Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Le Méridien's Signature Breakfast

Clockwise from front: Smoked Salmon and Poached Egg, Grilled Vegetables, Eye Opener Shots, and Scrambled Eggs with Tomato Salsa

Le Méridien in Jakarta didn't really strike me as anything too special; the building's age is showing and the rooms were rather worn. But one thing that was interesting was the "signature breakfast" that they contracted Jean-Georges Vongerichten to create, such as the scrambled and poached eggs on the plate above, both of which I gobbled down quickly (OK, those grilled veggies on the left weren't his, but presumably more the result of the Lebanese restaurant on site).

Even more exciting were his so-called Eye Opener Shots of juice sitting in a little fridge when they greet you at the entrance. They were perky, featuring spices like chilies and cloves, along with the punchy tang of raspberries and pineapple. I was never really that drawn to Le Méridien hotels (nor hotel breakfasts) in the past, but I'd look forward to this if I had to stay here again.

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