There are a few things which are noteworthy about Tesate. First let me tell you about the design and the overall ambience of the restaurant. When I walked inside the restaurant, it somehow felt like I wasn’t in Jakarta. First of all you walk through a fluorescent corridor, which is somehow reminiscent of a club. Once inside, the ambience changed again .The evening I visited, it was very busy and there seemed to be a certain buzz in the air. I really appreciate what they have done with the design of Tesate. I would describe it as chic cool. The yellow and white touches create a really welcoming effect, and I could see myself spending quite some time there. Even the menu is well designed, with a distinct Javanese inspired theme. The menu must have been enticing, because I was more than ready to order some food!
The evening I went to Tesate, I was craving seafood. The one dish which looked very appealing, and would have been my first choice was the Kepiting Soka Mangga Muda, 125k. I love soft shell crab and Tesate's version is served with mango and chili. Sounds amazing right? Well that’s what I thought too, but unfortunately it was sold out, as were all the other crab dishes. I was really disappointed because this would have been my main choice. I hope it’s available next time because I really would love to try it.
As dinner came to an end, I was left thinking about the Soft Shell Crab. I think I would have enjoyed my experience at Tesate more, had this dish been available. Tesate is not your cheapest option for Indonesian food. In fact if you were to order the fish it could be quite expensive. Because I have lived in Jakarta for nearly 3 years, I know you can find Indonesian food for much cheaper. I do want to try Tesate’s sister restaurant Sate Kaus Senayan to see how it fares against the higher priced Tesate. But if sate is your preference, you may be interested to try Tesate for their selection. I can assure you that the presentation is excellent with all dishes. So if you have friends coming from outside Indonesia, this might be a nice place to take them.