Eating and drinking in Jakarta can be a problem: with so many good spots around, it can be difficult to choose where to go! From fine dining restaurants to cheap food stalls scattered all over the city, the food in Jakarta can easily take you captive and make you want to come back for more. Add to this the high-spirited nightlife that rocks the city after dark, and you are sure to have the time of your life in the Big Durian.
If you want a taste of traditional Javanese food, the best place to go is Warung Mbah Jingkrak. The restaurant has a very nice ambiance with wooden tables set in a small garden with a gazebo and water fountain. Designed to look like an old shingle-roofed house, the restaurant exudes a traditional Javanese atmosphere, which is complimented by Javanese tunes playing in the background. Aside from having a great ambiance, the restaurant serves superb Javanese food at reasonable prices.
Eating and drinking in Jakarta will not be complete without a sampling of traditional Sundanese food and Chinese Indonesian food. Dapar Sunda is famous for serving some of the best Sundanese dishes in town while Ta Wan is the place to go for Chinese Indonesian food. For fresh seafood, you can go to Everfresh Fish Market. The seafood items are displayed in large aquariums or on ice. You will choose which ones you want and how you want them to be cooked. The Everfresh Fish Market is a very convenient place to satisfy a craving for seafood.
Eating at food courts is an excellent way of trying out the local cuisine without having to spend much. You can try out the food courts in Plaza Senayan, Mal Kelapa Gading, and New Kelapa Gading Mall 5. Food courts in Jakarta are reasonably clean. Plus, you get to eat with the comfort of air-conditioning.
Of course, you cannot afford to pass up the street food, which is one of the things that make the city uniquely Jakarta. Stalls selling street food are all over the city. Some of the must-try foods include nasi uduk, kelapa gading, meatballs, and muara karang. Make sure that you have adjusted to the environment in Indonesia before you try street food. Usually, the adjustment period takes up to two weeks. If you have a sensitive stomach, it would be wise to stick to the restaurants.
You can spice up your eating and drinking in Jakarta by visiting the clubs. Once evening sets in, these clubs come to life and treat their patrons to a night of fun partying. Stadium is one of the most popular and also one of the biggest clubs in Jakarta. The establishment opened in 1997, and a few years later it was already attracting large crowds on a regular basis. The club is in a four-story building and comes with a disco, a live pub, a karaoke, and a restaurant. It is found in Hayam Wuruk, West Jakarta.
Another club that rocks the city is the Triple Nine (999) Club. Located in Kemang Arcade Building, the club stands on what used to be the Dizzy Lounge. With a large dance floor and electro music playing, the place is perfect for partying the night away.
These are but a taste of all that Jakarta has to offer to the starving stomach and thirsty tongue. With all these restaurants and clubs, eating and drinking in Jakarta will by no means be an ordinary experience.