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Food Event: Indian Food Festival (Collage – Pullman Jakarta Central Park)

Pullman Jakarta Central Park launches Indian Food Festival at Collage All Day Dining from 1 to 31 May 2015. The Resident Indian Chef, Ranjit Debnath, is in charge at Collage to spice up the culinary repertoire with a complex and authentic offering for a true cultural experience of India.

Indian food is distinctive and delicious, containing a unique blend of herbs and other exotic flavors and spices. It reflects a perfect blend of various cultures and ages. The diverse selection of Indian cuisine such as Mughlai Chicken (boneless chicken with creamy cashew nut gravy Indian spices), Tandoori Chicken (succulent piece of tender chicken marinated in Indian spices), Mutton Rogan Josh (classical lamb served with nann bread), and Murgh Badami Shorba (creamy chicken soup with almond and Indian herbs) are available on the buffet and ready to dazzle you with the vibrant flavors.

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The lunch buffet at Collage All Day Dining is priced at IDR 278,000++ per person (Monday to Friday from 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm) and dinner buffet is priced at IDR 298,000++ per person (Sunday to Thursday from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm) and at IDR 308,000++ per person (Friday & Saturday).

During Saturdays and Sundays from 11.30 am to 3.00 pm, book your seats and indulge in a spectacular Weekend Brunch at IDR 350,000++ per person and add IDR 250,000++ per person for a free flow of alcoholic beverages. You are also invited to enjoy Tea Masala at IDR 58,000++/ glass while dining in the restaurant.

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COLLAGE
Address: 
Pullman Jakarta Central Park, Jalan Letjen S. Parman, Jakarta – Indonesia

Foodie Flicks: The Lunchbox (2013)

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I am not actually a fan of general Indian movies involving treechasing scenes or the high pitch vocals of the music and dances.

However, I am now watching again The Lunchbox upon seeing Chef Bradley @expandingpalates timeline which is a great reference for previously unknown food films.

By the way, not only that this movie involves good looking home Indian food and describes the astonishing yet complicated dabbawala system, it also takes us on an epistolary journey of love between two people who actually never met before over an error of the lunchbox delivery.

The Lunchbox is poetic, affectionate, tenderly humorous and also vividly portrays the struggles of life in India for common people.

The ending is a memorable one.

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Trailer: 

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THE LUNCHBOX (2013)

Drool Level*** (looks yum!)

Director: Ritesh Batra

Producer: Arun Rangachari, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga

Screenwriter: Ritesh Batra

Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Music: Max Richter

Cinematography: Michael Simmonds

Editor: John F. Lyons

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Pictures taken from various sources.

QuikSkoop™: The Royal Kitchen

Indian or Middle Eastern cuisines have always been uncharted in my culinary map despite their rise to prominence in Jakarta culinary map nowadays. It’s quite strange knowing that in the past, the archipelago of Indonesia has always been influenced by people coming from that direction but in modern times they flourish mostly only around Singapore and Malaysia.

It’s not that hard anymore to find decent Indian food in Jakarta now because at least you can try buffets at five-star hotels and alternatively you can now find Indian restaurants at many places in Jakarta such as the one I tried, strangely, in Bellagio Boutique Mall.

The mall itself has lost its charm long time ago and if it wasn’t for its sprawling apartments up there, what could this mall do to prolong its suffering of survival?

It was around 7.30 pm, Ramadhan, and it was dead silent outside with most of the tenants already closed, some probably for good. But the sound of Indian music keeps on calling everyone to come inside and there I found the only survivor, flourishing on the Bellagio desert of emptiness, and the name is The Royal Kitchen. Surprisingly enough there’s plenty of patrons for dinner though and not just Indians but people coming from different ethnics as well.

Though I have to be honest that if it wasn’t for the benefit coming from disdus.com all-you-can-eat voucher, I believe such place would only be an urban myth to the point of non-existent.

Much to my dismay though, the displayed buffet didn’t seem to offer many variations. The best part however came from the impressive duo between biryani rice with meat and the rich chicken curry. The basmati rice was definitely came from good quality, fragrant, and moderately spiced yet the rice would just melt in your mouth. Even my companion enjoyed it pretty much though she naturally doesn’t really fond of cuisines from South Asia and Middle East.

The chicken curry was the highlight of the night with all the savory thickness. I tried to overdose the emphatic taste of it with the chewy naan bread and dal makhani plus the mint raita. There I found happiness and curiosity as I feel more and more that Indian cuisine is something that I should know better and embrace.

For the closure, the exotic moong dal and rasmalai were the also the highlight of the fading night. The moong dal may look much like the fillings for nastaar cookies but it was made from beans, ground, and mix with this and that thus creating a sweet taste fitting for an ending. On the other hand, the rasmalai or the ‘pudding’ made from milk tasted also nice and sweet but with a strong milky odor.

Honestly, it was fruitful experience and quite an authentic one judging from the visitation of Indian patrons, the Indian owner wearing sari, Indian soundtracks from start to finish, great Indian food, and plenty plenty more to be explored from the menu. Regardless the lacking of variations in the already expensive all-you-can-eat dishes, it’s still gonna be another visit for me or I just plainly try somewhere else good inside this concrete jungle of Jakarta.

The Royal Kitchen, you’re the ambassador of Indian goodwill and now you reside as their envoy in my heart.

Bellagio Boutique Mall GF

Jl. Kawasan Mega Kuningan Barat Kav. 3-5, Jakarta

Halal-friendly

RSVP: 021 – 3002 9975

Website: http://www.theroyalkitchen-trk.com

Opening Hours: Mall opening hours

Rating: 3/5

Price: Lunch buffet IDR 69,000++ & Dinner buffet IDR 79,000++ (beverages excluded)