Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Innovative Treats from Paris

Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta is proud to welcome Pastry Chef Wita Girawati back to the hotel after an intensive training in one of the most prestigious culinary institutes, LeNôtre in Paris. Upon her return, Chef Wita will take the pastry department to new heights with exciting range of innovative éclairs, high-end desserts and handmade chocolates in the hotel's famous Cake Shop.

Chef Wita's exciting 10-year career has taken her from Jakarta, the Maldives and now back in Jakarta, with experiences in some five star hotels. Chef Wita's recent culinary training in LeNôtre includes working alongside some of the world's most talented pastry mastermind such as Christophe Rhedon and Gaetan Paris, both of whom had won the Meilleur Ouvrier de France or Best Craftsmen of France.

The upcoming pastry creation that will be launched in January at the Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop includes the passion fruit and raspberry éclair, as well as the much-anticipated strawberry Kronuts. Combining the refreshing sweet and sour flavours of raspberry and passion fruit, the pastry chefs are whipping up the much-loved light French pastries with delicious cream fillings and decadent toppings to delight guests. The delicious éclair consists of passion fruit cream filling and finished with passion fruit carmalade and fresh raspberries, priced at IDR35.000+ per portion.

Adding sweetness in the first month of 2014, the Cake Shop will also launch its latest Kronut creation, which highlights strawberry flavour. The Kronut features crusty dough filled with strawberry cream and topped with fresh strawberries. They are available daily from 2pm to 6pm, priced at IDR 35.000+ per portion. Each month, Chef Wita will come up with a new éclair and Kronut variance to delight guests.

At Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta, Chef Wita and team are working hard for the hotel's new dessert menu that will be launched in February. The new menu will feature Matcha Goma, Emeraude Cake, Piemonte Hazelnut Cake and many more.

Sundanese Pleasure
Indonesia is blessed not only with natural beauty and cultural diversity, but also a rich culinary heritage that offers sensational journey into flavours and textures. To help diners to appreciate the cuisine, Cinnamon restaurant will host one of the famous traditional Sundanese cuisines from West Java. For an explosion of amazing flavours, try Nasi Timbel. This delicious offering consists of hot steamed rice wrapped in banana leaves and served with various side dishes such as fried chicken, empal gepuk (fried beef), jambal roti (saleted fish), tahu goreng, tempeh, salted duck egg and sayur asem, with lalab and sambal. The traditional Nasi Timbel is available for lunch and dinner at IDR 168,000++.

Black Truffle 2 Lyon
Lyon once again comes up with a new and exceptional dining experience. The Black Truffle, considered as the ultimate delicacy of the edible fungi and compliments the finest of foods and wines, will be available at this award-winning French restaurant throughout January 2014.

Chinese New Year Set Menu
The Chinese New Year, or often referred to as the Lunar New Year has always been known as the most important tradition for the Chinese. It is believed that the annual reunion dinner is one way to gain luck throughout the year. To make it even more prosperous, Xin Hwa, as an award-winning Chinese restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta, offers a special Individual Set lunar dining, which includes Prosperity Set (IDR688.000.++), Fortune Set (IDR988.000.++), and Blissful Set (IDR 1.388.000.++).