Legendary restaurants in Jakarta

Angke Restaurant

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Angke Restaurant is no stranger to queues and crowded tables. This renowned Chinese restaurant has been well-known for its delectable and delicious menu specifically Hakka-style cuisines from Moiyan since 1965. Savor the exquisite flavor in an elegant venue for special days during weekends, birthday celebrations, wedding receptions, and on big Chinese holidays. Their Stir-fried Crispy Eel with Chinese Lettuce, Prawn Spring Roll, Braised Beancurd, Braised Stone Creek Frog, Sweet & Sour Gourami Fish, and Steamed Chicken with Ginger Oil are loyal customers’ all-time favorite.

Komplek Ketapang Indah, Blok B1 No. 1

Jl. KH Zainul Arifin, Gajah Mada, Jakarta Pusat 14440
Phone: +62 21 6343030, +62 21 634 3020, +62821 3737 3030
Open: 10:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 21:00 (Every day)
Instagram: @angkerestaurant

Kikugawa Japanese Restaurant

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Kikugawa Japanese Restaurant hasn’t changed the interior one a bit ever since it was established in 1969. Titled as the long-running Japanese restaurant serving classic Japanese dishes in quaint quarters with Asian décor touches, Kikugawa Japanese Restaurant is situated deep hidden housing complex in Cikini area. They serve authentic sushi, sashimi, udon, curry rice, sukiyaki, or set menu if you’re into a practical set dish.

Jl. Cikini IV No. 13, Cikini, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
Phone: +62 857-1954-5602
Open: 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 21:00 (Every day)
Instagram: @kikugawa_jkt

Paramount Restaurant

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Reminiscing the old simpler times, Paramount Restaurant has served classic Cantonese-style food since 1970. The building still stands strong in Menteng area with regular guests keep coming by looking to an almost full parking lot at peak hours. Inside, the standard red color is pretty dominant here. The familiar sight of Lazy-Susan tables, oriental wallpapers, red ornaments, and aquarium really set the vintage ambiance. There are a lot of dishes to choose from, for instance, Roasted Duck ala Shanghai, Steamed Chicken with Ham, Crab Fu Yung Hai, Fried Frog Legs, Fried Shrimp Rolls ala Paramount, Cuttle Fish with Vegetable, Steamed Gurame Fish, and many more.

Jl. RP. Soeroso No. 35, Cikini, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat

Phone: +6221 3192 3111

Open: 09:00 – 15:00, 17:30 – 23:00 (Monday – Saturday), 09:00 – 23:00 (Sunday)

Jl. Cikini IV No. 5, Cikini, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
Phone: +6221 3141539
Open: 10:00 – 17:00 (Every day)

Soto Betawi H. Ma’ruf

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Many notable figures have already tasted Soto Betawi H. Ma’ruf and they really loved it. They are our current reigning president Joko Widodo, the late Gus Dur, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, and many more. Located inside Taman Ismail Marzuki area, Soto Betawi H. Ma’ruf was established in 1940 and exudes nostalgia thanks to its traditional Betawi-style house design. Soto Betawi tastes very rich and tasty with a generous portion of tender beef meat with a fresh hint from tomatoes and lime. The famous outlet at Taman Ismail Marzuki is now temporarily closed for revitalization until late 2021, but don’t worry as you can visit their other outlets in Menteng, Pramuka, or Tebet.

Jl. RP. Soeroso No. 36, Cikini, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
Phone: +6221 314 8817
Open: 09:00 – 20:30 (Every day)
Instagram: @sotohmaruf

Restoran Sanur

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Many said, “If you want to impress your parent-in-law, bring them to Restoran Sanur to have a feast.” Restoran Sanur has been around since the ’40s and was once an iconic restaurant back then. We love how the dominantly red color, wooden brown, table-clothed Lazy Susan tables, and oriental ornaments create a nostalgic and yet elegant atmosphere inside, while attentive staff serves guests with discretion. The must-try signature dishes are Cuttlefish with Oyster Butter Sauce, Fuyung Hai, Live Api Shrimp, Live Vaname Shrimp, Live Steamed Garoupa, and Sautéed Beef with Broccoli to name a few.

Jl. Ir. H. Juanda III No. 31 J, Gambir, Jakarta Pusat
Phone: +6221 380 8262, +6221 380 8263, +62 817-808-262
Open: 11:30 – 14:00, 18:00 – 22:00 (Every day)
Instagram: @sanurrestaurant

Ayam Goreng Berkah

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Finger lickin’ good! Don’t blame us if you want to keep ordering more like eating one piece of their fried chicken is enough. Established in 1963, the menu is really basic whether you order a plate of steamed or savory rice with a choice of a whole chicken or half-size chicken. And then, all you can think of is their variety of components to choose from like Tahu, Tempe, Ati Ampela, Sayur Asem, Pete Goreng , Usus Goreng, Lalapan, Sayur Tahu Krecek to fill your plate. Believe us, the more you order the merrier.

Jl. Wijaya IX No. 4, Wijaya, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: +62812 844 57444
Open: 11:00 – 21:00 (Every day)

Resto Mandala

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Founded in 1978, Resto Mandala is located on the busiest street of Wolter Monginsidi Street, South Jakarta. People from neighborhood locals, more notably family-oriented guests always make a crowd here, while other guests lining up outside is just a familiar sight to see. The restaurant itself is not quite big, packed with festive Chinese ornaments and string lights to make the atmosphere even more colorful. Mie Goreng Kepiting Istimewa, Ayam Goreng Mentega, Kodok Goreng Mentega, and Bistik Sapi are the most favorites.

Jl. Wolter Monginsidi No. 80, Senopati, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: +6221 739 8537, +62813 8794 5913
Open: 08:00 – 22:00 (Wednesday to Monday, Tuesday closed)

Nasi Goreng Kambing Kebon Sirih

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Let’s not forget Nasi Goreng Kambing Kebon Sirih, although it’s not conventionally a restaurant and serves as a street food joint, we must include the legendary fried rice here. The permanent vendor tickles our senses from afar. The fragrant emanating aroma and a piling up cooked fried rice on the big wok like a mountain will have you drooling in an instance. Regulars often come to dine in here or in their car. Not to mention there’s a long queue for takeaways too. The lamb is tender and cooked to perfection, try it warm and top with crackles. Another option to try is Sate Kambing, Sate Ayam, Kambing Guling, and Sop Kambing.

Jl. Kebon Sirih Raya, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
Phone: +62811 190 775
Open: 17:00 – 24:00 (Every day)
Instagram: @nasigorengkambingkebonsirih