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10 January 2013

Indigo Restaurant - Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya

Indigo - Hotel Majapahit Surabaya


Open Kitchen @ Indigo Restaurant
 Indigo adalah salah satu restoran yang dibuka di Majapahit hotel, biasa dipakai untuk breakfast untuk tamu hotel. Menunya internasional, sebagian besar western, italian dengan sedikit pilihan menu Chinese dan Indonesian. Tempatnya cukup menarik, dengan pemandangan ke luar ke arah jalan Tunjungan yang iconic.

Hotel Majapahit adalah hotel yang bersejarah, dengan perannya dalam perang melawan


Indigo is the restaurant in the famous Majapahit Hotel in Tunjungan street, Surabaya. This hotel is quite famous in Surabaya (and dutch?) history as the location of the "Battle of Surabaya"
Here are a few description of the hotel and historical event, taken from Wikipedia :


The Hotel Majapahit is a historic luxury hotel in Surabaya, Indonesia. Located at 65 Jalan Tunjungan, Surabaya. The hotel was founded in 1910 as Hotel Oranje by Lucas Martin Sarkies who commissioned Regent Alfred John Bidwell to design the hotel. The hotel opened on 1 July 1911.
A new art deco style lobby extension was opened in 1936. The opening was celebrated with a royal party attended by Crown Prince Leopold III from Belgium, Princess Astrid from Sweden and Charlie Chapman.
During the Japanese occupation of Indonesia the hotel name was changed to Yamato Hotel and initially was used as a temporary prison camp for Dutch women and children. The hotel was the site of the famous "Insiden Hotel Yamato" (in English "Hotel Yamato incident") on 19 September 1945 in which young Indonesian revolutionaries tore the blue part of the Dutch flag flown in the hotel to change it to the red and white Indonesian flag in the lead up to the Battle of Surabaya. Following this incident it became known as the Hotel Merdeka, or the Liberty Hotel.
In 1946 the Sarkies brothers returned to manage the hotel and changed the name to the Lucas Martin Sarkies Hotel. In 1969 Mantrust Holdings Co., became the new owner and named the hotel after the historic kingdom of Majapahit. It was operated by the Mandarin Oriental group between 1993 and 2006. The hotel was acquired by PT. Sekman Wisata in 2006.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Surabaya

Battle of Surabaya
Part of Indonesian National Revolution
IWM-SE-5865-tank-Surabaya-19451127.jpg
A British Indian soldier uses a knocked out Indonesian nationalist tank as cover in a main street in Surabaya, November 1945.
Date 27 October – 20 November 1945
Location Surabaya, Indonesia
Result
  • British victory
  •  • British forces occupy Surabaya
Belligerents
  •  Indonesia
Commanders and leaders
Strength
  • 20,000 infantry
  • 100,000 irregulars[1]
  • 30,000 (peak)[1]
    with tanks, aircraft and warships
Casualties and losses
6,000[2] – 16,000[1] killed 600[3] – 2,000[1] killed
The Battle of Surabaya was fought between pro-independence Indonesian soldiers and militia against British and Dutch troops as a part of the Indonesian National Revolution. The peak of the battle was in November 1945. Despite fierce resistance, British Indian troops managed to conquer Surabaya, the second-largest city in Indonesia, on behalf of the Netherlands. The battle was the heaviest single battle of the revolution and became a national symbol of Indonesian resistance.[2] Considered a heroic effort by Indonesians, the battle helped galvanise Indonesian and international support for Indonesian independence. 10 November is celebrated annually as Heroes' Day (Hari Pahlawan).
By the time the Allied forces arrived at the end of October 1945, the pemuda ('youth') foothold in Surabaya City was described as "a strong unified fortress".[4] Ferocious fighting erupted when 6,000 Indian troops landed in the city to evacuate European internees. Following the killing on 30 October of the British commander, Brigadier A. W. S. Mallaby,[4] the British retaliated with a punitive sweep that began on 10 November, under the cover of air attacks. Although the European forces largely captured the city in three days, the poorly armed Republicans fought for three weeks, and thousands died as the population fled to the countryside.
Despite the military defeat suffered by the Republicans and a loss of manpower and weaponry that would severely hamper Republican forces for the rest of the revolution, the battle and defence mounted by the Indonesians galvanised the nation in support of independence and helped garner international attention. For the Dutch, it removed any doubt that the Republic was not simply a gang of collaborators without popular support. It also had the effect of convincing Britain that wisdom lay on the side of neutrality in the revolution;[2] within a few years, in fact, Britain would support the Republican cause in the United Nations.

Complimentary bread @ Indigo Restaurant


Complimentary bread @ Indigo Restaurant
Saat datang kita disuguhi roti untuk pembuka, yang merupakan bagian dari layanan, alias gratis ^^
Biasanya juga dipanaskan sebelum disuguhkan, sentuhan kecil yang menarik.


