Have you ever wondered why Middle-eastern restaurant is not more popular in Indonesia than what it actually is? Despite similarly using a lot of spices, Middle-eastern cuisine brings out a different experience compared to the local dishes’. Typically, it gives heat to your body, but not spicy, and not everyone is up to that. The trick to enjoying a Middle-eastern cuisine is to balance between meats, yogurts, and fresh vegetables. This way, you can savor all the rich flavor without being overwhelmed. Luckily, we have selected some of the best for you here:

Al Nafoura Lebanese Restaurant

Nothing can get wrong in this authentic Lebanese Restaurant located inside Le Meridien Hotel Jakarta. The spacious venue offers relaxed atmosphere with warm looking sand stone walls and terracotta floor. It is perfect for a fine dining experience with someone special, or an adventurous culinary journey with your closest friends. A must try is Haruf Quzi, a braised lamb shank served with rice, assorted nuts, and fresh yogurt. Not only delicious foods, the restaurant also provides excellent services, up to a five-star hotel standard! Also enjoy a belly dance performance every Friday and Saturday night.

Le Meridien Hotel
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 18-20
Lunch: 11.30 – 14.30
Dinner: 18.30 – 22.30
Saturday: 18.30 – 22.30
+6221 2513131 ext.3788

Turkuaz

Located in an up-class area in Gunawarnan, Turkuaz gets approvals from its customer for serving exceptional meals in a charming Ottoman era interior. The owner and chef, Sezai Zorlu who was born in Turkey has received several awards, including the title of Iron Chef Indonesia. Here is where you can get the best baklava in town, as well as a tasteful Turki’s experience. Inside the restaurant, you can also visit their rug store, all imported products that selected through experienced eyes.

Turkuaz
Jl. Gunawarman No.32
Sunday – Thursday: 11.30 – 22.00
Fridays – Saturday: 11:30 – 23.30
Evening of Public Holiday: 11:30 – 23:30
+6221 7279 58546

Warung Turki Kemang by Turkuaz

warung turki 1

Brought to you by the team behind Turkuaz restaurant, Warung Turki Kemang is like the mini version of Turkuaz. The food here is authentic and freshly made and all cooking process uses the traditional charcoal & wood fire. Especially the Turkish flat bread that is made to order in the giant wood fire oven. The restaurant’s interior is very similar to Turkuaz, with thick Turkish accent where you can immediately see the mosaic tiles and colorful glass lamps with different shapes.

From the people behind Turkuaz, comes Warung Turki that brings out Chef Sezai Zorlu’s authentic home cooking, where you can get a hearty and freshly prepared Turkish home cooking in a more laid back setting and more affordable price. Divided in three different floors, the décor is still beautiful and elegantly thick with Turkish ambiance. Perfect for casual hangout, lunch, or dinner. 

Casual Turkish Dining & Rooftop Sheesha Lounge
Jl. Kemang Raya No.18A Kemang – South Jakarta 02129055898 – 99
www.warungturki.com 

Al Jazeerah

Chefs from Al Jazeerah restaurant are experienced in creating authentic dishes from a wide selection of exquisite Middle Eastern Cuisine. But not only delivering through its foods, a Middle Eastern experience can be enjoyed through its elegant interiors and comfortable atmosphere. The dishes came in big portion and perfect to share between two. The menu has an excellent variety from appetizer to dessert which taste genuine. For some menu, they even use a traditional Arabian brick oven!

Al Jazeerah Restaurant
Jl. Raden Saleh No.58
Cikini, Jakarta Pusat
Open everyday from 9 AM – 2 AM
021-314 6108 / 391 4444

The Halal Guys

Form New York to Jakarta, The Halal Guys is gaining popularity here at Senayan City, Jakarta. As one of the pioneers of American Halal Food, the food chain features premium quality Halal meals and cooked it into flavorful and colorful delicious meals. Check out their famous chicken & gryo and choose between sandwiches and platters. As sides, you can choose between hummus, falafel, baba ganouj, or fries. They are your perfect choice for a simple and affordable Middle Eastern style meal. The place can be quite crowded, so table booking is recommended.

