Coming to Biztro Graffiti? Better come on time. All the clocks on the wall will be watching you. Spurred by the urban surroundings of Jakarta, Graffiti brings you an international feast in a thoughtfully and uniquely furbished restaurant, complete with al fresco dining areas. Housed within Mercure Hotel in Simatupang, this bistro gets especially busy during weekdays, with hustling executives buzzing in and out of meetings. If you’re coming for buffet, make sure to come on a weekday. Only à la carte is served on weekends.
The omnipresent manifestation of “time” in this bistro is charming, but can also possible cause guilt and panic attacks. But as long as you don’t live with a “rubber time” orjam karet, you’ll enjoy your meal just fine.
With an international cuisine selection of the East and West, you are only limited by your imagination (and by that we mean by your belly’s). For a light bite, you may opt for a salad. For a snack, I recommend the Pizza Diavolo. For a heftier meal, I’d go for the Ayam Bakar Roejak. For dessert, if you are into anything sour, you’d like the Lemon Tart, which for me was pretty high on the sour bar, although the texure was creamy like cheesecake and pleasantly refreshing (awakening).
Insalata Mista Pignoli | 95K
Beef, gorgonzola, and balsamic vinaigrette.
You know me, I’m not much of a salad eater (and by that I mean I’m not a salad eater. To add to that I never liked balsamic vinaigrette. But surprisingly I found this vinaigrette to be quite palatable.
Avocado and Shrimp | 75K
Mesclun salad served with a Marie Louise sauce.
A unique and tasteful marriage of fruit and seafood, but the overall texture was mushy and the taste ambiguous. Perhaps better if served colder.
Pizza Quattro Formaggi | 85K
Decent crust, but the cheeses just didn’t quite do it for me.
Crusty Salmon | 120K
Salmon served with pasta, and mixed vegetables in a white wine sauce.
Loved the crust on the salmon–crispy and tasty! Worth a try if you’re a fan of salmon. I thought the trio of salmon, pasta, and veggies was a fine balance.
Ayam Bakar Roejak | 85K
Grilled marinated chicken with local spices.
Almost always can’t go wrong with a chicken dish, and this particular one was flavored beautifully. The spices were perfectly flavorful, and the taste dense, yet refreshing and bright.
Pizza Diavola | 85K
Beef pepperoni, salami, red onion, mushroom, basil, and jalapeno peppers.
I enjoyed the pizza crust, even though I’d go more for a thick rather than thin crust. Overall, this was passable.
Zesty Apple | 55K
Fresh apple and kiwi soda.
Lemon Tart | 65K
Served with a kiwi sauce and lemon candies.
Like I said, extremely sour! But hey, if you’re stuck and/or dozzing off in a meeting, this might just rescue you.
The tart (sour) gave me goosebumps!
Spending wise, you’re looking in the range of 120-300K per person. One thing that stood out for me was the Indonesian selection (Ayam Bakar Roejak). It’s rare to find hotels in Jakarta that serve local food proper. Most tend to be so fancy it’s almost confusing. But Graffiti proved otherwise. Thanks Ms. Arini for a delightful lunch and chat!
PROMOS at Biztro Graffiti (13 Dec 2013 – 14 May 2014):
MONDAY: 50% discount on Buffet for second diner
TUESDAY: Buy 1 Get 1 for pizzas
THURSDAY: Ladies’ Day – 25% discount on food for lunch
FRIDAY: 50% discount on all desserts with every main course ordered (lunch and dinner)
BUFFET: IDR 165K ++/person
Available on weekdays only
Hotel Mercure Simatupang
Jl. R. A. Kartini No. 18
Jakarta Selatan 12440
(021) 75 999 777
Mon – Sun: 6 AM – 10:30 PM