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A trail­blazer in semifine din­ing, Rod­ney

Wages’ (for­mer chef de cui­sine of Ate­lier

Crenn) rov­ing popup RTB Fillmore has found a per­ma­nent home along Fillmore

Street. Avery, named af­ter Amer­i­can mod­ern artist Mil­ton Avery, will once again in­tro­duce

San Francisco to

Wages’ in­ven­tive take on East Asian flavours through three prix fixe menus. They are in­spired by the artist’s oeu­vres, start­ing from the seven- to ninecourse Cello Player (US$89). Book the Avery’s Room (US$289), where a sur­prise menu awaits six to eight din­ers within a pri­vate din­ing space. The of­fi­cial tast­ing menu has yet to be con­firmed, but we can ex­pect de­lec­ta­ble plates such as Trout Eggs with farm greens and but­ter­milk as well as The North Point, which com­bines abalone and sea moss with 45-day aged lamb. Wages is joined by som­me­lier Daniel Bromberg, who com­ple­ments the af­fair with ar­ti­sanal sakes of nama (un­pas­teurised), jun­mai and aged va­ri­eties. 1552 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, U.S.A. Tel: +1 415 817 1187

Top Chef sea­son 11 run­nerup Nina Comp­ton has added another restau­rant to her reper­toire. By­wa­ter Amer­i­can Bistro fol­lows the suc­cess of Com­père Lapin and of­fers a pro­duce-driven Caribbeani­n­spired Louisiana menu. Duck, a com­mon in­gre­di­ent on New Or­leans din­ing ta­bles, is served with braised red cab­bage and charred scal­lion (US$26) here, while a hearty Hogs Head Boudin (US$10) gives a glimpse into South Louisiana tra­di­tions. Comp­ton’s lauded goat curry also makes an ap­pear­ance as Rab­bit Curry (USD$26). A com­fort­ing bowl of Smoked Ri­cotta Ag­nolotti with Sun­choke (US$14), on the other hand, is a tes­ta­ment to Comp­ton’s pasta-mak­ing skills. Rice Mill Lofts, 2900 Chartres Street, New Or­leans, LA 70117, U.S.A. Tel: +1 504 605 3827

With glob­ally-in­spired dishes, in­no­va­tive cock­tails and a buzzy at­mos­phere, it’s no sur­prise that Potato Head Jakarta is known as a great din­ing han­gout in In­done­sia’s cap­i­tal. Be it a ca­sual busi­ness lunch at the main din­ing area or a cosy catch-up on the leafy pa­tio, the restau­rant and bar of­fers a respite in the Sudirman Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict. Its culi­nary team has launched a new menu, fea­tur­ing a di­verse se­lec­tion of Amer­i­can, Euro­pean and Asian dishes, both fa­mil­iar and com­pelling. Must-tries in­clude Tuna Ni­coise (Rp110,000) and Home­made Black Ink An­gel Hair Pasta (Rp140,000), com­pli­mented by a stel­lar range of cock­tails, crafted with lo­cally sourced pro­duce. Pa­cific Place Ground Floor 51A, Jl. Jen­deral Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta Se­la­tan 12190, Tel: +62 21 57973322

Bo­gor Café’s Sop Bun­tut may be one of Ho­tel Borobudur Jakarta’s high­lights, but In­done­sian fare is not the only cui­sine avail­able at the five-star ho­tel. There’s also Chi­nese food at Ter­atai Chi­nese Restau­rant, Ja­pa­nese de­lights at Miyama Ja­pa­nese Restau­rant, and Ital­ian fare at Bruschetta Ital­ian Restau­rant & Bar. Many busi­ness deals have also been sealed at the Pen­dopo Lounge and Churchill Wine & Ci­gar Bar, a favourite among vis­it­ing dig­ni­taries. For a caf­feine fix and a se­lec­tion of breads and pas­tries, head to Borobudur Gourmet. Jl. La­pan­gan Ban­teng Se­la­tan No.1 Pasar Baru, Jakarta Pusat 10710, Tel: +62 21 3805555

Seminyak’s favourite brunch in­sti­tu­tion has fi­nally landed in Jakarta. Sis­ter­fields re­cently opened its doors at PIK Av­enue Mall to much fan­fare. Sim­i­lar to its fab­u­lous older sis­ter, it serves an all-day brunch menu and a se­lec­tion of smooth­ies, juices, cof­fee, and cock­tails. Din­ers can ex­pect the same pop­u­lar clas­sics from Seminyak as well as new dishes ded­i­cated to the Jakarta mar­ket. The din­ing con­tin­ues well into the evening, as the space trans­forms from a ca­sual gar­den set­ting into a luxe bar. PIK Av­enue Mall, Jl. Pan­tai In­dah Ka­puk Boule­vard, Jakarta Utara

