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Sir David Tang’s China Tang, which opened in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand in January, highlights classics from Cantonese to Shanghainese cuisine created by group executive chef Albert Au Kwok Keung (from three Michelin-starred The Eight). Surround yourself with vibrant Art Deco elements and portraits evoking images of a romanticised Shanghai as you dig into the China Tang Signature Baked ‘Hammer Chicken’ (US$108/ S$142). It steals the show with an aromatic rosé wine flambé and dramatic unveiling of the succulent bird stuffed with pork belly slices and mushrooms. Try the Mr. Tang (US$40), a rich tipple of Remy Martin X.O., Cointreau Noi and a punchy Frey Ranch Absinthe, served atop a smoke of Chinese botanicals. The restaurant livens up in the evening with a noodle pulling performance accompanied by traditional Chinese instrumentals. The District, MGM Grand, 3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas,
NV 89109, U.S.A. Tel: +1 702 891 3110 From the folks who brought us one Michelin-starred Trishna in Marylebone, London, comes Brigadiers, an Indian barbecue restaurant and bar. Set to open next month, it will join Danish restaurateur Soren Jessen’s Ekte Nordic Kitchen and award-winning chef Andrew Wong at London’s new dining destination, the Bloomberg Arcade. The interior takes inspiration from the army mess bars of India and includes seven themed rooms as well as an outdoor terrace. Besides the indulgent spread of grilled meats, like the Awadhi Wood Roasted Skate Wing, and an ever-changing list of international beers, don’t miss The Brigadiers Tandoori Chicken Club Sandwich. Pop by The Pool Room for the Whisky Vending Machine, which dispenses everything from rare malts to cocktails, like the Nitro Espresso Martini, with a tap of the Brigadiers card. 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR, U.K. Tel: +44 20 3011 1021
After an extensive renovation, the iconic Ambiente Ristorante at Aryaduta Jakarta, has re-opened its doors to become one the most talked about foodie destinations in town. The restaurant exudes a rustic, albeit sophisticated vibe, and is helmed by executive chef Matteo Meacci, who serves Tuscan signatures with a touch of creativity. Menu highlights include antipasto sharing platters such as Tagliere Toscano with Italian imported and homemade salumis and pâté (Rp225,000); and Carpaccio di Manzo, with raw beef marinated in roasted garlic, rocket, Parmesan and truffle oil (Rp110,000). Other popular choices include Braciola di Maiale Piccante alla Griglia, featuring a spicy grilled pork chop served with baby potatoes and Romesco sauce (Rp180,000); and the charcoal Ambiente Pizza topped with cherry tomatoes, smoked salmon, grilled zucchini and a touch of truffle oil (Rp115,000). Aryaduta Jakarta Jl. Prajurit KKO Usman dan Harun No.44-48, RT.7/RW.1, Gambir, RT.7/ RW.1, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota, Jakarta 10110.
Tel: +62 21 2352 1234 With a ‘live healthy, eat fresh’ motto, the new menu at Blue Terrace Café by chef Johan Kusnadi is brimming with nourishing fare. Choose between the soothing outdoor garden dining or the casual, indoor deli-style space and kick off the meal with infused water concoctions such as the Tarragon Citrus Splash (Rp70,000). There are healthy juices, layered fruit smoothies, and ‘tea tails’ such as Exotic Beautea with passion fruit syrup in chamomile tea (Rp65,000) too. Locally sourced vegetables and Asian spices are featured heavily in Baby Gems Wraps with roasted duck (Rp100,000) and the gluten-free Green Goddess Bowl with chicken salad, kale, avocado and quail eggs (Rp90,000). Create gluten- and dairy- free vegetable-based desserts at home with the café’s daily live cooking shows, using ingredients like yam, corn, sweet potato and beetroot. AYANA Midplaza JAKARTA Lobby Level, RT.10/RW.11, Karet Tengsin, Central Jakarta City, Jakarta 10220.
