Fairmont Jakarta – World of Gastronomy at the heart of Indonesia
The Savoy is one of the most celebrated of London landmarks. A destination for food lovers, I haven’t had the chance to visit the hotel yet. But I am honoured to be invited by Fairmont Jakarta for their ‘When Jakarta Meets London’ event in August as they showcased the expertise of guest chefs and mixologist from the iconic and legendary sister hotel, The Savoy, London.
Culinary Theatres at Spectrum
Fairmont Jakarta offers a range of exceptional food and beverage outlets to meet the unique tastes of every guest. Our first meal was at the all-day dining restaurant Spectrum where delicious dishes are prepared right in front of you in an extensive buffet spread. From beef roast and pizzas to halal dim sum, sushi and satay, the buffet spread was extensive.
British Afternoon Tea at Peacock Lounge
After a satisfying meal at Spectrum, we walked down to the Peacock Lounge for afternoon tea, specially prepared by Savoy’s Pastry Chef Luc Bigeard. Afternoon tea has long been a part of the British lifestyle for centuries. Using traditional afternoon tea recipes that have been passed through generations at Thames Foyer at the Savoy, London, we get to enjoy Strawberry Victoria Sponge, Lavender Eclair, Battemburg Cake and Apricot Delice while sipping a cup of tea.
What’s afternoon tea without a couple of freshly baked scones? I remembered I was still feeling full from lunch but yet getting a second helping for scones. They are buttery, tender and come accompanied with generous heaps of clotted cream, butter and berry jam.
Exquisite Gourmet Dinner at VIEW Restaurant & Bar
The highlight of the trip was the special 5-course wine pairing dinner at VIEW Restaurant & Bar, specially prepared by Savoy’s Executive Sous Chef Francisco Hernandez. After gained years of experience in Sweden and Italy, specializing in modern British-European cuisine, he teamed up with VIEW Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine Hans Christian, to bring the best culinary of London to the table.
The menu includes Heritage Beetroot & Goat Cheese Roulade, Pan Seared Scallop, Duo of Barramundi & Sole, Traditional Beef Wellington and Peach Melba Legacy. The traditional beef wellington was my favourite. Chef Francisco is a passionate and truly loves his work. We did an exclusive interview with him, so watch out of the post soon as we share more about what we had that night.
Barong Bar Takeover by UK’s Award-winning Mixologist
Beaufort Bar at The Savoy’s London for its cocktail stories. Nominated as The World’s Best Bar, the Fairmont team has brought the tales to Jakarta through a night of elegance and classic fantasy cocktails, as mixologist Witek Wojaczek – who is also the UK winner at the Toast of Paris Cocktail Competition in 2016 – took over Barong Bar for the night, crafting his special cocktails, free-flow. Live singer, cigar rollers, red carpet treatment were there to entertain us while we enjoy the cocktails.
Stay at Fairmont Jakarta
Even though the team from The Savoy has left, there is still a wide array of flavours and experiences await you at Fairmont Jakarta. Fairmont Jakarta has an impressive list of dining options, including concepts managed in-house by the hotel and tenants. I am sure you will not be disappointed with its widespread options and quality food.
Known for its unbeatable location in Senayan, Fairmont Jakarta provides guests luxury, privacy and convenience at its finest. It is near to the city’s most stylish shopping venues, Plaza Senayan and Sentral Senayan office towers. Designed to exceed five-star standards and service, the hotel offers exceptional Jakarta city center accommodations comprised of 108 suite-style living long stay Sky Suites, and 380 spacious guest rooms and suites.
We were full to the brim every night and I always look forward to the plush bedding in my room and the elegant Japanese spa-inspired bathroom (yes, they have got Le Labo shower gel). If you are granted access to the Gold Lounge, be sure to check out the superb view of Jakarta city skyline and of course, the beautiful sunset through its floor-to-ceiling windows. It is the perfect place to unwind with a nice cup of tea.
Note: There is free wi-fi access in all areas of the hotel which will be made available to you.
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