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Spicerack Indian Curry Restaurant

By Ardi Foodie →


Spicerack is an Indian restaurant located in Lippo Mall Kemang. It specializes in curries and it belongs to the same group as Go! Curry.

Spicerack
Lippo Mall Kemang
Ground Floor
Jl. Pangeran Antasari No. 36
Kemang, Jakarta

Opening Hours:
From Monday to Sunday 9am to 10pm

Phone number: +62-21 2952 8442

Price Info: IDR 50.000 - IDR 100.000

The Best Indian Restaurants in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →

Indian restaurants are relatively easy to find in Jakarta, and their overall quality is decent. The most authentic and cheapest options are usually located where the Indian community lives (mainly in Sunter and Pasar Baru), while in the the Center and in the South, where expatriates live, you have some more expensive and stylish restaurants. 

Here is my list of Jakarta's best Indian restaurants, by category:

- Indian restaurants with both excellent food and atmosphere (Fine Dining):
1) Kinara (Kemang Raya No. 78-B, Phone number: +62 21-719 2677)
2) Hazara (click to read my review on this blog)
3) Ganesha Ek Sanskriti (BRI II Building, Jl Jend Sudirman Kav 44-46., Phone number: +62-21 5719415 / 5713567)
4) Ganesha Ek Sanskriti (Kemang Square Lt 2, Jl Kemang Raya No 5., Phone number: +62-21 7196837).

- Indian restaurants with good food and average atmosphere
1) Queen's Tandoor (click to read my review on this blog)
2) Queen of India (Sunlake Hotel, Jalan Danau Permai Raya Blok C, Sunter, Phone number: +62-21 6583 1477): Same owner as Queen's Tandoor, same opinion.
3) Namaste Hindustan (click to read my review on this blog)
4) Komala's (Sarinah Building Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.11, Phone number +62-21 3903 533): 100% Vegetarian.
5) Royal Kitchen (Bellagio Boutique Mall, GF 16 Kawasan Mega Kuningan, Phone number: +62-21 3002 9975): Great brunch on Sundays for Rp69,000++.
6) Koh-e-noor (Pasar Festival GF, Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. C-22, Phone number: +62-21-527-6531): Moderately priced, serves Indian and Pakistani favourites
7) Man Aur Tan (Manhattan Hotel, Jalan Prof. Dr. Satrio, Phone number: +62-21 3004 0888): I didn't try it yet, and there hasn't been a lot of buzz about it so far.

- Cheap Indian restaurants with decent food:
1) Taj Mahal (click to read my review on this blog): Must-try, cheap, friendly and authentic.
2) Bombay Tandoori (click to read my review on this blog): Slow service, but cheap and decent.
3) Martabak Har (Jl. Hayam Wuruk No.19, Phone number: +62-21 3506 094): Cheap, but limited choice of food.
4) Restaurant Pakistan (Jl. Fatmawati 23, Phone number: +62-21 7504 037): Mainly Pakistani food, around Rp60,000 for a meal.
5) Rumah Makan Rasa Sayang (Jl. Paradise Barat Raya Blok K-31 Sunter, Phone number: +62-21 6450 367): I once went to Sunter's "Little India" just to eat in Rasa Sayang, but I wasn't able to find the restaurant. Since Sunter is quite far from where I live, I'll try again but not soon. Your comments are welcome.

- Restaurants serving a mix of continental and Indian food:
1) Satoo in Shangri-La Hotel (click to read my review on this blog)
2) Eastern Promise (click to read my review on this blog)
3) Frontpage (click to read my review on this blog)

I've called each places before posting this review, so on October 2011, all the Indian restaurants listed above were operating. If you hear about any changes, please let me know.

Bombay Tandoori (Indian food)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Bombay Tandoori is one of the few Indian restaurants I found in Jakarta. It is a modest joint, located on Jalan Satrio (opposite Sampoerna Strategic Square) and could easily be mistaken with a regular warung.

Inside Bombay Tandoori, you have two floors with basic furniture and some kitschy decoration. You could be in India that it wouldn't feel more real. The owners are Indonesian-Indian and on the day we visited, all the customers looked Indian too.

