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Prohibition (Jakarta) - Speakeasy and Live Jazz

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Prohibition is a restaurant, bar and speakeasy lounge located in Senayan Arcadia, just next to Plaza Senayan. It was opened by some of of the people behind Black Cat, Hacienda, Red Square and Boutique KTV. As the name suggests, the whole venue has a 1920s' prohibition theme from the interior design to the staff uniforms and the menu.

The Restaurant: Chicago-Style Chop House
Prohibition specializes in broiled meats, a cooking method similar to grilling. These include chicken, salmon, pork, mamb, and imported US beef. The prices range from just over Rp100,000 to Rp400,000 for the 200-g prime rib-eye steak. If you come with a small group, it's a good idea to share their 600-g "gangster" meat platter for just over Rp1M.
Gangster Meat Platter
If you are on a budget, they also serve a variety of pasta dishes for less than Rp100,000. You can see the full menu here: Menu Prohibition Jakarta.

The Bar and the Secret Speakeasy Lounge
I visited Prohibition a few months ago but it is only recently that I've discovered about their secret room, hidden behind the bar. You can see the access from this video I took:
They were actually the first ones to initiate the trend of speakeasies in Jakarta, later followed by places like Monty's, Lola, Proof and Hemingway. Prohibition is the one with the best design, ambience and music.

If you are a jazz enthusiast, I recommend you to visit on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday for live music with a different band every night.

The current schedule includes some of the top jazz artists in Indonesia: Ahmad Ananda and Friends, Donny Joesran and Swing Machine, Barry Likumahuwa Quarted, Taufan Goenarso Quintet or Abe Simpson & Friends. Check their facebook page for the latest events: Live Band Prohibition.

The atmosphere in the the speakeasy is dim-lighted and intimate. It's a great place for a small gathering with friends or for a date (especially if you have a dinner in the restaurant before). It is also walking distance from X2 and Domain nightclubs.

If you need a sofa or a table, you must buy at least a bottle during weekdays. On weekends, you have a minimum spend between Rp2,500,000 and Rp5,000,000. They also have private rooms for karaokes, meetings or private party with a minimum charge of Rp10,000,000.

Their drink menu is very complete with a long list of cocktails and premium alcohol. While the prices are slightly more expensive than average, the drinks served are pretty heavy in alcohol unlike other bars in Jakarta. Also, I liked the concept of their 250 ml bootleg bottles as it saves you from buying a whole bottle if you just plan on having a short night out. It also makes it easier to try a few samples of different spirits. Finally, they have a cigar menu (you can check it as well on their website).
Prohibition Chop House, Speakeasy Bar and Live Jazz
Plaza Senayan Arcadia, Jalan New Delhi No 9,
Jakarta, Indonesia

Phone number: 021 57901295
Email: info@prohibition.asia


Opening Hours:
From Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 2am
Live band from 9pm to midnight

Basque Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Basque is one of the most happening new restaurants/bars to open so far this year in Jakarta. It is a Spanish restaurant / Tapas bar with a great design, good food and a trendy feel.

Currently, I see that more and more expats are hanging out there instead of Loewy. It is a good pick-up place for girls also.

The location on the 8th floor of Noble House offers a nice view on the surrounding buildings of Mega Kuningan. The food is not so expensive, you can get a decent meal for less than Rp200,000. 

It is open every day for lunch and dinner. After 11pm, they generally turn up the volume and it turns into a bar. The music is a mix of popular songs from the past 20 years.

Basque Bar de Tapas - Spanish Restaurant
8th Floor, Noble House Building,
Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta 12950

Phone number: +62 (0) 21 2978 3111-12

Top 10 Rooftop Bars in Jakarta

By Nyoman →
When you live and work in a city like Jakarta, you might want to elevate yourself above the traffic and the pollution. Rooftop bars give you this opportunity to enjoy a drink outside in the open air and to experience another sight of the city, most often spectacular. Most of Jakarta's Rooftop Bars listed here are located in Hotels or in landmark office buildings.

Here is a list of the 10 best Rooftop Bars, to have a drink with friends, to bring your date, to enjoy Jakarta's skyline or to simply enjoy Jakarta's Nightlife while having a drink outside.

