Rolling Stone Cafe Jakarta: The Food, The Music, The Place

By N. Mark Castro

Touted as the 2nd Rolling Stone Café to open in the world aside from Japan — and its headquarters in the US — Rolling Stone Café Indonesia has become the IT place for Indonesia’s celebrity musicians for concerts, gigs, or simple musical jam, while opening its doors for aspiring bands to perform and hone their skills.

That it’s become a Music Factory is a welcome opportunity for Asian musicians, having a platform to perform as humongous as this place. Rolling Stone Café Indonesia can actually hold 3 simultaneous concerts, evenly distributed in its sprawling grounds, with a swimming pool, and fantastic large serving of food. The manager said that the open air backyard is about 3,000 square meters and equipped with concrete stage that meets international standards, which is a perfect fit for band concerts, exhibits or my birthday party, assuming I could fill its 4000 crowd capacity.

According to its website:

Located at Jl. Ampera 16,Jakarta, Indonesia, Rolling Stone Cafe is the perfect place where lunch, dinner and drinks took on a whole new meaning of appetite indulgence in a helluva great fun on any day. This first Rolling Stone Cafe in the world was an overnight sensation. What began as the ultimate singles bar became a destination synonymous with FUN for couples, co-workers and buddies. Rolling Stone Cafe is different and it became THE place to see and be seen. The decor, music, lights and staff continue to provide a lively, eclectic and engaging atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for celebrating virtually anything among super-social butterflies.

And the unique menu offers a general feel of the Rolling Stone Magazine, which is also available in Indonesia.

So unlike the piped-in music that’s played in other bars, Rolling Stone Café serves its exquisite assortment of food and beverage in such an elegant way you wouldn’t be able to decide whether they’re a restaurant bar or fine dining. And yet, even the escargot appetizers, large Sirloin steak, and fusion cocktails served are affordably priced.

It’s truly amazing to find a venue like this in Jakarta, and one that is intelligently managed, which intrigued me enough to do a bit of poking to have an understanding as to who’s doing what.

Turns out that the President Director of Rolling Stone Café Indonesia is in the hands of the affable Billy Boen.

Billy’s one of the few Indonesians who made me feel welcome in his country when I first arrived here. We were exploring several projects together, exchanging stories, and sharing views how to help in the development of the country 8 years ago. And even though other things have kept us busy, we somehow never forgot that we’ve met. After successfully launching his book Young On Top, he has parlayed himself as an inspirational speaker, radio commentator, while presiding over the successful direction of Rolling Stone Café.

We’ve actually exchanged several Twits and emails recently but I’m not sure whether it’s my turn or his to respond.

Age, it does that.

But I’m sure to drop him a line right before the upcoming Lebaran. Incidentally, I’d nearly forgotten that he also heads one of the leading talent agencies in the country, Jakarta International Management, providing artists and talent management, modeling services, events, film academy, and modeling academy.

Now that’s one aspect we still share: while he works with the development of women in the modeling industry, I work on the development of women in financial literacy.

After all these years, imagine that.

And the best part is that there’s another venue in Asia — and in Indonesia — that we can proudly showcase to the world, proof of which is how we enjoyed the food, the music, and the general ambiance of the place.

But if ever they need a real rock and roll guy with an amazing air guitar capabilities … they can always book me.


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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