Friday, August 23, 2013

Rasa Restaurant


International Cuisine and Authentic Asian Specialties

Jakarta - InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza is delighted to unveil its new restaurant following the completion of an aesthetic refurbishment project. This was carried out over the course of several months to minimize guest disturbance.

The newly renamed Rasa, which means taste in the Indonesian language, replaces Java as the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant. It is a contemporary space featuring elaborate columns and artistic wall panels in a refreshing interpretation of local design. Stylish seating options extend out to a terraced environment with relaxing views over the swimming pool.

Mr. Rommy Ardian, the owner of Kalandara Design Studio is the architect responsible for designing Rasa Restaurant’s decor. With a modern, simple, clean and luxury concept, the restaurant is influenced by traditional Javanese touches seen in the lattice panel, in which Javanese Batik patterns are adopted as well as from carvings incorporated in the columns which are taken from Indonesian traditional architecture.

Most of the material used in the restaurant is from Sungkai wood. The large reception table is crafted and designed using recycled wood while inside the family sized long wooden table features custom glass color bullets enhancing its overall design.

Rasa incorporates an open-plan kitchen with live cooking stations for a greater interaction between guests and our team of creative chefs. An island kitchen, as central focus point of the restaurant, was created using white marble elements.

As the Executive Chef for InterContinental Jakarta Midplaza, Chef Gary Palm has gone above and beyond by creating a menu that is focused on using only fresh ingredients which are prepared a la minute by his talented culinary staff. Among his favorites, Chef Gary and his team recommend Rasa duck tacos, Lontong kari ayam, Sanma with garlic bulbs, red chilli and corriander, BBQ wagyu beef InterContinental and last but not least a warm triple chocolate brownie.

Rasa restaurant is defined by its daily buffet of international cuisine and authentic Asian specialties displayed with a modern twist. There is a distinct emphasis on market-fresh ingredients, seasonal delicacies and themed dining events in accordance to the holiday calendar. The menu has anticipated the various culinary preferences from its International guests with dishes cooked to order from a hot wok, open grill and tandoor oven. A Japanese counter prepares sushi, sashimi and other bite-sized luxuries. Local cuisine is highlighted with favourite dishes from around the Indonesian archipelago.

Buffet selections are rotated on a regular basis and on any given day guests can expect food items from the West as well as India, China, South East Asia and beyond. High-end meats and seafood choices include wagyu beef, lamb chops, veal, red snapper, salmon, seabass and more. All this is complemented by separate stations for fresh juices, appetizers, soups, homebaked breads, croissants along with a separate salad as well as dessert bars. The knowledgeable service staff guides the guests through the buffet and assists the guests with their choices.

In addition to Rasa, the Pool Bar has also been given a brand new look and this laid-back outdoor area comes to life as a family-friendly extension of Rasa restaurant hosting a lavish BBQ, part of Rasa’s famous dinners as well as Sunday brunch. Guests are welcome to come and join a fun party ambience by the pool with summer-inspired cocktails and upbeat lounge music. Appetites are satisfied with a high quality selection of assorted meats and seafood specialties grilled to perfection accompanied by simple salads and sweet treats.


A special international pool menu was created among which both the InterContinental club sandwich as well as 10.5 oz Dallas Wagyu beef burger are favorites and not to be missed.

The Pool Bar also provides an alternative spot for nightly events during the week and is the perfect setting for informal corporate gatherings of a social kind. Meeting delegates can unwind in comfort at the end of the business day over casual drinks and a BBQ by the pool.

“This refurbishment represents an exciting new era at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza and elevates our range of culinary services. Rasa has adopted a market-fresh approach to all-day dining with an impressive selection of dishes that transcend cultural boundaries. And families will certainly enjoy their weekends now more than ever at the Pool Bar. The hotel proudly caters to the needs of everyone from in-house guests and apartment residents to business executives, city socialites and parents with children,” says General Manager, Mr. Hendrik Eising.