Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Taste of Home

Ramadan @ Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta

Ramadan is one of Indonesia’s most awaited seasons, it is the time to rekindle friendship, strengthen professional relationships, and relish family ties. This year’s holy month, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta’s All Day Dining Chef de Cuisine, Ciptoroso, will take you for a nostalgic journey of Ramadan at his home with carefully selected dishes from Brebes, a charming small town in Central Java.

Enjoy the ambiance inspired by Central Java’s traditional homes with an extensive selection of Central Javanese dishes at Cinnamon over delectable all-you-can-eat iftar. The buffet’s highlight is Ketupat Sate Blengong – “Tik-Tok” served in flavourful curry broth with rice cake, sambal and fried shallot. Blengong “Tik-Tok” (also known as mule duck) meat has a more tender and savoury texture compared to regular duck or chicken. Another highlight is Rajungan Sambel Pati – deep fried crab in coconut sambal balacan.

Chef Ciptoroso personally recommends these two dishes since they are still quite uncommon in Jakarta and are prepared according to his ancestor’s original recipe. “Ketupat Sate Blengong is a very famous breakfasting dish back in my home,” he said, “I would like to share its special flavour with everyone who enjoys their iftar in Cinnamon.” Sharing his childhood breakfasting memories, the native Brebes chef added, “When I was young, the most memorable moments during the Holy Month were when I waited for the iftar. After the adzan, we would break the fast with the refreshing es campur and then go for maghrib prayer. It was a very sacred moment for me.”

Other dishes to look out for include Terancam, Roasted Spring Lamb from Tegal-Central Java, Terik Daging – lemongrass slow braised beef with lime leaves and coconut milk, and the timeless Opor Ayam dan Lontong – coconut water marinated and deep fried chicken with aromatic spices.

Carrying the theme throughout, ta’jil and desserts served will also be a reminiscence of home. Guests can enjoy a variety of classic ta’jil dishes such as dates, bubur ketan hitam, kolak pisang, and many more. The iftar buffet dinner is priced at IDR325,000++ per person.

Cinnamon is also the perfect place to host group or corporate iftars. With reservation of minimum 20 guests, enjoy an early bird advantage of 20% discount if you book for the 1st and 4th week of Ramadan.

For those who are having business meetings during Ramadan, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta also offers Ramadan Meeting packages which include fresh infused water, enchanting Ramadan- themed buffet decoration, freshly brewed Illy coffee and TWG selection of teas, built-in state of the art LCD Projector and Screen, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and parking vouchers. The Ramadan Breakfasting Offer starts from IDR338,000.-++ per person for minimum of 30 guests.

There are many ways in expressing heartfelt wishes of Idul Fitri to relatives or business partners. Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop offers exclusive hampers featuring a selection of delicious iconic home-made Lebaran cookies, sweets and goodies for IDR1,288,000.-+. In addition, Mandarin Oriental’s signature cakes make the perfect gift – from the famed American Chocolate cake to Lapis Legit. If you order 15 whole cakes, enjoy one of the same kinds for free.

For those spending Idul Fitri in town, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta is the perfect destination for an enjoyable experience. The ‘Eid Holiday’ offer will be available from 14 June-26 July 2015. Guests will be able to enjoy fantastic benefits of sahoor or breakfast for two adults and two children, ta’jil, complimentary internet access, shopping vouchers, and movie tickets for two persons. The ‘Eid Holiday’ offer is priced at IDR2,400,000.-nett per night.

For further information +62 (21) 2993 8888 or email

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