Dope Burger & Co
With soft brioche bun, moist patties and killer sauces, dope really is the word for the burgers served at this unassuming joint right beside a busy Menteng thoroughfare. Decorated in grey industrial concrete, the flavours are anything but, such as the Doppio Cheespatt that doubles the beef patty and the melting cheese simply sauced with ketchup and mustard. For an unexpected combo, the Yolk perfectly piles hash brown, sunny side up, bacon and mushroom besides cheese and patty—the sriracha and Thousand Island sauces then bind them together. Complete your meal with soft and spiced churros dipped in honey-cream sauce.
After ten years of experience in Singapore, Seoul Yummy now sends its modern take of classic Korean dishes to Kemang amid colourful references of Korean pop culture. Start from the savoury rice balls and crispy fried chicken before continuing to communal pots of the classic army stew with chicken, beef or seafood toppings. Even more unique is the pot of melting cheese paired with fish roe rice and marinated meat, or the pan-fried saba fish with Korean barbecue sauce. Dessert also dances with tastes and textures such as the Dramarama ice and its crisps, caramel, vanilla ice cream and popcorn.
Ninety’s Kopi & Resto
In the tradition and spirit of kopi tiam places, Ninety’s in Kedoya is all about companionship relished over simply great coffee or tea alongside delicious food—the only difference is Ninety’s sleek, industrial space schemed in grey. Dishes here also have some eclectic streak from fusion chilli crab siew mai and pao dim sum menus to chicken cordon bleu with pasta. Not to forget the classics, kway teow, mee hoon and nasi lemak in their glorious variations perfectly echo nostalgic memories—plus, toasts and toppings from kaya jam to tuna mayo go well for breakfast and any other light meals.
Ottoman’s Coffee Brewer
With winning coffee and yummy brunch, Ottoman’s now expands its second branch to Mega Kuningan with new menus to fill lunch and dinner also. The French toast with poached apple and cinnamon, or the mac and cheese burger with runny egg and juicy beef, are just a few of many crowd favourites. Trained and award-winning baristas, on the other hand, guarantee that the V60 manual-brew coffee and the Bone Breaker blend are not to be missed. For the social-media maven, posing at the pink theatre-style seating, the moss-green bench and bar, or the blue café corner will yield camera-friendly results.
Branching off to Cilandak Town Square, Social Affair and its Cacaote concept brings brunch up until late night meals with inventive croissants and pies, among other baked goodies. Serious meals for breakfast go along the beautiful plates of Asian-style breakfast, baked eggs in tomato sauce, and banana French toast; meanwhile, lunch and dinner plates are such as house-style fried rice, cheesy burger, and half roasted chicken. The chilled matcha latte and fizzy lemongrass-ginger mix is perfect for Jakarta’s warmth, while the smooth avocado affogato with vanilla ice cream and hearty hot chocolate with earl grey infusion fills the tummy nicely.