The Christmas cheer has already invaded the city but just in case it slips your mind, here are the Top 5 spots for Christmas dinner. Remember to book soon, these places fill up fast!
Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
This is your last chance to celebrate Christmas or anything else at the Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta for the next couple of years. On 28 Dec. the luxury hotel closes its doors for renovations that are expected to last for 36 months. For one last blow out, enjoy a Christmas Eve buffet dinner and a Christmas Day brunch at Seasons Café or a set menu at The Steak House on 24 Dec.
Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta, Jalan Haji R. Rasuna Said, Kuningan, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/252-3456.
Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta
‘Tis the season at the Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta! The lux hotel is going all out with its Christmas Eve and Day offerings, starting with SATOO and its 12 open kitchens (think Indian, Western, sushi and sashimi, barbeque – and that’s the tip of the iceberg). Rosso will be serving an authentic five-course set menu on Christmas Eve and a brunch buffet the next day. The hotel’s teppanyaki resto, Nishimura, will have special set menus on the 24 and 25, while Shang will be offering a buffet dinner on Christmas Eve, followed by an all-you-can-eat dim-sum buffet the next day. And rounding out this feast of feasts, B.A.T.S will have a very special goose dinner on Christmas Eve.
Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Jl. Jend. Sudirman kav. 1, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/2922-9999.
Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place
The name is synonym with luxury, so its no wonder that the Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place is always booked out when it comes to Christmas. And the opulence extends into the offerings. For the lucky ones who manage to get a reservation, they will be treated to a scrumptious buffet that includes cider-brined turkey, orange-spiced braised beef ribs, fresh oysters and other seafood, and decadent desserts that are impressive as the savouries.
Ritz-Carlton Pacific Place, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman No.52-53, SCBD, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/2550-1888.
The Goods Diner
Normally offering an all-day breakfast and blue plate specials, you know The Goods Diner is going to impress at Christmas. Chef Erlene Susanto and her team are whipping up a comforting and delicious meal but you’ll have to hurry; the popularity of this eatery plus its cozy SCBD location makes reservations go in a flash! Watch their Twitter to find out more information about their Christmas programme.
The Goods Diner, Fairgrounds, Jl. Jend Sudirman kav. 52-53, SCBD, South Jakarta, p. 62- 21/515-2969.
Potato Head/Three Buns
SCBD is buzzing when it comes to the end of the year festivities. Another popular spot is Potato Head inside Pacific Place Mall and its sister property Potato Head Garage. These two hot spots excel when it comes to parties (NYE 2013, anyone?) and pop-ups (we’re still daydreaming about their recent Up in Smoke partnership), so expect a truly stunning dinning and celebration experience. You know you should make reservations normally so don’t wait if you want a table during the holidays!
But don’t overlook the neighbouring Three Buns. Their chefs will be sprucing up their burger menu with truffle treats including truffle cocktails, truffle burgers, and truffle desserts.
Potato Head, Pacific Place Mall, Jl. Jend Sudirman kav. 52-53, SCBD, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/5797-3322.
Potato Head Garage, Fairgrounds, Jl. Jend Sudirman kav. 52-53, SCBD, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/5797-3330.
Three Buns, Jl. Senopati Raya No. 90, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakara, p. 62-21/ 2930-7780.
Top image courtesy of Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta