Saturday, November 27, 2010

From physical distribution to logistics service


TODAY courier and cargo services have become an essential service for most companies. A recent survey conducted by SWA magazine of 54 companies in various businesses shows that a large number require courier and logistics services. Out of the companies surveyed 66.67 percent stated that they heavily depended on such services and 18.52 percent said the need was great while only 14.81 percent said the need was moderate.

This indicates that Indonesia is a major market for all manner of delivery services, including courier, cargo as well as logistics. However, foreign companies still dominate this business here. As stated by the Economy Minister Boediono in Jakarta: “The business is indeed dominated by foreign companies, so local companies have to compete by providing fast delivery as this is important for exporters so that they do not always depend solely on foreign companies. The key is efficiency,” he said.

Initially the logistics business in Indonesia started with the emergence of express delivery companies that concentrated on distribution of goods from manufacturers to consumers. In supply chain management this activity is called physical distribution outbound logistics. The express courier companies back then did not think about combining inbound and outbound activities. Inbound means delivery of raw materials from a supplier or raw material source to be processed at a factory.

The logistics business started to develop further when companies began to focus on their own core business. Hence began the era of one-stop logistics services as many companies handed over their courier, cargo and logistics requirements to the related companies.

Today in most parts of the world including here in Indonesia logistics companies offer a one-stop or total service that includes warehousing, transporting and freight forwarding as one integrated service. This is in fact in line with most clients requirements for such one stop shopping from a competent logistics company. The logistics business is currently enjoying rapid growth in Indonesia. Some observers say that its market potential is Rp 268 trillion per year. For the Jakarta chapter of the Delivery Association (Asosiasi Jasa Titipan) there are 635 companies while in Jakarta’s Logistics Association there are more than 300 companies.

However there are only a handful major players. DHL, in Indonesia operated by PT Birotika Semesta, is one. DHL was established in San Francisco over 40 years ago by three young businessmen, Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom and Robert Lynn and until now the company is enjoying rapid growth. DHL, a brand belonging to Deutsche Post DHL, is currently the market leader with a revenue of over USD 46 billion in 2009.

FedEx is also another tough global player with FedEx Express at the international level as a part of FedEx Corporation, serving deliveries to more than 220 countries and territories throughout the world. It uses efficient land and air transportation to guarantee on time deliveries within one day or a maximum of two working days.

FedEx spread its wings into international deliveries more than 20 years ago when it purchased Gelco Express International, a courier company with offices in Europe and Asia. FedEx opened its first Asia Pacific office in 1987.

Initially FedEx had to compete with strong rivals such as UPS, DHL, RPS and others. FedEx then acquired Tiger International, the owner of Flying Tiger, in 1988, giving FedEx an international airline and airport facilities, enabling it to penetrate the European and Asian markets more easily. Further mergers and acquisitions further strengthened the position of FedEx in the industry.

Next was the overnight service from FedEx Express between Asia and Europe called “next-business-day service” that connected China, Hong Kong and Singapore with France and Germany. Germany is currently experiencing robust annual economic growth with 1.3 percent growth in the second quarter of 2009, while France enjoyed 1.4 percent economic growth in the same period.

Based on these indicators FedEx International Priority® felt it had to focus on consignments from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore to Frankfurt, Cologne and Paris from Monday to Thursday. “Over the past decade, Europe has been a key export market for many of the region’s businesses that have been behind Asia’s emergence as an economic powerhouse,” said David L. Cunningham Jr., president for FedEx Express in Asia Pacific.

According to Cunningham the connection between Asia and Europe is an important link for businesses in this area with an annual growth of 6.5 percent for air cargo predicted for the next two decades. Moreover China and the European Union (EU) have become two major traders in the world with imports from China to the EU growing at the rate of 6.5 percent as indicated in 2008. Meanwhile Singapore has confirmed that the EU will become an important business partner. In the meantime 50 percent of Hong Kong’s electronic exports entered EU in 2008.

In view of the above, FedEx introduced a new service in October to strengthen the relationship between Asian and European business companies which actually started in March 2005. “A revived European economy will push demand for exports from Asia, especially Chinese goods, and FedEx is committed to facilitating this important connection. Today’s launch of the new Asia-to-Europe service reflects our continued confidence in supporting this trade lane by providing businesses in Asia with more efficient access to markets in Europe and opening doors for new business opportunities,” explained David. (Burhanuddin Abe)

The Jakarta Post, November 25, 2010

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/11/25/from-physical-distribution-logistics-service.html

Monday, November 22, 2010

Onrop!Musikal


SAYA sempat kaget ketika memasuki Teater Besar, Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM), Jakarta. Betapa tidak, gedung pertunjukan yang selama ini dipandang sebelah mata, kecuali pertunjukannya sendiri, sekarang benar-benar menakjubkan.

Kali ini Fauzi Bowo, Gubernur DKI Jakarta, layak mendapat acungan jempol. Gedung baru ini tak hanya struktur bangunannya yang artistik, namun juga dilengkapi dengan berbagai fasilitas pertunjukan bertaraf internasional, termasuk efek visual serta sound system cukup memukau. Hal tersebut terlihat saat saya menyaksikan pertunjukan drama musikal Onrop! yang disutradarai Joko Anwar, Kamis, 18 November lalu.

Jauh hari Onrop! memang telah menjadi pembicaraan banyak orang, terutama anak-anak gaul Jakarta, karena strategi promosinya sangat bagus, termasuk menggunakan medium social media di Internet, khususnya Twitter. Tidak heran kalau tiket seharga Rp 150.000 (bronze) hingga Rp 450.000 (gold) untuk pertunjukan yang berlangsung 13 hingga 21 November itu ludes.

Drama musikal dengan gaya bertutur masa kini itu seakan menemukan komunitas penontonnya; anak-anak muda Jakarta dalam balutan busana mutakhir, parfum berkelas, serta gadget keluaran. Ini berbeda dengan komunitas TIM pada umumnya yang bergaya seniman. Tidak heran, Joko Anwar sebelumnya memang dikenal sebagai pembuat film Janji Joni, Kala, Pintu Terlarang, dan juga penulis skenario Arisan, yang pasarnya memang anak-anak muda tersebut.

“Memang belum menjadi tren, tapi Onrop!Musikal memang sebuah alternatif, pertujukan teater yang patut dikedepankan,” ungkap Joko, yang pernah berakting dalam pementasan drama musikal The Wizard of Oz bersama Wheeling Park Players di West Virginia, AS.

Onrop! berkisah tentang cinta, sesuatu yang telah langka di negeri ini. Begitu banyak kekerasan, aturan moral super ketat yang membuat cinta tak dapat leluasa menemukan jalannya. Itulah yang dikemukan Joko Anwar, yang juga menulis skenario sekaligus lirik lagu dalam drama musikal itu.

Mengambil setting cerita tahun 2020, drama musikal ini berkisah tentang Bram (diperankan berganian oleh Ichsan Akbar dan Giandra Hartajaya) dan Sari (diperankan oleh Aimee Saras dan Ary Kirana), pasangan kelas menengah atas. Bram tersandung hukum dengan menyebut kata “telanjang” dalam karya novelnya, yang dianggap tak senonoh dalam moralitas Indonesia. Bram dinyatakan bersalah, dipenjara, dibawa ke pengadilan, dan akhirnya dibuang ke Pulau Onrop.

Pada saat yang sama Sari juga terjerat kasus yang sama karena kegemarannya berpakaian minim – namun kemudian dibebaskan dari penjara sebelum pengadilan berlangsung.

Dari situlah cerita bergulir, Sari hidup di negara yang menerapkan UU Anti “Onropgrafi dan Onropaksi”, sedangkan Bram di pengasingan, Bram justru menemukan fakta yang berbeda dari bayangan sebelumnya. Ceritanya pun berakhir dengan happy ending.

Tapi bukan ceritanya yang penting, drama musikal ini adalah lakon yang meriah dan menghibur. Koreografi yang dikerjakan oleh Eko Supriyanto, dengan gerakan-gerakan yang indah namun simpel, sangat mewarnai sepanjang pertunjukan. Gerakan tari begitu sinkron dengan musik yang dimainkan Nusantara Symphony Orchestra pimpinan Indra Perkasa. Para pemainnya pun selain berdialog diwajibkan bisa menyanyi – beberapa diperankan oleh penyanyi profesional, sebutlah Nina Tamam, Sita Nursanti, serta komedia Fitri Tropika.

Hiburan dengan dialog yang benas joke-joke yang segar inilah yang bisa menyihir penontn untuk tetap bertahan selama dua jam dengan jeda 20 menit itu. Sebagai penulis andal, Joko mampu menghadirkan detail cerita yang menarik, meski kadang bertele-tele tapi sering tak terduga, tapi mampu membuat para penonton tertawa. Dan yang terpenting, Joko bertutur dalam bahasa gaul sekarang, termasuk bahasa “banci” via mulut asisten Bram, Amir (diperankan oleh Yudi Firmansyah dan Ario Bayu), yang mewarnai pergaulan masa kini.

Sebagai pertunjukan, Onrop! Musikal cukup memuaskan. Meski belum menjadi tren, tapi paling tidak melalui pertunjukan senilai Rp 3 miliar ini, Joko berhasil menyampikan visinya, yakni pentingnya kebebasan berekspresi dan bahaya intoleransi, dengan cara menghibur. (Burhan Abe)

http://www.perempuan.com/index.php?comp=myday&do=index&id=40

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Swinging in style on the green



TODAY golf is much more than a sport; it is a part of one’s lifestyle. Originating 500 years ago in Scotland, for business executives golf has become a means of socializing and networking. That is why you must be fully aware of the etiquette and regulations, choose the right equipment and wear the right clothing according to the golf dress code if you want everything to be in perfect order.

You must choose the right stick, club, golf ball, shoes, gloves, hat, trousers or pants and shirt. The dress code is elegant and rather aristocratic because of its formal British tradition. Therefore, the dress code for golf is more formal compared to other sports.

Leather shoes, whether authentic or synthetic, are specially made for golf to prevent the body from swaying or moving unnecessarily while making a shot and makes the entire game comfortable. Most shoes have laces but some are now normal sport shoes with rubber spikes. Metal spikes are now forbidden because they can damage the course.

A glove is worn on the left hand to prevent hardening of the skin due to playing with the stick or club. Most gloves are made from strong synthetic material, but the best ones are made from deer skin which is softer and more comfortable to wear.

Today’s golfers’ shirts have more motifs and stripes than before when it was pure white. Shirts usually have collars, pants are made from expensive material and so forth. Recently beach designs have been introduced, such as Hawaiian Punch.

A shirt with a collar is rule number one. Initially it was polo shirts but later a collared shirt replaced it. If you do not wear a shirt or a T-shirt with a collar then a hat with a back glare is acceptable. This type of hat was worn by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Unfortunately, not all golfers are aware of the right fashion wear but they don’t have to worry because golf stores have everything available. One such leading store is Golf House.

Golf House has more than 50 outlets in Indonesia’s major cities where they offer premium equipment and accessories. The outlets are not only in malls but also in several select Golf & Country Clubs. The one stop golf shop which has undergone a number of changes was introduced in 1990.

Golf House offers international brands of golf equipment, including clubs, balls, apparel and accessories, such as Mizuno, Wilson, Srixon, Spalding, Adidas, Cleveland, Honma, Adams Golf, Odyssey, Maxfli, 

Taylor Made, Ben Hogan, Tour Edge, Etonic, US Kids Golf, Greg Norman, Nike Golf, Callaway Golf and many more. So who says you cannot be stylish on the green? (Burhanuddin Abe)

The Jakarta Post, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Green property becomes global requirement



ENVIRONMENTALLY friendly properties are now more than a requirement, green and energy saving properties have become a global trend that is revolutionizing the property industry and have become a symbol of technological progress as well.

The green property industry began in the early 1990s with the related criteria starting in England in 1993 and was made popular in the United States by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) which issues a certificate called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Soon developers began to apply an ecological framework in their properties. This was in line with the global demand for green and energy saving buildings which in the long term will reduce the exploitation of natural resources. “Sooner or later environmentally friendly properties will be the consumers’ main requirement especially in major cities and the property industry has an important role in developing such projects,” said Stephanus D. Satriyo, associate director for property and facilities management of PT Cushman & Wakefield Indonesia.

Well, how about developers here in Indonesia? Are they really concerned about the issue? Unfortunately not totally, because it is still under discussion. Moreover major tenants, like multinational corporations, are not demanding “green” buildings for their office space here.

Actually such major tenants are in a good bargaining position to demand a green building as they use huge spaces for their offices and pay a lot of rent. However, in Indonesia we now have the Green Building Council of Indonesia (GBCI) which was established in 2009 comprising professional construction service providers, developers, education and research institutions, professional associations and individual members concerned about the environment.

GBCI is a member of World Green Building Council (WGBC) with headquarters in Toronto, Canada, which currently has 64 countries as members and only acknowledges the existence of one GBC in each country.

GBCI conducts various extensive awareness and education activities for the public and provides Green Building Certification in Indonesia based on an evaluation standard that is uniquely Indonesian and is called Greenship. The construction of such green buildings in Indonesia will be sustainable ecologically, energy saving, economically efficient, competitive and socially responsible as a global citizen. In short such green buildings will greatly contribute to our sustained existence on planet earth.

However, as GBCI is only one year old it has not been able to do much. This is understandable as green buildings are comparatively more costly than conventional buildings. To obtain the green certificate there are numerous prerequisites. The construction must not damage the environment, the materials used must be environmentally friendly (conforming with the reduce, reuse and recycle principle), and be water and energy efficient.

Undeniably a small number of developers have started to construct green buildings and some offices and apartments are called green buildings although they only include a number of green aspects, such as a green area that is more spacious than the area of the building, the air conditioning is no longer centralized and the water is recycled.

Unfortunately in Indonesia there is no building that is totally green to date, because until now no building has been certified as a green building. The fact is there is no demand for green buildings yet. Moreover there is a misperception that such environmentally friendly buildings are costly and not feasible business wise. In developed countries the view point is totally different. Green buildings are not only supported and appreciated but have a high resale value.

Actually this trend is not limited to developed countries. In Mexico, India, China and Vietnam green buildings have already been constructed based on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), initiated by the Green Building Council of the United States.

Properties are enjoying positive growth worldwide, but the demand for green properties here in Indonesia is still at the discussionstage. Indeed eco property was the main focus of the 61st World Congress of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) in Bali from May 24 to May 28 this year. The congress titled “Save the World: Green Shoots for Sustainable Real Estate” was probably a turning point for all stakeholders in the property business to make a real contribution toward sustainable existence.

Although at present there is no real demand for green buildings it is possible that in three or four years multinational corporations that are concerned about the environment will demand buildings with green certificates. Indeed there is also the impression that the government pays little attention to this matter as no regional administration or government has issued any related regulations although eco-property issues emerged five years ago.

Chairman of the Association of Housing Development in Indonesia (Apersi) Eddy Ganefo said that the central as well as the regional governments should actually be proactive in the formulation and application of regulations on eco property so that developers have proper guidance. “It has been very slow to date while many countries are already applying this concept to reduce global warming,” he told Koran Jakarta.

He said there should be sanctions as well as incentives like discounts in the permits and Land and Building tax discounts (PBB) and banks can lower their interest rates for home loans for such green buildings or apartments. Eddy said that the incentives were important because green properties are huge investments so developers can be persuaded to implement this concept by reducing their production costs.

As a matter of fact basically developers welcome the concept of green buildings, while at the same time many things have to be prepared, such as guidelines, equipment and other related standards. GCBI is expected to disseminate information on the green building concept. But most importantly green buildings are not only the responsibility of developers but all of us to preserve mother earth.

Environmentally Friendly, Energy Saving

What is delightful about green property is the energy saving building design, for example aerodynamic skyscrapers that are stable in the face of wind pressure and the use of filters to absorb sunlight to save on electricity and air conditioner use.

The recycle, reuse and reinvest technology also saves energy. Some of the criteria of environment friendly property is they should save energy, use clean water and process waste, have quality air and atmosphere and energy management.

Today there are many eco friendly products available, for example Dulux. The go green trend is also widespread in the paint industry. Using Solar Reflectivity Technology, Dulux Weathershield Keep Cool can reduce the absorption of sunlight so that the temperature of the walls inside the building is reduced by 5 degrees Centigrade hence saving a 15 percent saving on electricity is possible per year.

This high quality paint is committed to being a green product. Currently almost all Dulux products have been given the Singapore Green Label certificate to indicate that they are environmentally friendly. Heat from the sun and rain can damage exterior walls; fungi can grow on the walls and the color can fade. To solve this problem Akzonobel Paints has come up with Dulux Weathershield Max and Pro.

Both paints have Triple Protect formula and contain 100 percent Acrylic Latex which is elastic. The paints can close thin and small cracks so that water does not go inside. Latex protects the wall from the heat and weather. Latex is made from rubber and is very elastic. One can easily clean any stain on it. It is also combined with Acrylic or Polyvinyl.

Dulux Weathershield is based on Elastoshield technology that covers cracks and prevents dampness or the growth of fungi. Color Lock inside Dulux Weathershield Max can protect walls from ultra violet rays. Yes, indeed global warming has made almost everyone concerned about the preservation of the environment. (Burhanuddin Abe)

The Jakarta Post, November 18, 2010

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/11/18/green-property-becomes-global-requirement.html

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Absolut ‘Eatertainment’ at Benihana


SEMUA bisa dikaitkan dengan entertainment, sebut saja infotainment, edutainment, dan seterusnya. Ya, kata tersebut cukup sakti untuk memberi tekanan pada sesuatu tidak sekadar informasi atau pendidikan, tapi juga hiburan. Tentu tidak berlebihan kalau pengalaman berwisata kuliner kali ini saya sebagai eatertainment. Maklum, di sini tidak sekadar makan, tapi lebih dari itu, sebuah pengalaman yang menghibur. Sambil duduk di meja ala teppan yaki, sang koki juga mendemonstasikan keterampilannya yang tidak sekadar memasak.

Lokasinya di Benihana Restaurant, Grand Indonesia, East Mall lantai 3, Jakarta. Dari namanya restoran ini restoran ini jelas restoran Jepang – yang bagi lidah sebagian besar orang Indonesia sudah tidak asing lagi.

Makanan Jepang, yang juga disebut nihonshoku atau washoku, adalah makanan yang dimasak dengan cara memasak yang berkembang secara unik di Jepang dan menggunakan bahan makanan yang diambil dari wilayah Jepang dan sekitarnya. Sushi, tempura, shabu-shabu, dan sukiyaki adalah makanan Jepang yang populer di luar Jepang, termasuk di Indonesia.

Sebagian besar ahli kuliner berpendapat masakan Jepang mudah sekali dibedakan dari masakan negara tetangga seperti masakan Korea dan masakan Cina. Walaupun demikian, sejumlah makanan Korea dan Cina juga mendapat pengaruh dari masakan Jepang, atau sebaliknya.


Di Jakarta, dan kota-kota besar di Indonesia, kita dengan mudah mendapatkan restoran-restoran Jepang, mulai darirestoran mewah hingga restoran cepat saji, bahkan kelas kaku lima.

