The Nikkei Way

Exquisite Taste - - Grapevine -

Jakarta re­cently wel­comed the most an­tic­i­pated new­comer to its din­ing and lounge scene: the three-storey restau­rant and bar, Hen­shin. Lo­cated on the three top floors of

The Westin Jakarta – the tallest ho­tel in Indonesia, Hen­shin proudly presents the bril­liant tal­ent that is Chef Ha­jime Ka­suga, a third-gen­er­a­tion Ja­panese de­scen­dant from Peru, to helm the kitchen. Staying true to his roots, Ka­suga brings Nikkei cui­sine – a com­bi­na­tion of Ja­panese and Peru­vian flavours – to the city, with dishes like Nikkei ce­viche, tuna tira­di­tos and the sig­na­ture Hen­shin roll with foie gras, fried shrimp, spicy crab meat roll and in­donikkei sam­bal.

Be­gin in style on the 67th floor, where you can find a cool and edgy lounge, lead­ing to an out­door bar area boast­ing un­ri­valled views of the city. Or­der one of the crafted cock­tails to go with the view and cu­rated mu­sic from Hen­shin’s house DJs. The sashimi bar – de­signed with unique nat­u­ral stones – awaits those who want to get tasty light bites.

Head up­stairs to the 68th floor for the ul­ti­mate Nikkei din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The two open kitchens make for a fan­tas­tic spec­ta­cle, just in case you get bored ad­mir­ing the Jakarta sky­line – if that’s even pos­si­ble. If you want to up the ante a notch, bring your VIPs to the 69th floor, where two pri­vate din­ing ar­eas await – ac­com­mo­dat­ing 12 and 20 guests re­spec­tively.

With a cool design that com­bines tra­di­tional ele­ments with con­tem­po­rary cre­ativ­ity, the unique umami flavours of Nikkei dishes by Ka­suga and a view to die for, it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore Hen­shin makes it to the top of ev­ery­one’s list.

Clas­sic ce­viche

Ha­jime Ka­suga

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