Representing Indonesia

If you were to entertain expatriate guests who want to have a taste of Indonesian cuisine, where will you take them? It’s quite challenging question since we have so many restaurants that serve regional local food, such as Padang, Sunda, Betawi, but not too many serve authentic Indonesian food in general. The second issue, most of these places are not convenient. However, since 2007, Bunga Rampai has gathered the best of Indonesian dishes into a representative Indonesian fine dining restaurant.


Bunga Rampai is a brand from Pakis Culinary, a culinary group that specializes in Indonesian cuisine with their extensive brands. With rich mixed cultural heritage of its owners, from Dutch, Chinese, to Indonesian (of course), Pakis Culinary tries to recreate the home-style dishes from their childhood.


It all began from Waroeng Kita in 2000, located Plaza Senayan and served Indonesian street food. The use of the name “Waroeng Kita” is a visionary step from Pakis, as at the time, Indonesia was mad about everything western culture, including the name of the restaurant.


Pakis’ journey proceeded to Dutch colonial’s inspired theme, Kembang Goela, along with Dutch’s dishes such as croquette, bitter ballen and poffertjes, and then Meradelima which displays Indo Chinese peranakan cuisine. Their latest project, Seia is a modern rendition of Indonesian cuisine.


Bunga Rampai offers Indonesian cuisine from Sabang to Merauke with a luxurious, rustic fine dining setting, in a Dutch building that was built in early 1900s. The legend said that the building was used as a meeting point for independence fighters back in the 1930’s.


As one of historical spot, Bunga Rampai wasn’t allowed to alter the façade of the building. However, it doesn’t stop them from innovating, they turned the backyard into 3 storey buildings. The total renovation was conducted in 2014 and it stopped the operational activities of the place for 9 months.


As a result, every storey in Bunga Rampai has its own very Instagrammable interior theme! Bunga Rampai used to THE CITY38passionmedia.co.idbe visited by older generations, over 40 years old, but nowadays, you can find any millennials to expatriates hanging out here. Bunga Rampai is also frequently used to host private events, such as bridal shower, baby shower, wedding receptions, to culinary festivals.


Some of the favorite appetizers here are Kembang Pacar (deep fried prawn wrapped in spring roll sheet with chili mango sauce) and Selada Menteng (carrot, cucumber, apple, pineapple, cherry tomato, lettuce served with deep fried boiled egg and sweet sour peanut sauce).


For the main course, Nasi Buketan (steamed aromatic pandanus served with diced omelette, beef skewer, galangal, and turmeric fried chicken, potato and shrimp light curry, corn fritter, sweet soya bean cake fritter, served with chili bilimbi fruit peanut sauce and shrimp crackers) is the talk of the town, along with Konro Bakar (grilled back rbs with sweet soya sauce served with nasnaran mandarin, caramelized shallot and chili sauce) and Gurame Pesmol (deep fried battered gourami in sweet sour turmeric candle nut sauce with cucumber, carrot, green bird eye chili and shallot). Kue Pancong (baked riceflour with chimera coconut and coconut milk, served with durian compote, and palm sugar sauce) is an updated version of the traditional kue pancong that you can see in streets’ food stalls.


The menus in Bunga Rampai were designed as sharing menus, it’s no wonder if you’ll have very generous portion. They also offer Indonesian set menu options, traditional fine dining style based on special request that catters 30 people minimum. So if you have any VIP guests from abroad, now you know the best restaurant to represent Indonesia.

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Jika Anda ingin menjamu tamu ekspatriat yang ingin mencicipi masakan khas Indonesia, ke mana Anda membawa mereka? Ini pertanyaan yang cukup menantang karena kita memiliki banyak restoran yang mengusung masakan daerah yang khas, seperti Padang, Sunda, Betawi, namun tidak banyak yang berani merepresentasikan masakan otentik Indonesia secara umum. Masalah kedua, restoran otentik biasa tempatnya tidak terlalu nyaman. Namun sejak 2007, Bunga Rampai telah merangkum masakan unggulan khas Nusantara ke dalam sebuah restoran Indonesia fine dining yang representatif.


