Risty Nurraisa (The Jakarta Post)
Mon 11 April 2022
Al Fanous’ Turkish-inspired Ramadan tent invites guests to break their fast with Middle Eastern dishes in an appropriate ambiance.
Located on the ground floor of The Westin Jakarta on Jalan HR Rasuna Said, South Jakarta, West Java, the pop-up restaurant Al Fanous offers an exclusive dining experience, available during Ramadan. The restaurant, housed in a tent decorated in Turkish style, serves a selection of Middle Eastern and Indonesian-inspired dishes for guests to break their fast.
“The Ramadan tent is familiar in the Middle East. We hope guests can enjoy iftar (the sunset meal to break the daily Ramadan fast) with their family, friends and colleagues,” Chief Executive Samit Ganguly said on the April 4 opening night, which Jakarta Post joined selected media and other guests.
Approaching iftar time, hot Turkish tea with sugar candy is served. Food is also prepared at the bar buffet – from starters such as falafels and lahmacu (Turkish pizza) to main courses, such as tavuk sister (marinated grilled chicken skewer) and balik suttee (oven baked bass). Spicy lamb skewers, lamb chops and lamb carvings are also available.
Breaking the fast: Adana kebab (spicy lamb kebab) is one of the dishes served at Al Fanous. (JP/Risty Nurraisa) (JP/Risty Nurraisa)
These Middle Eastern delights are the result of a collaboration between the hotel’s Executive Chef Daniel Kuser and Turkish Specialty Chef Mustafa Oman, a guest chef from Oman.
“We try to keep [the dishes] as original and unique as possible,” chef Daniel Kuser told the post office, adding that some of the ingredients come directly from the Middle East.
On the dessert side, pastry chef Engie Anggakusumah shared with the post office that he personally “selected [sweet delights] in Turkey”, such as baklava and umali (Turkish bread pudding).
Meanwhile, the Indonesian station offers satay choices that come with fried rice and ayam taliwang (chicken taliwang). Assorted donuts are available for appetizers, while local sweets are also featured at the dessert bar.
Some of the dishes, as Chef Daniel added, “will remain while others will be rotated” throughout Ramadan.
The sound of bedug (a large double-headed drum), which stands at one of the corners of the restaurant, marks iftar time, followed by adzan (Call to prayer). Guests who want to maghrebian (dusk) prayer can go to the upper level prayer hall.
Don’t forget to enjoy a shisha session on the adjoining outdoor terrace for a full Turkish night.
Al Fanous is exclusively open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until May 2. Iftar at Al Fanous is available at Rp465,000++ (US$31.34). Contact via WhatsApp for reservations.