1. Skye Bar
56th floor,
Menara BCA, Jalan Thamrin

2. Cloud Lounge
49th floor,
The Plaza building, Jalan Thamrin

 3. Awan Lounge 
9th floor,
Kosenda Hotel, Jalan Wahid Hasyim

4. Soupanova Ecosky
23rd floor,
GKM Tower, Jalan TB Simatupang

5. BART
7th floor,
Artotel Hotel, Jalan Sunda (near Sarinah)

6. La Vue
Top floor,
The Hermitage Hotel, Menteng

7. SHY Rooftop
Top floor,
The Papilion Building in Kemang.

8. 8 Lounge
8th floor,
The Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place, SCBD

9. FJ on 7
7th floor,
The colony building in Kemang.

10. Lobbyn
Top floor,
FaveHotel Kemang.
Lucy in the Sky is also a good option for a Rooftop bar in the SCBD area, even though it is only located on the 2nd floor.

Read more: The Best Bars in Jakarta in 2015The Best Beer Gardens in Jakarta in 2015The Best Strip Clubs in Jakarta in 2015The Best Rooftop Bars in Jakarta in 2015Jakarta Nightlife in 2015

Hemingway Lounge (Kingsman, Senopati)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Hemingway Speakeasy Lounge and Cigar Bar is the newest addition to the nightlife scene in Senopati. It is located in a secret location next to Three Buns Burger. To enter, you must go through a hidden door inside a tailor shop called Kingsman (ex The Momo). I'm not sure if it is a real shop or just a cover.
Considering it was still ramadhan, Hemingway was surprisingly busy when I visited. I would guess that all the clients are from the circle of friends of the owners. There was a live band playing easy listening and jazzy songs, giving the place an exclusive touch.

I could not stay very long unfortunately so I would need a second visit before making a more detailed review. For now, I would recommend it for an after-hour drink or as a pre-party venue on weekends.

Hemingway Speakeasy Lounge and Cigar Bar
92 Jalan Senopati, Kebayoran Baru,
South Jakarta
Phone number: +62-21 739 7459

Photos from Facebook: Hemingway Jakarta

TWG Tea Salons and Boutiques

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
TWG (The Wellness Group) is a distributor of quality teas founded in 2008. On their logo, which is a copy of the one of Mariage Frères, it is mentioned the date 1837 but it is obviously a deception. They also have some words written in French such as "Mélanges Exquis" or "Grand Crus Prestige", probably aimed at making consumers believe it is a French brand. But TWG is from Singapore and there is no shame in that.

Part of their marketing strategies is the creation of high-end boutiques / restaurants / tea salon. There are already over 40 branches around the World, especially in Asia (only 1 in Europe and a few in US). The ideas is to position TWG as a luxury company by opening in premium locations, with a chic design and fine dining service.

I had TWG Teas on several occasions and they were good for a non-expert like me. It seems to me that tea is a basic product, a commodity and I don't think there are "Grand Crus" like there are with wine. All these talks make me feel like it is just a lot of gibberish aimed at marking up the prices of a very simple product. I would be curious to know what is the real cost of the 2 grams of tea leaves they put on your cup.

Anyway, I tried one of their two Tea Salons and Boutiques in Jakarta, the one in Pacific Place Mall (the other one is in Plaza Senayan).

I liked the design of the place and the excellent service. A PR and a hostess came at my table. They were a bit mannered but I imagine this is what people are expecting in high-end restaurants unfortunately. It is Parisian Chic brought to Asia.

There menu features all the classic Western dishes, some of them prepared with tea. They also have several breakfast sets with tea for about Rp100,000.
Chicken Majesté (Rp140,000 + 21% tax and service charge)
I had the "Chicken Majesté" which was well-presented and tasted fine. At around Rp170,000 net, it is quite overpriced though.
Overall: TWG is recommended for its excellent French café design and atmosphere, its service and its teas (especially the packaging). They are also famous for their macarons that I did not have the chance to try. Food-wise, it is fine but it is not the best value-for-money you will find. For those prices, you can actually eat in some 5-star hotels restaurants nearby.

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Plaza Senayan
Level 1, Unit 109A, Jalan Asia Afrika 8, 10270 
South Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone number: +62-21 572 5276 

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Pacific Place Mall
Pacific Place, Level 1, Unit 30B, SCBD
Jalan Sudirman Kav 52-53, South Jakarta 12190
Phone number: +62-21 5797 3272

Facebook: TWG Tea 1837

Opening Hours: 
From Monday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm

Mozaic - Fine Dining Restaurant - Ubud, Bali

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
My experience in Mozaic could be summarized in simple terms: It is the best restaurant I have tried in Indonesia (if you are a reader of this website, you will know that I visited a lot of them!).