Bunga Rampai sendiri merupakan sebuah brand dari Pakis Culinary, sebuah grup kuliner khusus makanan Indonesia dengan berbagai brand. Dengan latar belakang keturunan pemilik yang bervariasi, mulai dari Belanda, Cina, dan Indonesia (tentunya), Pakis Culinary seolah mencoba membuat kembali makanan rumahan masa kecil mereka.


Semuanya bermula dari Waroeng Kita yang berdiri di Plaza Senayan pada tahun 2000 yang khusus mengusung makanan khas kaki lima. Penggunaan nama “Waroeng Kita” merupakan hal visioner dari Pakis, mengingat saat itu Indonesia sedang tergila-gila dengan segala hal yang berbau budaya barat, termasuk nama restoran.


Perjalanan Pakis dilanjutkan dengan Kembang Goela yang bertema kolonial Belanda, lengkap dengan makanan khasnya seperti kroket, bitter ballen, poffertjes, lalu Meradelima yang mengusung makanan rumahan Indo Chinese peranakan. Proyek terbaru mereka, Seia menampilkan masakan Indonesia versi modern


Bunga Rampai sendiri mengusung masakan Indonesia dari Sabang sampai Merauke dalam setting fine dining yang mewah, rustic di dalam sebuah gedung jaman Belanda yang dibangun pada awal tahun 1900an. Konon gedung ini dipakai sebagai tempat pertemuan para pejuang kemerdekaan di tahun 1930an.


Sebagai salah satu lokasi bersejarah, Bunga Rampai tidak diijinkan untuk mengubah tampak depan dari bangunan. Namun ini tidak menghalangi mereka untuk berinovasi, mereka mengubah taman di bagian belakang menjadi gedung bertingkat 3. Renovasi total ini dilakukan pada 2014 dan restoran ini terpaksa harus menghentikan kegiatan operasionalnya selama 9 bulan.


Hasilnya, tiap lantai di Bunga Rampai memiliki tema tersendiri yang sangat Instagrammable! Jika sebelumnya Bunga Rampai dipenuhi oleh pelanggan berusia 40 tahun ke atas, saat ini tidak sulit menemukan para milenial hingga para tamu ekspatriat hangout di sini. Bunga Rampai juga sering digunakan untuk private event seperti bridal shower, baby shower, pesta pernikahan, hingga festival kuliner.


Beberapa menu appetizer yang menjadi andalan adalah Kembang Pacar (deep fried prawn wrapped in spring roll sheet with chili mango sauce) dan Selada Menteng (carrot, cucumber, apple, pineapple, cherry tomato, lettuce served with deep fried boiled egg and sweet sour peanut sauce).


Untuk main course, Nasi Buketan (steamed aromatic pandanus served with diced omelette, beef skewer, galangal, and turmeric fried chicken, potato and shrimp light curry, corn fritter, sweet soya bean cake fritter, served with chili bilimbi fruit peanut sauce and shrimp crackers) selalu menjadi favorit pelanggan, serta Konro Bakar dan Gurame Pesmol. Kue Pancong (baked riceflour with chimera coconut and coconut milk, served with durian compote, and palm sugar sauce) merupakan versi modern dari kue pancong tradisional yang banyak dijual di pinggir jalan.


Menu-menu di Bunga Rampai sengaja didesain sebagai menu sharing, sehingga tidak perlu heran jika porsinya cukup besar. Terdapat juga pilihan set menu Indonesia ala fine dining tradisional berdasarkan permintaan khusus untuk minimal 30 orang tamu. Jadi, jika Anda memiliki tamu istimewa dari luar negeri, Anda sekarang sudah tahu restoran terbaik untuk mewakili Indonesia.


BUNGA RAMPAIJl. 

Teuku Cik Ditiro No.35, Menteng, Jakarta 10310

Phone: +6221 3192 6224, www.pakisculinary.com/main/bunga-rampai/ambiance

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