In a Metropolis such as Jakarta the eateries number in the thousands.
There are many recognizable international franchise restaurants
scattered throughout the city offering a known commodity. Popular
as these franchise restaurants are with Jakartans, there are quite
a few independent "home grown" restaurants mentioned below
that have stood the test of time - offering quality and service
such that they have become favorites to many in the expatriate community.
To be sure there are many more, this is just to get you started.
These restaurants offer excellent value for money. That said, good
value does not always mean cheap and price in Jakarta is relative.
A similar restaurant in New York City or Tokyo would easily be three
times more expensive. Please be advised that when we say a restaurant
is moderate or expensive it is in relation to other restaurants
in Jakarta. Scale is $ (Inexpensive) to $$$$$ (Very Expensive).
With no further ado, the knife and fork please......
Address: Jl. Raden Saleh Raya
No. 47 Menteng Tel. 315-8646
Description: Located in a colonial
Dutch Villa circa 1928, this fine dining option has been listed
as one of Southeast Asiaís finest. A dining experience where history,
art and tradition all come together. The Oasis is noted for itís
presentation of Rijsttafel
(Dutch Planters meal). Continental Cuisine.
Address: Jl. Taman Fatahillah
No.14 Kota Tel. 691-5531
Description: Take a trip back
in time in this historically significant 19th Century Colonial Building,
on Fatahillah Square in North Jakarta. Decorated with historical
pictures of colonial Batavia, (presently Jakarta) it has a distinctive
'olde world' charm as well as a delectable menu. Be sure to visit
The Churchill Bar on the second floor. It has the distinction of
once being listed among Newsweek Magazines Best
Bars in the World...
Address: Jl. Wahid Hasyim No.
12 Tel. 315-0424
Description: This well established
and very popular North Indian Cuisine
Restaurant offers a variety of delectable dishes. The food is well
presented and tasty. There is a funky bar and game room on the 2nd
floor that features a selection of beers, wines and spirits as well
as inviting cushions, low tables and assorted board games.
Address: Jl. Cikini IV No. 13
Description: One of Jakartaís
oldest Japanese restaurants, itís tucked away on a side street
but well worth the effort to find it. Surprisingly inexpensive for
the quality of the food and the setting.
Address: Jl. Rasuna Said, Kuningan
Description: Located on the 35th
floor of the Menara Imperium Building (across from the Regent Hotel)
in Kuningan, The Empire Grill boasts Jakarta's
only revolving restaurant. Locals have been known to debate
weather the sunset or the late evening provide the more stunning
panorama of Jakarta. The obvious solution is cocktails at 5:30 PM
Dinner at 7! The Gargoyles are particularly reminiscent of the Chrysler
Building in New York City. The menu is international, the service
is very good and the views are spectacular. It takes a little more
than an hour to go a full 360 degrees. A unique to see Jakarta.
Address: Jl. Panglima Polim IX
No.53 (South Jkt.) Tel. 720-8294
Description: We're partial to
Manadonese cuisine - we particularly
like the way it melts the enamel off your teeth. But seriously,
the Manadonese do know a thing or two about sambal (chili sauce),
but more importantly they know fish - whether it's grilled, fried
or steamed. Portions here are hearty and the hostess, a former Miss
Indonesia, is as charming as she is beautiful and the coconut and
custard tarts are heavenly. FYI, there's now another Chamoe-Chamoe
on Jl. Sudirman in the Millenia Bldg.
Address: Various locations
Description: If you want to experience
typical Indonesian food a good
bet is to go to one of the many Bakmi Gadja Mada restaurants scattered
throughout the city. You fill in the order form, the waiter totals
it up and you pay up front. The prices are very reasonable. Within
minutes your drinks arrive followed shortly thereafter by your main
course. In additional to noodles (Mie) there is a nice variety of
Bakso (meatballs) served in broth with noodles and vegetables as
well as some excellent Nasi Goreng (fried rice).
Address: Various Locations
Description: Though not as numerous
as Bakmi Gadja Mada, Sari Ratu gives you a chance to try Masakan
Padang (see sidebar) in a clean environment and with high
quality ingredients (considering the food is pre-cooked and held
at room temperature this is important).
Address: Jl. Kemang Raya No.
2 (upstairs) Tel. 719-4051
Description: This small stylish
cafe serves up some very decent Italian fare. All the standards
are here including wood-fired pizza, portions are ample and the
prices won't put a dent in your wallet.
Address: Jl. Kemang Raya No.
2 Jakarta Tel. 719-2320
Description: When you only do
one thing - you better do it well and Praline does. A romantic little
ice cream parlour with delicious homemade ice creams served in delightful
combinations or with crepes.
Address: Town Square Complex,
Cilandak (S. Jakarta) Tel. 7592-0271
Description: Mykonos, the Greek Restaurant from Bali, is
now available in Jakarta. Delicious food, fun atmosphere and value
for money makes it all around hard to beat for great night out.
Address: Jl. Hang Lekir No. 1
Kebayoran Baru Tel. 722 6683
Description: Absolutely delicious, this Manadonese restaurant
serves some of the more traditional Manadonese fare that you won't
find anywhere else i.e. Paniki (bat). Food is well displayed in
a buffet style.