The Sailendra Restaurant is located at the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta and is famous for its “all you can eat” buffets. It’s been a good few years since I’ve been there and, partly in a desire to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, but also to see how it stacks up against the competition, I booked a table for a Sunday lunch buffet which ran from 11.30am-3.30pm (or more than enough time to get your gluttonous fill).
But before you can start eating you have to get into the hotel; and that’s something easier said than done! I mean, they are thorough. Really, really thorough. Heck, for a moment I was almost expecting them to strip down the car’s engine and put on the rubber glove and do the unspeakable!
That, thankfully over, and we soon in the lobby area and I had the feeling that all eyes were on us – and of course they were – in addition to God knows how many security cameras.
Once in the restaurant we were efficiently seated and it was time for us to eat. Bring it on baby!
The restaurant/vibe: very expansive and the seating is located on two different levels. There’s plenty of natural light coming in, which is nice, and the soft indoor lighting helps create a warm and cozy feel. Encouragingly, the restaurant is very popular and the vibe was lively but not overbearing or noisy. Musicians sang at tables, doing requests for birthdays, that sort of thing. Nice.
The Taste: The spread was expansive and the food fresh. From salads to sushi, to roast beef, Indian food, Peeking Duck, dim sum and even, if you want it, pork, there's something for everyone. Best of all, though were the grilled lobsters which were excellent.
The Service: Hey it’s a buffet, so serve yourself!
The Price: Around Rp300k++ for the ordinary buffet which does include free flow of soft drinks like tea and various juices. For more money you can pay for free flow beer and even free flow wine, but do you really want to get pissed as well as stuffed?
Verdict: Pretty solid overall, but doesn’t quite have the je ne sais quoi of Satoo, still indisputably, the best buffet in Jakarta!
JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta
Kawasan Mega Kuningan
• Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Dress code: Casual
• Telp (62) (021) 579 88888