The menu features all the typical Indian dishes, veg and non veg. We tried a few things:
Lamb Bharta (Rp47,5k)
Navratna Korma, (vegetables, nuts, raisin and creamy sauce (Rp30,5k)
Non-veg Thali (Rp35k)
I actually went to India a few years ago, and for me the food in Bombay Tandoori tastes just as good as the one you would get in any restaurant in India. It isn't fine dining nor sophisticated, but if you want to enjoy cheap, authentic Indian cuisine, I strongly recommend you to visit this place. Be careful about the waiting though, the service and cooking can be painfully slow.
Bombay Tandoori Indian Restaurant
Jalan Dr. Satrio No64 A,
Karet Kuningan, Jakarta

Phone number: +62-21 5207 190 / +62-21 7080 2919 / +62-21 7080 3019 / +62-21 9865 2544
Fax: +62-21 7801 677
HP: +62 (0) 8 16 996 183

Read more reviews of Indian restaurants on this blog: The Best Indian restaurants in Jakarta.

Eastern Promise Pub and Live Music (Kemang)

By The Jakarta Team →




Eastern Promise is a friendly, laid-back expat pub with several rooms, each with a particular atmosphere. You have a quiet bar in the entrance, then a dining room for eating British and Indian food, and in the back a beer garden with live music for partying. Also on the side, a billiard/darts room, and a sports-watching room. Eastern Promise is usually very crowded, especially on weekends, with a lot of expatriates mostly above 35.

Surprisingly, many Indonesian girls go there to hang out and I would put it in the OK bars to meet single women in Jakarta. I don't know if they met there, but there are always quite many mixed couples in EP.

There are special promos or events almost everyday, so be sure to check:
Facebook pages: Eastern Promise or EP (the latter one is more updated)
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/easternpromise
Website: http://www.easternpromise-jakarta.com/ (new site - April 2011)
Eastern Promise
Kemang Raya No. 5
Jakarta Selatan
DKI Jakarta - Indonesia

Phone number: +62-21 7179 0151
Email: lens.ep@bugilsnews.com

FrontPage

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →

The oldest Jakarta expats may remember that FrontPage stands where the popular Cinnabar, one of the first modern bar to open in the city, used to be.

Frontpage is not making the same buzz, but it is a good address to know because the food is excellent (mainly Indian dishes) and because you have a great selection of wines. The owner is the same than Maroush and Anatolia, both Middle-eastern/Indian restaurants with an excellent reputation.
FrontPage
Plaza Gani Djemat
Jl. Imam Bonjol Kav.76-78
Central Jakarta
Tel: (62 21) 390 3614

Open from 11am to 23pm from Sunday to Friday, until 2am on Saturday.
Closed on Monday

Read about the best Indian restaurants in Jakarta here: Top Indian Restaurants.

Hazara (Indian Cuisine)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
 
Hazara is an Indian restaurant located in the same building as Face Bar and Lan Na Thai, 5 minutes by foot from Plaza Indonesia. They all belong to the Face group, which owns a few other venues in Asia (Bangkok, Shanghai, Beijing, Pudong), each with a distinctive "ethnic" atmosphere.

Hazara was their first restaurant to open, in 1992, and it has remained very popular ever since among expats, travellers and locals. Its excellent reputation comes from both the quality of the food served and from its stylish design/decoration.

There are actually two different rooms, quite different: The one inside is dark, with antiques and candles creating a mystical vibe. The one outside (in the veranda) is more ordinary, with large windows and a small garden. For dinner, I advise you to stay inside, and vice-versa for lunch.

The menu in Hazara is a mix of North Indian and Middle-eastern dishes. I didn't keep the bill when I last ate there, but from the photo I took I think it was Nishad Vindaloo (about Rp100k++). I remember it tasted as good as in Queen's Tandoor or Namaste Hindustan, two other famous Indian restaurants in Jakarta. Yet, since the setting is nicer in Hazara, the prices are much higher. A 2-course meal with non-alcoholic drink should cost you between Rp150,000 and Rp200,000 per person.

Overall: Hazara is quite expensive, but it is worth it for special occasions, when you want to be in an original venue, with both great food and design.
Hazara
Jalan Kusuma Atmaja, Imam Bonjol, no.85
Jakarta Indonesia

Phone number: +62-21 31925037
Fax: +62-21 3143501
E-mail: jakarta@facebars.com

Website: Hazara, Face Group
Facebook: Hazara Jakarta

Read about the best Indian restaurants in Jakarta here: Top Indian Restaurants in Jakarta.

Namaste Hindustan (Indian Restaurant)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Namaste Hindustan is an upscale Indian restaurant in Setiabudi. The setting is not  as spectacular as other venues in Jakarta such as Hazara, but the food probably just as good.

