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Spend and savor quality time, food for breaking the fast at these Jakarta hotels

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Jakarta  /  Sat, May 11, 2019  /  04:11 pm
Spend and savor quality time, food for breaking the fast at these Jakarta hotels

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Spending quality time with friends, colleagues and relatives in a restaurant is something people look forward to during the month of Ramadan as a change from equally highly anticipated intimate breaking-of-the-fast meals with family at home.

While there are many restaurant options, breaking the fast at a restaurant in an upscale hotel has its own charm, especially when it is done with a big group. The Jakarta Post has listed 15 hotels below.

The Westin Jakarta

Those who fancy iftar and dinner with friends and loved ones 67th floors up may consider Henshin, known for its rooftop bar and lounge. Henshin will present its buffet at its Wayra function hall starting from May 13. Another restaurant option is no other than Seasonal Taste, with a buffet spread that takes diners through a culinary journey around the Indonesian archipelago.

Contact: ( 021 ) 27887768

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

While Signatures restaurant features various Indonesian Ramadan favorites at the iftar buffet, a different breaking-of-the-fast experience is offered at Oku Japanese restaurant through its Breakfasting Bento. Priced at Rp 550,000++ (US$ 38.50), the bento includes takjil (light breaking-of-the-fast snacks), appetizer, main course, dessert and black tea.

Contact: ( 021 ) 23583898

Iftar bento is on offer to break the fast at Oku Japanese restaurant, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta.Iftar bento is on offer to break the fast at Oku Japanese restaurant, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta. (Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta/File)

JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta

Through its newly revamped Sailendra restaurant, JW Marriott Jakarta is spoiling its regulars by partnering with Pagi Sore, a renowned Padang eatery. Having learned that Padang food is by far one of the most sought-after cuisines for breaking the fast, Sailendra with Pagi Sore highlight rendang daging (dry beef stew), gulai ayam (chicken curry), ayam pop (chicken dish)  and dendeng batokok (spicy beef jerky).

Contact: ( 021 ) 57988888

DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta – Diponegoro

Highlighting popular Indonesian street food at OPEN} restaurant, DoubleTree Jakarta presents the food in a floating market setting. Diners can obtain food from hawker stalls and boats lined up by the pool. Among the food offered is pempek Palembang (Palembang fish cake), siomay Bandung (Bandung dumpling), nasi goreng mawut (fried rice and noodles) and freshly cut durian.

Hawker food stalls by the pool at DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta - Diponegoro.Hawker food stalls by the pool at DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta - Diponegoro. (DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta - Diponegoro/File)

Contact: ( 021 ) 29857093

Keraton at the Plaza

Bengawan restaurant at Keraton at the Plaza focuses on Indonesian cuisine with a dash of Middle Eastern flair for breaking the fast. While it is highly recommended to initially break the fast with dates and dried fruit, continuing the feast with popular Indonesian bites such as siomay fish cake, batagor (fried fish cake), satay and rendang can be most satisfying for many.

Contact: ( 021 ) 50680000

The Ramadan buffet at Bengawan restaurant, Keraton at the Plaza.The Ramadan buffet at Bengawan restaurant, Keraton at the Plaza. (Keraton at the Plaza/File)

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Alila SCBD Jakarta

Diners looking to have iftar dinner at this hotel can opt for one of its three restaurants, namely Hakkasan, Vong Kitchen and Le Burger. While Hakkasan offers a three-course Cantonese meal for iftar, Vong Kitchen stays true to its daring combination of flavors through such fare as grilled mushroom soup with tofu and ayam pepes (chicken wrapped in banana leaves) with mixed green salad and rujak (fruits with spicy palm sugar sauce) on the side. Meanwhile, one of the highlights at Le Burger is lemongrass chicken burger that is inspired by sate lilit (Balinese satay).

Contact: ( 021 ) 50808777

Ayam pepes (chicken wrapped in banana leaves) with mixed green salad and rujak on the side at Vong Kitchen, Alila SCBD Jakarta.Ayam pepes (chicken wrapped in banana leaves) with mixed green salad and rujak on the side at Vong Kitchen, Alila SCBD Jakarta. (Alila SCBD Jakarta/File)

InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah

The new five-star hotel in South Jakarta, InterContinental, joins in the festive Ramadan month with a breaking-of-the-fast buffet at its all-day-dining restaurant Sugar and Spice. Among the featured dishes are braised lamb leg ouzi on spiced rice, Australian tender beef Za’atar as well as baklava, chicken shawarma, home-smoked tuna loin and Lebanese mezze.

