From an unabashedly flashy restaurant to a vegan-friendly eatery to a bakery-cum-café, Jakarta never seems to exhaust its reservoir of culinary wonders. Here are ten new establishments that will be worth your time and wallet:
A Potato Head Group establishment, Attarine quickly became the talk of the town by introducing what it says to be a Spice Route-inspired menu. This approach translates to simple yet flavourful dishes that include wood-fired fish, lamb shoulder chops, and scrumptious Ottolenghi-esque vegetables. Helmed by chef Jacob Burrell, a Californian transplant, the restaurant is housed in a cosy, rustic space that belies the seriousness of its cooking.
Jl. Gunawarman No. 11 A
T: 021 2277 1256; attarine.com
- Izakaya Kai
Izakaya Kai takes the casual Japanese gastropub setting up a notch by bringing chef Hitoshi Kimura, a tempura master, to serve anything fried – prawns, Hokkaido uni, conger eel – from behind his counter. Classic mainstays like yakitori and udon are also abound and will jibe well with Sapporo and Yamazaki alike.
Jl. Pluit Kencana Raya No. 59
T: 021 2266 3966; izakayakaijkt.com
Gioi specialises in farm-to-table Asian cuisine, as evident in dishes that uniquely fuse traditional and modern cooking. Salmon lodeh combines the traditional lodeh dish with sous-vide salmon, while in the so-called Asian steak tartare, you’ll find sirloin meat mixed with fresh herbs and served with emping crackers. A tantalising brunch option if you’re bored with the old eggs Benedict.
Jl. Senopati No. 88
T: 021 721 1468
- Alto at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
Decadence appears to be the keyword when it comes to Alto, the sleek Italian restaurant and bar at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta. Executive chef Marco Riva has created a menu of hearty Italian dishes that you should pair with – what else? – its fine selection of wine. Situated on the penthouse level with an outdoor terrace, Alto serves up a stunning view of the city fit for a romantic dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta, 20th Floor, Jl. Gatot Subroto
T: 021 2277 1888
- Correlate by Chef Juna
Chef Juna of MasterChef Indonesia fame goes back behind the scenes with his new restaurant Correlate, where he blends influences from French and Japanese traditions to serve familiar comfort food with a twist, such as spicy tuna roll, gourmet BLT with Gruyère-truffle fries, and turkey mac and cheese. Thanks to the menu’s small-plate option, you can (attempt to) try them all at once.
Menara Rajawali, Ground Floor, Jl. Mega Kuningan
T: 021 576 2593; correlateindonesia.com
- Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Jakarta
Located on the 51st floor of The Westin Jakarta, Seasonal Tastes defies your usual expectation of a hotel’s all-day restaurant with its seven live-cooking interactive kitchens, from the always dependable grill station to a stone pizza oven that serves piping-hot pies every day. There is also an al fresco bar where you can enjoy their nicely crafted cocktails while revelling in the city view.
The Westin Jakarta, 51st Floor, Jl. HR Rasuna Said
T: 021 2788 7700
- NUSA Indonesian Gastronomy
Famed chef Ragil Imam Wibowo pays tribute to the diversity of Indonesian cuisine at NUSA Indonesian Gastronomy, turning traditional recipes like Maluku’s ikan kuah kuning (snapper in sour yellow soup) and Central Java’s bacem daging (braised beef) into fine-dining concoctions. Chef Ragil often travels around Indonesia to source fresh ingredients for the restaurant, making each dish as authentic as it gets.
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 81
T: 021 719 3954
- Burgreens Express Dharmawangsa
Fans of Burgreens’ delicious organic offerings now don’t have to go all the way to the outskirts of town to taste their veggie burgers, sweet potato chips, and raw mushroom noodles. At its tiny but comfy new eatery in the Dharmawangsa neighbourhood, Burgreens Express serves their healthy signatures the fast-food way.
Jl. Wijaya II No. 37
T: 0878 8989 2010; burgreens.com
- Beau HQ
A brainchild of baker Talita Setyadi, the artisanal bakery Beau has finally opened its first standalone store and café outside of a mall. Aside from offering its fresh-from-the-oven breads and delectable sweet pastries, Beau HQ also serves a variety of photogenic brunch dishes that include smørrebrød (Danish open-faced sandwiches) and thick, buttery French toasts. Get your Instagram at the ready.
Jl. Cikajang No. 29
T: 021 2751 7454; beaujkt.com
- Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters
The globally renowned specialty coffee roasters Toby’s Estate has finally opened its first Jakarta outpost, attracting many of the city’s coffee enthusiasts to their Pantai Indah Kapuk location. Besides their high-quality brews, there are many Australian-style brunch dishes to sample, from kale and quinoa salad to succulent buttermilk fried chicken served with corn frittata.
PIK Avenue, Ground Floor, Jl. Pantai Indah Kapuk
T: 021 2257 0966; tobysestatecoffee.co.id