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Kila Kila by Akasya (Indonesian Restaurant)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Kila Kila is a brand new rooftop restaurant serving fine dining Indonesian cuisine. It is located not far from Pacific Place Mall and offers a beautiful view over SCBD. It is managed by Akasya Catering, a famous company owned by Enny Latief. They provided the food for numerous VIP events such as the wedding of Edhie Baskoro, the son of SBY. If their food is good enough for the president of Indonesia, it should be good enough for you too.

12 Delicious Indonesian Soups (and Where to Eat Them)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
A common mistake of foreigners visiting Indonesia is to limit their knowledge of Indonesian cuisine to Nasi Goreng and Nasi Padang. Few will taste one of the dozens delicious soups that you can try everywhere, from classy Indonesian restaurants to popular food courts. Indonesian soups are typically made from some of these ingredients: turmeric, garlic, lemongrass, onions, potatoes, coriander, ginger, galangal, tomatoes and of course, coconut milk. Chicken is the most common type of meat, followed by beef, mutton and fish. Pork soups are very rare outside of Bali. Sop or Soto? It seems that even Indonesians are not so sure about the difference between "soto" and "sop". Some friends told me that "sop" are clear soups while "soto" are mixed with coconut milk. Wikipedia tells a different story: It says that traditional soups are called "soto" while modern, western-inspired ones are called "soup". If you know the differ

Eating Dog Meat in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Contrary to what many could believe, most of the restaurants serving dog meat in Jakarta are not Chinese, but Manadonese (North Sulawesi). Just to clear any confusion, I am not talking about hot dogs/sausages, but the meat of the following animal: One of the best locations in Jakarta for Manadonese cuisine is the food court of the mall Ambassador, on Jalan Prof. Dr. Satrio. Dishes are usually so spicy that you'll have a hard time eating them if you are not so used to it. Another particularity is that they serve some rare animals including wild pigs, bats and dogs. In the food court, the cleanest and best restaurant serving dog meat is called Ragey. They have a huge buffet with no tags so you'll have to ask the waiters for information about the food displayed. The prices are cheap, you can choose several items and you won't pay more than Rp50,000. My advice is to take a lot of rice to limit the feeling of spiciness.

10 Classic Indonesian Food Restaurants in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
With the wealth of culture, cooking methods, and variety of spices, it’s not easy to define “Indonesian food” - let alone to come up with a shortlist of the best ones in Jakarta. Most Indonesian restaurants will specialize on a certain dish or dishes from a certain region - and with over 17,000 islands spread over three different time zones, you can imagine how long the list can get! The good news is, there are restaurants that do provide a variety of dishes from all over the country so you can have a culinary journey across Indonesia in one sitting. Here are some of the noteworthy ones in my book - in no particular order. Palalada Fancy restaurant within Alun-Alun Grand Indonesia - needless to say, prices are on the higher side. Do drop by their snack shop Waroeng Kopi, though. They serve tasty Indonesian snacks at a more reasonable price further inside the shop floor.

Keukenhof Bistro (Kota Tua Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Keukenhof Bistro is a café and restaurant located just steps away from Taman Fatahillah in North Jakarta. It is also next to Colosseum 1001 entertainment center. It is inside a Dutch era colonial building that seems to have been renovated very recently. Unfortunately, the inside of Keukenhof Bistro is not that impressive, particularly if you compare it with Café Batavia . They don't have windows to the outside and you don't really feel you are inside a historical building. 

Bengawan Solo Restaurant (Indonesian/Javanese Food)

By Nyoman →
I rarely go to Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel on Sudirman (it is located right next to Le Meridien Hotel), but I did go there recently because I heard there was a new Indonesian restaurant. The name of the new place is "Bengawan Solo" (it is not related to the popular coffee chain located in many malls in Jakarta), named after the longest River in Java. It is located on the lobby level of the Hotel. I had a great dinner there, I like the idea of having truly Indonesian (or Javanese) food like chicken satay, Sosis Solo, Nasi Goreng, Bebek Goreng, Gurame Bakar or Iga Sapi Asam with a modern presentation you would find in any western restaurant. The decoration of the place is also modern with Indonesian Wayang and other javanese objects. The place reminded me another Indonesian restaurant Seribu Rasa , located in Menteng, but with a more indonesian crowd. I would recommend Bengawan Solo for a business lunch or dinner or if you want take somebody who is in t

Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurants

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I visited the original branch of Bebek Tepi Sawah in Ubud a few years ago. I was disappointed at that time as it was expensive, overcrowded with groups of tourists, and the taste was really unexceptional. I blacklisted it in my mind and considered it a tourist trap. In the past few years, the brand has opened outlets everywhere in malls in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bali. I thought that the management may have changed and that it would be worth having another try. I did so in Beachwalk in Kuta. My first impression was not too good. I was greeted by an apathetic waitress that I felt I was bothering. She gave me the menu and left. It took me 10 minutes to get another waiter, more friendly, to come to me and take my order. The menu features all kinds of Indonesian and International dishes with a large choice of drinks. It is so big that I cannot imagine the team in the kitchen is able to prepare them all correctly. Since Bebek Tepi Sawah means "the duck from the ri

Waroeng Ngupi Ngupi (Bellagio)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  Waroeng Ngupi Ngupi is a café and restaurant, serving popular Indonesian dishes. It is located in Bellagio Boutique Mall, in Mega Kuningan area. I visited the place in late afternoon and it was the busiest in the mall, with a crowd 100% Indonesian. The place has a retro theme, with black and white pictures of Indonesia on the wall and oldies music. I tried the Nasi Ayam Penyet (43,5000rp++), which was good but not very spicy and the accompanying lettuce and tomatoes were not fresh. I also had the "Merah Putih" juice, a mix of Soursop and Strawberry juice, which was fine (30,000rp ++). Overall : I would recommend Waroeng Ngupi Ngupi if you are in Bellagio Mall area only. The WIFI was quite strong too.