14470. Tel: +62 813 8333 2758

To cel­e­brate the holy month of Ra­mad­han, Sari Pa­cific Jakarta has cre­ated tasty of­fer­ings for four of its F&B out­lets. En­joy the Ar­chi­pel­ago Ra­mad­han Buf­fet (Rp299,000) at Restoran Fi­esta where well-loved In­done­sian dishes are pre­sented ac­cord­ing to weekly themes. Spe­cial desserts for break­fast­ing are avail­able at the Lobby Lounge (Rp109,000) and at The Ja­pa­nese (Rp109,000). Don’t for­get to check out Sari Del­i­catessen for its range of gift ham­pers. Jl. M.H. Tham­rin No.6, Jakarta 10340. Tel: +62 21 29932888

Since open­ing in 2013, Wil­shire Bar & Restau­rant has be­come the crowd favourite on Jakarta’s hottest eat street, Jalan Senopati, thanks to its Cal­i­for­nian-in­spired dishes. Un­der the di­rec­tion of chef Dolly Chia, the restau­rant now of­fers a menu lineup that em­pha­sises on well­ness. Healthy and hearty, the dishes are low-fat, high in pro­tein and fi­bre and gluten-free, as ev­i­dent in the Viet­namese Lemon­grass Grilled Chicken Salad (Rp155,000) and Bur­rito Bowl (Rp129,000) with quinoa, guacamole and salsa. Jl. Senopati No. 64, Jakarta Se­la­tan 12190. Tel: +62 21 7228129

Get ready to sail in a Phin­isi cruise ship from July. AYANA Lako di’a is a state-ofart tra­di­tional ves­sel built ac­cord­ing to an age-old craft of the Konjo peo­ple in Su­lawesi. With nine lux­ury bed­rooms, din­ing op­tions, and spa treat­ments, ex­pect pam­per­ing ser­vice through­out the ex­cur­sion, which can take up to five nights. Ex­plore the crys­tal wa­ters of the Ko­modo Is­lands and dis­cover re­mote div­ing spots where manta rays and vi­brant co­ral gar­dens are part of the ex­pe­ri­ence. To­gether with the up­com­ing open­ing of AYANA Ko­modo Re­sort, Wae­cicu Beach, sail­ing to eastern In­done­sia just gets more ex­cit­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion on AYANA Lako di’a and AYANA Ko­modo Re­sort, Wae­cicu Beach, log on to ayanako­ Arkipela Spa & Well­ness at Möven­pick Re­sort & Spa Jim­baran Bali cel­e­brates the rich diver­sity of the ar­chi­pel­ago’s herbs, spices, roots, and fruits. A ded­i­cated apothe­cary blend bar show­cases the nat­u­ral mix­ture of reme­dies, scrubs, and oils used in the treat­ments. Try the Arkipela Sig­na­ture Journey (Rp1,8000,000), which in­cludes a root rit­ual, sig­na­ture mas­sage, black Bor­neo lu­lur and nat­u­ral fa­cial. Jalan Wana­giri No.1 Jim­baran, Bali. Tel: +62 361 4725777

In­done­sia’s top toque Man­dif Warokka has out­done him­self again, this time with the launch of Padi Fine Din­ing – a din­ner only in­ti­mate restau­rant for 30 guests. Serv­ing up de­gus­ta­tion menus with a fo­cus on veg­e­tar­ian and pescatar­ian dishes, Warokka aims to daz­zle even om­ni­vores with his culi­nary cre­ations. Set in a dra­mat­i­cally dark restau­rant un­der the bridge and by the river, Padi show­cases Warokka rev­er­en­tial ap­proach in us­ing lo­cal pro­duce to craft unique flavours with global in­flu­ences. Desa Vis­esa, Jl. Suweta, Ban­jar Ben­tuyung Sakti, Ubud 80571. Tel: +62 361 2091788 En­joy a great meal at bridges restau­rant in Ubud with your fam­ily for a good cause. For Mother’s Day on 13 May, the restau­rant has put to­gether a tasty all-day shar­ing brunch with cock­tails and wines (Rp380,000/per­son and Rp195,000 for chil­dren up to 12 years). A per­cent­age of pro­ceeds from this brunch will be do­nated to Robin Lim’s Bumi Se­hat foun­da­tion to sup­port its ex­tra­or­di­nary work in pro­vid­ing health­care for dis­ad­van­taged preg­nant women, sup­port­ing nat­u­ral births and child care in Bali and be­yond. Jl. Raya Cam­puhan Ubud 80571. Tel: +62 361 970095 A new en­try to Asia’s 50 Best Restau­rants 2018 is Il Ris­torante – Luca Fantin in Tokyo. Rank­ing at num­ber 28, the restau­rant is renowned for its con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of tra­di­tional Ital­ian cui­sine and use of top-qual­ity sea­sonal Ja­pa­nese pro­duce. En­joy the same ex­pe­ri­ence at

Il Ris­torante – Luca Fantin at Bvlgari Re­sort Bali. Led by res­i­dent head chef Fabrizio Cro­cetta, the taste­fully de­signed restau­rant is the per­fect fine din­ing des­ti­na­tion for Baliphiles. Jl. Goa Lem­peh, Ban­jar Di­nas Kan­gin, Uluwatu 80361. Tel: +62 361 8471000

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