‘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

Spicy discovery: Minds blown as netizens find out Indomie’s mie goreng has 2 kinds of chili seasoning

Did you know that there are two variants of sambal in Indomie’s classic mie goreng seasoning packs? Depending on where you live, you may... Read on

Dining out back on the table as Jakarta restaurants open for dine-in starting today

Following months of social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, dining in ⁠— with several restrictions ⁠— is now an option at some of your... Read on

McDonald’s Sarinah slapped with IDR10 million fine for huge farewell crowd

Jakarta’s Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) has fined McDonald’s Indonesia IDR10 million for its role in allowing a horde of McChompers into and outside... Read on

Closing of historic McDonald’s outlet in Jakarta draws huge gathering

It appears that the closure of Indonesia’s first McDonald’s restaurant in Sarinah, Central Jakarta tugged at the feelings and nostalgia of many Jakartans that... Read on

End of a McEra: Indonesia’s first McDonald’s restaurant in Central Jakarta’s Sarinah to close permanently

Located in the literal heart of Jakarta and the figurative heart of Jakartans, the historic McDonald’s restaurant in Sarinah, Central Jakarta is closing down... Read on

Viennetta-gate: food vlogger accuses convenience store employees of stashing hyped ice cream bars

An ice cream-related controversy is, ironically, so hot right now in Indonesia, with accusations flying around that Indonesians are being cheated out of a... Read on

10 restaurants and bars in Jakarta offering #StayAtHome specials, ready-to-cook packages

If you’ve been missing your favorite restaurants and bars lately, check out this list to bring the dining experience to your home. Read on

Slice of Nostalgia: Wall’s Indonesia set to re-release Viennetta ice cream as Ramadan special

Indonesian millennials, it’s time to rejoice, as your favorite ice cream from the past is making its long-awaited return. Read on

McDonald’s to halt dine-in service at all Indonesia stores starting April 1

McDonald’s Indonesia is stopping its dine-in service at all stores throughout the archipelago for two weeks as businesses in the country continue to be... 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.

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