Dear fellow tasters,
Have a joyous new year! Last year has been truly a foodie blessing for me. This blog already reached 40,000+ hits and I also received many invitations for food tasting and gathering events. So for the first post of 2012, I am going to look back to a food tasting that I had in December 2011 and it was quite a wonderful and fulfilling one.
The tasting was for Collage, an all day international dining restaurant at the recently opened Pullman Hotel Jakarta Central Park. With stylish urban-pop industrial-raw concept, Pullman Jakarta is a refreshing sanctuary in the midst of crowded West Jakarta vicinity. Collage is no less entertaining for the gastronomic appetite with scrumptious line-up of various cuisines buffet and live cooking shows, available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Besides the buffet, some popular signature dishes, alcoholic cocktails, and non-alcoholic mocktails are also available via a la carte.
My exploring Collage started with a visit to the hors d’oeuvres. I picked four of them and one was quite unique, the foie gras brulee. Next stop was Japanese with some sashimi slices (ask the friendly chef to slice some for you) and mini soba. Sushi was also served but I didn’t get a chance to try. Then, I picked up a plate with some Indian dishes. The mutton vindaloo was quite tasty.
The next course was one of the highlights of the evening with the scrumptious and tender slow-cooked beef slices. I also tried the lamb a la provencale, quite enjoyable but too medium to my liking. Another signature dish worth trying was the fluffy and fragrant nasi bakar majapahit (majapahit grilled rice), a wonderful attempt at a traditional Indonesian cuisine. Regretfully, there was no other Indonesian cuisine to accompany the rice, except for the selection of sambals. I actually wanted to try the Peking duck for my Chinese plate, but apparently they ran out of it so I picked some fried dim sum and red bean pancake instead.
More were served than I could actually eat. Homemade pasta, cold cuts, fresh seafood and oyster, and noodles were some that I didn’t get a chance to try. I supposed I would rather save some place for the delightful desserts. Colorful macaroons, panna cottas, hazelnut praline, financier, and croissant pudding were some scrumptious items from the array of Collage’s assorted desserts. Thank you Collage and Pullman Jakarta Central Park for inviting me.
Happy new year and happy eating!
The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – the slow cooked beef and desserts
What to try next time – pasta, fresh seafood and oyster
Damage 0, the price for the buffet is from 190k++/pax