Arnold Poernomo has been a rising legend since his debut at Master Chef Indonesia. Having to known him before his epic stardom, I’m please to know that Arnold is definitely still the same humble man – who has that massive appetite of perfection. For the past few weeks, I’ve bet some of you have seen the Instagram post about @realfoodconcept. And with this post, I’m pleased to share with you what it’s all about.
Real Food Concept is about creating a new community in Indonesia. A food community to be exact. Since the past few years, Indonesian archipelago has been blown away by massive exposure on the f&b industry – some restaurants become instant hit within days – and lots of underground Chefs remain viral within weeks. Nevertheless, food is all about the quality – not quantity. When it comes to defining food – it’s not about that perfect ambience, nor the perfect service. It’s about the taste within each palate you taste – to return the basic esscence of food: is the real definition, and true vision of the Real Food Concept. With this pop-up dinner project, Arnold wishes to team up with the many great talents that haven’t been known for their exemplary creations. And in this first episode: Ocean, Arnold teams up with Angelia Stasia, and pattiserie, Talita Setyadi – which have been featured on my blog – Meeting Talita.
It was a Friday night when I headed out to 1/15 Coffee at the cramped – Gandaria area. Arrived there late – but thankfully just in time for the first course. The whole coffee shop has been lit up by whimsical décor table setting of many boats, corals – and also fish nets. Dim lightning certainly adds up the ante for a memorable night that I’m bound to have. Within the corals –you can find the amuse bouche sitting in front of you – camouflaging itself with the texture of the corals. Before we ramble on further more, this blog serves as the sneak peek of this dinner – where you can also join this dinner for one night only – 17th May. However, there’s only 40 seats for the dinner. So you want to get yourself updated by following its official Instagram account @realfoodconcept
“I’m a seafood guy” that’s what Arnold said. This best explains on opening the debut project of Real Food Concept – with the chapter: Ocean. Taking this into account, the Japanese has been known to take seafood to its best level – inspiring Arnold to present his dinner palate with a hint of Japanese touch – from Yuzu sauce. Here’s what Arnold presents (I’ve decided to hide all the menu associated – to give you guys the bang on the dinner – don’t wanna spoil all the fun).
One thing that I noticed is that if you can see the detail that Arnold put is simply crazy. I went to the kitchen, and its only about 3×5! From soft texture, to perfect aroma – everything is presented at its finest. I’m not sugarcoating anything here. It’s just nice to know that someone that has been selected as the Masterchef judges – stand tall.
Angela’s approach on ocean – takes a slight detour but in an impressive way. Taking meat into her palate, the fine woman turns her oceanic views into throwing things from squid ink – which are infused within her dish. Angela has a very bold flavour in terms of her dish – but managed to present it in a very feminime, yet light way. So better watch out for a deadly bang. This hidden talented woman has worked in a number of top ranked restaurants all around the world – from Ledbury in London, to Quay in Sydney. She also established her own caterging business Marylebone Fine Foods, specializing in fine French Cuisine.
The dinner has managed to been a ball of fun – where the wine has been accompanied by a newcomer in the Indonesian industry, Sababay. Based in Bali, this fine wine is started by a woman entrepreneur who has deep passion for this angelic liquid. Their moscato’ is THE BEST moscato I have ever tasted. Period. When you expect a regular Moscato – this fine drink will give you way so much more. And perhaps this is why it won the Silver Award in Sparkling Wine Category at Wine & Spirit Awards at Singapore.
Last but not least, enter Talita. Talita had captured many pattiseries lover attention around the world with her truly eye pleasing – yet delicious creations. You can discover her creation at her blog HERE . Talita admits the struggle that she had to go when it comes on creating an Ocean themed dessert. “It took 2 of us to calm her down!.” Said Angela while laughing! However, boy did she presents her dessert flawlessly. I must say that the dessert part took me by surprise – that I find so many unique twist into what every ingredients can do to one another. From “nori” to baked pumpkin – from dulse seaweed to canary nut crumble – and to charcoal brioche & squid ink! Hands down – one of the best dessert experience you’re bound to have.
With an eye to detail, you can noticed that all the tiny small things are suited to the themed, Ocean – from its flawless table setting, and small installations on the table – from the dishes, to even the menu covers presented. If you also noticed – keep an eye on the change of color that the menu has – where the dinner started in a colorful tone, and ended on a dark level, resembling the ocean’s color, colorful on top, yet goes darker as you hit the bottom. of the seabed. And the question comes back to this – did I enjoyed it – yes –yes – yes absolutely yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely! Would I come back for more? It can set any date on my calendar. The public event will be set on May 17th – stay on track by following its Instagram – @realfoodconcept and psst. JKTGO is hosting something special for this dinner as well. So stay tuned.
PS.Arnold mentioned that anyone, and he means anyone can join this revolutionary moment. So if you think you have what it takes? Then show him what you’ve got and let yourself be heard!