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Fj Bistro (Fj'L Boutique)

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FJ Bistro is a trendy restaurant and café, located in the back of the trendy clothing boutique Fj'L. You have large windows from the floor to the ceiling giving you the impression of being outside, as well as some neat furniture. The food is a selection of Asian and Western favourites, costing around Rp60k to Rp100k for a dish. Fj Bistro is not a cheap place to eat, but it is perfect for a Sunday brunch or Breakfast. It is usually quite crowded then. It also has a good reputation for its teas as it is the exclusive resaler for Indonesia of Mariage Frères tea. Practical Information: Open from Monday to Sunday from 11am to 11pm

Jaya Pub (Thamrin)

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After 8 years living in Jakarta, I finally visited Jaya Pub, the oldest expat bar in the city (since 1976). It is really a shame I never came before because the place would have deserved a review on this blog a long time ago. Owned by Rima Melati and her husband (also behind Le Bistro and La Bodega), Jaya Pub looks like a survivor. Not only has it been around for 35 years, it also hasn't changed during that time: Toto for instance, one of their employees, has been working here since the beginning. He is now 70 years-old, probably the oldest bartender in Jakarta. The decoration is nothing but the accumulation of all the souvenirs and photos gathered over time. You cannot help but feel nostalgic in Jaya Pub, especially if you've been an expat for a while already.

Koi Gallery & Restaurant

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Koi Kafe Gallery restaurant is a long-time favourite among Jakarta expatriates. It serves both Asian (Chinese) and European (mainly French) food. Koi is usually considered as serving one of the best brunches in Jakarta. You can try it from 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, but make a reservation before because it is always full. Owned by a Belgian expat, the food is mostly great (among the recommended dishes, try the Grilled Camembert) and the service friendly. When busy, you may have to wait for a while to get your food though. Koi also hosts a gallery with some beautiful pieces of antique furniture and also some paintings. A meal will cost you around 150,000rp (appetizer, main course and dessert), which I believe is decent for the overall experience you get.

La Bière Restaurant Beer House

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La Bière (the beer in French) is a restaurant with Indonesian and Western food, and more importantly, a late-night hangout spot in the Central Park mall (Tribeca). I didn't try the food, but from what many food blogs are saying, it is rather good, though more expensive than average. To have a beer, it is perfect especially on Friday and Saturday as it doesn't close before 3am. It isn't extraordinary, but you don't have so much choice if you live in the area anyway. Opening hours: Everyday from 11am to midnight (and 3am on weekends)

MoodZ Bar and Restaurant (Jakarta)

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New bar/restaurant in Epicentrum Walk (near Taman Rasuna), opened by Andreas Stokowy, a German expatriate. Not visited yet but I took a look at their menu on facebook and it seems quite expensive. The chef is German so hopefully it is worth it. I'll try to visit soon and post a complete review. Moodz Jakarta Unit W126B & 128B Epicentrum Walk Komplek Rasuna Epicentrum Jalan HR Rasuna Said, Jakarta 12960 Email: marketing@foodevolution.org Phone number: +62-21 29941282 Website: http://metromoodz.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MoodZ-Jakarta/179481528743989

Ninety Nine (Grand Indonesia)

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After Cork&Screw , Loewy , Potato Head and Social House , Ninety-Nine (99) is the new chic place in Jakarta (in November 2010). If you want to be surrounded by rich Indonesians and expats, this is where you should go. Since the restaurant is located in the middle of Grand Indonesia, expect it to be full, especially on weekends. Ninety-Nine is actually an offshoot of the Ranch Market, a supermarket popular with expats specializing in premium, imported, and sometimes organic products. The restaurant maintains that quality reputation and offers some simple dishes using the best ingredients. To me, most of the food is American junk food, but they have some specialties from other countries such as tortillas, noodle soup, pizzas or nasi goreng. It's not always as healthy as it claims to be, but at least it tastes good.

Olive Tree Restaurant (Hotel Nikko)

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The Olive Tree is one of the restaurants of Nikko Hotel. If you don't choose the buffet (Rp228,000++), the menu "à la carte" consists of various popular international dishes, plus some local favourites. We tried 3 dishes, the Tasmanian salmon (Rp155,000++), the Lamb Rack (Rp180,000++) and the Seafood Pesto soup (Rp50,000++). Note that the Indonesian dishes are much more affordable. The food tasted fine, just as you would expect for these prices. However, my overall feeling was that the restaurant lacks charm. We were the only customers that evening and it seemed like the whole place was sleepy.

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