Week­end Treats

at Ker­a­ton at The Plaza, A Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Ho­tel, Jakarta

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Step­ping into Ben­gawan, vis­i­tors are greeted by an im­mac­u­lately de­signed space. The restau­rant's in­te­rior fea­tures el­e­gant shades of cream, vi­brant teal and sea foam green. Oc­cu­py­ing the sev­enth floor of Ker­a­ton at The Plaza, A Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Ho­tel, Jakarta, Ben­gawan fea­tures an ex­panse of floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, which run along the en­tire length of the restau­rant. Equipped with ad­justable ver­ti­cal blinds to shade guests from the sun at the noon zenith, vis­i­tors can also en­joy breath­tak­ing blood red sun­sets over the city's scenic sky­line through the tem­pered glass win­dows with a spot of freshly brewed cof­fee. Named af­ter the Ja­vanese word for river, Ben­gawan fea­tures lush in­door green­ery and gor­geous water fea­tures. A va­ri­ety of quirky din­ing chairs si­dle up to con­tem­po­rary wood and glass din­ing ta­bles in the main din­ing area. For din­ers keen on a spot of fresh air, Ben­gawan of­fers a sep­a­rate out­door din­ing area. Over­look­ing the residences' out­door pool and gar­den area, guests can ad­mire the lush fo­liage while en­joy­ing a scrump­tious meal.

Avail­able ev­ery Sun­day from 12PM to 3PM, Ben­gawan's Sun­day Brunch show­cases an ex­pan­sive ban­quet of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional de­lights that will sat­isfy the pick­i­est of eaters. Guests can also en­joy free-flow of non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages as part of the pack­age. The restau­rant's brunch line-up fea­tures a made-to-or­der Cae­sar salad sta­tion, fresh seafood bar, okonomiyaki and tem­pura sta­tion, live-grill sta­tion, foie gras sta­tion, a va­ri­ety of pasta dishes, a caviar sta­tion, a bak­mie cart, a se­lec­tion of South­east Asian dishes, as well as an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of sweet de­lights at the dessert sta­tion.

An at­tempt at sam­pling each and ev­ery culi­nary gem on dis­play is am­bi­tious at best, save for vis­i­tors with a prodigious ap­petite. To fully en­joy Ben­gawan's Sun­day Brunch

ex­pe­ri­ence, guests are ad­vised to pick and choose their favourites, with the even­tual aim of savour­ing all the menu items in a few Sun­day Brunch ses­sions.

That be­ing said, pick­ing out the highlights from the Sun­day Brunch menu is a chal­leng­ing ex­er­cise with the amount of daz­zling menu items avail­able. One of the most pop­u­lar menu items is the ul­tra-pre­mium Kobe beef. Avail­able at the live-grill sta­tion, vis­i­tors can grill their steak to or­der and spec­ify the steak's level of done­ness. Seafood lovers swear by the seafood bar, which fea­tures fresh lob­sters, ex­quis­ite French de Claire oys­ters and Alaskan king crab. Guests keen on caviar can check out the caviar sta­tion and pile their plates with deca­dent French Sturia clas­sic caviar and salmon roe ac­com­pa­nied with mini bli­nis. Vis­i­tors look­ing for made-to-or­der items will be spoiled for choice be­tween crisp okonomiyaki piz­zas, tan­ta­lis­ing French galettes, unc­tu­ous plump es­car­gots and fluffy but­tery pan­cakes amongst many oth­ers de­li­cious à la carte treats.

My rec­om­men­da­tion would be the live grill sta­tion, you can’t go wrong with the gor­geous lob­ster ther­mi­dor and Kobe beef per­fectly ten­der. You should def­i­nitely try the Alaskan king crab and French oys­ters from our fresh seafood bar. Of course, you need to try the Sturia caviar and foie gras. – Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Syai­ful Bahri

Most fa­vorite dishes from the buf­fet

Kobe beef and lamb chop

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