WhatsNewJakarta.com Christmas Cocktail Party 2013: Sharing The Christmas Breeze With Friends, Partners, and Colleagues

Sharing the christmas breeze together with friends, colleague, and partners are delightful. This is what we do last night, December 4th 2013 at Maroush Middle Eastern Luxury at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jakarta. Very proud to say that it’s been 7 years for WhatsNewJakarta to plunge the advertising and media industry. And we are very happy to share that with you!

The christmas party was aimed to share the joy and fun. The team are all in red dresses and reindeer headbands, and we also provide santa hats for the guests and they have to wear it during the party. Mrs. Deisy Wong Will, our CEO and Founder of WhatsNewJakarta.com and WhatsNewBali.com gave a few words in the middle of this festive party, “Welcome, all friends, partners, and colleagues, thank you for coming and please do have some fun!,” her warm words to welcome everyone, and then the party started.

The WNJ team: Pony, Me ;) , Ibu Deisy, Jessica, Julia

As the leading online guide in Jakarta since 2006, WhatsNewJakarta.com is a successful tool for reaching the market. It is the most complete event guide and listing website in Jakarta with substantial exposure among the very individuals. We have many partners and colleagues that trully supportive and we also provide them the needs.

Okay, back to the party! Maroush is a great place to have a party. It was not too big and the space is very intimate. The WhatsNewJakarta.com team are very delightful to welcome and stay for a chat with the guests. While the dinner is served, the music plays, then Mrs. Jessica Januarty, our Operations Manager start to pronounce the door prizes. This is one of the thing that the guests are been waiting for.

WNJ's friends, partners, and colleagues

The night was getting more rowdy when the guests bussiness card in the fishbowl were stirred by our lovely ‘moms’ Deisy and Jessica. There were lots of vouchers from our loyal clients, and the guests were thrilled to win them!

The WNJ full team: Bang Saut, Julia, Jessica, Ibu Deisy, me ;) , Iie, Pony

We hope you guys enjoy the party last night, and WhatsNewJakarta.com team is very happy to pleased you all! Thank you friends, partners, and colleagues, hope we always have a good way of relationships in the upcoming years together.

Me ;)

Me ;) and Pony

Crazy Me ;) and Pony


Outback Steakhouse, Have A Grill Party in A Country Styled Modern Resto

When it comes to western food, you have to try original Outback Steakhouse of America here in Jakarta. This restaurant has three branches in Jakarta. There are at Pondok Indah Mall 1, Ratu Plaza, and Kuningan City. All Western-style menus, as well as interior and atmosphere round wooden bar like you're in a cowboy country.

We were cordially invited to their media gathering last week. It was awesome! It’s been quite a long time since my first visit to their branch in Ratu Plaza, and there’s a bit changes they’ve made. The outdoor area is no longer exist, and they add more space to have a bar where people who smoke can sit in the bar and have some drinks.

“Outback Steakhouse is more like giving you the value of dinning, it’s giving you the warmth of a hospitality within the good food and place,” Ditha Fitriana the Marketing Manager gives us a brief about the Outback’s value.

Their appetizers are called Aussie-Tizers® and Outback's signature dish, the Typhoon Bloom which is an all-time favorite starter. As a steakhouse, Outback prides itself on its high quality steak and offers it seasoned and seared to perfection.

American-sized steaks are flat grilled just like they do in Australia, grilled on the outside, a little red and juicy on the inside. Yummm... Besides steaks, the must-tries are also known for Aussie Cheese Fries, Outback Sirloin, Prime Minister's Prime Rib, Alice Springs Chicken, Ribs and Chicken On the Barbie, seafood and pasta among many more amusing names.

Finally, you have to try the delectably sinful Chocolate Thunder From Down Under which is freshly – baked pecan brownie, topped with rich vanilla ice cream, hot homemade chocolate sauce and chocolate shavings.

Outback Steakhouse in South East Asia features a menu of juicy Australian choises such as Grain Fed Beef steaks, grilled chicken, fish, the signature Typhoon Bloom, plus drinks, salads and desserts. In Indonesia, Outback has created a number of new menu items to celebrate the big bold flavors that Outback is known for and to offer a variety of fresh new flavors for customers.

