One giddy, happy Bella at The Altitude buffet brunch
One glorious, fine Sunday morning, I posted my favorite view of Jakarta
. I was also in one of my favorite brunch places that time at Altitude, The Plaza
, where three powerhouse international chefs came together to offer a rare brunch buffet.
The buffet itself is a rare occasion worth celebrating, since this buffet triad happens only once or twice a year!
Arshad and I are both fans of Salt Grill by Luke Mangan. We celebrate most of our life milestones here: my birthday, our anniversary, promotions, etc. Last year, we even won gift certificates from The Altitude, so naturally, he is part of the mailing list.
When the email came in about the buffet brunch with the 3 restaurants combined, it was a hands down “Yes, we are definitely going!.” We decided to celebrate Arshad’s birthday, albeit a belated one, at The Altitude to feast on this rare and sought-after buffet.
Celebrating Arshad’s birthday at The Altitude’s buffet brunch
At Rp500k net for the food, I say it’s definitely worth it, what with the quality and vast choices. Free-flowing sparkling wine, red wine, beer and cocktails can be had for an additional Rp490k. I don’t think it’s a surprise what we opted for!
Sunday Super Brunch at Altitude, The Plaza
As usual, I started my feast with salad and cheese, both of which came from The Salt Grill. Like I said in my previous post
on brunch buffets, I rate restaurants based on how good their salad bar and cheese selection are, being the pescatarian that I am. As expected, my favorite restaurant did not disappoint.
my salad platter from the Salt Grill
Salt Grill’s buffet selection
Cheese selection from Salt Grill
Aside from these, Salt Grill was in charge of the carvery, where Arshad feasted on steak and lamb. He said it was good, but since I don’t eat meat, I will have to take his word for it.
Salt Grill is well known for its no-nonsense grilled meat and steak, where it’s the quality of the meat that matters and the sauces are meant to enhance the flavor, not overpower the meat. For the meatlovers, this is definitely a highly recommended restaurant. They also offer salmon and barramundi for those who prefer fish and the restaurant does not take vegetarians for granted, either. That’s why for my husband and I, we get the best of both worlds at Luke Mangan’s The Salt Grill.
After the salad and cheese, my next go-to station is the sashimi and rolls, and Enmaru’s Executive Chef Takashi Tomie made sure that the diners had a fresh selection. Arshad even witnessed how Chef Takashi sliced and served a gigantic yellow fin tuna. The sashimi selection was very fresh and the salmon sashimi melts in your mouth!
Not to be ignored are the freshly-made rolls, but since I’m cutting the carbs down, it was best for me to stick to the mouth-watering sashimi.
Gaia by Oro Ristorante, on the other hand, offered the freshest seafood buffet alongside pastas, risotto and cheese. I was pleasantly surprised that they had freshly made burrata on the buffet spread and I gladly paired it up with my truffle risotto prepared inside a gigantic grana padano wheel.
I only went back to the Gaia buffet for the burrata but when I caught a whiff of the decadent truffle oil, I had to do a double take and ask for it! What was I saying about rice and carbs again? Yep, ignore that. Totally.
freshly made burrata and truffle risotto from Gaia by Oro Ristorante
For the seafood spread, the oysters were very fresh. We thought they were air flown from Australia but we were surprised that they came from the nearby islands of Pulau Seribu. At the same time, the octopus which was flavored with Italian herbs and spices was also something to be had.
Fresh seafood from Gaia
Gaia by Oro Ristorante’s buffet spread
For the sweet tooth, desserts are a aplenty. again, the Gaia spread was impressive, with all the pastries, cakes, different varieties of pana cotta and fresh fruits.
I’m not a dessert person, but the ice cream teppan from The Salt Grill was irresistible, so much so that I had two servings. Yep, you read that right. Two. I had fun watching how they made the ice cream teppan and they had the magic ingredient that I can NEVER say no to: honeycomb. Vanila ice cream + generous amounts of crushed honeycomb = BLISS for Bella. Honeycomb reminds me of my childhood and Violet Crumble, my favorite chocolate bar.
Vanilla ice cream with honeycomb and oreos
My ice cream teppan topped generously with honeycomb, perfectly paired with sparkling wine
Giddy as giddy can be while waiting for my ice cream teppan
In summary, the Sunday Super Brunch was a great experience and this has now become my favorite Sunday brunch place here in Jakarta.
Three great restaurants, quality selection of wine and a spectacular view of Jakarta rolled into one make up a wonderful Sunday experience in my beloved second city. Will I go back for another round should they do this again? Definitely! Never mind the hours in the gym that I had to spend afterwards! Everything was all worth it!
Altitude will have another event on the 5th of May. Though it’s not a joint buffet, the restaurant triad promises a night of sumptuous dinner, alcohol and entertainment to celebrate their anniversary. Too bad I won’t be in Jakarta at this time, but if you want to go, see the contact details of Altitude The Plaza below.
Altitude The Plaza, 46th floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Kavling 28 – 30
Altitude The Plaza’s Anniversary Dinner
Ph: (62-21) 2992 2448
Direct No.: 085939922799
Fax: (62-22) 2992 2447
Follow them on :
Facebook : Altitude The Plaza
Instagram : @altitudetheplaza
The experience is definitely 5 stars for me, with a lot of repeats in the future!
PS: This is not a paid promotion from any of the restaurants. I’m a real, raving fan of the restaurant triad. =)