If you're in Takashimaya in the middle of the lunch peak hours during the weekends, there are very few restaurants that you can dine at, without reservations. Pepes is one such restaurant. Don't worry, it's not that the food at Pepes is not good. In fact, I think the food's pretty delicious. A bit pricey, but not any different from its predecessor, Sanur, who used to occupy the same spot in the shopping mall.
The Ikan Pepes ($13.95) is like a more upmarket version of the humble otak. A deboned fillet of chunky fish is smeared liberally with otak spice paste then wrapped in curry leaves and grilled on a banana leaf for extra flavour and aroma.
The Sayur Lodeh ($8.95) is a creamy concoction of mixed vegetables in blue ginger and candlenut accented coconut milk.
We like the Tahu Telur ($12.95) here. Tofu cubes are coated in scrambled egg and fried to a towering crisp, then drizzled with sweet and spicy kecap manis. A helping of refreshing cucumber strips cuts through the heaviness of the thick sweet black sauce.
The Lemongrass Ginger Fizz ($4.50) is a wonderful way to round of the meal, lemongrass for a sourish tinge and ginger to quell a full stomach.
Pepes, Flavours of Indonesia
#04-16 Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Rd
Tel: 6836 3456