Jakarta's hotel buffet dining has just seen a promising newcomer: Sana Sini, which is located at the newly renovated Pullman Jakarta Indonesia (Thamrin). The name itself is intended as a literal translation of the restaurant's promise to take the patrons here and there traveling around the world (I mean, not literally) with the 4 micro restaurants inside.
Sana Sini is a buffet restaurant, but it offers an experience nothing short of 4 different venues. As each micro-restaurants are helmed by an expat chef and each area creates different ambiance to suit the cuisine it serves. They mean serious business here and not even the minor details is spared, from the decor to the cutleries used at each areas.
Another major draw of Sana Sini is the massive area, which sprawls to accommodate not less than 250 pax, the open kitchen concept (your food is prepared right before your eyes, no nonsense about the hygiene standards) and the space is managed in such a way to minimize noise even when the restaurant is full and to guarantee privacy of the diners. Some photos of what it looks & feels like inside:
Now, I'm going to share with you, what I experienced when I had lunch at Sana Sini last week. To understand what I mean with micro restaurants, let's walk through each 'islands':
Guests will be welcomed (delivered to your table) by a basket of walnut, raisin and olive bread (as seen in the picture below), I love to have it with butter, but I'd suggest you head to the cheese station first and feast on the fine cheese selection available. The dishes served at the Western section varies from prime Australian beef, to Italian pastas, salads, soup etc. On my forage, I found some rather interesting items like carrot soup, and barley risotto.
To compliment the feast, the vinoteca bar at Sana Sini carries various premium wines, also available by the glass, thanks to the enomatic machine.
If you are a fresh seafood lover, the Japanese area offers a smorgasbord of fresh catches of the day, from tuna, salmon, oyster, etc. They could be served as sashimi or sushi. This hotel has a Japanese heritage (back in the Hotel Nikko days, so you could be assured the Japanese food served here is not short of expectations)
The highlight of this area are the fresh hand pulled noodles and the roast Peking duck (sometimes chicken). Alternatively you can try the stir fry dishes or the dim sum, although I'd say the dim sum presentation is not that appealing and quite difficult to navigate, so you don't miss anything if you skip it. Save your tummy for other stuff.
Highlights: various Indonesian crackers, Sate (grilled meat on skewers) grilling station and the lalapan (Indonesian salad served with various types if imaginable sambal). The types of sambal are quite impressive, they've got Sambal Matah (Balinese), Sambal Terasi Matang (made with Indonesian belacan) Sambal Kemangi (basil), Mangga Muda (green mangoes), etc.
And of course there's the dessert station, with open kitchen concept as well, plenty varieties of cakes, traditional snacks, crepes and fruits. But I'd rather stick with the the gelato / sorbet.
On top of the buffet, diners could opt for a la carte items from the menu, with choices of 4 types of cuisine (Western, Indonesian, Japanese & Chinese). All in all, it's an enjoyable experience and I'm looking forward to take my family here soon.
Breakfast IDR 242,000 nett /pax
Lunch IDR 325,000 nett /pax
Dinner IDR 350,000 nett /pax
Sunday Brunch IDR 380,000++/pax (additional IDR 280,000++/pax with wine)
Breakfast 5.30 AM - 10.00 AM
Lunch 11.30 AM - 2.30 PM
Dinner 6.30 PM - 10.30 PM
Sundah Brunch 12.00 PM - 3.00 PM
Pullman Jakarta Indonesia, Lobby Level
JL. MH. Thamrin 59
Central Jakarta - Indonesia
Ph: +6221 3906444
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