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Hause Rooftop & Kitchen (Setiabudi)

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Hause is a small bar and restaurant located on the rooftop of MD Place in Setiabudi. You have a long selection of cocktails, Western and Indonesian food, live music on selected nights, and a hipster vibe. 90% of the crowd is made of twenty-something Indonesians, among which a lot of pretty girls.  The building is only 6 floors high so you don't expect a fantastic view. There are plants and flowers everywhere and it's what I liked the most about Hause. It truly feels like an oasis in the city (especially in that area of Jakarta where you don't have any green spaces). A similar venue is Lucy in the Skye in SCBD.

Level 5 Karaoke (Jakarta)

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Level 5 (also spelled Level V) is one of the most popular luxury karaokes in North Jakarta along with Crown, Illigals, Alexis and Paragon. Located in  Whiz Prime Hotel , it is next to Nuage and it belongs to the Stadium Group (Malioboro, King Cross, Nebula, Exodus, Sumo).

Hide & Seek (SCBD - Jakarta) - CLOSED

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Update 2018: Hide & Seek is now called The Swillhouse and it's a club specializing in Hip Hop/Rn'B. Hide & Seek is a restaurant and bar located next to Lucy in the Sky, Fable and Potato Head Garage in SCBD area. It is a small, discreet venue with an industrial theme. I think they got their inspiration from the Nautilus submarine in Jules Verne's novel. I never tried the food there, but I went quite a few times for parties on Friday and Saturday nights. It's not too crowded so it's perfect for having a few drinks before moving elsewhere in SCBD. Occasionally they have good DJs as well. Beware that most clients are quite young, in their early 20s.

Hemingway Lounge (Kingsman, Senopati)

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Hemingway Speakeasy Lounge and Cigar Bar is the newest addition to the nightlife scene in Senopati. It is located in a secret location next to Three Buns Burger . To enter, you must go through a hidden door inside a tailor shop called Kingsman (ex The Momo ). I'm not sure if it is a real shop or just a cover. Considering it was still ramadhan, Hemingway was surprisingly busy when I visited. I would guess that all the clients are from the circle of friends of the owners. There was a live band playing easy listening and jazzy songs, giving the place an exclusive touch. I could not stay very long unfortunately so I would need a second visit before making a more detailed review. For now, I would recommend it for an after-hour drink or as a pre-party venue on weekends.

Grand Paragon Karaoke, Hotel, Mall, Club (Jakarta)

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Update 2 January 2017: There was a fire in Paragon Hotel and it is closed at the moment. The Grand Paragon is a complex located on Jalan Gadjah Mada, opposite to Illigals . It is mostly famous for having one of Jakarta's most popular naughty luxury karaokes. It is similar with Malioboro , Sun City or Alexis .

Newtown Executive Club (Lokasari)

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Newtown is a new luxury "Executive Club" with a lounge and a karaoke. It is located in the red-light district of Lokasari, just next to Mille's . At the moment it is still quiet and the customers are almost all locals. There are many hostesses and girls companions hanging out in the lounge, where you have naked girl striptease in the evening.

Publik Markette vs Caffé Milano

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Following the opening of Central retail store and Uniqlo in Grand Indonesia, there has been a few new restaurants opening in this part of the mall. The two most popular are Publik Markette and Caffè Milano. I tried both of them for a quick double lunch on a weekday. In that same area, you also have Union Deli, Benedict and Nomz that I did not visit. Publik Markette was opened by Ismaya ( SKYE , Kitchenette , Pizza e Birra , Fook Yew, etc) and Caffé Milano is owned by the same people behind Union (some of which are also shareholders in Loewy , E&O and Cork & Screw ). The Union group's venues, concept and design, are more geared towards Westerners while Ismaya's concepts are very popular among local Indonesians and less among expats (except for a few venues such as Dragonfly ). Ismaya is usually more playful, more creative and innovative, while Union stays more classic and chic. Caffè Milano:

The Manhattan Fish Market - Seafood Restaurants

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The Manhattan Fish Market is a restaurant chain specializing in seafood dishes, either poached, grilled, fried, baked or flamed. They are originally from Singapore, with branches in several countries in Asia and Middle East. In Indonesia, you can find them in Bali and Jakarta for the moment. I took one of their signature dishes, the Small Flame (Rp129,000 +16% tax and service), which seemed very appetizing on the picture from the menu (you can see all of it here ). Small Flame (Rp129,000++)

Sesto Senso by Hide Yamamoto (Jakarta)

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Sesto Senso is an Italian restaurant owned by a Japanese Chef, Hide Yamamoto . Located in Lotte Mall Kuningan, it is similar in concept with other recently opened venues such as AW Kitchen and Popolamama . All of these are managed by Japanese but sell mostly Italian dishes. The design of Sesto Senso is modern minimalist, which made me feel like it was soulless, a bit as if I was sitting in the waiting room of a brand-new hospital. It is a good thing the waiters were warm and friendly to compensate for that feeling. I also enjoyed the view of Jakarta's skyline from the large window. The menu (available in detail here ) features all the popular Italian classics, particularly pasta. The prices are rather expensive, about 20% higher than average. Pocket Size Pizza Margarita (Rp89,000+21%) Spaghettini Aglio Olio Peperoncino (Rp85,000+21%)

Wilshire Restaurant Jakarta

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Wilshire is a new restaurant located in one of the hippest nightlife areas in Jakarta, in the Foundry 8 (SCBD). It is just next to Canos , Blue Monkey and Empirica . All nearby restaurants have a very similar design and they are hard to differentiate. As the Foundry 8 is only a temporary location (it should be destroyed in a few years), I imagine that each venue only wants to invest the minimum to look good enough. Wilshire is simply designed if we compared it with Loewy , Union or E&O , but it is elegant and comfortable. The main original feature is the copper sticks display hanging from the ceiling, a great and inexpensive idea to decorate the room!

TWG Tea Salons and Boutiques

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TWG (The Wellness Group) is a distributor of quality teas founded in 2008. On their logo, which is a copy of the one of Mariage Frères, it is mentioned the date 1837 but it is obviously a deception. They also have some words written in French such as "Mélanges Exquis" or "Grand Crus Prestige", probably aimed at making consumers believe it is a French brand. But TWG is from Singapore and there is no shame in that. Part of their marketing strategies is the creation of high-end boutiques / restaurants / tea salon. There are already over 40 branches around the World, especially in Asia (only 1 in Europe and a few in US). The ideas is to position TWG as a luxury company by opening in premium locations, with a chic design and fine dining service. I had TWG Teas on several occasions and they were good for a non-expert like me. It seems to me that tea is a basic product, a commodity and I don't think there are "Grand Crus" like there are with

AW Kitchen (by Akira Watanabe) - Italian Restaurant

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AW is a restaurant which was opened by a celebrity Chef (one more) named Akira Watanabe. I had never heard of that name and I am pretty sure you haven't either. From what I could find on the internet, he participated in a TV show called Iron Chef in 2009. He then probably read a book about how to turn one's name into a brand and went on to open several restaurants in Japan. The staff told me that he only came to Jakarta for a few days for the opening, then left and never came back. The current Chef is still Japanese though. Unlike what you could expect, the food in AW Kitchen is Italian, mostly pasta. It is rather expensive, but still reasonable considering you are in one of Jakarta's most luxurious malls.  The service was friendly but they did quite a big mistake as they brought my appetizer and my main course at the exact same time. The setting of the restaurant is fine as well, with a few original touches.