Historical heritage hotel will invite hawkers to join its team in creating authentic culinary experiences
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski, the country’s first five-star hotel and the property after which the famous Bundaran HI roundabout is named, will hold a street-food festival from 11 to 31 August at its Signatures restaurant.
The festival, held to celebrate the country’s 72nd year of independence, is intended to treat both local and overseas customers to an authentic culinary experience. Asia, and Indonesia in particular, are renowned for street-food vendors who serve up tasty treats often not found in high-class establishments. And to keep the festival as authentic as possible, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski is inviting Jakarta’s most popular vendors to actually come to the restaurant to work their magic.
“We know that in Jakarta, street food is king,” said Executive Chef Mathias Olsson. “We only want to serve the most authentic dishes that are familiar to Indonesians’ taste buds so that Jakartans will appreciate them, and so that overseas visitors can have a truly Indonesian experience within the comfort of our hotel.”
To maintain health and safety standards, the vendors will be required to undertake a medical check-up and will be trained in food preparation hygiene standards before they can join the team at Signatures.
And what a feast they will bring: more than 30 dishes, from bakso to satay to rujak, which are commonly found on the streets of Jakarta, will be curated and presented in a buffet and in food stalls set up at the restaurant and its al fresco terrace.
“Hotel Indonesia Kempinski is truly proud of its heritage,” noted General Manager Alex Pichel. “So what better way to celebrate this than to invite genuine street-food vendors into the hotel to work alongside our chefs in producing authentic culinary treats for our guests.”
Prices will range from Rp 338,000++ per person for lunch during weekdays to Rp 488,000++ for weekends lunches. Dinners will cost Rp 388,000++ per person from Monday to Thursday.
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 1, Jakarta 10310, Indonesia