Amid a full schedule and hectic traffic, Arts Café warmly welcomed Indonesia Tatler’s gourmand guests with a peek into one of its kitchens; right next to it were a hidden sweets haven and a wine cellar. Onwards, the gents in blue blazers were led, passing by a massive and colourful floor-toceiling replica of Hendra Gunawan’s artwork, to their table before a massive window showing Jakarta’s skyline.
“You can see my office right over there,” said Arsyah Rasyid, admiring the panoramic view. “Mine is a bit further, in the Setiabudi area,” Andry Susanto added as he took a seat.
The two friends then turned their gazes toward the variety of foods at the buffet. Also on offer was Arts Café’s à la carte menu, with its dishes made in the kitchen headed by Executive Chef Daniel Patterson—a global mix of menus that will pamper any palate.
Chef Patterson’s Beef Wellington and Lobster Thermidor are two of his most sought-after creations on the à la carte menu, which can be enjoyed along with the buffet. The Chili Crab Bun with sweet and sour sauce is another crowd-pleaser that earned Arsyah’s praise. Meanwhile, Andry chose to enjoy the warm, light and savoury white-bean soup to open his lunch.
“We’re actually three years apart,” Andry said between sips of soup. “But we’ve been friends for 12 years or more, and share about almost everything.”
Arsyah let out a laugh before continuing the funny story about how they became friends: “It was back when I was in middle school and Andry was in high school,” said Arsyah. “He was trying to get my sister’s attention, but instead gained my friendship.”
After sampling the à la carte menu, the two friends sauntered over to the buffet: sushi and charcuterie items lining up in the appetiser area, dim sum and veal warming up along with other mains, onde onde and tarts sweetening the closure, and plenty of other dishes from around the globe.
The talk then continued to the present as Arsyah cut up his mains and Andry forked on his salad—a healthy choice for this family man who recently welcomed a new member to his brood.
Andry is the director at CCL Brand, which helps with branding for both individuals and corporate clients. “Instead of a makeover, I’d like to say it’s a ‘personal enhancement’ process,” he said.
Meanwhile, Arsyah deals with technology as the group CEO of Kokatto—a company that develops ways for its clients to blast voice messages.
“It’s a tool to automatically mass-deliver voice messages to remind customers of an appointment, or an upcoming or overdue bill payment, or a promotional offer, or anything else,” Arsyah said. “Our company has been in partnership with both financial and non-financial institutions to help them significantly increase their message delivery rate and reduce their notification cost.”
As it was, meetings and clients called our young executives back to their offices, so Arsyah and Andry decided to save the sweets for other occasions, along with sampling more of Arts Café’s offerings.
Other than the kitchen’s daily four or five à la carte courses and the buffet spread, more food is available in the restaurant’s extensive menu books.
There are also sets for different mealtimes, such as Continental and American sets for breakfast or Oasis Menu for nights without buffet. And during this month of fasting, the restaurant will be serving an array of Turkish and other Middle Eastern delicacies along with regular menus.
Arts Café by Raffles Raffles Jakarta, Ciputra World 1, Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio No. 3–5 South Jakarta
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