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Michelin Starred Collaboration

Michelin Starred Collaboration

  Bvlgari Resort Bali proudly announces an exclusive event featuring visiting chef Ton Tassanakajohn  from Le Du in Bangkok and Luca Fantin from Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin in Tokyo on Friday, 28th June 2019. The first in a series of gastronomic events, this rare […]

Easter Excitement

Easter Excitement

As Easter approaches, here are some exciting food offerings  for you to indulge with your whole family. Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta Three of Shangri-La Jakarta’s restaurants, SATOO, Rosso, and JIA, greets Easter with a multitude of joyful activities. The Easter Sunday Brunch in SATOO on 21 […]

2019 Jakarta’s Best Eats Winners Announced

2019 Jakarta’s Best Eats Winners Announced

FoodieS Magazine and AQUA Reflections proudly announced the Top 40 winners of the 2019 Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards at the Awards Gala on 10 April 2019 at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta. Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards 2019 named AMUZ as ‘Restaurant of the Year’, Fernando Sindu takes home the ‘Chef of the Year’ award and Roosevelt named Johnnie Walker’s ‘Bar of the Year’

Indonesia’s First Objective Restaurant Awards

Inspired by the rise of local food-driven culture, Jakarta’s Best Eats was launched in December 2017 with the purpose to scrutinize and recognize outstanding dining establishments amidst the rigorous competition in the capital’s ever-evolving dining scene. By appointing a panel of experts and well-respected judges in the culinary industry, thus creating an objective judging process. The inaugural Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards given in February 2018 named the Top 40 restaurants in Jakarta with special mentions to Kaum Jakarta as Restaurant of the Year, Ragil Imam Wibowo of Nusa Gastronomy as Chef of the Year and Leòn as Bar of the Year.

Expanding its wings, the awards also launched Bali’s Best Eats 2018 to recognize the large manifestation of quality restaurants in the Island of Gods. The awards selected Locavore as Restaurant of the Year, Wayan Kresna Yasa of Kaum as Chef of the Year and Frestro as Bar of the Year.


Encouraging A World-Class Dining Scene

With the unprecedented growth of the culinary industry in Jakarta, creating delicious rivalries and innovative dining trends, FoodieS Magazine together with the pioneer bottled mineral water in the country, AQUA Reflections, capitalize on the hits and misses of the industry and together with a panel of “gastronome’ judges, the search for world-class dining venues and culinary profiles continues.

Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards 2019 provides an expert eye to inform local and international diners alike about the creative talents behind Jakarta’s lucrative culinary industry and inspire chefs and restaurateurs to continuously develop outstanding dining experiences.

Jed Doble, the Publisher of FoodieS Magazine said, “As the world of food and restaurants continues to evolve, Jakarta’s Best Eats is excited to evolve along with it. We have witnessed many creative concepts and talented chefs showcasing extraordinary, world-class offerings, and with these Awards we want to appreciate and encourage culinary creativity and excellence to even greater heights. Our ultimate goal is to shed a light on the amazing talent and creativity in Jakarta and help ensure that every night at these award-winning restaurants is fully booked.”


Jakarta’s Best Eats 2019 Judging

Jakarta’s Best Eats has assembled a panel of reputable industry experts from diverse backgrounds and specialties, to ensure a credible, honest and ethical judging process. The judging panel included:

  1. Ade Putri Paramadita – Food Storyteller
  2. Ethan Lim – VP-Marketing Danone
  3. Jed Doble – Publisher, FoodieS Magazine
  4. Linda Tan – Gourmand
  5. Odilia Winneke – Food Writer
  6. Rinrin Marinka – Celebrity Chef
  7. Tantra Tobing – Gourmand & Lifestyle Blogger
  8. Yuda Bustara – Celebrity Chef

Restaurants were segmented and competed in one of three categories:
Fine Dining – venues making an illustrious effort in the pursuit of perfection in taste, presentation, creativity, service and table arrangement. Upscale Venues – venues going the extra mile to provide foodies with a smart, conceptual dining in an inviting ambience. Casual Dining – venues that rose above many other establishments, offering relaxed, lively and straightforward food and beverage experiences.

