Tucked away in the op­u­lent JW Mar­riott Ho­tel Surabaya, Vis à Vis restau­rant serves charm­ing French clas­sics in a stun­ning set­ting to ea­ger din­ers.

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Hav­ing been around the re­gion look­ing at fam­ily food, in the Gourmet sec­tion we turn to the stun­ning set­ting of Vis à Vis restau­rant in the op­u­lent JW Mar­riott Ho­tel Surabaya for some charm­ing French clas­sics.

Open only for din­ner from 6PM to 11PM with a max­i­mum seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 40 peo­ple, book­ings are es­sen­tial for the city's ul­tra-exclusive French restau­rant. Din­ing at Vis à Vis is an in­ti­mate af­fair, with ded­i­cated per­son­alised ser­vice and world-class French cui­sine. Vis­i­tors to Vis à Vis restau­rant are greeted by a pair of el­e­gant glass and wooden doors, painted a lovely shade of brushed golden. Push­ing open the swing doors, an open din­ing space in­vites din­ers with a sea of pris­tine white linen table­cloths, com­plete with in­tri­cate sil­ver­ware and wine glasses, ac­com­pa­nied by groups of navy blue up­hol­stered din­ing chairs. Stretches of floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows let a warm golden glow into the din­ing space come the turn of the evening.

The restau­rant's walls are painted in a hand­some shade of match­ing blue, with framed por­traits promis­ing end­less sum­mers in the idyl­lic French coun­try­side. A plush blue and cream car­pet cov­ers the en­tire din­ing area. With all dark pol­ished woods, clas­si­cal hang­ing lamps and in­tri­cate touches of steel ac­cou­trements, the dé­cor is de­cid­edly vin­tage. A re­gal bar faces the main din­ing area, re­splen­dent in its richly stocked wine racks, com­plete with a daz­zling slab of black mar­ble, pol­ished to a fine sheen. Vis­i­tors are never dis­ap­pointed with the bar's se­lec­tion, boast­ing a cu­rated se­lec­tion of in­ter­na­tional wines from Aus­tralian to French la­bels, pre­mium lim­ited edition spir­its and ar­ti­san small-batch liquors.

The food pro­gramme is headed by JW Mar­riott's prodi­gious culi­nary whiz Chef Emmy Ester, who aims to de­light din­ers with con­tem­po­rary French culi­nary de­lights. For starters, the clas­sic foie gras comes highly recommended. The lightly seared foie gras is pre­pared to unc­tu­ous per­fec­tion, let­ting din­ers en­joy the nat­u­ral flavours of the exquisite del­i­cacy. First-time vis­i­tors are urged to or­der the lamb rack for mains. Mar­i­nated with sea salt, freshly ground pep­per, olive oil, gar­lic and rose­mary be­fore be­ing grilled to per­fec­tion, the ten­der and lus­cious lamb is sure to keep din­ers com­ing back for more. For steak lovers, try the sir­loin steak - a per­fectly siz­zling prime steak that would be the pride of any steak house. Din­ers are en­cour­aged to ac­com­pany their hearty meal with a beau­ti­ful bot­tle of Caber­net Mer­lot or Pinot Noir. For a sweet end to an amaz­ing din­ner, or­der the house­made clas­sic crème brûlée – a sin­ful dessert of rich cus­tard topped with deca­dent fresh caramel.


JW Mar­riott Surabaya

Jalan Em­bong Malang No. 85-89, East Java 60261, In­done­sia T: (+62) 31 5458888

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