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Greyhound Café and Bar (Grand Indonesia)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
If you've been to Grand Indonesia recently, you may have noticed a new café/restaurant/bar on the ground floor of the West Mall. Replacing Mad For Garlic, Greyhound is the latest venue of the  Arena group , also behind several famous restaurants like Penang Bistro or Seribu Rasa. The name Greyhound will probably sound familiar to those who know Thailand well. This is where the brand first started, in Bangkok more specifically, in 1997. The owners came from the fashion industry and their idea was to create a venue that would unify their love for design and their love for food. Their first opening met with immediate success and, since then, they managed to open 30 more outlets in 6 countries, including in Hong Kong and Singapore. The one in Grand Indonesia is their latest franchise, and it comes with a twist. Unlike the other branches, it also has a lounge concept with a beautiful bar, a long list of cocktails and spirits, and DJ events on Saturdays. I vis

Paulaner Brauhaus German Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Ya Udah Bistro and Die Stube have a new competitor. Paulaner Brauhaus is the most upmarket German restaurant and Brasserie in Jakarta and it is part of the luxury Kempinski hotel. It is in a central location within the Grand Indonesia mall, just next to Social House. It is almost always busy, any day for both lunch and dinner. The crowd is a mix of expats, business travelers and Indo-Chinese customers who seem to enjoy the non-halal pork specialties. They serve a complete menu that includes any kind of sausages you can think of. One of their most popular dishes is actually a huge sausage platter that costs Rp140,000.

Mars Spa (Grand Indonesia + Pondok Indah)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Mars Spa is a massage parlour for male only. It is cheap and relatively clean, with services similar services to  Delta Spa or MyPlace . It is a recommended for those looking for a massage near Sudirman or Thamrin area. It is a cheaper alternative to  Fortune Spa . Mars is build on 4 floors. On the first floor, you have small spa facilities like jacuzzi and sauna. On the second floor, there is a lounge with about 20 girls. Half of them are "plus plus" therapists while the other ones are prostitutes. Above are rooms. The price for 90 minutes massage in a standard room is 190,000rp, in deluxe room 250,000rp and in the VIP room 280,000. You must add a tip for the girl at the end. If you want to sleep with one of the prostitute, you must take the all inclusive package for Rp700,000. The basic rooms only have a curtain so you can hear people having sex next to you. About once a month, they have special party in their lounge. I visited when they had naked girls dancin

Publik Markette vs Caffé Milano

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Following the opening of Central retail store and Uniqlo in Grand Indonesia, there has been a few new restaurants opening in this part of the mall. The two most popular are Publik Markette and Caffè Milano. I tried both of them for a quick double lunch on a weekday. In that same area, you also have Union Deli, Benedict and Nomz that I did not visit. Publik Markette was opened by Ismaya ( SKYE , Kitchenette , Pizza e Birra , Fook Yew, etc) and Caffé Milano is owned by the same people behind Union (some of which are also shareholders in Loewy , E&O and Cork & Screw ). The Union group's venues, concept and design, are more geared towards Westerners while Ismaya's concepts are very popular among local Indonesians and less among expats (except for a few venues such as Dragonfly ). Ismaya is usually more playful, more creative and innovative, while Union stays more classic and chic. Caffè Milano:

The Manhattan Fish Market - Seafood Restaurants

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Manhattan Fish Market is a restaurant chain specializing in seafood dishes, either poached, grilled, fried, baked or flamed. They are originally from Singapore, with branches in several countries in Asia and Middle East. In Indonesia, you can find them in Bali and Jakarta for the moment. I took one of their signature dishes, the Small Flame (Rp129,000 +16% tax and service), which seemed very appetizing on the picture from the menu (you can see all of it here ). Small Flame (Rp129,000++)

Mangia Restaurant (Indonesia)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Mangia is a Western/Asian restaurant with currently two locations in Jakarta, one in Kebayoran Baru (Panglima Polim) and one in Grand Indonesia on Level 5 (on the photos above). The first one opened a couple of years ago and it became quite successful. It is a cute café, with vintage decoration and plenty of plants. As it is in an independent building, it offers a fresh alternative to other restaurants in malls and it attracts an artsy/hipster crowd, as well as students. The second one opened in 2014 on the 5th Floor of Grand Indonesia. It was a bit of a disappointment for me as it looks quite basic and not certainly not as original as the first one. The food is similar though. It is rather affordable with hit & misses. One of their most popular items is the Ikea Swedish Meatballs, their specialty. Overall: I recommend the branch in Panglima Polim, but for the one in Grand Indonesia it can still be improved. I must say that I visited on the day of the opening s

Ismaya Catering Co. (Grand Indonesia) - The People's Choice

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Ismaya Catering Co (Changed its name to People's Choice in 2014) is usually one of the busiest cafés in the level 5 of Grand Indonesia, which is already the most interesting area in the mall for dining/hanging out.

