Restaurant business is good business in Jakarta. No wonder there's always a new place in town to dine and unwind. Here are ten of the latest ones that you might consider visiting.
Where: Citywalk Sudirman, Jl. KH Mas Mansyur, Central Jakarta
On a mission to "energetically serve hot ramen", as written on the so-called Declaration of Bariuma Spirits hanging on the wall, this ramen house from the Japanese city of Hiroshima recently introduced its first outlet in Jakarta following successful openings in Singapore and Malaysia. In addition to various ramen dishes in pork and chicken flavored soup, it also offers grilled salmon, fried rice and bottled Sapporo and Bali Hai beers.
Djati Bistro & Drinkery
Where: Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim No. 85, Menteng, Central Jakarta
As the name suggests, the restaurant offers numerous options of spirits, wine and cocktails. As for food, it interestingly features local dishes such as gado-gado (vegetable salad with peanut sauce), fried lumpia (spring rolls), assorted satays, nasi uduk (coconut milk steamed rice) and the so-called "HouseSteak over Spiced Rendang [beef simmered in coconut milk and spices] Sauce."
Gastromaquia Resto & Lounge
Where: Jl. Ciniru 1 No. 1, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Recently opened in the capital city following its first location in Madrid, Spain, in 2008, this establishment basically offers international cuisine with a Spanish flavor. Set in an all-white homely decor, its best-sellers include Garlic Noodle with Crab Meat, Stuffed Chicken with Bacon and Date, Garlic Butter Prawn, and Infused Water for drink.
Where: Jl. Metro Pondok Indah, Pondok Indah, South Jakarta
Holding itself as an affordable fine dining restaurant, Mockingbird offers an accessible minimalist design yet serves its food in the elegant manner of an upscale establishment. Its reasonably priced set menus, with prices starting from Rp 98,000 (US$7.37), allow patrons to devour signature dishes such as Wagyu Beef Tartar, Angus Beef Tenderloin and Tandoori Roasted Lamb Rack.
Where: Jl. Senopati Raya No. 84, South Jakarta
Adorned in a rather dark minimalist-industrial interior, Monty's features international modern European-Western cuisine with the options of private rooms and a bar. Patrons who are usually annoyed by parking issues around the hip area will be pleased to know that it also provide free valet service.
Where: Jl. Senopati Raya No. 65, South Jakarta
As a new kid in town, particularly within the city's oh-so popular dining scene of Senopati, Ms. Choo does not disappoint with its East-meets-West interior concept and numerous choices of Asian-inspired dishes and beverages. Recommended menus include "Crispy pork hock on the bone with tamarind sauce and nam jim jeaw", "Crispy twice cooked pork belly with caramel tamarind glaze and nam prik pla", and "Pad kee mao spicy rice noodle with prawn bean sprouts Chinese broccoli and basil."
Where: Grand Indonesia shopping town, Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta
Boasting itself as an Japanese edgy bar, the restaurant is part of the Okirobox chain which has many outlets throughout Jakarta and specializes in Japanese snacks such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki. Set in a fun yet cosy atmosphere, it has a live cooking bar and offers sweet and savoury meals with several additional toppings to choose from.
The Halal Boys
Where: Jl. Hang Lekir 2 No. 4, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Said to embrace the same concept as the Halal Guys' famous gyro over rice in New York City, the Halal Boys is a food stall selling a no-nonsense menu: Lamb over Rice, Chicken over Rice, and Half & Half over Rice. All priced at Rp 55,000 and all basically consisting of long-grain yellow rice with lamb or chicken or both and topped with fiery hot sauce, white sauce, lettuce, and pita bread.
Where: MidPlaza 1, Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Central Jakarta
As its tagline suggests, "for all diners with special (pork) needs," Tontoki offers an all-pork menu alongside various choices of whisky, shochu and cold sake. Its attractive setting in an Edo-period traditional Japanese house adds an authentic experience for patrons dining here.
Warung Turki by Turkuaz
Where: Jl. Kemang Raya No. 18A, South Jakarta
Following the success of the Turkuaz restaurant in South Jakarta's Jl. Gunamawarman, Chef Sezai Zorlu decided to open another establishment in Kemang, one of Jakarta's hippest dining scenes. In addition to Turkish cuisine, patrons can also enjoy shisha (Arabic water pipe).