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Restaurant Review: Merah Putih


GUESS HUES COMING TO DINNER? The gastronomic concept of Merah Putih (Jl. Petitenget no. 100X, Bali; +62 361 8465 950; mirrors the straightforward name it bears – referring to the color duo of Indonesian national flag, red and white. Unpretentious local dishes are presented … [Read more...]

Restaurant Review: Salt Grill


SUMMER-SALT. Luscious tapas by the pool, plus walloping cold cocktails in hand? Yes, you can at Salt Tapas, Sentosa Seminyak (Jl. Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget, Bali; +62 361 737 676; Courtesy of Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan, the brand new eatery is a tasty … [Read more...]

Restaurant Review: Potato Head Garage


MEAT AND GREED. As one garage that shelters neither fancy cars nor motorbikes but a lavish 1920s-inspired hall, Potato Head Garage (Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta; +62 21 5797 3330; is a place like no other.   Upon entering the so-called garage, you will be … [Read more...]

Restaurant Review: Kunstkring


COLONIAL FEASTS. Translated as “circle of art” from Dutch, Kunstkring (Jl. Teuku Umar 1 Menteng, Jakarta, +62 21 3900 899; tuguhotels. com) is one of the last remaining historical buildings in Jakarta. Under the Tugu Group, the colonial mansion, which was an art exhibition venue and … [Read more...]

Restaurant Review: Katsusei


CRUNCHY CRAVE. Although Japanese fare is sufficiently widespread on Jakarta’s culinary map, discovering one that tastes like the origin is rather hit-and-miss. Among the few which serve authentic flavors is Katsusei (Sentral Senayan 1, Basement floor, Jl. Asia Afrika no. 8, Jakarta; +62 … [Read more...]

Restaurant Review: Bomba


BOMBASTIC BITES. In the world of Spanish cuisine, there are few dishes as desirable, or as hard to achieve, as the perfect paella. A seemingly simple dish of rich, meatstudded rice flavored with stock and spices, a truly great paella not only balances each of those ingredient, it must be … [Read more...]