Authentic Indonesian Cuisine with a Modern Twist at KAUM Restaurant
With a country that is a rich and diverse as its people, come taste a meal that is in celebration of what makes Indonesia special at KAUM Restaurant.
Located in Menteng, KAUM Jakarta is the flagship outlet of Potato Head Family’s Indonesian dining concept that presents a curated lifestyle experience showcasing Indonesia’s culinary and culture heritage in a new, modern concept. This is the third location of the KAUM Family, following Hong Kong and Bali.
KAUM, which means “clan” or “tribe” in Bahasa Indonesia, pays tribute to more than 600 ethnic groups that make up Indonesia. Exploring all the vast islands and working together with remote tribe communities and independent local producers, Potato Head Family CEO Ronald Akili, Kaum Brand Director Lisa Virgiano and Executive Chef Antoine Audran came up with a menu that incorporates Indonesia’s rare and almost-forgotten ingredients and cooking techniques that everyone can experience.
When setting into the restaurant, KAUM’s design and interior celebrates the country’s traditional arts and crafts while also displaying Potato Head Family’s contemporary design. There are two buildings with different vibes to dine in. The historical colonial house was lovingly restored with the original building’s exterior, door and windows preserved. The inside holds a contemporary design of vintage furniture and colourful locally made kiln-fired ceramic tiles, locally known as tegel Jawa. The main dining hall house has an industrial ambiance with precast wall panels inspired from Dayak Motifs.
There is also a music barn, inspired by the Potato Head Music Room at Potato Head Hong Kong. An extensive vintage Indonesian vinyl collection and modern equipment alongside rare and historical speakers blend in with the bar’s functionality for dual purpose. The vintage UREI 809A speakers installed in the middle of the bar were previously located at the historical Lokananta Recording Studio in Solo, Central Java.
Kaum Jakarta’s menu reinstates the fundamental focus of Indonesia’s culinary heritage – incorporating the highest-quality, regionally sourced products from small-scale, responsible producers and tropical indigenous ingredients. KAUM Jakarta also includes signature dishes form KAUM Hong Kong and KAUM Bali, highlighting various traditions and cooking methods so everyone can taste food that will feel just like a home cooked meal.
There are many appetising and flavourful dishes to choose from at KAUM Jakarta. Some favourites that everyone loves to try are the Gulai Udang Aceh, Prawn Tails slowly cooked in a spicy Achnese curry sauce; Gohu Ikan Tuna, tuna marinated in coconut oil, calamansi juice and fresh belimbi; Sate Sapi Wagyu Maranggi, chargrilled wagyu beef satay; Paha Kambing Bumbu Rempah, roasted goat leg served with spicy sweet soy sauce; Bebek Goreng Sambal Mangga Muda, crispy half duck; Tumis Keciwis Tauco Pekalongan, stir-fried baby cabbage; Bistik Jawa, marinated beef striploin; and Kue Lumpur Bubur Ketan Hitam, mud cake with sticky black rice porridge.
KAUM Brand Director Lisa Virgiano states that “KAUM embodies our vision and commitment to showcase the best of Indonesia to the world.” The ambiance itself is perfect for gatherings of any sorts with friends, family, or business colleagues. There is also a collaboration with talented and creative Indonesians in Jakarta that is innovative and educational that guests will want to take a part in. Featuring realms of music, design, arts, craftsmanship and fashion to showcase Indonesia’s rich culture in new contemporary ways, KAUM is the perfect place to find a rare look into culture through the eyes of local and up and coming Indonesians.
Indonesia is full of culture and diversity with its people that sometimes it can get lost in the mix. At KAUM Jakarta, there is a place with even the tiniest history is showcased and prized for guests to experience and enjoy. KAUM Jakarta is open Monday to Thursday form 11:00am to midnight, Friday to Saturday from 11:00am to 1:00am, and Sunday from 11:00am to 11:00pm.