The Dharmawangsa Jakarta welcomes the 496th Anniversary of Jakarta in a series of vibrant celebrations that lasts for two weeks called ‘Semarak Jakarta’. Collaborating with prominent Indonesian food writer, author and dining observer, Kevindra Soemantri, this year’s event takes inspiration from his acclaimed book ‘Jakarta, a Dining History’ and carries the theme of a “City of Multicultural Gastronomy”. 

From 9 to 25 June 2023, Semarak Jakarta will introduce enticing programs such as narrative dinners, thematic brunches and engaging workshops. Diverse agendas and schedules are curated to bring together gourmands, history enthusiasts and curious diners for a unique experience that truly celebrates the essence and history that highlights the culinary journey of Indonesia’s beloved capital. 

Below are the lists of exciting events at Semarak Jakarta, ready to welcome guests and visitors commemorating the exuberant anniversary of Jakarta. 

The Exhibition

Threads of Time: A Semarak Jakarta Exhibition

Step into the past at Semarak Jakarta Exhibition, as they collaborate with Bartele Gallery and the Jakarta Library and Archive Services to showcase an exceptional collection of rare antique maps, prints, photographs, books, and antiquities dedicated to Jakarta’s history. 

10.00 AM – 06.00 PM | 9 – 22 June 2023 | The Gallery 1st Floor  | Free registration, open to the public. 

The Dining Experiences

“Jakarta a Dining History” Narrative Dinner
17th and 24th June 2023

Inspired by the book “Jakarta a Dining History”, this degustation dinner showcases the long history of the modern dining scene of Jakarta. Throughout the dinner, Kevindra Soemantri will narrate the history and inspiration of each dish, providing guests with insight into the culinary traditions and history of Jakarta. The narration is complemented by a pop-up exhibition supported by the Jakarta Library and Archive Services, creating a fully immersive dining experience that transports guests to a different time and place.

07.00 PM – 09.00 PM  | Jakarta Restaurant | IDR 775,000++ per person

“Heritage of Batavia” Rijsttafel Dinner
17th and 24th June 2023 

Inspired by the Rijsttafel of the illustrious Grand Hotels of Batavia, where it became an iconic symbol of hospitality and opulence, the Rijsttafel offers an assortment of savoury dishes as well as desserts served in a multi-course manner, with dishes brought one after another, creating a delightful procession of flavours.

07.00 PM – 09.00 PM | Jakarta Restaurant | IDR 775,000++ per person

“Flavors of Jakarta” Sunday Brunch
25th June 2023

Indulge in a culinary journey through Jakarta’s rich dining history with our all-you-can-eat brunch, showcasing the city’s multicultural culinary culture.

11.30 AM – 03.00 PM | | Jakarta & The Courtyard | IDR 895,000++ per adult person | IDR 595,000++ per child (4-12 years old)

The Workshops

Guided Walking Tour: Kebayoran Baru
10th June 2023

Discover the fascinating history, urban planning, and architecture of Kebayoran Baru through a guided walking tour led by Abimantra Pradhana, a local architect and urban designer, ending with a buffet breakfast in the lush, green surroundings of The Courtyard.

07.00 AM – 10.00 AM  | Meeting Point at The Dharmawangsa Reception | IDR 375,000++ per person (inclusive of breakfast buffet)

Book Club: Dandang Betawi
17th June 2023

Highlighting the book ‘Dandang Betawi’ written by Chef Ragil, the Book Club explores the cultural origins of Betawi cuisine through a cooking demonstration and live discussion hosted by the author himself. The experience includes an authentic Betawi main course and beverage for lunch, inspired by the book’s recipes.

12.00 PM – 02.00 PM  | Jakarta Restaurant | IDR 475,000++ per person

Picnic & Paint: Old Batavia
18th June 2023 
Join artist Nugraha Pratama in a painting workshop that celebrates the architectural heritage of Old Batavia. Hosted in the tranquil pool garden of The Dharmawangsa, attendees will also be provided with a picnic basket filled with selections of savoury and sweet light bites and beverages, for a leisurely weekend picnic experience by the pool.

03.00 PM – 06.00 PM | The Pool Garden | IDR 600,000++ per person (inclusive of painting kit and picnic basket)

Chocolate Workshop by Pipiltin Cocoa
24th June 2023

Learn to create and garnish your own chocolate bar with bean-to-bar process in this special workshop hosted by Pipiltin Cocoa. Enjoy your creations together with The Dharmawangsa’s artisanal tea selections and small buffet of savoury items for a delightful afternoon tea.

02.00 PM – 04.00 PM  | The Gallery 2nd Floor | IDR 475,000++ per person

Room Offer 

Experience an enriching weekend getaway at The Dharmawangsa starting from IDR 3,496,000++ per night in the Executive Room inclusive of daily breakfast at Jakarta Restaurant & The Courtyard, available for weekend stays from 16th until 25th June 2023. Enjoy the chance to choose the following programs for up to 2 persons:-

“Heritage of Batavia” Rijsttafel Dinner on 16 June 2023
“Jakarta a Dining History” Narrative Dinner on 17 June 2023
“Picnic and Paint: Old Batavia” on 18 June 2023
“Jakarta a Dining History” Narrative Dinner on 24 June 2023
“Flavours of Jakarta” Sunday Brunch on 25 June 2023

For inquiries: +62 811 1025 999 | For reservations: +62 811 9629 225

The Dharmawangsa Jakarta
Jl. Brawijaya Raya No. 26, Kebayoran Baru
+62 21 7258181 
+62 811 1026 000

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