Around the Archipelago in One Meal

Indonesia Expat - - NEWS - BY ERIN COOK

This month is all about cel­e­brat­ing In­done­sia and what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate than with one of In­done­sia’s great­est strengths – the food. These restau­rants of­fer not just a prom­ise of a great feed, but a guar­an­teed ex­pe­ri­ence. All use their meals and ser­vice to el­e­vate In­done­sia’s au­then­tic cui­sine to a higher level.

KAUM Jakarta

Jl. Dr. Kusuma At­maja No. 77 – 79, Men­teng, Cen­tral Jakarta

KAUM Jakarta, the new­est con­cept from fan favourite Potato Head Fam­ily, of­fers a tour of the archipelago and In­done­sian his­tory from the com­fort of the gor­geously re­fur­bished colo­nial- era build­ing in Men­teng, Cen­tral Jakarta.

With out­lets al­ready top­ping ‘ best of’ lists in Hong Kong and Ma­cau, the Men­teng restau­rant em­braces both the old and the new in food, cock­tails and decor which has made Potato Head such a re­spected brand in Asia.

Cock­tails ex­plor­ing the his­tory of Bali’s arak liquor, cakes in­spired by Surabayan street food and even the salt hand-picked for its ar­ti­san pro­duc­tion meth­ods are the de­tails that make KAUM an ideal spot to cel­e­brate In­done­sia.

Seribu Rasa

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Jakarta

Seribu Rasa, mean­ing ‘one thou­sand flavours,’ is a lead­ing name in high- qual­ity au­then­tic In­done­sian cui­sine. It lives up to its ‘thou­sands’ prom­ise, with nearly ev­ery dish you could dream of avail­able at one of Seribu Rasa’s many lo­ca­tions across the city.

Seafood and beef dishes are show­stop­pers, with a mix of flavours and some­thing to sat­isfy even the pick­i­est of eaters. It is the veg­etable dishes that truly shine. For veg­e­tar­i­ans or those hop­ing to be more con­sid­er­ate of their meat con­sump­tion but not to be stuck with the wilted, sad leafy dishes found else­where would do well to make a visit this In­de­pen­dence Day.

Nusa - In­done­sian Gas­tron­omy

Jl. Ke­mang Raya No.81, Ke­mang, South Jakarta Nusa, which takes its name from nu­san­tara, the In­done­sian word for archipelago, first opened its doors on In­de­pen­dence Day 2016. In the last year, it has brought the best in In­done­sian cui­sine to the hun­gry pa­trons of Ke­mang.

With a menu re­volv­ing around fresh in­gre­di­ents and sea­sonal pro­duce ev­ery visit is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent each time. What stays con­sis­tent though is the ded­i­ca­tion and care put into ev­ery meal from the kitchen to the floor staff.

The team at Nusa en­sure each guest knows where each dish comes from in an ef­fort to cel­e­brate In­done­sia’s di­verse and de­li­cious cui­sine.

Da­pur Babah

Jl. Vet­eran I No. 18-19, Gam­bir, Cen­tral Jakarta

Da­pur Babah is a feast for the eyes as well as the stom­ach. Found in the shad­ows of the Na­tional Mon­u­ment (Monas), Is­tiqlal Mosque and many of Cen­tral Jakarta’s at­trac­tions, Da­pur Babah is an ideal restau­rant to soak up some his­tory. Spe­cial­iz­ing in the Dutch-in­flu­enced In­done­sian food cre­ated by the lo­cal wives of Dutch of­fi­cers dur­ing oc­cu­pa­tion, Da­pur Babah of­fers a feed un­like any other in the city. The fu­sion leads to ex­cit­ing dishes like the must haves Nasi Tjam­poer Babah and Tjweimie Malang, but it’s the bar that re­ally shines. En­joy a beer or a cock­tail sur­rounded by antique fur­ni­ture, tex­tiles and photographs dat­ing back to the colo­nial era. The space feels both invit­ing and eerie, with warm light­ing and many nooks and cran­nies wait­ing to be ex­plored. Make sure to ask about the ghosts which are ru­moured to keep the bar staff com­pany af­ter closing hours.

Merah Putih

Jl. Petitenget No.100x, Ker­obokan, Bali What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the old

‘merah putih,’ or the red and white which be­comes ubiq­ui­tous dur­ing Au­gust, than at a Ba­li­nese restau­rant named for it? Tout­ing ‘re­fined’ tra­di­tional dishes, Merah Putih strikes a bal­ance be­tween the au­then­tic­ity of street food with the pre­sen­ta­tion of fine din­ing.

Fea­tur­ing lots of fresh seafood and pork – which can be quite the draw­card for the Java-based ex­pat – Merah Putih mixes Ba­li­nese dishes with the in­flu­ence of the rest of In­done­sia and South­east Asia. Veg­e­tar­i­ans will be de­lighted to find a ded­i­cated menu. Sig­na­ture cock­tails from the bar put an In­done­sian twist on long-time favourites, us­ing Flores cof­fee for espresso mar­ti­nis and Ba­li­nese white choco­late in a stun­ning mar­tini.

Lo­ca­vore

Jl. Dewi Sita, Ubud, Bali For the Bali-based ex­pat, Lo­ca­vore is hardly a well-kept se­cret. Build­ing a rep­u­ta­tion on fresh pro­duce, an ev­ere­volv­ing menu and a fun din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence Lo­ca­vore has quickly be­come a favourite. Lo­ca­vore is proud to sup­port lo­cal farm­ers, pro­duc­ers and ar­ti­sans mak­ing it the ideal venue to cel­e­brate In­done­sia. Over 95 per­cent of the menu comes di­rectly from In­done­sia, en­sur­ing this restau­rant is as au­then­tic as it comes. The love for the coun­try is ev­i­dent in the dishes which wow eyes as much as stom­achs.

Lo­ca­vore’s tast­ing menu of­fers the best flavours from across the archipelago paired with bev­er­ages. Veg­e­tar­i­ans will again be happy with a ded­i­cated menu.

KAUM JAKARTA

LO­CA­VORE

SERIBU RASA

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