While other establishments have settled with whatever space they can get their hands on for their new business, Michael Ma of IndoChine decided to take the entire 8th floor in fX Lifestyle X’enter. After Buddha Bar, IndoChine is a good addition to Jakarta’s entertainment landscape and gives the city an even more international feel. However, time will tell whether IndoChine Jakarta has bitten off a little more than it can chew or if it can take Jakarta’s entertainment scene by the horns in respect to its mutli-faceted concept.
In Singapore, where IndoChine has many beautiful outlets, the Jakartan version is actually a one stop venue. It combines different concepts all rolled into one; an IndoChine Restaurant and The SupperClub (with VIP mezzanine), an IndoChine BeachClub, the Opiume Bar and the Siam Reap Café.
“In this part of Asia, IndoChine Jakarta is the first to feature a IndoChine BeachClub,” said Michael Ma when we asked about his latest establishment in Jakarta. “When we first came to fX X’nter, we knew that it would be the ideal location for the first IndoChine BeachClub where guests could enjoy a fantastic and unobstructed panoramic view of Jakarta’s Central Business District. Amidst much greenery and foliage, guests can enjoy signature IndoChine bistro bites in privacy, while still being part of the city’s hustle and bustle.”
IndoChine opened its doors at the end of last year and serves Laotian food with influences from around the region. They developed the “nutriceutical cuisine” concept, which means food that is nutritional with pharmaceutical benefits. This is actually quite a unique and interesting culinary experience. On our last visit, their prawn pomello salad and roasted rice cake rolls with minced chicken were savory and tasty. However, the highlight of our visit was the Pingkai Savannakhet – grilled and marinated chicken thigh placed on a Savannakhet style skewer with lemongrass sticks served with pineapple, tomato, cucumber and IndoChine sweet chili sauce. It is simply the best dish there!
Unfortunately, their beautiful cuisine is not yet matched with great service as yet. Till now and post ‘the grand opening’, which was held in April, the service still needs some attention. Our nerves were tested on occasion during our visit and we’re hoping that it will improve in the near future.
The highlights at IndoChine are their food and the world calibre DJs they are bringing periodically to cut up the dance floor, and we just loved DJ Ades during the grand opening! The décor has black and deep red tones and features many Buddha statues around the walls. There are so many different areas it can be a little mind boggling as to where to sit, but each area is distinct in what’s on offer in entertainment and food options.
The SupperClub with its high ceilings and massive windows overlooking the Jakarta landscape is a little outdated in its design. The rotating platform in the middle of the dining area where you can sit for a romantic dinner for two is a little kitsch and could turn out to be a touch nauseating if you sit there too long. The fantastic and breath-taking view over Jakarta does help to make amends.
Michael Ma believes that location is of the utmost importance for his IndoChine chain and this one might just work out. They do have the view to die for and overall it’s a rather cool concept. If you can survive the not-so-great but surely improving service and Kenny G music playing in the background during dinner then you will do just fine. Our suggestion is to chill out at their oh-so-fabulous BeachClub; dine on Siam Reap Café (the alfresco area with great views to one side of the main club room) and wind up dancing with the DJ till the late hours. This way, you’ll be enjoying IndoChine to its fullest.
fX Lifestyle X’enter 8th Floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman – Pintu 1 Senayan