The Union Group opens THE DUTCH

The creators of Loewy, Cork & Screw and Union unveil their new concept this month, The Dutch.

The creators of Loewy, Cork & Screw and Union unveil their new concept this month, The Dutch.

THE UNION GROUP is set to open this month, The Dutch at Lot 18 of the Sudirman Central Business District. They up the game with this distinct new concept: modern interiors, a menu of elevated comfort food with a creative edge, a wide selection of beers on tap and handcrafted cocktails, in short, a modern gastropub.

At the helm of The Dutch is a Dutch, chef Chris Moes.  He spent much of his career as sous chef at the exquisite and critically acclaimed greenhouse restaurant, De Kas, in Amsterdam. He has lived in Jakarta for the past few years, working with The Union Group. During this time, he has grasped the market’s tastes and was eager to bring something new and exciting to the table. Many months were spent sourcing for local ingredients and experimenting in the kitchen in his pursuit to make the most delicious homemade sausages and cured meats.

Speaking to Chef Chris, he says that the name of the restaurant indeed draws from him being Dutch, and that there are Dutch influences on the menu, but it also sounded like a really cool name for a gastropub. Of course that opens up the topic of Dutch food. Chef Chris explains that in The Netherlands, which is in the northern part of Europe, people only eat to get energy and sustenance. In the southern part of Europe, in Italy, France and Spain, food for them is more experiential, they sit and spend hours on meals. So we conclude that Dutch food is very egalitarian and basic. Chris admits that the menu is influenced by Dutch food, but is quick to say that it is very minimal. “Most of the dishes will have at least one Dutch component. For example, there is a dish which we call the boerenkool  which is a potato mash with kale. We eat this with meatballs and sausages. Some of our dishes will be served with this mash,” he explains.

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Chef Chris is proud to say that he has succeeded in refining and giving interesting twists to Dutch hearty fare and classics. Start with the Erwten soup, which is a  traditional split pea soup with handcrafted sausages, house-baked pretzel rolls and an amazing smoked butter, which is perfect for rainy days. One of the dishes Chef Chris is most proud of is his homemade Wagyu Pastrami, which he smokes to perfection. He serves this drizzled with tonnato sauce and topped with a velvety 7-minute egg. Also look for Chef Chris’ homemade sausages and other cold cuts.

The Dutch has an open kitchen, where you can see the team hard at work. Book yourself one of the eight seats at the kitchen bar and have an up close and personal experience with The Dutch himself.

Headlining the bar at The Dutch is a handsome copper multi-tap beer tower, dispensing seven kinds of draught brews. The selection ranges from local favorites to international ales, perfectly frosty every single time due to the state-of-the-art cold pipe system. If you are having a hard time to choose, opt for their One Metre Beer, for a little taste of everything.

The award-winning mixologists of The Union Group have created a cocktail list The dutch which runs from gourmet to experimental, incorporating exotic ingredients and interesting techniques. Want a cocktail in a jiffy? Have it at The Dutch, the only place in the city where you can get a cocktail on tap, so a fizzy and refreshing Americano will be ready within a few seconds of you resting your elbows on the bar.

Behind The Dutch’s minimalistic space is Andra Matin, a major force in the contemporary Indonesian architecture scene. Raw, industrial materials such as rusted steel and brass are beautifully contrasted with a sleek, bold design dominated by parallel lines. The use of wood and copper retains the distinctive warmth and masculinity of the pubs of old. The space’s strong character feels very current yet centuries old.

THE DUTCH
Parc Place Tower E, Lot 18 SCBD
Jalan Jend. Sudirman Kav 52-55, Jakarta
T: +62 21 515 2828
IG: @thedutchjakarta
www.thedutchjakarta.com


Written by Jed Doble Photographs by Dennie Ramon July 27, 2016.

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