The Jakarta Post
There are various ways you can get together to enjoy iftar, whether you choose to go to a restaurant, put together a meal at the office or even arrange an event at home. (Courtesy of Ristorante da Valentino/File)
The month of Ramadhan provides the perfect opportunity to organize gatherings, and iftar (breaking of the fast) is a meal many look forward to daily to enjoy with family and friends.
There are various ways you can get together to enjoy this meal, whether you choose to go to a restaurant, put together a meal at the office or even arrange an event at home.
Here are several options for going out or staying in for a group iftar, ranging from fine dining to more casual catering.
Altitude Grill steak. (Courtesy of Altitude/File)
Located on the 46th floor of The Plaza in Central Jakarta, Altitude grill offers a modern grill concept led by executive chef Gary Eng, a native Singaporean with seasoned experience.
During Ramadhan, the restaurant is offering an iftar set menu starting at Rp 350,000 (US$ 24.91) per person, which is available daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Opening with complimentary takjil (light iftar snacks), diners have a range of choices for their three-course meal. Options include seafood dishes such as the lobster bisque starter and the crispy Barramundi main, as well as poultry and meat options, including a choice between Australian sirloin or USDA beef fillet mignon.
If you can't make it to the restaurant, however, Altitude also offers catering to the office or home, with a set menu starting at Rp 300,000 per person.
Ristorante da Valentino
Ristorante da Valentino parmesan gremolata salmon with capellini zucchine. (Courtesy of Ristorante da Valentino/File)
Ristorante da Valentino is an Italian fine dining restaurant located in Setiabudi, South Jakarta. Situated inside the MD Place tower, the restaurant is laid out to offer a welcoming Italian home experience with a touch of luxury. Valentino, as it is commonly known, boasts four private rooms, a casual aperitivo section and a dining area with a seating capacity of 75.
Throughout the month of Ramadhan, the restaurant is also offering an iftar set menu at Rp 300,000 per person. The dishes on the menu include a choice of vegetable calzone as a starter and parmesan gremolata salmon with capellini zucchine as a main, as well as a mango panna cotta dessert. The set menu also includes free takjil to enjoy before the meal.
Those looking for a local taste could head to Putu Made, a restaurant in Senayan City shopping center, Central Jakarta that offers Balinese cuisine. Its Ramadhan menu highlights the restaurant’s signature dishes, such as ayam betutu (steamed or grilled chicken with betutu spices) and bebek klungkung (klungkung-spiced duck). Staff are ready to assist in creating a customized set menu for group iftar.
Guests could also organize to have the gathering in the restaurant’s private room. With four private rooms available, Putu Made can host intimate gatherings with up to eight people in one room, or join all four to welcome up to 50 guests. Booking a private room requires a minimum order of Rp 1,500,000, while regular dining could cost approximately Rp 200,000 per person.
For a bigger group and a more casual setting, such as at the office or at home, Heryadi's Catering in Jakarta could be a choice for a no-fuss arrangement. With a special group breaking of the fast set menu starting at Rp 79,999 per person, Heryadi's is ready to set you up for an event with a minimum of 30 people, complete with tables, chafing dish heaters, plates, cutlery, as well as waiters to assist diners.
Its Ramadan package comes with a choice between two set menus, both which feature home-style local dishes such as sup bakso (meatball soup), grilled chicken with rujak sauce, fish with mango sauce and fried bakmi noodles, as well as bonus takjil, sweet iced tea and fruit to enjoy. (asw)