Indonesian media goes gaga again over rendang and nasi goreng topping world’s best food poll from 2011

Indonesian media goes gaga again over rendang and nasi goreng topping world’s best food poll from 2011

Two Indonesian dishes, the rendang (beef with coconut milk and numerous spices stewed over low heat for several hours) and nasi goreng (Indonesia’s take on fried rice)...

Indonesia pulls four Korean instant noodle brands for containing ‘fragments of pig DNA’

Indonesia pulls four Korean instant noodle brands for containing ‘fragments of pig DNA’

A swine scandal has hit the Indonesian instant noodle industry after four brands from South Korea were deemed to contain traces of pork, which is pretty problematic for any...

A meat-licious journey through Melbourne

A meat-licious journey through Melbourne

| Coconuts Jakarta x Garuda Indonesia | When it comes to meat, there can be no doubt that beef is king. And Melbourne has an almost indecent number of steakhouses, which has grown...

A guide to Sydney’s seafood culture

A guide to Sydney’s seafood culture

| Coconuts Jakarta x Garuda Indonesia | Not only is Australia leading the way in culinary arts, the Land Down Under is also a leader when it comes to sustainability. Indeed,...

Hooters promises servers will dress more modestly while restaurant remains open in Jakarta during Ramadan

Hooters promises servers will dress more modestly while restaurant remains open in Jakarta during Ramadan

Is Jakarta really ready to handle Hooters during Ramadan?

An Australian restaurant has invented the Mi Goreng Fried Chicken Burger and it looks ridiculous (-ly delicious)

An Australian restaurant has invented the Mi Goreng Fried Chicken Burger and it looks ridiculous (-ly delicious)

Recent news got you down? Take some comfort in some fusion food porn.

East meets West in Indonesian fusion food

East meets West in Indonesian fusion food

From a restaurant serving burgers and pizzas made with local noodles to a social media star giving street food a touch of haute cuisine, a new wave of innovative chefs are putting...

Viral: Indonesians eat up over-the-top Amazon reviews that declare Indomie ‘Worse (better?) than heroin’

Viral: Indonesians eat up over-the-top Amazon reviews that declare Indomie ‘Worse (better?) than heroin’

"This stuff destroyed my life. Don't do it. Don't order it. 30 is too much you will end up eating it all in a week and a half and destroying your body, mind, family, friends, and...

A Guide to the Best Cheap Restaurants in Jakarta with Dishes under Rp 50,000!

A Guide to the Best Cheap Restaurants in Jakarta with Dishes under Rp 50,000!

5-star flavors, kaki lima prices (yes, we stole that line from D'Cost, so sue us)


 

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.