Japanese jiggly pancakes specialist Gram Pancakes opens their first store in Jakarta

You no longer have to go to Japan to take Boomerang clips of stacked jiggly pancakes for the ‘gram, because now, Jakarta has Gram. Read on

Jakarta bakery Beau by Talita Setyadi opens second store on Panglima Polim

One of Jakarta's best known artisan bakeries is opening a second store Read on

Surabaya street food vendor claims to have received threats from people upset at the high price of her rujak cingur

She said the threats came after a video highlighting her rujak cingur (Javanese cow muzzle salad) and its relatively exorbitant price of IDR 60,000... Read on

The most ambitious crossover in munchies history? Indomie to release Chitato potato chips-flavored instant noodle

The noodles will specifically be made to taste like Chitato’s beef barbeque flavored chips. Although we can already feel our sodium levels spiking just... Read on

KFC Indonesia now serves fried chicken skin for your enjoyment (or gluttony)

Unfortunately, there are only six KFC stores in Jakarta that serve the chicken skin, for now. Read on

Jokowi campaign tells supporters not to boycott Nasi Padang over heavy loss to Prabowo in West Sumatra

What has Nasi Padang ever done but give us joy and full tummies (and maybe the occasional bout of diarrhea)? Yet some people are... Read on

Vote ‘n’ Shop: F&B and retail Election Day promos you can enjoy by showing your inked finger

Check out our selection of Election Day promotions if you want to treat yourself for participating in determining the fate of Indonesian democracy for... Read on

Fi:ka Kedai Kafi: Sour Sally Group joins Jakarta’s ‘es kopi’ scene with new coffee shop chain

Here, the brews are made with a giant custom-made Vietnamese-style dripper, instead of the usual espresso machine that other 'es kopi' spots use. Read on

Viral: This Jakarta restaurant’s all-you-can-eat promo is the answer to your wildest nasi Padang dreams

Can you ever get enough of nasi Padang? Have you ever dreamt of rendang or ayam pop flowing non-stop into your plate? Read on

For nostalgia’s sake: Indonesian millennials demand Wall’s bring back discontinued Viennetta ice cream

Over the past week, Indonesian millennials have been referencing some of their favorite things from the ‘90s and noughties on social media, partly for... Read on

Nasi padang wraps sold by newly-opened Jakarta joint spark debate on social media

Nasi Padang, one of Indonesia’s and Jakarta’s favorite comfort foods, is as ubiquitous in the capital as it is downright amazing. It’s also technically... Read on

Indonesian netizens hold their noses at Australian company’s Mi Goreng scented candles

Does this Mi Goreng scented candle sound tantalizing or do you think the idea just plain stinks? 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.