Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dharmawangsa ‘Super Brunch’

If a large amount of numerical computations requires a number cruncher, do you need to be some kind of food-cruncher to handle a really big brunch?

That’s the question I found myself asking when I attended the recent “Super Brunch” at the Dharmawangsa hotel in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.

The hotel hosts only three of these brunches a year, serving up to 120 menu items in one sitting. The one I attended coincided with Easter, while the next two are due to be held close to German Oktoberfest and at Christmas.

Executive chef Vindex Tengker told me he was inspired by the brunch at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore.

The Easter brunch was so plentiful, so varied and international, that the buffet tables stretched from the hotel’s Jakarta Restaurant over to the adjacent garden, and into the nearby Majapahit lounge.

The distance between dishes stopped me from becoming a couch potato for more than three hours, as it meant quite a walk on trips back and forth to the buffet.

The Super Brunch is the first of its kind to be held in Jakarta. Priced at Rp 880,000 ($96) per person plus 21 percent tax and service, it is perhaps also the most expensive in town. But for true food-lovers, it is an event worth experiencing.

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