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Baruna Balinese Restaurant Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Baruna Seafood is a Balinese chain of restaurants, with one of its outlets located in Jimbaran. The atmosphere in Jakarta is quite different, but for expats who have been stuck in Jakarta for too long, eating in Baruna may at least bring back some happy holiday memories... The restaurant is organized around a pretty Balinese garden, with a small pond, tropical flowers and decorated tiles. There are a few different areas, some outdoor (the nicest ones), some indoor with A/C. There is free wifi everywhere.

Bebek Bengil (Jakarta Branch)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Bebek Bengil is a Balinese restaurant, originally from Ubud, Bali, which opened a branch in Jakarta in 2009. It was quite a challenge to re-create a Balinese atmosphere in Central Jakarta with the pollution and the traffic, but the final result is not bad. It would have been better to make it in a house in Menteng though because in its current location, you cannot help but see the towers all around the garden. There is another Balinese restaurant nearby which is more peaceful in my opinion, Baruna ( see review ). The specialty of Bebek Bengil (which means "dirty duck") is the Crispy Duck. They also have some popular Balinese, Indonesian and Western dishes, but I didn't try them. Here are a few pictures of the food we ordered:

Bumbu Desa Restaurants

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Bumbu Desa is a chain of Sundanese food restaurants, popular in Jakarta and in other Indonesian cities. There are quite many branches, at least 27, so I cannot say if the quality is the same everywhere. The one I tried was in Bandung, near Paskal Hypersquare.

Café Batavia (Taman Fatahillah, Kota)

By The Jakarta Team →
Cafe Batavia is a classy, distinguished bar, in one of the most beautiful colonial buildings of Jakarta. A must-do for any tourists or newly arrived expats, it should also provide you with a good opportunity to visit Kota Tua, the historical center of Jakarta. Nearby buildings include Old Batavia's Townhall and the VOC Governor office which can all be reached by foot. The area is currently being renovated as the government has finally come to realize its cultural importance and, though not much has been done yet, a stroll around the (polluted) canal back to the Stasiun Kota is something I really enjoy. For those who are bold enough, I advise you to make a stop in Stadium on the way back, as a way to enjoy another monument of Jakarta!

D' Cost Seafood Cheap Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
After Warung Pasta , another cheap eating spot is D'Cost Seafood. The brand is quite famous in Indonesia and you will find them a little everywhere, including in Kemang. The outside looks terrible and is closer to a Walmart than a restaurant. But I was seduced by their motto: " Price of a street food stall, taste of a 5-stars". The inside is a little better, but still not much to talk about as it is quite simple and functional. The menu has two pages, one for the food, the other one for the drinks. It is very cheap (click on the photo of the menu below to see the prices), and you can easily have a meal for less than Rp25,000. D'Cost seems to be quite popular with office workers and students. We ordered a few dishes: Baby Kailan saus tiram, Ikam Guram Tim Kecap, Tahu Jepang saus tiram, Udang Pancet saus Padang, etc..

Dapur Babah Elite

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Dapur Babah Elite is considered as one of the best restaurants in Jakarta. However, as it is the case with most of the restaurants belonging to the Tugu Group, while the setting is impressive and worth a visit, the food is slightly disappointing. It is obvious that Tugu restaurants are focused on creating an atmosphere rather than serving fine cuisine. It's ok with me because if the food was better, I think the prices would jump. Dapur Babah Elite restaurant specializes in Peranakan/Babah cuisine, both of which have become quite trendy over the recent years among Jakartans. It is a fusion of different traditions: Indonesian, Chinese, and Dutch. So as I said, I didn't fall in love with the food, but maybe my expectations were too high considering how elegant the Dapur Babah restaurant is. All furniture and decoration come from the private collection of the owner of Tugu Group, Anhar Setjadibrata, who is in my opinion the main reason behind the success of this hotel and res

Dim Sum Festival (Kemang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  More a hangout spot than a restaurant, Dim Sum Festival is famous in Kemang for being one of the few places where you can eat 24h. Since there are quite many nightclubs in the same area, it is always crowded, and especially around 3am, when it becomes the last stop of many late-night clubbers. Very recommended at that time during the weekends. During normal hours, it isn't a bad restaurant either. Though more expensive than similar venues in Kemang, it remains popular, probably because of the laid-back, open-air atmosphere. It isn't the best place to eat, but it feels happening and busy.

Garuda Padang Restaurant Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Padang restaurants are countless in Jakarta, and you may find one in almost every street of the city (for new comers and tourists, Padang is the name of a city in Sumatra). Most of the Padang restaurants are small street food stalls or simple "rumah makan" (basic restaurants), and unfortunately many expats can be reluctant to try this kind of establishment because the hygiene is not up to their standards. The Garuda food chain is a good way to experience Padang food because their venues are clean and comfortable, while the general atmosphere and the prices remain close from that of the original Padang food concept. After seating, the waiters will bring you about 15 different dishes, the most common ones, but you can also ask for more specific ones. Then you will be charged only for what you eat. Padang food is quite hot, though it's not, as many people think, the spiciest cuisine of Indonesia. If your stomach is fragile, ask for a lot of rice, ayam goreng bumbu, sa

Huize Trivelli Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Huize Trivelli, which can be translated as "the House of Trivelli", is located inside a beautiful Dutch-era colonial house built in 1939. The restaurant is more recent (2006), but it get most of its inspiration from this heritage, by offering its customers great traditional Indonesian food, in the setting of an old house full of antiques. As the family of the owner used to have ties with the Dutch elite, the food is also influenced by the former colonizer. You won't eat in Huize Trivelli dishes that were eaten by the masses, but rather the kind of food that rich Indo-Dutch families were cooking. Among such dishes, the most famous is the Rijsttafels , a celebration of the diversity of Indonesian cuisines. Surprisingly, the prices in Huize Trivelli are moderate, making it one of the best value restaurant in Jakarta for such high quality standards (max 60,000rp/main course dish). You may have to wait for a bit though, so take good company with you.

