Eat Vacation’s Best Experiences in Jakarta: Third Anniversary Edition
For Eat Vacation’s third anniversary, the editorial team wanted to commemorate some of their best food and staycation experiences in the Eat Vacation’s home of Jakarta.
It has been three years since the birth of Eat Vacation and over the years, and the team has experienced a plethora of different restaurants and hotels all over Southeast Asia. From visits to restaurants of many cuisines, to hotels with exquisite hospitality, this is an homage to the city where Eat Vacation was born. The editors wanted to give recognition to the best food and hospitality spots we have experienced in Jakarta thus far.
Best French Restaurant: AMUZ Gourmet, Energy Building
Located at the corner of the second floor of Energy Building in the Sudirman Central Business District, AMUZ Gourmet guarantees guests an elegant and luxurious dining experience. The culinary team is led by Executive Chef and partial owner of AMUZ, Chef Gilles Marx. Some of our favourite dishes at AMUZ are the Alaskan King Crab Salad, Pan-seared Duck Liver Foie Gras, Fresh Dover Sole, and French Milk Fed Veal Chop. We recommend going to the Energy Building just to check out this gem!
Best Casual Restaurant: VONG Kitchen, Alila SCBD Jakarta
This New York grill style restaurant is located in the fluttering locality of Jakarta in SCBD. Its soothing and pleasant ambiance, enhanced with warm lighting and tranquil music, offers a perfect place to delight in with family and friends accompanied by the options of exotic cuisine. The founder, Chef Cédric, who also has an Indonesian restaurant called Wayang in New York, has created ranges of sensational recipes, shaping modern French-American menu, that redefine the dining experience for the folks in Jakarta.
Best Chinese Restaurant: JIA, Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta
Experience the authentic taste of classic Chinese cuisine with a little twist at JIA by Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta. Grace your taste buds with an extensive list of mouth-watering dim sums as well as other sumptuous roasted fare and celebrated classic Chinese dishes. From the signature Peking Duck to customer’s favourite of Crispy Fried Beef in Honey Sauce & Braised Treasure Soup with Whole Baby Sea Cucumber and Green chilli sauce, the dining experience at JIA will surely leave you satisfied for days to come. The crispy Peking Duck is one of the Eat Vacation team’s all time favourite dishes!
Best Japanese Restaurant: OKU Japanese Restaurant, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
Chef Kaz is the man behind OKU Restaurant, whose skills have brought him to outstanding timeless achievements. Chef Hamamoto is a native of Kyoto, and went to school at the Kyoto Culinary Art College by Taiwa Gakuen Education Inc., the city’s only culinary school. OKU offers a modern take on Japanese dishes combined with traditional flair. Fresh seafood is imported from Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, to ensure that the restaurant only serves the freshest and top-notch-quality sashimi, sushi and other seafood-based items.
Best Mediterranean Restaurant: Turkuaz
Turkuaz has made a name since it first opened in July 2011 by producing delectable cuisines by using the finest ingredients available. Now Turkuaz has expanded its wings by opening Warung Turki by Turkuaz located in one of the most vibrant streets of Jakarta. At both restaurants, try some classic Mediterranean dishes such as their cold appetisers (mezze platter), moussaka, and delectable grilled meats.
Best Indonesian Restaurant: Plataran Dharmawangsa
Found in the elite residential neighbourhood of Kebayoran Baru, Plataran Dharmawangsa offers diners authentic Indonesian cuisine around a Javanese royalty atmosphere for the perfect meet up spot. Signature dishes such as Dendeng Batokok, Ayam Dharmawangsa, Gurame Mangga and many more are prepared with international five-star hotel standards with great care and attention to detail. Diners will feel like eating at home when tasting the many dishes offered here and will be full of flavours that feels traditional and classic.
Best Indonesian Fine Dining Restaurant: 1945 Restaurant, Fairmont Jakarta
Fairmont Jakarta’s premium restaurant, 1945, establishes itself as an innovative re-imagining of traditional Indonesian food as gourmet cuisine. At the helm of the kitchen is none other than Chef Adhitia Julisiandi, who has brought along his culinary expertise to create a menu that is inspired by traditional ingredients yet rendered in contemporary form. The result is a range of delectable dishes that perfectly capture localities in a world-class culinary experience, further elevating Indonesian fine-dining experience within the beautifully composed interiors of this rare gem of a restaurant.
Best Afternoon Tea: The Writers Bar, Raffles Hotel Jakarta
Set within the timeless elegance of Raffles Jakarta, The Writers Bar calls on the opulence of yesteryear with a truly unique beverage experience not found anywhere else with table side service by roaming bartenders. In Raffles Jakarta, The Writers Bar highlights a moment time when Hendra Gunawan found inspiration for his artwork, with the bar designed to showcase Hendra Gunawan’s art. Some classic favourites one can try for their afternoon tea at The Writers Bar is the iconic Cherry Cobbler, a cool, crisp and refreshing quintessential beverage or venture into the prohibition era with the Scofflaw, a fruity cocktail that truly represents the 1920s.
Best Brunch: Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta
Home to an array of outstanding restaurants, Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta is indeed a go-to brunch destination. Offering the finest cuisines including Japanese, French, and Cantonese, guests can indulge in several of Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta’s dining outlets. Head to The Café to enjoy an extravagant buffet offering a variety of international flavours as well as Bleu8, Cascade Lounge and Mulia Executive Lounge for an international dining experience. Those who are looking for a more specific cuisine can head to Table8 for Chinese and Szechuan cuisine, Orient8 for French and Pan-Asian cuisine, il Mare for Italian and Edogin for Japanese cuisine.
