Kemang is a harbor for many things, but first and foremost and for our purposes, nourishment. Located behind Colony, across from Umbra, and next to Beer Brother, Parc 19 serves up a little bit of everything – mainly local Indonesian and Western food. While working on a new menu, the lovely Cici was eager for me to have a taste.
Parc 19’s decor is simple, rustic, and feels like a polished warehouse, with indoor and outdoor dining areas. The place is, in fact, bigger than I had expected from outside. While the indoors is comfortable, the outdoors would make a great space for a private party.
Today’s weather was unbearably warm and humid. But thanks to the cold lemon-cucumber-lime iced water, we managed to steer clear of dehydration. While waiting for the main event, we chatted with Cici and Leon, co-owner, about everything from the weather to cars, and made our way back to food.
French Onion Soup | 65K
An Indonesian rendition of the French Onion Soup – not bad but was way sweet.
Meatball Soup | 65K
A spicy, sweet, and sour tomato-based soup with meatballs and tortilla chips.
Reminded me of tortilla soup, which I’m a big fan of, minus the meatballs. The soup was quite spicy; it definitely had a kick to it. But the meatballs lacked a bite to them, easily falling apart. They could also go easier on the sugar here.
Sloppy Joe’s | 95K
Always love Sloppy Joe’s. And although this one was decent taste wise, the meat sauce was just way too sweet for my taste. It was like eating dessert meat, or meat for dessert, or whichever one makes more sense. The potato wedges were awesome though, and I think with less sugar and more savor instead, this dish could work.
Sweet and Sour Fried Fish | 85K
Served with white rice and veggies.
Love the brightness of the sauce over the fish. The dory was also beautifully fried, not too much breading, but a whole lot of the fish texture I could really taste. The combination with rice and some veggies worked well.
Sate Ayam | 75K
Chicken skewers with peanut sauce and a side of salad.
Very lean chicken meat, skinless (yay!). The chicken was soft and tender, but still had a bite to it. Almost can’t go wrong with this classic.
Mint Chimichurri Lamb Rack | 165K
Racks of lamb served on a bed of mint chimichurri with edamame, grilled veggies, and fried sweet potatoes.
Always appreciate a side of fried sweet potatoes as opposed to the conventional mashed potatoes or fries. The lamb was not bad, except it was overcooked and made tough and lacked moisture. It would’ve been more enjoyable with some pink in the middle. The mint chimichurri was fragrant and distinct – it’s one of those flavors you either love or hate. I personally enjoyed it in moderation. If you are curious but aren’t yet ready to have a whole lot of it, ask for it on the side. The plating was beautiful, though!
Gingered Honey Panna Cotta | (new item)
The texture was more cheesecakey than pudding-y. The blend of honey and ginger is never a bad idea in my book. Although, if one is going for super smooth and silky panna cotta texture, this one wasn’t quite there yet. But maybe that’s not what they were going for. But I think rendering the texture as soft and rippleless as possible isn’t a bad idea because most eaters would expect that of a panna cotta.
Nutella Rolled Puffs | 65K
Nutella-filled puffs served with a side of caramel ice cream and sauce.
What a sweet idea for a dessert – especially for chocolate and caramel lovers! The caramel aroma and taste was dominant, and the combination works well, except the puff pastry was baked too tough. Had it been more flaky and soft, this treat could easily become a favorite guilty pleasure.
If you’re not making a mess, you’re not eating this right.
To wrap up the meal, a cup of coffee with a croissant bite!
As you can see, portion sizes here are everything but shy. Spending wise, you’re looking in the range of 100-250K per person. Thanks Leon and Cici for a good time!
Mon – Sun: 11 AM – 1 AM