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Alila Jakarta launches new dining experience as Executive Chef Alex Ensor takes the helm

New ‘Paddock to Plate’ and ‘Chinese Tapas’ offerings at Jakarta's leading design hotel

Alila Jakarta is introducing a range of new dining experiences at the acclaimed Buzz and Shanghai Storm restaurants, as new Executive Chef Alex Ensor takes the helm at the Indonesian design hotel.
New initiatives will include a ‘Paddock to Plate’ concept at Buzz restaurant, working with local farmers to source seasonal produce from the Indonesian archipelago. Alila Jakarta will also soon launch its own vegetable garden, growing everything from chillies and ginger to lemongrass in the hotel grounds, a sustainable approach that follows the Alila Ethos


Signature dishes at Buzz range from braised oxtail terrine with cauliflower, scallops, edamame, shallots, chilli lime dressing and oxtail essence, sourced from Madura in East Java, to traditional Laksa of chicken, noodles and coriander from Sukabumi in West Java. 

At the popular Shanghai Storm restaurant, Chef Ensor is introducing a new small plates concept, offering a Chinese tapas experience to guests, whilst Indonesian favourites will focus on providing a truly authentic gourmet experience.

Ensor brings over 20 years experience in globally renowned properties to the role, including positions at New Zealand’s Huka Lodge; being named as one of the top 50 Australian Chefs during his time at Sydney’s Salon Blanc and working as Executive Chef with Master Chef Guillaume Brahimi at the award-winning Guillaume @Bennelong, Opera House, where he received his first Hat award and Australian Gourmet Pages ‘Dish of the month’ feature. 

He is also no stranger to the Jakarta dining scene, having headed up the team at SHY Fine Dining Restaurant, the Buddha Bar and Potato Head Garage in the city. Alex joins from his native New Zealand where he has taken the boutique Theatre Royal Hotel in Kumara to new heights, becoming nationally acclaimed for its cuisine.

Alila Jakarta is renowned as a dining destination within the city for guests and locals alike. Buzz offers authentic Asian and Indonesian cuisine together with the best from the west; Shanghai Storm is a popular Chinese-style modern bistro with an open kitchen, whilst tnc café is a chill-out lunch and afternoon tea venue by day and popular cocktail bar by night.

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