately take care of the problem. I really admire his initiative and dexterity to provide solutions. This is the best way how to treat a customer. We know that there is nobody perfect, but the solution that they provides make it perfect. I hope that the other brasserie/restaurant/cafe/etc. can be modeled and take lessons from UNION's services.

Overall, it is indeed a wonderful and mesmerizing place to visit. For those who want to visit this place, you better reserve it first.

UNION
Street Gallery Terrace
Ground Floor, Pondok Indah Mall I
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah
Jakarta Selatan 12310

T. +6221 295 297 81 / 82 (RSVP)
T. +6221 295 297 83 (Bakery)
Facebook: Union Jakarta
www.unionjkt.com


Have a great day and Godspeed!


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4 comments:

  1. i think it s kinda rude to put the 'limited time' card to sit & enjoy. or is it a new way of service in Indonesia?

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    1. Well, actually if the place was crowded... the time limit is very helpful for the queueing customer..
      And sometimes, people is getting more interested with that kind of services. Do you know Pia Legong? they will not pick up your phone, answered your email and won't sell the pia carelessly, but people keep on coming and bought it.

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