Contact: ( 021 ) 39507355

Pullman Jakarta Central Park

Breaking the fast at Collage all-day-dining restaurant would be an affair with Middle Eastern cuisine especially created by guest chef Kamel Hassan from Movenpick Anwar Al Madina, side by side with various Indonesian sweet treats and light bites for takjil. Pullman Central Park also offers an Indonesian buffet and Middle Eastern dishes at Hilal, a pop-up restaurant in its newly renovated ballroom.

Contact: ( 021 ) 29200088

A special Ramadan menu for breaking the fast is presented at Collage all-day-dining restaurant at Pullman Jakarta Central Park.A special Ramadan menu for breaking the fast is presented at Collage all-day-dining restaurant at Pullman Jakarta Central Park. (Pullman Jakarta Central Park/File)

Grand Hyatt Jakarta

Guest chefs from Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt have returned to C’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant to present traditional Egyptian dishes such as shish tawook (chicken kebab), shawarma and ouzi bil khalta (roasted whole baby lamb). Meanwhile, those who crave local flavors can opt for Grand Café, where the iftar buffet includes five live-cooking stations to serve made-to-order dishes.

Contact: ( 021 ) 29921234

Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta

The executive chef of the hotel has partnered with Indonesian culinary expert William Wongso to present guests’ favorites, from sweet takjil such as biji salak (sweet potato dumpling dessert) and dadar gulung (rolled crepe filled with sweetened shredded coconut) to main courses including oxtail soup with green fried rice and kambing guling (roasted lamb). An iftar buffet will be available at the renowned Satoo restaurant, and guests are entitled to participate in a lucky draw with an Etihad Airways return ticket to Oman and complimentary stay at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa as the prize.

Contact: ( 021 ) 29229999

Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta is partnering with Indonesian culinary expert William Wongso to present guests’ favorites, from sweet takjil such as biji salak and dadar gulung to main courses like oxtail soup with green fried rice and kambing guling (roasted lamb).Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta is partnering with Indonesian culinary expert William Wongso to present guests’ favorites, from sweet takjil such as biji salak and dadar gulung to main courses like oxtail soup with green fried rice and kambing guling (roasted lamb). (Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta/File)

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Mandarin Oriental Jakarta

Taking a cue from trending Indonesian food for iftar, all-day-dining restaurant Cinnamon presents a daily iftar buffet offering an array of Indonesian specialties from East to West. Dishes to look out for include rujak juhi (traditional Betawi vegetable salad with dry squid), bakso Malang (meatball soup with rice noodles, chili and pak choy from East Java) and konro (grilled ribs from Makassar, South Sulawesi).

Contact: ( 021 ) 29938888

Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta

Apart from offering the iftar experience in its stylish venue, Palm Court restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta highlights its home-cooked Indonesian tajil among other dishes. The hotel also offers hampers containing classic Ramadan treats and local produce, such as raw forest honey and lapis legit (layer cake).

Contact: ( 021 ) 22771888

Raffles Hotel Jakarta

Arts Café by Raffles is presenting the Turkish Ramadan Dinner featuring guest chefs from Raffles Istanbul during this year’s holy month. Among the menu items are various spiced lamb kebabs, shawarma at live stations, Turkish salads and pizzas and baklava. Guests can also opt to enjoy iftar and dinner at Turkish Bazaar, a pop-up Ramadan restaurant that includes entertainment by a Turkish ice cream performer.

Contact: ( 021 ) 29880888

The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Mega Kuningan

The culinary team of the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Mega Kuningan presents a widespread buffet spread of local street delights, including various satay, spicy steamed kebuli rice, cone shaped rice, meatball soup, martabak, siomay and pempek. The offering is presented in a "night street market" concept, collaborating with culture-based retail space Alun-Alun Indonesia.

Contact: ( 021 ) 25518888

The Dharmawangsa Jakarta

Jakarta Restaurant & The Courtyard at this hotel embraces the Ramadan spirit with a spread of Indonesian and international cuisines presented in the buffet and at food stations. However, the spotlight is on a culinary journey across the archipelago, through an array of dishes from West Sumatra’s ikan asam padeh (sour and spicy fish), South Sulawesi’s udang bakar saus dabu-dabu (grilled prawn with dabu-dabu sauce) to Cirebon’s empal gentong (aromatic beef soup).

Quzzy (slow cooked lamb served with roasted nuts, vegetables and Arabic rice) at Al Souk Marrakech, The Dharmawangsa Jakarta during Ramadan.Quzzy (slow cooked lamb served with roasted nuts, vegetables and Arabic rice) at Al Souk Marrakech, The Dharmawangsa Jakarta during Ramadan. (The Dharmawangsa Jakarta/File)

Meanwhile, those looking for Middle-Eastern fare with matching décor and music can head to the Bimasena lobby lounge for Al Souk Marrakech iftar. (mut)

Contact: ( 021 ) 7258181