Just like how New York is the ‘Big Apple’, Jakarta is known as the ‘Big Durian’. That means food, food, and more food! Be prepared and get your tastebuds tingling with excitement from the incredibly delicious food Jakarta has to offer ?
Without further ado, here are 10 recommended eateries in Jakarta that will definitely make you jump for joy!
1. Nasi Padang: Pagi Sore Restaurant (Halal-certified)
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Nasi Padang is a must-have while you’re in town! Well known for their signature fried chicken, even the locals come back for more. Food is served hiding
style where a few dozen plates are laid out in front of you to allow a wide sample of their tasty selection. You will be charged accordingly to the plates you eat from. They will count it even if you take a small piece to taste!
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Try out other dishes like the telor gulai
(boiled egg in gravy) and paru goreng
(fried beef lung), topped on with their spicy sambal!
P.S. Want to add this place to your 3D2N itinerary in Jakarta? We've got you covered here
Address: Jl. Cempaka Putih Raya No. A. 5, Cempaka Putih Timur, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota
Jakarta 10510, Indonesia Operating Hours:
10am – 10pm daily
+62 711 323000
2. Bakmi GM (Halal-certified)
Bakmi Gm has along history in Indonesian culture, and they have been around for many years. The locals like it, and the tourists love it ?
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Be sure to check out their mie kuah (noodle with soup)
, topped with scrumptious pangsit goring (fried wonton)! Mie bakso (Indonesia meatball noodle)
is also another popular dish in Indonesia.
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Chinese cuisine is also available to mix and match your tastebuds! The price is reasonable, the taste is great and you can easily find them all over the city and in malls so you can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
They have an outlet at some terminals at the airport in Jakarta, just in case you want to remember the taste once again before you fly off!
Jln. Metro Pondok Indah | Pondok Indah Mall 1, 2 Floor, Jakarta 12310, Indonesia
10am – 10pm daily
+62 21 7506881
3. Dapur Sunda (Halal-certified)
For your fix of Sundanese food, head on down to Dapur Sunda!
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Gurame goreng is fried so well that you can eat every bit of the fish from the tail to the head! Try it with the garam asam
sauce, which is made of lemon, brown sugar and herb sauce, but there are also many other variety of options for this dish as well. Serve it with the all-time favourite Indonesian drink, jus alpukat
(avocado juice), and you're good to go ?
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There are at least seven different types of sambal on the menu so do be adventurous and try out some of it. Dapur Sunda has won a few awards for the best Indonesian restaurant, so this is definitely for all the foodies out there in Jakarta!
Their other restaurant in Pancoran, has its own wooden building which feels even more styled and authentic!
Kawasan Hanggar, Jl. Jendral Gatot Subroto, Gatot Subroto, Jakarta
10am – 10pm daily
+62 21 79196662
4. D'COST Seafood (Halal-certified)
Seafood galore anyone? ?
Credit: shahinshada on Instagram Known for their reasonable prices and quick service, D’COST will definitely serve those with big appetites. The place is clean and spacious, which is perfect for
families and large groups. They also serve free servings of rice and tea!
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You can find many branches along the streets of Jakarta for this well-known seafood restaurant. The most famous branch is located in Kemang, South Jakarta.
Jl. Kemang Raya No.84, RT.2/RW.2, Bangka, Mampang Prpt., Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12730, Indonesia
10am – 11pm daily
+62 21 71792661
5. Historia Food and Bar (Halal-certified)
A specialist café in traditional Indonesian taste, it is a great place to chat, work and relax with appetizers like lumpia
(spring rolls), empek
(fish cakes), tauhu
(tofu) and tempe
(fermented bean cake).
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For mains, there’s Indonesian favourites with at least three types of Nasi Goreng
(steamed vegetable salad with peanut sauce) and Soto Betawi –
a Betawi-style beef soup made with coconut milk.
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Coffee-lovers can also get a taste of the local fare! Be spoilt with choice when they even have mocktails of all flavours. One special drink would be the Wedang Jahe, a ginger drink with black sesame seeds and black pepper. If you never try, you’ll never know ?
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: This is the best place to take lots of shots in any part of the café for your Instagram ?
Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No. 11, Pinangsia, RT.4/RW.6, Pinangsia, Jakarta Barat, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11110, Indonesia
10am – 10pm Sunday to Thursday, 8am – 10pm Friday to Saturday
+62 21 6904188
Disclaimer: Do note that this eatery serves alcohol in the establishment.
6. Le Gourmet (Halal-certified)
For desserts, check out Le Gourmet which is a halal bakery-café with many signature dishes that will make your mouth water!
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All faithfully recreated daily from their original recipes and baked with the freshest ingredients, try out Indonesia’s traditional sweets like Cente Manis
(Sweet and savory hunkwe with colourful pearls), Kue Khu
(sticky rice cake) and Lapis Pepe
(layered chewy cake)!
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Jl. Kemang Raya No.55, RT.4/RW.2, Bangka, Mampang Prpt., Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12730, Indonesia
8am – 7pm daily, closed on Sundays
7. The Café at Hotel Mulia
Credit: bernardus.frederick on Instagram The Café is one-of-a-kind concept café, which portrays a splendid and flavourful artisan produce. Be mesmerised with
the décor and food served that includes Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Western and great salad bar and chilled seafood. Wow, that was a mouthful!
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Even the dessert corner is filled with temptation of all kinds like cake, gelatos, yoghurt ice creams and local sweet treats! You can enjoy the pleasant atmosphere anytime, because it's open 24/7!
Jl. Asia Afrika | Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta 10270, Indonesia
24 hours daily
+62 21 5747777
Disclaimer: Do note that the food served at The Cafe at Hotel Mulia is halal, but the establishment serves alcohol. A reader has also informed us that most of their desserts contain rum. We'd advise our readers to check with the staff before consuming any of it.
8. The Halal Boys (Halal-certified)
Have you heard about the Famous Gyro over rice? The Halal Boys is famous in the Big Apple, and is as famous in the Big Durian! That's why they’ve opened up three branches here for the Indonesian masses.
Credit: thehalalboys on Instagram They serve warm, tasty Middle Eastern style chicken and lamb platters that are topped with their secretly-addictive, red and white secret sauce of theirs!
Nobody knows what it is, but they all have been coming back for more!
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Jalan Hang Lekir II No. 4, Kebayoran Baru, RT.9/RW.6, Gunung, Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12290, Indonesia
10am – 10pm daily
+62 21 7230094
9. Marugame Udon and Tempura (Halal-certified)
Craving for Japanese food while in Jakarta? Don't worry, Marugame got it covered!
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The udon here at Marugame can be served with either meat or fish, and spicy or non-spicy.
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Cool down with the drinks that are served which is the Yakitori and free flow Ocha and ice lemon tea!
Grand Indonesia, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.1, RT.1/RW.5, Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310, Indonesia
10am – 10pm daily
This list is not even tipping the iceberg in a city that's filled with good food like Jakarta! If you do know other awesome eateries in Jakarta, feel free to share with us. You know our tummies are always hungry for more ?