Dharma Kitchen (Vegetarian Restaurant Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
There are few options for vegetarians in Jakarta so I was curious to try Dharma Kitchen on the 5th floor of Grand Indonesia. They have branches elsewhere in Jakarta, in Pluit, Central Park and Senayan City. I was a bit disappointed after looking at the menu, because it features many junk food. I may ask too much, but I was hoping to finally find a place in Jakarta with a focus on fresh, quality ingredients cooked in a healthy way. This is not the concept behind Dharma: Their concept is to serve you all the food you normally have in a restaurant, but to replace the meat by an alternative product (usually made of soybean or mushroom). Menu Dharma Kitchen I wanted to see if they had an original way to cook their burgers, so I went for the Chicken one. It was terrible. The taste was not good at all, it was full of sauce and the french fries had a weird taste (according to my friend they use the lowest quality potatoes). Vegetarian Chicken Burger

Sombrero Mexican Restaurant Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Sombrero is an affordable Mexican restaurant located in the third floor of Grand Indonesia. It belongs to Michelindo, the same group who imported the BonChon Chicken franchise from Korea to Indonesia. I had the Mexican Tapas Sample for 45,000rp++, which included a taco, a burrito and a quesadilla. Naturally, the portions were tiny, but it was good and I found it fair value for money. The service was also friendly. Regarding the place in itself, they really kept the design to a minimum. There are a few paintings on the wall with latin dancers, a small cactus on every table, and tiny Mexican flags.

H5 (Howdy Hello Hola Hey Ho!) Level 5 Grand Indonesia

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
H5 (Howdy Hello Hola Hey Ho!) is a restaurant with a complicated name. I had to ask the waiter where I was because as I wanted to write my review, I could not find the name of the place The name could be a reference to Happy 5, which is the nickname for a party drug in Malaysia ( Nimetazepam ). Since H5 is owned by the OPCO group , behind the nightclubs Domain and Embassy , it would not be impossible. OPCO is also the owner of some popular restaurants like Yellow Fin or Portico .

Jill in MarketBar (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Jill in MarketBar is a restaurant located on the Level 5 of Grand Indonesia. It  is named after its owner, Jill, also behind two similar venues in Jakarta: MarketBar in Lippo Mall Kemang and MarketBar in Kota Kasablanka (see below for more details). The menu features mostly Western dishes, the kind you could find in a restaurant in Australia or England. In particular, I noticed they have "Fried Mars Bar", which I only saw in those countries before. They also serve all the most common Asian dishes. I asked for a Vietnamese Baguette sandwich but I was brought the Fish & Chips. As the waitress was friendly, I didn't say anything. My Fish & Chips was not too expensive (under 100,000rp), but it was very ordinary. The design is ok but I would not go back to Jill in MarketBar for eating. In the same area, I would recommend to you instead H5 or Ismaya Catering Co .

Tom Tom Thai Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Tom Tom is a Thai restaurant located on Level 5 of Grand Indonesia Mall. I decided to eat there because it seemed modern and chic from the outside. It is also closing at midnight instead of 10pm for most restaurants in Grand Indonesia. The food was not too expensive and its presentation was attractive, but unfortunately the taste is very far from what you could have in Thailand. I had a Green Curry (Rp 48k++) which had no spices at all (it tasted a bit like Opor Ayam if you know it). My friend had a Pad Thai (Rp 58k++) which was bland as well. The supposedly "Fresh" orange juice (Rp 30k++) was probably not 100% fresh (or it was done with local ones).

Djournal Coffee (Grand Indonesia Mall)

By Nyoman →
  Djournal Coffee Bar is a Coffee place located in Grand Indonesia Mall. This Coffee place belong to the Ismaya Group, owner also of Social House , SKYE Bar & Restaurant (Menara BCA) and DragonFly Club (Graha BIP) . You will easily find Djournal Coffee since it is located close to the main West Mall Entrance of Grand Indonesia. But you will definitely get lost in Grand Indonesia Mall since it is quite big ! This place is a good alternative to Starbucks but with a more trendy side. The prices will be the same as in Starbucks though. Good service and pretty crowded coffee place. I would recommend it for the terrace, facing Plaza Indonesia Mall entrance. There are 2 other Djournal Coffee at CILANDAK TOWN SQUARE Main Lobby and SUMARECON MAL SERPONG GF.

Casa d'Oro (Hotel Kempinski)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  Casa d'Oro, along with Toscana in Kemang has the reputation of being one of the best Italian restaurants in Jakarta for upscale, fine dining. Located in the 5-star Hotel Kempiski, Casa D'Oro doesn't have a very impressive setting, except for the stylish glass-window wine cellar in the middle of the main room. On the day I visited, a Tuesday, the restaurant was empty except for my table and another expat couple. The service was professional and helpful, but a few minor errors were made (wrong knife, confusion in the plates, etc..). I cannot say I was amazed by the food I tried (Codfish for Rp268,000++ and Black squid pasta for Rp168,000++). It was excellent home cooking, but for the price, i would have expected something more creative. Without wine, your minimum bill in Casa d'Oro will be Rp350k to Rp400k, and I don't think this is good value compared to the other Italian restaurants in Jakarta .