For the menu of burgers, Outback Steakhouse’s Grilled Chicken and Swiss Sandwich which is a burger with a grilled chicken breast meat, sweet caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese giving you the savory taste that you can forget. Each table in the Outback can have free complementary whole meal bread which is quite large in size with topical butter that tastes so great!

Assorted drinks menu can also be ordered, among others, for fans of alcoholic beverages there are Cocktails, Margaritas, Beer and Wine. For the spirit of free cocktails, we invited you to the delicious western meals and country atmosphere!

1. Pondok Indah Mall 1 | 1st Floor Unit 153 B | JL. Metro Pondok Indah Blok III B | South Jakarta | Ph: +6221 7506771
2. Ratu Plaza | Ground Floor Unit G010 | JL. Jend. Sudirman No. 9 | Central Jakarta | Ph: +6221 7252188
3. Kuningan City | Ground Floor Unit G11-G15 | JL. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav 18 | South Jakarta | Ph: +6221 30480505


A Romantic Spanish Atmosphere and Cuisine in The Heart of Jakarta Busy Area

Entrada is a Spanish restaurant that serves a wide selection of Spanish cuisine. Entrada, or “entrance” in Spanish, is also a gateway to all things in latin—flavors, music, culture, and classic, rustic Spanish architecture are blended together to create a unique and authentic experience.

The Spanish ambience quite noticeably from the interior layout and the furnitures contained. In addition, throughout the table is equipped with table wine to greet the visitors to introduce typical wine selection from Spain. The floor is using materials designed specifically for Tango and Salsa, where every Monday you can enjoy dancing the night away with Entrada Latin instructor. Learn to Samba, Tango, and Rumbha with good food and good company.

Entrada serve an extensive variety of Tapas to suit your dining pleasure. Salpicado is one of the favorite, it taste so tender and juicy, with beef sauteed in olive oil and garlic, or the Chef’s signature creamy sauce. Head Chef Neadj Villanueva, is really nice to give us a brief about Entrada’s signature dishes. “All the Entrada dish are completed with homade sauce, we don’t use the sauce in bottles, we create it,” Chef Neadj explained us about how is Entrada making a healthy food for everyone.

All the sauces in Entrada are definately fresh. The don’t use any preservative to their cooking. The other signature of Entrada is Rollitos De Primavera Con Taco De Carne (Beef Taco Spring Roll), spring rolls stuffed with spiced veal, cheddar cheese and lettuce, served with tomato salsa and cheese dip.

Another well-loved tapas is Gambas Al Ajillo (Sauteed Garlic Shrimp), enjoy a mouth watering poached shrimp drenched in garlic and smokey paprika seasoning. A simple dish, simply cooked to perfection.

Originally a dish to accompany celebrations in Spain, the Paella is rich in flavor, aromatic, and a great way to bond with your company. Prepared in a traditional Paella pan, Entrada Restobar’s patrons have two mouth watering options to choose from Entrada Special Paella Spanish, contain of avorio rice seasoned with saffron, topped with seafood, chicken or pork. Or you can try Squid Ink Paella with Seafood Spanish Avorio rice cooked with squid ink, topped with a wide selection of seafood.

Entrada has a wide selection of drinks. Beers, cocktails, mocktails, and smoothies. Typical Spanish drink, Sangria is also presented here with two options, Red Sangria which is a mixture of brandy with orange liquor and red wine, and White Sangria, a mixture of white wine and lychee liquor are presented with additional orchid flower.

It’s not just a regular juice, you can have a sip of Pommegranate Virgin Mojito, it is actually a development of the classic mojito cocktail ingredients changed and replaced by not using rum, and also there is the addition of pommegranate juice. The taste is so rich so you will never had enough of it.

So, back to the childhood, you might have cotton candy by the sideroads. In Entrada, cotton candy with vodka citroen and orange liquor, lime squeeze, and pommegranare essence is very tempting for the adults! The Cotton Candy Cocktail is served by placing the cotton candy on the glass and pouring the complete cocktail on the glass. So unique! Dessert? Head straight for the churros con chocolate (churros with rich chocolate sauce). 

