ZESTFUL FAVOURITES

To be found in Menteng, REL­ISH BISTRO of­fers din­ers dy­namic com­fort food in­clud­ing In­done­sian, pan-Asian and Western dishes de­signed for shar­ing, writes HANDAYANI TANUWIJAYA

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Rel­ish Bistro

ABUN­DANT NAT­U­RAL LIGHT­ING and a high ceil­ing give Rel­ish Bistro a spe­cial am­bi­ence. Lo­cated at Fraser Res­i­dence, Menteng, the 100-seat restau­rant serves up plenty of pan-Asian and Western favourites. It is early in the af­ter­noon as

Pres­tige takes its ta­ble at this ca­sual din­ing venue. From its floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, we can see a re­fresh­ing scene: a blue swim­ming pool com­bined with sunny weather. The eatery used to be a restau­rant for res­i­den­tial guests only, with a dif­fer­ent con­cept and name. But a few months ago, the own­ers changed the con­cept, reimag­in­ing both the dishes and the in­te­rior de­sign, and invit­ing the pub­lic to en­joy the good vibes it cre­ates.

Rel­ish Bistro of­fers pan-Asian cui­sine, but the em­pha­sis is on el­e­vated In­done­sian food. There are also some much-loved Western dishes to be savoured, such as piz­zas, sand­wiches and hearty burg­ers. The lo­ca­tion in Menteng makes Rel­ish Bistro some­thing of a meet­ing point of cul­tures, de­signed to ap­peal to In­done­sians and ex­pats alike.

Pro­fes­sion­als and gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives from over­seas of­ten come to visit. But also, there are lo­cals who en­joy the good food that can be found here. This is why Rel­ish Bistro comes with pan-Asian cui­sine with some Western choices. They’d like to cater to a di­verse com­mu­nity of din­ers.

For starters, there’s the house’s detox salad (65,000), which com­prises green apple slices, wa­ter­cress, beet­root, boiled eggs and cheese, all topped off with splashes of apple vinai­grette. This salad gives a sour and re­fresh­ing taste to the palate.

Among the mains, Aceh gule ka­cang hi­jau (140,000) is prob­a­bly the star. It is in­spired by Aceh’s tra­di­tional gu­lai. It is lamp chops served with gule ka­cang hi­jau sauce and canai bread. For din­ers who come with a group of friends, rel­ish pizza (85,000) could be an op­tion. It’s hefty with plenty of slices topped with beef pep­per­oni, shred­ded chicken, beef ba­con, cheese sauce and melted mozarella.

For din­ers who just want to spend an af­ter­noon chilling by the pool, light bites such as the restau­rant’s ap­pe­tizer sam­pler (90,000) can be a good choice. Of course, it should be shared with friends or col­leagues. Don’t for­get to or­der healthy drinks, such as rel­ish detox (65,000) and the en­ergy booster (55,000).

Rel­ish Detox is a mix of apple, horenso spinach and lemon juice. Mean­while, The En­ergy Booster com­prises wa­ter­melon, mint leaves, grena­dine and soda. For din­ers who favour “less healthy” drinks, cock­tails such as Jack

Spar­row (145,000) and Ba­hama Mama (125,000) can be good com­pan­ions for sip­ping at the out­door bar be­side the pool.

There’s al­ways room for dessert, one hopes. The house’s smooth av­o­cado cheese­cake (65,000) is served with red bean ice cream and rasp­berry sauce. Favour some­thing warm yet bit­ter and sweet? Warm choco­late lava (60,000) could be the an­swer. Most dishes in the restau­rant come in big por­tions, so bring­ing along friends and fam­ily mem­bers could be a good idea when vis­it­ing Rel­ish Bistro.

Rel­ish Bistro

Fraser Res­i­dence Jl. Menteng Raya No.60 Cen­tral Jakarta Phone: (+6221) 2955 1888 Open­ing hour: Mon­day – Thurs­day 6am - 1pm Fri­day – Satur­day 6am - 2pm

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