The Senopati-Gunawarman-Wolter Monginsidi triangle in the upscale neighborhood of Kebayoran Baru has made it as Jakarta’s trendiest area with the most numbers of new and exciting dining and drinking spots coming up every other month. We list some of the must-visit places to check out in the area, either for dining, drinking, and anything in between.
DINING & DRINKING
1. Turkuaz $$$
Turkuaz, one of the most authentic Turkish restaurant, was named after a Mediterranean oceanic blue color, which is also reflected in their beautiful interior that is adorned with trinkets and decorations directly flown from Turkey.
Chef Sezai Zorlu is one of the most experienced Turkish chefs in town, and with this restaurant of his, he brings in what he knows best, ottoman cuisine prepared with Ingredients are specially imported from Turkey and the Middle East. After a hearty meal, which is all prepared by hand, and many with wood-fire oven, round-off the meal with a selection of sweet Turkish desserts as the must-try is the popular Baklava, baked layers of filo pastry with butter and pistachio sweetened with original homemade syrup and Rice Pudding.
Best for: lovers of culinary adventures, exotic night out with your best friend or lover.
Jalan Gunawarman No. 32 Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: 021 7279 5846 or 021 7279 5853
Sundays to Thursdays : 11.30am – 10.00pm
Fridays and Saturdays : 11.30am – 11.30pm
Eve of Public Holiday : 11.30am – 11.30pm
2. Le Quartier $$
Transport yourself to the vibrant atmosphere of Paris and savor a slice of “la belle vie” amidst the hustle and bustle of Jakarta! You will find the more rustic and hearty sides of French food, with croques, soups, and charcuteries. If you come with a fussy eater, they also have staple ‘Jakarta cafe’ foods like pasta and pizza.
Best for: French food, casual fine dining
Jl. Gunawarman No. 34 (Senopati) Kebayoran Baru | South Jakarta
Phone: +6221 72788001
3. Sofia at The Gunawarman $$
This place boasts a 21st-century neo-classical inspired design with high ceilings, liberal use of wood and leather furniture, mixed with modern pattern and definitely an unmistakable luxurious air. Expect to sit next to who’s who in Jakarta, from celebrities, socialites to politicians when you dine here. But don’t get fooled too quickly, despite the Maserati and Ferraris parked upfront, the menu is casual and the portions are hearty.
Best for: Casual brunch with friends, and a lot of Instagram OOTD shots!
Jl. Gunawarman No. 3, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12110
Phone: 021 22770007
4. MR. FOX $$
Meet Mr. Fox, the charming, witty and alluring character with an eye for all things unique. Located at the heart of SCBD Jakarta and Tunjungan Plaza 5 Surabaya, Mr. Fox’s homes are warm yet eclectic. He greets guests with amazing recipes of his delicious food-fare and ethereal cocktail concoctions at his humble home.
Mr. Fox works with the talented rising star Chef Vebrina Hadi to produce delightful dishes that encompass a wide range of flavors. From healthy breakfast selections to adventurous dinner, Mr. Fox encourages you to explore the menu to discover what you adore.
As he welcomes you to his home, Mr. Fox would like nothing more than to have his guests wander on a culinary journey with him. All the details are put together with great care to make you feel at home at the House of Fox. Because if one thing stays true, is that only Mr. Fox loves you.
The Energy Building Ground Floor, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, SCBD, Jakarta Selatan 12190
Phone (021) 529 61999
5. Namaaz Dining $$$$
For a more playful and adventurous selection of fine dining with your significant other; head to Namaaz is the first molecular gastronomy restaurant in Indonesia which serves Indonesian food as its signature dishes. Each night, Tuesday to Saturday, you can experience their set of 17-course creations, which changes every “season” and each season lasts for 6 – 8 months. They only serve 4 tables (8 guests) every night, so privacy and serene ambiance is guaranteed here. Reserve your seat through their official website only.
Best for: Once in a blue moon dining experience
Jl. Gunawarman No.42 Kebayoran Baru
Phone 021 – 33061000
6. NARA Restaurant & Lounge $$$
Your new favorite spot in the Senopati area is here. Surprise yourself with Nara’s scrumptious menu selection inspired by Japanese cuisine with a twist of Western and Asian flavor. Try the mouthwatering Cuthoro Tacos exploding with a savory and spicy flavor. Also, the to-die-for Aburi Wagyu Pizza is something you cannot miss. Complemented its dishes, Nara also comes with a stylish setting and elegantly colorful.
