By June Ramli
I recently had the joyous opportunity to reunite with my long-lost cousin, in Jakarta, Indonesia, after an incredible 13 years apart.
Eager to reconnect with his family whom I had never met before, I seized the chance to book a short detour trip from Malaysia to visit them for a memorable weekend.
Instead of staying in a typical hotel in Jakarta, I opted to bond with my relatives and decided to surprise them with a delightful buffet meal at the Anigre Restaurant Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, conveniently located just 30 minutes away from their residence.
As we arrived at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, we were warmly greeted and escorted to our reserved table in the midst of a tantalizing buffet spread.
The variety of dishes presented before us was simply astounding, leaving me in awe of where to begin this culinary journey.
One dish that caught our attention was the best-selling oxtail soup, highly recommended by the attentive staff.
We indulged in its rich and tender flavors, setting the tone for the delightful feast that awaited us.
As we navigated the buffet, we encountered a plethora of delectable options, including mushroom soup, coconut jelly, sashimi, and a diverse array of cuisines, from Japanese and Korean to Indian delicacies.
The most delightful surprise was the spread of authentic Indonesian food, which proved to be on par with the beloved dishes found in the bustling roadside stalls of Jakarta.
I had the pleasure of speaking with the talented chef de partie, who shared the passion and dedication behind creating such an authentic and flavorful Indonesian culinary experience.
The hotel’s buffet not only catered to the palates of locals but also offered foreigners an opportunity to savor Indonesian delicacies in a luxurious setting, free from any worries of upsetting their stomachs.
The atmosphere was vibrant, with numerous locals and visitors flocking to the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel to partake in this culinary delight.
What touched my heart was witnessing over 10 tables celebrating their loved ones’ birthdays, creating a sense of unity and celebration that permeated the restaurant.
A live band further enlivened the ambiance, playing soulful Indonesian music, and joyously performing birthday songs upon request.
Sharing this special meal with my cousin and his family was a true delight, as we bonded over our shared love for good food and quality time together.
The buffet experience at Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel surpassed all expectations, creating an unforgettable memory for us all.
Following the sumptuous buffet, I seized the chance to explore the hotel’s facilities, marveling at the impressive artworks adorning the lobby and surrounding areas.
The deluxe room, perfect for business travelers on a short stay in Jakarta, impressed with its cozy and welcoming ambiance.
I discovered that Malaysian celebrity Fazura had recently stayed in one of these rooms during her business trip to Jakarta, adding a touch of glamour to the hotel’s reputation.
However, the highlight of my tour was the presidential suite, a luxurious haven ideal for couples celebrating their wedding at the venue or seeking a tranquil retreat.
Equipped with all the necessary amenities, the suite offered a grand space that rivaled a studio apartment, exuding opulence and comfort.
Throughout the tour, the hotel staff proved to be welcoming, though some were new and couldn’t recall famous guests.
Nonetheless, they emphasized the suite’s appeal to honeymooners, making it an ideal choice for couples seeking a romantic escape.
Overall, my experience at Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel left an indelible impression on my heart.
The opportunity to reconnect with family in such a warm and inviting atmosphere, surrounded by delectable cuisine and attentive service, was truly a blessing.
If I find myself in Jakarta again, without a doubt, Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel will be my top choice for an extraordinary and heartwarming stay.
June Ramli is the editor of DailyStraits.com. To stay in touch with June, look her up on Twitter @junesairaramli