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Monty's Restaurant and Whisky Bar (Senopati)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Monty's is one of the hippest and most exclusive venues in Jakarta at the moment. The day I visited, you had 1 Ferrari, 1 Lamborghini, 2 Porsches, 2 Jaguars and several nice sports cars parked just in front. That should give you an idea of the crowd.

It was opened by Klabo, the same group behind Nip & Dram and Ivy Kitchen. From what I've heard, the owner of Blue Bird Taxis is one of the shareholders. 

The Restaurant
On the first two floors is a restaurant serving classic European food. They have all the priciest ingredients that you can possibly import in Indonesia such as caviar, lobster, truffle, charcuterie, cheese or wagyu beef. There also serve several organic and healthy dishes.

The kitchen is headed by a Norwegian expat who previously worked in Grand Hyatt as an executive sous-chef. The price is rather expensive: On average for a 2-course meal you'll spend at least Rp500,000 (without alcohol). You can try it for lunch as they have a 2-course set menu for a little less than Rp300,000 net. Unfortunately it's the price for decent food in this area of Jakarta.

The Lounge
On the third floor, you have a "secret" speakeasy lounge / whisky bar with very dim lighting and chic ambiance. You should really make a reservation in advance as it is fully-booked most of the time. They have live bands from Wednesday to Saturday playing covers of famous pop songs. Wednesday is the busiest and most-recommended night.

It has a capacity of around 60 people. You have to spend at least 5M rupiah to get a sofa (10 pax) or 3,5M rupiah to get a table (4 pax). If you want to drink by the glass, you need to sit by the bar but the available space is scarce and they might not let you in if it's full.

I think that this is the kind of place where either you have the money and you book a sofa, or you don't have it and you just go somewhere else.

Overall
If you want to network among the Indonesian elite, I advise you to spend a few nights in the whisky bar. People all seem to know each other and they are pretty relaxed, easy to talk to. Quite many girls as well. Large collection of expensive whiskies. If you are Muslim, beware because the bar only serves alcohol drinks.

They also have a Champagne-themed Sunday brunch.

Monty's Jakarta
Senopati Raya No. 84, Jakarta, Indonesia 12190

Phone number: +62 (0) 720 4848
Email: reservations@montys.co.id

Facebook: Monty's
Instagram: montysjkt

21 Best Weekend Brunches in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Sunday or Saturday brunches in Jakarta are one of the best things you can do here during the weekend. The prices are usually very reasonable without alcohol, starting 30$ per person.

I only listed here information about the weekend brunches available in luxury hotels. You also have many brunches served in independent restaurants, but they generally do not have as much choice and they are not served as buffets. You can try those in Loewy or Koi for instance.

This is the list of the best weekend brunches in Jakarta, ranked in no particular order. Please leave a comment below if you think I forgot a great address.


Rosso at Shangri-La Jakarta
Specialties: Italian cuisine (antipasti, Italian cheese, charcuterie, seafood, live pasta, italian desserts). 

Time:
Every Sunday and Saturday from 11.30am to 2.30pm

Price: 
Saturday ‘Gotta Lotta Pasta’ Brunch
Rp350,000++ without alcohol

Italian Sunday Brunch
Rp490,000++ without alcohol

Free-flow of alcoholic beverage package is available to top-up

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21) 2939 9562


C’s Steak at Hyatt Hotel
Specialties: Char-grilled steaks, seafood (lobsters, oysters, prawns), healthy salads

Time: Every Sunday from 11.30am to 3pm

Price:
Rp. 700,000++ per person
Rp. 900,000 ++ per person with white or red wine
Rp. 1,100,000++per person including wine and champagne

Reservation is mandatory:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 2992 1383
Email: cs.ghjakarta@hyatt.com


Bengawan at Keraton at the Plaza 
Specialty: Most expensive brunch in Jakarta with oysters, lobsters, caviar, foie gras, kobe beef and champagne.

