Dapur Babah, the first culinary outing by Indonesia’s acclaimed Tugu Hotels Group, is set in a pair of refurbished 1940s shophouses located just off the city’s central Merdeka Square on Jalan Veteran 1. This historic location was once one of old Batavia ‘s most fashionable streets, with most of its buildings owned by a rich sheik from Jemen. The restaurant exudes a floating out-of-the-world kind of romance from its every single corner, filled with beautiful artworks. Dapur Babah specializes in Dapur Babah cuisine, original recipes derived from the cross-cultural marriage of Chinese settlers and native Javanese women that emerged in the colonial area. Recipes and ingredients have been thoroughly researched from around the island, creating a medley of classic Peranakan specialties. Within the place, one can also have a drink or two at the intimate Tao Bar.
Loved the atmosphere here! Food is great, nothing super special but it’s a nice place to go after work for some dinner. Not cheap but not pricy. Close to Central Jakarta, so easily accessible.
– M. Yann