at The Queens Head, Jakarta
Gastropubs like the Queen’s Head in Kemang are a relatively new feature in Jakarta’s dining scene, which is quite a surprise since they fit between the city’s casual and fine-dining options perfectly. The concept is simple – offer quality food and drinks in a stylish yet relaxed and comfortable setting. Currently setting the standard with its mix of fabulous lunch and dinner options, large selection of beers, wines and spirits, plus an innovative and exciting cocktail menu, Chef Blake offers diners a new, yet somehow familiar dining experience. The cocktail menu follows the same path with its mix of classics and creative drinks. A real favourite is the splendidly named Smoking Red Sangria. Built over ice and served in a punch bowl and with half a litre of pinot noir as its base, plus healthy measures of Cointreau and brandy topped off with club soda, lemonade and a mass of fruit, it’s the perfect drink to share and enjoy with friends, which is what the Queens Head is all about.