Indonesia Chapitre
Bailliage Provincial of Jakarta
Jakarta, December 7, 2016
A triumph at Kunstkring Paleis Restaurant

It was a fitting end to an excellent year of dining as members and guests assembled in the gilded splendour of Kunstkring Paleis Restaurant in Jakarta for their final event of 2016: a gala Chapitre evening.

Tugu Hotels, Indonesia’s iconic hospitality group, create astonishing hotels and restaurants based on Indonesian and Asian heritage so the choice of the splendid Kunstkring in Menteng for this special occasion was extremely appropriate as its grandeur was perfectly in tune with the ancient ceremony of induction into the Chaîne.

The other important aspect of this selection was that the menu was 100% Indonesian cuisine, something that we had not experienced all year. As the Bailliage in Indonesia’s capital city we felt it was important to have at least one dinner a year celebrating the country’s best dishes.

Starting the evening was the Induction Ceremony presided over by our own Bailli Délégué, Firdaus Siddik, in his capacity as a Member of the Conseil Magistral. He was supported by Bailli Provincial Alistair Spiers and Bailliage Council members.

Alsace sparkling wine and canapes were then served in the elegant Suzi Wong bar, after which everyone adjourned to the elegant main dining room to be served by the talented and attentive Kunstkring service team who also entertained guests with a welcome dance during the service of the first course!


Karedok wrapped in rice cracker
Asparagus spears with fish in clear tofu turmeric carambola broth
Crab satay on sugar cane
Crémant d’Alsace Brut NV - Gustave Lorentz


Crispy tofu skin stuffed with vegetable, scallop and prawn
mixed with Indonesian traditional sauce
Umamu Estate Semillon Sauvignon 2007

Seagrass salad with prawn, white soya bean and “rebon” shrimp
Gewurztraminer ‘Altenberg de Bergheim’ 2008 - Gustave Lorentz

Tender beef in turmeric and coconut soup
cooked over a wood fire
Juris Pinot Noir Selection 2013

Slices of stuffed “Bebek Betutu”
served with “Sambal Matah” vegetable and string bean
Seppeltsfield ‘First Drop Fat of the Land’ Shiraz 2008

Grilled fermented cassava
with palm sugar, young coconut, granola topping
accompanied by coconut ice cream
Montes Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2013

Tea or coffee

Top marks for the food went to the beef in turmeric and coconut soup. For the wines, not surprisingly the First Drop Fat of the Land Shiraz was considered an absolute winner.To top off the evening the talented opera singer Valentina, accompanied by pianist Fero Aldiansya, performed four delightful songs and so everyone went home replete and in full holiday mood.

Alistair Speirs
Bailli Provincial