Seribu Rasa is one of the most famous Indonesian/Malay restaurants in Jakarta. Located near the Plaza Indonesia roundabout, it is popular with locals and expats, and it is a good venue to experience some of the food specialties from the different islands of Indonesia.
I didn't find that the atmosphere inside was exceptional, except if you choose one of the private dining rooms around the fountain. The main room was actually completely full and noisy when we arrived, and I thought it lacked coziness. Also, we had to wait a few minutes before sitting so do make a reservation if you can (Phone number: +62-21 392 8892).
They have a great menu with a picture for each one of their dishes, making the picking easy. The prices are high for Indonesian food, but by international standards it is very affordable. You should not pay more that Rp130k (11 euros) per person for a large meal with drink.
I had the following:
|Hokkien Spring Rolls (Rp30k)|
|Malay Kerabu Mangga (Rp29k)|
|Lamb Curry Bengalis (Rp82k)|
|Semilir Brastagi (Rp31k)|
Overall: Both the appetizers were great, but I found that the lamb curry was too mild. It isn't the best Indonesian food I've had, but it is rare to have such a variety of dishes in one restaurant. This is the main reason why I recommend you to visit Seribu Rasa, and why I think it is OK to pay a premium.
Also, I usually don't talk about drinks, but the Semilir Brastagi is a must-try. It comes from Sumatra, and it is made with Strawberry, Mint leaf, Cranberry juice and Monin grenadine.
Every day, from 11am to 3pm and from 6pm to 10pm
Seribu Rasa Restaurant
Jl. H Agus Salim 128, Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone number: +62-21 392 8892
Facebook: Seribu Rasa