5 Affordable Japanese Food in Jakarta

Affordable Japanese Food Jakarta

You have an endless love affair with Japanese food. You wish you could eat sushi every Monday and Wednesday, donburi every Tuesday and Friday, plus ramen the rest of the week without spending all of your paycheck. Wait. What if we told you that your dream could be a reality?

Affordable Japanese food places have been popping out here and there, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Here are five of ‘em, hope you’ll find it useful during cases of Japanese food cravings. Happy hunting!

1. Dotonbori

Dotonbori PIK Avenue
Super affordable sushi set at Dotonbori PIK Avenue

A whole foodcourt dedicated to affordable Japanese food? Genie has granted your wish with PIK Avenue’s Dotonbori. Here, the possibility is endless: from donburi to taiyaki ice cream, from sushi to kushiage. Our favorite is the ultra-affordable assorted sushi that costs IDR 59K and contains 19 (nineteen!) nigiri and maki pieces. Click here to read more about what Dotonbori has to offer.

Address: PIK Avenue Mall, 2nd Floor

2. Papaya Fresh Gallery

Papaya Fresh Gallery Bento
Generous bento portion

For a true Japanese konbini experience, Papaya Supermarket is the place to be. The food section is lined with affordable bento (starting IDR 35K), fried korokke, and onigiri, to name a few. Expect decent food with pocket-friendly prices and generous portions. I still remember having stomachache from trying to finish all the white rice inside Papaya’s bento. Read the complete story here. Also featured on our 7 Best Japanese Resto in Jakarta’s Little Tokyo (Melawai).

Address: Jl. Melawai Raya No. 28 & Citywalk Sudirman

3. Tanpopo

Tanpopo only opens at night time

Tanpopo is the pioneer of Japanese food on the streets of Jakarta. Located at Gandaria and Cikini area, it embraces the spirit of Japanese yatai, a food stall that pops out every evening. While the individual price for each dish is friendly (Beef Hamburg costs you IDR 30K, for example), make sure not to go overboard and start ordering everything. Don’t say we didn’t warn ya’! Read all about Tanpopo here.

Address: Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda No. 99E Gandaria & Jl. RP Soeroso No.33 Menteng

4. Go Katsu

Go Katsu Review
Go Katsu the nabe & katsu specialist

Katsu meets nabe. That’s how I would define Go Katsu at Plaza Senayan food court. Serving affordable sets (price starts at IDR 35K) complete with white rice, crackers, and miso soup, Go Katsu is a solid choice for one of those confusing “What to eat for today’s lunch?” days. What you get is pretty good for the price. Available for purchase via ojek. Read more about Go Katsu here.

Address: Plaza Senayan Food Court

5. Furuto

Affordable Japanese Food Jakarta
Sushi take-out at Furuto

Although focused on everything sushi, Furuto also offers a couple of donburi dishes. The price of the sushi set is not the most affordable out of the bunch when compared to the amount of food that you get, but I really like the nicely made sushi rice. You can always opt for the individually sold sushi when you don’t feel like eating a lot. Full review coming up real soon ?

Address: Kota Kasablanka Mall, LG Floor

Which one is your favorite out of this affordable Japanese food list? Let us know!


Photos by Jeloy Tirie, Michelle Sinjobantaeng, Phoen Lowell


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Fellexandro Ruby

Food photographer, and story teller sharing his passion in food, travel, culinary hits and highlights. Always on the mission to make you drool. Founder of Wanderbites.com

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  • There’s also another Papaya in the 1 Park Residence Gandaria, and another sushi stall at the new Delicae at Senayan City could also make the list, with individual sushi started from IDR 3K!

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