This month’s round-up of new restaurants is made for the social set. From dim sum to tapas to fondue and beyond, gather your other foodie friends for a food adventure in the Big Durian. But that’s not all, read on to learn more about the new crop of Japanese restaurants (some straight from the land of the rising sun) that are now serving in Jakarta.
Tim Ho Wan
The world’s most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant, Tim Ho Wan, has just arrived in Pondok Indah Kapuk and is eager to show you why their dim sum has earned the culinary world’s highest distinction. The menu is kitted out with traditional Hong Kong yum cha fair, including Tim Ho Wan’s can’t-miss signature barbeque meat sweet buns.
Tim Ho Wan, Ruko Crown Golf blok D no. 8-10, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta, p. 62-21/2251-0206. Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm.
The Melting Pot
The fondue restaurant The Melting Pot has just been named the No. 1 casual dining spot in its home country, the United States. And it’s proving to be quite popular in Indonesia as well with the opening of its second outlet, this time in Plaza Senayan. In addition to a variety of cheese fondue, you can also cook high-quality proteins like rib-eye, chicken, and seafood. But the fondue that is getting the most attention on Instagram is the Ying & Yang Chocolate Fondue, which combines milk, white, and dark chocolate together.
The Melting Pot, Plaza Indonesia, 5th floor, Jl. Asia Afrika no. 8, Senayan, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/5790-6057. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-12am, Fri-Sun 11:30am-1am.
This new tapas restaurant is kid-friendly so parents can enjoy grown-up cuisine with their family. Photo courtesy of ¿Por Qué No?
¿Por Qué No?
¿Por Qué No? throws its small plates into the highly competitive ring of tapas restaurants in Jakarta. This newcomer is banking that its paella and uber authentic dishes, such as hueso de cana (roasted bone marrow) and salmorejo (an Andalusian tomato dip with bits of Serrano ham, apples and eggs, served with homemade fresh bread), and family-friendly atmosphere will set it apart. No parents can enjoy grown-up cuisine while the littles busy themselves with heaps of Legos.
¿Por Qué No?, De Ritz Building, 5th floor, Jl. HOS Cokroaminoto no. 91, Menteng, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/390-1950. Hours: Tues-Sun 5pm-late.
Shirokuma Dessert Café
Shoppers get ready to indulge that sweet tooth! Shirokuma Dessert Café has started serving up their sweet and super kawaii desserts at Grand Indonesia. The Japanese café is known for their rich and flavourful green-tea soft serve, but there are also savoury dishes like the kimchi hotdog and shaka French fries, if you need a palate cleanser.
Shirokuma Dessert Café, Grand Indonesia, 3A floor, Jl. MH. Thamrin no.1, CBD, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/2358-1288. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
Watt Coffee in Central Jakarta might have a small menu but the options are so good, you’ll still have a hard time deciding what to order. The beverage side of the menu is divided into four sections: black, white, filter brewed, and not-coffee. All of the java comes from Tanamera, known for their high quality Indonesian beans, and their uncaffeinated offerings include a decadent red velvet latte. And on the food menu, good luck choosing between the freshly baked croissants (butter or chocolate), brownies, and coco crunch pie.
Watt Coffee, Jl. Kwitang Raya no. 14, Senen, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/3890-2803. Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-8pm.
Sushi lovers, get over to Ebisuya now! The menu is huge with hundreds of choices (we actually lost count), including fresh sashimi, popular fusion rolls, and cooked and fried dishes. This means you can call the whole gang, regardless of their personal taste, for a meal at this hip Pop Art resto!
Ebisuya, Jl. Bandengan Utara no. 20, Pluit, North Jakarta, p. 62-21/691-5690. Hours: Tues-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm.
Yamatoten Abura Soba
Pantai Indah Kapuk has added another international chain to its culinary offerings. Yamatoten Abura Soba, from Japan, specialises in a dry noodle bowl. The lack of soup really lets you taste the quality of the fresh noodles, which are made in-house daily from ingredients imported from Japan by Japanese chefs trained at the original Yamatoten. Remember the best way to enjoy your soba is with two turns of vinegar and two turns of chili oil, enjoy while still warm.
Yamatoten Abura Soba, Ruko Garden house A/12, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm.
Bari-Uma Ramen House
Not so much a soba person, no worries, Yamatoten isn’t the Japanese import this month. From Hiroshima, Bari-Uma Ramen House has made a name for itself as one of the most successful chain restaurants in the country. The Jakarta outlet offers five pork ramens and three chicken ones and you can even specify your noodle texture: firm, original, and soft. But before you start slurping check out their appetizer menu for a delicious starter such as chicken karage, gyozas, and yakitori.
Bari-Uma Ramen House, Citywalk, Jl. KH Mas Mansyur, CBD, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/2970-4018. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
Take a break from gadget shopping at Summarecon Digital Center at the beary cute Pentabear Kopitime. This cartoon-cute casual café’s menu consists of tasty Asian fast food and, of course, coffees and teas. It’s the perfect choice for an unfussy lunch or snack break with choices like fried rice and noodles, nasi lemak sets, and roti bakar.
Pentabear Kopitime, Summarecon Digital Center Garden Walk, Jalan Scientia Boulevard Gading, Serpong, West Jakarta, p. 62-21/2917-1228. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
Top image: Yamatoten Abura Soba
This article was in collaboration with online restaurant reservation portal Qraved.