GOURMET

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We dine in splen­dour at the stylish Eight Trea­sures in Jakarta, then head to Bali for some su­perb ribs and mar­ti­nis at Hog Wild with Chef Bruno. Cross­ing the seas, we visit stun­ning Miche­lin­starred Sum­mer Pavil­ion in Sin­ga­pore and newly opened Bi­zou in Hong Kong, where Amer­i­can-style is brought to clas­sic French brasserie food.

Ex­cel­lence is the hall­mark of Eight Trea­sures, a chic Chi­nese steam­boat restau­rant named for the sym­bols of good luck and pros­per­ity, which seeks to en­sure cus­tomers feel for­tu­nate and pros­per­ous as they dine on gourmet food in a stylish venue.

Eight Trea­sures is a re­fined, beau­ti­fully cu­rated restau­rant where great em­pha­sis is placed on the ap­pre­ci­a­tion and pam­per­ing of guests. Serv­ing a hearty, healthy and de­li­cious à la carte steam­boat menu, din­ers can not only sate their taste buds on the high­est qual­ity in­gre­di­ents, but boost their health and well-be­ing with the metic­u­lously pre­pared, gourmet broths that are com­ple­mented by health-pro­mot­ing herbs cel­e­brated by the Chi­nese for cen­turies.

In­spired by tra­di­tional Chi­nese folk­lore, ev­ery as­pect of the in­te­rior de­sign has a story to tell. A fresh, mod­ern eye has been used to cre­ate a wel­com­ing, plush, stylish venue that is con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese in theme, with am­ple day­light and gor­geous decor.

A grand walk­way leads guests to the din­ing room and ad­join­ing spa­cious pri­vate rooms. A laser-cut wooden trel­lis hugs the walls, colour­ful blos­soms and Chi­nese lanterns hang from the ceil­ing and nat­u­ral light softly il­lu­mi­nates the area.

The car­pet, as with other fur­nish­ings, is cus­tom-made and unique, bring­ing an an­cient Chi­nese flower de­sign into

mod­ern times. A gold panel in one cor­ner of the din­ing room is hand-painted in the tra­di­tional style and all the lamp­shades – mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tions of lilies and tra­di­tional Chi­nese lanterns – are made from cop­per rods. The wall-to-ceil­ing win­dows al­low for the day and night light­ing in the restau­rant to cre­ate dif­fer­ent moods.

Flower ar­range­ments, with flashes of red, kumquats and blos­soms, pro­vide fo­cal points around the room, and the le­gend of the four beau­ties, dressed in tra­di­tional dress but with fea­tures re­sem­bling to­day’s film stars, is de­picted along a fea­ture wall.

The restau­rant has booth seat­ing, square and round ta­bles with com­fort­able, cus­tom-de­signed chairs, cre­at­ing a space where peo­ple love to share time with friends and fam­ily, bask­ing in the ori­en­tal am­bi­ence. Ev­ery diner has their own per­sonal or­nate sil­ver or bronze steam pot and burner and the menu of­fers an ex­ten­sive range of the high­est qual­ity in­gre­di­ents to make your steam­boat meal per­fect. The sig­na­ture Shark Car­ti­lage Soup is brewed for over 12 hours and is smooth, creamy and rich in col­la­gen, while the sig­na­ture Szechuan Mala Spicy Soup is an in-house in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the clas­sic spicy broth and is highly nu­tri­tious, flavour­ful and fra­grant with pun­gent un­der­tones.

Bring out the unique flavour of the broths with a se­lec­tion of ocean-fresh sea trea­sures – in­clud­ing deep-fried fish maw, golden coin shark’s fin, US co­ral clams and live seafood – Iberico and US Kurobuta pork, black chicken, US An­gus prime short ribs, wagyu beef, home-made dumplings and gar­den-fresh veg­eta­bles. From the veg­eta­bles placed in smart wooden boxes, to the meat hung over dry ice on a pole, to the spoon stands, ev­ery­thing is thought­fully pre­sented with style.

The dip­ping sauce is a rich, bal­anced taste sen­sa­tion in­cor­po­rat­ing peanuts, se­same, wasabi and Szechuan pep­per, among other things, and gives an added depth to the flavours. Ad­di­tional chopped chill­ies, gar­lic and other condi­ments are pro­vided for you to tweak the sauce to your own pref­er­ence.

Eight Trea­sures fo­cuses on both the culi­nary and vis­ual senses to give its cus­tomers an ex­pe­ri­ence that feels both pros­per­ous and blessed and it is highly pop­u­lar with din­ers of all ages.

EIGHT TREA­SURES

Plaza In­done­sia, South Gate, 4th floor, Jalan M.h.tham­rin No. 28 - 30,

Jakarta Pusat, Jakarta 10350, In­done­sia T: (+62) 21 2992 3129 E: reser­va­tion@8trea­sures.asia

US An­gus Prime Short Ribs

Twin Soup Base: Szechuan "Mala" Spicy Soup & Nour­ish­ing Car­ti­lage Soup

As­sorted veg­eta­bles & mush­room bas­ket

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