Over the last couple of years, Jakarta has (finally) jumped onto the sandwich bandwagon and weâ€™ve noticed more quality bakeries and artisanal sandwiches becoming available. Hereâ€™s where to get a really good sandwich in Jakarta.
Ron Luhur, bread chef and partner at Union Deli, loves good food, particularly sandwiches! He lived in the US for 16 years during which time he actually did a â€œsandwich tourâ€ of New York, participated in a bread course at a New York culinary school, and built his own baking â€œstudioâ€ in his house!
He brings his nuttiness and passion to Union Deli which has a fantastic and unique range of sandwiches. Theirâ€œCubano,â€ based on the popular sandwiches of Miami (introduced by the Cuban immigrants), features Balinese pork marinated in a Cuban mojo, Swiss cheese, home-made pickles and mustard. All is squeezed into one of Union Bakerâ€™s Studioâ€™s pressed baguettes.
Other pleasing options include their New York Deli inspired â€œPastrami Sandwich,â€ featuring their own house-cured pastrami (pepper crusted beef brisket) on whole wheat bread. â€œWe make as much as possible ourselves,â€ explains Ron, â€œthe salmon for the smoked salmon bagel is smoked in house, for exampleâ€.
A diverse selection of fresh breads, baked to Ronâ€™s special recipes at the Union Bakerâ€™s Studio, are available to take-away at the counter. Choose from pretzels, focaccia, walnut bread, ciabatta, chili cheddar loaf and San Francisco Sourdough and (naturally) each comes with Union Deliâ€™s own guide for bread storage and heating!
Grand Indonesia, East Mall
Published in Now! Jakarta May 2015