Isoman Bento: Japanese fast food chain HokBen launches quarantine meals in Indonesia

If you or the people around you are self-isolating at home after being diagnosed with COVID-19, you might understand that rotating the menu everyday... Read on

Swab-solutely Bananas: Fritters wrapped in COVID-19 test result terrifies Indonesians

Gorengan, or fritters, is one of the most popular street snacks in Indonesia, and sellers have a habit of using scrapped pieces of paper... Read on

Jakarta’s famed Beau Bakery launches sister label specializing in sourdough-based pizza and bagels

There won’t be a shortage of sourdough-anything in Jakarta anytime soon as Beau Bakery, one of the best-known artisan bakeries in the capital, has... Read on

Solo coffee shop gets flak for offering free cuppa to the unvaccinated

Many cafés in Indonesia have been doing their part in encouraging the public, especially young people, to get vaccinated during the pandemic by offering... Read on

Indonesian man blames pork restaurant after he unknowingly ordered pork dish

Ordering food online has become our way of life; it’s easy, practical, and you are spoilt for choice in delivery apps. However, one Indonesian... Read on

Gofood drivers score IDR159 million tip from Indonesian ARMY for braving BTS Meal frenzy

Life goes on even after McDonald’s BTS Meal ended its brief run in Indonesia, but fans of the K-pop superstars in the country are... Read on

Bottled Up: You can now get % Arabica coffee delivered to your door

Kyoto coffee chain % Arabica has been a massive hit since it arrived in Jakarta, and that has meant long lines for anyone eager... Read on

We Purple Ojol: BTS fans in Indonesia raise funds to pay for COVID-19 tests, lunch boxes for delivery drivers

After all the blood, sweat, and tears shed for the special edition BTS Meal at McDonald’s restaurants throughout Indonesia, fans of K-pop superstars BTS... Read on

Jakarta police ask McDonald’s to discontinue BTS Meal following launch day frenzy

The Jakarta Metro Police has asked McDonald’s Indonesia to discontinue the special edition BTS Meal after a number of stores were shut by authorities... Read on

#ThankYouOJOL: Indonesians pay tribute to delivery drivers for bringing them the McDonald’s BTS Meal

BTS fans across Indonesia have all the more reason to appreciate motorcycle taxi/delivery drivers (locally known as ojol), who are braving the heat and... Read on

Mac of the Soul: McDonald’s BTS Meal to go on sale in Indonesia starting Wednesday

ARMYs, are you ready to eat like Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook at McDonald’s? It won’t be too long now for... Read on

Bali’s cinnamon roll specialist Sinamon to open first Jakarta store

It seems like more and more hip dining spots in Bali are branching out to the capital, with cinnamon rolls specialist Sinamon being 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.