7 Restaurants to Introduce Indonesian Food to Foreigners

7 Restaurants to Introduce Indonesian Food to Foreigners

260 million people, 17 thousand islands, more than 5300 traditional recipes, and one Indonesia. As a melting pot of more than 300 ethnic groups, it’s no surprise that Indonesia has one of the—if not the—largest culinary diversity in the world. This is the reason why Indonesian food should sit on the top of the list of things to experience when a person comes to this country for the first time.

Based on our own experience of visiting so many restaurants, and after receiving your feedback on social media, we’ve compiled a list of places where you can get authentic Indonesian food without sacrificing comfort and cleanliness. Consider it as an introduction to get your friends from abroad hooked to our cuisine and ease them into street food carts. So here we go: 7 Places to Introduce Indonesian Food to Foreigners.

1. 1945

7 Restaurants to Introduce Indonesian Food to Foreigners

Indonesian food turns into gold at 1945

7 Restaurants to Introduce Indonesian Food to Foreigners

Fairmont’s 1945

Step into the world of sophisticated Indonesian food at 1945. Appropriately named after the year of Indonesia’s Independence, 1945 presents a cohesive concept through every little detail: choice of color, ornaments, customized plates, and menu. With its tender Beef Satay and the drool-worthy Frozen Srikaya Souffle, 1945 will assault all of your senses with everything it has to offer. The restaurant is made to impress your friends from abroad as well as fellow Indonesians. Warning: Might cause a bigger dent in your wallet compared to the other places, but definitely worth every rupiah spent. Read more about 1945 here and here.

Address: Fairmont Jakarta 3rd Floor, Jalan Asia Afrika No. 8
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2. Sate Senayan

7 Restaurants to Introduce Indonesian Food to Foreigners

Sate-Senayan, your go-to restaurant for casual Indonesian food

On our online polling, good ol’ Sate Senayan sits on the top of the list of restaurants to introduce Indonesian food to foreigners, and for good reason. The restaurant offers numerous choices of tasty Indonesian food, from appetizers, mains, to dessert. We swear by its Sate Ayam, Tahu Telor, and Es Cendol Duren. Sate Senayan has up to 50 outlets all across Jabodetabek, making proximity and traffic less likely to be a problem during your visit.

Address: Check out their website for the complete list of location

3. Senyum Indonesia

7 Restaurants to Introduce Indonesian Food to Foreigners

Taste of Indonesia, West to East

When it comes to experiencing a diverse Indonesian culinary journey from West to East, it is hard-pressed to find a spot better than Senyum Indonesia. On one table, you’ll be able to experience traditional Indonesian food from Java, Kalimantan, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, and Sulawesi. They’ve carefully picked food and beverage that represent a specific province in Indonesia. In pursuit of authenticity, they go as far as periodically flying ingredients from places all over the country. Talking about the mains might have to wait until our next visit, but for now we can tell you this: The snacks and dessert section are pretty awesome. Find out more about Senyum Indonesia here.

Address: Jalan Teluk Betung No. 45
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4. Pondok Laguna

7 Restaurants to Introduce Indonesian Food to Foreigners

The always-busy Pondok Laguna

Tens of years after its opening, Pondok Laguna remains a favorite for Sundanese food in Jakarta. Come during lunch time on weekdays and you’ll find yourself competing for a seat with office workers, while weekends will give you a similar state, but with large family groups. Must-orders: Ikan Gurame Goreng and Tahu Isi. The first floor does not have air conditioning, but the second floor is only opened when the first floor is full. For a smooth dining experience at Pondok Laguna, reservation is recommended.

Address: Jalan Batu Tulis Raya No. 45
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5. Padang Merdeka

7 Restaurants to Introduce Indonesian Food to Foreigners

Padang food in the heart of Kota Tua

Located right in the heart of Jakarta’s prime tourist spot Kota Tua, Padang Merdeka surely was designed with foreigners in mind. It is easily accessible by car or public transportation, plus the place is decorated with posh wooden furnitures and paintings of Indonesian war heroes. Despite the upgrade in the looks department, Padang Merdeka takes the classic route when it comes to food: The staffs put a lot of plates right away on your table, no menu book. In general, taste is acceptable; price is affordable; and the place is clean. It is a no-brainer to include Padang Merdeka in the list of where to eat Indonesian food for the first time. Find out more about Padang Merdeka here.

Address: Jalan Lada No. 1
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6. Aromanis

7 Restaurants to Introduce Indonesian Food to Foreigners

Aromanis’ Nasi Ijo Royo

For contemporary Indonesian dining around Menteng area, Aromanis could be one of your options. Located just a 3-minute walk from Stasiun Gondangdia, it is indeed a nice spot to hide from the sun and have a decent meal when wandering around the area. Not the most memorable when it comes to taste, but the variety and cleanliness are commendable. Favorite dishes include Sate Ayam and Nasi Ijo Royo Royo. Read about our time at Aromanis here.

Address: Jalan Johar No. 1, Gondangdia, Menteng
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7. Remboelan
Strategically located in some of Jakarta’s biggest shopping malls, Remboelan is where you should go when shopping and dining are on the agenda. Everyone has different favorites when it comes to Remboelan’s extensive Indonesian food offerings, but we’re partial to the dessert section, particularly Es Campur Remboelan. As for mains, give one of their Nasi Bakar a go.

Address: Plaza Senayan, Senayan City, Pondok Indah Mall, Kota Kasablanka, Gandaria City

Hope you’ll find this list of 7 Places to Introduce Indonesian Food to Foreigners useful. You know where to search for inspiration the next time your friends from abroad come to Jakarta 😉




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