SKYE – rooftop restaurant & lounge in Jakarta
July 27th, 2012
Higher, brighter, bigger….the recent opening of SKYE on the 56th floor rooftop of a central Jakarta office tower was a welcome addition to the city’s stylish dining and lounge options. SKYE could well be a game-changer for the Jakarta restaurant and bar scene- finally introducing the city’s residents to the concept of sophisticated, high quality rooftop venues that have become so popular in other leading Asian capitals such as Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore. Since opening last month (June 2012) and occupying possibly the best location available in the city- on top of the tallest office tower- Menara BCA- adjacent to the Grand Indonesia Mall- it has already become the place to go for the amazing views over the Jakarta environs. SKYE is a great place for special occasions, to entertain visitors to the city, or just enjoy the understated elegance and casual sophistication of the indoor and outdoor lounge spaces. Combining a chic, contemporary Restaurant (indoors) , with an expansive outdoor/indoor Lounge, the bold and beautiful SKYE appeals as a well executed all-day lifestyle destination- offering guests a range of options from morning coffee in the Bistro/Lounge, lunches and dinner in the Restaurant, or just hanging out with evening drinks and taking in the views on the outdoor terrace of the Lounge.
SKYE is the latest concept developed by the experienced local Ismaya Group, who have designed and operate a number of Jakarta’s most celebrated establishments including the nearby Social House, the iconic nightclubs Dragonfly and Blowfish, and a variety of other popular dining venues.
See also new April 2014 review article.
(L) to (R) The entrance passageway; the spacious main reception area- and with the Restaurant off to the right. Dedicated elevators take guests from the ground floor lobby level direct to the 56th level.
SKYE occupies the entire top level of the the building- creating an expansive space that incorporates on one half of the floorplan an indoor Restaurant space of generous proportions with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass walls; and on the other half, a spacious indoor / outdoor Lounge and terrace. The impressive contemporary design features extensive use of natural materials, with timber paneled walls and ceilings, raw concrete ceiling beams and pillars, and the widespread use of stonework on interior walls which adds texture to the surfaces. The furniture is modern, with a clean and unfussy style that naturally looks and feels comfortable. Splashes of vibrant colours on soft furnishings add highlights to the natural tones of the wood and stonework.
The SKYE Restaurant has an extensive menu, serving both lunch and dinner. The eclectic culinary style encompasses international ethnic cuisines, focusing on delicacies from Latin/Hispanic, Middle-Eastern, and Asian countries.
The SKYE Lounge concept is to serve bistro style food and refreshments during the day, and in the evenings transition into a “lounge” format with cocktails and chill-out music.
The SKYE restaurant
One section of the main restaurant dining space- with floor to ceiling glass on two sides
Window front settings- ideal for couples- with stunning views over the city landscape
The central service counter bisects the Restaurant into two zones. A striking mosaic graphic features on the facing wall.
A full length sushi counter extends down the one side of the central service area
The Wine Post in one corner of the Restaurant- with dining tables in front
A few selections from the Restaurant Menu-
Scattered Sushi- Sushi Rice, Hamachi, Tuna,Salmon, Shima Aji, Eel, salmon roe, Egg, Sushi Rice, Black sesame, snow pea,Shitake mushroom, salmon skin.
Seared Scallops- with chili crusted macadamias, puffed rice, beef floss and ponzu.
Bubble ‘n Squeak- Chorizo, potato, pumkin, peas, spinach, cherry tomato and fried egg
Cappucino with Chocolate Bar Pie– SKYE Style Bar Pie served with home made mandarin ice cream
The rooftop SKYE Lounge-
Front of the lounge section of the outdoor terrace
Outdoor Lounge garden seating under extendable fabric awnings
Poolside daybeds set into the timber decking ( on an overcast & very hazy afternoon!)
The rooftop outdoor terrace, with bistro tables undercover in the background
The Lounge bar with casual sofa settings
Drink selections from the Lounge Bar-
Apple Rosemary- Fresh apple juice, rosemary syrup, lemon juice, mint leaves and basil leaf
Bolivian Snow- Oreo, Hazelnut Teisseire, fresh milk, heavy cream, garnished with home made whipped cream & oreo crush
Dragon Tattoo- Jose Cuervo, triple sec, dragon fruit syrup, fresh lemon juice, dragon fruit wedges
Cheech & Chong- Apple Berry juice, fresh lemon juice, elderflower monin, green olives, lime leaves, topped with soda
Violet Margarita- Jose Cuervo, violet liqueur bitter truth, lemon juice berry, violet teisseire. Garnish half rim with violet teisseire, salt, orchid flower
The Shaman– Signature Cocktail– Pomegranate and starfruit chunks blended with crushed ice, Absolut Citron and mint
SKYE- Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge
Address: Menara BCA, Level 56, Jl. M.H Thamrin No.1, Jakarta 10310. Indonesia
Reservations: + 62.21.2358 6996 ( Recommended for the Restaurant)
Skye Restaurant – Sunday – Thursday 10:00 am ~ 01:00 am
Friday & Saturday & PH 10:00 am ~ 02:00 am
Skye Lounge– Monday to Friday: 10:00 am ~ 01:00 am; Saturday & Sunday & PH: 10:00 am ~ 02:00 am