Fine Italian authentic menu at GIA Jakarta

GIA Jakarta dining room area is more classic look with Italian concept designs in the 1950s with ornaments and wooden chair tables that reinforce the classic impression of this place. (photo: IO/Aldo)

IO, Jakarta – In a megapolitan en­vironment, various culinary op­tions are available, ranging from local cuisines to international spe­cialties. That’s why restaurants respond to the strong appetites of the capital’s citizens. One of these is GIA Restaurant, specializing in Italian signature food. Situated in Sampoerna Strategic Square, this business is run by the Isma­ya Group, and is arguably a semi-fine dining restaurant, as the food display is beautiful while portions are smaller than at comparable fine-dining places. In addition to serving Italian specialties, GIA also provides a bar with a rich collection of alcoholic beverages. GIA Jakarta is thus suitable to conduct meet­ings or merely to gather with rel­atives.

GIA is divided into two dining room sections: a restaurant area and front bar corner. Entering the bar, the comfortable ambience surely involves your senses with a simple design and purposely set drink-only furnishings. Moreover, the dining area at GIA Jakarta looks classic with a 1950s Ital­ian-style concept, comprised of ornaments and wooden chair that reinforce a classic impression.

GIA offers a classic and original Italian dining experience with a pizza, pasta, and steak menu. This place serves a typical Italian wel­come bread, a tasty focaccia with soft texture served with balsam­ic sauce and tomato sauce as an appetizer. Before approaching the main menu, it is good to sample fresh appetizers, such as Carpac­cio Al Tartufo; thin beef tenderloin slices are served with black truffles, parmesan and gorgeous greens sprinkled over the meal. Don’t for­get to use garnish for further plea­sure. The next menu is Cartoccio, a soft and tender fish dish, properly cooked to yield a perfect taste.

Appropriate to an Italian restau­rant, pasta is prominent. Accord­ing to GIA best recommendation, guests definitely should try Tortel­lini di Pollo Burro e Tartufo Nero; a tortellini pasta filled with cacciatore chicken meat, thick cheese sauce, and a large truffle piece atop it. Such a savory combination to de­light your appetite.

As a dessert, you should try GIA’s recommended Cremoso Al Burro di Arachidi. A perfectly-dis­played dessert with a peanut but­ter cream pudding served over soft dark chocolate and accompanied by concentrated honey caramel sauce to complete your dining experience. As this cake possess dense sweetness, it’s not recom­mended for those who are restrict­ed to a sugar-free diet.

At the moment, GIA Jakar­ta does not operate all day long. Lunchtime extends from 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m., later, dinner is served from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. ev­ery Sunday – Thursday and 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. every Friday – Saturday. The Lounge area itself is open from 11.30 a.m. to 1 a.m. every Sun­day – Thursday and 11.30 a.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday – Saturday. As one of the best restaurants owned by Ismaya Group, it is obviously a perfect place to experience Italian signature foods. (Aldo)