Whether you’re on holiday or on business, here are 10 top restaurants in Surabaya and Jakarta that you can’t miss.
Brimming with splendour, each section of Eastern Opulence is decorated with different themes from Javanese to Chinese and everything in between. Spacious in its Senopati location, parties and events are often held here. Hit Indonesian menus are the ox-tongue perfectly spiced with green chili, gourami fish in sweet and sour rujak sauce, and the Bebek Asap Raden Wijaya, a smoky, tender and soft duck thanks to six hours of smoking with sandalwood and tealeaves.
One of the newest dining options to appear in the centrally located Pacific Place Jakarta mall, Busaba has a refreshingly rich Thai-based menu packed with all your favourite Thai delights as well as other Asian dishes such as Grilled Sea Bass in Lemongrass and Chilli Sauce. Other dishes offering irresistible alternative options include Papaya Salad, Grilled Squid and Thai Tea Ice Cream.
Sugar & Spice
Housed inside the brandnew InterContinental Jakarta in Pondok Indah, Sugar & Spice offers a mix of Chinese, Japanese, and Indian food. The buffet format allows ample space for flavours and styles to mingle, and acts a perfect place to enjoy a host of options when visiting the mall or staying in the hotel, with the family or in larger groups of friends and colleagues.
Blending award-winning Cantonese cuisine with a dynamic rooftop bar and lounge setting, Hakkasan Jakarta is the latest hot spot to hit SCBD. The name is synonymous with style and class across the globe and offers stunning fine dining Cantonese cuisine prepared by Chef de Cuisine Sky Wong Kum Choy, amazing Asian-inspired cocktails, and some of the most-sought-after DJs in the city, all housed inside the new Alila SCBD Hotel.
Ambrosia Private Members Club
Although the private sensibility that runs through the decor and theme at Ambrosia makes for a great place for business meetings, it is also the perfect place to enjoy a special candlelit dinner with someone special. The rich red walls and hanging chandeliers offer sumptuous elegance and luxury for those lucky enough to be members here either by referral or application with annual, lifetime, or corporate packages available.
Sheraton Hotel Surabaya has an all-day buffet eatery that is arguably one of the best in town: Kafe Bromo. With its extensive range of dishes from all around the world, not to mention the variety of live-cooking stations, take a note to especially enjoy the Indonesian dishes, like Surabaya’s iconic rawon. Dining indoor or outdoor here, be it in a small or large group, is truly an affair to remember.
Located at the heritage Hotel Majapahit Surabaya, Indigo Restaurant offers the best of both Eastern and Western dishes in colourful Art Deco environs. Famous for its award-winning Fried Oxtail Soup, another all-time-favourite at Indigo Restaurant is the OZ Beef Burger, which is a tall stack of grilled Australian beef patties smothered in cheese and Asian style sauce. Also try its delicious wood-fired pizza selection, each perfectly sized to be shared with friends and families.
Chamas Brazilian Churrascaria
Welcoming diners to a unique gastronomic experience, Chamas Brazilian Churrascaria specialises in churrasco, a style of grilling meat skewers over an open fire. The server will then carve choice meats directly on the table, which is called the Rodízio style. Chamas is housed in the Vasa Hotel Surabaya and has a sophisticated bar and a live music performances, making an ideal spot to spend time with good friends or to celebrate special moments with loved ones.
Classic Chinese cuisine at its best is the way to describe Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya and its vast array of traditional yet creative takes on beloved menus. To name just a few favourite selections here, there are dim sum, seafood, barbecued meats, and, of course, both warm and cold desserts. The Shang’s expansive dining room, with the addition of private rooms, provides enough space for small- to medium-sized events both day and night.
A modern restaurant at the JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya, Pavilion is the place in which to celebrate life’s important moments from business meetings to anniversaries, family dinners, and so much more. The spacious restaurant is decorated with plenty greenery both inside and outside in the garden, which makes savouring Surabaya’s cingur salad delicacy even better. Its Beef Wellington and Beef Rib Tamarind are also favourites at Pavilion, the former being a Western dish and the latter a piece of fun fusion.