Combining Gastronomy & Art: Negev Art Gallery & Bar

January 13, 2015 Ellyna Tjohnardi
Who says you are not allowed to eat inside an art gallery? That means you haven't been to the right gallery. And it is not just the food that is edible, this place even serves edible art to the guests, such as this beautiful piece...

Negev Art Gallery & Bar
Negev Art Gallery and Bar, is yet another unique and fine concept by Mount Scopus Group, a predecessor the Amber Chocolate Bar that was recently open in late December 2014. The word Negev itself has a Hebrew origin, which refers to 'dry' (adj.), and in the Biblical use, the word is used to point the direction south. Incorporating the name's literal translation, Negev has an interior that is dominated with sand-based and sand-coloured elements, such as the walls and the wall art relief.

Negev Art Gallery & Bar
Wall Art Installation at the bar
Negev Art Gallery & Bar
One of the art pieces
Negev Art Gallery & Bar

At the heart of Negev rests the root of a hundred year old tree, a symbol of natural beauty and life longevity that warms the entire room. From that heart sprouts a myriad of art pieces, paintings and sculptures that adorn every corner of our elegantly designed venue, exemplified by the famous "Leopard" sculpture from renowned artist Nyoman Nuarta. Whether you understand art, or not, you certainly cannot fail to appreciate the beauty covering every inch of Negev.

Dining at Negev is best enjoyed when you're not in a rush, but as it is located in an office building complex, you'd still find office executives having lunch here. I came after 2PM, so the lunch time crowd had (fortunately) dissipated.

Negev Art Gallery & Bar
Negev Art Gallery & Bar
Negev Art Gallery & Bar
Negev Art Gallery & Bar

The menu here is different for lunch and dinner, with several selected overlapping dishes for both meal times. But in general, the dishes are western, and occasionally infused with some Asian & Ceylon elements.

Negev Art Gallery & Bar

It was lunch time, but we would not say no to a sphere or a packet of booze or two ;) The Negev Singapore Sling came in the most unusual form, spheres that pops at the slight pressure. As for the Dracula's Blood, well, it comes looking like a packet of blood transfusion and it does look like blood, but certainly does not taste like one. Dare to try it? ;)
Negev Singapore Sling
Negev Singapore Sling IDR 95,000
Dracula's Blood Cocktail
Dracula's Blood Cocktail


Fresh Goat Cheese Salad (Dinner only)
Roasted vegetable salad served on savoury tartlet with lentil dressing and topped with edible flowers, which I'm guessing are morning glory and of course a generous chunk of fresh goat cheese.
Fresh Goat Cheese Salad, Roasted vegetable salad served on savoury tartlet with lentil dressing and topped with edible flowers
Fresh Goat Cheese Salad IDR 120,000


Tuna Cutlets (Lunch & Dinner)
Ceylonese inspired tuna and potato dumplings, served with turmeric mayonnaise and deep fried rice noodles. Be prepared for a surprise when eating this 'black balls', because they are packed with a spicy punch! A very unique appetizer, crispy outside, fragrant herbed minced tuna at the core.
Tuna Cutlets - Ceylonese inspired tuna and potato dumplings, served with turmeric mayonnaise and deep fried rice noodles
Tuna Cutlets IDR 70.000


Norwegian Salmon (Dinner only)
Pan-seared Norwegian Salmon, served with cherry tomato, green Kenyan beans, tzatziki sauce, extra virgin olive oil and crispy pasta tuile.
Pan-seared Norwegian Salmon, served with cherry tomato, green Kenyan beans, tzatziki sauce, extra virgin olive oil and crispy pasta tuile.
Norwegian Salmon IDR 190,000
Pan-seared Norwegian Salmon, served with cherry tomato, green Kenyan beans, tzatziki sauce, extra virgin olive oil and crispy pasta tuile.



Australian Rib Eye Shio Koji (Dinner only)
Mildly salty and sweet shio-koji, rubbed on premium quality Australian rib eye, served with shimeji mushrooms, spring onions and sauteed potato. This dish was the superstar of our lunch, we all enjoyed the perfectly marinated, juicy & tender rib eye slices.
Australian Rib Eye Shio Koji - Mildly salty and sweet shio-koji, rubbed on premium quality Australian rib eye, served with shimeji mushrooms, spring onions and sauteed potato
Australian Rib Eye Shio Koji IDR 235,000

The Finale Dessert
Negev's gastronomical and artistic interpretation of dessert, personally drafted by the Chef, live on your table. Lucky us, Corporate Chef of Mount Scopus, Ivan Tarrago was there to personally craft the Finale Dessert for us that noon. It was quite intimidating at first, watching him approaching our table with his 'entourage', each carrying different elements of the dessert, but most importantly, the white food grade rubber mat that will be the base of the dessert installation.
Different elements of the Finale Dessert: macarons, gelatin, jelly, nuts, cubed cakes, fresh fruits, truffles, cream,syrup, yoghurt, almond tuile, fresh edible flowers
Different elements of the Finale Dessert: macarons, gelatin, jelly, nuts, cubed cakes, fresh fruits, truffles, cream,syrup, yoghurt, almond tuile, fresh edible flowers
edible morning glory
edible morning glory

It was not a quick process, but we enjoyed watching every minute of it, and here's a short video that I've edited for your watching pleasure.
Recorded & edited by: Ellyna Tjohnardi
Music: Sugar, Sugar by The Archie

The Finale Dessert Negev's gastronomical and artistic interpretation of dessert
The Finale Dessert Negev's gastronomical and artistic interpretation of dessert
the Finale Dessert  IDR 245,000 (for 2 persons) | +IDR 100k /additional person | +IDR 50k /additional child
As you could see, food and drinks at Negev are not only edible and tasty, but they're also pleasing to the eyes, occasionally interspersed with theatrical presentation (the Finale Dessert). If you're looking for a place to impress a date, colleagues or business partners, Negev will certainly pass the task with flying colours.

*) Prices are subject to Government Tax & Service Charge

Open Hours:
Monday - Friday: 11 AM – 11 PM
Saturday: 3 PM – 1 AM

NEGEV Art Gallery & Bar
City Plaza Building, Ground Floor
Jl. Gatot Subroto No. 42
South Jakarta
Ph: +6221 52971333
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