I would not have thought it, but one of the best Italian meals I’ve ever had manifested itself to me in Jakarta Indonesia. Everything came together, the atmosphere, the ingredients but most of all the flavors, a true gastronomic symphony that I can still taste weeks later.
Alto is a new restaurant on the Jakarta scene because it sits atop a brand new tower, the Four Seasons property in Jakarta. It has quickly board through the city rankings of top restaurants and deserves a spot among the finest for sure.
As guests of the hotel we took the elevator up to the top floor and found an artistic and refined setting in the clouds. The decor looks more Chinese than Italian but it has all the trimmings of old world luxury. A wine wall, a refined bar and an alluring whiskey rack.
It is one of the most expensive restaurants in Jakarta, but more affordable than what one would pay at a similar venue in lets say Paris or New York. The cost for soups and main course plates came to around 60 USD for two persons. Service was top notch from the moment we entered. Lunch on a Monday afternoon was not crowded at all but the famed sunday brunch (which costs around 70 USD per person but features some of the most coveted food offerings and antipasti one can imagine) and dinner service can be more crowded, the brunch because it is a feast of delightful luxuries and dinner because the nighttime views are spectacular.
The daytime experience was just as glamorous, as the presentation was upscale and with carefully chosen details. The level of complexity in the food is on par with that of world class upscale restaurants. Our dished included a whiskey risotto, beautiful spinach raviolis and a fungi porchini soup that was beyond words.