The Vegan Food
The vegan food at Shangri-La Jakarta was nothing short of amazing, everywhere we ate we were spoilt for choice.
In the Horizon Club we enjoyed a breakfast that covered all the bases in terms of being healthy, tasty, indulgent and vegan. Homemade muesli with cold soya milk and fresh berries was low on sugar, full of healthy seeds and fresh and dried fruit. We loved the gluten-free savoury pancakes filled with hummus, avocado chunks, tomato, onion and coriander. We marvelled at how light and spongy the pancakes were and thought the filling inside was perfectly tasty.
Well we did say the breakfast was indulgent.
Soft slippery rice noodles seasoned with soy, generous amounts of black pepper and crispy fried garlic on top; wheat noodles with a spicy peanut sauce and a sour, spicy ‘pav bhaji’ accompanied by cauliflower fritters that were nicely dense with spiced gram flour, giving them a very satisfying texture.
We also ate breakfast at the main ‘Satoo’ restaurant where there was an impressive and tasty range of Indian dishes including a lovely mild upma, well filled spicy samosas, light sour idly pancakes and cubes of sweet, sour ‘besan dokhla’.
A very well stocked and vegan friendly salad bar with an excellent range of dressings awaited us, meaning that making a salad was quite an exciting experience. Our vegan hands selected fresh salad leaves, beetroot, sun dried and fresh baby tomatoes and alfalfa sprouts finished off with a fruity and sharp, sweet raspberry vinaigrette.
There were local Javanese dishes for us to sample too incuding ‘Ketoprak’, the dish was delicious, with spicy rich peanut sauce covering fried tofu cubes, soft rice cakes and crunchy beansprouts. We enjoyed sampling the ‘jamu’ traditional herbal medicinal drinks, made especially by a lady who had many years of experience in the creation of these health giving drinks, allowing us to experience some local culture too.