Mozaic is located in Ubud, about a kilometer away from the central market. It is not too big, with the main dining area in a quiet garden. The standards of service are as high as one can achieve in Indonesia I believe. The table set-up is perfect, the staff is great, and the atmosphere ideally romantic. It was opened by French-American national Chris Salans, who also opened Mozaic Beach Club in 2012. The restaurant has received several awards, in particular being included in Restaurant Magazine's list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants.

There is no à-la-carte menu: You must choose from one of the 6-course set menus, which change every day depending on the mood of the Chef or the availability of ingredients on the market. The prices are very high for Bali:

The Discovery Menu costs Rp700,000+21% Tax and Service: It is a fusion menu of Indonesian dishes cooked and prepared in a Western way.

The Tasting Menu (Rp900,000++) is more "classic" and features mostly French gastronomic dishes.

The Vegetarian Menu (Rp600,000++ ) is self explanatory.

The Surprise Menu (Rp1,250,000++) includes more fine gourmet ingredients such as Foie Gras or Caviar.

There are also additional wine pairing options. In the end, it is easy to spend between Rp1M and Rp2M for a full meal in Mozaic.

I tried the Tasting Menu which was truly amazing from the first bite until the end. Including the amuse-bouches, the petits fours and the complimentary bites from the Chef, there must have been around 10 kinds of food that arrived at my table every few minutes. Everything I tried was a hit, even the bread. This was not an innovative or provocative set menu as I tried a few weeks earlier in Cuca, but it was some of the best food I have ever had. 

The food presentation was also great, here are some pictures I took (with a non-professional camera, it looked better in real):
Overall: Mozaic has one major flaw, it is bloody expensive. If you can afford it, just enjoy and try not comparing too much with restaurants in France or elsewhere in the world. You are in Indonesia, and trust me, it is extremely difficult to bring such high standards of food and service here.

Another concern is that Mozaic could lose its soul as it is more and more becoming a "brand" and a profitable business. Mozaic Beach Club in Seminyak for instance is far from achieving the same quality as in Ubud.

Mozaic Restaurant Ubud
Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone number: +62 (0) 361 975768

Twitter: Mozaic Bali
Facebook: Mozaic

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 6pm to midnite (last reservation at 9.45pm)

Chez Gado Gado (Seminyak, Bali)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Chez Gado-Gado is a fine dining restaurant located at the end of Jalan Dhyana Pura in Seminyak, with a view on the beach.

It is rather expensive, about 200,000rp for a main course (with an additional 18% tax and service). They are part of the same group behind Ku De Ta and Cocoon, with a few foreigners among the management. In particular, the Executive Chef Quirijn Rademaker is from Holland.

The menu is rather small and features mostly gastronomic dishes. It gave me an excellent first impression. The friends who accompanied me were expecting Indonesian food (because of the name Gado Gado), so they were disappointed and I was the only one to eat.

I had the "Rogan Josh" Sea Bass (Rp 180,000++) and the Beetroot Salad (Rp 85,000 ++). The portions were surprisingly big but I didn't like both dishes. The salad had too much sauce and it had nothing subtle about it. The Sea Bass was hard to eat and overcooked. The sauce was a curry that tasted similar with the "rendang paste" from the warung next to my home.
Rogan Josh Pan Fried Sea Bass (Rp180,000++) 
Beetroot Salad with Walnuts (Rp 85,000++)
The service was not very good as well. For instance, the waiter brought the bread/olive oil served normally as an appetizer only after the main course arrived. Then, after I finished eating, nobody came to pick up my plates for 30 minutes. I made a small list of all the anomalies I saw but I had to stop as it was getting too long...

There was also not a standard uniform for all staff. Some of there were wearing traditional clothes, some wearing t-shirts. One of them even had a Harley-Davidson polo. To be fair, I think it was a public holiday so this may be unusual.  Still it killed the fine dining mood for me. 

At last, the environment is not as nice as I was expecting. The sea can be seen, but there is also a small road before it with motorbikes passing by every minutes. As you can see on the picture it is not an exceptional sight:
View from my table (1)
View from my table (2)
Overall: Chez Gado-Gado was a disappointing experience considering the money I paid. I will not go back unless they make some significant improvement in the atmosphere, food and service. For fine dining, I still prefer going to Metis restaurant for instance.
Chez Gado Gado
Fine Dining Restaurant Bali
Seminyak, Jalan Camplung Tanduk (Dhyana Pura) 99 (In front of Anantara Hotel Seminyak)
Phone number: +62 - 361 736 966
Email: info@gadogadorestaurant.com

Facebook: Gado Gado Bali

Opening Hours:
From Monday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm and from 5pm to 11pm