GOURMET

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Firmly fo­cused on food now, we re­view Jakarta's Ivy Restau­rant and its de­li­cious com­fort food, the charm­ing ABRACO Bistro & Bar and The Pal­las' In­done­sian fare, as well as Bali's ex­cel­lent Sun­days Beach Club with its ex­cit­ing new col­lab­o­ra­tion with star chef James Viles and Alila Vil­las Uluwatu's sen­sory-rich Quila.

Amid the plethora of F&B es­tab­lish­ments open­ing their col­lec­tive doors in Jakarta, ABRACO Bistro & Bar has joined the party, of­fer­ing visi­tors its win­ning com­bi­na­tion of in­ven­tive culi­nary cre­ations and charm­ing views of parks and green­ery.

Lo­cated on the first floor of the newly minted La Mai­son Apart­ment, ABRACO Bistro & Bar wel­comes visi­tors into its charm­ing, taste­fully dec­o­rated bistro. The sun­lit space fea­tures re­splen­dent views of na­ture, with full-length glass pan­els fac­ing the lus­cious green­ery of Ta­man Langsat and Ta­man Ay­o­dya. Groups of el­e­gant wooden chairs and chic din­ing ta­bles crowd the main din­ing space – a mar­vel­lous ex­panse of beau­ti­fully pat­terned wooden vinyl floor­ing. The vibe of the dé­cor is in­dus­trial, with pre­cise ar­range­ments of pressed-brick columns, naked con­crete ceil­ings, criss­cross­ing over­head pipes and bare hang­ing lamps. Cof­fee afi­ciona­dos are wel­come to test their dis­cern­ing palates at the bar. Of­fer­ing hand­picked ar­ti­san cof­fee beans, ABRACO Bistro & Bar aims to high­light the best brews the ar­chi­pel­ago has to of­fer. Ad­ven­tur­ous caf­feine ad­dicts can set­tle them­selves on one of the stylish bar stools and talk to one of ABRACO Bistro & Bar's friendly mixol­o­gists, who will be more than happy

to con­coct one of the restau­rant's famed botan­i­cally in­spired cof­fee brews. Aside from unique cof­fee, the bar is well-stocked with a va­ri­ety of spirits, liquors and home­in­fused syrups, enough to sa­ti­ate any­one with a crav­ing for some­thing stronger af­ter a long pro­duc­tive week.

On to the heart of the restau­rant – its menu of culi­nary of­fer­ings. With its prag­matic se­lec­tions, from lo­cal favourites and western clas­sics to ex­quis­ite fu­sion de­lights, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one at ABRACO Bistro & Bar. For guests look­ing for com­fort food, try the spaghetti aglio olio – an al dente serv­ing of pasta tossed with a lovely sauce of ex­tra vir­gin olive oil, gar­lic, chilli ac­com­pa­nied by suc­cu­lent prawns and slices of fresh squid, gar­nished lightly with mi­cro herbs. A se­lec­tion of shar­ing plates is also avail­able such as the tog­a­rashi chicken wings (crisp deep-fried chicken wok-tossed with an umami sweet, sour, spicy honey sauce) or the five cheese pizza (a bub­bly melt­ing good­ness of Ital­ian blue cheese, gorgonzola, em­men­tal, moz­zarella and Ital­ian grana padano sits atop a layer of home­made to­mato paste and a crisp hand-rolled pizza dough). Guests look­ing for au­then­tic In­done­sian cui­sine won't be dis­ap­pointed. Try the clas­sic ra­won bun­tut – chunks of ten­der ox­tail lounge in a pool of de­light­fully aro­matic black broth made of sautéed black nuts, gar­lic, shal­lots and can­dlenuts, served with fluffy white rice, emp­ing and sam­bal terasi. Fin­ish off your meal with the de­light­ful desserts avail­able such as the re­fresh­ing panna cotta ac­com­pa­nied with tart home­made berry com­pote or the dainty one-bite cup­cake, com­plete with a flour­ish of vanilla cream and colour­ful sprin­kles.

ABRACO BISTRO & BAR

La Mai­son Build­ing 1st Fl,

Jalan Bar­ito II No. 56, Ke­bay­oran Baru, Jakarta 12130, In­done­sia

T: (+62) 21 8065 8181 / 811 878 8080 E: info@abraco.id

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