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¤ ADDING TO ITS MANY DIN­ING OUT­LETS, HO­TEL IN­DONE­SIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA HAS JUST OPENED A NEW RES­TAU­RANT, OKU. HELMED BY CHEF KAZUMASA YAZAWA, OKU OF­FERS A MOD­ERN TAKE ON JA­PANESE DISHES COM­BINED WITH TRA­DI­TIONAL FLAIR, MAK­ING IT THE PER­FECT PLACE FOR BUSINESS LUNCHES, SPE­CIAL DIN­NERS AND AF­TER-WORK RE­LAX­ATION. DI­REC­TOR OF PUB­LIC RE­LA­TIONS AT HO­TEL IN­DONE­SIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA REBECCA LEPPARD TELLS US MORE ABOUT THIS NEW­EST DIN­ING OUT­LET. CAN YOU ELAB­O­RATE ON OKU'S CON­CEPT? OKU IS A JA­PANESE PRE­MIUM RES­TAU­RANT, THE NEW­EST DIN­ING OUT­LET OF HO­TEL IN­DONE­SIA KEMPINSKI JAKARTA. WE JUST OPENED TO THE PUB­LIC LAST APRIL, AND ARE READY TO ADD TO JAKARTA'S VI­BRANT CULI­NARY SCENE. OKU IS A JA­PANESE WORD FOR 'LAYER', WHICH MEANS THAT WHEN YOU EN­TER THE RES­TAU­RANT YOU'LL SEE MANY DIF­FER­ENT LAY­ERS READY TO BE PEELED BACK, WITH A SUR­PRISE AROUND EV­ERY COR­NER. OKU IS ALSO ONE OF THE FEW JA­PANESE RESTAU­RANTS IN JAKARTA WITH A JA­PANESE CHEF, WHO MAKES SURE WE PRESENT AU­THEN­TIC JA­PANESE DISHES. CAN YOU EX­PLAIN WHAT MAKES OKU DIF­FER­ENT TO OTHER JA­PANESE RES­TAU­RANT IN JAKARTA? WE RE­ALISED THAT JA­PANESE CUI­SINE IS NOTH­ING NEW IN JAKARTA. BUT WHAT WE HAVE IN OKU ARE PRE­MIUM JA­PANESE DISHES MADE FROM HIGH-QUAL­ITY IN­GRE­DI­ENTS BUT WHICH HAVE CA­SUAL AND LAID-BACK PRE­SEN­TA­TIONS. OUR FOOD IS VERY AT­TRAC­TIVE, AND THAT’S BE­CAUSE WE KNOW THAT JAKARTANS LOVE TO TAKE PIC­TURES OF THEIR FOOD. BUT OF COURSE THAT DOESN’T TAKE ANY­THING AWAY FROM THE QUAL­ITY OF THE TASTE. WHAT ARE OKU'S SIG­NA­TURE DISHES? FOR AN APPETIZER, WE HAVE OKU KARAFE, WHICH IS DEEP-FRIED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH SQUID INK IN THE BAT­TER. THERE'S ALSO OR­GANIC AJITMA, A HALF-BOILED OR­GANIC EGG, AND KARASUMI PASTA. FOR THE MAIN COURSE, WE HAVE TRUF­FLE GYU DON, A RICE BOWL TOPPED WITH US BEEF, BLACK TRUF­FLE SAUCE AND RUNNY ONSEN EGG. WE ALSO HAVE A WIDE SE­LEC­TION OF SAKE, WINE AND COCK­TAILS. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT OKU? OKU’S ZEN-LIKE AT­MOS­PHERE AND LAID-BACK JAZZY VIBES, WITHIN A WARM IN­TE­RIOR, ARE HIGHLY SUIT­ABLE FOR DIN­NER. WE ALSO HAVE TWO PRI­VATE ROOMS WITH CA­PAC­ITY OF 12 PER­SONS FOR MEET­INGS AND PRI­VATE DIN­NERS. THE CA­PAC­ITY OF THE WHOLE RES­TAU­RANT IS 128 PER­SONS.

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