Offering a refreshing new addition to the city’s gastronomic scene, modern Japanese restaurant Maza has opened its doors for excited diners.
by Rizki Pradana
One of Jakarta’s biggest names in fine dining, the Altitude group, has just opened the latest addition to its chain of kitchens in the capital. Maza started its first service in early October and very quickly grabbed the attention of diners, especially Japanese food afficionados.
Maza welcomes diners to its chic, yet comfortable venue, encouraging guests to take their time and create memorable memories. The menu takes an approachable step with simple, contemporary dishes that highlight the use of fresh, prime ingredients, varying from an assortment of globally sourced seafood to top grade wagyu beef cuts.
Evident from the very first page of the menu, Maza has more than a dozen open temaki, ranging from Akami Poke (blue fin tuna with spicy aioli), Yaki Saba (grilled mackerel) and Unagi, to wagyu and foie gras. The restaurant even carries vegetarian options such as asparagus tempura or Tamago Yaki (omelette with truffle konbu). As for the first-rate ingredients, Maza has its own categories in the menu for two of the ritziest ingredients in Japanese cuisine: Hon Maguro Toro and A5 Wagyu.
Maza’s fresh journey continues with a compact but curated sushi and sashimi selection – with the latter now only served in Nigiri style, separated between classics like salmon and swordfish, and premium with tuna belly, amberjack, and uni. Staying creative and innovative, Maza serves unique and intriguing creations such as wagyu chips, Yagin Karaage (chicken cartilage), Foie Gras Yuzu Miso, and Crispy Tebasaki (chicken wings).
More out-of-the-box ideas come in the last part of the menu, separated into cold and hot inventions. The cold is represented by vibrant dishes like the Tuna Pizza and Zuke Tataki Jalapeno (fish of choice complemented by salsa ponzu). As for the hot choices, there are wild dishes such as Wagyu Bone Marrow Rice, or Flaming Ishiyaki Steak with Maza Steak sauce.
Of course, the atmospheric setting makes it an even better experience. Seats for two, four, or even sofas for eight diners at once are available. For a more intimate experience, Maza also provides three private rooms, which can be combined into one big gathering space. The illuminated bar will provide guests with similar madcaps for a nightcap, like a glass of White Momo or Cuckoo Nest that are especially good after finishing a great meal.