Plataran Indonesia has opened its 11th dining venue in the historical heart of Jakarta. Plataran Menteng is positioned as the company’s most premium eatery in the city. It’s a majestic, three-level restaurant that appeals to diners with its Dutch colonial ambience, mixed with royal Javanese architectural features.
One of the most interesting aspects of the restaurant is the history behind the building it occupies. The three-storey structure once belonged to one of the most prominent doctors in Indonesia, Lukito Husodo. It served as a boarding house for medical students in the 1940s. Many of them would go on to become renowned doctors and professionals, notably Boenyamin Setiawan, the founder of Kalbe Farma.
The beautifully restored building radiates a grand and romantic ambience as Prestige steps inside. The interior concept is Dutch colonial, with a touch of Javanese culture. A high ceiling, big chandelier and black velvet curtains welcome us at the foyer. The royal Indonesian-Asian dining area features all-white walls with chandeliers positioned on each corner. Step further inside and the busy traffic sounds from outside slowly disappear, to be replaced with the cheerful chirping of birds.
The focal point on the first floor is the porch area in the middle of the room, called the Beranda. In this particular area a lot of orchids are arranged as a tribute to previous owners, while a big tree stands high up to the third floor and is adorned with hanging lamps.
Besides serving Plataran’s signature dishes, such as ayam Dharmawangsa (Rp 129,000) and dendeng batokok (Rp 179,000), the restaurant also boasts new menu. Among the starters, salad putri dewi (Rp 54,000) consists of guava and Jicama slaw, oven-dried tomatoes served with sweet and sour spicy dressing. Mutumanikam (Rp 52,000) is a mixed of corn kernel, pomegranate, chives, dried anchovies and caramelised coconut served with a sweet and spicy sauce.
The savoury choices include brinjal chips (Rp 69,000), a deep-fried aubergine dish topped with chicken floss, chili and garlic. Bola-bola cokro (Rp 69,000) is a dish of chicken and squid balls with peanut sauce.
For a lighter option, diners might try jade soup (Rp 59,000), horenso soup with crab meat, shimeji mushroom and organic tofu. In the vegetable section, kerabu pucuk polong (Rp 85,000) is a spicy wing bean salad with chicken, peanut, coconut, chili, ginger flower and lime with soft boiled egg.
Plataran Menteng covers a 1,500-sqm area and has a total of 350 seats. The-first floor dining area offers 120 seats, from where diners can see the restaurant’s bar. The second floor has a capacity of 160 seats, while the third level has 40 seats. Each floor has a different theme. The Kebaya room on the second floor has a strong Javanese touch, with giant traditional hairpins adorning one wall. The first and second floors are for formal dining, while the third storey has a more casual vibe. There is a cigar room and a rooftop bar, where customers can view central Jakarta’s dramatic skyline.
Jl. H.O.S. Cokroaminoto No. 42, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat 10350 | +62 811 1804 26 and +62 813 2290 6536 | Open: Monday – Sunday from 11am to 11pm | plataran.com