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 .

The Straits Canteen (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Straits Canteen is a restaurant located in Dharmawangsa Square. It serves street dishes from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. It is similar with a kopitiam and it is one of the nicest places to eat in the shopping center. The food is good value with most dishes costing around 40K++. Overall : Recommended for cheap Asian street-like food in a well-designed atmosphere if you stay around Dharmawangsa Square. The Straits Canteen Dharmawangsa Square Ground Floor Jalan Darmawangsa VI & IX, South Jakarta 12160 , Indonesia Opening Hours:

Le Seminyak Balinese Restaurant (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Seminyak is a Balinese restaurant located on Jalan Cipete Raya, not far from Tapas Movida. The place is clean, big and comfortable, with a big parking. It seemed popular with Indonesians in particular, especially girls doing " Arisan ". The waiters are wearing a Balinese uniform, the music is Balinese, and most dishes are Balinese. Their signature dish is the Grilled Fish, Jimbaran-Style. I tried the Grilled Duck (Bebek Goreng) for 87,800++Rp. The duck was OK, but I was very disappointed with the sambal which was not spicy at all. I had the same kind of duck a day earlier in Pak Slamet Warung and it was much much better (even though cheaper). Overall : Seminyak is one of the rare restaurants in Jakarta with a Balinese menu. I recommend it if you are looking for a clean, well-decorated place for a lunch or dinner in Cipete area. The WIFI was pretty fast (up to 250kb/second). Le Seminyak Balinese Restaurant Jakarta Cipete Raya 3, Jakarta (it used to be in Pacific

Sari Laut Jala Jala (Medan - Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Sari Laut Jala Jala is a restaurant featuring food from Medan . It is quite popular with office workers at lunch, especially the Durian cake and the different dim-sums. Personally, not my favourite food... Sari Laut Jala-Jala Medan Restaurant Jakarta Kuningan City Mall, Lt. 3, Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 18 Phone number: +62-21 3048 0507

Beautika (Manado Food)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Beautika is the most reputed Manadonese restaurant in Jakarta, and my second favourite after Ikan Tude . It actually started as a beauty salon (hence the name), which was also serving some specialties from Manado. With time, the food became the main source of revenue for the owner and he finally opened a proper restaurant in 2001. The food, as spicy as spicy can be, is mostly delicious and authentic. 2 problems: I imagine that the fish is frozen and I believe they do not serve pork. For these reasons, it won't save you a trip to Manado if you want to experience the original taste... At last, it is way too expensive. My total bill for two people was Rp350,000, and we only had about 5/6 dishes to share.   Overall: I recommend Beautika for anyone who wants to try quality Indonesian food, regardless of the price, in a clean/hygienic setting. The atmosphere is rather functional: Tables and a TV, so I wouldn't advise it for a date or for important dinners.

D'Marco Café (Martabak)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
D'Marco Café is located on Jalan Sabang, 5 minutes walking from the backpacker street Jalan Jaksa . It is a simple place to hangout, with minimalist design and cheap prices. Opened on May 2012, it is becoming a popular hangout spot as the three owners are quite active to promote their restaurant and to organize events. The concept of specializing in Martabak , the Indonesian streetfood favourite (a sort of thick pancake) is also helping. It's a little more expensive than eating it in the street, but still very reasonable as the prices range from Rp10,000 to Rp26,000.

Seribu Rasa (Indonesian Food)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  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.

TeSate (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
TeSate is an Indonesian cuisine restaurant located in the malls Plaza Senayan and Pacific Place. It is usually very crowded, even though it is quite expensive in my opinion. I visited the TeSate Pacific Place, where I ordered the Jimbaran Grilled Fish (Rp180k for 400 grams!). The food looked delicious and the recipe seemed creative, but I found it lacked freshness (see the lemon on the picture for instance). For this particular dish, I recommend you to try Baruna Seafood restaurant in Menteng instead. In spite of that, I recommend TeSate to Indonesian food lovers who are looking for dishes more elaborate than those they can find in warungs or street food stalls. Their menu features an interesting variety of dishes and it is indeed a culinary journey through Indonesia. Expect to pay around Rp200k per person for a full meal + drinks. Latest news about TeSate Indonesia on Facebook: Click here .

Ampera (Sundanese restaurants)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Ampera is the largest chain of Sundanese food restaurants in Indonesia, with so many branches that it would be hard to list them all. I tried the one in Jalan Agus Salim (Sabang), near Sarinah.

Bali Jimbaran (Jakarta Seafood Restaurant)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  Bali Jimbaran is one of the many seafood restaurants located near Mangga Dua, opposite ITC on Jalan Gunung Sahari. I chose to visit Bali Jimbaran particularly because it had the brightest outside sign, and also because it was the most crowded.