it's a chunk of modern indonesia smack in the middle of sai ying pun. following the much-publicized opening of its first foreign outpost in singapore two years ago, jakarta-based retail and hospitality group potato head has launched a new branch in a neighbourhood that currently boasts one of the city's most buzzing dining scenes. the company is known to take pride in the rich and diverse cultural heritage of its home country, and has always sought ways to foster and reflect that through the aesthetic of its various establishments, albeit with a distinct modern edge. and potato head's newest addition to the brood of stylish venues is no exception.
set across a generous 8,000 sq.ft. [743 sqm.]. it's a hybrid concept, designed in collab with acclaimed tokyo-based architect sou fujimoto, that encompasses an all-day dining space and bar, a coffee parlour, a gourmet restaurant serving indonesian cuisine, and last but not least, a boutique. the venue stands out from the block by way of glass façade panels that micmick a pattern of traditional window frames in the city, and whuch extends onto the façade itself. upon entering the premises, visitors pass the boutique called canaan. it's stocked with a curated range of indonesian handicraft items, all beautifully displayed on intricately designed trapezoid shelving.
directly opposite, the coffee shop is situated, followed by a lofty space with a strong living room vibe. dotted with a mix of comfy mid-century sofas and chairs and vintage pieces, and an abundance of suspended potted plants. the bar area has a matching colourful and tropical atmosphere. needless to say, this spot is very suitable for casual wining and dining. but potato head's pride and joy undoubtedly is kaum, its second dining establishment on the premises that exclusively lists delicacies from across the vast indonesian archipelago. as such, the design effort has been stepped up a notch or two to reflect this cultural facet, resulting in a dining environment that feels both highly excotic and contemporay at the same time.
the walls and ceiling are decorated by more than 700 delicately hand-painted wooden panels from indonesia's toraja region, all created by local craftsmen and using local materials. last but certainly not least is the music room, a speakeasy kind of section with an old school vibe. here, it's all about vinyl and good times, pulling kindred spirits to its doorstep. the room is wood-paneled and thoroughly insulated, assuring the party can go on until the wee little hours. a wall filled with records as well as chunky jbl 4350 speakers sets the tone in this part of the venue. location: 100 third street [sai ying pun].