Japanese food is possibly the most popular food in Indonesia after Indonesian food itself; it has gained popularity thanks to the lengthy period of time it has been introduced in the country too. Since after the independence day, Japanese ‘expats’ that chose to stay behind shared the food of their country and soon restaurants would open up in Jakarta, attracting visitors such as President Soekarno himself. Today, you can find Japanese restaurants in literally any budget, from the localized versions, fusions, to the very authentic. We list some of our favourites!

1. Sumire $$$$ (Authentic Fine Dining)

Sumire serves up world class Japanese cuisine and service in an authentic setting. Located in the Grand Hyatt all this comes at a cost however whether it is for the sushi bar, teppan plate or the sukiyaki the food is executed flawlessly each time.  Sumire serves a full range of Japanese food – however their Chirashi’s and the Teppanyaki sets are among the best. Spicy food fans: ask for the legendary ‘sambal lukman’ off the menu. The super spicy sambal that magically pairs well with any of the Japanese food in here.

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav.28-30, Thamrin, Jakarta
Phone: 021- 3150433

2. OKU $$$ (Modern Fine Dining)

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Helmed by Chef Kazumasa Yazawa (or Chef Kaz for short), you will not find the regular Japanese omakase dishes that you might expect in a premium Japanese restaurant. Instead, you will experience a modern take on Japanese dishes with traditional flair. A celebration of texture, finest ingredients, and years of perfected techniques. For a quick fix, go for their bento boxes that will give you small (yet filling) portions of OKU’s best dishes.

Location: Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Email: oku.jakarta@kempinski.com | Phone: (+62) 21 2358 3896
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @OKUJakarta
Opening Hours:
Lunch: 12:00 – 15:00 (Monday to Sunday)
Dinner: 18:00 – 22:30 (Monday to Sunday)
Bar: 12:00 – 00:00 (Sunday to Thursday); 12:00-01:00 (Friday to Saturday)

3. Nishimura $$$ (Authentic Fine Dining)

Nishimura presents authentic Japanese cuisine, prepared with a combination of fresh ingredients and traditional Japanese cooking styles. Enter the tranquil Japanese corner along natural stone pathways by running water, under a bamboo-roofed aisle. Private dining rooms are available in three designs, from tatami-style to teppanyaki-style. For diners who might enjoy food fresh from the display, the Sushi Bar is ideal.

Shangri-La Hotel Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1 Karet Tengsin Tanah Abang Jakarta
Phone: 021- 5707440

4. Iseya $$$ (Authentic Japanese Omakase)

Nestled on the ground floor of Sampoerna Strategic Square lies one of the capital’s most enduring and faithful Japanese restaurant, Iseya Robatayaki. Many punters check in regularly to find out what new ingredients are being flown directly from Japan. Because that is one of Iseya’s DNA, to serve the freshest meat, seafood and other ingredients that make the Japanese cuisine such a fantastic delight.

Sampoerna Strategic Square (ground floor)
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 45-46, Sudirman
Phone: +62-21-5795 2342

5. Keyaki $$ (authentic Casual Dining)

This restaurant offers a selection of Japanese cuisine that is quite complete, such as Teppanyaki, Robatayaki, Sukiyaki, Yakiniku, various kinds of sushi, and a variety of other tempting menus.

The mainstay of this restaurant is the Mix Kinoko Foil, the mushroom soup served using aluminum foil with a special concoction of Chef Riichiro dashi Matsui. There are also Special Salmon Salad that contains fresh vegetables is equipped with no less fresh salmon sauce plus Japanese chef Matsui processed. Two menus is not only delicious and authentic taste but also healthy because it contains no harmful foodstuffs.

Sari Pacific, 2nd Floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 6, Thamrin, Jakarta