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“Service let's it down” 3 of 5 stars
Review of COLONIAL - Cuisine & Molecular

COLONIAL - Cuisine & Molecular
Jl. Pangeran Antasari Kav.36, Kemang | Lippo Mall Kemang, UG - OD 11, Jakarta 12150, Indonesia
+62 21290568912
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Ranked #169 of 5,452 Restaurants in Jakarta
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: French, Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: A 1930ish uniquely rustic ambiance enjoyed and appreciated by most.A 15 Meter Bar offering novel & taste exploding Molecular Drinks along with a long range of cocktails, mock-tails, Coffee, Tea, Juices and mixers !(Google Article - Molecular mixology strikes Jakarta byMary Baines, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Feature | Wed, February 13 2013, 11:58 AM)Wine list offers variety available in the country at moderate pricing. A full range of french cuisine menu offers fine & delicately cooked meals comparable with the best in the region ! A separate page offers alternatives of Asian-Indian select tasteful meals added with a dedicated page for the vegetarians.An immaculate outdoor sitting rejuvenates senses adding further joy to the peak with its food, drinks, ambiance, and music.
Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Service let's it down”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

My second visit here and this time with a group of 7. It's a great place with a spacious layout. There is clearly a professional chef working in this restaurant as the food preparation and presentation was good. The waiter got all the food orders correct and well synchronized. However it took about 15 minutes before we were offered water and another 15 before water arrived. A bottle of wine was ordered but never arrived so most of us ended up drinking copious water instead. Difficult to put the blame on the waiter as he was otherwise very attentive if not particularly knowledgeable - the question is why was there no one else who attended to the table when the restaurant was otherwise empty? This is a problem with management and not an individual. Therefore the overall experience was very average and not in line with one's expectation of a restaurant prophesing to be premium.

Visited April 2013
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COLONIALJakarta, Director of Sales at COLONIAL - Cuisine & Molecular, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Hello Sir,

We thank you for your visit and comment encouraging us to work further.

We deliberately took time to respond to the comment, we apologize for the same, since we were imparting new training programs and implementation of new SOPs.

We like to request your visit once again, we assure you high standards of service which we have achieved after hard work, the efforts will go on and we hope to meet service to your expectations.

With best wishes.

Director.
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  • English first
  • Russian first
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English first
Jakarta, Indonesia
1 review
“creativity n passion at its brim”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

colonial , we were one of the first ones to eat at the restaurant...parking was easily available with a valet service..i have to say that its ambience n the cool breeze set the mood for the food ..the food was even better in terms of freshness, taste n cooked with lot of passion n love...creativity seemed endless when it was on food...we enjoyed the coffee too....molecular drinks are something new that we tried...like peach mojito, lychee martini n b-52 haemoglobin molecular was heavenly....chocolate souffle was served very hot n soft...my kids loved the place n were very happy...the owners made sure that all of us were served properly...the staff is very cordial , well behaved , dressed nicely n well versed in english language so it is totally for everyone....salads like goat cheese n the starters were hot n fresh from the oven....a must visit place for people who r foodies .

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jakarta, Indonesia
1 review
“Pleasant, Cozy, Tranquil, Green........Colonial”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Last week I had gone to Colonial with my regular ladies group for lunch. What an amazing time we all had there.
We tried the molecular drinks and it was a first time experience for all of us and we all loved the drinks.The food was great,even my vegetarian friends had a good selection.The bread basket with the herb butter was yummy(the whole-wheat buns). The Mon Poussin Roti ( which translates as My Roasted Baby Chicken) and the chocolate souffle is to die for.....the mushrooms stuffed with mozzarella in a paper cone fitted into a grilled basket was a great finger food.
The ambiance is so relaxing with the green trees as the backdrop, cool breeze flowing thru the terrace and the cool inside, the decor; wow well done ( who ever is the interior designer must be in big demand after this project...)
A must visit place.....

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jakarta, Indonesia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“probably best food in Jakarta :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I/we have been eating at the Colonial since it opened but perhaps due to the fact that we don't live in the expat suburbs of Kemang not as often as we would have liked ...it certainly does benefit from the local expat catchment area and is an ideal location in terms of access /parking AND the cool breezes that blow in from the terrace/balcony area, at least in the evening and it also seems to attract an upmarket local(Indonesian) clientele which says a lot for the range and quality of its food and drinks selection which offers something for every taste.
Their molecular drinks are something new for Jakarta and certainly seem to impress whoever tries them :)
The chef who was well trained at the Riva's restaurant and also spent time in Singapore offers a very high quality French influenced menu to meet most tastes supported by some excellent Indian dishes selected by Geetika (owner) who is famous for her own 'home' cooking :)
The other revues emphasise the ambience and it certainly is a very comfortable place to eat and 'hang out'.
I would suggest some special fixed menus for w/e brunches and perhaps "simpler" menus with food combinations for local residents who want a tasty but light dinner after arriving 'home' after the sometimes long commute from central Jakarta and elsewhere....the main menu will of course continue provide the 'special treats' for more special occasions and dinners at w/es ...Colonial deserves to do well and as the staff gain more experience and the management search for ways to ensure continued improvement we the customers will enjoy the benefits :)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food

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Singapore
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great place to hang out & enjoy gourmet meals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

The ambience in the Colonial is quite classy & the menu has some refreshingly new options . The Chef deserves praise for his tasty cooking . For a fine dining restaurant the prices are reasonable . The decor is nice & subdued and the possibility of being able to sit outside in the corridor is a great option during cool evenings. I am already a regular & their creative & frequent promos a nice bonus. Cheers

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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