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Altitude (Gaia, Salt Grill, Enmaru) @ The Plaza

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Altitude is a group of 3 restaurants located on the 46th floor of the Plaza tower, one of the most expensive office buildings in Jakarta (also home the the Keraton hotel). 46th floor, yes: Great view of course, but make sure to book in advance and ask for a table near the window (if possible in the angle of the building). Luckily for my wallet, I only tried one of the three restaurants, Gaia, the Italian. The food was good, but not spectacular for the price: 550k for one appetizer and one main course. The quality of the service and the attention that we got, not only from the waiters but also from the managers, including 3 foreigners, may have been what we are really paying in the restaurant. One thing felt very wrong: The music was clubbing style and they only had one CD. So we had Gangnam Style and Party Rock Anthem twice each in one evening. That's twice too much. In Altitude, there is also an Australian Steak House (Salt Grill) and a Japanese (Enmaru) that I haven

Riva (Park Lane Hotel)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
    Opened in 1998 in the Park Lane Hotel, Riva is one of the best French restaurants in Jakarta . It is a fine dining venue with mostly classic dishes: Steak au poivre, Foie gras, Salmon, Boeuf Bourguignon, etc.. Nothing experimental, you should not be too surprised by the food you will eat. The restaurant looks old-fashioned, but it feels charming and unpretentious. I really enjoyed the open kitchen, which allows you to spy on the chef while he cooks. It is always impressive to see for yourself all the efforts that come with your meal. The menu is not very long, and it changes regularly. I saw that they have it on their website here , but it isn't updated. You can still have a look to get a general idea about their food though. I chose as an appetizer the Baby Organic Spinach Salad (with Parmesan, Lemon extra virgin oil dressing, and Truffle boursin crostini) and for my main course the Steak au Poivre (Seared wagyu beef rump rolled in crush white pepper, pomme dau

Al Nafoura Lebanese Restaurant

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
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.

AMUZ (French Fine Dining)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Amuz is a French fine-dining restaurant opened in October 2010 by chef Gilles Marx, who previously worked in Riva . The venue sets you in a Parisian décor, circa 1900, with exposed metallic beams, large windows and classy furniture. The clients on that day were mostly rich Indonesian/Chinese women but it might have been just a coincidence... The menu is classic and should change depending on the availability of seasonal products. A la carte , the price for an appetizer is around Rp200k, and for a main course Rp350k (up to Rp650k). I took the lunch meal, more basic: Rp250k++ for a 3-course set lunch. This is an excellent deal.

Blue Elephant (Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Blue Elephant is a Thai restaurant belonging to the eponymous Blue Elephant Group. It has locations in various cities of the world (London, Paris, Bangkok, Dubai, etc.) and it specializes in authentic, fine dining Thai cuisine. If you are familiar with the restaurants from the Face group or from the Tugu group, you will find many similarities, particularly the ethnic design and the rather expensive prices. Together with Lan Nai Thai, Blue Elephant is often considered as one of the best Thai restaurants in Jakarta, and both are headed by a Thai chef. I was not hungry when I visited so I only had a few bites off my friend's plates (Tom Yam Koon, 45K++ and Tamarind Duck, Rp125,000). I was surprised to see the portions were very small: One dish could hardly be enough for a meal. While the Tom Yam was average, with an unusual sour taste (maybe it's the authentic way?), the duck was excellent and it was presented nicely. From this small sample, I was not impressed, but I have to a

Casa d'Oro (Hotel Kempinski)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  Casa d'Oro, along with Toscana in Kemang has the reputation of being one of the best Italian restaurants in Jakarta for upscale, fine dining. Located in the 5-star Hotel Kempiski, Casa D'Oro doesn't have a very impressive setting, except for the stylish glass-window wine cellar in the middle of the main room. On the day I visited, a Tuesday, the restaurant was empty except for my table and another expat couple. The service was professional and helpful, but a few minor errors were made (wrong knife, confusion in the plates, etc..). I cannot say I was amazed by the food I tried (Codfish for Rp268,000++ and Black squid pasta for Rp168,000++). It was excellent home cooking, but for the price, i would have expected something more creative. Without wine, your minimum bill in Casa d'Oro will be Rp350k to Rp400k, and I don't think this is good value compared to the other Italian restaurants in Jakarta .

