A Layered Dining Experience at Oku

LAYERS UPON LAYERS. As far as auspicious names go, Oku (Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, Jl. MH Thamrin No. 1, Jakarta; +62 21 2358 3896; kempinski.com) is pretty hard to beat




In Japanese, oku can mean oak—which features prominently in the restaurant’s interior and also inner layers.

Consider the restaurant’s signature grilled unagi on rice crackers: The crisp base offers a nice contrast to the rich and savory slice of eel, while the edible flowers on top provide a unique aftertaste.

Entering the restaurant itself is a layered experience, as you move from the minimalistic foyer to the homey dining area, past the dim and cozy bar and across the rustic Zen garden inside.