Tel: +62 21 251 0888
Located on the 12th floor of the swanky Pullman Jakarta Central Park, the hip Collage All Day Dining unveils a new weekend brunch, which includes live entertainment on Sundays (Rp428,000). Start with cold cuts, soups, cheeses, salads, sushi and sashimi. Satisfy seafood cravings at the seafood station with helpings of fresh crabs, lobsters, mussels and more. In addition to the Indian, Indonesian and live pasta stations, the grill station turns out 72-hour Slow-cooked Short Rib, Wagyu Beef, and Roasted Chicken. The dessert counter offers freshly prepared crêpes, a selection of traditional Indonesian sweets, and DIY ice cream creations. A dedicated Kids Corner allows parents to unwind. Podomoro City, Jl. Let. Jend S Parman Kav 28, Jakarta Barat, Jakarta 11470. Tel: +62 21 2920 0088 VIEW Restaurant & Bar’s new dinner menu continues its direction of serving European cuisine with an emphasis on Asian influences and locally sourced ingredients. Opt for the à la carte menu or let chef de cuisine Hans Christian surprise you with his Chef’s Point Of View, a set of wine-paired dégustation tasting menus available in a choice of three (Rp580,000), four (Rp680,000) or five courses (Rp780,000). For the month of April, highlights of the special five-course dinner menu include the signature deconstructed Italian Medley comprising textures of bocconcini, basil-pine nut pesto and balsamic tomato confit; the appetiser of Wagyu Beef Tartare and Grapes; and mains such as Pan-seared Barramundi with Black Garlic Salsa, or Wagyu Beef Striploin with king trumpet mushrooms, Brussel sprouts and sake jus. End with the White Festive, consisting of milk snow, crispy milk, dulce and yoghurt sorbet. Jalan Asia Afrika No.8, Gelora, Tanah Abang, RT.1/RW.3, Jakarta Pusat, 10270. Tel: +62 21 2970 3333 Simple, soulful food bursting with bold flavours is what head chef Aditya Muskita’s brand new Grand 3.0 Menu at Attarine is all about. With daily specials and several collaborative culinary events in the pipeline, Attarine is perfect for occasion dinners and brisk weekday lunches. The innovative menu showcases some of Indonesia’s finest seasonal local produce. Indulge in crowd-pleasers such as the Smoked Brisket with cape gooseberry pebre and corn fritters; and Fish, Cauliflower, Ginger Flower, with sambal matah and cauliflower couscous. Jalan Gunawarman No. 11A, Jakarta Selatan, 12110. Tel: +62 21 2277 1256
Wedang Jahe Restaurant at the luxurious Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa has reopened after a four-month hiatus, bringing an elegant setting surrounded by a tropical lotus pond. Local interior designer Ronald Sunrise of Sunrise Architects, together with I Made Sujana from the Nirmala Group, added local elements such as a striking wooden ceiling design representing an upturned Balinese umbrella, and rich stone walls adorned by murals of local dancers. The restaurant offers airy indoor and outdoor seating, and a private dining room for up to 20 people. Executive chef Neil Firman and his team take charge of the sumptuous rotating breakfast buffet and a wide variety of international and local dishes for all-day dining. Kawasan BTDC Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot. North 4, Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363. Tel: +62 361 77 1210 Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan has launched Sokasi, Bali’s first custom-designed riverside cooking school and intimate dinner hideaway on the banks of Ayung River. Named after the woven bamboo box used to keep steamed rice, the cooking school’s logo aptly features an innovative bamboo design by architectural firm Elora Hardy. Through daily workshops and Chef’s Table dinners showcasing Ubud’s regional cuisine, Sokasi offers an immersive experience connecting guests with Bali’s cultural core. Senior sous chef Wayan Sutariawan shares family recipes and insights about local herbs, spices and aromatics during the half-day classes, and also leads a tour of nearby Ubud markets. Participants return to forage in Sokasi’s own vegetable and herb gardens ahead of the hands-on cooking classes. For the latter, you get a choice between traditional Balinese cuisine and a healthier plant-based menu. Sokasi also offers daily complimentary classes as part of the resort’s Kids Club programme. Jalan Raya Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571. Tel: +62 361 97 7577
Nestled in the hills of Nusa Dua in south Bali, REVĪVŌ is a luxury wellness resort spanning three hectares of teak tree forest and surrounded by the Indian Ocean and Bali National Golf club. The property offers 16 Balinese-style luxury suites and two four-bedroom villas as well as a gourmet restaurant, bar and pool lounge, and fitness and spa facilities. Expect a comprehensive holistic wellness journey that is based on your DNA and personal nutritional needs. While each retreat can be tailor-made, a regular schedule of expert-led immersive programmes ranging from three to 14 days are also available. Specially designed menus by nutritionist chef Aliwalu include gluten-free, low-carbohydrate, and high protein options served with a Balinese twist.
Jl. Desa Sawangan, Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 8036. Tel: +62 361 301 1011
offers the greater Canggu area its first fusion Japanese Sunday Brunch (11am to 3pm), inclusive of free-flow wine and cocktail packages. Apart from captivating ocean views and chill tropical tunes, the brunch includes a complimentary dip in Hotel Tugu’s azure swimming pool. The spread offers yakitori, sushi rolls, Wagyu steak and egg, beef tataki with garlic crisps, udon and prawn tempura, banana flambé with ginger ice cream, and more. Wash them down with chilled Rosé, crisp Chardonnay, reds and cocktails. From Rp390,000 with free-flow select non-alcoholic drinks. Add Rp400,000/ person for free-flow select cocktails and wines. Pantai Batu Bolong street, Canggu, Bali 80361. Tel: +62 361 473 1701 Perched atop Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort is a lavish 420 sq m twosuite bedroom penthouse. The accoutrements are lavish, including an outdoor hydro spa and a 8m infinity-edged rooftop pool opening into the decked outdoor terrace. A private chef, sommelier, vintage cellar and 24-hour butler services ensure pampering to the hilt. Thoughtful touches include a welcome bottle of Moët & Chandon, airport limousine transfers, complimentary afternoon tea, daily breakfast and signature amenities. From Us$1,610/night. Jl. Abimanyu, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361. Tel: +62 361 73 7773