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Mamink Daeng Tata (Makassar Cuisine)

By Tibs →
  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

Mbah Jingkrak (Setiabudi)

By Tibs →
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

Pondok Laguna (Batu Tulis, Jakarta)

By Tibs →
Pondok Laguna was one of my worst dining experiences in Jakarta. I may have been unlucky, but from what I've seen, I can only recommend you to avoid it. It was a big disappointment because Pondok Laguna is actually extremely popular with Indonesians, some of whom consider it as one of the best Indonesian restaurants in Jakarta. Most of the time, it is hard to get a table even though there is enough room for at least 200 persons. The place looks touristy, with a giant fish sculpture towering above it on the outside, and a Balinese-like atmosphere inside. Most of the restaurant is in the open-air, and on each side there is a fountain with tropical plants. The main room does not allow for an intimate or cozy meal. It is extremely noisy, with people entering and leaving all the time. On top of that you have that annoying Balinese music, which reminds me of the worst venues in Kuta. Most tables can accommodate 20 to 30 people so you might also sit next to random customers.

Shanghai Blue 1920

By The Jakarta Team →
Shanghai Blue 1920 is a chic restaurant and bar owned by the Tugu Group, who possesses various hotels and restaurants in Indonesia. The objective of the bar is to bring you back to the golden era of Shanghai (apparently in 1920 was the time to be there…). I give a 10/10 for the settings, really beautiful and impressing. The food is a mix of Chinese , Betawi and Peranakan, that of the first Chinese migrants who came to Indonesia. It is excellent and creative, but very expensive: At least Rp. 150,000 per person with wine. There is a live band playing old jazz tunes almost every evening, with a focus on Mandarin Jazz. Occasionally, you also have guest singers and musicians. You can check their website for more information.

Warung Desa (Jakarta)

By Tibs →
Warung Desa is a restaurant chain with two locations in Jakarta. The first branch, the only one I visited, is in Jalan Agus Salim (ex-Sabang) while the second, more recent, is in Tebet. They serve mainly Indonesian food, with some Chinese, Western and Arabian dishes as well. The design is rather modern and the inside is clean, with air-con. It is a big step-up for the usual "Rumah Makan", even though the prices are only slightly higher. The nasi goreng for instance costs only Rp12,000++, and the mie ayam Rp12,000++.

Warung Leko (Indonesian food)

By Tibs →
Warung Leko is a chain of Indonesian food restaurants similar with Warung Tekko , previously reviewed on this blog. For me, there is no real difference between the two, but people always say one of them is there favourite, just as they would say Pepsi is better than Coke. They specialize in Iga Bakar and Iga Penyet (Grilled ribs and Smashed ribs with spicy sauce). They have other items on the menu, all the usual Indonesian favourites, but most customers go for the ribs only.

Warung Tekko Restaurants

By Tibs →
Warung Tekko is an Indonesian chain of restaurant catering mostly to middle class families. You will find them in all the major Indonesian cities, most of the time in malls. It is very similar with another chain of restaurants called Warung Leko (reviewed on this blog). Specializing in Iga Penyet (Fried ribs in spicy jalapeño sauce - Rp28,000), it serves good value dishes from all over Indonesia. The facilities are family friendly, clean and cozy and the food tastes good enough. Overall: I would recommend Warung Tekko for an affordable meal where you get what you pay for. However, they only have local ribs, which are usually not as tasty as those imported from Australia/US.