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Jakarta steals a march on Bali with the opening of Indonesia’s first Lounge in the Sky

Lounge in the Sky in Jakarta joins Lounge in the Sky and Dinner in the Sky in Kuala Lumpur as Southeast Asia’s latest highly ambitious dining attractions.

Indonesians are heading out to eat again as the Covid-19 pandemic’s grip on the country loosens, and some thrill-seekers in Jakarta are celebrating by having dinner while dangling 50 meters in the air.

Lounge in the Sky opened to the public this week in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia

Spots were snapped up months in advance: it is fully booked in the evenings for the month of Ramadan, when Muslims gather at the end of the day to break their fast.

Lounge in the Sky Jakarta
Image credit: ADEK BERRY / AFP

The restaurant serves meals — priced between 1.6 and 3.7 million rupiah (RM470-RM1,090) — to as many as 32 customers at a time on a platform that is lifted as high as 50 meters (164 feet) by a crane. Diners are strapped into their seats, while the chefs and servers wear security harnesses.

Some customers were seen cheering as the platform rose during a visit by AFP.

“At first, it was not easy. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to swallow the food,” said Yuni, a 29-year-old doctor. “But after some time I could… eat. It was thrilling.”

The restaurant said it follows strict safety standards, but the experience does not come without precautions: its website recommends customers go to the bathroom before taking their seats to avoid the need to lower the platform during the meal.

Two Belgian entrepreneurs developed the “Dinner in the Sky” concept. Since 2006 it has expanded to dozens of countries.

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Hero and feature image credit: ADEK BERRY / AFP. The story is published via AFP Relaxnews 

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