“A quick sip of its broth brought about a sweet and peppery taste to my palate, which is typical of a Javanese dish. It wasn’t too dense or oily, and it slid through my throat without a hitch.”
The iconic five-star that is Hotel Borobudur Jakarta – located in Central Jakarta – has made a name for itself not only for its prestige and heritage, but also for the fact that it has been dishing out its legendary Sop Buntut (oxtail soup) since the mid-1970s. Initially offered only at the hotel’s Bogor Cafe, which is open all day and night, recent times have seen the restaurant expanding its reach by opening branches in Pacific Place and Pondok Indah Mall.
Despite numerous attempts by my closest and dearest to convince me in sampling said Sop Buntut, I have to admit that I have yet to get myself to do so. However, when an invitation to attend a press conference at the hotel came around, I took the opportunity with both hands and made my way to Bogor Cafe. There were only a handful of patrons when I entered the restaurant, so I chose to sit at a table next to a window, which enabled me to lap up the gorgeous view of the hotel’s garden.
Given the choice of either a fried or grilled version of the Sop Buntut gave me a bit of a headache, especially when the talk of the town has been centred on the latter. After a period of deliberation, I opted for the ordinary Sop Buntut, which proved to be the correct decision after the waiter commended me for my selection.
Ten minutes went by before my order was delivered to my table. A quick sip of its broth brought about a sweet and peppery taste to my palate, which is typical of a Javanese dish. It wasn’t too dense or oily, and it slid through my throat without a hitch. There were five big and tender oxtail chunks in total – more than the average amount that you would normally find from a Sop Buntut in other eateries – but regardless of its generous portion, I found it to be a tad too pricey for my liking.
After my visit, I was informed that the two other branches of Bogor Cafe offered the Sop Buntut at a lower price. Unlucky, but at least I was finally able to give it a go.
Jl. Lapangan Banteng Selatan No. 1,
T: 021 380 5555/021 383 5000
Open 24 hours daily
Price: Rp.200,000/US$14.5 per person