Jakarta is always a little heaven of culinary delights, where almost every type of cuisines from all over the world can be found here. From fast foods, street foods, to the most fascinating traditional cuisines. And one of the most favorite and charming ones is Minang, or as the locals like to call it, Padang cuisine. If you crave for something authentic, spicy, savory, and a bit of guilty-pleasure taste, here are our favorite Padang restaurants in Jakarta:

1. Pagi Sore

As one of the oldest Padang restaurants in Jakarta, Pagi Sore serves the authentic flavor of Minang cuisine inherited from generations to generations. Pick your  a favorite amongst the many dishes served on your table. Although always the winner is their legendary Rendang, dark brown, almost black even from 8 hours of cooking process. A rendang that many swears as the best in Jakarta.

Pagi Sore
Jl. Rawamangun Muka Timur 1A P. +6221 478 60000
Jl. Cempaka Putih Raya A5 P. +62 21 426 6000
Jl. Cipete Raya 2 No. 1 P. +62 21 766 7000
Jl. Kalimalang Raya 1A, Komp. Billy Moon, Blok M1 No. 1 P. +62 21 8690 7422

2. Garuda

The Daily Meal once listed Garuda as one of the 101 Best Restaurants in Asia and we couldn’t agree more. Originated from Medan, North Sumatra, Garuda wins Jakartan foodies’ heart by serving authentic Minang cuisine with the touch of Malayan recipe. The most wanted dish here is Ayam Pop, a fried coconut-soaked skinless chicken served with spicy dip sauce. Despite its pale visual, Ayam Pop is so savory, buttery, and blends well with fresh taste of the spicy dip sauce. Try the a la carte style for you trying other delightful dishes.

Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda No. 79D, Kebayoran Lama, Jakarta Selatan 12240
P. +62 21 724 6999

Jl. Haji Agus Salim No. 59, Kebon Sirih, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat 10340
+62 21 314 2466

Jl. Raya Boulevard Barat Blok XC09 No. 7-8, Kelapa Gading Timur, Jakarta Utara 14250
+62 21 458 46658

3. Marco Padang

Marco is an eatery where Chef Marco Lim share story of his culinary journey through an authentic and fresh Padang Peranakan Cuisine. There are some of the highlighted menus that you should definitely try. First is Barramundi Panggang Pacak, a grilled Barramundi fish marinated in coconut milk with finely ground curly red chili, slices of turmeric leaf, lemongrass, tamarind, lime leaf, and lime juice. Also, don’t miss out its signature rendang, Randang Itam Kayu Bakar, a beef shank stewed in coconut milk and cirik minyak (condensed burnt coconut oil), mixed with herbs and ground curly red chili. Cooked 8 hours with traditional techniques using wood-burning stoves. Another Marco’s most wanted is Es Kopi Padang, a double shots iced coffee of Bukittinggi robusta.

Pondok Indah Mall

Street Gallery 2nd floor unit 201A
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah, Kebayoran Lama, Jakarta 12310
P. +62 21 2952 9742

Lotte Shopping Avenue
Ciputra World I 3rd floor unit 16 & A08
Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 3 – 5, Karet Kuningan, Jakarta 12940
P. +62 21 2988 9377 / F. +62 21 2988 9376

4. Sari Bundo

Another oldest Padang restaurants in Jakarta, since 1967, that serves authentic and high quality Minang cuisine. Sari Bundo is also our former president, B. J. Habibie’s, favorite. The place might not be luxurious, but it’s clean and comfortable with a really friendly staffs. Almost all the dishes here are great, so you should try all of them. For a not too excessive taste, try its crunchy, savory, yet moist Fried Chicken. And if you crave for some spicy taste, Sari Bundo’s Dendeng Balado (spicy crispy sliced beef) and signature rendang are the winners.

Sari Bundo
Jl. Ir. Juanda No. 27, Gambir, Jakarta Pusat 10120
+62 21 345 8343

5. RM Sepakat

Named as the best Padang restaurant in Jakarta and serves some of the most authenticMinang dishes with inherited recipe. Sepakat is also the oldest Padang restaurant in Jakarta, since 1967. The most wanted dish here is Gulai Gajeboh, a dish that recently rarely found in Padang restaurants. Gulai Gajebo is basically cow fat served in spicy Padangnese coconut milk curry. It might be too strong for foreigners, but after one bite, you’ll probably crave for more. Try other mouthwatering dishes here, such as grilled chicken, chicken rendang, and also its signature oxtail soup. Sepakat outlet is quite small, so take-away might be the best way to enjoy its menu.

 Jl. Melawai 9 No.165, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12130
+62 21 720 4712