Elevating Cantonese Cuisine

Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta opens Li Feng, the capital city’s newest dining destination

Published: 15 September 2016, Text by: Richard Augustin

Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta has officially opened Li Feng, which is primed and ready to serve authentic and lavish Cantonese cuisine in an ethereal, classic and culturally rich space.  Helmed by two talented chefs, Chef Fei and Chef Loy, Li Feng’s menu presents a scrumptious blend of traditional dishes and a creative rendition of classics.

Braised Hele Crab with Japanese Rice in Hoisin Sauce © Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta
Braised Hele Crab with Japanese Rice in Hoisin Sauce © Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta

Li Feng’s menu features a variety of Cantonese specialties including chef’s recommendations such as the beautifully presented Deep-Fried Swan Dumpling with Black Pepper Duck Meat, Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple and Bell Pepper and Braised Hele Crab with Japanese Rice in Hoisin Sauce.

Designed by Hong Kong-based LRF Designers Limited, the restaurant’s interior is inspired by the voyage history and spices trade between China and the old Jakarta, Batavia – when ocean-going junks plied between the South China coast and the Spice Islands, as well as Jakarta and onwards to Arabia.

Li Feng offers at Art Decor styled interior © Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta
Li Feng offers at Art Decor styled interior © Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta

The junk connection has been incorporated into the glass art, paintings and the ceiling lights sculpture, which is a stylized ‘sea’ of hand-made crystal glass, with amber crystal junk sails plying their route across the sea. The contemporary ceiling light sculpture and three chandeliers are developed and fabricated by the much-vaunted Czech crystal sculptors, Lasvit.

Deep Fried Swan Dumpling with Black Pepper Duck Meat © Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta
Deep Fried Swan Dumpling with Black Pepper Duck Meat © Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta

Well-known Indonesian designer, Poppy Dharsono, designed the restaurant uniforms, which were inspired by traditional Chinese garments; a Tang Suit for males and a Cheongsam for females. Using the finest quality of shantung silk and wool blend fabrics, the uniform features colours that represent good luck, wealth and royal status such as crimson red, yellow gold and navy blue.

“We are delighted to open Li Feng. Not only it is a great addition to the hotel’s culinary offerings, it is also the first Chinese restaurant in Jakarta to partner with a renowned chef from Mainland China,” explained Maximilian von Reden, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta said. “We believe Li Feng will become a coveted gastronomy destination in the city that offers an authentic yet contemporary Cantonese dining experience.”

Li Feng, located on the second floor of Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta is open every day for lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers three elegant and distinctive private dining rooms, which are the ideal venues to host intimate gathering or private celebrations.

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