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Spending millions on a meal: Indonesian patrons 'collect moments' in restaurants

Muthi Achadiat Kautsar
Muthi Achadiat Kautsar

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, October 30, 2019  /  01:55 pm
Spending millions on a meal: Indonesian patrons 'collect moments' in restaurants

A white tablecloth and silver tableware is often identified with fine dining, although the trend is shifting toward a more casual style. (Shutterstock/kirill guzhvinsky)

It was a fine evening when numerous food courses were anticipated. The setting was intimate, the small crowd of diners could see the chef working behind the kitchen counter. Course by course arrived on the table, the taste and presentation equally fine. This is a typical evening at Javanegra Gourmet Atelier, tucked away in the tree-lined Jl. Kramat Pela in South Jakarta. A private dining establishment opened in 2014, Javanegra serves Spanish-Mediterranean and Indonesian cuisines with selected wines. The regulars of Javanegra may spend a small fortune each visit, but they think the conversation surrounding the dinner, the impeccable service and close attention to detail make the whole experience worth repeating. Bianca Lutfi, co-founder of preloved branded fashion website The Brand Buffet, told The Jakarta Post in a WhatsApp message that private dining at Javanegra was one of the...