A celebrity chef tastefully takes over Surabaya's upscale restaurants

A celebrity chef tastefully takes over Surabaya's upscale restaurants
MIl's Kitchen at Vasa Connect, Vasa Hotel Surabaya © Vasa Hotel

On the 21st and 22nd of October, 2022, Mils Kitchen, a Yogyakarta-based restaurant popularly known for is fine dining, serves modern Nusantara delicacies full of history and heritage flavors at the Vasa Hotel Surabaya.

It offers the "Gems of Nusantara Heritage Recipes" and is led by the restaurant's owner himself, celebrity chef Mili Hendratno, and seemed to transport diners to traditional Indonesian cuisine.

In a successful Restaurant Takeover program, Vasa Connect by Vasa Hotel Surabaya introduces a super-skilled chef from a remarkable restaurant in Jogjakarta.

Mil's Kitchen, in Catur Tunggal, Sleman, Yogyakarta, is famous for its primary menu, which consists of iconic traditional foods. Chef Mili Hendratno, often known as Chef Mili, began his career in 2007 after graduating from the Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata Bandung (Bandung Tourism College). He joined a number of culinary institutions, including well-known restaurants and 5-star hotels from Indonesia to Germany.

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)
Chef Mili (© Vasa Hotel Surabaya)

Chef Mili chose to launch his own restaurant, named Mil's Kitchen, in July of 2020. Incorporating a traditional Indonesian touch with a dense cultural subtlety, the home-cooked food is not only excellently tasteful but also leaves a lasting impact in the hearts of every connoisseur. Chef Mili maintains not only the authenticity of taste, but also the authenticity of the Jogja-typical modern and warm appearance of the raw ingredients.

In line with the 209 Restaurant and Chamas Brazilian Restaurant at Vasa Hotel Surabaya, which implement the "0 kilometer" system, which prioritizes the use of fresh raw materials sourced from the nearest traditional market, he is also very concerned with the use of high-quality raw materials sourced from local farmers.

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)
The menu offer. Tasteful (© Vasa Hotel Surabaya)

So, get yourself prepared to be intrigued by Chef Mili's innovations when staying at the Vasa Hotel Surabaya during those dates. Chef Mili replied, "Magic happens in the kitchen" when questioned about the flavor of the food to be served. Beginning with King Salmon "Pepes En Croute" as an appetizer, Chicken Ballontine "Srepeh Rembang" that combines the tenderness of chicken meat with fresh vegetables, US Prime Short Rib "Bakar" and various other side dishes such as Duo Treasure, cheek Bone Marrow, Forest Durian and Passion Fruit are the key to the flavor of the entire menu. 

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)
Wagyu Cheek Bone Marrow (© Vasa Hotel Surabaya)

The excellent flavor paired with the exquisite presentation makes this food appear to be a work of art or an aesthetically stunning plate of art.  

For foodies in Surabaya, it is no longer necessary to travel all the way to Jogja in order to savor Chef Mili Hendratno's carefully crafted dishes. Because Chef Mili and his staff were transported directly from Student City to Vasa Hotel Surabaya in order to attend the "Vasa Connect" invitation on October 21, 2022 at 209 Dining and October 22, 2022 at Chamas Brazilian Churrascarian starting from IDR 788,000++ per person.

To become a connoisseur, call (62)31-7301888, email [email protected], [email protected], or contact us by Whatsapp at +62821-5204-6374 for 209 Dining and +8281-3571- 90900 for Chamas Brazilian Churrascaria, or visit

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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