We’ve tasted-tested the best recently opened restaurants in town this month for the latest installment of Hot New Tables. From Italian to American to a variety of Asian cuisine, best the amongst the first to try these restos:
This is a Union Group city and you’re just living in it! The group’s latest venture, Caffé Milano, joins Benedict and Union Deli in the East Mall of Grand Indonesia and serves up fine Italian fare. Originally from North Italy, globetrotting chef Luca Pezzera has come to Jakarta by way of Switzerland, Scotland, and Istanbul. Now he’s cooking up a storm Jakarta and adding an authentic touch to Caffé Milano’s pizza and pasta dishes.
Caffé Milano, East Mall, Grand Indonesia Shopping Village, Jl. MH.Thamrin No.1, CBD, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/2358-0001. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
Casual Japanese resto Hachimitsu is changing the udon game in Jakarta! Their udon noodles are made fresh in the restaurant daily and you can really taste the difference in the texture, each bowl is filled with springy yet tender strands – and we can’t get enough. While at Hachimitsu, don’t overlook their doniburi rice bowls, these babies are just as delicious. And this table is so new that they are giving diners a Grand Opening 25 percent discount on food until 5 April.
Hachimitsu, Jl. Pesanggrahan no.56B, Kembangan, West Jakarta, p. 62-21/586-2235. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
Burgerous was inspired by its owner’s love of burgers when he lived overseas. Photo courtesy of Burgerous.
Throwing their hats into the highly contested and debated field of “Best Burger in Jakarta” is Burgerous, located in West Jakarta. Created by an Indonesian foodie who returned home after spending many years overseas, Burgerous tries to capture the heartiness and flavour of the humble hamburger. The patties here are 100 percent Australian beef and formed by hand, the buns are baked fresh, and all of the sauces are made in-house.
Burgerous, Taman Ratu Indah Blok D.11 No.24, Taman Ratu, West Jakarta, p. 62-21/2933-6378. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-12am.
Aree Korean Dessert Café
Enjoy the sweet without the heaft at Aree Korean Dessert Café. This super Korean-cute dessert parlour specialises in snowflake milk sherbert, which are decadent but light thanks to their shaved-ice base. There are 13 variations here so you’ll definitely find a sweet treat. If you want something a little less frosty, pick Aree’s chocolate fondue brownie, instead of an ice base, you’ll get a warm, rich brownie.
Aree Korean Dessert Café, Mall Alam Sutera, lantai 2, Jl. Jalur Sutera Barat kav. 16, Tangerang, West Jakarta. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
The black burger can be found at George Peck Cafe at the Seven 8 Nine food court. Photo courtesy of My Fun Food Diary.
Seven 8 Nine
It’s not just a hot new table, it’s a collection of hot new tables. Seven 8 Nine is West Jakarta’s newest and largest outdoor food court. There is something for everyone here from traditional Indonesian street food to something a little more … dark, showpiece George Peck Café, located in the middle of the food court, is getting a lot of buzz for their black-bun hamburgers.
Seven 8 Nine, Jalan Kedoya, Kedoya, West Jakarta. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-11pm.
Huang Ji Huang
Tired of the same old hotpot? Huang Ji Huang, a Chinese restaurant that has just opened its first Jakarta outpost in Pantai Indah Kapuk, specialises in hearty stew. You can choose up to five different ingredients, including meat (calling the carnivores!), add one of Huang Ji Huang’s signature sauces to the tasty mix, then have one of the attendants cook it up to perfection for you. The end result is savoury and satisfying.
Huang Ji Huang, Ruko Crown Golf, Blok A, Bukit Golf Mediterania, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm.
Top image: Caffe Milano
This article was in collaboration with online restaurant reservation portal Qraved.