Time:
Every Saturday and Sunday from 12am to 3pm

Price:
Rp1,345,000++ inclusive of free flow Billecart-Salmon Champagne
Rp595,000++ without alcohol
Rp297,500++ for kids under 12 years old

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 5068 0000


Spectrum Fairmont Jakarta
Specialties: All kinds of mojitos, fresh seafood (oysters, lobsters, shellfish), foie gras, dim sum, Indian food (tandoori), Sunday roast, pork station (crispy pork belly, cold cuts), desserts

Time:
Every Sunday from 12am to 3pm

Price:
Rp595,000++ per person
Rp1,200,000++ per person with free flow alcohol

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21) 2970 3333
Email: reservations.jakarta@fairmont.com


Rasa Intercontinental Hotel
Specialties: Family brunch with access to swimming pool. Colorful kid’s buffet. BBQ grill, sushis, tandoor, wok dishes.

Time:
Every Sunday 11.30am to 3pm

Price:
Rp 375.000++ per person

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 2939 9562 


Scusa at Intercontinental Hotel
Specialties: Italian dishes. Antipasti served at the table. Buffet stations with pastas, Italian regional specialties, cheeses.

Time:
Every Sunday from 11.30am to 3pm

Prices:
IDR 395,000++

Reservation:
Phone number: +6221 2514188


Signature Restaurant at Kempinski
Specialties: Western food, Indonesian food, Chinese food, Japanese buffet. Kids friendly.

Time:
Every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 3pm

Price:
Rp360,000++ per person with ice tea and water

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 21 2358 3898
Email: signatures.jakarta@kempinski.com


Pearl Restaurant at JW Marriott
Specialties: "Sunday Yam Cha or Yum Cha" with peking duck, shrimps, double boiled soup, Hong-Kong style dim-sum.

Time:
Every Sunday from 10am to 3pm

Price:
Rp300.000++ per person

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 5798 8992


Lyon Restaurant at Mandarin Oriental
Specialties: French food, including oysters and foie gras and breakfast specialties such as crêpes, french toasts or eggs benedict. You can order your food from the table. 

Time: 
Every Saturday from 11.30am to 2.30pm

Price:
Rp428,000++ per person without alcohol, including chilled juices, coffee and tea
Rp628,000++ per person with selected wines and beer

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 2993 8888
Email: mojkt-enquiries@mohg.com


Xin Hwa at Mandarin Oriental
Specialties: Dim Sum Brunch

Time: 
Every Saturday from 10am to 12am (first session) and from 12.30am to 2.30pm (second session)

Every Sunday from 12am to 2pm (first session) and from 2pm to 4pm (second session)

Price:
Rp268,000++ per person (Rp134,000 for kids between 5 and 10 years old).

Reservation:
Phone number: + 62 (0) 21  2993 8825
Email: mojkt-enquiries@mohg.com


Cinnamon Restaurant at Mandarin Oriental
Specialties:
Freshly-prepared seafood BBQ 

Time:
Every Sunday from 12am to 3pm

Price:
Rp378,000 Nett (inclusive  of chilled juices, coffee and tea)

Reservation:
Phone number: + 62 (0) 21 2993 8823
Email: mojkt-cinnamon@mohg.com


Il Mare at Hotel Mulia
Specialties: Modern Italian seafood, meat and pasta. Live music.

Time:
Every Sunday from 11am to 2.30pm (last order)

Prices:
Rp588,000++ with sparkling wine, red and white wine, beer and selected cocktails
Rp468,000++ without alcohol (including juices and soft drinks)
Rp228,000++ for children

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 5753272


Table 8 at Hotel Mulia
Specialties: Szechuan and Cantonese favorites with Chinese tea counter. Dim Sum.

