If travelling for food has always been one of your top priorities like tRP, Jakarta is one food haven you would not want to miss. From Senopati to Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK), the number of restaurants opening in these areas the past year has been amazing, sometimes we find that the dining concepts here are much stronger than what we have in Singapore. Just a short flight time away, jetting off to Jakarta is even more fuss free than flying to Bangkok or Hong Kong. Better still, the air tickets are much more affordable even if you make a last minute booking.
Here is our three favourite restaurants in our recent visit to Jakarta; well and as they always say – in no particular order.
You may wonder why Three Buns again, especially when Potato Head Folk has already opening in Singapore last month. But how can we miss out on the original concept when we are in Jakarta? Located in the hip Senopati district, it is near impossible to miss out Three Buns, which is housed in a mega warehouse fashion.The space is amazing. I love how spacious it is, unlike the Keong Saik version in Singapore where we are literally rubbing shoulders with other diners.
While the food menu is the same as Singapore’s Potato Head Three Buns, it is half the price of Singapore. Awesomeness! If this is your first time to Three Buns, trying the classic beef burgers such as the Baby Huey or Four Floors is a must. We started off with some refreshing drinks, the Sherbie Hancock, which is basically lemonade with orange, has all my favourite components. For Cola lovers, go for the Bare Roots Cola which has a tinge of cinnamon and ginger flavours.
From left: Sherbie Hancock, Bare Roots Cola Other than the much acclaimed burgers, we are also in love with the Naughty Fries which has all the right combination. The béarnaise sauce, the hot beef chilli and the crisp shallots was so darn good. Another great sides for sharing is the Wing-ITS, the crispy fall off the bone fried chicken wings which was twice cooked.
From left: Naughty Fries, Wing-ITS, Baby Huey burger, Honky Tonk burgerThe taste of the buns stand out more than the beef patty at Three Buns in my opinion. We had the Baby Huey, where the texture of the buns was so right that you didn’t feel like you were making a whole mess out of eating. As for the beef patty, it is not the best I have tried in terms of the quality and cooking style but couple with the awesome buns and sauce, the overall taste was still satisfying. For non-beef lovers, the Honky Tonk would definitely not disappoint. Fried with soya milk, the fried chicken burger was so crispy that every bit was almost a sin, especially when mixed with the hot sauce and miso mayo in the bun. Shoiks.Overall Experience: I have to admit I love the ambience of Three Buns Senopati more than the food, but that is not to say the food falls short of my expectations. Potato Head Group is very successful in scouting for the right location for their specific F&B concept as we have seen in Three Buns Senopati and the sister branch in Keong Saik Road Singapore. We love the casual gourmet burger, chill-lax concept and this is one brand which will go far. Craving for burgers now, read our earlier post on the Top Three Burgers to try in Singapore!
Budget: IDR150k – IDR200k
Taste Bud: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4.5/5
Jl. Senopati Raya No. 90
Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Tel: 021 – 29307780
Cut the Crab
Located in upcoming dining district Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) in north Jakarta, Cut the Crab is the Louisiana inspired seafood restaurant which is giving the more popular (and overpriced) The Holy Crab in Senopati a running for their money. This was easily one of my best meals in Jakarta this time.We had to select the size of our crabs and the staff were happy to show us the real deal. The crab below was a medium size, which we would recommend to be shared for two people if you are planning to try other dishes.The apron was almost a must to don to avoid any mishaps while eating.
The style of serving was really simple and fuss-free, all the food we ordered was literally poured onto the table. And that meant we could simply tuck in!
We chose the sweet and medium spicy sauce for our Crabs which tasted heavenly. This tasted so different from the chilli crab version in Singapore which I found to be very unique. The crab was very fresh and all I wanted was to dip the crab meat in as much of the spicy sauce as I could. Slurps.Another good combination we had was the Seafood Platter, which includes Mussels, Crayfish and Prawns. It was all so freshly done that we were all so satisfied by the meal. Check out the generous serving of the seafood platter as well, which was enough for sharing with four.Overall Experience: I fell in love with the Louisiana seafood style after this visit, which was so yummylicious and reasonably priced as compared to Singapore. Nothing really to complain about, with our only rant is that Cut the Crab does not take any reservations – so be prepared to queue.
Budget: IDR200k – IDR300k
Taste Bud: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 4.5/5
Cut the crab
Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK), Jakarta Utara
DKI Jakarta 14450, Indonesia
Located across the road from Cut the Crab is Sumoboo, a very popular Japanese inspired dessert house among the locals. The popularity of Sumoboo was evident from the long queue even at mid-day. We tried the Sumoboo Kakigori which was filled with red beans, mocha ice-cream, mixed mocha, egg pudding and lotus bean. The overall taste was good, given that it was only IDR45k.
The Nutella bomb was a must order for me, which fixed my nutella craving. The texture of the mochi was just right as well.
Overall Experience: Nice stopover for desserts after a meal at Cut the Crab for us. There was a wide variety to choose from and definitely something to order for everyone. The price was very reasonable as well.
Budget: IDR40k – IDR100k
Taste Bud: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Rukan Crown Golf Mediterania
Pantai Indah Kapuk