ORIENT 8 HOTEL MULIA SENAYAN JAKARTA

I had lunch at Orient8 last week and it was my first time visiting this glorious looking restaurant. It's THAT glorious that when I first stepped my feet in, it got me thinking "damn this is where I want to spend my Christmas dinner at!" (and probably eventually will). That first photo above would probably make you think the same way too... it's just that what's more beautiful than having a beautiful Christmas tree as your view while you're having a sweet dinner at a romantic venue. I super love the ambiance of this restaurant, it's just luxurious, classy but in a way super homey and comfortable just how I like it. I have always loved a touch of luxury on things and just like Orient8, it got me hooked! So far just so good!

For those who are not aware, Orient8 is actually Hotel Mulia's very own reputable French-Pan Asian restaurant and it's located on the same level as their (also reputable) Asian restaurant, Table8, there's actually a connecting path to Table8 via Orient8 and trust me when I say that Table8 is just as awesome looking as Orient8, but since I wasn't actually eating at Table8. I couldn't comment much on the food.

If you haven't read my post on where to have Christmas dinner this year, then you should and I just updated the list!

The extravagant entrance. It rings fancy big time. Even though I didn't see any dressing requirements, but assuming from how the restaurant looks and since it's in a such gorgeous hotel as Mulia, then I guess a "sporty casual" dresscode should be appropriate to match.
Tour de Orient8! I learned that during the making of this restaurant, some of the staffs actually travel the world and literally travelling in search of inspiration and authentic items to contribute on the restaurant's decoration, well, in a way, the good old classic Mulia (because they've been doing that on their properties and dare to spend much on such things!), and that's why you're going to see some original antiques on the restaurant such as the mirror, the articles and the illustration. Speaking of the illustration, since this restaurant is actually Western-Pan Asian restaurant, the illustrator who worked on the ceiling painting was actually very creative, and here you're going to see Napoleon Bonaparte wearing cool trendy glasses! (photo below).

 This spot was one of my favorites in the restaurant, it's just white, glam and romantic. Loving how they added a simple little detail like the red rose that emphasized the beauty of the overall.





 Besides the normal dining area, they also have the "Coco Suite", which normally become the perfect venue for groups or private events like private wedding reception, The "Coco Suite" could accomodate up to 100 people and this venue was so beautiful I fell in love on the first sight. You know me, when simple meets glamorous, it's just beautiful without being overdone! 




 The Coco Suite also had the access to the manmade garden with birds flying around it. I love seeing and realizing the fact how this is their home.
Besides the Coco Suite, they also have the Marie and Louise suite. I didn't take any pic of the Louise suite but what I can tell is that the Louise suite had this upside down lamp in the venue, and the one you're looking at right now is the Marie suite. The Marie suite was slightly smaller than the Coco suite and perfect more private events with less scale.

Before we proceed to the beautiful lunch dishes, I want to take you on a little tour of the Table8. To bring up the Asian ambiance, they placed the Pagoda replicas as you can see on the photo below. The tallest one (in the middle) taken around 6 months to make - now that's one hell of a commitment -. The table setting was simple but had this expensive touch to it, again because of its signature simplicity.

 Besides the ala-carte menu, they also have buffet selections and you can easily upgrade to include the buffet in your dining, once you do, say hi to the access that you're getting like these sweet treats!


 I am such a detailed person not only on the food, but the service detail as well, well I could say that I was quite impressed with the service here, the butler was very attentive and good in doing the service, even when asking if I want still or sparkling water, this is the typical fine dining hospitality detail that is essential for me.
 For the lunch, I experienced the Business Bistro set and that's IDR 350k++ (before tax) per person. They have three package for this, but certainly I would go for the Business one because it's my standard to have appetizer, main and dessert on a single dining (or the dessert can be substituted with cheese but no way in hell I am opting for that!), the other package only had one main, and the other one had no dessert.

I had lunch with Mika but truthfully speaking, I didn't try any of his food so I couldn't comment and I wouldn't lie with the flavor, but my friend told me he was satisfied with the food here so I guess, it was such a Mulia lunch for him.

Carpaccio de Beouf
This was my friend's order, the beef actually looked promising so I assume this should be good.

Salade de Crabe
I opted for this Dungeness Crab salad for the appetizer and it was the bomb! The presentation was very beautiful and top notch one, not only the presentation that captivated me, the flavor was also very delicious! I love how the texture was smooth but sort of creamy and how tasty the seasoning was! It was seasoned lightly allowing the natural crab meat flavor to still stood out! The little green drops was actually basil drops with rich basil flavor and the Granny Smith apple jelly used to add the texture in contrary with the smooth and gooey celery roots remoulade. This was a beautiful dish and I love having them altogether! It felt to me like a very conceptual but in a way, flavorful dish everyone shouldn't miss!


Aloyau de Beouf Grille
Just when I thought that this was just thin-sliced beef cuts, but as I went along, it was actually a very fulfilling protein: both the portion and for my palate. Even though this portion was accompanied with the Hollandaise sauce, but I must say that I was pretty impressed with the standing alone steak! The salad side was also fresh, as well as the tomato with crumbs.

Gambas Flambee
Pan fried jumbo shrimps with Americaine sauce and Pilaf rice

Tarte Aux Pommes de Soeurs Tatin
Caramelized apple tart with Vanilla ice cream. LOOKS YUM!


Fondant au Chocolat
I opted for the classic Hot Chocolate Fondant for the dessert and I was quite surprised that this was incredibly lovely! I was surprised because normally, I know what I am expecting from the common chocolate lava cake but as standard as how it turned out, I always manage to order it as the ultimate guilty pleasure/sweet closing to my meal, so when a classic chocolate lava cake could impress me, that means it's freaking YUM! The chocolate was rich, the sweetness was perfectly balanced and not overpowering my palate, most importantly, it didn't proceed to make me bloat, well I was really full then but it was a very happy & satisfied full.

Okay here's the thing, when you know you're eating at a place that serves the not-so-normal hot chocolate fondant cake - and I mean it in the most amazing delicious way -, you don't have to worry about the rest of the dishes!
 The presentation was very beautiful and it's accompanied with one creamy Pistachio ice cream and it was another mazor yumstar! The Pistachio ice cream was flavorful, natural and not just some essence bullshit.
 MONEY SHOT! The shot behind so many likes on Instagram HAHAHA!
Had a pleasant time having lunch here and I am surely going back for more! I hope this will help you in deciding where to go for Christmas dinner (which is 5 days left if you had this on the 24th!). Short to say, this is simply the perfect venue for me and my lunch was just perfect <3.

Orient8
Hotel Mulia Senayan Jakarta
Jalan Asia Afrika Senayan
Jakarta Selatan 10270
021 - 574 7777
email: info@hotelmulia.com
Pricing: $$$
Dresscode: Sporty Casual
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