Nautical-Themed Restaurant Going the Extra Mile: Layar Seafood 99, Meruya

Saturday, 23 July 2022 | 16:28 WIB
  • Located in Meruya, Layar Seafood 99 serves the tank-to-table seafood dining experience.
    Located in Meruya, Layar Seafood 99 serves the tank-to-table seafood dining experience.

    Tucked away in the back, the semi-outdoor area surprisingly gets ample sunshine. There are two types of ceilings here; first, the sunroof around the borders, enabling sunlight to pass into the room. The second is the wood ceiling, right above where the guests dine.

    Here, the concept gravitates more towards the garden concept. It incorporates the elements of a pond, wooden furnishing, and indoor plants. The technological and aesthetic enable guests to bask in the sun glow without sweating profusely due to the heat. Hence, dine in comfort and style.

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    Tank-to-table dining experience

    Reflecting the restaurant’s family concept, the menu celebrates sharing concept – perfect for hosting large-group dining. Even better, Layar Seafood 99 provides VIP rooms that come in different sizes.

    Seafood fanatics will have the time of their lives here. Guests can pick exotic, live sea creatures – lobster, crab, fish – to be processed with their desired flavors. At Layar Seafood 99, kids also get their entertainment right. You can request a tour of the tanks to learn more about live sea creatures.

    Kerapu steam kecap (steamed grouper in sweet-soy sauce) is one of the most-favorited foods at Layar Seafood 99.
    Kerapu steam kecap (steamed grouper in sweet-soy sauce) is one of the most-favorited foods at Layar Seafood 99.

    The waitress told me kerapu steam kecap is a best seller – and I could see why. It is the flavor balance that makes it crowd-pleasing: it is savory, but not too savory; it is sweet, but not too sweet. The fish meat is delicate and flaked easily – senior-friendly. Kerapu steam kecap presents taste, ease, and most importantly: comfort.

    As a lover of spicy foods, I am more than ready to fire my mouth up with some of Layar Seafood 99’s chef recommendations. But something unexpected comes: a bowl of sweet-soy-sauce rich crab soup comes to my table. It is called kepiting saos bawang (onion sauce crab), consisting of a male crab in butter and garlic stock, and served hot.

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    Kepiting saos bawang is drenched in butter and onion and garlic sauce.
    Kepiting saos bawang is drenched in butter and onion and garlic sauce.

    Perhaps sensing that it is too garlicky (which is not at all), the chef garnished kepiting saos bawang with a lime cut, enabling guests to add a tart taste as they like. It is the food that starts a conversation considering I find it a bit challenging getting meat out. But that’s the fun of eating it.

    Sera B
    David Togatorop
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