We visited on a Sunday night and there was only another client that evening, an Indian. The manager is Indian also, and he greeted us when we entered. The waiters were very warm and knew about the food they were serving. This proved very useful since I'm still new to Indian food and I asked many questions.

We ordered the Paneer Makhani (also known as Paneer Butter Masala) and the Dum Biryani Hydrabadi Mutton. I didn't keep the bill unfortunately, but from what I remember, both dishes cost around Rp80,000. It is rather expensive for Jakarta, but affordable compared to Europe. Some pictures here:
Dum Biryani Hyderabadi Mutton
Paneer Makhani
Overall: Namaste Hindustan lacks a really beautiful setting to be perfect, but in spite of that, I enjoyed it and I will come back. The food was excellent (even for my still unexperienced tongue), comparable with another Indian restaurant tried a few weeks earlier, Queen's Tandoor.
Operating Hours:
Open daily from 11am to 3pm and to 6pm to 11pm

Namaste Hindustan Indian Restaurant
Graha MIK Ground floor Taman Perkantoran Kuningan
Jl. Setiabudi Selatan Kav.16-17 Jakarta Selatan
Phone: +62-21 579 41791
Fax: +61-21 579 41814

Read about the best Indian restaurants in Jakarta here: Top Indian Restaurants in Jakarta. 

Queen's Tandoor (Indian Restaurant)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Queen's Tandoor is an upscale Indian restaurant on Jalan Thamrin (DBS Tower, next to Hotel Nikko). Often praised for its authentic food, it has received numerous awards, including the "best Indian restaurant in Jakarta" award by NOW magazine. It is part of a chain with branches in Bali, Singapore, Manila and Saudi Arabia.

We visited Queen's Tandoor on a Monday evening at 6pm. There weren't so many customers, except for a table of Indians and another one with an expat couple.

The prices are quite high, double that of another Indian restaurant previously reviewed here: Bombay Tandoori. A full meal should cost you at least Rp120,000, excluding drinks.

We had the Chicken Tikka (Rp64,900++), Mutton Vindaloo (Rp80,900++), Chane (Rp29,900++) and Basmati Rice (Rp51,900++). Here are some pictures:
Mutton Vindaloo
Chicken Tikka
Compared to Bombay Tandoori, the food in Queen's Tandoor is clearly better, and in particular, the ingredients used are of much better quality. The meat was tender and cooked perfectly, and the seasoning excellent. I will need to try a few other Indian restaurants in Jakarta, but in my opinion it would not surprising if this one was among the best. They also serve Chinese dishes but I did not really look at this part of the menu.

Overall: Recommended restaurant: The food is perfect, and while it is pricey, it remains affordable. I must also say that the waiters were very friendly and professional. Considering the interior, it feels a bit old-fashioned and it lacks creativity in the design. It is also too bad it is located in the basement of a tower because there are no windows.
Opening Hours:
Everyday. Lunch from 10.30am to 3pm and Dinner from 6pm to 11.30pm

Queen's Tandoor
Indian and Chinese Cuisine
Permata Plaza
Jl. M. H. Thamrin Kav. 57
Jakarta 10350
Phone number: +62-21 390 3287
Fax: +62-21 390 3286
Mail: info@queenstandoor.com
Website: http://www.queenstandoor.com

Taj Mahal (Indian Restaurant Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Taj Mahal is the most authentic Indian restaurant I've been to in Jakarta so far. I found it while I was walking around in Pasar Baru, one of the two areas in Jakarta with strong Indian communities (the second one is Sunter). After visiting a Sikh temple, I asked the guards what was the best Indian restaurant around, and they drove me straight to Taj Mahal.

From outside, it is very easy to miss because it is not bigger than a warung. The inside looks old, with some Indian decoration, but nothing fancy. It was 3 in the afternoon when I entered, and apart from me, there was a Pakistani and an Indian. They were quite surprised to see a westerner so it was not long before we started to chat.

The menu is not so big, but you have all the most famous Indian dishes. The prices are very cheap, and you can probably eat well for less than Rp60k. I ordered a small Thali for Rp35k, and even though I had eaten just 2 hours before, I finished it instantly. Everything was perfect with this meal: The location, the service, the authenticity of the place, and of course the food.
Overall: Very recommended if you like cheap, authentic Indian food. If all you can about is the cleanliness and modernness of a venue, it is not for you though.
Taj Mahal
Jl. K.H. Samanhudi No. 10A, near the Metro in Pasar Baru)
Phone number: +62-21 9840 4085 or 381 3754
Mobile: +62 (0) 818 148 498