Jl. Senopati No.86, Selong, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
7. LOLA $$
A bar celebrating alternative cultures & phenomena, LOLA is an eclectic venue involved in Tiki Cocktail, southern-style dinner, marginal music, and exotic ventures. The hidden bar is open from 6 PM until late, serving wide smiles, soothing music, and delicious meals and drinks for the exhausted. Must-try drinks: Their Diablo Popsicles, The Cocobongo, and Cane Treasure, all served in tiki-themed mugs.
Best for: drinking with friends, with heavy bites on the side
Lola – Espiritu y Libacion
Jl. Gunawarman no. 21 Senopati
Jakarta Selatan Indonesia 12110
Phone: +62 21 27513500 / 600
8. PAO PAO Liquor Bar & Dim Sum Parlour $$
As the name implies, Pao Pao this place is a liquor bar and serving all kind of dim sum accompanies live band performances during weekends. This place has quite unique setting with their old Shanghai concept.
Best for: after-hours hang out over cocktails and dim sum
Hours: Sun-Thu 6pm – 2am, Fri-Sat 6pm – 3am $$
Phone: 021 – 27510698
Jl. Senopati No. 16 South Jakarta
9. Djournal House $$
From the makers of “Good Coffee for Good People,” Djournal Coffee presents Indonesia’s first ever Coffee and Cocktail Bar: Djournal House. With a love and passion for coffee, music, and cocktails, Djournal House will bring all three elements together to elevate your coffee experience to the next level. Having a dedicated Coffee Roastery & Music Bar, Djournal House will be the freshest place for all young creatives to make connections and look for inspiration. Believing that life is too short for bad coffee, Djournal House will make anyone feel right at home. For the love of coffee, music, and cocktail, Djournal House invites everyone to eat, drink, and celebrate together. All day, everyday.
Jl. Gunawarman No.11A, RT.5/RW.6, Selong, Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12110
Phone (021) 27516939
10. The Holy Crab $$
Looking for a place where you can just be yourself and have unlimited seafood fun, where you can smash, pick, prod and play with your food? At the Holy Crab, you are encouraged to leave your table manners at the door; there is no spoon, forks, or even plates provided. It’s you vs the food, a much-loved southern American tradition of eating Seafood, the Louisiana Boil style. Spicy cajun sauce, mouth watering crustaceans, sweet corn and cold beers- roll up your sleeves, put on your bib and let’s get cracking!
Best for: seafood party with your closest friends/family
Jalan Gunawarman no.55 (Senopati) Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone: (021) 29236155
Everyday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pmwh
11. Hurricane’s Grill $$$
A franchise from Sydney – Australia, Hurricane’s Grill is famous for its succulent ribs and steak. The main menu features flame grilled steak, 100% beef burgers, their famed pork ribs, and seafood.
Best for: meat lovers party, pork ribs.
Location: Gunawarman No. 20, Kebayoran Baru.
Phone: +6221 2751 3388
12. Gioi $$
A restaurant in Senopati that takes the label ‘farm to table’ very seriously. Serving mostly a fusion of Southeast Asian and Indonesian flavours, GIOI sources their vegetables from their own farm. We also love what they’ve done classic Indonesian dishes, such as their signature Salmon Lodeh (a traditional Indonesian coconut milk soup with pan-fried salmon) and the Roast Duck Curry – Homemade Thai curry, juicy and tender Sous Vide Duck breast, served with locally-sourced carrot, green tomato, and eggplant. Must try!
Best for: Great dinner with friends over Asian food.
Jl. Senopati no. 88, Selong, South Jakarta
Phone: 021-7211468 / 021-7211480
13. Three Buns $$
With two sites currently operating in Jakarta and Singapore, Three Buns redefines the neighborhood burger and cocktail joint with a more upscale crowd. Their menu of burgers is the creation of Chef Adam Penney, brought from London, made with homemade sauces, pickles, and even ketchup!. On the side, the wings, fries, crafted cocktails, homemade sodas, are a must-try.
Best for: Burgers, casual lunch with friends
14. MAMAIN $$
Located in a prime spot in the Gunawarman area, MAMAIN aims to provide a place where you can sit back and relax without feeling bad about noises or mess that comes along with kids in public places, also without worrying that your kids will get bored. MAMAIN adopts the philosophy of serving comfort food made with care using fresh, high-quality ingredients.
They also have great facilities for moms too: other than nursery room, changing table, even sterilizers, bottle warmers, and breast pump!