Emilie (French Restaurant)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  Emilie is among the most famous French fine-dining restaurants in Jakarta. It is currently headed by Mickael Robin, who previously worked as Chef de Partie in the Michelin-starred Espadon in Paris. I visited Emilie for lunch on a Monday and it was empty. The prices are very high: If you order à la carte , you should pay between Rp100k and Rp250k for an appetizer, and between Rp350k to Rp600k for a main dish. If you include the drinks, you'll end up paying Rp1 million for your meal. I avoided that by taking the lunch set menu: 3 courses for Rp300k++ (2 courses is Rp240k++). I had the following dishes: Amuse-Bouche Chicken Liver Terrine with Orange Marmalade

Face Bar Menteng

By The Jakarta Team →
Face Bar, part of the Face group, is one of the oldest bars in Jakarta. It is still popular, especially with expats and tourists, in spite of being expensive and even though dozens of similar lounges have opened all around the city. The secret of Face Bar is undoubtedly its interior design, which combines old antiques with more contemporary paintings and sculptures. It is quite small, and there are always some regulars, in particular foreign journalists. There is a pool table too but it is rarely used. There are two fine dining restaurants in the same building, each one with a theme: Lan Na Tai (Thai food) and Hazara (Indian cuisine, reviewed on this blog here ) Face bar is usually a recommended nightlife spot by many magazines/websites about Jakarta. Myself, I like to take my friends there when they come to Jakarta, because it is the kind of venue that would be popular in Europe. Don't expect something very happening though, it is a bar to chill and relax, not to party.

Kahyangan (Shabu-Shabu Restaurant)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  Kahyangan has to be one of the most expensive Asian restaurants in Jakarta. It is part of Nikko Hotel, near the Hotel Indonesia roundabout. I read a few reviews on internet about this place, but I imagine the journalists didn't actually pay for their meals. If you eat there for free, it is a great place indeed. You have an incredible view over Jakarta, attentive staff (though they can be pushy to make you order more) and stylish design. Bring a date here and she should be really impressed.

Lyon (French Restaurant)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Lyon is the French restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel. It serves French dishes, many of them not usual for high-class restaurant since they are quite regional specialties. There are also some more international dishes, notably everything that comes from the grill. There was a very interesting promo when I tried it, called Normandie, for which you get entrées, soup, main course and dessert for Rp220,000++. It is an excellent deal and makes the place cheaper than many trendy restaurants in Jakarta who often offer very poor taste. If you order dishes "à la carte", the prices vary from Rp100,000 to over Rp600,000. I think that including drinks and one side dish or dessert, your dinner shall costs you around Rp400,000. Casserole normande I was extremely pleased with my food, the best French food I've tried in Jakarta, and surely one of the best restaurants in the city. The waiters were trained and professional and only made one mistake, they forgot to bring the c

Maroush (Moroccan Fine Dining Cuisine)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
  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).

Ocha & Bella (Menteng)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Ocha & Bella is a restaurant in Morrissey Hotel (ex-Citadines) which opened in March 2011. I didn't try the food there yet, only the cocktails, so I will keep this blog review short. For me, Ocha & Bella is one of the most charming modern-design restaurant in Jakarta. Its designer, Willis Kusuma, is also behind Social House and Pesto , but it reminds me even more of Maja House in Bandung. Ocha & Bella has a different vibe whether you sit near the bar, in the open-air garden, or in the main dining room. For this reason, I think it is suitable for any occasions: Dates, late drinks with colleagues, hang-out, or even solo.

Orient8 (French and pan-Asian Cuisine)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Opened in 2009, Orient8 is the French and pan-Asian restaurant of the 5-star Hotel Mulia, in Senayan. I visited it with a friend in November 2011, and only tried their French food.

Rosso (Hotel Shangri-La)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Rosso is the fine dining Italian restaurant of the 5-star  Shangri La . In the same hotel you may also find Satoo , a top-notch all-day buffet restaurant, and B.A.T.S , a popular expat bar. I visited on a Monday night and it was almost full, with mostly expatriates and business travelers. Consequently, though the waiters were very efficient, they were not always immediately available and it gave me the impressions they were understaffed.  The design of Rosso is chic and modern, with a high, painted ceiling. The sitting is comfortable, on sofas or in a booth, and the tables are distant enough to allow for private conversation. There is also a cozy lounge in Rosso's smaller room. I didn't try the wine, but there seems to be quite a large selection on the menu.

Samarra Restaurant And Lounge (Menteng)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
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.

Scusa (Intercontinental Hotel Jakarta)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Scusa is the Italian restaurant of the Intercontinental Mid-Plaza Hotel. Though more affordable than Rosso in Shangri-La Hotel or Casa d'Oro in Kempinski, the standards are almost the same when it comes to service, design, and cuisine. A la carte, there are new dishes on the menu every day. You should pay around Rp350,000 for a 3-course meal without drinks (add Rp100,000 to that if you order something from the grill). They also have an interesting 3-course set lunch menu starting at Rp160,000++. I was craving for pizza when I visited, so unfortunately my experience of Scusa is limited to that + a Mixed Salad + Marinated Strawberries. From this small sample, I was not disappointed, except for the dessert: The food in Scusa is authentic Italian, the same you could experience in Italy. Imported Italian ingredients are used: Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar, Mascarpone, etc… If you are familiar with Toscana in Kemang, I consider Scusa to offer similar food. My on