Review: Badass bun sandwiches and killer cocktails make newcomer Bao Ji hard to beat

Coconuts Critic’s Table - I was heartbroken to find out that my favorite Mexican restaurant in Jakarta, Taco Local, had closed the doors of its Panglima Polim location late last year But I soon learned that Taco Local would rise again, like a phoenix rising from a pool of guacamole, to reopen at a new location called Pelaspas just slightly further south in Dharmawangsa But as excited as I was to hear of Taco...

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Coconuts Hot Spot: Dim Sum star Tim Ho Wan greatly expands its offering with Grand Indo branch’s new non-pork menu

If you’re even slightly interested in the delectable delights of dim sum, you’ve probably heard of or perhaps already tried Tim Ho Wan Starting off as a hole-in-the-wall...

Coconuts Hot Spot: Dim Sum star Tim Ho Wan greatly expands its offering with Grand Indo branch’s new non-pork menu

​Coconuts Hotspot: Tim Ho Wan brings its Michelin-starred dim sum to Pantai Indah Kapuk

Tim Ho Wan's signature BBQ pork buns are pretty much the pinnacle of dim sum design Michelin stars are sort of like the Oscars of the restaurant world - extremely prestigious...

​Coconuts Hotspot: Tim Ho Wan brings its Michelin-starred dim sum to Pantai Indah Kapuk

Coconuts Hot Spot: Barboni brings its brilliant pizza to Plaza Festival

Barboni's Funghi pizza (Rp 58k) Finding good pizza in Jakarta is a little easier these days, with plenty of perfectly acceptable pizza pie purveyors popping up throughout the...

Coconuts Hot Spot: Barboni brings its brilliant pizza to Plaza Festival

​Eggstravagantly delicious French bistro fare at new hidden gem Avec Moi

COCONUTS CRITIC'S TABLE — Ever since the unfortunate closure of the late great Java Bleu, we’re always on the look out for places serving fine French food in Jakarta (at...

​Eggstravagantly delicious French bistro fare at new hidden gem Avec Moi

Coconuts Hotspot: Celebrity chef Will Meyrick goes “modern” with his new menu at E&O (but his classics remain the reason to come)

Massaman lamb curry For those of you that know who chef Will Meyrick is, E&O should need no introduction An Australian who has become a celebrity chef in Indonesia thanks...

Coconuts Hotspot: Celebrity chef Will Meyrick goes “modern” with his new menu at E&O  (but his classics remain the reason to come)

Coconuts Hot Spot: Al Jazeerah restaurant serves up an authentic taste of Egypt in Jakarta

The legendary lamb kabsah at Al Jazeerah restaurant Most Middle Eastern restaurants you can find in Jakarta are actually Egyptian, though they are rather few and far between...

Coconuts Hot Spot: Al Jazeerah restaurant serves up an authentic taste of Egypt in Jakarta

​Coconuts Hot Spot: Spanky’s offers more than awesome ribs and martinis (as if that wasn’t enough)

Spanky's does some fingerlicking good ribs, both beef and pork All photos: Spanky's The combination of ribs and martinis is incongruous but somehow elegant Wrapping your...

​Coconuts Hot Spot: Spanky’s offers more than awesome ribs and martinis (as if that wasn’t enough)

​Coconuts Hot Spot: ‘Nasi Goreng Mafia’ makes spicy fried rice fans an offer they can’t refuse

When you find yourself in or around the Tebet area of South Jakarta, beware Some say Tebet is a hotspot for the mafia It’s where gangsters, ‘preman’, and even the Yakuza...

​Coconuts Hot Spot: ‘Nasi Goreng Mafia’ makes spicy fried rice fans an offer they can’t refuse

Coconuts Hot Spot – Baconerie in Kemang does killer American-style breakfast meats and much more

Baconerie platter (Rp 80k) America went through something of a bacon-craze a few years back, with everything from bacon ice cream sundaes to something called the “bacon...

Coconuts Hot Spot – Baconerie in Kemang does killer American-style breakfast meats and much more

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Coconuts Hot Spot reviews are aimed at giving you an impression of Jakarta’s hottest new restaurants and older hidden gems that you may not have heard about. They are either based on an anonymous visit by our critic or they are by invitation when restaurants invite a number of media outlets at the same time. Either way, we let you know so that you can be sure we’re being transparent and giving you our honest taste assessment. Only places we really love make it into Coconuts Hot Spots.