Souk El Attarine: a souk (market) in the medina quarter of Tunis, capital of Tunisia, that is filled with with perfumes and beauty products.
Which supposedly, inspired the restaurant's heavy use of spices and fragrant ingredients. Fair enough. Although I think the owner has been to the place and likes the name because it has a nice ring to it.
Either way, I finally came down to the restaurant, owned by one of the main players in Jakarta's lifestyle constellation, The Potato Head group.
As always, the restaurant that seats about 100 (give and take) has about six parking spots, and almost non-existent bike parking. This is not, the restaurant's fault, obviously. I am simply re-stating my frustration of Jakarta's ridiculousness when it comes to parking space.
The restaurant occupies a partition-less open space that seats about 100 people, seating elbow to elbow. As with a lot of Potato Head's design idea, the eye feasts on a mish mash of decor, floating plants, an antique micro-car centerpiece, artworks (most sourced from the owner's personal collection), colors, and energy of people. Great start.