The concept of Hujan Locale is an idea close to our heart as we have been developing our relationships with local farmers utilizing their produce in our restaurants over the past three years. In honoring these relationships HujanUbudcame at the perfect time in the perfect location to launch this next exciting venture.
The nameHujan was chosen to portray what the rains represent: Good fortune, prosperity and harvest.
The space casually reflects a cool tropical yet rural setting and an old world Asian charm. A distinct Old French Vietnam charm fills the interior, provincial and yet slightly urbanized. The original façade has been stripped back to reveal a softened concrete color with beautiful wooden shutters- reminiscent of traditional French town housing drenched by the Asian sun.
M.C. Escher “Palm” is a centerpiece whilst the commissioning of a work “morning rain” by renowned Indonesian photographer HengkiKoentjoro commands attention. The purity of style in this image -the storm passing through palms compliments both the namesake and concept of the restaurant.
The interior has a somewhat cool organic popped up with tropical art and foliage. Cool green greys reflect a pared down elegance. The palette of natural wash out woods and taupe tone rattan chairs are spiked up pomegranates colors - ginger flowers give tropical vibe and citrus enliven the space.
The large mirror with studded brass pins and distressed on the edges flanks the entire wall.
Downstairs the creation of an all day dining venue featuring Hujan Locale’s signature long board pizzas and Indonesian Tapas menu and the installation of a beautiful bar area will bring to life a past tradition of Batavian Cafe Culture, a hark back to the elegance of the Java Jazz era where open to the street daytime bars served fashionable cocktails to a sophisticated and fun loving clientele who sipped, snacked and smoked in relaxed fashion at anytime of the day.
During the daylight hours Hujan Locale’s downstairs will exude the atmosphere of the Parisian Cafe Bar with family seating and bar service, then and as the sun sets to the sounds of chilled modern Indonesian jazz fusion, the ambience envelops the adult world of cocktail hour, supper rendezvous and late night bar style dining.
The inspiration is as always, Indonesia, this time Indonesia of the 1930’s when the metropolis of Jakarta, known as Batavia, was a multicultural melting pot of cool jazz scenes, beautiful people and elegant entertainments that bonded over the opulent life style of the “Exotic East Indies”.
Hujan, meaning rain, will focus the essentials of cuisine with a “found and foraged” philosophy. Will together with his “chef in crime” Palm Amatawet, now embark on this this culinary adventure using the best of local ingredients, sourced from local farmers and fostering stronger links with the surrounding community.
Hujan serves a combination of dishes found in the traditional kitchens of South East Asia, including adiverse range of Indonesian dishes originating from the westernmost islands and stretching to the east. Chef Will Meyrick travels across the regions to learn the culinary culture and get to know the people. He brings home timeless recipes and the stories behind them.
The Hujan Locale concept is to present fresh ideas, consistently creating everything in house wherever possible. The kitchen garden and farm provide the vast majority of Hujan’s pantry and the inspiration that comes to the plate. Hujan is embracing the found and forage food movement right down to the bar menu – Cocktails blended, muddled and mixed into inventive concoctions like the enticing beetroot margaritas or celery and cucumber martinis. These are offered alongside the more traditional selections such as the spicy ginger Moscow mules.