Senayan City
Jalan Asia Afrika Lot 19 – 4th fl.
Senayan, Jakarta Selatan 10270
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
021-72782270
@thehalalguysid

Abunawas

Visit the restaurant, and they will offer you a fine dining experience that harmoniously combined Middle-eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. The unique and rich dishes use authentic ingredients that imported from all over the world to create a flavor that hits home. The restaurant has been around in Jakarta for more than 10 years, and now has opened three venues in total, which located in Matraman, Kemang, and Malaysia. The restaurant is comfortable and perfect for families. Besides dine in, Abunawas also provides catering for your private and corporate events.

Abunawas
Jl. Matraman Raya No.15
Open hours: Sun – Sat from 11 AM – 12 PM
+6221 8583914 or +6221 71794691/2
http://abunawasresto.com/

FEZ Kinara Dining & Lounge

Immerse yourself in a newly refined dining and royal shisha experience. Enjoy a new way of dining with their premium selective assortment of authentic Indian, Maghreb, Middle East, and Gulf regions culinary dishes and entertainment all under one roof. Serving you tantalizing flavors from couscous, lamb biryani and lamb shanks to a variety of kebabs and curry dishes, FEZ Kinara menu’s are rich in flavor using a blend of spices and aromas that tease the taste buds.

FEZ Kinara Dining & Lounge
Jl Kemang Raya No.78-B, Jakarta Selatan 12730
+6221 7192677, +62817 192 677
https://www.fezkinara.co.id/

Eatz Restaurant

Eatz combines the greatness of both Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines. The venue exudes an iridescent atmosphere with colors, detailed patterns, and ornaments from the Middle East region. Another good news is that this humble restaurant also offers a very affordable price.

Eatz Restaurant
Ruko Margaguna Unit 9 Jalan Radio Dalam Raya, Gandaria Utara, Keb.Baru, Jakarta Selatan
+62 85814404193, +62 21 22776357

Hadramout

Hadramout is one of the best-kept secret Middle Eastern restaurants around Manggarai, Central Jakarta. A cozy spot to relish the authentic Mediterranean and Middle-eastern delights with an extensive list of offerings on its menu. Hadramaut is easily one of the most popular Arabian cuisine restaurants in the heart of the Indonesian capital.

Hadramout
Jl. Tambak Raya No. 16A, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
+628158022222

Larazeta Middle East Restaurant & Gallery

There’s something special when dining in at Larazeta Middle East Restaurant & Gallery. It boasts a perfect combination of exotic Middle Eastern cuisine with a unique gallery within the restaurant. Every corner of Lazareta will make you carried away with the Middle Eastern classical atmosphere with Middle Eastern music that adds to the solemn atmosphere of your dining.

Larazeta Middle East Restaurant & Gallery
Jl. Tebet Barat Dalam Raya No. 17, Tebet, Jakarta Selatan 12810
+62829 5553, +6221 829 3713, +62878 8844 7626

Shisha Cafe

For more than 15 years Shisha Cafe has always been perfectly suitable for family and group gatherings who want to indulge in the greatness of Middle Eastern food. Huge varieties of Middle Eastern authentic recipes are prepared to perfection for your dining indulgence. Always brings pleasure and flavor together, be amazed by Shisha Cafe’s astounding kaleidoscopic lanterns to the vibrant blue shades of background.

Shisha Café
Kemang Raya No.10, Jakarta Selatan 12730 Indonesia
+62 21 719 3587
https://www.shisha.co.id/1/

Sindbad

Tucked away on the KS Tubun busy street, Sindbad lends a cozy Middle Eastern restaurant that serves generously portioned rice & lamb platters in a relaxed space. The place could be old school, but this place is really well-known for its delicious Lebanon/Yemen cuisine that you must try.

Sindbad
Jl. KS. Tubun Raya No. 2, Slipi, Jakarta Barat
+6221 5308366, +6221 5308367