Relish Indonesian dishes at Signature Restaurant, Kempinski Jakarta

Serving Indonesian specialties meuns, the Signature Restaurant provide a choice of dishes served in restaurant buffets. Starting from the apptizer to the main course like typical Balinese-Lombok dishes. (photo: IO/Aldo)

IO, Jakarta – This restaurant that carries the concept of homely and family-friendly providing a variety of food menus, ranging from Indone­sian, Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian to other Western foods. This is the only 5-star hotel restaurant that has an indoor playground, where children can play or watch TV, all of it is available here. Another specialty of this restaurant lies in the dessert station, where they present French Executive Pastry Chef who will pam­per your tongue with very diverse dessert choices: choco mousse cake, pistachio cherry tart, pot de creme, bavarian trio, strawberry cheesecake, macaron, choco fountain, mini cup­cake, croissants, assorted doughnut and many more.

Signature Restaurant, Kmpinsi Jakarta. (photo: IO/Aldo)

Not only that, Signature also has other special chefs in their fields such as Japanese Chef and Italian Chef who offer many menus according to their expertise at their food stations respectively. Here, they also bring the concept of open kitchen where guests can see firsthand how the food menu is processed and served. Some of my favorite versions of the menu include: legendary HI chicken porridge since 1970, salmon en croute, roasted rib eye and pork knuckle.

This restaurant is quite spacious, the atmosphere is comfortable and the service is also very good. When I arrived, the highlight of this restau­rant was on Balinese and Lombok dishes that were rich in flavor. Vari­ous dishes are served in this restau­rant buffet. Starting from snacks to heavy foods. Balinese-Lombok spe­cialties are served very much and vary. In addition to the dishes above, there are also Kangkung Plecing, Goat Fried Rice, Jukut Nangka, Ayam Betutu, Balinese Fried Rice, Wet Tem­pe, Seasoned Eggs, and so on. One of the specialties of Balinese-Lombok dishes is the flavor that tends to be spicy and the spices are very strong.

After eating, I had the opportunity to chat with the chef responsible for the delicious Balinese-Lombok dish­es at this Signature Restaurant. He is Chef Ketut Sumerta. Chef Ketut relates that Balinese cuisine has be­come very unique because of its spice mixtures. Spices such as cloves, cin­namon and fennel are also added to make the food fragrant and appetizing.

I did not have time to try all of it as there were too many menus of­fered such as woku chicken, yellow pickled fish, asparagus & crab soup, dimsum, bakpao, char siew chicken, roasted duck, various pastas (fusil­li, penne, spaghetti, fettucini) with choice of sauce margaritas, bolog­nese, marinara, pesto and tomato; pizza, meat curry, eggplant balado, green chilli duck, spice fried rice, lumpia, sate padang, meat soto, chicken satay, beef satay, thai fish mango, mapo tofu, chicken blueberry cheese, various salads, seafood, cra­zy fried rice, fried tofu, pempek, keto­prak, martabak and many more. All of it can simply be adjusted to your taste.

One of the advantages is the bread served here, all homemade aka hand-made not the result of the factory and served fresh and there are 30 types of bread: beer bread, gluten free, and multi grain. If you come here, don’t forget to adjust your meal to break­fast from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., weekdays lunch and weekend brunch (12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (4:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.). The restau­rant here is a Buffet restaurant with a price range of Rp 215,000 ++ – Rp. 360,000 ++ per person according to the choice of meal time. (Aldo)