Anyone who’s lived in Jakarta for at least a couple of years have probably realized that the price of daging sapi (beef) has been steadily going up (damn you, inflation!). It’s no wonder then that some of the most recent food fads involve chicken, like ayam geprek.
But eating beef these days doesn’t have to necessarily break the bank — if you know where to look, or rather, where to order from.
Below are some of our favorite affordable beef dishes that you can have delivered to you whenever you have that sapi craving (be sure to als ocheck out our food and drink section for lots of other guides to the capital’s best including the Best Burgers, the Best Sweet Martabak, the Best Dim Sum, the Best Bars and much more).
Koka Sikka Se’i Sapi
“Se’i” means meat in the local dialect in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. Traditionally, se’i is smoked pork or fish, but in order to introduce the dish to a wider market, particularly Muslims, Koka Sikka has hit the halal sweet spot with their beef se’i.
It takes 8-10 hour to smoke their beef, which is then kept in a vacuum packaging for delivery. You can choose between three kinds of sambal to accompany your Se’i: Kupang’s specialty sambal lu’at; sambal caruak from Bukittinggi, West Sumatra; and Balinese sambal matah.
Koka Sikka only opened over six months ago but they’re now already one of the most popular vendors at Pasar Santa Modern Market, South Jakarta. One beef se’i dish will cost you Rp 33K, or you can opt for the Se’i Sapi Platter with three servings of beef and sambal for Rp 88K. Alternatively, you can try Se’i Ayam (chicken se’i) and Se’i Lidah (ox tongue se’i) as well.
Koka Sikka Se’i Sapi, Pasar Santa Modern Market 1st floor, Jalan Cisanggiri II, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta 12170. 0812 9185 3911. Instagram
Another new addition to Jakarta’s deliverable dishes is Bansan, which just opened on October 21. They have three dishes so far, all of them are modern takes on Japanese donburi or rice bowl dish. You can try their Triple Sauce Roast Beef (Rp 60K), cooked with sous vide method before grilling. Combined with light sauce, white sauce, and truffle brown sauce, their juicy beef could make you wanting for more.
Jalan Cipete Raya No. 65, Fatmawati, South Jakarta. Instagram
Selow The BBQ Artisans
In the middle of your hectic week, why not slow down and enjoy smoked brisket from Selow The BBQ Artisans? Briskets smoked with low heat temperature in 12 hour sure sounds tempting. There are three BBQ dishes with sunny side up: Selow Don East with rice (Rp48.000), Selow Don West with potato wedges (Rp53.000), and Selow Don Indo with rice and spicy sambal (Rp50.000).
Lebak Bulus: Jl. Taman Lebak Bulus 4 Blok O No. 44 Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta; Hang Lekir: Jl. Hang Lekir 1 No. 9, Senayan, South Jakarta. Instagram
At Lawless Burgerbar, they take their burgers really hardcore just like the music they’re playing at the restaurant. There are 8 metal or hardcore-inspired burger and sandwich menu, from the classic cheese burger The Sabbath to the heavyweight The Lemmy (as pictured) with double beef patty, beef bacon, brisket, and sunny side up. Price range is Rp42.000 – Rp125.000 for sandwiches and burgers. Don’t forget to order sides, like the cheese jalapeno fries Jalapenostic Front to accompany your burger!
Jl. Kemang Selatan VIII No. 67H-67I, Kemang, South Jakarta. Website
Are you into the truffle oil craze? Well, we have good news for you: You can get truffle gyudon for affordable price at Hey, TuBo! With Rp55.000 price tag, you’ll get pretty generous serving of beef slices, sunny side up, and separate truffle oil in a dropper! There are two outlets of Hey, TuBo! at Pasar Santa and Kramat Pela, for dine in with more menu.
Pasar Santa Modern Market 2nd floor Aloi CKS 15, Jalan Cisanggiri II, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta 12170; Kramat Pela: Jl. Percetakan I No. 41 Kramat Pela, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta 12130. Instagram
Do you agree with our picks or do you think there are more beefy places missing from this list? Let us know in the comments, we’ll add our favorite suggestions here!