Bengawan, Keraton at The Plaza


Dear fellow tasters,

About a month ago, I was invited to savor the cuisines of Bengawan, the signature restaurant at Keraton at The Plaza.  Located adjacent to Plaza Indonesia and the Plaza office building, Keraton is the first Luxury Collection hotel to open in Jakarta.  With a name derived from the Javanese word for ‘palace’, the hotel boasts a luxurious modern design with Indonesian artistic details.

Located on the seventh floor of the hotel, Bengawan signature restaurant provides all-day-dining international buffet as well as a la carte menu which incorporates a selection of local Indonesian cuisines.  What I loved about Bengawan was that stepping into the restaurant felt like escaping the hustle bustle of metropolitan Jakarta into a serene oasis, accentuated by the soothing water features and lush green foliage.

I started the tasting with some cold appetizers and seafood, followed by a plate of nasi keraton.  The nasi keraton is similar to nasi uduk, rice cooked in coconut milk served with assorted condiments and wrapped in banana leaves.  It tasted wonderful, accompanied with a selection of Indonesian food, tender iga bakar (grilled ribs), tasty bebek goreng (fried duck) and spicy sambals.  Next, I was offered to try rib-eye and foie gras from the pass around.

Another Indonesian dish that I quite enjoyed was the sop buntut (oxtail soup).  I also tried some Western dishes and spaghetti aglio olio from the pasta station which tasted pretty nice.  By then, I felt almost full and decided to move on to desserts.  A couple highlights from the desserts would be the red velvet cake which was moist and tasted heavenly, and the delicious homemade mango ice cream.

For drinks, besides the iced apple mint tea and cappuccino, I also had a chance to try the blueberry bajigur colada from their indigenous cocktails selection, a unique blend of Indonesian bajigur flavor and blueberry in a sophisticated cocktail form.  It certainly was a delightful afternoon for me and I would like to thank Ms. Novi and Keraton at The Plaza for the kind invitation.

Selamat makan!

The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – nasi keraton, red velvet cake
What to try next time – the a la carte menu and other indigenous cocktails
Food rating 3 star
Price rating $$$
Ambiance rating 3 star
Service rating 4 star

Breakfast Buffet Package (Rp. 225.000++) – Inclusive appetizer, main course (Western + Asian) in buffet and a la carte menu, dessert, live cooking selection, pass around  smoothies and croissant, egg selections, soft drink, fresh juices, fresh brewed coffee and tea
Lunch Buffet Package (Rp. 288.000++) – Inclusive appetizer, main course (Asian + Western), dessert, live hot cooking selection, pass around foei gras and carving selections, fresh brewed coffee and tea
Dinner Buffet Package (Rp. 188.000) – Inclusive buffet appetizer, dessert, fresh brewed coffee & tea
Sunday Brunch Package (Rp. 388.000++) – Inclusive all non-alcohol beverage, appetizer, main course (Western + Asian) in buffet and menu, live cooking pasta, unlimited pass around (mie goreng, nasi goreng, foei gras, carving selections), noodle selection, dessert, pass around beverage, fresh brewed coffee and tea, welcoming bubble
Beverage Package (Rp. 288.000++) – free flow red wine, white wine, champagne, cocktail, martini

Keraton at The Plaza
Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 15
Jakarta 10350
Ph: +6221 506 80000
Fax: +6221 506 89999

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