Entrada is definately come to your list, they have specially selected live acoustic entertainment which added to the cozy ambience. And to keep your spirit upbeat, Entrada also have some DJs who play a mix of hip and lively Latin music.

Located in the heart of SCBD Jakarta, Entrada Restobar is a perfect watering hole for those who are looking to relax and dine out after a long day, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

18 Parc SCBD
Ground Floor, Tower E
Jl Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53
Jakarta, 12190, Indonesia

Phone:+62 21 5153121

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Espiga Indonesia, Where Good Quality Food and Serve Taking Place in A Very Special Location

Espiga Indonesia is a modern and exclusive semi-fine dining restaurant with a mission to provide guests the highest best of service consistently. Located in the CEO tower in South Jakarta, Espiga is ready to make a special moment with your loved ones, with special dinner accompanied with the warmth of the beautiful city atmosphere of twilight.

If you entered a restaurant, what do you expect? Tables and chairs arranged neatly with the music that will make your dining atmosphere become more comfortable? Espiga Indonesia has it all. In fact, the best thing is, you can see the Jakarta landscape through the large windows around the restaurant. Yes, this restaurant is located on the 17th floor, where once you enter this place, you will be surprised by the view of the streets and the trees of the South Jakarta. It's the perfect place to enjoy yourself with a relaxing cocktail at the height of freshness literally hundreds of meters above the ground. And they will open the outdoor area upstairs next year!

The comfortable seat brings the intimate vibe to the restaurant. The decor is unique, clean, simple, featuring some classic lamps, hardwood floors, as well as wall-to-wall large rounded glasses window.

Pamper yourself with a delicious meal, created by outstanding chefs and exclusive place embellished with panoramic views of Jakarta. With the help of Executive Chef, Manuel Verdaguer, a wide selection of Espiga service menu from appetizer, main course, dessert and drinks is ready to serve.

The menu is dynamic, fresh, where you can find a variety of taste and flavors, from the appetizers where you find flavors from Spanish to Italian cuisine, English and Asian, from salads, soups and pastas, to their main dishes where you can find a different quality meats and good choices of fish.

For a start, you can try Pork Rillettes with Asian Sauce, this menu is quite light and will bring you the experience to enjoy Espiga’s special Asian typical sauce. “The ingredients are always fresh, we always want to serve everything in a perfect conditions and taste,” Pedro Gracia, the General Manager told us a brief about the mainly kitchen secret.  

Jakarta is always busy, as long as you have the time to try Chicken Breast, Roast Baby Vegetables with the juice of the Chicken and Truffle Essence, then you must be very glad you’ve stopped by and craved some meals.

Well, there’s always a time to eat, then you have to try this delicious American Cob, morely like salad, but more complete. There’s raw meat, chunks of vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, onions, parsley, and egg.

Pork Belly & Octopus. It is a roasted pork belly and galician octopus. A combination of complete different dish that will just blew your taste!

Traditional Garlic Prawns (gambas al ajillo), it is actually a traditional meal from Spain, using natural ingredients with fresh prawns and chunks of garlic and spices that will give a very attractive aroma. If you want fish, there’s Tune Steak Niciose, with the fresh tuna and pieces of baked potato, tomato slices, and egg. Very fresh and full with vitamins.

There’s a lot of selections that you can try too, if you want some beef and lamb, then you should order Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Waldorf Salad. For the lamb menu, Tagine Spiced Lamb Cutlets Grilled with Roast Peach and couscous is a must to try! All the meat and lambs are put into herbs preparations before being cooked and processed into a menu. So that the meat and lamb will be more fragrant and tastes good too.

Cheese Selection with Grapes Apples and Red Onion Marmalade can be your selection for dessert. This menu is more than a very healthy one. You got cheese and fruits combine with slices of fresh red onion and marmalade. Yumm!

Most of restaurants in Jakarta is giving you the same menu, if you bored with the usual food menu, this is the right place to spend an afternoon with a delicious meal and accompanied by a variety of special drinks such as Espiga Cocktails, Gin Tonic Rose Petals & Cucumber, and Gin Tonic Tanqueray. It's time to enjoy yourself with a relaxing cocktail at the height of freshness literally hundreds of meters above the ground.

