Let’s say it’s near the end of the month and your pocket is too tight to spend those fancy dishes, but you’re still willing to socialize over decent spots in town. Why not stopping by to local modern warteg? There you’ll find casual, down-to-earth local fares. As well as able to chew down commoners’ local dishes and of course, spicy sambal sauces served from a glass window of stainless steel dishes. Don’t worry about breaking a sweat. Despite the affordable prices, the atmosphere they offer is really humbly convenient. To make it even more comfortable, the place is mostly equipped with Wi-Fi and semi-private rooms to fulfill your urban needs.

1. Alkisah $

With its down-to-earth design house, decked out in turquoise and yellow paint, it’s not hard to notice Alkisah when passing through. You are welcome to enjoy their homey indoor and backyard atmosphere that allows plenty of natural light to come through. Inside, Alkisah is constructed to recreate nostalgic childhood memories by placing shelves of action figures, board games, and even an arcade machine in the corner. Don’t forget to check their rotated regular menu as they update it on Instagram daily, or we suggest sampling special menus such as the ever-healthier noodle Mie Shirataki, Nasi Ayam Gandum, Nasi Campur Jawa, and Nasi Langgi.

Jl. Guru Mughni No. 55, Karet Semanggi, Jakarta Selatan 12930
Phone: +6287781226555, +6281513499558
Open: 11:00 – 20:00 (Monday – Saturday)
Instagram: alkisah.rasa

2. Piring Nasi $

Opened in April 2019, Piring Nasi is located in the heart of the Kelapa Gading area in North Jakarta. What makes this place so unique is the rice-field terrace inspired seat to unwind your hustle and bustle.  It has decent food and most of them are spicy dishes. But if you’re not too eager to anything spicy, their quick sell-out Dendeng Sapi Serundeng and Ayam Kemangi are really worth trying for. The self-service method they implement, make guests can scoop the dishes by themselves and clear up the table after finished.

Jl. Boulevard Barat Raya Blok LC7 No. 31, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta Utara
Phone: +62 21 2452 5456 / +62 811 8809 499
Open: 08:00 until the stock lasts (Monday – Saturday)
Instagram: PiringNasi_id

3. Ruma Eatery $

Aptly named to serve homey comfort food, Ruma Eatery essentially offers a wholesome experience to what modern warteg is all about. This is quite a hidden gem in Petogogan, Kebayoran Baru area. Must be said that Ruma Eatery has a very spacious yet homey feel to its main dining and partly mezzanine areas. The high ceiling and tall windows ray over the rustic brick wall, it surely gives a very warm welcome to hungry eaters. If you are lost at what to order, some recommendations include Nasi Daun Jeruk, Daging Cabe Ijo, Ikan Cakalang Mercon, Empal Manise, and Ayam Kuluyuk.

Jl. Cipaku I No. 16, Petogogan, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: +62 21 2708 5415
Open: 09:00 – 21:00 daily
Instagram: RumaEatery

4. Sajian Masakan Indonesia $

Sajian Masakan Indonesia is nestled in a very prestigious of Jl. Gunawarman where high-end dining spots lined. From the get-go, you are greeted with all shiny, modern, and sleek design. The spot may not too spacious but can be still a perfect place to enjoy with companies. Tickle your tastebuds with Ayam Bakar Madu, Ayam Klungkung, Nasi Kendil, Bakwan Jagung, and don’t forget the choices of sambal. Make sure to check up the shelves as they sell some local snacks to grab home too.

Jl. Gunawarman No. 30, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: +62811839030
Open: 07:30 – 00:00 daily
Instagram: SajianMasakanIndonesia

5. SERASA Coffeetaria $

Even SERASA Coffeetaria is surrounded by the residential area of Kebayoran Baru, it’s still attracting a flock of customers even on sleepy weekday afternoons. It’s not hard to see why, though. The floor-to-ceiling unit is casual yet chic. The café is decorated with potted plants dangling from its ceiling and shelves, which double up as good photo spots and if you take a closer look, you’ll be mesmerized with their rustic vibes. Be sure to taste their signature Cumi Hitam, Ayam Garlic Aisyah, Mie Ayam, Pempek Crispy and if you’re keen to take an afternoon break, their assorted cakes and coffee are decent too.

Jl. Cibulan Raya No. 17A, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: +62 877 1718 1717
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (Monday to Saturday) 08:00 – 17:00 (Sunday)
Instagram: SerasaCoffeetaria

6. Wahteg $

Adorned by the oldies green walls and a humble atmosphere you see every day on local wartegs, Wahteg lives up to its name by accentuating the concept of modern warteg. Seeing where Wahteg is situated, there’s no surprise the place is mostly packed with college students, employees, and locals who live and work in the surrounding area. Over 20 local fares are ready to serve daily and some change daily, one of the many reasons why loyal visitors keep coming back.

Jl. Tanjung Duren Raya No. 89B, Tanjung Duren, Jakarta Barat
Phone: +62 21 563 3559
Open: 11:00 – 22:00 daily
Instagram: wahteg_id

By: Stallone Tjia