In 1985, English writer Guy Beringer first coined the term “brunch” in an essay, published in Hunter’s Weekly, where he argued that brunch would serve as the perfect remedy for Sunday morning hangovers.

“Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting,” he wrote. “It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”

These days, people all over the world set out on Sundays to have brunch and spend quality time with their family and friends. We have compiled a list of our favourite Sunday brunches in Jakarta.

Alto Restaurant and Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
Delicious food in elegant surroundings and a stunning view of the city from the 20th floor of the hotel – these are the main reasons why the Sunday brunch at Alto Restaurant and Bar recently won in the category “Best Weekend Brunch” at our Best Restaurant, Bar and Cafe Awards (BRBCA) 2017, and therefore it is no surprise that it tops our list here.

The culinary team with Chef Marco Riva at the helm prepares a delectable culinary spread every Sunday, featuring Italian antipasti, cold cuts, a fabulous selection of cheese, freshly baked bread and several grill options.

The brunch also includes a 2-course meal as well as an innovative dessert buffet – the options are aplenty, and they are all delightful! Ask the bartender to prepare a Bloody Mary; the refreshing cocktail is served with the right amount of spice and makes for a wonderful companion to the scrumptious food.

Guests can end their brunch experience with a scoop of ice cream on the restaurant’s terrace, enjoying the sweet taste of gelato – and we can promise you this: after your first Sunday brunch at Alto, you will want to come back for more!

Call +62-21 2277 1888 for bookings and more information.

Orient8, Hotel Mulia Senayan
Stepping into Orient8 feels like entering culinary wonderland, and especially so on Sundays. The stylish restaurant, designed in French colonial style, offers a French Pan Asian Brunch crafted by the hotel’s French, Thai and Vietnamese chefs.

Discover the generous buffet spread that includes an impressive Viennoiserie station with bread fresh from the oven, cold cuts and condiments as well as a variety of imported cheese, a carving station, the live grill station, a tapas selection and the eye-catching fresh seafood tower.

Seafood Paella, Chicken Cordon Bleu and Thai Curry are only a few of the options on offer for main course – diners in search of comfort food can head to the live noodle bar that serves soups from Thailand and Vietnam, or have a hearty sandwich.

Additionally, the waiters make their rounds to serve “pass around food” – little plates and bowls of goodness, including Pan Seared Foie Gras, White Snapper in Puff Pastry and Baby Pork Porcetta. Don’t forget to leave room for a delightful and sweet happy ending – the dessert station is one that should not be missed.

Call +62-21 574 7777 ext. 4788/4888 for bookings and more information.

Collage All Day Dining, Pullman Jakarta Central Park
Indulge in a fancy weekend brunch with a range of sumptuous delicacies from open-kitchen buffet stations at the inspiring Collage All Day Dining. Rotating schedules of entrees, desserts and freshly made mocktails are featured as part of the brunch menu.

The weekend brunch makes for a highly pleasant dining experience, allowing guests to enjoy succulent dishes with fresh and seasonal ingredients in a relaxed atmosphere.

The buffet includes an enticing selection of appetizers, a seafood and a grill station that serves 72-hour Slow Cooked Short Ribs, Wagyu Beef, Roasted Chicken and assorted sausages. Other dishes on offer are the home-made fresh pasta as well as authentic Indian and Indonesian cuisine, which add to the excitement of a truly international brunch experience.

The enticing dessert display prepared by the hotel’s skilled pastry team invites guests to design their own creation of ice cream and freshly prepared crepes with delicious toppings of their choice. In addition to the dessert station, children will be most happy about the “Kids Corner”, where DVDs, toys and drawing tables await to keep them occupied.

Call +62-21 2920 0088 for bookings and more information.

OPEN} Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta – Diponegoro
A package with a name as promising as “Brunch and The Breeze” comes with high expectations – and the DoubleTree by Hilton certainly delivers.

Head over to OPEN} Restaurant, an all-day dining venue featuring open kitchens, live cooking stations that serve local, Asian and Western food, as well as the best selection dishes by the hotel’s very own Chef Zulkarnain, starting from appetizers, sushi and sashimi to seafood on ice and a wide range of tantalizing desserts.

The family-friendly restaurant makes sure that the little ones will be happy throughout the day by offering a special kids buffet in the Barista corner as well as fun activities like face painting and cake decoration.

Call +62–21 3190 4433 for bookings and more information.

La Brasserie, Le Meridien Jakarta
Le La Les Lunch at La Brasserie combines culinary highlights and favourites from Le Rendez-Vous, La Boutique and Al Nafoura, allowing guests to enjoy a truly unique and relaxing dining experience on Sunday, accompanied by live acoustic performances.

Under the guidance of Chef Desmond Carneiro and his culinary team, a scrumptious Sunday spread awaits, taking diners on a unique culinary journey that includes Indonesian and international buffet selections, outdoor barbecue stations and a Middle Eastern corner providing authentic Lebanese specialties. The dessert station features the famous Le Meridien Eclairs and Signature Mille Feuille, alongside cheesecake, chocolate creations and freshly made crepes served with ice cream and other sweet fillings.

Call +62-21 251 3131 for bookings and more information.

Katrin Figge

Katrin Figge

Katrin Figge is a previous editor of NOW! Jakarta. An experienced writer and avid bookworm.