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Dim sum, shabu-shabu, tea infusion, Lego await Jakarta's weekend brunch bunch

Muthi Achadiat Kautsar
Muthi Achadiat Kautsar

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, August 24, 2019  /  08:08 am
Dim sum, shabu-shabu, tea infusion, Lego await Jakarta's weekend brunch bunch

Scallop shumai at Hakkasan Jakarta (Hakkasan Jakarta/File)

While there are restaurants that serve brunch every day, those offering a special weekend brunch menu could be worth checking out. Whether you’re looking for a mood-lifting Blood Mary or Negroni or wanting to spoil your palate (and stomach) with spicy, carb-loaded dishes, here’s a list of must-try weekend brunch destinations.

Sriwijaya Saturday brunch

Newly transformed from a fine dining establishment to a more casual eatery, the Dharmawangsa Jakarta’s Sriwijaya restaurant now offers brunch on Saturdays. The restaurant now focuses on nouvelle cuisine, emphasizing freshness, lightness and clarity of flavor. Sriwijaya, therefore, translates its new direction through such dishes as NZ mussel fritters served with vegetables and chili aioli, lobster platter, United States Porterhouse steak and Japanese rib eye wagyu. These dishes are served a la carte, but diners can also indulge in selections of cheese, bread, cold cuts, salads and desserts from the buffet.

 

Hakkasan dim sum weekends

Dim sum may be synonymous with weekends for some. Aware of this notion, Hakkasan Jakarta offers dim sum weekends comprising two menus, namely Qilin and Jasmine. Qilin includes an array of dim sum, from xiao long bao (steamed bun) with truffle and baked beef puff to pan-fried carrot cakes. Meanwhile, the vegetarian-friendly Jasmine includes morel crystal dumpling, Sichuan mapo dumpling and tofu, eggplant and mushroom clay pot with chili and black bean sauce. The two desserts to choose from, raspberry snow bun and es teler (fruit cocktail), are not to be missed.

 

Asia Restaurant Lego Sunday brunch

All-day dining restaurant Asia at Ritz Carlton Jakarta Mega Kuningan offers Lego Sunday brunch, allowing very young diners to have fun at a Lego play area after enjoying their meal from the children’s buffet. However, the thematic Sunday brunch is also busy with diners of various ages flocking to the “As You Wish” teppanyaki station or refilling their plates with pizza, sandwich, sushi and sashimi and roast beef. Prior to the Lego Sunday brunch offer, Asia hosted Superhero Sunday brunch, and if the Lego period comes to an end, another exciting theme will take its place.

Read also: New in town: Sunday brunch at Vong Kitchen

Yoshi Izakaya all-you-can-eat weekend shabu-shabu

Gran Melia Jakarta’s Yoshi Izakaya could be your hideaway shabu-shabu destination on Saturdays. Expect to indulge in high quality, thinly sliced beef, as well as a selection of seafood, fresh vegetables and mushrooms. If you like the process of cooking the ingredients in simmering soup, this is a dining experience for you. However, if you prefer Sunday brunch, the hotel has Jazzylicious Sunday at Café Gran Via, featuring a jazz band that plays classic favorites and top-40 songs with jazz arrangements.

 

Cork&Screw Country Club’s Brunch on the Lawn

Still one of the most sought-after dining destinations in Jakarta, Cork&Screw Country Club offers Brunch on the Lawn on weekends. With executive chef Fernando Sindu at its helm, this restaurant overlooking a swimming pool and golf course offers such dishes as brunch vol-au-vent (filled puff pastry), country club nasi campur (rice with a variety of side dishes) and steak sandwiches.

Chef Fernando Sindu at Cork&Screw Country Club prepares steak sandwich.Chef Fernando Sindu at Cork&Screw Country Club prepares steak sandwich. (Cork&Screw Country Club/File)

 

TWG Tea weekend brunch

True to its identity as a tea salon and boutique, the TWG outlet at Pacific Place Jakarta serves brunch integrated with various teas. Among the highlighted dishes are beef wellington with mashed potato infused with Red of Africa tea, Lobster Thermidor with spaghetti puttanesca sprinkled with Genmaicha and chicken with houjicha-infused mushroom fricassee.

TWG Tea weekend brunch.TWG Tea weekend brunch. (TWG Tea/File)

 

Editor's note:

The first version of this article wrote that Hakkasan Jakarta offers dim sum Sundays in which the Qilin menu starts with crispy duck salad with pomelo. It has been corrected to dim sum weekends without crispy duck salad in the menu.