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Canteen (Jakarta)

By Jakarta100bars →
Canteen is a hip restaurant located in Pacific Place and Plaza Indonesia. In both places, they are next to the bookstore Aksara, to which they are related. I visited the Canteen in Plaza Indonesia during the afternoon on a Saturday. It was quite crowded, with expats and visibly rich, cool Indonesians. Some of them looked familiar and could have been actors or singers. At night, I think it is best to make a reservation. I liked the setting, in particular the fact that it is in a quiet part of the mall. With large windows letting a lot of light inside, and comfortable seats, it is a cozy venue, designed to be a hangout spot as much as a restaurant. Their menu features continental food, with mostly Italian dishes. Everything seemed fine until I ordered my food: Salade Niçoise (Rp55,000++), Rib-eye steak (Rp110,000++), Bruschetta (Rp45,000++), and Orange juice. A 2-course meal with soft drink should cost you around Rp200,000+. To give you an idea of how expensive it is, in some 5-sta

Cork & Screw Restaurant and Bar (Wisma Kodel, Rasuna Said)

By The Jakarta Team →
Cork & Screw is one of the most popular lounges and restaurants in Jakarta. There are currently two locations in the city, one in Wisma Kodel, and a smaller one in Plaza Indonesia. Though their food is very average for the price, they are trendy places to have a drink, in particular wines. They have a large collection of bottles coming from Vin+ shops, most of them around Rp300k/400k. That's about twice as expensive as in Europe but unfortunately, this is the norm in Jakarta. Overall, I do not recommend Cork & Screw for eating, but you can share a bottle of wine with a few friends.  It is quite busy so you may also want to book your table.

EN Japanese Restaurant Dining Jakarta

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One of the most popular Japanese restaurants in Jakarta, EN Japanese Dining is part of a chain with restaurants in Singapore, China and Hong Kong. It specializes in Okinawa food, importing most of its ingredients from this area. Okinawa cuisine is a bit different from your usual Japanese due to historic ties of this region with China. For this reason, the food in EN is strongly influenced by Chinese cuisine. Overall: EN is well designed and the food is fine, but too expensive compared to many other less flashy Japanese restaurants in Jakarta. Not recommended if you are on a budget. EN Japanese Dining

Fatburger (fast food burger chain)

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Fatburger is a chain of American fast food restaurants, originally from California, with branches in Plaza Senayan and Plaza Indonesia in Jakarta. I decided to try it because they have an ad saying it was voted "number one burger in L.A. and Las Vegas". I bought a regular Fatburger with cheese, french fries and coke (Rp64,999), which is very expensive considering I was the simplest of their burgers, with one beef patty only (you can have up to four). Verdict? In my opinion: More tasty than McDonald's, not as good as Burger King. Overall: Not bad but too pricey. If it is true people in LA and Las Vegas consider it their best burger, I feel sorry for them. Opening hours: Everyday, from 10am to 10pm

Hard Rock Café Jakarta (Inside EX, near Plaza Indonesia)

By The Jakarta Team →
Comment from Rak: "Hard Rock Cafe is not really in Plaza Indonesia but in the X center next door. But now I see my list also shows Plaza Indonesia. I used to go to HR when it was over the road in the Sarinah Thamrin Building and it was pretty good for a while back then in the early 90s, sometimes with excellent live music. I once saw BB King, with a table right at the front a few metres from the big man. Update June 2011: I went to Hard Rock Café Jakarta for the first time in 6 years... It is not so bad actually: The waiters (except for one) were all quite funky with their tattoos and piercing, the design of the venue is great, especially the podium for the bands in the middle of the room, and the prices are high, but not a rip-off (cocktails around Rp90k, Bintang Draught around Rp45k++). I was not there late enough to see the live music though, but I can imagine it must be nice. Surprisingly, the clients on that day were all foreigners. I took a few photos:

Imperial Treasure Chinese Restaurant (Jakarta)

By Jakarta100bars →
  One of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Jakarta , Imperial Treasure specializes in La Mian (hand held noodles) and Xiao Long Bao (dumplings). Another specificity is that you can actually see the noodles being made from inside the restaurant. I tried it a few times with coworkers and everyone gets quite excited when we mention the name. It is packed, especially at lunch and you'll better make a reservation before going. I always enjoyed what I ordered in Imperial Treasure, and I don't find it too expensive. A full meal should not cost you more than Rp100,000. It reminds me of places like the Duck King or Shabu-Shabu House in terms of quality and professionalism. Overall: Recommended venue for lunches/business but too noisy for anything more intimate.

Kafe Betawi (Jakarta)

By 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:

Katsusei (Japanese Restaurant Jakarta)

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Katsusei is a Japanese upmarket restaurant, part of a Japanese chain, which specializes in "tonkatsu" (breaded, deep fried meat cutlets, normally from pork). I won't pretend to be a specialist since i had never tried it before, but I found it excellent. It is pretty much gourmet junk food, because even though they use top-quality, imported ingredients, it remains a fat and unhealty dish. Cutlets (picture from Katsusei facebook group)  My main problem was not the taste but the price. One menu set will cost you up to Rp200,000, and it is quite expensive for what you get I think. Because of this, I recommend this restaurant only if you are a true fan of Japanese food, and of course of Tonkatsu. Personally, I will not go back and consider my visit a one-time luxury treat.

