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Henry “Ale” Maraben Siktimu

Bar Manager, Nautilus Bar
“Here in Indonesia, we have such a rich culinary culture. I want to bring some of those food experiences into our beverage offering. Tension, balance and dimension are the secrets of a perfect cocktail.”

 

Four Seasons Tenure

  • Since 2021
  • First Four Seasons Assignment: Current

Employment History

  • Loewy, Union Group

Education

  • Bachelor of degree LPK “IMKAI” Yogyakarta

Awards

  • Best Cocktail at the Diageo World Class Final Competition 2017
  • Winner London No. 3 Cocktail Competition 2015

Birthplace

  • Kupang, Nusa Tengga Timur, Indonesia

Languages Spoken

  • English, Bahasa Indonesia

A bar veteran of more than a dozen years, Henry "Ale" Maraben Siktimu is no stranger to Jakarta’s cocktail connoisseurs. “Along with an updated selection of whiskies, tequilas and gins, we now highlight Indonesian spirits at Nautilus,” he says. Other items in the pipeline include homemade vermouth with a local touch, and seasonal cocktail menus with fresh fruits, herbs and spices. Under his leadership, the bartending team also uses creative techniques to extract different flavours and textures from every single ingredient.

Hailing from Kupang in Nusa Tenggara Timur, Ale arrived at his career by a roundabout route. “I grew up in a place filled with beautiful nature and incredible food. But not many bars!” he says with a smile. Young Ale’s interest lay in science and IT, which led him to Yogyakarta for higher studies. But everything changed when he visited his cousin, a bartender in Jakarta. Here was a whole new world, pulsing with energy, interaction and fun. “I knew instantly that this was me. This was where I wanted to be,” he says, recalling how he then had to take the toughest decision of his life – to halt his pursuit of higher education, and become a bartender instead.

It was an uphill journey. Returning to Yogyakarta, Ale found a job at a small café where he started out making non-alcoholic drinks – iced teas, juices, mocktails. A few years later, he moved to Jakarta and began working at a nightclub, soon graduating to bartender. All this time, he kept learning, exploring and honing his craft: “Ultimately, I felt it was time to introduce myself to the industry.” Showcasing his talent at competitions shot him into the limelight, landing him his big break with one of Jakarta’s leading food and beverage groups. Over the next nine years, he gained experience at two top-notch outlets, climbing the ladder from bar captain to supervisor and finally mixologist.

Over the years, Ale has racked up a multitude of titles and achievements. He won the London No. 3 Cocktail Competition 2015 and took home the award for Best Cocktail at the Diageo World Class Final Competition 2017, beating out some of the best bartenders in the country. The drink that catapulted him into the big leagues? The Nusa Lontar, a tribute to his hometown’s love for the palm tree. This concoction combines sopi, a local Indonesian spirit, with palm sugar, makrut lime cordial and soda made from virgin palm water. Patrons at Nautilus can try an updated version of this award-winning drink.

“My team and I are taking Nautilus to the next level. We can’t wait for our guests to meet us there.”