Aromanis - The Standard for Contemporary Indonesian Dining

It’s a pleasant sight to see another place has opened to embrace Indonesian roots. Amidst the coffeeshop and brunch surges, there’s an occasional exception to the trend. Could Aromanis be another successful example?

Not straying too far from Thamrin, Aromanis sits in the busy streets of Menteng. Travelers can even arrive from the nearby Gondangdia station and take a brisk walk to Aromanis (for those who like more adventurous trips). The Indonesian restaurant is immediately recognizable from its large, yellow sign on the front roof.

For a restaurant with many seats, the parking is a slight hassle, as we saw jigsaw-arranged cars in its small parking space. A valet service is present, assuming you’d like to pay to alleviate the headache, but be ready to park at a distance during its peak hours.

Aromanis takes the contemporary casual dining approach to its venue. They choose cleaner space and modern wooden seats, although the tall windows reminisce of the Dutch-inspired architecture present in other Indonesian restaurants. Aromanis also offers VIP and smoking rooms, accurately designed for offsite business meetings and the occasional ‘arisan’. As expected, the crowds consist of older guests, office workers, and family packs. Perfectly suited for what Aromanis offers.

Out of all the offerings, we chose the classic Sate Ayam (55k), Tahu Telor (38k), Bakwan Udang (25k), and the deliciously spicy, quirky-named Nasi Ijo Royo Royo (50k). Aside from their competitive prices, the food was all-around great: large portions; spicy, sweet and sour for the Indonesian tongue; and appealing presentation. To me, the taste is a bit on the sweeter Javanese side. Still great bang for your buck. Especially the full and thick Sate ayam and its four assorted dippings. Aromanis has a large variety of selection ranging from fish to poultry to vegetarian, so there’s something for everyone.

To add, a quick web search leads to their catering website, offering lunch boxes at a superb price for its quality. A great exemplar of an Indonesian restaurant, Aromanis is. And it is as sweet and good as the name suggests.
Aromanis Menteng
Price Range: IDR 20 – 150k (food); IDR 10 – 33k (beverage)
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Photography by Jeloy Tirie and Lukas Manuel

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Jeloy Tirie

I write, snap, shoot, and edit for Wanderbites. Eats a bit more extra than necessary. Though I can't handle too much caffeine in one sitting.


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