Oasis restaurant was originally built as a private residence of the Dutch millionaire, Mr. F. Brandenburg van Oltsende, owner of tea, rubber and cinchona estates in 1928. The building has a well preserved Dutch colonial architecture, where teakwood beams span the high ceiling of the rooms and the checkered black and white tiles reflect the soft light of the crystal chandeliers. After the World War II, the building became the official residence of the United States Naval Attaché.
The annual Marine Balls were held in this beautiful house and garden. The main dining room is named Sumatra room because of the antique hand woven, gold embroidered, Sumatra sarongs. The beautiful stained glass window in the dining room depicts the coat of arms and sayings of Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466 – 1536). It was designed by Robert Deppe, a Dutch artist, and executed by J.J.R. Engel in Jakarta in 1936. Other art objects worth noting are:
- The Entrance Hall of the building has a gong dated from the 18th century. It originated from one of the royal palaces in Central Java.
- Kalimantan room has masks and antique primitive statues from Kalimantan (Borneo).
- The Staircase leading to the second floor has unique collections of primitive arts from West Papua.
- Topeng Bar has a collection of masks and paintings by famous Indonesian painters.
- Raja rooms have exclusive décor and they are ideal places for private parties.
- The Java and Garden Terrace rooms, overlooking a beautiful garden, have their own unique décor to dine in.
In 1976, Oasis restaurant introduced the Rijsttafel (Rice Table), a unique presentation of a variety of Indonesian food, served by a procession of twelve Indonesian maidens. Oasis restaurant has a well-known European cuisine as well.
O’om Mucharam Endi
The General Manager