Romance of Indonesia
Shanghai Blue 1920
The Story of Waroeng Shanghai Blue 1920
Towards the end of 19th century, a new history began. Among the sailors who harboured in Batavia from Shanghai, is Nko Mo San. Not much was known of his background, but when he arrived he took on the profession of a construction worker. He had a son called Chan Mo Sang who then married a woman from Batavia called Siti Zaenab.
Chan-Mo Sang and Siti Zaenab started a small humble warong in Sunda Kelapa. This warong was known as Shanghai Tea House. Later on, this place developed into a popular place frequented by sailors from different origins who harboured in Sunda Kelapa, who spent lively evenings in Batavia dancing with the local women in this Shanghai Tea House.
Pirates, opium dealers, and others also often visited the warong. The services of the warong were also extended, soon became a tailor, a shoe repair, a barber, and still a bustling but romantic meeting and dancing place in evenings. Years and years after, when the Shanghai Tea House was finally closed, the beneficiary of this place saved all the building elements and its contents in a warehouse in ‘Kota’ (old town) in Jakarta. Fate brought them to the Tugu Group, where the original warong was reconstructed in Hotel Tugu Malang, and the original antique pieces were brought back to Jakarta to its original city. Hence, Shanghai Blue 1920 is now alive once again, to celebrate the wilder side of Batavia of the early days.
Set Menu Lunch Box
Pasar Seni dan Angkringan
Catering Your Event
Home Delivery & Take Away
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.