This humble restaurant might be overlooked by many but this is one little gem at Grand Indonesia mall. Gopek is still relatively new in the Jakarta food scene and with its Indonesian peranakan cuisines, Gopek gives another option for us if we are looking for Indonesian comfort food. (“Gopek” itself means five hundred in Hokkien).
What I like about Gopek is they didn’t try to overcomplicate things. From the ambiance, settings, food and service, all were spot on. The place was set up casually like a kopi tiam.
Food that you can choose from Gopek’s menu list is actually not that much, but it has some specialties. The menu that cannot be missed while visiting this place is the Nasi Gopek Spesial (IDR 62K). This rice set is similar to ‘nasi campur’ but since Gopek is a Halal restaurant, all the meats are from chicken and beef. This Nasi Gopek Spesial consists of rice (you can opt for hainanese rice), red chicken meat, honey-glazed beef, ngohiong, beef satay, beef stew and boiled Pindang egg. The rice set also served with `sambal terasi` and chicken stock.
The taste of Nasi Gopek Spesial was really authentic. The meat was a simple and classic one. The beef satay was a great one, seasoning and sauce covered the meat thoroughly.
Next one, I tried its Bakwan Malang with a twist, added by ‘sengkel’ (beef shank) (IDR 57K). Gopek’s Bakwan Malang portion is bigger than the ordinary ones. It was full of bakwan, rolled meatball, tofu, fried meatball and shumai. The ‘sengkel’ meat was juicy, tender, also generous. The dish was sprinkled with deep fried garlic and scallion to make it fragrant.
There are also some snacks or light bites that you can order. I picked Ngohiong (IDR 28K) as the light bites. It consisted three cuts of chicken ngohiong with sweet and sour dip sauce. Wrapped in tofu skin, Gopek’s ngohiong was crispy on the outside while tender inside.
For dessert, I opted for Es Dawet Ayu (IDR 38K). It consisted of `dawet’, taro, ‘tape singkong’, ‘tape ketan hitam’ (black sticky rice), yam and basil. The dessert was served with brown sugar and coconut milk. It was really refreshing and iconic. The idea to add taro was spot on as it blended perfectly with the ‘dawet‘, creating a unique taste.
I enjoyed the experience eating at Gopek restaurant. While it’s a not a fancy restaurant, it opts to stay to the authenticity.
Food : 4/5
Ambiance : 3/5
Service : 4/5
Value : 3.5/5