Dapur Babah Elite

By Tibs

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 restaurant chain (Other restaurants reviewed on this blog: Shanghai Blue 1920).

Therefore, to avoid paying high prices for a full meal, I recommend you to have a drink in the Tao bar, one of the nicest rooms in the restaurant. That way, you still get a chance to stroll among the antiques, without spending too much.
 Practical Information:
Opening hours:
Weekdays: 11.00 - 23.00
Weekends: 11.00 - 24.00
Sundays: 10.00 - 23.00

Dapur Babah Elite
Veteran I No. 18 - 19.
Jakarta Pusat
DKI Jakarta - Indonesia
Phone: +62-21 385 5653
Fax: +62-21 385 3040

Website : Dapur Restaurant Jakarta

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