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Relive your Bali holiday through your taste buds
Taste of Indonesia at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Taste of Indonesia at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney


For Australians perhaps it is only our short trips to Bali that have opened our taste buds to Indonesian cuisine.

But in Bali, it is easy to end up eating the same food you eat at home. For just like there are copycat designer bags and sunglasses in Bali there are many Westernised eating out experiences such as Mexican, Italian and American restaurants. Just like you get at home.

Such places feel familiar and secure but you miss out on real Indonesian food such as Babi Guling suckling pig, Pisang Goreng (fried banana), sate (mashed chicken with spices melded onto a lemongrass stick rather than the peanut sauce variety we are accustomed to) and Nasi Campur a local and delicious rice dish.

But even if you opted to eat in local warungs in Bali your food experiences would be a fraction of Indonesia's wider cuisine which is far more electric and diverse than what you will find on any holiday.

For Indonesian food is incredibly varied with its intense contrasting flavours and exotic ingredient and influences from India, the Middle East and China.

The humid Indonesian climate and rich volcanic soil ensure that spices, tropical fruits and nourishing root vegetables are found in utter abundance.

Spices are prized not only for their flavour but also for their health benefits.

There are also regional specialities that can be found across the country's 6,000 islands.

But you can experience some of these great tastes if you attend Shangri-La Hotel's "Taste of Indonesia" Food Festival held at Cafe Mix from 16 to 26 August 2018.

Taste of Indonesia at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Taste of Indonesia at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney


Here you will embark on a culinary adventure of authentic dishes created by guest chefs Rizal Nadution and Irwanto of Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya (East Java), who have flown in for the festival.

Paying homage to the true essence of Indonesian cuisine, the buffet includes popular national dishes, such as Nasi Goreng Jawa, Beef Rendang, Balinese Chicken Salad and Gado Gado amongst others.

The menu is all about intense seasoning for flavours, such as tamarind, lime, sweet soy sauce and spicy chilli.

Guests will finish with some of South East Asia's most exciting traditional desserts, including Pisang Goreng (yes, fried bananas), Dadar Gulung (pandan crepe with sweet coconut filling) and Es Kopyor (iced coconut curd with pandan syrup).

Taste of Indonesia at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Taste of Indonesia at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

"Taste of Indonesia" is available during the buffet lunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. at $65 per person.

The buffet dinner is available from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at $65 per person from Monday to Thursday and at $85 per person from Friday to Sunday.

For bookings, call (02) 9250 6000 or send an email to dine.slsn@shangri-la.com. For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com/sydney.

The other great event on at Shangri-La Hotel Sydney is their new High Tea buffet created by Anna Polyviou.

Blu Bar High Tea by Anna Polyviou at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Blu Bar High Tea by Anna Polyviou at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney


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Why? The unique tastes and experiences of Indonesian cuisine
When: Lunch and dinner from the 16 to the 26 of August
Phone: For bookings call (02) 9250 6000 or send an email to dine.slsn@shangri-la.com.
Where: Cafe Mix at the Shangri-La Hotel 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks Sydney
Cost: The buffet dinner is available from 6 to 9:30p.m. at $65 per person from Monday to Thursday and at $85 per person from Friday to Sunday.
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