Upon arrival we're served a complimentary bread for each person. The bread is quite nice, and usually heated before served, which is a nice touch.


Indigo Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya

Tempatnya cukup nyaman, ada sofa untuk yang ingin nyaman dan meja bundar yang besar untuk yang ingin beramai-ramai.
Nuansa art deco di hotel tetap dipertahankan hingga ke dalam restoran satu ini, dengan langit-langit resto berhias fresco awan dan langit biru. 
Walaupun cukup senang dengan suasana resto ini, tapi sekarang ada lagi satu venue yang lebih menarik di hotel yang sama, Maj : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2012/07/the-maj-majapahit-hotel-surabaya.html


The place is quite cozy, with a plush sofa for comfort and a round table for those who come with a large company.
The art deco design is still maintained throughout this restaurant, with a lovely fresco of cloud and sky decorating the ceiling.
Though I like this place, there's an even better one in the same hotel, Maj Pub & Dine : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2012/07/the-maj-majapahit-hotel-surabaya.html

Farfalle @ Indigo Majapahit Hotel

Hidangan Italy-nya cukup enak, pasta Farfalle ini dibuat menggunakan beberapa jenis keju, tapi penggunaan beberapa herbs membuatnya tidak terasa eneg. 

The Italian dish are my favorite, this Farfalle is made using a few selection of cheese, but the herbs and seasonings used are just right, making it taste just delicious.

Soto Ayam @ @ Indigo Majapahit Hotel
Hidangan Indonesianya kadang hit / miss, dulu pernah pesan ayam panggang cukup enak, yang kali ini kurang ok, Soto nya termasuk biasa dan rasanya juga tidak ada yang istimewa. Tidak rekomen pesan ini, kecuali memang sedang nyidam soto dan ingin suasana hotel


The Indonesian food served here are a case of hit and miss. Their grilled chicken (betutu style if I remember correctly) was quite nice, but this Soto, was just a plain unappetizing dish. You'd be better off checking the more established Soto vendor such as Soto Ambengan pak Sadi etc.


Vietnam Curry - Vegetarian (Rp 45.000)

Rasa masakan satu ini cukup mengecewakan, sekedar nasi dengan sayur dimasak dengan seduikit saus kare. Rasanya cukup menyiksa untuk menghabiskan nasi dengan kare yang relatif hambar ini. Pilihan sayurnya juga hanya empat macam, wortel, kacang polong, brungkul dan kentang
Mending jangan coba-coba pesan deh, ini benar-benar menu super aneh yang tidak ada daya tariknya. Dijual Rp 10.000 saja saya bakal malas pesan


This Vietnam Curry dish is a big dissapointment, it's just a pile of vegetable with a drizzle of curry with rice. It was a torture trying to finish the dry tasteless food, not to mention there are only four varieties of vegetable, which is carrot, peas, cauliflower and potato.
I recommend you to just stay away from this one, I wont even order it if they charge Rp 10.000 for it.



Sandwich @ Indigo Majapahit Hotel

 Indigo Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya

Dua hidangan di atas ini juga biasa-biasa saja, sandwich nya sih not bad, tapi sangat mudah untuk membuat sandwich jadi tidak terlalu banyak yang bisa salah dalam membuatnya. Untuk sayur dan daging ini juga tidak ada istimewanya.

The two dishes above are nothing special, the sandwich isn't bad, but it doesn't take much to make a good sandwich.

Pizza @ Indigo Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya

Pizza @ Indigo Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya



Calamari @ Indigo Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya

T-Bone Steak @ Indigo Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya (Rp 125.000)
Hidangan yang menjadi daya tarik utama di Indigo adalah western menu-nya. Pizza di sini termasuk cukup enak, hanya sedikit yang rasanya setara atau lebih enak. Untuk selera saya, tempat ini lebih enak daripada la Rucola, setara dengan casa fontana, dan yang mengalahkannya adalah cascades (Bumi Hotel) circa 2011. Sayangnya saya sudah lama sekali tidak ke cascades sejak keranjingan Kizahashi, jadi tidak tahu apakah pizza mereka masih enak


The main attraction that keeps me coming back to Indigo is the western menu. Their pizza is quite good, with only a few to be considered on par. For my taste, this place is better than la Rucola, as good as Casa Fontana, and the place that bested this pizza is Cascades in Bumi Hotel, circa 2011. Too bad it's quite a while since I last checked the pizza at Cascades, since I got addicted to Kizahashi, so I don't know if the pizza in Cascades is still good or not.


Ice cream @ Indigo Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya

Milk Shake @ Indigo Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya

Majapahit Ice Tea @ Indigo Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya

Taste             : 3 / 5

Atmosphere        : 3.5 / 5
Service           : 4 / 5
Value             : 3 / 5



Indigo Restaurant
Majapahit Hotel
Jl Tunjungan 65, Genteng, Surabaya

Phone : (031) 5454333
For Booking : Agoda

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