Counting Our Blessings  – by Amanda Mead

A celebratory feast was held at the Saffron Restaurant @ Four Points by Sheraton Bandung on Independence Day this year, with numerous dishes for guests to taste. How many, you ask? The answer is obvious – 17.8.45

17 dessert dishes, 8 appetisers, 4 soups and 5 rice dishes were on the magnificent buffet. The main course dishes showcased the best dishes from 7 islands of Indonesia – Bali, Sumatra, Lombok, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Maluku, and of course Java.

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The beauty of the luxurious interior of the Saffron Restaurant was extended into the courtyard dining area, where traditional saungs were set up for the event.

The event on this significant day was about more than food. The team from Four Points Bandung joined with staff from the Museum Barli and the Anak Bumi community to bring opportunities to less fortunate children. The young people created artworks which featured at the brunch event, both as colourful painting for sale, and bright t-shirts worn by staff and the children. Museum Barli artists created beautiful pieces before the eyes of guests, and the children drew and coloured images of the Garuda Pancasila.

Also showcased were speciality dishes by six of Saffron’s chefs. Chef Siswanto joined us for a chat, and spoke about his love of learning about and creating dishes from all over Indonesia. At the restaurant, they source local produce as much as possible. And chef Sis’s tastes remain faithful to his roots – his personal favourite dish is nasi goreng!

The West Javanese dishes featured on the buffet were gepuk, pindang ikan, ulukutek leunca, bakakak hayam, and my favourite – sate maranggi.

There were chicken, fish, beef and vegetable dishes from the other six islands, all beautifully presented and ranging from sweet to spicy to suit all tastes. We could choose from 5 rice dishes, including the locally popular nasi kuning. The soups, salads and other appetisers allowed guests to sample upmarket versions of favourites such as gado-gado and sop buntut. Outside, we could try fried treats such as tempeh from one of the leafy huts.

To finish, there were a variety of local fruits with their light freshness, and prettily presented, delicately tasting sweets such as mini awug, burbur delima, pudding srikaya, and pudding pandan.

The team at Saffron Restaurant and Four Points Bandung are passionate about bringing locals and visitors a superior and memorable experience, while showcasing all that is special about Bandung and the surrounding areas. Their drive to partner with the Anak Bumi community and Museum Barli demonstrates their will to support all aspects of this city. I felt blessed to celebrate Independence Day here with these proud, joyful people.

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