Prepare to feast like a royal on traditional Indonesian dishes with hints of Dutch and Peranakan cooking at Kembang Goela in a luxurious colonial-style house. Established in 2005, Kembang Goela is adorned with antiques, elegant wooden furniture and glittering chandeliers hanging from high ceilings, with large windows bringing in the daylight. Inside is the lounge, main dining room with its grand piano, and an exquisitely beautiful rijsttafel room which is often chosen to host special occasions.
Kembang Goela serves authentic flavours and regular diners often return for specialties such as dendeng balado, a classic Indonesian dish featuring the thinnest slices of beef fried to perfection and served with fresh, hot chillies. Next is something you don’t see every day, Sosis Oom Yance, a 1-metre boiled chicken sausage served with mustard and chilli tomato sauce.
Need something less exotic? Dutch-style snacks such as bitterballen and poffertjes will delight your taste buds, while finishing with an es kopyor durian, a combination of creamy durian flesh and coconut, is blissful.
For a one-of-a-kind experience, opt for the rijsttafel, a Dutch innovation to sample an extended variety of dishes, from appetisers to dessert. Part of what makes rijsttafel special is the manner in which it is served. A large number of waiters march out of the kitchen, each bearing one of five to 20 dishes. It’s truly an experience that you will never forget.
- Dendeng balado
- Es kopyor durian
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman
Jakarta 12920, Indonesia
T: (+62) 215205621
Exquisite Taste December 2019 – February 2020