Surprisingly for the capital of the largest Muslim country in the world, the number of Arab or Middle Eastern restaurants in Jakarta is quite low. I've counted about 25 of them, and I've tried 15. It may seems like a lot, but since Jakarta is so spread, you're not likely to have more than just a few near where you live.

The good thing is that within these, most of them are decent and affordable. In particular, I advise you to try one of the Yemeni restaurants which offer the best value-for-money and the most authenticity.

As of October 2011, here is my Top 10 for my favourite Arab or Middle Eastern restaurants in Jakarta (you can click on the link to read my personal review):

1) Maroush (Morrocan Restaurant)

2) Al Nafoura (Lebanese)

3) Anatolia (Turkish)

4) Samarra (Middle-east)

5) Al-Jazeerah (Yemeni)

6) Turkuaz (Turkish)

7) Sinbad (Syrian/Yemeni) - Review not posted yet, the restaurant is located Jl. K.S. Tubun Raya No. 2 in Slipi (Tel: +62-21 530 8366)

8) Beirut Lebanon (Lebanese)

9) Hadramout (Yemeni)

10) Diritna (Lebanese)

You may see more reviews of Arab restaurants in Jakarta on this blog by clicking on the label "Middle East".

As usual, I will update this list as I discover new restaurants. You're welcome to comment as well. Also in case you are looking for Arab bars and clubs, there are two very popular places (especially among Saudis): Tiga Kuda in Menteng, and De Leila on Gatot Subroto.

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  1. Thank you for interest address
    And I would like added new restaurants through the following links

    http://www.rwadasia.com/vb/showthread.php?t=3913


    http://www.rwadasia.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1930


    http://www.rwadasia.com/vb/showthread.php?t=3318

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  2. new turkish restaurant just open at near wolter monginsidi street, i forget the name but they have SUPER TASTE there!!!!!!!! awesome!!!!!!!

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    1. You mean Turkuaz. He already mentioned in number 6

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    2. Have new one turkish & arabic restuarant cafe also, the name is "ISTANBUL TURKEY RESTAURANT & CAFE, Jl. Ampera Raya No. 7 Kemang Jakarta, Phone : 021-78836363 / 081294541506, cheaper than TURKUAZ and delicious also

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  3. Is there any vacancy for arab chef
    Thank you

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  4. there is an arab restaurant on Jalan KS Tubun 15-17 Petamburan, next to the African Stuff shop. It's called Al-Hilal Restaurant and it serves various arabic dishes including Nasi Kapsah and Nasi Kebuli.

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  5. There is a new morrocan restaurant in Lippo Mall Kemang Kingcouscous

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  6. There is a new morrocan restaurant in Lippo Mall Kemang "Kingcouscous"

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