It’s getting closer to the end of the year but the Jakarta food scene keeps on rockin’ harder than ever. With two rooftop bars, four Japanese eateries and one very, very kawaii café, this list will keep you noshing until December comes!
Artotel has upped the ante by introducing BarT, also known as the “bar at the rooftop”. Get it? You’d expect BarT to be as artsy as the hotel, and that’s exactly what you will get. Kitted out in cool black-and-white features and funky patterns, BarT looks sophisticated but remains airy and comfy. We love their signature cocktail, the Spicy Rita, a sure-fire cure for our Monday blues. Posh setting, Jakarta skyline, cocktails, and friends … what more could you ask for?
BarT, Artotel Jakarta, Jl. Sunda No. 3, CBD, Central Jakarta, p: 62-21/3192-5888. Hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-1am, Fri-Sun 5pm-2am.
Sanjiken adds some Japanese flaire to the hip food hotspot Fairgrounds in SCBD and it does it with style. Descending down the stairs to the glass-door entrance, you’ll forget that you’re in the heart of Jakarta. We always go with their set menus when we’re famished, and on other days we munch on their chicken curry rice – the homemade curry has a special kick. Their drinks are also a keeper: our faves are the Marshmallow Smoothie and Sake Gimlet (sake and grapefruit juice) for an after-work tipple.
Sanjiken, Fairgrounds, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53 Lot. 14, SCBD, South Jakarta, p: 62-21/515-2500. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm.
33 Degree Skybridge
It’s no secret that we love our rooftop bars here, but 33 Degree Skybridge stands out from the rest of the crowd. They offer not just city lights, but ocean sights as well! Located on the 33rd floor of Aston Marina, this cool lounge is the place to chillax with 360 degrees view of Jakarta (telescope provided!), signature cocktails, and wonderful tapas.
33 Degree Skybridge, Aston Marina Hotel, Jl. Lodan Raya No. 2A, Ancol, North Jakarta, p: 62-21/6983-7120. Hours: Tue-Sun, 4pm-12pm, closed every Monday.
Aranzi Aronzo Café
Watch out, J-town, at Aranzi Aronzo Café, it’s an invasion of kawaii characters straight from Japan. These characters are hanging from the ceiling, printed on the take-away boxes, even served on your plates! We love Aranzi’s White Rabbit Vanilla Fruit Cake (yes, it’s shaped like a rabbit) and so does the whole Big Durian – just look at their long queues! If the tiny café is packed, just take the goodies home. We’re sure the littlies will be delighted to gobble down these yummy characters!
Aranzi Aronzo Café, Central Park Mall, Jl. Letjen. S. Parman kav. 28, Grogol, West Jakarta, p: 62-21/2920-0489. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
3 Wise Monkeys
3 Wise Monkeys may be monkeying around with their look, but not their food. Despite the whimsical name and décor (think monkey silhouettes hanging about), the restaurant serves wonderful Japanese omakase (chef’s choice menu) and combos with a modern twist. We love their Special Roll (salmon, kani, crunchy bits, and mayo) and their juicy butter beef. Their signature cocktails, like the Gummy Collins and Creamellow, are also great for a sesh with the girls.
3 Wise Monkeys, Jl. Suryo No. 26, Senopati, South Jakarta, p: 62-21/2912-6528. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-12pm.
OMG (Original Meatball Galore)
If IKEA’s meatballs are letting you down, here’s a way better option: OMG (Original Meatball Galore). They make their own meatballs from scratch with imported beef and the result is one-of-a-kind flavour. Their signature dish is the Naked Balls, meatballs smothered in a cream-cheese gravy, yum! If you make it to OMG, here’s a Honeycombers tip: We love their UFO Burger, made with their signature meatballs instead of beef patty. It’s not listed on the menu, but one bite will make you say “OMG”.
Original Meatball Galore, Jl. Meruya Ilir Raya No. 16A, Kebonjeruk, West Jakarta, p: 62-81/7793653. Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-11pm.
Tori-Ya by Kinokawa
Tori-Ya is a street-style izakaya right smack in the middle of Jakarta’s business district and is guaranteed to impress. Tori-Ya is brought to you by the folks behind Kinokawa, one of the long-time players of Japanese fare in town. We can’t get enough of their Kinokawa pizza (cheese and tomato on a crispy thin crust) and we love their kushiyaki, another name for yakitori. For halal eaters, the Momo Ninniku (chicken thigh, whole garlic, shio sauce) is not to be missed. For non-halal eaters, check out their pork neck or pork belly with jalapeno.
Tori-Ya, Fairgrounds, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53 Lot. 14, SCBD, South Jakarta, p: 62-21/5140-2384. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm.
From the group that treated us to Seribu Rasa and Penang Bistro comes Maison Tatsuya, which specialises in grilled and live-cooking teppanyaki. Opt between the five teppanyaki sets offered – Fuji (chicken), Ume (US sirloin), Umi (scallop, cuttlefish), Sakura (US Rib Eye) and Tatsuya (US Wagyu) – they’re all winners. They also impress with their trump on fusion spaghetti as well, like the squid mentaiko and scallop miso. When you’re ready to put in your order, don’t bother calling the waiter, just tap on the tablet on your table!
Maison Tatsuya, Gandaria City, Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Gandaria, South Jakarta, p: 62-21/2923-6781. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
The Big Durian is giving you a hard time to remember la vita e bella? Head to Tredici Ristorante for great Italian nosh in rustic setting that transports you straight to Sicily. We love taking wefies in the “outdoor” area – garden décor completely indoors – and as an bonus, we don’t have to worry about the weather. Aside from the kick-ass Pappardelle Casereccia (homemade pappardelle with tomato sauce, green peas, pork sausages, mushrooms, parmesan, and truffle oil), they also serve mean wood-fired pizzas. For more info, check out our in-depth review from last week!
Tredici Ristorante, Jl. Suryo No. 42, Senopati, South Jakarta, p: 62-21/720-4567. Hours: Mon-Sun 10.30am-10pm.
Top image: Tredici Ristorante