The establishments were judged on the following criteria:

50% – Cuisine, based on taste, creativity and execution

20% – Quality of service

20% – Drinks menu or wine list

10% – Interior design or character

Each judge can only vote for a restaurant if they had eaten at the restaurant in the last 12 months. All past visits to the restaurants were made without identifying themselves as part of the jury. Further, the award organizers, sponsors, short- listed restaurants and jury members kept the restaurant selection and deliberation process confidential before the awards night. They also certified that they had not been offered nor had they received any incentives as part of the judging process.

This year, aside from the judges, Jakarta’s Best Eats formed a Chefs Academy which formed part of the voting panel. Consisting of expert chefs, members of the Chefs Academy were invited to vote for their best restaurants in the city, and these votes formed part of the final decision that ultimately shaped the Jakarta’s Best Eats list. The Chefs Academy acted as additional palates and eyes, enabling the judging panel to obtain a wider sample of expert votes.


List of Winners Jakarta’s Best Eats 2019:

Restaurant of the Year


Chef of the Year


Bar of the Year – Presented by Johnnie Walker



Fine Dining

Venues making an illustrious effort in their pursuit of perfection in taste, presentation, creativity, service and table arrangement.

  1. AB Steak
  2. Akira Back
  3. Alto
  4. Amuz
  5. Bistecca
  6. Hakkasan Jakarta
  7. Henshin
  8. Nusa Indonesian Gastronomy
  9. Oku
  10. View


Upscale Venues 

Venues going the extra mile to provide Jakarta’s foodies with the best in smart dining, regardless of size.

  1. Altitude Grill
  2. Arts Café By Raffles
  3. Bunga Rampai
  4. Cork & Screw Country Club
  5. JIA
  6. Kaum
  7. Kila Kila
  8. Kilo Kitchen
  9. Le Quartier
  10. Monty’s
  11. Fox
  12. Paradise Dynasty
  13. Plataran Menteng
  14. Ristorante Da Valentino
  15. Sana Sini
  16. Tugu Kunstkring Paleis
  17. Turkuaz
  18. Union
  19. Up In Smoke
  20. Vong Kitchen


Casual Dining

Venues that rose above many other establishments, offering relaxed, livelier and straightforward food-and-beverage experiences.

  1. Fujin
  2. Gioi
  3. Greyhound Café
  4. Kayu Kayu
  5. Lawless Burgerbar
  6. Monolog
  7. Padang Merdeka
  8. Penang Bistro
  9. Taco Local
  10. The People’s Café


Manifestation of “Reflections of You” in Culinary Industry

Reflections of You, a campaign by AQUA Reflections that continuously appreciates Indonesian inspirational figures who dedicate themselves in lifestyle, art, fashion, as well as culinary industry. Working together with FoodieS Magazine allows Reflections to give appreciation to culinary industry talents who are constantly pushing the boundaries of the industry by raising the quality of their offerings, actively stepping up industry standards, and being able to compete by international standards.

“We are taking a tangible step to show our commitment as AQUA Reflections in contributing to lift–up the standards in quality for Indonesia’s culinary industry through Jakarta’s Best Eats. In addition, we hope that Jakarta’s Best Eats will trigger more local culinary talents to keep on progressing and innovating to achieve excellence in the Indonesian culinary industry”, said Flora Tobing, AQUA Reflections Brand Manager.

JL Studio in Taiwan is Miele One To Watch

JL Studio in Taiwan is Miele One To Watch

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has announced that JL Studio in Taichung, Taiwan, is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Miele One To Watch Award. Selected by the organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, in collaboration with its regional experts, the Miele One To Watch title […]

Garima Arora Named Asia’s Best Female Chef

Garima Arora Named Asia’s Best Female Chef

Garima Arora, executive chef and founder of Gaa in Bangkok, has won the title of Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019. In partnership with elitTM Vodka, the 50 Best organisation is committed to celebrating role models who demonstrate a progressive vision for gastronomy. William Drew, Group […]

Charlotte de Witte at Manarai Beach House

Charlotte de Witte at Manarai Beach House

Techno treat by Charlotte de Witte at Manarai Beach House‘s Paradiso Sundays

Following a number of big name performances like Elrow, Jonas Blue, and Galantis, Manarai Beach House now brings Belgium’s very own Charlotte de Witte as part of their Paradiso Sundays. With her signature sounds of contemporary techno, Charlotte de Witte will be adding excitements to Bali’s social scene, bringing fresh
beats from the mainstage of Tomorrowland to the beachfront of Manarai Beach House.

