Romance of Indonesia
Tugu Lara Djonggrang
The Art, Soul and Romance of Indonesia
The Restaurant Lara Djonggrang of the Tugu Group is located strategically in the heart of Menteng area, Central Jakarta. This authentic restaurant is housed in a formal Dutch mansion. Leaving intact all its antique characteristics and ambience. The authentic Indonesian cuisine of LARA DJONGGRANG has been inspired by the royal journeys through the regions during the times of the King Hayam Wurum, who held the reign of the Kingdom of Majapahit at the beginning of the 14th century.
Lara Djonggrang’s menu, blended with the mystical, romantic atmosphere, we humbly present to remind the nowadays world, to bring back to life, and to pride ourselves with the unparalleled beauty of ancient Indonesia’s history.
As the royal expeditions continued to explore the coasts, they were dazed by the exotic richness of the cuisine that had developed in the coastal port cities that made the archipelago’s Silk Route. Through hundreds of years, the harbor cities of the archipelago, such as Samudra Pasai, Pidie, Pantai Barat Sumatera, Palembang, Sunda Kelapa, Banten, Cirebon, Semarang, Demak, Tuban, Gresik, Sumbawa Besar, Pontianak, Banjarmasin, Makasar, Selat Makasar, Ternate, Tidore, Perairan Maluku, Barus had been visited by the silk merchants who traveled back and forth between China and Europe. These cultural interactions had their significant influences on the indigenous, distinctive culinary resulted in these port cities.
Come in and enjoy a journey back in time to the ancient kitchens of Indonesia. We are honoured to be of service for your romantic dinner as well as hosting your event or meeting. We welcome you!
Indonesian Cultural Dining: Royal Tugudom
The cuisine of Lara Djonggrang is inspired by the royal expedition of King Hayam Wuruk from the Majapahit Kingdom at the beginning of the 14th century. Each of these dramatic royal expeditions, derived from the Negarakertagama chronicle, took up to ten months at a time, comprising of hundreds of troops and palace maids following the king and the queen on horses, elephants and horse carriages.
What are you about to see is a theatrical dining brought back to life by Lara Djonggrang in a mystical, romantic atmosphere. This dining experience showcases the royal parades of the King Majapahit and his entourages carrying a vast, lavish selection of imperial dishes of the Majapahit palace as well as cuisine served by the humble citizens of the coastal villages. It celebrates the pleasures of the palates, highlights the uniqueness of Indonesian cuisine and emphasizes the importance of preserving the art of dining.
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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.