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French with fun at fusion restaurant

ONE of the hottest restaurants in Jakarta at the moment is Hotel Mulia's Orient8. This 7,000-square-meter Wilson Associate-designed pan-Asian fusion restaurant combines all the best flavors of Indochine in a quirky yet majestic space.

Small dishes prepared by chef Godfrey Laforteza, who worked previously at Nobu in New York and Hong Kong, are assembled by guests themselves as degustation on specially designed silver trays. The menu varies, but gourmands can expect to sink their teeth into the likes of crab timbale with French melon, exquisite Vietnamese spring rolls, black cod with a nice miso glaze and ice coconut jelly in a whole coconut. The extensive menu ensures a little something for everyone, all the time, and the selection of 32 (mostly AOC) cheeses is second to none in the country, perhaps even the region.

The beautifully decorated restaurant is very French in style but with fun touches - nowhere else can you find portraits of Napoleon in Ray Ban sunglasses - while Chinese contemporary art also features prominently.

Orient8 is one of eight food and beverage outlets, including the equally delectable Enogin Japanese fusion restaurant, and the immensely popular CJ's bar that goes off the hook on weekend nights.


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