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Keukenhof Bistro (Kota Tua Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Keukenhof Bistro is a café and restaurant located just steps away from Taman Fatahillah in North Jakarta. It is also next to Colosseum 1001 entertainment center. It is inside a Dutch era colonial building that seems to have been renovated very recently. Unfortunately, the inside of Keukenhof Bistro is not that impressive, particularly if you compare it with Café Batavia . They don't have windows to the outside and you don't really feel you are inside a historical building. 

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

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.

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.

Le Quartier (French Restaurant)

By Nyoman →
    Le Quartier ("The Neighbourhood" in French, pronounced like the jewelry brand "Cartier") is a new French Restaurant, opened in 2013 in Kebayoran Baru, near Senopati. I liked the building facade of the Restaurant as well as the interior design. The decoration is well done and it really gives the feeling you are in a French bistro, with also a few modern touches. The overall impression is that it is an elegant and luxurious place, especially with their beautiful chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

Bistronomy (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  I was very surprised with my visit of Bistronomy. Because of its name, which sounds modern, I was expecting a regular wannabe-trendy restaurant like many can be found in Jakarta.   Bistronomy is actually the contrary. It is a vintage restaurant, inside a house in a residential area, where every details has been made to fit with the theme (the uniforms, the menu, the design, etc). For those who know, it looks similar with Balique restaurant in Bali. The menu has all the favourite, typical dishes of any restaurants in Jakarta (Cheeseburger, Spaghetti Bolognese, Nasi Goreng... ) and some more original (Ceviche, Shoya Fondue). I tried the Sandwich à la Méditerranée (75,000rp++). I was quite disappointed by this dish for a few reasons: The bread was just plain white bread (probably industrial). It was impossible to eat it like a normal sandwich with hands so I had to use a fork and a knife. It was quite heavy on the sauce too and the taste very average. It is reall

La Luce Italian Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
La Luce is one of the most upmarket Italian restaurants in Jakarta. It was also voted the best Italian restaurant in Jakarta for 2014 by Now Magazine. It is located in the SCBD area, not too far from Pacific Place. It is currently headed by Chef Alessandro de Boni, formerly working in Il Mare Italian Restaurant in Mulia Hotel. I tried La Luce about a year ago but it is only now that I'm writing the review. I was reminded about my visit there when I met yesterday with its previous manager, Gianni, who now works in Balboni . La Luce does not have a very complicated design. It is rather simple, with an emphasis on the service and the food. Be warned: It is very expensive for Italian food, probably about the same than in Gaia (Altitude) . The restaurant will appeal to those looking for a fine dining experience, with all the formality and the extra attention. Personally, I don't need to have someone coming to my table to fill again my glass every time I have a sip

Salt Tapas (Seminyak Bali)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Salt Tapas is a semi-fine dining restaurant located in Peppers Sentosa Resort Seminyak, about 500 meters off Jalan Petitenget. It was opened by Luke Mangan, who seems to be a businessman more than a Chef. He is behind the Salt brand, with locations in Singapore, Australia, Japan and Indonesia (in Jakarta I reviewed Salt Gril on Jakarta100bars: Altitude ). The actual Chef of Salt Tapas Bali is  Angus Blake Harrison, a young Australian, and it is managed by Rafael Nardo. The location is a bit odd as it is inside a private resort. The idea is probably to make the Sentosa look more exclusive and more attractive for Australian tourists with a branded restaurant inside the resort. Salt Tapas was designed by a young Balinese architect, Putu Edy Semara, who was also involved with Sundara in Four Seasons Hotel in Jimbaran. I would say that the style is modern Balinese as most of the items were sourced on the island, while the design looks very contemporary. It is the kind of r

Pearl French Fine Dining (Bali)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Pearl is a French fine dining restaurant located near Jalan Double Six Beach in Legian/Seminyak. It is inside a small complex of 16 rooms owned by a French couple. Jeremy Blanchet, the young Executive Chef of Pearl is French himself and he is the son of the two owners. Pearl is spread inside a large garden, with a small Balinese temple and a swimming pool. You also have a bar area near the open kitchen. It was not too crowded when I visited and my main impression was that it was very peaceful. The sound of the music was low and people seemed to be whispering at each other to avoid making too much noise. Still, I could hear that most of the clients were French speakers. Since all the tables are outside, it can be hot and you may get mosquito bites. The waiters have insect repellent if you need. The service was really perfect, as you could expect from a fine dining restaurant inside any 5-star hotel: Friendly, efficient, and with appropriate product knowledge. The m

Altitude (Gaia, Salt Grill, Enmaru) @ The Plaza

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Altitude is a group of 3 restaurants located on the 46th floor of the Plaza tower, one of the most expensive office buildings in Jakarta (also home the the Keraton hotel). 46th floor, yes: Great view of course, but make sure to book in advance and ask for a table near the window (if possible in the angle of the building). Luckily for my wallet, I only tried one of the three restaurants, Gaia, the Italian. The food was good, but not spectacular for the price: 550k for one appetizer and one main course. The quality of the service and the attention that we got, not only from the waiters but also from the managers, including 3 foreigners, may have been what we are really paying in the restaurant. One thing felt very wrong: The music was clubbing style and they only had one CD. So we had Gangnam Style and Party Rock Anthem twice each in one evening. That's twice too much. In Altitude, there is also an Australian Steak House (Salt Grill) and a Japanese (Enmaru) that I haven

Riva (Park Lane Hotel)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
    Opened in 1998 in the Park Lane Hotel, Riva is one of the best French restaurants in Jakarta . It is a fine dining venue with mostly classic dishes: Steak au poivre, Foie gras, Salmon, Boeuf Bourguignon, etc.. Nothing experimental, you should not be too surprised by the food you will eat. The restaurant looks old-fashioned, but it feels charming and unpretentious. I really enjoyed the open kitchen, which allows you to spy on the chef while he cooks. It is always impressive to see for yourself all the efforts that come with your meal. The menu is not very long, and it changes regularly. I saw that they have it on their website here , but it isn't updated. You can still have a look to get a general idea about their food though. I chose as an appetizer the Baby Organic Spinach Salad (with Parmesan, Lemon extra virgin oil dressing, and Truffle boursin crostini) and for my main course the Steak au Poivre (Seared wagyu beef rump rolled in crush white pepper, pomme dau

Al Nafoura Lebanese Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Al Nafoura is the Lebanese restaurant of the hotel Le Meridien. It is a great place to eat, especially for dinner, when the dim-lighting creates an intimate atmosphere, perfect for a romantic date. The food is not as good as in Anatolia , the most famous Middle-eastern restaurant in Jakarta, but the standards remain high for the city. Surprisingly, it isn't too expensive as well. You can manage to eat well for less than Rp200,000 per person, which is quite rare for a 5-star hotel restaurant.

AMUZ (French Fine Dining)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Amuz is a French fine-dining restaurant opened in October 2010 by chef Gilles Marx, who previously worked in Riva . The venue sets you in a Parisian décor, circa 1900, with exposed metallic beams, large windows and classy furniture. The clients on that day were mostly rich Indonesian/Chinese women but it might have been just a coincidence... The menu is classic and should change depending on the availability of seasonal products. A la carte , the price for an appetizer is around Rp200k, and for a main course Rp350k (up to Rp650k). I took the lunch meal, more basic: Rp250k++ for a 3-course set lunch. This is an excellent deal.