With new director of culinary on board, The Hermitage Jakarta's Sunday brunch buffet gets a major upgrade
Whether we’re talking about our neighbourhood local, five-star hotel spread, or hottest talk-about-town, Sunday brunch is always a happy affair for us. So when we were invited to sample The Hermitage Jakarta’s revamped weekend brunch we immediately jumped at the chance. The gorgeous boutique hotel is already one of our favourite destinations in town, after all, we’re suckers for buildings with a colonial-era feel (they also have a fantastic rooftop lounge that is not too shabby).
Leading the change is new Director of Culinary, Francesco Greco, an award-winning chef who has worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. At L’Avenue, he has redesigned the Sunday buffet as an international feast with three dedicated live cooking stations ready to prepare signature brunch dishes ala minute.
Up front, guests are greeted by the impressive meat carving station where grilled chicken and beef brisket is ready to satisfy your weekend roast cravings. As you are seated in one of the three dining areas, friendly servers come bearing a selection of offerings fresh from of the kitchen. We couldn’t say no to extra helpings of teriyaki skewers and Peking duck pancakes.
The main dining room is where the real action is, with a decadent spread of international delicacies laid out just waiting to be devoured. There’s salad bar for the health nuts, a myriad of cheeses, rows and rows of sushi, and even a pork corner (because what is brunch without a healthy dose of bacon?) It’s hard to resist getting up from your seat for third, or ahem, fifth helpings, as the all-you-can-eat buffet also includes charcoal salmon sliders, Italian pizza, and the ultimate brunch staple: tasty eggs benedict. Then, there’s the noodles station in the corner where you have a choice of tucking into freshly made pasta or bakmi with all the toppings you can think of.
But it’s the dessert buffet where your brunch dreams really come true. We darted straight for the French toast station where banana bread French toast is lightly grilled on request, and which we gleefully topped off with ice cream and vanilla sauce. Our sweet tooth cravings didn’t stop there, as we piled our extra plates high with miniature banana cream puffs and fruit tarts. There was also traditional kuehs on offer, like their adorable teeny tiny dadar gulung and pink kue mangkok.
Two hours later we were in a satisfied food coma of the best kind. L’Avenue really does hold all the key elements for a major brunch-fest, and the next time we feel like spending Sunday in style, we’ll be back.
International Sunday Brunch Buffet at L’Avenue Restaurant at The Hermitage Jakarta, Jl. Cilacap No. 1, Menteng, Central Jakarta. p. +62 3192 6888. IDR 325,000 per person (including free flow water, coffee and tea).
The Honeycombers was an invited guest of L’Avenue.