With an enviable background, Charlotte de Witte’s stellar rise to recognition in the techno scene of the world is largely thanks to her hypnotic and intense beats. Being a natural at charming the techno heads at both underground raves to the biggest festivals in the world, she is now ready to take over Bali by storm. As part of this special program, Manarai Beach House is offering a buy 1 get 1 promo for a free signature cocktail or your choice of selected wine from the beach house’s very own wine cellar.

Ever since the opening in mid-2018, Manarai Beach House continues to make good on its promise of delivering the best entertainment in the island paired with second-to-none culinary offerings and unique, signature cocktails. Now recognized as one of the most buzzing beach club destinations, Manarai Beach House has revamped the beach party game at Nusa Dua forever.

Paradiso Sundays Ft. Charlotte de Witte
Sunday, 3 March 2019 – 4PM onwards
Manarai Beach House
Lot N5 Kawasan Pariwisata ITDC – Nusa Dua, Bali
T: +62 361 477 2727
Instagram: @manaraibali
Facebook: @ManaraiBeachHouse


World Class is Back

World Class is Back

Finally the wait is over. After a year’s wait in Indonesia, World Class, the prestigious bartending competition has made a comeback in 2019. Every year, Diageo hosts the world’s biggest bartending competition, to find the next World Class Bartender. for those who want a shot at […]

Le Burger’s First Pork Menu is Ready For CNY!

Le Burger’s First Pork Menu is Ready For CNY!

Le Burger is inviting guests to savor a pork bonanza in celebration of Chinese New Year.  Welcoming Chinese New Year, chic burger house and bar, Le Burger, aim to take the heralding of the Year of the Pig to a whole new definition by dishing […]

From Ubud with Love

From Ubud with Love

On 25 January, Chris Salans, owner and executive chef of Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique, brought magic to Lyon for an intimate session over lunch and dinner.

Chris Salans’ flagship establishment, Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique located at Ubud, has received numerous accolades and recognition thanks to degustation menus that is carefully constructed for an artful dining experience. While guest can enjoy the restaurant’s immaculate dishes over a backdrop of a romantic tropical garden, at Lyon, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta’s main French restaurant, Chris’ creations blend perfectly well with the restaurant’s tasteful French bistro ambiance.

Among the offering presented over the two dining events are some of Mozaic’s legendary fare, such as the Gindara Carpaccio, smoked to order, with limau lime dressing, and the Organic Tomato Tartar amuse-bouche, which perfectly prepares the palate for an amazing culinary journey.

The food of Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique is very well thought of from start to finish and in an effort to provide a full sensory experience, some of the more exotic ingredients are displayed on the table to help guests understand what exactly is on their plate. This tradition is brought to Lyon as well for the special occasion, and as such, guests had no problem visualizing rare ingredients like the kecombrang (ginger flower) as they were enjoying the many tantalizing offering.

The 5-course lunch set menu started off with the amuse-bouche followed by the Gindara Carpaccio – both were a kind of fan service for those who have had the pleasure of visiting Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomiqe, but also a very pleasant introduction to Chris Salans’ unique cooking style for first-timers. The Fresh Market Seafood followed, plating organic garden herb pasta in fresh oceanic broth, a dish that combines sinless comfort food with mild fresh seafood flavors.

The first main course was the King Mackerel Confit in Coconut Oil artfully presented with dehydrated watermelon and torched ginger flower gel, while the second main course was the Braised Beef Short Rib served with baby carrots in kaffir lime leaf, crispy grains, bathed in teasing vanilla emulsion. Various textures of Valrhona White Chocolate combined with passion fruit and coconut made for a perfect closing to the amazing culinary cabaret.

It was a really special day at Lyon, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta, where the wonderful offering of Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique took the spotlight. Once again, Chris Salans’ masterful insight in interplaying different textures and combining deeply unique flavors have won the guests over, and they will certainly look forward to their next encounter with the prolific chef.

Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta
Jalan M.H. Thamrin
Jakarta 10310
T: +62 21 2993 8888
Instagram: @mo_jakarta
Facebook: @MandarinOrientalJakarta

Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
Bali 80571
T: +62 361 975 768
Instagram: @mozaicrestaurantubud
Facebook: @Mozaic.Restaurant

Henshin at The Westin Jakarta Now Open for Lunch

Henshin at The Westin Jakarta Now Open for Lunch

Now you can enjoy the amazing and food at Henshin for lunch! Having opened its doors in August 2017, Henshin at The Westin Jakarta is known for being one of the first restaurants in Jakarta to serve Nikkei (Peruvian – Japanese) cuisine helmed by Peruvian […]

Starbucks Reserve Dewata Opens

Starbucks Reserve Dewata Opens

Starbucks celebrates the journey of coffee from seed-to-cup by opening its largest destination in Southeast Asia – the Starbucks Coffee Sanctuary at Dewata Bali. The one-of-a-kind Coffee Sanctuary demonstrates Starbucks Indonesia’s coffee leadership in partnership with licensee PT Sari Coffee Indonesia, building upon 16 years […]

Balinese Flavors on Another Level

Balinese Flavors on Another Level

Salon Bali presents a symphony of local ingredients combined with progressive cooking techniques.

Joining Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach’s ever-scrummy collection of signature restaurants, Salon Bali is the latest culinary destination from this five-star beachfront Seminyak hotel. Honoring the local culture and society, the restaurant champions the island’s small growers and bespoke producers, dishing up locally inspired plates from an open kitchen, hugged by contemporary Balinese-style interiors.

What sets Salon Bali apart is its contemporary Indonesian fare, with Balinese cuisine highlights, and the means to create and present these. The menu is a collection of indigenous Indonesian produce and spices, sourced locally and from the surrounding islands, all brought together to create traditional and authentic Balinese flavors served with elegance and style. Traditional cooking techniques such as the use of iron woks and cooking over coffee wood and charcoal in the Josper is used daily to create the menu.

Set amidst the design forward Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, this 25-seat venue has a tiny a la carte menu to match, plus a 4 and 6-course tasting menu which can be bridged with cocktails. Savour the local flavors of Indonesian and Balinese cuisines in sophisticated rustic-chic surrounds. Experience signature dining at Salon Bali, where regional specialties meet the island’s distinctive cuisines. After your traditional rahajeng wenghi greeting and hand-washing ritual, expect locally sourced ingredients, fresh herbs and vibrant spices that form artisanal Balinese dishes.

Executive chef Nic Philip describes the menu as “reflections of local flavors I like or what has inspired me throughout the last seven years in Indonesia, the dishes are not traditional yet I push to have the authentic taste and spice make up.”

One of the most popular mains among guests is the duck breast with squid boiled noodle (traditional name, mie rebus). The perfectly cooked duck breast is served with noodles made out of squid. The sauce is inspired from a recipe Chef Nic tried in Padang, the flavoring is more towards a nyonya laksa without the coconut milk and more of a heady spice kick. Nic says that the spice is almost like an Indian Malabar-like dry spice. There is a heavy Indian heritage influence in Padang that all the spice shops at the pasar are actually run by Indian Indonesians.

If you’re looking for heartier fare, try the satisfying forktender piece of beef short rib. Cooked sous-vide for 48 hours before it is finished over a charcoal grill. It was served with an updated carrot lawar (Balinese mixed vegetables commonly served with protein) and a very rich kluwek sauce. Our recommendation for dessert would be Salon Bali’s modern take on the traditional cendol using liquid nitrogen. Elements of the cendol are quick frozen by the liquid nitrogen to give a very cold and memorable end to the meal.

As part of its dedication to consistently innovate, Salon Bali recently introduced a special dining experience available every full moon in each month. Named Purnama, meaning full moon, this unique dining experience pays homage to Balinese-Hindu tradition where the evenings are considered sacred. Purnama aims to treat diners to a unique culinary journey inspired by the local culture or to a one-time chef collab between Nic and another culinary genius from in and around Bali. Your full moons will never be the same again.

Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach
Jalan Camplung Tanduk No.10, Seminyak, Bali
T: +62 361 2099999
Instagram: @hotelindigobali, @salonbali.bali