RoCA Restaurant - ARTOTEL Jakarta

3/18/2015 Soya Yanagawa 1 Comments

Have you heard about ARTOTEL jakarta? It is an Art inspiring boutique hotel that was located in Thamrin, right next to Sarinah Building. Featuring original designs by talented young Indonesian contemporary artist, ARTOTEL offers a fresh twist to every visit. With a powerful combination of top notch art from some of this country's emerging artists and best-in-class service delivered by a talented hospitality team, ARTOTEL offers a hotel experience like no other.

In just several months, ARTOTEL has won a lot of outsanding awards such as:

ITTA AWARDS 2013/2014








ITTA AWARDS 2014/2015

YUP, ARTOTEL Jakarta was opened on 3Q14, and yet they already have a lot of awards and recognition.

Located in the lobby floor of ARTOTEL, Jakarta, there is a fun and vibrant restaurant named RoCA Restaurant. I fell in love with this hip and trendy restaurant once i stepped into this place.

The environment so clean and artistic. Really love the drawing and the giant window that brighten up the dining room. The cushion looks so comfy and colorful. Such a delightful place to dine in.

Let us start with the beverages. At RoCA you can choose the beverage that suits with your tendency to dine there. You can ordered tea or coffee if you want to enjoy your breakfast or teatime, juice to accompany your lunch, even wine, spirits and cocktail to enjoy your dinner or romantic moment with your beloved one. Well, because I went there for lunch.. Why don't we try their Mocktails?

Hospital Hater IDR 48,000

This mocktail actually is a healthy beverage, consists of broccoli, pineapple juice and lemon. Maybe people often to think that healthy food or healthy drink is NOT delicious. But you have to try their "Hospital Hater". I really admire the taste! It was so refreshing and delicious. The mild taste of broccoli soften the bold taste of pineapple, and the sweetness of pineapple erased the bitterness of broccoli. They are complimenting each other. The hint of lemon add some freshness into this beverages.

I really love the combination and the taste. Sometimes, on healthy drinks, you will find an unpleasant aftertaste on your mouth, but this drink will gives you a relieving aftertaste.

Pretty Cinderella IDR 48,000

My friend ordered this pretty mocktail. The nuance from orange to red looks so stunning with the bubbles swimming from the bottom to the top. From the look of this beverage scream for freshness.

True, the taste really fresh just like its look. The combination between orange juice and grenadine taste delicious. Added with soda, this beautiful beverage, really boost up your freshness and stamina.

Orange Juice IDR 38,000

Sometimes, you just need a simple, fresh and delicious juice to accompanying your lunch. Well, you can find RoCA's Juices collection. Just like the orange juice above, from the look, you can see the thickness and beautiful color of the fresh juice. The taste? it just like eating orange in liquid form.

Are you ready for the food?

RoCA was known for their wonderful dishes like Nasi Goreng Kemangi, Sop Buntut Goreng and Nasi Goreng Kampung. Indeed, I have already tasted it when I visit BART, and it was superb! Too bad, I went there at night and the situation made me give up to take pictures. What makes me want to come back to this place is the deliciousness and the reasonable price (you just have to pay IDR 55,000 for Nasi Goreng Kemangi Teri or Nasi Goreng Kampung).

Spicy Asian Salad with Prawns IDR 58,000

The salad was so fresh and really appetizing. Like always, I really love the red and green color combination, it really contrast and beautiful. Diverse textures can be fount on this salad, especially RoCA put deep fried shrimp on the salad. Even though that I have found that the shrimp wasa a little bit overcooked, but it really enrich the textures. I also find that RoCA's Spicy Asian Salad using fried garlic, love the aroma and the crunchiness. It brings you to the other level of satisfaction.

You can find the Asian touch from the dressing. Taste the honey sweet and lemon sour explodes in your mouth with a reverberating heat from the chili. The heat aftertaste really gives you a kick,

Orange Chicken Rice Sweet & Sour Sauce IDR 48,000

When the dish arrived to my table, I cannot hold any much longer NOT TO  EAT this mouth-drooling dish. The sweet and sour sauce glistening concealed the chicken. It looks so yummy!

Beneath the pile of chicken with the glistening sauce, there was a white fried rice. I said white fried rice because it did not use sweet soy sauce. Indeed if you just eat the fried rice, it will tasted a little bit bland. That is why the fried rice was paired with the bold taste of sweet sour chicken. The combination is perfect and delicious, you will not stop eating it until it was empty.

The orange gives beautiful fragrance and flavor on the dish. Beautifully and  wisely seasoned, the sauce really complemented the chicken and fried rice to the fullest. Such a mesmerizing dish that you have to try while you're in RoCA

Crab Garlic Noodle IDR 89,000

Actually, if you take a look at the dish, you can see a shell-less crab was deep fried and put on the top of the noodle. So elegant and jaw dropping presentation.

I really love the seasoning. It has a wonderful sweet savory taste with beautiful fragrant from the garlic. The crab was astonishing and add some texture and indulgent on the plate. Really a breath taking dish and will be back for sure!

Spicy Turkey Sandwich IDR58,000

This spicy turkey sandwich was served along with french fries and salad. Really love the humble presentation and generous portion. But you know what? They use Croissant as the bread, so the texture was so crisp and delish. The turkey ham was complemented with the cheddar, so you can find a crunchy exterior and moist and juicy inside. Deliciousness sometimes can be found on the dish that use simple ingredients, just like this spicy turkey sandwich. An alternate dish to fill your empty stomach in the morning or noon.

Banana Foster IDR 45,000

Before I start to describe this dessert, There is a fun fact that I really want to share with you.


Banana Foster was created in 1951 by Paul Blangé at Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was named for Richard Foster, a friend of Owen Brennan who was then New Orleans Crime Commission chairman. 
Bananas Foster is a dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with a sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur. The butter, sugar and bananas are cooked, and then alcohol is added and ignited. The bananas and sauce are then served over the ice cream. 

Luckily I have met with Chef Faizal Irvan, the Executive Chef ARTOTEL Jakarta, that give us a brief about this Banana Foster. He said that, he made this common dessert in US with a twist. He add herbs such as clove, nutmeg, etc into this dish.

RoCA's Banana Foster using croissant beneath the banana and caramel. So the caramel was absorbed to the croissant so it become denser, more aromatic, and full of taste. The fragrant really so rich and mind-blowing; It has calm and indulging caramel scent, strong and tough cinnamon aroma, refreshing tropical fruit fragrance, and a hint of earthy sensation.

The taste was heavenly.. you will be blown away because its unearthly taste. Sweet, sour, and savory combined beautifully and added with hot and cold sensation. Really love the hint of citrusy taste that perfected this dessert and makes you remove the word of "sharing" on your dictionary.

2 words.... MUST TRY!

If you happened in near Sarinah, Thamrin, why don't you try to go to this awesome place. I really fall in love with this hotel and restaurant.. Will be back again for sure!

Have a great day and Godspeed!

RoCA Restaurant

Artotel Jakarta, Ground Floor
Jl. Sunda No. 3, Thamrin, Jakarta Pusat

Twitter: @ilove_artotel
Instagram: @ilove_artotel
Facebook: Artotel Indonesia
Phone: 021 31925888

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