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After a few weeks of not writing articles, this time I will introduce a typical Hong Kong restaurant that has just started operating at the end of 2021. Canton 108 is located in one of the trending shopping malls, Astha District 8 which tends to be crowded, especially on weekends. Canton 108 carries the concept of a Chinese restaurant with a modern Hong Kong style. A fairly large area with a high ceiling, equipped with a bar, a touch of bold, solid colors, especially gold and blue.
In addition, there is a private room with a different interior touch, chandeliers, and wall partitions with paintings of elegant Chinese nuances. One of the things that amazed me, is usually the concept of the color of a Chinese restaurant is red or gold, now in Canton 108 the blue color is quite dominant and still gives an exclusive impression.
One of the recommended dishes is the Signature Har Gow Sampler (Rp 250.000++) which consists of 3 types of har gow with different toppings, namely prawn har gow (蝦餃) with caviar, prawn har gow with goose liver, and prawn har gow with black truffle. Beautiful presentation with various har gow colors, complex flavors give each har gow a different character.
The next unique menu is Crab Meat Fried Rice with Flying Fish Roe (Rp 275,000++). Hong Kong fried rice with bright colors and fish roe dishes give a dazzling touch of orange color. The taste is quite familiar, it is quite common for crab fried rice but the presence of tobiko enhances the taste of the interesting scent of the sea.
Spicy lovers can try Fried Mala Chicken with Magic Chili (Rp 130,000++). This is one of the dishes that is quite trending at Chinese restaurants in Jakarta. A simple fried chicken dish combined with chili mala and typical Chinese spices. The aroma is fragrant, the chicken is crispy, it's just that the mala is less strong and not spicy enough as I expected.
Rib Eye Beef with Black Pepper sauce(Rp 195,000++) is a favorite dish at Chinese restaurants in general. In accordance with the concept, Canton 108 serves beef dishes with premium quality ingredients according to Jakarta's society. Tender and beef, are easy to cut and convenient to eat. The taste is quite common with black pepper beef in general, the thick sauce goes well with white rice.
For the overall taste, Canton 108 offers the experience of enjoying a variety of Hong Kong dishes but with a touch of modern taste and adapting to the Jakarta community. You can't compare it to a Chinese shop in the North Jakarta or West Jakarta area. After all, please note that Hong Kong and Indonesian Chinese cooking styles are very different.
For the price, it is classified as a high-end restaurant where the main menu prices start from IDR 100,000 ++. Quite reasonable for a restaurant in a premium shopping center area, especially in South Jakarta. They also provide a variety of fresh cocktails from classics to very interesting pandan negroni.
a full-time content writer and social media influencer who loves to travel overseas with high passion and enthusiasm to explore the world of gourmand. Living in Jakarta with the diversity of cultures, foods, trends, and lifestyles gives him much inspiration to create the stories. Blogging since 2014, with more than 5 years of experience, he has a good capacity to work in food writing & photography.
Ashta District 8, Lv. UG, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman No.52, SCBD, Keb. Baru,
Tel: +62 858 1081 1108