Jakarta is definitely a food city with tonnes of great restaurants for almost every type cuisine. But if you’re looking for something truly outside of the box, these fusion restaurants will have your tastebuds questioning – then loving – these tasty and unexpected combinations.
Suntiang (West Sumatran + Japanese)
Edamame Balado? Ayam Pop Roll? Gulai Ramen? Suntiang manages to find a way to mix these two very different cuisine types and makes it work in more than 50 dishes. Expect to find Japanese staples including sushi, tempura, and an assortment of noodles all jazzed up with the spicy, saucy flavours of West Sumatra.
Suntiang, Pondok Indah Mall 2, Jalan Metro Pondok Indah, Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/7592-0529. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
Suntiang, Grand Indonesia, Jl. MH.Thamrin no.1, CBD, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/235-8044. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
Halo Niko! (Javanese + Greek)
When Niko, who is Greek, married Rika, who is from Indonesia, they combined their cultures in the most delicious way. Say hello to Halo Niko!, the only place in town where you can get tender souvlaki and authentic Kalimera soup side by side. And sometimes the menus cross, like with the Bihun Udang Mas Niko, a mix of thin noodles, shrimp, chili, tomato sauce – and feta cheese. Make sure to leave room for one of Halo Niko!’s desserts paired with a cup of Javanese coffee.
Halo Niko!, Jl. Warung Buncit Raya no. 91, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/7919-1227. Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm.
Mojo Kitchen & Bar (Korean + Mexican)
Technically, Mojo Kitchen & Bar is billed as a California-style restaurant, but isn’t the state a big melting pot anyways? The menu reflects this great multiculturalism by highlighting dishes that mix Korean and Mexican cuisine. You can get your hands on the trendy Korean-style tacos here along with chipotle-pear-braised short ribs and Korean burrito bowls. It’s the East meets the West – and it’s delicious.
Mojo Kitchen & Bar, Jl. Kertanegara No. 70, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/9200-0529. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-12am.
Giovanese (Tex-Mex + Italian)
Hate it when you try to make dinner plans with a large group because they can’t decide on what to eat? Next time suggest Giovanese, which boasts an Italian and Tex-Mex menu that is highly pleasing if you’re looking for comfort food. Sounds a little weird, but both cuisines have bold, full flavours and are usually crowd-pleasers, so bring on the groups!
Giovanese, Gandaria Mall, Jalan Sultan Iskandar Muda, Gandaria, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/290-07939. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-10pm.
Giovanese, Supermal Karawaci, 105 Bulevar Diponegoro, Tangerang, p. 62-21/5422-0560. Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-10pm.
Top image: Mojo/Reinaldy Soekamto