Jalan Teuku Umar, No. 1, Menteng / T: +6221 3900899 / IG: @kunstkring / Web: tuguhotels.com

Historical art food

LOCATED IN the posh neighborhood of Menteng, Tugu Kunstring Paleis’ was originally the Fine Arts Circle building of the Dutch East Indies founded in 1914. This colonial organization was to promote the fine decorative arts of the Indies. The building was then renovated in April 2013 and reopened by Tugu Hotels & Restaurants Group still serving as a house to promote the arts. Capable of housing more than 1000 people, the place is home to a gallery/shop, restaurant, lounge, and tea house. Tugu Kunstkring Paleis’ menu features hors d’oeuvres from rissoles salad, bitterballen, croquetjes, and ragout. Its signature soup also includes the Indische Tomatensoep, a clear aromatic soup with soft meatballs, salty ox tongue, shrimp balls, barred carrot, and fresh baby green peas with truffle oil. One of their signature dishes is the Indonesische Biefstuk van Mevrouw Sonya Lee made using prime Australian tenderloin steak in its juicy reduction, served with potato au gratin, stir fried carrots, baby french beans, and cherry tomatoes.
The restaurant’s signature concept lies on the rijstaffel or rice table which is inspired by a Dutch East Indies traditional feast. Served by a half dozen-or-so servers, dancing to festive gamelan music, the rice table parades 20 or more dishes.