Royal Weekend Indulgence: Jakarta’s FINEST Brunch at Bengawan, Keraton at The Plaza

Ever wondered how would it feel having an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring its own Foie Gras live station, grilled premium Kobe and Wagyu beef, succulent Lobster Thermidor, premium Sturia Caviar & Blinis, and an extensive seafood bar of fresh Oysters, Alaskan King Crab, Jumbo Prawns etc? I did too. And so did you know that we actually have it in Jakarta? YES. It's called the Royal Weekend Indulgence.

ABOUT KERATON AT THE PLAZA & BENGAWAN.

Keraton at The Plaza is an intimate luxury hotel offering a unique, modern interpretation of the rich Indonesian culture. They're a part of The Luxury Hotel Collection – a glittering brand of more than 85 of the world's finest hotels & resorts; that's also owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc – one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,162 properties in nearly 100 countries including famous brands such as St. Regis®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton® etc.

Bengawanon the other hand, is a spacious indoor-outdoor restaurant located at the 7th floor of Keraton at The Plaza. I personally love the eclectic ambiance with bright lighting, detailed décor ornament such as lush, green foliage, soothing water features, and outdoor seating on the balcony with spectacular views of Thamrin. Bengawan used to offer only Sunday Brunch, but as of October 5th they’re expanding to Saturday Brunch as well.
Royal Weekend Indulgence at Bengawan at Keraton The Plaza
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For table reservations, call: +62 21  5068 0000)
Saturday & Sunday Brunch (12 pm to 3 pm)
IDR 995.000 per adult, inclusive of an endless pour of wines and Billecart-Salmon Champagne
IDR 495.000 per adult, inclusive of free-flowing soft drinks, fresh juices & sparkling water
IDR 248.000 per child (4-12 years old)

1. COLD APPETIZERS

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Assorted Cold Appetizers featuring smoked salmon (which is very salty, by the way) and premium French caviar "Sturia" (the black thingy on top of the salmon, and it's tagged around €98 for 50gr! ); also salmon & tuna tartar, chick peas, smoked cod, beef carpaccio salad, and assorted condiments.

Assorted Cold Appetizers featuring smoked salmon (which is very salty, by the way) and premium French caviar "Sturia" (the black thingy on top of the salmon, and it's tagged around €98 for 50gr! ); also salmon & tuna tartar, chick peas, smoked cod, beef carpaccio salad, and assorted condiments.

2. SEAFOOD BAR

My plate from the Seafood Bar: Blinis (Russian buckwheat pancake) with Salmon Roe/Ikura & Tobiko/flying fish roe on top, Oysters on the half shell with red wine vinegar & shallots, Jumbo Prawn, Crayfish, Tuna sashimi & Salmon nigiri sushi.

My plate from the Seafood Bar: Blinis (Russian buckwheat pancake) with Salmon Roe/Ikura & Tobiko/flying fish roe on top, Oysters on the half shell with red wine vinegar & shallots, Jumbo Prawn, Crayfish, Tuna sashimi & Salmon nigiri sushi.

3. FOIE GRAS LIVE STATION & SALMON ON TRAEGER

Foie Gras Live Station

Foie Gras Live Station

Baked salmon with mix salsa and herbs. 

Baked salmon with mix salsa and herbs. 

Pan-seared Foie Gras with Apple Compote served on top of toasted brioche, with roasted shallots and brown sauce reduction. THIS, was heavenly. The ingredients speak for themselves. Everything just melts perfectly in your mouth, I couldn't help but ordering another plate!

Pan-seared Foie Gras with Apple Compote served on top of toasted brioche, with roasted shallots and brown sauce reduction. THIS, was heavenly. The ingredients speak for themselves. Everything just melts perfectly in your mouth, I couldn't help but ordering another plate!

The flavor coming from the salsa mix and herbs on top tasted so strong (I see coriander there), but it really adds depth to the delicate, perfectly-cooked salmon flesh. Everything made perfect sense. This, and foie gras station, are probably my best pick for the entire dining experience (well there's the Kobe beef & Wagyu later on... :p)

The flavor coming from the salsa mix and herbs on top tasted so strong (I see coriander there), but it really adds depth to the delicate, perfectly-cooked salmon flesh. Everything made perfect sense. This, and foie gras station, are probably my best pick for the entire dining experience (well there's the Kobe beef & Wagyu later on... :p)

4. PASTA STATION

Pasta station: Ravioli, Risotto, etc.

Pasta station: Ravioli, Risotto, etc.

Mushroom Risotto.

Mushroom Risotto.

