Case of the Missing Reuben
To be fair, I have to say Imbiss Stube and I got off to a bad start, but there was no redemption. After years of withdrawal, I finally found a restaurant that featured a Reuben sandwich on their website's menu. I was excited beyond belief and was even prepared to pay the listed price of $10 for the experience. After being seated, I scanned the menu several times and didn't see the item. I then noticed that it had been covered up with a sticker. I was crushed. I had gone well out of my way, to a mall no less (I detest malls), prepared to pay a premium price for an item listed on their website, only to find they no longer had it. Corned beef and rye bread are rare beyond rare around here, and I had really psyched myself up for this experience. Normally, I would have left immediately, but I decided to stay and sample something else. I ordered the Jaegerschnitzel mit Bratkartoffeln, which promised a breaded pork schnitzel and German roasted potatoes with mushroom sauce ($9). What I got looked like it came out of a box. The schnitzel was unremarkable and looked to be a preformed commercial product, the mushroom sauce was lackluster, but I really enjoyed the potatoes (have to find something good to say). There was no garnish or green color on the plate to offset the unrelenting browns of everything on the plate. The beer selection was surprisingly limited, given that it is a German restaurant. The one I wanted was not in stock, and there was no draft beer the day I came, so I had to settle for Bintang bottle, which I also detest. The service was non-existent. I had to work hard to get a second beer to wash down the schnitzel, and I gave up waiting for the bill and went in to the cashier to pay up (total IDR200,000). I sat on the patio which, still being indoors, was quite noisy from echoes of the crowds at the dozen or so restaurants along the same corridor. Perhaps this visit was not a good test. Perhaps the other locations are better. Whatever the issue, I am not likely to go back. There is a common problem with food establishments in Jakarta. They start off strong, with great service and quality food, then they start the long, agonizing and inexorable slide as owners try to maximize profits after building up a clientele. I don't know if that is what happened here, but with three locations, they had to attract their original customer base with something more than what I received. I can almost always find a redeeming quality about every place I visit, but in this case, the roasted potatoes are woefully insufficient to overcome the other problems. It's more the shame, because I love German food and would frequent a good quality restaurant, even with premium prices and no Reuben sandwich.
21 Mar 2018
Food and admosfere
Good german food. Draught beer. Frequented Bij locals and expats. Limited menu could use more vegetables
03 Mar 2018
The staff was helpful, gracious, and welcoming. Quick to take my order and serve my drink and meal. The goulash was a throwback to my grandma's cooking. It warmed my belly and soul.
05 Jan 2017
Cilandak Town Square, Lantai Ground, Jl. TB. Simatupang, Jakarta, Indonesia