I was a little apprehensive about this trip, coming so soon after Osama’s killing. We even had to change our event, involving more than 150 delegates, from JW Marriot to Mandarin Oriental, just a week before the scheduled date, as our company issued a security alert to avoid all US-brand hotels.
But it was business as usual, with nary any “abnormal” activities. But we did had a minor scare on the last day. We were having an internal regional meeting with about 15 people in the room when suddenly we heard something that sounded like a small explosion, and felt the room vibrating! Everyone started to look at one another but we carried on. This was followed by two successful “explosions” and our Indonesian colleagues decided to check things out with the hotel. Turned out, some guys at the gym one floor up, were doing something with the bar bells, and dropping them onto the floor. Phew!
Anyway, since I only spent all my time at the hotel and only went out during dinners, this post is about just that – the hotel and the restaurants we patronized.
The luxurious Mandarin Oriental Jakarta
L to R (top): lumpia (spring roll), otak-otak (fish cake), gado-gado
L to R (bottom): stir-fried kangkung, gurame goreng (deep fried fish), satay 1-meter
Kembang Goela is a fine dining restaurant serving Indonesian home cooking with Dutch influence. The cozy interior, set in Javanese ambience and decor, coupled with the chandeliers and antiques, completes the elegant look.
True to its mission of bringing the majestic Majapahit Kingdom era back to life, antique pieces and artefacts from the Archipelago can be found throughout the premise of Lara Djonggrang, giving the restaurant a mystical and romantic ambience. This was my favourite among the three restaurants, both in terms of decor, and food.
L to R (top): gado-gado, corn pancake, vegetarian platter
L to R (middle): curry fish head, stir-fried vegetable, grilled chilli fish
L to R (bottom): deep fried spring chicken, grilled prawns, sate lilit