The allure of Beaukenhof restaurant
Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch for centuries before declaring its independence in 1945. While the period brought plenty of misery, it also left a number of exquisite pieces of heritage in the form of art, architecture and many other cultural and physical treasures. Ullen Sentalu’s Beaukenhof Restaurant embodies one of the more picturesque sides of colonialism. As entered the restaurant, its colorful flooring pattern and bold white pillars instantly caught my attention. Its tables are covered in white linen and paired with various old wooden chairs.
The decor is dominated by ochre hues and its decorative elements include old pictures and blue Chinese ceramics. In the background was the hum of 1930s Dutch songs.
The restaurant has a veranda from which you can see a green lush garden with a cupid statue down below. The view straight ahead, meanwhile, features a majestic silhouette of Mt. Merapi. Enjoying a cup of warm Earl Grey Tea in a breezy afternoon in the Kaliurang highlands was quite a blissful experience. Naturally, I would advise trying the Dutch fare for a nostalgic experience. Favorites include appetizers salmon croquettes, which are made of Norwegian salmon, potatoes and vegetables served with mustard sauce, and, as a main course Hutspot met Klapstuke, which is mashed potatoes stuffed with slices of beef tenderloin and beef sausage, accompanied by a special red wine sauce and served on a beautifully garnished plate.
For dessert, try the banana caramel. This fried pisang with palm sugar syrup and rum was quite a knockout and it was thankfully not too sweet for my taste. The restaurant serves other European items, such as mushroom cream soup, pasta, beef stroganoff, and Norwegian salmon steak with special sauce.
When I left this restaurant, an old Dutch song was playing. I didn’t understand any of the lyrics, but they were certainly a welcome touch for my dining experience.