Burgreens slices into vegan pizzeria scene with Max’s Pizza

Whether you’re vegan or not, the emergence of more plant-based options is always welcome with open arms in Jakarta. Burgreens, one of the pioneering... Read on

Indonesians get first sighting of Subway store in BSD

For the longest time, it’s become somewhat of an acceptable fact that restaurants and exciting F&B chains would often opt for a South Jakarta... Read on

English chef Tom Aikens offers fine European dining experience at newly-opened The Langham Jakarta

Jakarta’s dining scene is about to get all the merrier with English chef Tom Aikens’ eponymous restaurant at the newly-opened five-star hotel The Langham... Read on

Need a booster? Gulp Indonesia creates COVID vaccine-inspired kombucha drinks

Talk of booster shots is common these days, and many of us who have gotten the full dose of our COVID-19 jabs are now... Read on

Hej, IKEA Indonesia has a plant-based menu now

Those of us averse to eating meat can now not shop for furniture at IKEA Indonesia and munch the store’s popular dishes at the... Read on

#WhatSUBIndonesia: Subway confirms return to an Indonesia with trust issues

No prank this time ⁠— Subway has officially confirmed its imminent Indonesia return, though we certainly can’t fault those who still have trust issues... Read on

Egg Slap’s kouign-amann sandwich: Like the croissantwich, but round

What bread or pastries do you prefer to hold your sandwich together? We see your whole wheat bread, bagels, and croissants, and now we... Read on

We’re not done with the waffle maker yet: Dunkin’ launches Ddoffle, which is exactly what you think it is

It was only yesterday that we were wondering: what comes after the croffle (croissant waffle)? Some may draw the line at croissant bungeoppang, but... Read on

What comes after croffle? Paendeo adds croissant bungeoppang to list of pandemic food trends

We’ve seen numerous trendy food and beverages since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with croffle being one of the latest ones in Indonesia.... Read on

Rendang Burger, Kue Putu McFlurry on the menu for McDonald’s Independence Day specials

The month is August, which is traditionally time for an Indonesian-themed limited edition menu at McDonald’s ahead of the country’s Independence Day on Aug.... Read on

Cheetos, Doritos, and Lay’s to remain in Indonesia following rebranding: reports

The snack munchers among us have undoubtedly been mourning the fact that, starting this month, there is a Cheetos, Lay’s, and Doritos-shaped hole in... Read on

Pizza Hut launches limited edition red-white pizza for Indonesia’s Independence Day

Celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day with a patriotic pizza dinner, as popular pizza chain Pizza Hut has just launched a limited red-and-white pizza resembling the... Read on


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Jakarta is paradise for food lovers, giving them access to everything from incredibly cheap and tasty street food to fancy and sophisticated fine dining and everything in-between. But it can be hard to figure out what the best food options in town are, which is why we’re here to help. Of course, the main type of cuisine on offer in Jakarta is Indonesian food. You’ll find restaurants representing the culinary cultures of the entire archipelago in the capital, from ubiquitous and always delicious Padang restaurants to the fiery fare of Aceh and Manado to the island delights of Bali and Lombok. There is no other city on Earth with as wide a selection of Indonesian eats as here, and a few visits to Jakarta’s top Indonesian restaurants makes it easy to understand why our lands were once known as the spice islands. Of course there is much more to Jakarta’s F&B scene than Indonesian food, as the capital’s discerning gourmands also have a taste for authentic international fare. Other Asian cuisines are strongly represented among Jakarta’s restaurants, particularly Japanese, which you’ll find in forms ranging from fast food to ultra-luxurious omakase style menus; and Chinese cuisine, which has been incorporated in many ways into everyday Indonesian food (such as nasi goreng and mie ayam). There are also plenty of excellent Korean restaurants catering to their large expat population as well as a number of good Vietnamese and Thai restaurants. Western food is also becoming increasingly popular in Jakarta, with many American fast food chains like McDonald's and KFC having long been mainstays for middle class Indonesian families. These days, you’ll find more sophisticated and varied western fare including authentic French and Italian restaurants, increasingly run by Indonesian chefs trained overseas. Even though it’s on the island of Java, Jakarta’s coffee has only recently started catering to kopi connoisseurs, with many cool cafes that take coffee seriously started by Indonesians who studied in Australia and want to nurture that same cafe culture here. Although many Indonesians abstain from alcohol, you’ll find plenty of bars and nightclubs in Jakarta that serve up much more than just beer. Cocktail culture has come particularly far in the last few years, with two Jakarta bars even making the Top 50 Bars in Asia list.