All To­gether Now The Best of 2014

It is al­ways bet­ter to­gether

Maxx-M - - WHERE TO EAT - Text by Grace So­larbe­sain and Den­nis Latif Pho­tos cour­tesy of Gu­maya Tower Ho­tel & Ex­clu­sive Dining, JW Mar­riott Ho­tel Jakarta

Maxx-M chooses the best restau­rants based on our re­views dur­ing 2014 in a very san­guine sur­vey of top venues. San­guine peo­ple love to en­joy life with friends, hang­ing out and dining to­gether. They hate to be alone. All the restau­rants on our list are ideal for leisurely meals and long chats with friends. Pan­tai In­dah Ka­puk, North Jakarta, is be­com­ing more popular as a hang­out. The prime lo­ca­tion, in the midst of sev­eral high-end res­i­den­tial com­plexes, makes it fer­tile ground for new restau­rants, bak­eries, bars, lounges and eater­ies. More than 100 stores are now open in Pan­tai In­dah Ka­puk, and it seems like there is a new venue pop­ping up each day, fill­ing the va­cant multi-storey shop-houses. There is a var­ied col­lec­tion of restau­rants and cafes at Pan­tai In­dah Ka­puk serv­ing West­ern, Korean, In­done­sian, veg­e­tar­ian and many other cuisines. There are also nu­mer­ous drink op­tions avail­able, in­clud­ing bub­ble tea, wine, cof­fee and tea, beer and cock­tails. If you are not in the mood for a big meal, you can find plenty of snacks. One day is surely not enough time to ex­plore this culi­nary haven. So we have listed some op­tions to help make your week­end choice eas­ier. The venue at the top of each list is our favourite!

Blu Mar­tini at JW Mar­riott Jakarta is a com­fort­able venue for chat­ting and en­joy­ing high tea in the af­ter­noon. A va­ri­ety of cakes, freshly baked scones, fin­ger sand­wiches and pre­mium teas and cof­fees are avail­able for High Tea at Blu Mar­tini. Also on of­fer are sweets such as green tea opera cake, red vel­vet cake, Sky Line Lounge and Ex­clu­sive Dining is one of the best restau­rants in Se­marang, the cap­i­tal of Cen­tral Java prov­ince, for en­joy­ing din­ner with friends. The restau­rant is lo­cated on the top floor of Gu­maya-Tower Ho­tel, a five-star busi­ness prop­erty built with the dis­cern­ing guest in mind. To reach Sky Line Lounge and Ex­clu­sive Dining you must take the stairs to the 17th floor, which is dec­o­rated with-colour­ful masks and a story of how to Su­ma­tran cof­fee eclairs, straw­berry tartlets and much more. Nat­u­rally lit dur­ing the day and with dra­matic light­ing in the evening, over­sized day so­fas and a com­fort­able am­bi­ence make Blu Mar­tini the per­fect venue for a meet­ing, gath­er­ing or sim­ply to un­wind af­ter work. The classy venue’s wide se­lec­tion of bev­er­ages in- plant grapes to pro­duce wine dis­played on the restau­rant wall. This piqued my cu­rios­ity; the restau­rant su­per­vi­sor told me the restau­rant had the most com­plete wine col­lec­tion in Se­marang. Boasting panoramic views of Se­marang, Sky Line is aimed specif­i­cally at lovers of West­ern del­i­ca­cies and wine. The en­tire dining room has glass walls that pro­vide panoramic, 270-de­gree views of the city. The restau­rant’s com­bi­na­tion of mod­ern cludes no fewer than 88 dif­fer­ent mar­ti­nis. The venue cer­tainly jus­ti­fies re­peat vis­its, as you’ll have plenty of rea­sons for call­ing by dur­ing the week and at week­ends. If you want to es­cape the traf­fic or just want to gather with friends, Blu Mar­tini is a must-visit. style, dé­cor and con­tem­po­rary de­sign cre­ates a stunning am­bi­ence. In ad­di­tion to a steak, salmon or gin­dara and poul­try menu, Sky Line Lounge and Ex­clu­sive Dining of­fers an as­sort­ment of mock­tails, Cham­pagne and wine. Sky Line Lounge and Ex­clu­sive Dining opens from 5pm to 1am Thurs­day to Satur­day and 4pm to mid­night Sun­day to Wed­nes­day, with live mu­sic ev­ery Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day.

Af­ter­noon Story

JW Mar­riott Jakarta

Jl. DR Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung,

Kav. E.1.2 No. 1 & 2 Mega Kuningan, Jakarta Phone. +62 21 5798 8888

Sky Line Lounge and Ex­clu­sive Dining

17th Floor, Gu­maya Tower Ho­tel Jl. Ga­jah­mada No. 59 – 61, Se­marang

Phone. +62 24 3551999­may­a­tow­er­ho­

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