de Soematra 1910

Built in 1910, an old house on Jalan Sumatera 75 in Surabaya has been converted into an entertaining place, with two formal dining rooms; a couple of sitting rooms fit for high teas; a piano area; a formal café, and a terrace seating area.

The glory of this Dutch Colonial architecture in Indonesia has been restored. Any damaged original elements, such as the tiles, the ceiling, the stained glass windows have been restored and/or faithfully and meticulously replicated.

Dining is by reservations only, two-days in advance at the latest. Walk-ins are limited to the seating rooms, unless they are already reserved and/or occupied.

A new annex consisting of two dining halls and separated from the main house will function as a restaurant in the near future.

A Dining Review can be found HERE.

Architect Hidajat Endramukti of Endramukti Design led the one-year restoration and renovation.

de Soematra 1910
Jalan Sumatera 75
East Java 60281

Tel: +62 (031) 5010-666
Fax: +62 (031) 5023-666

[UPDATE: 23 September 2011]
As of September 9, 2011, Erni D. Susanti resigned as Manager of de Soematra. A replacement has yet to be named. More updates to follow.

The FoyerThe Foyer, facing the entranceThe Foyer, facing the Indigo RoomThe Foyer, facing the Piano RoomThe Piano Room
One of the sitting roomsOne of the Sitting RoomsThe Indigo RoomThe Indigo RoomThe Indigo RoomThe main corridor
A desk at the corridorThe Main Dining HallThe Main Dining HallThe Main Dining HallThe Main Dining HallThe Main Dining Hall
The Main Dining HallThe Main Dining HallSalade de crevettes Soupe à l'oignonMain entrée of SteakCrème Brulée

de Soematra 1910, a set on Flickr.


Almost Greek to Me

Since my travels to Europe in the 70s I have visited many public squares: in small towns and in big cities; during the fall, winter, spring, and summer; at dawn and near dusk, day and night. In my subsequent travels −after learning about the Greek agora and the Roman forum during college− I tried to recreate the feeling of being in that ancient marketplace, in that old public square. Did anybody ever stand and think that the very spot she or he stood on would one day be a subject of a study? What went on the mind of the people as they walked among the architectures that dwarfed them? In Nashville, Tennessee, stood the only standing replica of the Parthenon of Athens. While I was in college, many times I would visit the park where the monument stood and walked around the structure, but the feeling I was searching for eluded me.

Then today it happened in what I thought was the unlikeliest place in the world: the Ebisu Garden Place, one of the many contemporary temples to the gods and goddesses of Continue reading