Restaurants in Jakarta
Like everything else in this sprawling city, eating out in Jakarta can be chaotic but rewarding. The city is a melting pot for the various distinct cuisines of the Indonesian archipelago and a great place to sample the country's many traditional dishes. In addition to this disorientating surplus of local flavour, Jakarta has international cuisines aplenty, with particularly excellent Chinese and Japanese food on offer. There are many restaurants in Jakarta serving international staples and although the city struggles with poverty it is also known to be a playground for the wealthy, with many upmarket restaurants and hotels to enjoy.
If you are looking for quality international cuisine then the posh residential areas of Kemang and Menteng are a good place to start. The Golden Triangle area is frequented by business people and also has some wonderful restaurants catering to expats and tourists.
If you're eating on a budget then Jakarta's thousands of inescapable food stalls will be a treat: the city is known to have tasty street food. The food stalls (warung) come in many different shapes and sizes and it is easy to pick out the vendors with better quality. Be sure to eat food which has been thoroughly cooked and is still hot to reduce your chances of ingesting something harmful. If you aren't adventurous enough to sample the street vendor's grub then check out the enormous food courts in Jakarta's malls to find plentiful and inexpensive food.
Note that alcohol in Jakarta can be expensive as alcohol is heavily taxed in Indonesia; you may find that your drinks become more expensive than your food!
For those that want to know what it tasted like in the Dutch colonial days of Jakarta, head to Kembang Goela. This top rated restaurant blends the unlikely but surprisingly great culinary tastes of traditional Dutch cooking and Indonesian ingredients. The decoration and unique service complete the colonial feel. This can be a great introduction to Indonesian food for visitors hesitant to eat local cuisine.
Address: Plaza Sentral Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 47-48
Telephone: (021) 520 5625
Huize Trivelli Heritage Resto & Patisserie
Huize Trivelli Heritage Resto & Patisserie gives visitors a feeling of being an invited dinner guest of wealthy colonial era Javanese. This cosy restaurant is decorated in classic and ornate detail and the food is equally devoted to specifics. This family-run restaurant serves up traditional cuisine inspired by recipes handed down through its generations.
Address: Jalan Tanah Abang Dua108
Telephone: (021)386 5803
Located in the historic Fatahillah square, Cafe Batavia serves a clientèle of celebrities, royalty and the curious. Adding to its historic theme, the restaurant is drenched in old photographs of past dignitaries, movie stars and royalty. The cafe is well suited for events from weddings to business meetings although anyone is welcome to enjoy its cocktail bar and dining menu. It has been rated as one of the top bars in the world in international magazines.
Address: Fatahillah Square
Telephone: (021) 691 5531
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