Not more than a decade ago, several restaurants ruled the skies of Jakarta but probably only less than a handful of them survived. Even I would call that an overstatement provided perhaps only one or two survivors left remaining, but safe to say, certainly there’s a time when Jakartans were probably not into sky dining anymore.
However, things started to change and sky dining becomes a trend anymore. One of the pioneers is of course, Altitude with its four star-studded restaurants located on the 46th floor of The Plaza, right in the heart of the city.
Fate brought me at last to Australian celebrity chef Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill to experience Altitude’s initiative of a weekend brunch that features some of the finest dishes for you to choose to your heart’s content and topped with fresh additions from the buffet.
Highlighting the ala carte dishes, one must surely know where to start and that goes for the eggs benedict – done marvelously with good crumpets and hollandaise sauce. My wife was the one who chose it and certainly she opted for that good salmon gravlax. Interestingly for the substitute, you can choose for the avocado.
A fellow blogger friend of mine, Verdi a.k.a The Hungry Doctor picked the Sydney crab omelette, which was an interesting subject because of the Asiatic and of course, the crab, but we agreed that other choices we made that day were better.
Take it for example – the baked barramundi or the chicken roast, starred as the roast of the day. Both of these exemplify how Australian cuisine can incorporate well with its neighboring continent’s influences but deliver a degree of finesse only found in five-star establishments.
On a lighter note, you can also opt for buttermilk pancakes or pappardelle pasta alternatively, but please do make room for desserts as Salt Grill offers an interesting poached peaches, mascarpone sorbet, with berry consomme, which I failed to try, as well as commendable mocktails and iced teas.
This delightful opportunity of having a solid brunch from 46th floor overseeing the skyscrapers and the blue skies are for only IDR 350,000++. It’s a real bargain I must say and many places do offer brunches as well, but certainly not with this kind of ambiance and atmosphere.
So, next stop would be another great brunches at Salt Grill’s neighbors – Enmaru and Gaia. Hop on with me, lads!
SALT GRILL BY LUKE MANGAN
Halal-friendly (some of the menu items contain alcohol and pork)
Suitable for vegetarians
Altitude at The Plaza, 46th fl, Jalan MH Thamrin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta – Indonesia
Weekend brunch is only available on weekend and public holiday, 11am – 3pm
Spend: IDR 350,000++ (Weekend Brunch only)