The Announcement of the Winners of Jakarta’s Best Eats Award 2018
FoodieS Magazine and Aqua Reflections proudly announced the winners of the inaugural Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards 2018 at a gala dinner on 22 February 2018 at the ballroom of the Four Seasons Jakarta.
Inspired by the rapid pace of change in the local food and beverage scene–and the emergence of a local foodie-driven culture, The Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards were launched in December to recognize the Top 40 Restaurants in Jakarta, with an eye to informing diners about the creative talents behind Jakarta’s culinary industry and to inspire chefs and restaurateurs to develop world-class venues.
Encouraging a World-Class Dining Scene
Prominent international awards have taken on nearby cities like Bangkok, Seoul, and Singapore, giving chefs there a chance to bask in the international spotlight. It’s time for the hard work of local chefs in Jakarta to receive similar recognition.
Jed Doble, the Publisher of FoodieS magazine, said. “We wanted to create awards and a guide to show to diners here and internationally all of the great work that chefs in Jakarta have been doing. The Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards will encourage culinary creativity and excellence, drive the local scene to even greater heights and help ensure that every night is fully booked at restaurants.”
Manifestation “Reflections of You” in culinary
AQUA Reflection’s campaign “Reflection of you” has continuously and constantly appreciates and collaborates with Indonesia’s inspirational figures who dedicate themselves in art, fashion, music as well as the culinary industry. AQUA Reflections at this moment works closely with FoodieS magazine, to provide greater opportunities for the culinary industry. This collaboration is embodied by giving an appreciation to the culinary industry for making constant progress by constantly raising the quality of the culinary industry to a higher standard through Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards in Jakarta.
“As the first step to show our commitment and true colors of AQUA Reflections, Jakarta’s Beat Eats is the living proof that AQUA Reflections as a premium brand is also contributing on lifting up the quality standards for the culinary industry in Indonesia. Apart from that, we would like to congratulate all winners and we hope that Indonesia’s culinary industry will keep on progressing and innovating.”, said Corine Tap, President Director PT. Tirta Investama (Danone AQUA).
Jakarta’s First Objective Restaurant Awards
A long list of almost 300 restaurants was identified during the open and public nomination process. The list was reviewed by the Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards jury, which selected the Top 40 Restaurants. Special Award for Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year, well as Bar of the Year, Presented by Johnnie Walker ®.
Judging was done objectively and ethically by an expert jury comprising food writers, established chefs, social media influencers and a local gourmet and a representative nominated by AQUA Reflections.
Restaurants competed in one of three categories–Fine Fining, Upmarket Venues and Casual Dining –and 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 and character.
Jury members based their decisions on the above criteria. Each member could 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.
LIST OF WINNERS
Bar of the Year presented by Johnnie Walker®
Chef of the Year
Ragil Imam Wibowo, Chef/Patron of NUSA Indonesian Gastronomy
Restaurant of the Year
Venues making an illustrious effort in their pursuit of perfection in taste, presentation, creativity, service and table arrangement.
•Emilie French Restaurant
•NUSA Indonesian Gastronomy
•View Restaurant & Bar
Venues going the extra mile to provide Jakarta’s foodies with the best in smart dining, regardless of size.
•Arts Café by Raffles
•Huize Van Wely
•Tugu Kunstkring Paleis
•Up in Smoke
Venues that rose above many other establishments, offering relaxed, livelier and straightforward food-and-beverage experiences.
•Beau by Talita Setyadi
•FŪJIN – Teppanyaki & Japanese
•Monolog Coffee Co.
•St Ali Jakarta
•The Goods Diner
•Warung Turki by Turkuaz