Sure you can have brunch without a Bloody Mary, but why do without? This savoury classic cocktail is a natural match for the decadent mid-morning meal and also has medicinal properties that will help with next-day hangovers. (We’re sure we heard that somewhere …) But what’s almost as tragic as no Bloody Mary? A bad Bloody Mary. Make sure you don’t become a victim of an unsatisfactory tipple by sticking to our all-star list:
This Kemang staple is known for their excellent Bloody Marys (choose from classic or spicy for an eye opener, either way, delicious!), so much so that Koi’s food is almost like the companion to these show-stopping cocktails. After years of serving up brunch, Koi’s bartenders have perfected the recipe so if you’re looking for a solid bet, head south, but thankfully the traffic lets up considerably during weekend mornings.
Koi, Jl. Kemang Raya no. 72, Kemang, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/719-5668. Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-1pm.
We’re not saying Potato Head’s elaborate sushi presentation, complete with serving block and chopsticks, makes their already amazing Bloody Mary taste any better, but it doesn’t hurt! What makes it taste better – and gets the cocktail on our list – is the pickled ginger that comes on side. This refreshing twist will definitely perk you up on those foggy morning-afters.
Potato Head, Pacific Place Mall, ground floor, Jl. Jend. Sudirman kav. 52-53, SCBD, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/5797-3322. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-2am.
E&O’s localised take on the Bloody Mary is rich, original, and bloody delicious! The Nahm Jim Bloody Mary takes the savoury cocktail and adds even more spice in the form of blackpepper-infused vodka, Thai Nahm Jim dressing, tomato juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and cherry tomatoes. The result is a spicier, richer, and more alive Bloody Mary that most!
E&O, Menara Rajawali, ground floor, Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung Lot#5.1, Kuningan, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/576-1645. Hours: 11am-1am.
The Union Group’s latest venture isn’t playing around when it comes to brunch – the name says it all. And of course, Benedict made sure to have a seriously well-done beverage menu to match. The Bloody Mary twist here is beef-jerky-infused vodka which adds a meaty, smoky essence that pares well with this savoury drink.
Benedict, Grand Indonesia, Jalan Thamrin, CBD, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/2358-0200. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-10pm.
Saturday Recovery Brunch, Ritz-Carlton Mega Kuningan
None of the previous Bloody Marys got your mouth watering yet? Make yours to order at the Saturday Recovery Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan. The decadent buffet spread includes a Bloody Mary station so you can customise to your taste. And the best part? It’s free-flow so you can keep the party going from Friday night or hair-of-the-dog it and try to bounce back for the rest of your weekend.
Saturday Recovery Brunch, Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan, Jl. DR. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung Kav.E.1.1 no.1, Kuningan, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/2551-8882. Hours: Sat 11:30am-3pm.