The Right Occasion at Kembang Kencur and Halo Niko! Mini

by Pingkan Palilingan
16th March 2017
Kembang Kencur is the type of function space where you can imagine celebrating your most intimate occasion in. And, they also have Greek/Javanese eatery Halo Niko! Mini to boot.

Kembang Kencur

Looking for a function space in Jakarta that caters to an intimate occasion can be quite a chore. Not only it’s a hard quest to find one with an interior that suits your taste, the location and surroundings play a big part when it comes to celebrating your special day as well.

As a function space, Kembang Kencur’s presence is already well-known among Jakartans. Previously located in Warung Buncit Road, the establishment has since moved to a quiet housing complex in Pejaten. What used to be a two-storey building with white, polished wall we know of Kembang Kencur, has now turned into a house-like space with a spacious living room and sprawling outdoor.

Furnished with colourful mismatched furnitures that Kika, the owner, created in her workshop, the space induces a laid-back feel, the kind you wish of having for your close-knit celebration. As opposed to its previous location that sits by a busy office strip, the new Kembang Kencur provides a breathing space with their outdoor area. Regardless of what occasion you are having, you’ll be tempt to flop down on their grassy backyard or lounge by (or even take a dip in) the pool.

The good thing about choosing this space is that you’ll have everything taken care of. From catering to sound system, from decoration to parking, rest assured, you’re in good hands of Kika. One more thing, if you’re the type of host that finds delight in pleasing guests, take them to Toko Majju, a textile and homeware shop adjacent to Kembang Kencur, for an after-party shopping. Or if they still feel peckish, a quick bite from Halo Niko! Mini would do the trick.

Halo Niko! Mini

Halo Niko! features one of the original concepts in the city, that is, to pair two of the most unlikely cuisine: Greek and Javanese. Before the image of cross-bred, experimental food pops up in your mind, it’s important to take note that the restaurant is absolutely nothing of the sort.

Instead of establishing a barrier by presenting a weird hybrid between the two, with Halo Niko!’s approach, customers could have the freedom to try either of the cuisine. Expect options of easy Greek food such as Spanako pita and Souvlaki placed aside everyday Javanese food like fried rice and satay.

First opened in Warung Buncit Road, Halo Niko! Mini occupies a small glasshouse-like room adjacent to function space Kembang Kencur. It is indeed more compact than its flagship, yet still retain the intimate and relaxed vibe known to its regular customers. Such character could also be found in its offerings, where, the funky-named menu would no doubt invite giggles or curious questions from visitors (care to try Buntut Mas Niko, Nasi Goyeng Mantan or Es Rindu Laki?).

Halo Niko! Mini is definitely an easy choice for lunch or dinner with family and friends without having to rack your brain. And when it comes to location, this joint would quickly trump other options, thanks to the refreshing backyard and pool view that will soothe the eyes as you gobble up a mouthful of Souvlaki.