Time:
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 8am to 2.30pm (last order)

Price:
Rp338,000++

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 5747777


Orient 8 at Hotel Mulia
Specialties: French, Thai and Vietnamese food with imported French cheese

Time:
Every Sunday from 11am to 2.30pm

Prices:
Rp538,000++ with free flow wine (including sparkling)
Rp418,000++ without alcohol
Rp258,000++ for children

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 5753278


Edogin at Hotel Mulia
Specialties: Japanese food with sushi bar, robatayaki and teppanyaki

Time:
Every Saturday and Sunday from 12am to 2.30pm

Prices:
Rp379,000++ for adults
Rp209,000++ for children

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 5753274


Pacific at Ritz Carlton Pacific Place
Specialties:
Seasonal buffet, international cuisine. Signature items: Foie gras, oysters, sushis, beef ribs, tacos

Time:
Every Sunday from 12am

Price:
Rp658,000++ with alcohol (wine, sparkling wine, beer)
Rp358,000++ without alcohol
Rp188,000++ for children under 12

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 2550 1888


Asia at Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan
Specialties:
Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese and Western buffet. Open-kitchen. Live music.

Time:
Every Sunday 12pm – 3pm.

Price:
398.000++ Free flow of iced tea, iced lemon tea and chilled juices
748.000++ Free flow house pouring red wine, white wine, sparkling wine and beer

Reservations:
Phone: +62 (0) 21 2551 8380/8321


Sana Sini at Pullman Thamrin
Specialties:
International food with kids corner and activities

Time:
Every Sunday from 12am to 3pm

Price:
Rp789,600 nett with alcohol
Rp459,800 nett without alcohol

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 390 6444
Email: H8491-fb3@accor.com


Collage at Pullman Central Park
Specialties: Champagne brunch

Time:
Every Saturday and Sunday from 12am to 3pm

Price: Rp800,000++

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 29 20 00 88
Email:  info@pullmanjakartacentralpark.com


Arts Cafe at Raffles Jakarta
Specialties: International cuisine, classic food.

Time:
Every Sunday

Price:
Rp800,000++ with wine and beer
Rp550,000++ without alcohol
Rp275,000++ for kids under 12 years old

Reservation:
Email: concierge.jakarta@raffles.com


Shang Palace at Shangri La Hotel
Specialties: Dim sum buffet and Chinese cuisine

Time:
Every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am to 2.30pm

Price:
248,000++ without alcohol, only tea

Reservation:
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 2939 9562
Email: fbreservation.slj@shangri-la.com

Photo credit: All pictures from Instagram

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 of wine.

The food in itself was excellent, but clearly too expensive. I remember paying around 350,000 rp for a glass of wine and a plate of pasta.

Overall, I would not come back to La Luce because it is a tad over my budget and I feel I can get similar food for much cheaper in other Italian restaurants in Jakarta (click to see my ranking and recommendations). BUT, if you can afford it or if you are looking for a restaurant a bit over the top for a date or business dinner, then La Luce is for you.

 
La Luce Italian Restaurant Jakarta
18Parc Tower C - GF

SCBD Lot.18

Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53, South Jakarta

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 11am to 11pm

Phone number: +62-21 5153 860

Fax: +62-21 5153 861

Email: marketing@lalucejakarta.com

Seasons' Café - Jakarta's Sunday Morning Brunch (Four Seasons Hotel on Rasuna Said)

By The Jakarta Team →
For those who just finished an all-night party in Jakarta, I recommend you to go to the best brunch in Jakarta... Coming from Kota, it's just great to sit there in this cozy and welcoming atmosphere, just after experiencing Jakarta's wildest clubs... It's a bit pricey, Rp 300,000++, but it's only the price of 2 long island iced tea in the night club X2 or in Blowfish.
Opening Hours:
Everyday from 6am to 11pm
Sunday Brunch from 11.30am to 3pm

Seasons Café
Four Seasons Hotel
Jl KH Rasuna Said
South Jakarta

Phone : (+62-21) 252 3456
Fax : (+62-21) 252 3456
Website: http://www.fourseasons.com/jakarta/dining/seasons_cafe/