Our latest edition of Hot New Tables includes some purr-fect cafes, new and exciting Ismaya creations, and spots made for a leisurely afternoon or weekend break. Get those taste buds ready!
Amber Chocolate Bar
Amber Chocolate Bar is a foodie’s playground with three distinct floors: Pastry Boutique, Library, and Sky Lounge. On the opulent ground floor, get your sweet fix with cakes, pastries and other delicate baked goods, or take the elevator to the Library, where you can enjoy full meals (we recommend the thirteen-hour pork belly) surrounded by hard-bound books and a vintage feel. Before or after dinner, pop up to Amber’s third floor to enjoy a tipple at the rooftop lounge.
Amber Chocolate Bar, Jl. Senopati Raya no. 61, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/29044412. Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-10pm (pastry boutique), 10am-11pm (library), 5pm-1am (sky lounge).
The Cat Cabin
They’ve taken the world by storm and now it’s Jakarta’s turn to get a cuddle in! The cat cafes have arrived! First up is The Cat Cabin, opening in Kemang. Their Instagram is already introducing some of their furry residents including Batman and Kacang. In addition to cuteness, The Cat Cabin will serve beverages and light meals, including a dondon donburi. Sounds purr-fect!
The Cat Cabin, second floor, Jl. Kemang Raya No.31, Kemang South Jakarta. Opening 14 Feb.
Cutie Cats Cafe
Cat fight in Kemang! Cutie Cats Café is also opening up in South Jakarta neighbourhood. Home to another clowder (the official name for a group of cats), this café is billed as the first integrated cat café in the world (although we’re not sure what that means) and is scheduled to open on 11 Feb. The menu is limited to keep the cats from being too interested in human food, but let’s be honest, we’re here mostly for the company. Another interesting touch is that the café will run on affordable hourly entrance fees, so plan accordingly.
Cutie Cats Café, Jl. Kemang 1 no. 12F, Kemang, South Jakarta. Opening 11 Feb.
H Gourmet & Vibes
Don’t judge a restaurant on its exterior! Although H Gourmet & Vibes looks like it’s still under construction, head on up to the second floor for some gourmet comfort food in a truly unique space. H Gourmet pays homage to the United States with their own take on American classics including the Philly Cheesesteak, homemade burgers, and a grilled cheese sandwich (named Benny & Joon, after the quirky Johnny Depp movie, we told you it was American inspired). This stylish, yet welcoming, spot is a great new addition to the bustling Senopati area, especially since the management has lined up a superb schedule of DJs and special late nights.
H Gourmet & Vibes, Jl. Gunawarman no. 41, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/2751-0167. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-late.
GIA Italian Restaurant and Lounge
GIA Italian Restaurant and Lounge is the newest addition to the powerhouse Ismaya Group. This time, they take on Italian cuisine in a super swanky space at the Sampoerna Strategic Square. There is an interesting mix of classic Italian dishes and techniques, including pork belly prepared two ways and an antipasti starter featuring barley. GIA’s lounge also makes for a picturesque perch for waiting out the rush-hour macet.
GIA Italian Restaurant and Lounge, Sampoerna Strategic Square, lobby level, Jl. Jend Sudirman 45-46, p. 62-21/5795-3300. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-1am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun 11:30am-1am.
It’s a banner month for the Ismaya Group, they aren’t just celebrating the opening of one, but two, new dining concepts. Located inside the Central Department Store in Grand Indonesia’s East Mall, Publik Markette has a promising concept – an ever-changing menu based on market availability. No two days will be the same! The menu is posted on their social media sites regularly, but to get the full experience, you have to go to Publik Markette yourself and feast your eyes on all of the goodies before you actually feast.
Publik Markette, Central Department Store, Grand Indonesia, East Mall, Jl. MH.Thamrin no.1, CBD, Central Jakarta, p. 62-878/5258-2515. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm.
LetterD. Cuisine & Bar
Masterchef Indonesia judge Chef Degan puts his skills to the test with LetterD. Cuisine &Bar, his new restaurant in the Gandaria area. The chef is serving up beautiful, uncomplicated dishes that really let the ingredients and flavours shine. Sometimes less is more and LetterD. is proof of that. Chef Degan’s touch is best demonstrated on his fish dishes, like the Snapper Alla Marinara and the Salmon Lodeh. LetterD’s dishes are light and healthy, but will leave you satisfied, making it the perfect setting for a leisurely ladies’ lunch or a romantic dinner date.
LetterD. Cuisine & Bar, Jl. Ahmad Dahlan no. 16, Gandaria, South Jakarta, p. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm.
GAIA Tea and Cakes
Tea expert Ratna Soemantri is spreading the gospel about premium Indonesian tea leaves with her cute Kemang café, GAIA Tea and Cakes. Try some local delicacies such as the West Java Sliver Leaves and Indonesian Macha with GAIA’s assortment of fresh pastries including macaroons and pineapple tarts – the perfect accompaniment! If you like what you sipped on at GAIA, the café has smart packages, wrapped in eye-catching batik thanks to their collaboration with Alleira Batik, that make perfect gifts for the tea-lover in your life.
GAIA Tea and Cakes, Jl. Kemang Raya no. 27, Kemang, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/718-1355. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-7pm.
Top image: Publik Markette