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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. 

The prices are reasonable and it is clean so it is still an OK option for a drink or lunch while in the area.

They serve Indonesian and International food, only classics like Nasi Goreng, Mi Goreng, Steaks, etc.
Keukenhof Bistro
Jalan Kunir No5
Kota Tua - North Jakarta
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 690 88 56

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

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.

The food was good also, with a fair choice of French meals and some good bread. They also serve some Italian food (pasta and pizza) and Burgers. I would not say it is purely a French restaurant in their menu: It is international, similar with the one in Union or Loewy. I liked the Steak Tartare, tasty and juicy. I had some good wine also, which is quite important for a French Restaurant. The desserts were OK and the service was friendly.

Overall: Since the decoration and the atmosphere is very nice and it feels romantic, I advise you to bring a date here, it will be a successful dinner. The only problem with Quartier is their prices: They are quite high even for basic dishes like salads or sandwiches. Expect to pay at least 400,000 Rupiah for a full meal without alcohol.

For our selection on the Best French Restaurants in Jakarta, you can read this article: My Favourite French Restaurants.
 
Le Quartier
Jalan Gunawarman #34
Kebayoran Baru
South Jakarta

Phone: +62-21 7278 8001+62-21 7278 8001
Mail: Contact@lequartier.co.id

Opening Hours: Open From 07:00 - Onwards

Facebook: Le Quartier
Twitter: Le Quartier

Photos from my second visit (I had an overpriced Tuna Nicoise Salad):

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 really too bad the owners of Bistronomy spent so much time on the design and marketing of their restaurant and apparently so little in the kitchen.
Sandwich à la Méditerranée: How do you eat it?

Regarding the service, it was very good (the waitresses were smart enough to do some upselling on three occasions) but I found it a bit strange that nobody was standing outside of the place to welcome guests.

Overall: I could come back to Bistronomy for its atmosphere, but certainly not for the food. I found out that it belongs to the Kawano group (http://www.kawanointl.com/) which has some excellent restaurants in the city (Sakana or The Grill). Since it is Japanese, I would say that maybe you have to stick with the Japanese food and not go for any of the Western dishes (especially the French ones).

As I was about to leave Bistronomy, the music playing was "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston, immediately followed by "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion. It made me go away, but in the taxi I thought the place could be perfect to bring a date, especially if she is Indonesian. Bistronomy is kitsch, but it is romantic.
Bistronomy Jakarta
Jalan Ciranjang (Cinuru 1 No. 2)
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan
Phone number: +62-21 709 6655
Email : Bistronomy@kawanointl.com

Facebook: Bistronomy Jakarta
Twitter: Bistronomy
Corporate Facebook page: Kawano Group
Corporate Website: Kawano International Indonesia

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 11am to 11pm (until 1am on Friday and Saturday)