Best Bar: Nautilus Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta
Seductive and secluded, this ground-floor, European-style bar at Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta is the perfect
spot to enjoy bespoke cocktails, artisanal single-malt whiskies and small plates ideal for sharing with friends. Renowned for its Bar Takeover event, the Nautilus Bar has previously been graced by the presence of renowned mixologists including Yeonghwi Yun, or Hwi and Raka Ambarawan. Its signature drink, the Maluku Punch, made from dark rum, gold rum, tequila, brandy, dry orange liqueur, clove tincture and Indonesian spices through a milk clarification process, is surely one that is not to be missed when one is in the bar.
Best Cuisine Variety: Sana Sini, Pullman Jakarta Indonesia
Offering a large range of variety in its buffet, Sana Sini at Pullman Jakarta Indonesia has long been renowned for its ability to make guests walk all over the place during their time at the restaurant. Guests can pamper themselves with Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese as well as Western cuisine before going for the bread & cheese as well as desserts. To help guests navigate the vast buffet, Sana Sini at Pullman Jakarta Indonesia made a map that can be found at each of their respective tables that can be taken along as they explore the restaurant.
Best Signature Dish: Hotel Borobudur Jakarta
Taste authentic Indonesian flavours with Bogor Cafe at Hotel Borobudur Jakarta’s legendary Oxtail Soup. With its juicy oxtail as well as the soup that is made fresh every day, it is no wonder that the Oxtail Soup become Hotel Borobudur Jakarta’s signature dish. General Manager James Costa has mentioned that the Oxtail is imported from Australia in large quantities to prepare the legendary dish for the large demand for the dish at Bogor Cafe, but to also guarantee the oxtail’s quality.
Best Chef: Chef Felix Budisetiawan, The Dharmawangsa Hotel Jakarta
The Dharmawangsa Jakarta’s Executive Chef Felix Budisetiawan finds himself surrounded with inspiration on the daily, from the people he works with to the green surroundings of his workplace. It is apparent that Chef Felix loves what he does, and where he does it. He often gestures to the greenery surrounding the Hotel as a source of inspiration, explaining the proximity with trees and plants in the middle of a bustling metropolitan offers a dose of harmony that he said is important to any kitchen. With the latest menu offering at Sriwijaya Restaurant, Chef Felix hopes to attract the younger generation by offering a different touch, including mixing more traditional meals, such as urap, presenting it with more attraction but with the same authentic taste.
Best Steakhouse: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Marking the 11th restaurant in Asia after Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and Taiwan, the renowned Ruth’s Chris Steak is so passionate to serve you quality steaks and bring the New Orleans heritage to Jakarta.Presenting the finest custom-aged U.S. Prime beef, which is famous for its exceptional meat quality and excellent marbling, Ruth’s Chris takes pride in proprietary cooking methods. They implement the trademarked 982-degree Celsius oven that the founder, Ruth Fertel, helped to develop over 50 years ago. Each steak is served on a 260-degree Celsius plate to present its sizzling hot and to savour the quality of its steak, no sauce is added.
Best Spa: Keraton at The Plaza, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jakarta
A wise selection of services are available at the Keraton Spa, ranging from The Keraton Royal Signature that was created with the most effective massage techniques in mind, to the Gurda massage that is perfectly designed for those that are constantly out in business and want a selection of facials and body treatments. Keraton Spa was inspired by the philosophy behind making Javanese traditional batik, utilising a mixture of advanced and traditional treatment techniques.
Best Boutique Hotel: The Dharmawangsa Hotel Jakarta
Inspired by Indonesian art, tradition, and culture, The Dharmawangsa Jakarta has become the epitome of luxury and hospitality. The design of the hotel reflects serenity and timeless architectural design which exemplifies the Indonesian aspiration to be thoroughly modern yet distinct at the same time. Committed to protect the environment and is recognised as an eco hotel, The Dharmawangsa Jakarta offers a distinct outdoor experience with its cool courtyard and garden that guests can enjoy amidst the hot Jakarta’s weather.
Best Family Hotel: Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta
Equipped with a garden as well as Aqua playground where children can be immersed in a lot of fun activities as the parents relax makes Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta the ideal place to spend a family staycation. Parents can release their stress at CHI, The Spa and would not have to worry about the children as they enjoy activities such as pony riding, face painting, arts and crafts, as well as cake decorating in the hotel. Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta also offers spacious rooms that will accommodate a large family comfortably during their stay.
Best Staycation: Keraton at The Plaza, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jakarta
High above the hotel located on the 22nd floor, four Keraton suites offer glorious views of Jakarta’s downtown area, giving guests front row seats to any and all the happenings of the city. Keraton at The Plaza is the place for global travellers to feel control of their stay with timeless elegance and a unique, modern interpretation of the rich Indonesian culture. To embrace the beauty of Indonesia, each suite is decorated in a different style inspired by the four major islands in Indonesia: Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi.
We thank everyone listed in this list, as well as our readers, for amazing experiences the last three years. We hope that through this top list, readers will find some of their new favourite luxury food and hotel getaways!