Romance of Indonesia
Tugu Dapur Babah Élite
The Art, Soul and Romance of Indonesia
Dapur Babah Élite, the first culinary outing by Indonesia’s acclaimed Tugu Hotels & Restaurants Group, is set in a pair of refurbished 1940s shophouses located just off Jakarta’s central Merdeka Square on Jalan Veteran 1. This historic location was once one of old Batavia’s (former official name of Jakarta during the Dutch East Indies period) most fashionable streets, with most of its buildings owned by a rich sheikh from Yemen. The restaurant exudes a floating out-of-the-world kind of romance from every single corner, filled with beautiful artworks.
Anhar Setjadibrata, owner of Tugu Hotels & Restaurants and a long-time collector of Indonesian antiques, with daughter Lucienne, designed the restaurant and adjoining bar to capture the rich nuances of early 20th century Java. The result is a menagerie of period mementoes and paraphernalia, such as reclaimed teak furniture, rustic housewares (scales, meat grinders, pestles and mortars), and the signboard advertising Hap Liong Tailor, the shophouses’ original tenant. Rooms are painted in bold pastel-crayon combinations of red and green, black and red, purple and blue, while stone statues of Chinese, Hindu, and Buddhist gods smile down on diners.
All of these aspects of the culture are celebrated at Dapur Babah Élite, now one of the best dining addresses and the most romantic restaurants in Jakarta, elegantly decorated with photos of prominent Babah families, some fabulously wealthy, such as the powerful sugar baron Oei Tiong Ham, and many other artifacts of the colonial period, such as a bulky VOC emblem from the 17th century and a room separator from the Ming Dynasty.
Indonesian Cultural Dining
Tumpeng Kue Jajanan Tradisional
A New Authentic Babah Cuisine
Catering Your Event
Tugu Catering dining experience is more than a meal; it’s a rare, unique experience that allows you to travel to the romantic eras of Indonesia centuries ago.
Dapur Babah Elite has various shooting spaces and luxurious furniture, allow you to express your moment, whether it is ladies association photography, or even your one in a lifetime wedding videography.
At Tugu Hotels & Restaurants, dining is not just a meal. It is a journey back in time. Each of these experiences is utterly unforgettable and cannot be experienced anywhere else.
What the press says:
Family with young kid. Romantic ambience, and classical. You will enjoy new experience dine in art gallery. Choice of menu from indonesian, western, and asian. Waitress communicative, and also they can tell us about history the building and the work arts.
Owned by the same group that owns the wonderful Lara Djongrangg restaurant, this restaurant is similar in many ways: great Indonesian food, excellent service and housed in a building that was once an art gallery (and still is, at times) but is now a showpiece of nineteenth and twentieth century Java. .....
Was there several times over the last few years, every time it was wonderful. Try to make a reservation to have the aperetif at the Bar, before having dinner in the main room.