Hilton Bandung Staycation & New Menus Preview

April 29, 2015 Ellyna Tjohnardi
Hello again lovely hispters! A few weeks ago, I went to Bandung, and stayed at Hilton there, with a few of my uber cool foodie fellas from Jakarta. It was a physically tiring trip (because of the abnormally prolonged journey from Jakarta to Bandung and vice versa, due to traffic jam on the highway - go figure!), plus I was quite unwell on the eve of the trip, I was down with a bad sore throat and all. However, it was still a truly rewarding trip, as I got to be with my cool buddies, chatting and laughing our arses off and had a chance to preview some of the lovely new menus at Hilton Bandung.

Fresh Orange Green Salad (www.culinarybonanza.com)
New Menu at Hilton Bandung

So right after arriving at Hilton around 3pm, we went straight to Purnawarman for a late lunch. The massive restaurants was literally deserted, as it was just past the lunch service hours. It's quite rare to catch a sight of an empty Purnawarman, so yeah, I still had the energy to take photos of the restaurant despite the hunger...

Purnawarman Restaurant Hilton Bandung (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Purnawarman Restaurant Hilton Bandung (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Purnawarman Restaurant Hilton Bandung (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Purnawarman Restaurant Hilton Bandung (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Lovely outdoor seating
Purnawarman New Menu Preview
And then our food came...(at looong last!)

Purnawarman New Menu Preview (www.culinarybonanza.com)

Our welcome lunch set menu consisted of new dishes by the Hilton Bandung F&B team, we're the privileged few to get to taste these first before they're dished out to the general public...Mind you, I was over-famished at that time, that I no longer felt hungry by the time our food arrived, but luckily, I still had my appetite and so, digging into these delectable dishes were easy feat.
Appetizer Tuna Dabu Salad - (superficially seared tuna, served with bean sprout & tofu salad with dabu-dabu sauce (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Appetizer
Tuna Dabu Salad - (superficially seared tuna, served with bean sprout & tofu salad with dabu-dabu sauce)
Buntut Balado - stewed, fried & marinated oxtail, served with rice and soup (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Main Course
Buntut Balado - stewed, fried & marinated tender oxtail, served with rice and soup
Surabi Kinca - traditional Bandung 'pancake', served with palm sugar (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Dessert
Surabi Kinca - traditional Bandung 'pancake', served with palm sugar and coconut milk mixture sauce

Chef Denny Gunawan Cooking Demo & Menu Preview 
Then, right after lunch, we stayed at the restaurant for the preview of Cooking Demo by Chef Denny Gunawan, the grand finalist of Top Chef Indonesia 2013, and recently, top 3 finalist of the Amazing Food Challenge of Asian Food Channel. At the pasta station, Chef Denny quietly worked his magic, only aided by one assistant. Although I was already full, I was actually excited to try his un-named dishes. 

Chef Denny Gunawan Cooking Demo & Menu Preview  (www.culinarybonanza.com)

Here are the dishes that Chef Denny prepared for us: The first one, Chilean sea bass with dark miso glaze, bok choy and rosa apple salsa on the side, served with creamy beurre sauce. Who would've thought of turning rose apples into such refreshing salsa? And for the next one he cooked us some Striploin with red wine sauce, mashed potato and sauteed vegetable on the side.
Chilean sea bass with dark miso glaze, bok choy and rosa apple salsa by Chef Denny Gunawan at Hilton Bandung (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Chilean sea bass with dark miso glaze, bok choy and rosa apple salsa
Striploin with red wine sauce, mashed potato and sauteed vegetable on the side (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Striploin with red wine sauce, mashed potato and sauteed vegetable on the side
Striploin with red wine sauce, mashed potato and sauteed vegetable on the side (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Pour all the red wine sauce in!

And then right about dinner time, we retired to our respective rooms. We then went down to Purnawarman again for dinner, to be exact, we had the Culinary Journey buffet of Indian feast prepped by Chef Ashok Eapen from Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum, Kerala. More about the dinner has been published in my previous post.
Hilton Bandung (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Our twin Superior Room, which I shared with Shelmi of www.thedelicaciesjournal.com
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The next day, just before we departed back to Jakarta, we had a special lunch at Fresco Restaurant by the pool, at which we sampled the Healthy Gourmet Set Menu. I was absolutely thrilled to know that at last, there's a hotel restaurant that will serve healthy and delicious food! *kissed the floor praising for my answered prayers* LOL.

Healthy Gourmet Set Menu Preview
Fresco Restaurant Hilton Bandung (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Complimentary bun & butter
Healthy Gourmet Set Menu at Fresco Restaurant Hilton Bandung (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Left: Appetizer
Right: Main Course
Healthy Gourmet Set Menu at Fresco Restaurant Hilton Bandung (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Left: Honey-Ade
Right: Dessert

Have I teased ya enough? Now, have a close look at each every one of the dishes ya... ;)
Fresh Orange Green Salad (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Appetizer: Fresh Orange Green Salad, served with cheese-stuffed tomato, honey mustard sauce, lemon vinaigrette with Halloumi cheese & marinated olives. This is my personal favourite, it was absolutely refreshing, an appetite-inducing combo of sweet, tangy and savoury.
Main Course: Poached Cod Fish - served with roasted baby potatoes, spinach, cherry tomatoes, asparagus & low-fat citrus beurre blanc sauce (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Main Course: Poached Cod Fish - served with roasted baby potatoes, spinach, cherry tomatoes, asparagus & low-fat citrus beurre blanc sauce.
Fresh Blackberry Granita with yoghurt sauce (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Dessert: Fresh Blackberry Granita with yoghurt sauce
Couldn't believe it myself that all of the above, only fetch the price tag of IDR 250,000++/person, and this is a restaurant in an International 5-star hotel, mind you. Oh, how I wish this is in Jakarta! But anyway I had a blast spending that weekend at Hilton Bandung. I left the city happily and with full belly. Until I'm back again, Hilton Bandung!
Hilton Bandung (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Reminiscing our fond & carefree childhood by the pool =)
Hilton Bandung (www.culinarybonanza.com)

Prices:
Healthy Gourmet Set Menu (3 course) is available daily, at Fresco Restaurant (on 6th Floor), during dinner time for IDR 250,000++/person

*) Prices are subject to Government Tax & Service Charge

Hilton Bandung
Jl. H.O.S. Tjokroaminoto No. 41-43
Bandung, West Java - Indonesia
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