Thursday, October 2, 2014

Colours of India at Signatures, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, 2-17 October 2014

In anticipation of Diwali - India's biggest and brightest festival. Hotel Indonesia Kempinski's Signatures Restaurant is offering flavourful Indian buffet from 2 to 17 October 2014 prepared exclusively by Chef Ashwani Kumar Singh, the chef de cuisine at Kempinski Ambience Hotel, Delhi, India.

The opening of "Colours of India"
by Mr Gurjit Singh - India Ambassador to Indonesia.

Hotel Kempinski Indonesia Jakarta will also organize an exciting and charitable raffle during the promotion. Guests are solicited to purchase an Indian souvenir at Rp 100,000 each. These envelopes are filled with various vouchers to win. The grand prize is a one-night stay at the Presidential Suite valued at almost Rp 200 million! Hotel Indonesia Kempinski management will double the fund raised by the program. The fund will be used to give a one-month scholarship to every single student of SD Pembangunan Masyarakat in Gunung Sahari, whose parents are mostly housemaids and construction workers.

For the whole period, Signatures Restaurant will be decorated with colourful Indian ambiance featuring traditional dance performance on 4, 5, 11 and 12 October 2014. During those dates, the chef will also hold a live cooking demo. For the weekenders, the hotel’s KempinskiSPA will have a spa package that includes a yoga class.

Chef Ashwani Kumar Singh
Chef de Cuisine at Kempinski Ambience Hotel, Delhi, India. 
Chef Singh is an award winning experienced Chef with more than 16 years of Indian cuisine under his belt. Chef Singh draws his inspiration from the richness of Indian regions from Northern Tandoori to Eastern seeds and spices and Southern Biryani dishes.

Pachdi (Pickle)

Chilli Pickle

Dal Masala.

Dhoodia Paneer
Pan-seared stuffed cottage cheese.

Aloo Imliwale
Baby potatoes in tamarind chutney.

Gajar Ka Halwa
Carrot with nuts.

Amrithsari Macchi
Fried fish.

Galawat Ke Kebab
Melt and mouth kebab lamb.

Hing Jeera Aloo
Potatoes spiced with cumin.

 Badami Shorba - Almond soup (left)
Paya Ras - Lamb knuckles soup (right)

Tandoori Prawn
BBQ prawn.

Pomfret Hara Masala
BBQ fish in green herbs.

Malai Kofta
Vegetarian balls in cashew gravy.

Murgh Pasanda
Chicken cooked in rich gravy.

Lamb curry flavoured with fennel and dried ginger.

Tawa Batter
Quail fried in dry fruit and coconut masala.

Gulab Kheer
Rose flavoured rice pudding.

Tarik Tea 
All prices subjected to tax and service charge. 
Current currency:
1 USD = Rp. 12.150
Lunch buffet IDR 248,000 ++
Dinner buffet IDR 268,000 ++
(includes all food and beverages)

Brunch buffet IDR 338.000++
(includes all food and beverages)

Signatures Restaurant
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 1
Central Jakarta
Tel: 23583800


  1. laveena: The taste was a bit different than those Indian food that I've tried before. Most of the Indian food during this event were really spicy and full of herbs. Probably also because very authentic, not like the ones that I tried here in Jakarta which might be already modified to local taste. Are these North Indian food?

  2. You are 100% correct, it is North Indian food, Roganjosh is from Kashmir, Gulauti kebab is from Lucknow, Amritsari macchi (fish), Tandoori dishes and the kheer which is really firni (rice pudding) are Punjabi dishes. It's typical restaurant fare which tends to be rich in fat (oil, cream, cashew nut paste), is extra spicy and oily. In home cooking people use less oil and don't go overboard with the spices or masala to bring out taste.

    As for herbs, they just dunk a lot of coriander on top of everything as a garnish, I hate that. hehe

    Here's wishing you a Happy Diwali Selby, :) may all your dreams and wishes comes true.

  3. laveena: Interesting to learn more about Indian food, thanks for sharing, Laveena! And also Happy Diwali to you and your family too :)


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