Benihara, yang dibuka 5 Mei 2010, tentu golongan yang disebut pertama, apalagi lokasinya yang berada di mal paling mewah di Jakarta saat ini. Dibandingkan dengan restoran Jepang lainnya, venue ini tergolong unik, baik makanannya maupun desain interiornya. Benhana di Jakarta agaknya memiliki desain interior terbaik dan termegah di dunia, karena berhasil menyajikan inovasi tema ‘perkampungan Jepang asli’. “Konsepnya adalah Benihana Village,” tukas Kevin Aoki putra Rocky Aoki, pendiri Benihana.

Beinhana memang restoran franchise, yang uniknya bukan berasal dari Jepang, tapi Amerika Serikat. Benihana Jakarta, selain menyandang predikat desain terbaik, juga merupakan satu-satunya restoran di dunia yang memiliki tiga konsep sekaligus, yaitu restoran, bar, dan lounge, dengan total luas area 1.400 meter persegi.


Sohornya merek dan kesuksesan Benihana tidak terlepas dari hasil kerja keras dan semangat Hiroaki “Rocky”Aoki sebagai pendiri Benihana pertama di kota New York, pada 1964. Saat ini Benihana telah memiliki l02 cabang yang tersebar di 18 negara, seperti Amerika Serikat, Kanada, Argentina, Romania, Rusia, Inggris, Dubai, Jepang, Thailand, dan lain sebagainya, menjadikannya sebagai salah satu perusahaan restaurant-franchise tersukses di dunia. Salah satu buktinya adalah restoran ini termasuk satu dari sedikit restoran yang tercatat sebagai perusahaan publik di Wall Street, Amerika Serikat.

Rocky berhasil menciptakan transformasi kultur dalam restoran Jepang, dengan cara mempersiapkan bahan makanan di meja teppan yaki, untuk kemudian dimasak langsung di depan tamu oleh para chef, yang sudah mendapatkan training khusus tentu. Chef berkarakter fun dan entertaining menjadi salah satu kriteria utama, karena restoran ini menyajikan aksi akrobat sambil memasak, selain interaksi personal dengan pelanggan.

Misi Rocky saat mendirikannya sangat simpel, yaitu menghadirkan eatertainment, yaitu perpaduan antara kuliner dan hiburan. “Saya ingin mengubah cara pandang semua kalangan tentang makanan Jepang,” ujarnya.

Bukan isapan jempol, saya sendiri merasakan pengalaman berkuliner ria sambil merasakan pengalaman yang menyenangkan di Benihna beberapa waktu yang lalu ditemani Ari Respati sang manajer dan Ollie Sungkar dari Vox Populi Syndicate. Atraksi yang menghibur tamu menjadikan pengalaman bersantap kuliner berkualitas prima dengan bahan-bahan fresh menjadi sulit dilupakan.
Selain teppan yaki, saya menikmati berbagai macam menu makanan lainnya seperti robata yaki, yakni barbeque Jepang yang dimasak di hadapan pelanggan di atas robata, panggangan khas Jepang, dan disajikan di atas bambu dan fusion style sushi -- sebutlah nigiri, maki, dragon dan spicy rolls sushi. Hmmm…

Pemilihan lokasi restoran juga menjadi daya tarik tersendiri. Bayangkan, dari lantai tiga kita bisa menyaksikan pemandangan spektakuler Bundaran HI.

Tidak berlebihan kalau sang pengelola menyebut bahwa Benihara dapat menjadi pilihan utama untuk menampung acara private party dan gathering hingga 150 orang di bagian lounge. Untuk acara reguler di lounge ada live performance oleh Tropical Transit Band dari Bali dengan permainan akustik yang menambah suasana restoran menjadi hangat dan rileks. Pada bagian depan terdapat Rocky Bar, sebagai tempat untuk bersantai dan berkumpul bersama kolega sambil menyaksikan acara TV khusus sports dan news. Bonapeti! (Burhan Abe)

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Hawker Street Food




KETIKA kita ke manca negara biasanya tidak melupakan kuliner setempat. Berpetualang rasa mencari makanan lokal yang unik, tidak peduli di restoran mewah hingga warung kaki lima – semuanya itu memberi kesan tersendiri.

