Don’t be fooled by the name Daun Muda (which means young leaf or sprout) or the fact that the restaurant is a new addition to the city, because it is an offspring of Javanegra group. And if anyone who has dined in Javanegra’s establishments before, such as 212 Taverna and Ático, can tell you, it is that only quality food awaits you.
Fans of Javanegra’s establishments would probably get the clue right away from the name itself that Daun Muda specialises in Indonesian cuisine, instead of the Mediterranean fare that they are also well known for. Here, instead of spreading themselves thin, founder and head chef Andrea Peresthu chose to zone in on dishes originated from Palembang, Manado and east coast of Sumatra.
They also keep things simple and straightforward by focusing on four different mains – chicken, seafood, beef and mutton as well as vegetables – cooked in various ways. It’s hard to resist on ordering only one dish from each category. This is why it is best to visit Daun Muda with the company of your family and close friends. The dining experience here will greatly benefit from the lively chatter as you pass on the plates to one another.
If you have to choose, you can’t go wrong with their Ayam Ijo Royo Royo and Sate Ayam Menado. Seafood wise, Ikan Bakar Bujang Gadis is best enjoyed with their smashing Aneka Kerang Rebus (assorted steamed clams). No matter what your choice is, each dish is sure to be prepared with generous amount of aromatic spices. Be warn though, those who don’t take spiciness well should proceed with caution.
Surprisingly, that doesn’t seem to deter the expats who often make up the lunchtime crowd. Indeed, splendid food aside, it is also the affable and relaxed atmosphere that have you planning for your next visit in Daun Muda right away. The warm and spacious interior is invigorated by the busy open kitchen, in which various hanging kitchen utensils serve as unintentional decoration. Attentive servers who are always around when you need them round off the experience here.
Come lazy afternoon, just while it away with the company of coffee. And if you’re looking for a change of scenery for your next corporate meeting, Daun Muda will take care of that nicely over at their second floor. Obviously, lunch and dinner aren’t the only main reasons why you would find yourself in Daun Muda.