Text by Ve Handojo
Casa D’Oro, or ‘house of gold’, at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski is a heavyweight champion in contemporary art deco style. The Italian restaurant, with three show kitchens, serves only to delight, even in the smallest details. A table devoted to perpetually producing fresh homemade bread and grassini confirms this.
Diners will enjoy complimentary amuse bouche to kick off the culinary amusement. Mine was two bites of seared tuna with crab meat. It surely was a good preamble to my pan-seared foie gras that came with cherry and pumpkin compote, and elegantly dressed in port wine. Divine to the last morsel.
The mushroom risotto came in a generous portion with black truffles. The risotto was saucy, not too creamy, and didn’t make my tummy feel stuffed. It was a good choice for pasta. Other main course dishes cover the usual suspects: tenderloin, salmon, and the like. Chef Francesco Greco, however, ensures that they won’t be the usual flavours. Everything in Casa D’Oro is worth your Amex swipe.
Though luxurious, Casa D’Oro keeps the tiramisu traditional. It’s one of the few authentic tiramisu treats in the town, accompanied by a small scoop of homemade coffee ice cream. To make your dining experience even more memorable, Casa D’Oro rewards you with another complimentary treat: sweeties of your choice, ranging from apricot jelly, blackcurrant jelly, Baba O’Rum, chocolate truffles, and more. Now, that’s what we call a sweet ending.