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Branché (Senopati)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
This is a really late post. I had visited Branché a few days after it had opened a couple years ago (2014) and I had never published my draft review until now.

At the time of my visit, I had met with the owner, a nice, young guy who seemed surprised by the sudden success of his bar. Even though Branché is simple compared to nearby trendy venues in Senopati, it is still quite popular with Indonesians.

My guess is that they enjoy the no-frill atmosphere, the cheaper prices and the young crowd. The bar/restaurant is built on several stories. The top floor is the nicest, with large bay windows and comfortable sofas. There is a French-inspired menu but the quality is disappointing. Expect to pay around Rp250,000 for a meal and an alcohol drink.

Overall: Nothing really special but you may enjoy Branché if you are young and you only need a simple place to drink with friends. Ladies' night on Wednesdays with free flow special cocktails for girls.

Branché Restaurant, Lounge and Bar
Jalan Senopati No33
Phone number: +62 (0) 21 573 44 48

Opening Hours:
Every day from 11am to midnight (until 2am on weekends)

Photos from Instagram: Branché Bistro Senopati

Hide & Seek (SCBD - Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Hide & Seek is a restaurant and bar located next to Lucy in the Sky, Fable and Potato Head Garage in SCBD area. It is a small, discreet venue with an industrial theme. I think they got their inspiration from the Nautilus submarine in Jules Verne's novel.

I never tried the food there, but I went a quite a few times for parties on Friday and Saturday nights. It's not too crowded so it's perfect for having a few drinks before moving elsewhere in SCBD. Occasionally they have good DJs as well. Beware that most clients are quite young, in their early 20s.

Prices are high, at least Rp100,000 for spirits and Rp130,000 net for the cheapest cocktails.

Overall: One of Jakarta's trendy spots among the younger generation. If you are an expat under 25 you should probably give it a try. Make sure there is an event on their Facebook page below before going.

Opening Hours:
From Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 12am
From Friday to Saturday from 11am to 2am

Hide & Seek Swillhouse
Fairgrounds Lot 14 SCBD
Jalan Sudirman #52, South Jakarta

Phone number: +62 21 5150366

Twitter: hideseekjkt

Wilshire Restaurant Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Wilshire is a new restaurant located in one of the hippest nightlife areas in Jakarta, in the Foundry 8 (SCBD). It is just next to Canos, Blue Monkey and Empirica. All nearby restaurants have a very similar design and they are hard to differentiate. As the Foundry 8 is only a temporary location (it should be destroyed in a few years), I imagine that each venue only wants to invest the minimum to look good enough.

Wilshire is simply designed if we compared it with Loewy, Union or E&O, but it is elegant and comfortable. The main original feature is the copper sticks display hanging from the ceiling, a great and inexpensive idea to decorate the room!

The two owners are Indonesians. Mrs. Hanna Tjhin is focusing on the operations and Mrs. Dolly Chia is the Chef (she had classes at Le Cordon Bleu's culinary school). Both are former alumni of the University of Southern California which is popular among upper-level Chinese Indonesians. It probably helped them to attract the right crowd upon opening: Even though Wilshire is still new, it manages to be quite busy with trendy/rich Indonesians, particularly on weekends.
Braised Beef Quesadillas (Rp99,000+21%)
Flaky Apple Pie (Rp75,000+21%)
The menu is interesting as it features many personal creations and not just all the standards dishes that can be found everywhere in Jakarta. I was not in a daring mood though and I went for an easy one, the Braised Beef Quesadillas (Rp 99,000+21% tax and service). For a dessert, I had the Flaky Apple Pie (Rp75,000+21%). The prices are higher than average, but the food tasted pretty good which is rare in this city. 20% less on my final bill and it would have been perfect.
Overall: Wilshire is a fine new restaurant, worth trying on the weekends just before going to one of the clubs in SCBD. The food I tried was good, the menu is varied and the service professional. The main downer is that it is quite expensive. If you are looking for a restaurant with good value for money, this is not the place for you.

Wilshire Restaurant Jakarta
The Foundry No. 8, SCBD Lot 8 (a second venue is planned to open this year in Mega Kuningan)
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav 52 – 53
South Jakarta

Note: They will relocate soon to Senopati:
Phone number +62-21 5140 1018
Check their menu here: Menu of Wilshire Jakarta

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 11am to midnight (until 1am on weekends)

Bau Haus - Restaurant & Bar - Mega Kuningan

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Bau Haus 1933 is a restaurant / bar / club located in the East Building in Mega Kuningan. It is down in the basement so it is a bit hard to find if you don't ask for help from the security.

It was opened by some of the people behind Lucy in the Sky in SCBD. I would define it as a trendy hipster place: The decor is made of vintage, recycled or cheap objects, assembled in a creative way. The place has an artsy feel, with references to literature (quotations in the menu), to painting (you have a large Van Gogh self-portrait on the wall) or to arts in general (the name Bau Haus is a School of Design from Germany).

In spite of this laid-back, kind-of-messy approach, Bau Haus is definitely targeting the upper market crowd. Inside you will meet all the cool people in Jakarta, especially those who are now avoiding the larger bars and clubs. You will be welcomed by a chic team of PRs and waiters, and the prices are those you are charged in Union or Loewy.

I tried the food once and it is quite pricey for the quality you get. The dishes are original and well-presented, but the taste far from exceptional. I would not recommend it for the food. There is also a misunderstanding of what a "tapas" is. They serve tapas that have the size of a main course, for instance the Crispy Tacos or the Potato Tex-Mex below:
Potato Tex Mex (Rp45,000 + 21% tax and service)
Tacos (Rp95,000 + 21% tax and service)
Lobster on Burger (Rp110,000 + 21% tax and service)
Be careful because I ordered those two thinking it would be a light meal and I ended up gaining two kilos...

Overall: The main reasons to go to Bau Haus in my opinion is to have a drink on the weekend, or to attend one of their events. The food is not bad, but for the price you can get better elsewhere.
Bau Haus 1933
Restaurant, Bar and Club
The East Plaza Building Mega Kuningan
Kav. E3.2 No.1, Basement Floor, South Jakarta

Phone number: +62-21 2952 7173  / +62-21 2952 7174

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 11am to 1am (until 3am on Friday and Saturday)

Twitter: Bauhaus Jakarta
Facebook: Bauhausjakarta
Instagram: Bauhausjkt
The entrance of Bau Haus, from the back of the East Building