Indonesia’s first Café Kitsuné and Maison Kitsuné store opens in SCBD

Those of you who adore the Parisian chic and Tokyo’s coolness embodied by Maison Kitsuné will be delighted to hear that it’s finally landed... Read on

‘Order from McDonald’s’: Burger King Indonesia asks customers to order from rival restaurants affected by pandemic

It’s not every day that one of the world’s biggest fast food chains asks you to order from somewhere else ⁠— a sworn rival... Read on

Because of Quarantine: @garagarakarantina is the online catalogue for local F&B brands emerging during pandemic

Ever find yourself running out of takeaway or home delivery ideas? Fret not, as one account has emerged to help you navigate the ever-growing... Read on

Zomato shuts office, stops premium subscription program in Indonesia

Restaurant directory app Zomato has announced that it will cease operations in Indonesia after having been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure will... Read on

‘Naughty by Nature’ from KFC Indonesia offers healthier sides to its signature fried chicken

Are you trying to live a healthier lifestyle but can’t give up your favorite juicy fried chicken? Well, now you can have your deep... Read on

Double the Carbs: Pop Mie launches soto ayam-flavored cup noodles with rice

If you read Coconuts regularly, you’d know that Indonesians take their instant noodles very seriously. This time, online chatter about a new variant from... Read on

Burgreens brings plant-based specialty to beverage game with release of vegan boba and dalgona

Bubble tea, or more commonly known as boba, is not exactly the hip beverage that’s suitable for vegans or vegetarians, the lactose intolerant, or... Read on

The Colonel gets sweeter: KFC now offers traditional Indonesian munchies kue pukis

One simply can’t help but associate KFC with juicy fried chicken, but in Indonesia, the Colonel is now offering a jajanan pasar (meaning “market... Read on

200,000 Jakarta F&B workers face unemployment as a result of prolonged restrictions: retail association

Around half of all F&B workers in Jakarta risk losing their jobs soon, a retail association said, with the mass layoffs likely to happen... Read on

‘Anjing banget’: Foul-mouthed reviewer of dessert becomes unlikely internet icon in Indonesia

There are plenty of ways to promote F&B businesses online, but curse words and verbal aggression made for a successful recipe in the case... Read on

Indomie-flavored ice cream, topped with fried shallots, puzzles and revolts upon launch

While nothing has quite replaced the OG Indomie mie goreng (fried noodles) in our noodle-loving hearts, we here at Coconuts appreciate unique takes on... Read on

Ben-sued and lost: Ruben Onsu defeated in legal battle over ayam geprek

Indonesian TV host-turned-entrepreneur Ruben Onsu may be renowned in the culinary scene as the owner of the ubiquitous ayam geprek (smashed fried chicken with... Read on

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Coconuts Jakarta Food & Drink

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.