A Taste of Jakarta

Jakarta

Vibrant, diverse, and packed with intense flavor—these are words that have always been associated with Indonesian cooking. Natives and visitors from all over can’t seem to get enough, whether it’s a fresh plate of nasi goreng (fried rice) or countless sticks of satay (grilled skewers) with dollops of sambal (chili pepper paste). Jakarta happens to be home to a number of iconic local restaurants that offer these goodies, and we have them right here! Partake in a culinary journey around the capital to find out why this particular cuisine stands out like no other.

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Sate Padang Ajo Ramon

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Kick off your Indonesian food adventure at Sate Padang Ajo Ramon, a legendary warung (small roadside restaurant) that serves sate padang (a specialty from Padang in West Sumatra). Here, small beef cubes (as well as tongue and offal) are boiled, marinated, and skewered before it hits the hot charcoal grill. The sticks come with ketupat (rice cakes), smothered in a spicy, gravy-like sauce, and topped with fried shallots. Secure a spot at the communal table to enjoy the quintessential treat alongside locals. It may not be the prettiest looking plate, but the flavors are guaranteed to knock your socks off!

  • Pasar Santa, Jalan Cipaku I, Petogogan, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

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212 Wiro Sableng

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Indulge in a scrumptious seafood feast at 212 Wiro Sableng! Beloved by many locals, this no-frills joint boasts an extensive menu of fish, shellfish, crustacean, and vegetable dishes. Pair their Ikan Goreng (deep fried crispy fish) or Ikan Bakar (grilled fish) with a steaming cup of rice and loads of sambal. Dig right in—all these are best eaten with your hands!

  • Jalan Boulevard Raya Number 12, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Warung Mak Dower

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Warung Mak Dower is a popular restaurant in Jakarta that specializes in Betawi (the original inhabitants of the city) cuisine. Delight in a bowl of Sayur Asem, a sour tamarind-based soup full of veggies like corn, chayote, long beans, and young jackfruit, to name a few. The best part about dining here? You get free soup refills!

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  • Jalan Pemuda Number 72, Jati, East Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Soto Betawi Haji Husein

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Visit Soto Betawi Haji Husein for a hefty serving of Soto Betawi, a beef soup that originated in Jakarta. You’re one spoonful away from tasting a delicious broth, enriched with herbs and spices such as lemongrass, bay leaves, candlenut, and galangal. It’s made even richer with a splash of fresh cow’s milk and coconut milk. Do as the locals do and devour your Soto Betawi with rice and acar (Indonesian pickle)! Of course, remember to add in some sambal for that extra kick.

  • Jalan Padang Panjang Number 6C, Pasar Manggis, Setiabudi, South Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Sop Konro Karebosi

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Beef lovers, rejoice! Sop Konro Karebosi makes a mean Sop Konro (beef ribs soup), a Makassar dish from South Sulawesi. Savor perfectly tender beef ribs that have been simmered in coriander, galangal, lemongrass, cinnamon, nutmeg, and bay leaf, then topped off with fried shallots. Don’t miss out on their Konro Bakar (grilled ribs with peanut sauce), whose meat just falls right off the bone! This establishment has been around since 1968, garnering a loyal following over the years. It gets pretty hectic here, especially during lunch hours, so drop by early to snag a seat.

  • Jalan Boulevard Raya Number 41, Kelapa Gading Timur, North Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Rumah Makan Medan Baru

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Rumah Makan Medan Baru is said to have the best Gulai Kepala Ikan (fish head curry) in town! Gorge on small, medium, or large fish heads covered in rich, fragrant, and buttery coconut curry that will have you smacking your lips with glee! Their Burung Punai Goreng (deep fried pigeon) is also a showstopper, served crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Enjoy it by itself or with a dollop of sambal; you're golden either way!

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  • Jalan Krekot Bunder Raya Number 65, Pasar Baru, Sawah Besar, South Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Nasi Goreng Kambing Kebon Sirih

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Nasi Goreng Kambing Kebon Sirih is a famous food stall known for its Nasi Goreng Kambing (goat fried rice). For only IDR41,000 (around USD3), you get a heaping plate of rice with slices of savory goat meat. The place is always bustling with hungry natives and in-the-know tourists, so energy radiates in every corner. Watch in awe as the cooks expertly mix and flip everything on giant woks—who knows, doing so might urge you to get a second helping!

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  • Jalan Kebon Sirih Barat 1, Menteng, Central Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

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