A bistro rebirth
There was a lot of hype surrounding the opening of Buddha Bar in Jakarta back in 2009. It was the very first Asian branch of the acclaimed French F&B franchise and a sign that Jakarta did indeed have one of the hottest nightlife scenes in the region. Although it had a bit of a rocky start, Buddha Bar quickly became one of the top spots for the city’s glitterati thanks to its slick setting and legendary parties. But local Buddhist communities were incensed by the bar’s use of religious iconography for commercial purposes, eventually leading to legal problems that forced the venue’s owners to shutdown.
Fortunately for us, the owners did not give up, and instead re-imagined the venue with a concept and design, renaming it Bistro Boulevard. Since it reopened in April, word of mouth about the revamped décor and bold new menu have brought many to the restaurant, which is housed in a grand, nearly 100-year-old Dutch colonial immigration building located in a sleepy section of the posh Menteng neighborhood near Cut Meutia mosque.