6 Places in Jakarta to Feast for the Holidays

6 Places in Jakarta to Feast for the Holidays

Celebrate the end of the year in style at these lovely restaurants in Jakarta for a scrumptious feast full of holiday specials to share with your friends and family.

It’s been a tough year and we think you deserve a blowout of a meal. Don’t let the pandemic blues get you down this holiday season and end the year with a bang. While keeping in mind basic safety protocols, here are some restaurants around Jakarta where you can take your loved ones to indulge in the best festive offerings.

1. Acta Brasserie

Tomahawk. Photo: Acta Brasserie

Acta Brasserie’s Chef Rui Yumagishi has a couple of special dishes up his sleeve this holiday season. 

The wow factor of a Tomahawk never gets old, so why not share this with a friend or four? Pair this Australian beauty with a sauce of your choice. You can choose between Truffle Mushroom, Charcoal Black Pepper, Smoky BBQ, Truffle Aioli and Chicken Butter Gravy. And if that's not enough for you, try their other succulent cut of Herbs & Spices Lamb Chops. 

Acta has consistently charmed people with its iconic green views and warm wooden fittings, making it a hotspot for casual diners. Ask their sommelier for the right bottle of wine for a chilled out holiday feast. On Christmas Day itself, a DJ will spin some tame, tender tunes to accompany you through the evening. 

Prefer to be your own DJ and dine at home? Order in their delivery-only special, Rendang Meat Pie - a shortcrust pastry with a fusion of Indonesian and Australian flavors. Do note that they deliver only on Tuesdays and Sundays, and make sure you place your orders 2 days in advance. 

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2. Vong Kitchen

Butter Poached Lobster. Photo: Vong Kitchen

Enjoy the contemporary worldly cuisines of Vong Kitchen by father-son duo Chef Jean-Georges and Chef Cedric Vongerichten with their indulgent holiday specials.

To celebrate the Christmas joy, the culinary team will be introducing a special curation of three artisanal dishes: Truffle Crusted Norwegian Salmon, Butter Poached Lobster, and Australian Dry-Aged Wagyu. Pair it with the sommelier’s pick of Cape Mentelle Sauv or Merlot to bring the festive cheer. 

Nestled in Alila SCBD, the chic, airy bistro is also the place to kick in the new year. Their holiday specials make a comeback for New Year's Eve Dinner, along with their classic Glazed Short Ribs. 

Take the party up a notch with bubbly and tipply specials during this time of celebration. Cocktails and sweet beats are aplenty, so you know it’s going to be good times only at Vong Kitchen.

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3. Paulaner Bräuhaus

Christmas Platter. Photo: Paulaner Bräuhaus

Bavarian beerhouse Paulaner Bräuhaus opens its doors to the merry ones with its Christmas Platter. 

Available all through December, taste a glimpse of a classic German Christmas with their mix of savory wursts and other meats. From Nuremberg Sausage, Beef Sausage, Chicken Snail Curry Sausage, Lamb Chops, to Pork Ribs, the platter also comes with side dishes that’s perfect for sharing. 

If your idea of celebrating is with a pint or maybe even a German mass, Paulaner has a special mix of Weissbier and banana syrup that will have you saying "Prost!" all night. 

On top of these holiday specials, enjoy live music entertainment for New Year’s Eve celebrations at Paulaner. It’s going to be a popular spot this month, so be sure to call in ahead to reserve a table.

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4. Fairmont

Festive holiday specials. Photo: Fairmont

This festive season, Fairmont has a range of special holiday dining experiences like no other.

Celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve at Spectrum to feast on their pride and glory, the Classic Roasted Turkey with cranberry sauce. International holiday dishes are making its way to the buffet spread so you can travel to different culinary worlds, plate after plate. Also, be sure to try their festive season special, Cendol crème brûlée. 

If you’re a huge fan of Italian flavors, Sapori Deli’s Christmas Eve Dinner is one to book for. The Beef Wagyu Sirloin with parmesan zepole and mushroom sauce is the highlight of their 4-course menu. 

At VIEW, the name speaks for itself. Enjoy 7 courses of European with a tinge of Asian cuisine by Chef Hamish Lindsay on Christmas Eve while marveling at Jakarta's cityscapes. This is also a perfect spot to ring in 2021. 

Like it more private? Have it your way by delivering their best holiday specials, like the Roasted Whole Turkey, Honey Honey Glazed Roasted Ham, Beef Tomahawk Maranggi and Beef Wellington, to your very own dining table. 

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5. Mandarin Oriental

Festive Set Menu at Lyon. Photo: Mandarin Oriental

Be at the heart of the city with Mandarin Oriental to celebrate your most hearty, festive meal of the year.

Between 5 to 23 December, Jakarta’s best French restaurant Lyon is serving their classic Roast Turkey with homemade cranberry sauce, honey-glazed chestnut and baby potatoes as part of their special Festive Set Menu, which also features the signature Steak Au Poivre and the ever popular Christmas pudding. And back by popular demand, Lyon’s Christmas Brunch buffet will also feature these creations and more. 

If you’re bringing the small ones, opt for Cinnamon’s annual Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner instead. There, you and your family can taste holiday dishes from around the world. Who needs a passport when you have the globe on your plate? 

Prefer to enjoy the wine and dine experience at home? Lyon’s Christmas at Home package can do just that. Choose between Lyon’s bestsellers such as their rustic Sourdough, Garden Heirloom Vegetables, Chestnut Veloute, Dory Grenobloise, the mouth-watering Australian Rib Eye and Christmas Pudding.

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6. Four Seasons

A festive holiday spread. Photo: Four Seasons

There’s so many reasons to bring in the holiday cheer with Four Seasons!

Devour a luxurious Italian spread at Alto Restaurant and Bar by Chef Marco Violano. For Christmas Eve, the 5-course scrumptious set menu includes star dishes like the Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio with Caviar and Veal Tenderloin served with Black Truffle Sauce. But if you feel like taking on a bottomless fare of Italian food, splurge on their Christmas Day Brunch that tastes just like how Nonna makes it.

Need a big celebration for the year end? Spoil yourself to a 5-course dinner menu by Chef Marco Violano and Pastry Chef Lorenzo Sollecito with the Jakarta skyline in the background. Or kick start the first brunch of the year with a buffet arrangement of classics, with tantalizing dishes like the Aromatic Lamb Leg, Salmon En Croute and Slow-baked Veal Rack.

If you want the opulent taste of the Four Seasons at your own home, let them deliver to you. Festive 2 Go is their takeaway service and includes exquisite roasted goods like the Crispy Skinned Roasted Turkey with Beef Bacon and Organic Chicken Stuffing, Beef Wellington with Oven Roasted Pumpkin and Crown Lamb Roast available for home deliveries.

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