A new Buckhead restaurant aims to introduce you to Indonesian cuisine -- and maybe get you to visit the country, too.
WIN Indonesian Grill & Gastrobar is slated to open Feb. 1 at 2285 Peachtree Road NE. on the bottom floor of the Peachtree Battle condominium building.
Partners Ivan Raintung, Made Yata and Robert Manan are pairing with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism to open the upscale restaurant, which they hope will expose Atlantans to an under-the-radar cuisine and get diners interested in Indonesia. When it opens, WIN will be the only upscale Indonesian restaurant in the city (Tempo Doloe on Buford Highway and Batavia on Shallowford Road are both casual dine-in eateries).
Executive chef Yono Purnomo, who also owns Indonesian-inspired eatery Yono’s in Albany, New York and has cooked at the James Beard House, plans to showcase a variety of dishes from his home country. Look for items including spicy meat dish rendang; nasi goreng, a fried rice dish; saté, grilled meats typically served on a stick; soto, a traditional Indonesian soup; and gado-gado, an Indonesian salad. Sambal, a kind of chili paste, will be used in many of the dishes, and don’t be surprised to find elements of other cuisines, a nod to the diverse makeup of Indonesia’s population.
The restaurant will feature a selection of cocktails and beer, but Raintung said the focus will likely be on wines.
He said Atlanta’s size and its status as the home to several large international companies make it an ideal location for the concept, and that Buckhead residents “are always looking to try something new.”
WIN’s founders are no stranger to running a business -- East Java native Raintung owns Mulan Asian Cuisine on Cascade Road in south Atlanta, Moto Asian Cuisine in Cumming and Chin Chin on Howell Mil Road as well as a gym in Forsyth County; Bali native Yata owns an Atlanta business and is in the process of opening a ramen restaurant; and Manan owns several businesses in Indonesia.
The 5,000 square-foot WIN, which seats 100, also has a bar and an outdoor patio.
WIN will be open for dinner only at first, with the possibility to expand to lunch hours in the future.
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