Creamy Pumpkin Ravioli

Creamy Pumpkin Ravioli

5. NOODLE BAR & WESTERN HOT GRILL STATION

Collage of the Western Hot Grill Station, featuring Australian Tenderloin Grain Feed 120 days, Australian Lamb Chop, Baby Chicken, Wild Indonesian Sea Bass, Tiger Prawn, Canadian Lobster, White Pomfret, Fresh Tilapia, Red Snapper, etc. What you need to know is that they don't display both of the Wagyu & Kobe beef so you have to ask the Chef to prepare them for you. Which is also the reason why I didn't took photos of the marbling meat pieces before it was cooked. 

Collage of the Western Hot Grill Station, featuring Australian Tenderloin Grain Feed 120 days, Australian Lamb Chop, Baby Chicken, Wild Indonesian Sea Bass, Tiger Prawn, Canadian Lobster, White Pomfret, Fresh Tilapia, Red Snapper, etc. What you need to know is that they don't display both of the Wagyu & Kobe beef so you have to ask the Chef to prepare them for you. Which is also the reason why I didn't took photos of the marbling meat pieces before it was cooked. 

Japanese KOBE Beef. One of the most succulent meat ever. When eating Kobe beef you should always order rare or medium rare, else you'll have a tough, rubbery meat and lose all of its buttery flavor.

Japanese KOBE Beef. One of the most succulent meat ever. When eating Kobe beef you should always order rare or medium rare, else you'll have a tough, rubbery meat and lose all of its buttery flavor.

Grilled Wagyu Beef Prime Rib - Medium Rare. Wow, chewing was effortless even though I didn't know for sure what grade this was. Ordered twice until the cook gets it right: Medium Rare. Silky meat texture, perfect!

Grilled Wagyu Beef Prime Rib - Medium Rare. Wow, chewing was effortless even though I didn't know for sure what grade this was. Ordered twice until the cook gets it right: Medium Rare. Silky meat texture, perfect!

6. MAIN COURSE: INDONESIAN & WESTERN BUFFET

This is the Indonesian Buffet - a more extensive selection of Entrée compared to their Western Buffet (below photo). Including top Indonesian dish such as Nasi Keraton, Oxtail Soup, etc.

This is the Indonesian Buffet - a more extensive selection of Entrée compared to their Western Buffet (below photo). Including top Indonesian dish such as Nasi Keraton, Oxtail Soup, etc.

Western Buffet. Few entrée + soup.

Western Buffet. Few entrée + soup.

Bengawan's infamous Oxtail Soup.

Bengawan's infamous Oxtail Soup.

Nasi Keraton (Sego Kucing-like).

Nasi Keraton (Sego Kucing-like).

Nasi Goreng Keraton. The chef says that this particular dish won an award on Starwood cooking competition, well maybe it's because of the ultimate side-dishes featuring Jumbo Prawn, Chicken Fried Rice, Beef Skewers, Fried Chicken, Egg, Crackers, Pickles, and Sambal relish. Taste wise? It was delicious, but let's be honest - for me, street-food vendor will always do it better (also because of some nostalgic reasons :).

Nasi Goreng Keraton. The chef says that this particular dish won an award on Starwood cooking competition, well maybe it's because of the ultimate side-dishes featuring Jumbo Prawn, Chicken Fried Rice, Beef Skewers, Fried Chicken, Egg, Crackers, Pickles, and Sambal relish. Taste wise? It was delicious, but let's be honest - for me, street-food vendor will always do it better (also because of some nostalgic reasons :).

7. DESSERT + BREAD & CHEESE BANQUET

And finally, the Desert Station featuring various cakes, pastry, and sweets. Actually I'm not much of a dessert person so I didn't really sample each one of them. But the creme brulee was quite good, though.

And finally, the Desert Station featuring various cakes, pastry, and sweets. Actually I'm not much of a dessert person so I didn't really sample each one of them. But the creme brulee was quite good, though.

DRINKS

Lychee Ice Tea

Lychee Ice Tea

Berry Ice Tea

Berry Ice Tea

Lime Juice

Lime Juice

WRAP UP

Royal Weekend Indulgence from Bengawan at Keraton at The Plaza is indeed one of the finest brunch in Jakarta. If you're looking for an exquisite all-premium dining experience, now you know you have the option for that. Rather than eating out separately and paying higher price only to sample ala carte Kobe beef, foie gras, caviar & blinis, lobster, etc - why not eat all of them in one place? It's a pretty good deal, if you ask me.

You're welcome. :)  

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Bengawan at Keraton at The Plaza
Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 15, Jakarta · 10350 Indonesia
Phone: (+6221) 5068 0000

Website: www.keratonattheplazajakarta.com | Twitter @KeratonJakarta | Facebook keratonattheplazajakarta 

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