Jika Anda kangen dengan makanan kaki lima ala Singapura, tidak salah kalau Anda mampirlah ke The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta. Sebab sejak hingga 20 Oktober – 7 November 2010 hotel yang berlokasi di Mega Kuningan ini menggelar promo 'Singaporean Hawkers Street Food'. Venue yang dipilih adalah Asia Restaurant yang terletak di lobby level, dan dibuka langsung oleh Mr. Vincent Billiard selaku Executive Assisten Manager The Ritz-Carlton.

Atmosfer makanan kaki lima ini sudah terasa sejak kita memasuki Asia Restaurant, Anda akan disambut oleh jejeran aneka rempah-rempah yang khas negara-negara Asia. Tentunya tak ketinggalan, sentuhan ala hawkers terasa di tiap gerai makanan. Memang, festival makanan ini tidak hanya menghadirkan aneka jajanan kaki lima ala Singapura, tetapi juga Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Vietnam, dan juga Indonesia.

Jika di Singapura Anda akrab menyambangi daerah-daerah seperti Hawker Newton Circus, Lau Pa Sat, Geylang Serai Market atau Golden Mile yang merupakan hawker center di negara tersebut, tidak perlu khawatir, Anda akan dapatkan di Asia Restaurant kali ini. Sebut saja Mussle Omelet yang merupakan telur dadar yang dimasak dengan kerang, Fried Beef Kwetiaw akan langsung diracik sesaat sebelum dipesan, Bakut Teh, Singapore Chilli Crab, Broccoli with Scallops, Salty Fish Bean Sprout, Prawn Garlic Sauce, Fried Tofu with Garlic Chili, atau Hokian Mee with Prawn yang lezat, dan masih banyak lagi. Harga buffet mulai dari Rp. 198,000 per orang.

Kesemua makanan tersebut diramu langsung oleh Chef de Cuisine, Syaiful Bahri bersama tim kulinari The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta. ‘Wok Station’ adalah salah satu favorit para pengunjung, berbagai mi bisa didapatkan di gerai ini, sebutlah Fried Hokian Mee with Prawn, fried kwetiau, bahkan Bakmi Jawa.

Bagi penyuka lomie Anda dapat saksikan langsung cara koki memasak yang merupakan atraksi tersendiri. Ada dua pilihan lomie, yakni lomie dengan kuah asam pedas atau kuah kalsu sapi atau biasa disebut lonzhu. Khusus bagi penyuka hidangan berkuah juga tidak perlu khawatir, ada station yang menyediakan laksa dan tom yam. Hmmm…

Bakut Teh adalah makanan khas Singapura yang sangat populer, juga bisa Anda cicipi sepuas hati di sini. Makanan ini memang mengandung babi, tapi disajikan dalam buffet tersendiri dan dimasak dalam dapur terpisah pula, sehingga tidak ‘mengganggu’ makanan lainnya yang mayoritas halal.

Untuk penyegar dahaga, Anda dapat menikmati berbagai minuman yang berupa signature mocktails, seperti Spice Islands atau Green Marina Bay, sedangkan untuk cocktails disediakan Singapore Sling dan Pink Lady, yang akan menjadi pelengkap hidangan makan siang atau malam.

Para tamu juga dapat menikmati pengalaman santapan dengan ditemani penampilan live music yang akan menyempurnakan suasana santap bersama hanya di Restoran Asia di The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta. Maknyus! (Burhan Abe)

http://www.perempuan.com/index.php?comp=myday&do=index&id=38&param=MTE6MDI6MTA6MDU6MTE6NDk%3D