At this internationally acclaimed boutique museum hotel, the house mission of recreating Indonesia's art, culture, and romance extends even down to the food. A series of on-request lavish dining concepts, fusing gourmet experiences with age-old cultural and ceremonial rituals, are arranged in historically themed, atmosphere-charged chambers reconstructed in the hotel's wings. Over-the-top theatrics maybe, but this is an Indonesian culinary experience like no other, involving aspects of traditional rituals, presentation, and history—and an awful lot of food.

Highlights of the lavish "Art of Dining, the 101 Dining Temptations" menu include "Imperial China, Royal Dinner of Chinese Dynasties" and the "Forbidden City Dinner," both hosted in the red-themed Bale Sutra ("Palace of Harmony"), one of Indonesia's most spectacular dining rooms, housing a 1706 Kang Xi–era Chinese family temple shipped from Java, complete with priceless artworks, statues, and an antique dining table that seems to be never ending. Expect fine Asian cuisine presented on antique silver with Ming-style tableware, served by a procession of traditionally attired waitstaff evoking (really) "eunuchs playing merry instruments and singing poetic songs." Alternatively, Bale Puputan, an elegant dining room fusing 19th-century Dutch colonial style with royal Balinese imperialism (its centerpiece is allegedly Indonesia's largest antique marble table) entertains guests with a grand rijsttafel feast, a kind of Dutch colonial-era smorgasbord, with 12 traditional dishes served by yet another procession of waitstaff. This is group dining with a difference; be sure to book at least one day in advance.