Dear fellow tasters,
This was the second invitation from Pullman Jakarta Central Park Hotel, this time for an informal evening at Bunk, the lobby lounge at this modern museum-like “industrial raw” concept hotel. Just opposite to the reception area, Bunk’s two striking features would be the dramatic spiral staircase and the colorful metal drapery. With pop art works, printed sofas and cozy high-ceilinged area, the lounge provides a perfect place for casual business rendezvous or friendly chilling out. There’s also a more private mezzanine level, suitable for a relaxing time with acquaintances.
That evening, we were introduced to Bunk’s various range of cocktails, mocktails, and tapas sized bites. The signature cocktail is Bloody Mary, a mix of chili infused vodka, tabasco sauce, celery, salt and black pepper, served in a tin can with a whole celery stick. There are also variations of the Bloody Mary – one interesting version is the Tom Yam Bloody Mary. If you like tom yam and alcohol, you might just like it. Nevertheless, I suppose I am not much of a bloody mary person and my favorite cocktail had to be the sweet and creamy but deadly Splash, with vodka infused vanilla, baileys, frangelico and kahlua.
For the food, Bunk offers tapas sized bites which can be ordered in different platter arrangement. From the samples that we tried, I kind of liked the mushroom risotto (shaped in balls and deep fried), the roasted fang king prawn, and the sesame flavored prawn skewer. There were also some sweet desserts to try but the strawberry opera cake was my personal favorite because it had that soury taste from the strawberry jam to balance the sweetness.
To end the night, we were taken for a tour around the hotel. We had a chance to see the rooms, the executive lounge, the garden, the spa, the swimming pool, and the function halls. Thank you Pullman Jakarta Central Park for the lovely evening.
“To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” –Homer Simpson
The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish/drink – splash, sesame flavored prawn skewer, strawberry opera cake
What to try next time – other cocktails and tapas platter