When asked to settle with a winning platter that won’t disappoint, one will likely point the finger towards Japanese food, as it is an all-time favourite that fits well to the locals’ taste buds. Japanese cuisine itself is rich of untold varieties; in Jakarta it is unwittingly a mere representation of sushi and ramen, when surely there are a lot more to get drenched with aside from the renowned favourites.
Osu! is a striking remark to the ear. In Japanese, osu is a warm greeting towards a good friend. Being akin to its calling, Osu! Skewers & Bar is a laid-back hideout initiated by a group of four guys whom all share a fondness on spending their leisure time at a bar.
Withdrawing from the idea of serving run-of-the-mill Japanese food , Osu! centers the spotlight on kushiyaki and yakitori (grilled skewers), which are the typical menu one would find in an izakaya. Izakaya itself is a “mini-bar” that usually serves alcoholic drinks along with light dishes. In the same way, Osu!’s yakitori is very light it complements very well to their playful signature cocktails. Some of which are a whole watermelon serving or, even, an alcohol-infused konyaku (jelly) that would be perfect to wish diners a good night after a worn-out day.
From the outside, Osu!’s façade is like a humble Japanese tavern with wooden lining accents and noren (Japanese door curtain). Even so, it appears rather mundane to provoke curiosity from fellow passers-by. Once inside, one may find it impressive seeing Osu! takes the challenge in revamping the tight space and brings multiple ambiences on different levels.
The ground floor takes you into this restrained eatery; a modest place you look to when you’re too lazy to operate your home kitchen. Whereas down in the basement, the room is set up in dim lightings that is regularly thronged with circle of parties whom enjoying a selection of Osu!’s alcohols and skewers.
As darling songs from the ‘60s render amicable tones to sway the night away, the basement feels like a cozy and easy place that would easily gets nominated as an after-work place to hit for lasting colloquial talks with honest companies.
It’s safe to say that in the future, Osu! would become a home for regulars whom prefer a personal space away from big scale bars and hordes of people, yet still want to liven up the night that is still young.