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Publico: 1920s Parisian Nostalgia

Ever saw Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris? Ever been in Gil’s shoes–reminiscing and feeling nostalgic about a past you never lived? Or perhaps musing on how you were born in the wrong era and should’ve been born in another? Stepping into Publico, it didn’t feel like Jakarta at all. You’d feel more like you were in a classy 1920s Parisian saloon surrounded by impossibly dashing men and women stylishly smoking Gran Habanos and triumphantly savoring Macallans. Yes, I am one of those people who feel like I should’ve been born in a different era.

Architecturally, I absolutely love the layout of the 3-storey bistro, how much sunlight fills the place, the mezzanine overlooking the bar and, I think few of you would disagree, the bar area. You can really tell they put a lof of care into the the overall design by the details that were carefully conceptualized and well thought of. The waiters and host were hospitable, even though the service time was long, even on a quiet Saturday afternoon.

I’m usually skeptical about fancy eateries and would recommend to have only their drinks and not the food. But I’d recommend the fare at Publico because it was unexpectedly appetizing–simple yet tasteful (at least what I had were). The menu was affordably priced too, for a place like this. A pasta or rice dish would cost you in the range of 60-120K; sandwiches 55-80K; steaks 120K +. The only thing–expect small portions, but you may disagree because most people who know me well think I eat like a pig. If you don’t think you eat like one, you’ll find the portions decent. I’ll definitely be revisiting this bite spot in the evening. Excited to see what they have planned for their Grand Opening night!

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Homemade Potato Chips
Seasoned with a mildly spicy red pepper

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Creamy Smoked Scallop with angel hair
Smoked pan-seared scallops sautéed with cream sauce
​–Despite being drenched in cream sauce, this pasta dish still feels light overall. A recommended dish if you’re into creamy sauces.

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Crispy Soy Glazed Black Cod with angel hair
Pan-seared black cod glazed with sticky soy

​–The cod was a tad too salty, but the angel hair was perfectly al dente. Love the mix of sweet, savory, and garlicky. If you want to indulge in another light pasta dish, I’d recommend this one. This dish is listed under Rice Dishes which was confusing because I thought I was getting rice instead of angel hair. But that’s okay since the pasta was nicely done. Maybe they ran out of rice?

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PUBLICO
Jalan Senopati Raya No. 65
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan 12110
Indonesia
(021) 52964960
Twitter: @publicojakarta
BB Pin: 280C5194


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