Red Hot Chilli’s

A sinful culinary indulgence.

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Chilli’s Jakarta is one of the oldest American restaurant in the world’s largest Moslem population, further proof of its tolerant taste buds. It’s located in one of the oldest and first malls in the country, which is Sarinah.

An anecdote wishes to be inserted at this point. Sarinah Mall was named after the nanny of Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. During the inauguration, Sukarno said that Sarinah reflected the ideals of an Indonesian woman and heaped praises upon her. Sukarno even wrote a book called Sarinah in the forties, expounding his view about women and their role in society.

What you probably don’t know is that Sukarno, a notorious womanizer, also had his first sexual encounter with Sarinah.

Sinfully delightful is the culinary experience you’ll have with Chilli’s “oversize me” portions of its food: the steak, the fries, the burgers, the nachos … but nonetheless worth the price you pay for, except for the local bottled water, which is still USD 2.00, thieving bastards.

But I still love the place for the memories it brings me, when I used to frequent the place for its Happy Hour …

Thankfully, I had my assistant to accompany me during this post-Ramadan food adventure.


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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