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Philippines Culinary Experience, Raffles Hotel, South Jakarta

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Another time I visited this luxurious hotel restaurant with its majestic-looking structure, artistic interiors and bright colors throughout the hotel. The main restaurant here is Arts Cafe. This is not my first visit here, but this time with Chef Chele Gonzalez from Gallery Vask, restaurant from Philippines presents a variety of special foods from there that are very interesting.
Gallery Vask is a restaurant in the Philippines that entered into the list of 50 Best Asia Restaurant with the order no. 35. He came to Indonesia following Jakarta Culinary Feastival lasted a week ago. This time at Raffles Jakarta, he presents a special dish with Filipino cuisines.
The concept of buffet dining at Raffles, we were served with various western, asia to Indonesia and dessert. Every day will also be available with special dishes that are served with an a la carte presentation and usually consist of 4 to 5 kinds of food.
In accordance with Chele specialist, today's special dish is Filipino food starting from Okoy, shrimp cracker with a crisp texture served with chopped shrimp, ginger cream and savory soy gel. The second menu is sardines served over a dark-colored beetroot cracker, then comes with cashew praline and caviar. The dominant salty taste gives a pleasant sensation.
Followed by the next menu is Tradito, a dish of tuna with a thick white mayo herb dressing. Fresh tuna with a soft texture combined with a sweet mayo flavor provides the right balance. In addition to Tuna, there is also an oyster dish on a spoon served with a thick coconut cream. Fresh ingredients are certainly the key to delicious cuisine and the dominant coconut flavor gives a unique blend of flavors.
The last special dish is bukayo, a typical Philippines sweet dessert with crispy texture made from coconut and then wrapped with caramelized sweet brown sugar. Frankly I'm not a sweet lover, so this bukayo really feels very sweet that is very strong in my palate.
Do not miss the popular menu from the Philippines namely Pork Lechon, roast pork with large pieces, brownish-colored skin with a crisp texture. The meat is white and the fat looks juicy. The meat is quite tender, it's just a crisp skin texture will be better if not too hard.
The overall lunch time was memorable enough where I can enjoy unique Filipino dishes. Where we know that here is also quite rare to find a Filipino restaurant. In addition, there is no doubt, the elegant and comfortable atmosphere of the Arts Cafe provides a pleasurable dining experience. Then there are also buffet choices are quite diverse and I can say this time the taste of food is better than before.

Yovent A full-time Food Blogger & Social Media Influencer who has been travelling overseas with huge enthusiasm exploring culinary world. Living in Jakarta with variety of culture, food style and starting blog since 2014 early. With couple of years experience, he has good references and inspiration in food photography & writing.


Arts Café,Raffles Hotel Jakarta, jl. Prof Dr. Satrio, Kav 3-5,
Karet Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan
Tel: +6221 2988 0888

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