GOURMET

Mar­ry­ing the culi­nary rit­u­als of Asia and the West, The Dhar­mawangsa Jakarta’s af­ter­noon teatime is not to be missed.

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Savour de­lec­ta­ble del­i­ca­cies from an el­e­vated venue at Rooftop Sun­set Bar at Dou­ble-six and have a re­fined tea ses­sion at The Dhar­mawangsa Jakarta.

For cen­turies, tea drink­ing has been sur­rounded by rit­ual in both Asia and Europe, re­quir­ing time, fo­cus and the finest pos­si­ble tea ware, teas and food. Nowa­days, the in­ter­na­tional form of af­ter­noon tea has be­come a time to set aside the con­cerns of a busy day and to fo­cus on com­mu­nion with friends over con­vivial con­ver­sa­tion and bite-sized sweet and savoury morsels.

In the serene gen­til­ity of The Dhar­mawangsa Jakarta, gour­mands who de­light in the myr­iad flavours and tex­tures found in an af­ter­noon tea breathe a con­tented sigh. Ac­com­pa­nied by the gen­tle rhyth­mic sounds of the Ja­vanese game­lan, sur­rounded by an­tique or­na­ments, stylish fur­ni­ture and the el­e­gance of The Li­brary, The Tea Lounge or one of the other Ma­japahit

Lounges, guests can revel in a selec­tion of the finest In­done­sian sweet treats and pop­u­lar West­ern nib­bles, all ac­com­pa­nied by the very finest JING teas, as well as fine cof­fees, juice and the famed In­done­sian ginger herbal drink Wedang Jahe, if they pre­fer.

JING teas are found only in the world's finest ho­tels and res­tau­rants and, hav­ing the aim of in­spir­ing the world to en­joy tea at its best, JING not only sup­plies the finest tea leaves but also trains those mak­ing and serv­ing its teas on how to pre­pare the tea cor­rectly to achieve the best flavour. The tea is served in JING tea ware, which is in­di­vid­u­ally hand-crafted by mas­ter glass mak­ers us­ing pure borosil­i­cate glass to en­sure that it brings out the very best in ev­ery sip of tea.

This level of per­fec­tion is re­flected by the ho­tel's pas­try team, who strive ev­ery day to cre­ate del­i­cate pas­tries, tarts, pra­lines, choco­late brown­ies and mac­arons that are as beau­ti­ful as they are de­li­cious in a rain­bow of colours. Lus­cious cheese­cake is topped with fruit and flow­ers, tiny cups of panna cotta sport petals, while crispy crème brûlée beg to be eaten.

On the savoury side, sliv­ers of salmon and cream cheese are lay­ered into pani­nis, fine ham is folded into crois­sants, while tasty cheese and rare roast beef sand­wiches tempt the palate.

Mean­while, op­po­site the game­lan play­ers in the Ma­japahit Hall, a ta­ble is spread with a bounty of tra­di­tional In­done­sian sweets wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered. The slices of pink, white and dark green stripes are kue lapis be­ras, a steamed layer cake made with rice flour, tapi­oca flour, co­conut milk and pan­dan leaves, while the cone-shaped ones wrapped in young co­conut leaf are celorot, a sweet snack made of sticky rice, co­conut milk and palm sugar.

Then there are the round, crispy brown kue cu­cur made of rice flour, which are al­ways best served straight out of the frying pan. An­other treat are the pale green and pale pink cakes that look like a ball of string, kue putu mayang, which are in fact rice flour noo­dles served with a splash of a thick, sweet sauce that is the per­fect bal­ance of palm sugar and co­conut milk.

Whether you choose to have the full ex­pe­ri­ence of West­ern or In­done­sian treats, or just one or two along­side your drink of choice, The Dhar­mawangsa Jakarta is an idyl­lic choice for this af­ter­noon rit­ual.

THE DHAR­MAWANGSA JAKARTA

Jalan Braw­i­jaya No. 26, Ke­bay­oran Baru, Jakarta 12160, In­done­sia

T: (+62) 217258181 E: reser­va­tion@the-dhar­mawangsa.com the-dhar­mawangsa.com

Af­ter­noon Tea

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