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Al Nafoura Lebanese Restaurant

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Al Nafoura is the Lebanese restaurant of the hotel Le Meridien. It is a great place to eat, especially for dinner, when the dim-lighting creates an intimate atmosphere, perfect for a romantic date. The food is not as good as in Anatolia , the most famous Middle-eastern restaurant in Jakarta, but the standards remain high for the city. Surprisingly, it isn't too expensive as well. You can manage to eat well for less than Rp200,000 per person, which is quite rare for a 5-star hotel restaurant.

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant Kemang

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Update August 2011 : Since the Chef in Anatolia has opened its own restaurant, Turkuaz , I've heard the food is not as good as before here. I'll try to confirm as soon as possible. You're welcome to comment.

Beirut Lebanon (Lebanese Restaurant)

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Beirut Lebanon (also called Ali K. Baba) had been advertised to me as the best value Lebanese restaurant in Jakarta. The place doesn't look very good from the outside, and certainly not like a place you would want to eat in. The interior is better, very authentic and simple. It is not pretty but you feel that it isn't fake, and that probably if you ever go to Beirut, you will find some similar eateries. I ordered the hummus (Rp 20,000++) because I wanted to compare it with the more expensive restaurant Samarra ... No doubt about it, Beirut Lebanon's is way better. I followed that with a shawarma (Rp 50,000++) and it was fine also, especially the white sauce to put on it. Though the food is excellent value, there were no customers that day, in Lebanon Beirut. At the same time though, I'm guessing people were queuing in any other restaurants in Grand Indonesia and other malls. It made me think that restaurants located outside of malls seem to have troubles attractin

Diritna Lebanese Café

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Diritna is a tiny "mediterranean" restaurant where you can also smoke different flavoured shishas. The type of food available is Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian. You have an outdoor section, a bit noisy, and a sort of aquarium, more quiet but not really cozy.

Hadramout (Yemeni Cuisine Restaurant)

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Probably one of the most authentic Arabic restaurants in Jakarta, Hadramout specializes in Yemeni cuisine, particularly Mandi/Madhbi (basmati rice, meat, spices). By coincidence, it is exactly what I ate the day before in Al-Jazeerah in Cikini so I was able to make a useful comparison. I preferred the atmosphere in Hadramout: They give you the possibility to eat directly on the carpet, in small private areas, which is quite unique in Jakarta. I advise you to choose the areas closest from the kitchen, more intimate. On the walls, you'll also find some traditional instruments and artefacts from Yemen. As in Al-Jazeerah , all the waitresses wear the headscarf and the television channels are in arabic. Of course, no alcohol is served. Concerning the food (Lamb Madhbi for 2, Rp121k++)), Al-Jazeerah was the best. The rice had the same taste, but the lamb in Hadramout was too salty and fatty .

Little Baghdad (Kemang)

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Little Baghdad is a famous shisha bar in Kemang, opened since 2003. They also serve a mix of western/Indian/arabic food for a very affordable price (see menu here ). It is usually very quiet compared to other venues in Kemang, but the clients are regulars. Since no alcohol is sold in Little Baghdad, most people come for the shisha (Rp65,000) and for the middle-eastern atmosphere. Recommended for having a chat with friends, not a party place. Opening hours:

Maroush (Moroccan Fine Dining Cuisine)

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  Maroush is a Moroccan restaurant in Crowne Plaza hotel, owned by the same group behind Frontpage and Anatolia . Along with Al-Nafoura (Lebanese food), it is among the best fine dining Arab restaurants in Jakarta. It is great both for the atmosphere and for the food, and while it remains much more expensive than your usual warung, I think it is affordable by Western standards (approximately Rp250,000 for a 2-course meal with drinks).

Samarra Restaurant And Lounge (Menteng)

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Once again I'm reviewing a restaurant from the Tugu Group, Samarra... Samarra is actually the most impressive of their restaurants in Jakarta in my opinion, even more that Dapur Babah Elite or Shanghai Blue 1920 . The setting is influenced mainly by Arabic/Persian art and it is just beautiful to be in this place. With the incense smell and the arab/lounge music, you will really feel transported for a moment. Some will probably say that there are too many artefacts to see and that it is too overwhelming, but I believe this is just how the owner wanted it.