As part of Independence Day celebrations, Plaza Indonesia this month hosts “I Love Indonesia” where restaurants feature menus influenced by local flavours as part of a focus on the country’s wealth of culinary delights. There are also a range of promotions happening throughout the month.

Plaza Indonesia has cooperated with 53 food and beverage outlets for 'Cita Rasa Indonesia Feast' where visitors can enjoy authentic Indonesian flavours on the menus of many of the mall’s restaurants. Photo courtesy of Plaza Indonesia/NOW!JAKARTA

This is Plaza’s second event promoting Indonesia’s culinary heritage and providing a platform for talented and emerging artists to showcase their abilities. There are two main events in this year’s programme, “Cita Rasa Indonesia Feast” (Indonesian Feast) and “Energi Seni” (Energy of the Arts).

Plaza Indonesia has cooperated with 53 food and beverage outlets for Cita Rasa Indonesia Feast where visitors can enjoy authentic Indonesian flavours on the menus of many of the mall’s restaurants including Uncle Tetsu (matcha and chocolate cheesetart), Sari Ratu (Pao Rendang), Ita-Suki (sauted chicken with dry chilly in mantau), AMKC Atelier (Indonesian herbs and spices roasted chicken), Bistro Baron (grilled shrimp with pete and rice in traditional woven basket, Indonesian vegetables, oxtail soup and lamb shawarma), La Moda (spicy oxtail soup), Bakmi Go (noodles), Shabu-Shabu House (Betawi salad gado-gado), Bebek Bengil (spiced duck), Paul Bakery (beef rendang and snapper with matah sauce) and many more.

Other promotions this month are Merdeka Package priced at IDR 73,000 from 16 to 18 August and the Asian Games Promo, where restaurants will offer a small complimentary menu from 18 August to 2 September.

Sauted Chicken with Dry Chilly in Mantau – I-TA SUKI
Gado – Gado 17an – Shabu-Shabu House (left) and Nasi Unyil Cumi Pedas -Kafe Betawi (right).

Plaza Indonesia Extension has collaborated with art communities to hold an exhibition Millenial Dopamine Art Corner featuring young artists Tempa and Rato Tanggela from 3 to 31 August. From 10 to 31 August, visitors also can see the “Jakarta Rumahku” (Jakarta is my house) Exhibition, a combination of photography and installation, in collaboration with Indonesian youth group RIOP.

On 12 August, there will be Merdeka Day Competition with contests and games and a special performance by Trust Orchestra.

In the Function Hall at Level 2, the Energi Seni Fine Art Exhibition will showcase dozens of artworks from Indonesians across the generations. The opening of the exhibition will be held on 13 August and will feature the well-known artist Bambang Heras.

Energi Seni Fine Art Exhibition will also hold an Art Talk on 14 August with artists Djoko Pekik, Putu Sutawijaya and Suwarno Wisetrotomo. On 15 August, there will be an Art Workshop with artists Indra Dodi, Afdhal and Erianto.

Matcha Cheesetart by Uncle Tetsu.

Visitors also can join the Plaza Indonesia Fabulous 28 Lucky Draw Maserati Levante S, a special collaboration with DBS Bank which will be held until 31 January 2019. One of the prizes includes a Plaza Indonesia Gift Voucher of up to IDR 10,000,000 until the end of this year.

Sari Widiati

Sari Widiati

Sari has been an arts and culture enthusiast for many years. She has written extensively on the arts, travel, and social issues as Features Writer at NOW! Jakarta.