Grand Hyatt Jakarta Rolls Out Batik-Inspired Afternoon Tea

The landmark hotel is celebrating the birthday of its home city with a unique take on popular local bites.

Duck martabak and rendang croquettes are on the menu. (All photos courtesy of Grand Hyatt Jakarta)

The mezzanine-level Fountain Lounge at Grand Hyatt Jakarta is looking extra colorful as of late, thanks to a brand-new afternoon tea experience to mark Jakarta’s 494th anniversary. Against a backdrop of batik from the Iwan Tirta Private Collection, guests nibble on imaginative creations by executive chef Adam Szczechura that take their cues from Indonesia’s prized traditional fabrics. “Batik always has intricate patterns and shapes that portray emotions,” said the Polish-born chef in a statement. “I want to replicate that meticulous craftsmanship to elevate an afternoon tea experience.”

The result is a mouth-watering array of reinterpreted local favorites: think gado-gado tarts modeled after round Balinese patterns, rendang-stuffed croquettes, and rigatoni-like tubes of savory duck martabak. Meanwhile, crispy kembang goyang pastry — a Betawi specialty — comes topped with orange slices and vanilla custard for a sweet-savory combination. There’s also pisang goreng (fried banana) dressed in finely grated cheddar cheese, and satay lapis, or skewered cubes of buttery Indonesian layer cake, presented on a grill with dry ice fog standing in for satay smoke. Complimenting the inventive afternoon tea set is a bright-red besek (food basket) loaded with market snacks such as fluffy bolu kukus.

Served daily from 2:30–5:30 p.m. at Fountain Lounge, the Batik-Inspired Afternoon Tea is priced at IDR 360,000++ for two people, including tea or coffee. Patrons also have the choice to pair their afternoon treats with concoctions by Tea Et Al and alcoholic drinks, and guests who come on Fridays or Saturdays will encounter a batik-dressed lady who will give out the chocolate pralines hung from the edges of her batik umbrella. For reservations, call 62-21/2992-1488 or contact 62/815-913-1234 via WhatsApp.

More information here.

Satay lapis offers a playful rendition of buttery Indonesian layer cake.

Gado-gado salad has been reinvented as delicate tarts.

The colorful batik-inspired afternoon tea spread at Fountain Lounge.

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