The fun-loving Indonesian capital is the home of Southeast Asia’s first Hakkasan restaurant.
Travelers familiar with London’s fine-dining scene will know that Hakkasan has been a perennial favorite ever since it made a splash 18 years ago with its innovative mod-Cantonese fare. Now, the first Hakkasan outpost in Southeast Asia—and the 12th location worldwide—has just opened its doors in the Indonesian capital. Occupying the 25th and 26th floors of the newly minted Alila SCBD Jakarta hotel, Hakkasan Jakarta echoes the decadent aesthetic of the original one-Michelin-starred London venues in Mayfair and Hanway Place. Fan-shaped latticework partitions the restaurant into a central bar and a series of intimate dining spaces; glass walls on all sides allow patrons to soak up vistas of the surrounding Sudirman Central Business District.
Design flourishes aside, Hakkasan’s biggest draw remains its contemporary spin on Cantonese cuisine. Steamed dim sum delights range from the truffle-infused har gau (shrimp dumpling) and scallop-topped siu mai to a pocket of seabass and edible gold. Signature Hakkasan offerings include the crispy duck salad tossed with pomelo, pine nut, and shallot, as well as the toothsome stir-fry black pepper rib-eye beef with merlot. The menu also features a locally inspired selection of dishes exclusive to Hakkasan Jakarta: think steamed red grouper served with spicy kaffir sambal, braised Mutiara lobster with glass noodles and black peppercorns, and for an unmistakable Southeast Asian twist, musang king durian puffs shaped into miniature black swans. The lunchtime Yum Cha menu, which promises a three-course dining experience in under an hour, gussies up the traditional Indonesian shaved ice dessert es teler with avocado ice cream.
Cocktails too are inventive. While the lychee martini and smoky negroni both make for an ideal pre-prandial drink, it’s worth lingering at the bar for only-in-Jakarta libations such as the Smoky Fuchow—a heady blend of Plantation Dark rum, Japanese sake, lapsang souchong, cranberry, lemon, lime, and aromatic bitters.
Upstairs, Hakkasan’s rooftop terrace will debut later this year with multiple outdoor bars, semi-private VIP booths, and nightly entertainment from top local DJs.
Hakkasan Jakarta is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
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