Talented Chef: Marco Sberna – Culinary Leader at Intercontinental Jakarta Pondok Indah...

Talented Chef: Marco Sberna – Culinary Leader at Intercontinental Jakarta Pondok Indah Hotel & Residences

InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah Hotel & Residences is not just a hotel; it’s an epicurean adventure waiting to be savoured. Nestled within its luxurious confines are gastronomic delights that beckon both the discerning palate and the curious spirit. The culinary journey begins the moment you step into this opulent space, promising an odyssey through flavours and cultures that tantalise and delight.

Marco Sberna

First, there’s Sugar & Spice, an enclave of culinary excellence that transcends continents. Its vibrant ambience serves as a canvas for the talented food artisans who orchestrate a symphony of taste at six open-show kitchens. The menu is a testament to diversity, offering everything from Kagoshima A5 beef to rare lobster dishes. If your sweet tooth demands attention, the array of desserts, including the ivory chocolate mousse and baked banana tarte tatin, will not disappoint.

The journey doesn’t end there. Beyond the allure of Sugar & Spice lies a hidden gem, SHIO. Behind an unassuming door awaits a private teppanyaki bar where the chefs craft elegant seasonal dishes and personalised omakase menus. Here, simplicity meets sophistication as Japanese cuisine finds its voice in the freshest of ingredients, paired harmoniously with a selection of sake, Japanese beers, whiskies and cocktails.

The sensory indulgence continues at The Lounge, a space that pays homage to Indonesia’s rich coffee and tea heritage. From single-origin coffees to exquisite teas spanning the archipelago, this haven invites patrons to revel in the flavours of Indonesia. Whether it’s afternoon tea, a casual meet-up or an evening of live entertainment coupled with craft beers, cocktails, wines and Champagnes, The Lounge offers an experience that’s both relaxed and refined.

The culinary prowess of InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah extends beyond its public spaces. The Studios, Vineyard and Spirit Room beckon with private dining options where the culinary team is led by the hotel’s new culinary maestro, Chef Marco Sberna. Marco has secured some Michelin accolades along his journey and now he’s bringing his expertise to InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah. 

E: Can you share some insights into your culinary journey and the experiences that have shaped your approach to cooking?
A: Over the years, my culinary journey has been a blend of diverse experiences, from Michelin-starred restaurants to luxury hotels in different countries around the world. These encounters have shaped my approach to cooking, emphasising creativity, precision and a deep appreciation for high-quality ingredients.

E: Having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury five-star hotels globally, what aspects of your diverse culinary background do you plan to bring to InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah?
A: I aim to infuse InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah with a fusion of international flavours, meticulous presentation and a commitment to delivering exceptional dining experiences.

E: How has your Italian heritage influenced your cooking style?
A: My Italian heritage has significantly influenced my cooking style, emphasising the importance of simplicity, freshness and bold flavours. I am excited to bring elements of traditional and modern Italian cuisine to the hotel, showcasing the richness of pasta dishes, regional specialities and timeless recipes.

E: Can you provide a glimpse into the gastronomic revolution you envision for the dining venues at InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah?
A: Guests can anticipate dynamic menus featuring globally inspired dishes, interactive dining experiences and a commitment to culinary excellence.

E: Can you tell us more about the La Dolce Vita Italian Culinary Journey at Sugar & Spice?
A: The La Dolce Vita Italian Culinary Journey at Sugar & Spice is inspired by the sweet life of Italy. It will offer a curated selection of Italian dishes, savoury handmade pasta cooked in front of our guests and expertly crafted desserts.

E: How do you plan to incorporate and celebrate the rich flavours and traditions of Indonesian cuisine in your culinary offerings at the hotel?
A: Celebrating the rich flavours of Indonesian cuisine is a priority. I plan to incorporate local ingredients, combine traditional and modern cooking methods and create a culinary bridge between global influences and local authenticity.  

Homemade Crab Cannelloni


  • Homemade Crab Cannelloni
  • Black Truffle and Mushrooms Risotto
  • Homemade Tiramisu

Exquisite Taste Volume 42

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