Lentera Cafe

Central and cosy in its Menteng location, Lentera is the new chilled café to hang out in with plenty of comfort food. Take in the red-and-white mural and plenty of sun streaming through the wall of windows, and then divert your attention to the display case laden with cakes and pastries, such as apple pie and croissant. For the mains, a must-order is the juicy half-roasted chicken with truffle-infused mashed potatoes and creamy duxelles sauce.

 

Com Ngon

With Vietnamese cuisine slowly making waves in Jakarta, this eatery in Kemang is noteworthy for planting the herbs used in cooking rarely heard menus, such as steamboats and clay pot rice; the sweet and sour fish steamboat, for example, is full of unique ingredients swimming in a refreshing broth. There is also the home-dining section that features a package of rice, vegetable, sauce, and meat just like you’d encounter in a Vietnamese home.

 

PAMADE Bali

In both décor and menu, this Sunter establishment keeps it simple and straight to the delicious point in serving its grilled meats—all in those fresh and fragrant Balinese flavours. Perfect for sharing are the crispy pork belly, tender pork ribs, and pork satay, while the famous nasi campur comes in a big portion with several pork-based side dishes and sambal matah; PAMADE also serves chicken satay, tuna steak, and a few other halal options.

Pish&Posh

Healthy, creative, photogenic, and flavourful are the Pish&Posh way of clean eating in its Cilandak location, from super-foods and poke bowls to heartier offerings. The truffle-rich, Chinese-style chicken noodle is one indulgent instance, while the Thai-flavoured poke with smoked salmon and mango salsa is a nourishing temptation. The greens here extend beyond the menu to its interior of airy wooden furniture and wide windows, making it perfect to relax in with a camomile-orange iced tea, or a nutritious juice.

 

BARA

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Embrace the slow life at BARA in North Jakarta with its Argentinian-inspired wood-fired pits to infuse flavours and keep juices inside high-quality meats. Daily, the staff carefully roast chickens, make sausages, fire the tomahawk steaks right before serving, and prep many other mouthwatering menus—down to the fresh, organic vegetables for dishes such as salad with king trumpet mushrooms and citrus-honey dressing. Wines and spirits, or juices, teas, and coffees are available as thirst quenchers.   

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