King of Thai (Thai Restaurants)

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King of Thai is a casual dining restaurant located in various malls in Jakarta and specializing, you guessed, in Thai food. They are usually quite small, with minimalist decoration: Nothing could remind you of Thailand apart from a few photos. At lunch time, it should be crowded so do make a reservation if you come with a group. My experience there was limited to their much-praised Mango Salad (Rp26,000++) and the Roast Duck with Rice (Rp42,000++). Both dishes were satisfying considering the price and the location, in Plaza Indonesia. The only thing that really bothered me was the noise coming from the bowling alley next door, so I advise you to visit the place only for quick eats alone or with friends. Roast Duck with Rice (Rp42,000++) Mango Salad (Rp26,000) Overall: Recommended for casual, affordable meals in malls. Opening hours: Everyday from 10am to 10pm

Kitchenette (Jakarta)

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Kitchenette is a restaurant and hang-out spot owned by the Ismaya Group ( Dragonfly, Blowfish , Social House) . Unsurprisingly, it is very crowded, mostly with Indonesians, and probably the busiest venue in Plaza Indonesia: Jakartans love that kind of concept, with as much attention paid to the marketing and design than to the food. Kitchenette looks cute and fun, and it seems designed to surprise clients from the moment they seat until they finish their meal. It is also great for people-watching as it it near the entrance of the mall.

The Marmalade Pantry (Jakarta)

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Originally from Singapore, The Marmalade Pantry is a casual restaurant serving various Continental and Asian food. Compared to other eating joints nearby ( Kitchenette , Bistro Baron , Bakerzin), it is much less popular even though the quality of the food and the prices are similar. I think that Jakartans love their restaurants to be cute, charming or amusing, and The Marmalade Pantry has none of that. It is clean and bright, a bit soulless, just like a brand-new apartment in which nobody has lived in yet. Concerning the food, I've had the opportunity to sample a few of their dishes. It is not delicious nor fine dining, but very decent for continental food in Jakarta. If it was about 30% cheaper, it would be a restaurant I would go to more often. I looked on other Jakarta-based food blogs to see what others had to say, and most reviewers were enthusiastic, especially with their desserts (that I haven't tried).

Marutama Ramen (Casual Japanese Food)

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Marutama Ra-men is a Japanese casual restaurant, with 4 locations in Jakarta. I visited the one in eX Plaza Indonesia, just in front of the XXI cinemas. They have two main specialties: Ramen (Japanese noodle) and Nabe (Japanese hot pot). We took the Nabe, a soup with vegetables (Rp35,000++) to which you can add various items. In our case, we ordered a Chicken (Rp24,000++), Fish ball (Rp18,000++), Tofu (Rp9,000++) and Cabbage (Rp9,000) supplement. As you can see, the price of your meal may vary from simple to triple depending on your appetite. On average though, you shouldn't pay more than Rp100,000, and I think that's enough for two persons. Marutaman Nabe Overall: I rarely go to Japanese restaurants so it's difficult for me to assess how a dish tastes in comparison with the authentic version. Yet, I've read many mixed-to-positive reviews about this place, and both my friend and I enjoyed our meal: The ingredients were fresh and flavorful, and the soup was healthy

Pancious Pancake House

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Pancious is a popular chain of restaurants specializing in pancakes and waffles, with also some main course dishes such as pasta, steaks and burgers. They are all located in malls, including the one I tried in Plaza Indonesia. While the setting is unimpressive and dull, my first positive impression came from the friendly waiters, who welcomed me with smiles and took the time to chat. I ordered a cheese burger (Rp44,000++), a strawberry juice (Rp26,000++), and the regular pancakes (Rp26,000++). I was pleasantly surprised with all my food, which tasted good and was moderately priced (for a mall). The juice was made of real fruits, the pancakes were similar to what I had before in the US, and the ingredients of the burger were all fresh and fair quality. Cheeseburger (Rp44,500++) Overall : I was very satisfied with my experience in Pancious. It's not the place for a romantic dinner, but for a snack or an informal meal with friends, it is perfect. Opening hours: Everyday from 10am

Palalada Restaurant (by Alun-Alun)

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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.

Red Tomato (Hand-Tossed Pizzas)

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Originally owned by a Korean entrepreneur, Red Tomato now belongs to an Indonesian group, with their main location in Plaza Indonesia. It is a casual dining venue with a menu and theme inspired by Italy, if not authentic Italian. Red Tomato looks like your typical mall restaurant: Bright, fun, and with a lot of marketing behind it. I tried a few items, including the Italian Seafood Soup (Rp37,000++), the Dancing Pasta (Rp45,000), and the regular Pizza Margharita (Rp39,000). The prices may not seem very high, but the portions are so small, in particular the pizza, that one dish may not be sufficient to feel full. For a 2-course meal, I would say the average bill for one person should be slightly above Rp100,000.

Shabu-Shabu House Jakarta

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Shabu-Shabu House is one of the fastest growing Japanese restaurant chain in Indonesia. You will find them the more often in high-end malls, next to similar Japanese restaurants like Takigawa or Sushi Tei. In Jakarta, they have locations in Plaza Indonesia (the one I tried for this review), in Crystal Lagoon in SenCi and in Grand Indonesia. The design of the restaurants are always modern, yet simple. It is not a luxury restaurant but it is classy enough to come for business, or even for a date. Actually since the shabu-shabu has to be shared among a few people, it is an excellent way to break the ice and get people to speak to each other.