Java Wok Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Java Wok is a bit hard to find, but worth a try if you work near Sampoerna Strategic Square and need a place to eat in the area The restaurant has a roof, but no walls on one side, so you feel as if you were eating outside. It is only a few hundred meters away from busy Jalan Sudirman, and yet it does not feel too noisy, too polluted or too hot. The fans cool down the air, and the design  is relaxing, with a small fountain and stones on the walls. There is no "à la carte" menu but a buffet of typical Sundanese dishes, a bit like the one you could find in Bumbu Desa restaurants (but cheaper). You need to choose your food first, then sit down and wait for someone to bring it to you. Almost all dishes are spicy but you can always find a few specialties that are not.

Kafe Betawi (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Kafé Betawi is a chain of Indonesian food restaurants located in various malls in Jakarta. I tried the one in Plaza Indonesia. Their concept is to sell typical street food dishes in a clean and cozy atmosphere. The prices are low, especially for malls and they are usually popular venues to eat probably for this reason. We had a few dishes in Kafe Betawi:

Kembang Goela

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  Kembang Goela is among the most famous Indonesian restaurants in Jakarta. They serve traditional food from all Indonesia, with a focus on Peranakan cuisine (see Wikipedia article here ). I went to this place by accident, so I didn't have my usual camera and could not take very good pictures. Nevertheless, you should see that Kembang Goela looks quite elegant, in particular if you get one of the semi-private rooms. They have some antique colonial furniture, old photographs on the walls, and all kind of flowers everywhere. I don't advise you to eat in the main room though since it is pretty noisy and lacks coziness. We had a few dishes, but I only took pictures for a few of them:

Lara Djonggrang

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Lara Djonggrang is the most famous of the restaurants belonging to the Tugu group, which is also behind Samarra , Dapur Babah Elite and Shanghai Blue . With its spectacular decoration, it is the favourite Indonesian restaurant of many expatriates and tourists. It is also where they will take their friends/family when they come to visit Jakarta. Food-wise, it is above average both in taste and appearance, and I also find it good-value compared to the overall experience. There will always be people saying you can get better food in some warungs, but you will pay 2 euros instead of 5 euros for your Nasi Goreng. I think the atmosphere, service and food presentation in Lara Djonggrang is largely worth those 3 extra euros.

Mamink Daeng Tata (Makassar Cuisine)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  Mamink Daeng Tata is a famous Indonesian restaurant, with mostly food from Makassar, Sulawesi. They have branches in Tebet, Permata Hijau and Pasar Minggu. I tried the one located on Jalan K.H. Abdullah Syafii'e, which is quite easy to find: Coming from Jalan Rasuna Said, you need to follow Jalan Casablanca, pass Park Lane Hotel and Harris Tebet, then a fly-over bridge, and if you look carefully on your left, you will see it. Daeng Tata is a very simple place, not fancier than a warung, and it brings a mixed crowd of Indonesians from various social backgrounds. You may see a few expats, but it is rare. During the day, it can get hot since there is no AC (at least in the one I went to), so it's best to come at night, with some mosquito repellent. While most customers come for its Barbeque Ribs, I advise you to try their Coto (Soup) or their Konro (Soup with Boiled Ribs) as well, two specialties from South Sulawesi. The service is very fast, I didn't have to wait more t

Marco's Bofet Padang Cuisine

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Marco's Bofet is a restaurant serving authentic Padang-Peranakan food (Peranakan = Indo-Chinese already established for centuries in Indonesia). It is located in a mall so compared to the Padang food you can get in the street, it is: More hygienic, more modern but it tastes milder and it's more expensive. For my stomach, it's a good option because it allows me to eat Padang without sweating and feeling unwell. For lovers of really authentic Padang food, you may want to go to any food stall in Jalan Sabang instead.. Opening Hours: Everyday from 10am to 10pm

Mbah Jingkrak (Setiabudi)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Mbah Jingrak is a Sundanese restaurant in Setiabudi, famous for its surrealistic decoration and its extremely spicy "Sambal Iblis" . If you are an expat, this is the kind of place you want to bring your visiting friends and family to impress them. It is an unusual venue, a little hidden, yet with quality food and service. Due to weak resistance to hot food, I could not enjoy most of the dishes and I had to rely on my Indonesian friends for this review. Generally speaking, Mbah Jinggrak seems to serve the kind of food you could find in many higher-end warungs, without anything exceptional except their sambal (spicy sauce). The quality according to them is similar to that of Bumbu Desa or Java Wok . The prices are about 25% higher though (read the menu here ), so you should spend around Rp60,000 per person for a full meal excluding drinks. It is still cheap considering the setting. Everyone at my table intended to come back, and I share the same feelings: I strongly recomme

Palalada Restaurant (by Alun-Alun)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
While shopping in Grand Indonesia, I discovered there was a restaurant inside Alun-Alun store named Palalada. I tried it for a quick meal, during a Sunday afternoon. It was not very crowded compared to many of the other restaurants of the mall. They serve fancy Indonesian cuisine, at relatively high prices. Stupidly, I ordered one of the only western dishes they had (Boneless Chicken), so I cannot give a fair review of their Indonesian food. I did tried their Bebek Goreng though (Fried Duck). I thought the duck was very well-presented and it tasted excellent, but it was so tiny there was hardly anything to eat. The chicken was a very common dish, made with a lack of creativity, and even though it wasn't bad, I could have eaten the same thing in a pub on Jalan Falatehan.
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