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L'Avenue Restaurant (The Hermitage Hotel)

By Nyoman →
L'Avenue is the main restaurant of The Hermitage Hotel, a new 5-Star Boutique hotel in Menteng, located steps away from the antique market of Jalan Surabaya. The hotel was built in a historical colonial building, and they tried to reflect this heritage in the design of the restaurant. It is classic, full of marble from the floor to the buffet tables. The feeling of exclusivity is reinforced by the small size of the place, only 60 pax at most.

At the time of opening, the Executive Chef of L'Avenue, Chef Guillermo Varela Mata, was Spanish (with origins from South America). He created a menu with a strong French influence.

I had the Chicken Breast with Gratin Dauphinois (potatoes with cream and cheese). It is a dish from Southern France that I've eaten a hundred times in my life. The one in L'Avenue was not as good as the one my Grandmother makes, but still very tasty! The portions were too small for my appetite though. There is also a buffet where you can have both Western/French and Indonesian cuisine. The price of a meal is 220 000 Rp with 1 meal and access to the buffet.

I strongly recommend the pastry buffet, it is very delicate and definitely five-star choice.
Overall: Bring your Indonesian stepmother if you want make a very good first impression in front of her. She would love it !

L'Avenue Restaurant Jakarta
The Hermitage Hotel
Jalan Cilacap no. 1,
Menteng, Jakarta
Phone number: +62-21 319 268 88
Fax +62-21 319269 99

Email: info@hermitage.co.id
Facebook: Hermitage Hotel

Bengawan Restaurant @ Keraton at the Plaza Hotel

By Nyoman →







If you are a Mexican food lover, you can read my review of my favorite Spanish and Mexican places in Jakarta.

Keraton at the Plaza in Jakarta might be one of the most luxurious and elegant hotels in the city, along with The Hermitage, The Kempinski, The Mandarin Oriental or The Ritz-Carlton. 

They have a buffet with fine cheeses, fresh oysters, and a wide variety of meat. But I came here to taste their "Modern Mexican kitchen". It is a special Mexican menu designed by a friendly Mexican chef (see picture above), struggling everyday to get Mexican products in his kitchen in Jakarta.

I don't know another restaurant in Jakarta serving Fine Dining Mexican food and Bengawan is unique in that sense: Their dishes are colorful, tasty and .... Spicy! I recommend Bengawan for genuine Mexican cuisine cooked by a native Mexican and passionate chef: One of a kind place in Jakarta, with a nice view of the city.

The Keraton being a 5-star + hotel, you should expect to pay rather expensive prices of course.

Bengawan at Keraton at the Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Tower
Jalan Thamrin
Jakarta 10350

Phone number: +62 (0)21 5068 0000
Email: luxurycollection.keraton@luxurycollection.com

Sana Sini (Pullman Hotel Jakarta)

By Nyoman →







Sana Sini (Here and There in Indonesian) is the new Restaurant of the Pullman Jakarta Indonesia. This Hotel, strategically located on Jl Thamrin near Bunderan HI and Plaza Indonesia has been under huge renovation in order to compete with the new 4-star and 5-star Hotels in the City (like The Hermitage or Double Tree Hilton to name a few).

The Sana Sini is the main Restaurant of the Hotel and it is located on the first floor close to the reception and the Makaron Bakery.

The first impression is that the place is very wide: You have the impression of being in a fancy department store ! You can walk through the different corners, each of them representing a different type of cuisine. You have Indonesian food at the back, a Chinese corner, a Japanese corner and Western food. You also have a very good selection of breads and cheeses. It is headed by a French Chef.

Another particularity of this place is that even though it is wide open between the tables and the food corner, you can still have some privacy when you are having your lunch or dinner. Some of the tables have a separator and there is also some private areas in a very nice and contemporary design.

I really liked the Japanese corner. when I ordered a Salmon Sashimi, somebody came to me and cut the fresh salmon in front of me. The staff was also friendly and receptive. For the beverages, they have a complete Wine Cellar which is part of the decoration of the Restaurant. You can order a glass of vintage wines with their Vinoteca concept.

Overall: Try the Buffet at Sana Sini. I would recommend that place if you are hungry and want to eat tasty food. The buffet is massive and everything is good, in accordance with 5-star Hotels standards. The price of the buffet is 320 000 Rp for Lunch and 350 000 Rp for Dinner.

Sana Sini Restaurant
Pullman Hotel Jakarta Indonesia
Jalan Thamrin 59
Jakarta 10350

Opening hours: Everyday from 5:30 AM to 11:00 PM

Phone: 021 31 92 1111
Fax:  021 31 92 3333
Mail: H8491@accor.com

Sana Sini: Website
Sana Sini: Menu

Hanamasa (All you can eat Restaurant)

By Nyoman →




Hanamasa is a All-you-can-eat Restaurant Chain in Indonesia, with Japanese Gril and Barbecue. It is quite popular and there are many outlets in Jakarta. I went to Hanamasa on Jl Mahakam (near Gran Mahakam Hotel) and I tried the food.

I was not disappointed by the food: there is a fair choice of meat, vegetables and other condiments. You can either boil it or grill it (Shabu Shabu or Yakiniku). The crowd there is mostly indonesian and the different restaurants are pretty full on the week ends. I also found the place very clean with good service. The best part in my opinion is the price: It is only 100 000 Rp / 120 000 Rp to get a buffet menu. This is one of the lowest prices compared to the more than decent quality of the food. I would then recommend it as a good cheap alternative to a more fancy Korean BBQ.

Try the desserts also, they are worth it. The manioc with coconut sauce is a must-have.

There are Hanamasa restaurants in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, Bandung, Surabaya and Bali so far. They are all part of the famous Japanese franchise Hanamasa.
Hanamasa All You Can Eat Mahakam
Jl. Mahakam I/166, Keb. Baru
South Jakarta
Phone number: +62-21 720 2366

The list of the different Hanamasa Restaurants locations is here.

Satoo Buffet Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →

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Satoo is one of the restaurants located in the 5-star hotel Shangri-La. It has an amazing buffet for lunch and dinner, with food from all over the globe, and in particular Indian, European, Indonesian, Japanese and Chinese. Really impressing!! Considered as the best buffet restaurant in Jakarta.

The d├ęcor as well is splendid, but it so big that it is not very intimate. Lots of people walking around and shouting... It is a bit tiring..

The price of the buffet is different during the week and on weekends:
During the week, the lunch will cost you Rp178k++ and Rp188++ for dinner. During the weekend Rp208k++.

You can also go for the light lunch buffet only during the week for Rp100k.

It's expensive but you should try it once, on a day you feel really really hungry (or if you can get your company to pay for it...). It is the perfect occasion to try a lot of different food for each continents.

More information and photos on this website: Satoo Buffet Jakarta and on the official facebook page here.

Shangri-la Jakarta Hotel
First Floor, in front of Shang Palace
Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav. 1
Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Sudirman

Opening hours:
Breakfast (Buffet): 6 AM – 11 AM
Lunch (Buffet): 11 AM – 3 PM
Dinner (Buffet): 6 PM – 11 PM
Sunday Brunch (Buffet: 11.30 AM – 2.30 PM)