The dinner menu is designed with the desire to have a special evening with special people, in an exclusive location with nice food and nice wine. The wine list has a variety of wines from all the parts of the world and with different flavors so you can marinated your food with that special wine that will make your dinner even more special.

We are a Restaurant where we try to create special moments related with food, where good quality food and good serve is taking place in a very special location, we superb views and exclusive ambiance,” Pedro added.

The CEO, Cilandak Executive Office
Jl.TB Simatupang 18C. Lt 17-18
South Jakarta

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High Tea Venue in Jakarta

Drinking tea might very relaxing. Choosing the perfect venue along with the more complete series of tea makes one fancy dining experience. Here are the venues!

TWG Tea Salon and Boutique

The TWG Tea Boutiques and Tea Counters will carry you away on a journey of sensations, spiced with elegant samovars, brass weighing scales, Italian marble floors and hard wood tea counters. Offering the world’s greatest harvests and the finest collection of exclusive tea blends, TWG Tea also boasts an exquisite collection of tea accessories.

TWG Tea Salons serve our signature tea-infused savoury dishes and patisseries, and are decorated with nostalgic furnishings, accented by fine bone china, crisp linens and vases of brightly-hued exotic blooms. All the TWG Tea Salon’s patisseries are freshly handmade and crafted daily by Executive Pastry Chef Philippe Langlois.
Plaza Senayan
1st Floor Unit 109A
Jalan Asia Afrika No. 8,
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: 021-5725276

Fountain Lounge Grand Hyatt Jakarta

Overlooking the theatrical lobby, this stunning lounge presents you an indulgent evening in the company of desirable desserts and teas, a chilled glass of champagne and the sultry sound of a live acapella band.

Have a fancy afternoon tea, meeting friends and business associates or simply needing to unwind after a long day at work. It has great selection of irresistible cakes, finger sandwiches and freshly baked scones ready to accompany slowly infused loose leaf tea that will be prepared in such delicate way.

Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Jalan MH Thamrin Kav 28-30 Jakarta
Phone: 021-29921234

Keraton Lounge The Plaza Jakarta

Located on the lobby level, the Keraton Lounge is a delightfully elegant venue serving traditional English, GODIVA Allure High Tea & Indonesian High Tea each afternoon. The Keraton Lounge features a lavish selection of hot and cold delicacies served with an extensive collection of local and international teas. In the evening, the Keraton Lounge offers classic cocktails, an international selection of wines and a variety of locally-inspired drinks.

The Plaza
Jalan M.H. Thamrin No.15
Phone: 021-50680000

Bistronomy is a homey bistro with sophisticated food concepts with variety of menu from Asian to Western. International Kawano newest restaurant with beautiful, chic, vintage and a touch of classiness on the table setting and cutlery. Carvings on the ceiling full of detail and added a feminine touch. Lights hung mix & match. Eclectic style is impressive. They even purposely hired an interior design from France to create a semi fine dining with homey and chic atmosphere.
New trend setter has been present in Jakarta. A unique bistro and gastronomy concept blended as the first one in South Jakarta. Bistronomy called Bistro offers a relaxed bistro concept and homey, but serves a selection of elegance-sophisticated food and beverages. Bistronomy be the first bistro in Jakarta which has a taste of fine dining.

Jalan Ciranjang (Ciniru 1 No.2)
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta
Phone: 021-7396655

Liberte French Brasserie

Liberté is a relaxed French brasserie located at the second floor of Galeries Lafayette in Pacific Place Mall.  It’s warm and comfortable interiors are a perfect background for its flavorful, filling & earthy classic French-style cooking.

Liberte French Brasserie Restaurant brings the atmosphere is like being at the Eiffel Tower, Paris. Here you can sit back to enjoy a cup of tea and some meal while watching the view of one side of the city in SCBD, South Jakarta.

Galeries Lafayette 2nd Fl
Pacific Place Mall, SCBD
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Phone: 021-57973425