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What Chef Eats: Brian Suliyanto

What Chef Eats: Brian Suliyanto

Auli Cinantya
14 October 2023


Chef Brian Suliyanto tells his story of cooking with diverse ingredients, enjoying memorable meals, and pursuing new culinary projects.


With a background deeply rooted in the heart of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, BRAUD General Store Head Chef, Brian Suliyanto boasts an impressive 11-year journey. He’s carved his mark in some of the most prestigious kitchens, having previously plied his trade at Locavore Ubud and Local Parts Ubud by the prestigious Locavore Group. 

His mission at Braud General Store goes beyond crafting exquisite flavors; it’s a narrative that speaks to the soul. Chef Brian’s vision is all about gathering loved ones around a communal table,

The outcome is a symphony of tastes that celebrates the traditions of culinary artistry presented with a contemporary flair, right at the heart of Braud General Store in Jakarta. Chef Brian Suliyanto, with us, shares his culinary journey, the joy of reimagining diverse ingredients, his most cherished dining experiences, and ongoing culinary endeavors.

Hi Chef! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your day-to-day activities?

Hi, I’m Brian. I’m currently working as the Head Chef of Braud General Store in Jakarta. I was born and raised in Jakarta. I’ve been in the F&B industry for 11 years. Previously, I worked at Locavore Ubud and Local Parts Ubud by Locavore Group. In addition, I have a side business as the co-owner of a small café here in Jakarta

What do you like the most about being a chef? 
I’ve always loved observing people’s reactions when they enjoy my cooking. It greatly motivates me, especially while working in the hospitality business, and it fuels my passion for creating new dishes and connecting with people who share the same mindset about food.

How do you describe your cooking style?
I would describe my cooking as ‘comfort-sharing rustic cuisine.’ By this, I mean I enjoy bringing families together at one table to share a meal, creating an atmosphere similar to a family-style dining experience. I tend to experiment with various proteins, carbohydrates, and vegetables. My culinary style leans towards traditional, classic cooking techniques.

What usually attracts you to visit a place to eat?
I’ll have to look at their cuisine, cooking style, and pictures, usually by checking their Instagram, haha

Do you have any memorable or the most unforgettable food memories?
One of my most memorable food memories was when I visited Switzerland, specifically Hatecke Bar Boucherie in Zurich. I found it very interesting since they have great produce, classic food, classic techniques, and a focus on few but high-quality ingredients. Hatecke is an upscale butchery and bistro where they source the highest quality organic cuts directly from farmers. This experience led me to become very interested in butchery, proteins, charcuterie, and cold cut meats. I would say that these are my specialties now. 

What is your favorite type of food/cuisine? And what is the dish that you like the most?
My favorite type of food day-to-day would be noodles since I can’t go a day without eating them. I have to eat noodles every day, hahaha. There’s this one old noodle shop I tend to visit every week, sometimes even every two days. It’s ‘Bakmi Ayam Alok’ on Jl. KH. Hasyim Ashari, Jakarta Pusat.

To you, a perfect meal wouldn’t be complete without?
A perfect meal for me is when I’m eating with my family, friends, and my girlfriend. It has to include proteins, carbs, vegetables, and definitely desserts.

What is your most recent dining destination that left a good impression?
I have to say that when I visited August Restaurant by Chef Hans Christian and Budi Cahyadi, it was a mind-blowing experience. I left with a huge smile on my face after dinner; it was perfect. I love how Chef Hans uses local ingredients and Indonesian flavors with modern techniques. And, of course, the desserts by Ardika are amazing; I can’t describe them more.

Do you have any go-to venues for hanging out with friends or maybe for special occasions with family?
We always end up choosing the Chinese restaurant called Siauw A Tjiap. It’s a very old restaurant, but the food is always fast and consistent. It’s a perfect place for lunch or dinner on special occasions. Their Ayam Rebus Siram Minyak, Ngohiong, Babi Hong, Lindung Cah Fumak, Ikan Gurame Tahu Taosi, and Yam Ha were amazing.

Is there any food you can eat every day without getting bored? Do you have any place you frequently go to for it?
Of course, I would say noodles. I just can’t get bored of eating noodles, especially Bakmie Ayam Alok. Hahaha. 😀

What are your favorite local dishes, and where do you go to eat them?
My favorite local dish is Soto Betawi from Haji Husen at Jl. Padang Panjang No. 6C, Pasar Manggis, Setiabudi, South Jakarta.

Where are your top three dining places that will always be on your favorite list? And what are your recommendations from each pleace?

  1. Bakmie Ayam Alok and their Pangsit rebus are unbelievably good. It’s just amazing.
  2. Soto Betawi Haji Husein in Setiabudi.
  3. Siauw A Tjiap, their Ikan Gurame Tahu Taosi, Yam Ha, Babi Hong are simply amazing. You can feel the comfort of Chinese home cooking. Hahaha.

Are there any new restaurants that have picked your interest lately?
I’ve heard from my co-worker about Silk Bistro, Menteng, I’ll have to go and give it a try.

Did you develop new recipes or discover a new type of food you have enjoyed recently?
I really enjoy butchery, charcuterie, cold cuts meat, and smoking. I often develop new recipes, but at the same time, they must have that classic flavor with a touch of my own, using classic techniques.

Are there any new plans or projects that we could look forward to?                                               
Yes, we have an upcoming and exciting PM menu at Braud General Store. It’s going to be fantastic! Please drop by and try our new PM menu here at BRAUD.

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