Potato Head Garage, located at Fairgrounds, just recently opened its doors, populating the ever sprouting SCBD area. The interior design is undeniably magnificent–a clever mix of the old and new, luxurious and rustic, fine and casual. While the hundreds of chandeliers hanging off the ceiling are most likely the first things that catch your eyes, the bar, with a Moroccan/Arabic touch, also makes for a statement piece. In addition, the lofty maroon curtains remind me of those you’d find in opera theaters.
I decided to host a reunion dinner at this restaurant, even though I wasn’t expecting much of the food (fancy interior rarely entails a good, satisfying meal). The first hurdle in the experience was our 15-pax entourage was arranged to be seated separately at two tables. Earlier in the week I had called to make reservations, and restaurants would usually give you a heads-up if they were going to split your group into different tables, which they didn’t. So because I couldn’t have 8 of us laughing about one joke, and the other 7 laughing about another, I requested for our tables to be coupled.
Unfortunately, the conversation with the host and afterwards the manager turned out longer and more complex than expected. Something about cramping, overcrowding, and I conclude, their fear of compromising the overall aesthetics of the place. I would’ve made other arrangements i.e. pick a different restaurant had I known they were going to split the tables. But finally, they relocated us to a larger area close to the windows with three tables with arm chairs were set up. It wasn’t ideal, but it was much better. Just wish the whole issue could’ve been settled more quickly and efficiently. After all and either way, they should inform customers ahead of time if they were going to tweak with the seating arrangement.
The verdict–If I were to pay a second visit to this restaurant, it would definitely not be for the food. The interior is spectacular, but the food, although made for pretty pictures, was tiny and not what I would consider good value for money. You’re looking at spending at least 200K per person for a less-than-filling meal. However, I do recommend making a stop after a meal if you are up for drinks and some small bites–perhaps a tuna tartar, or a tres leches cake. Enjoy!
Tuna Tartar | 95K
Red radish, ginger julienne, avocado, lemon, minced chili, shallots, chives, sesame seeds
Jamon Iberico | 120K
Wood fire toasted country bread, fresh tomatoes, rucola
Wood Fire Grilled Beef Salad | 85K
Chili, lemongrass, lime, kyuri, tomatoes, mix greens
Marinated Cod Roe Spaghetti | 80K
Cheese Burger | 135K
Wagyu beef, Gruyère cheese, homemade sauce, sautéed mushrooms
Comte Cheese Barramundi | 150K
In a Champagne and vanilla sauce
Tenderloin Harvey 200gr | 250K
PTT Burger | 135K
Wagyu beef, homemade sauce, fried Onions
Tres Leches | 60K
Valrhona Flourless Chocolate Cake | 60K
POTATO HEAD GARAGE
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 52-53
(021) 5797 3330
Mon – Sun: 11 AM – 2 AM