ST. ALi Jakarta

Words: Rian Farisa Originally was published on One of the kings of Melbourne coffee shops finally opens its doors in J-town. Last year, ST. ALi sent forth its best envoys such as the world class barista Matt Perger and latte art champion Ben Morrow to introduce themselves with Indonesian crowd at Common Grounds of Citywalk Sudirman, Jakarta. Now in partnership with the latter, ST. ALi officially enters Southeast Asia for the first time and Indonesia’s capital becomes t … [Read more...]

Palatable Pairing

An adventure of flavors where the world’s finest selections go well with certain foods makes for a tempting teatime. Sipping a cup of tea after a long tiring day indeed helps us to relax, and it is also beneficial for our health. At a TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, the menu lists over 800 teas from the world’s tea producing countries, to suit everyone’s taste. Not only are their teas selected from fine harvests and exquisite blends, but many of their teas also pair well with food. “Tea is … [Read more...]

Flavorful French

Two Michelin-star guest Chef Stéphane Buron showcased his signature set menus in Jakarta.   While every French region is proud of its cuisine, Stéphane Buron has turned his innovative culinary approach from his corner of the Alps into a special taste of France.  Buron is the winner of “Meilleiur Ouvrier de France 2004” and “Trophy of Gastronomy” as “Best Chef of the Year 2013”. His very own secret recipes have enabled the multi-award winning chef to maintain his two Michelin-star status at … [Read more...]

A genuine taste of Italian at Pesto Autentico

An upscale Jakarta restaurant woos guests with authentic Italian fare and nostalgic but trendy charm. Nestled strategically in Central Jakarta’s business hub, Pesto Autentico’s unique interior design resembles a snug Italian neighborhood. The dimly lit space – popular among young executives and expatriates – features large wooden tables surrounded by wooden chairs in some areas, with several banquettes for those seeking a more intimate dining escape. There are also two VIP rooms that seat 1 … [Read more...]

New Glenfiddich to mark 125 years

Famous for its single malt Scotch whisky, Glenfiddich unveils the Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage, an exclusive 25-year old expression with only 286 bottles to be released. Distilled on Christmas Day 1987, as part of the single malt’s centenary celebrations, this special release marks 125 years of pioneering whisky making at The Glenfiddich Distillery. It was selected on Christmas Day 2012, the distillery’s 125th anniversary, by its founder William Grant’s great-great grandson, Peter Gordon an … [Read more...]


A love affair with New Zealand wines is just a beginning in Asia. Matua, the producer of New Zealand’s first Sauvignon Blanc keeps hitting the road, as this New Zealand’s Wine Producer of the Year is now expanding its footprint to the region. And Indonesia is no exception. Speaking from one of Matua’s vineyards outside of Auckland, Matua winemaker, Greg Rowdon, said he’s thrilled to see Matua expanding it markets in Asia, including Indonesia. He says, “When you taste a Matua wine, you reall … [Read more...]

A Celebration of Hairy Crab

InterContinental Kuala Lumpur's signature Chinese restaurant Tao is honoring its commitment to sourcing the finest seasonal produce in the region to create memorable and authentic dining experiences, with a menu celebrating one of China's favourite autumnal delicacies, Hairy Crab, this October 7 to 31. Offering guests a true taste of freshwater luxury, Tao has sourced the shellfish from the banks of the Yang Cheng Lake near Shanghai - the most famous area of origin for the Chinese … [Read more...]

The Royal Twinings

The tenth generation of the British tea giant talks about the legacy of his family business that has contributed to the tea drinking as a culture of the British royal family.  “It was in 1837 when the British royal family granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Twinings, and we have ever since continued inventing various types of tea blending. Despite the different blends, all of our teas are created to fit the taste of the queen,” Stephen Twining says adding, “Royal Warrant of Appointment i … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s finest & rarest wines achieve high prices

  Sotheby’s two wine auctions achieved a combined total of HK$35.2 million / US$4.5 million, exceeding the combined pre-sale estimate (HK$26 million / US$3.4 million). The top lots for each sale were Romanée-Conti 1989 (1 methuselah - 6 liters) which sold for HK$875,000 / US$112,179 (Est. HK$500,000 - 800,000 / US$65,000 – 100,000), and Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 1961 (6 bottles) which fetched HK$735,000 / US$94,231 (Est. HK$280,000 – 380,000 / 35,000 – 50,000) respe … [Read more...]


Jakarta is getting merrier with more F&B and entertainment establishments to keep you up all night 7pm: Arguably the busiest eatery in town, Kitchenette lets you experience the concept of ‘dining inside a kitchen’. Cosy, comfy and casual, this new F&B establishment offers French and Italian fare served fresh directly from the kitchen into a social space. Plaza Indonesia Extension 1st Floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30, tel:+6221 2992 3580 9pm: Just walk to the adjacent building, … [Read more...]