Long Lost Forgotten Restaurants

Let us all spare a moment of silence for those days, in the ancient past, when Jakarta was not yet home to new, fancy and extremely cool restaurants. Nowadays there are so many to choose from that we have forgotten our roots – the names of all those who once triumphed and brought us out of the dark ages! (This may or may not be a little too dramatic.)

So here we are, paying our respects to the long lost forgotten restaurants of Jakarta who are still champions in our hearts. We also recommend these for your Christmas lunch and dinner too!



PEPenERO was the definition of “hype” back in 2011. It’s been a long time, but we’re still a big fan of this Italian restaurant. They have since opened several places in Jakarta and our favourite is the one in SCBD because it’s fancy and cosy. In the afternoon, the sunlight will brighten the place up and at night, it becomes very romantic. Both pastas and pizzas are decent and still worth the price.

PEPeNERO Pondok Indah
 Monday – Sunday / 11.30 -23.30
Where: Plaza Pondok Indah 2, Blok BA 25 – 26
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah (near Citibank)
South Jakarta
More info: +62-21 750 0959

When: Monday – Sunday / 11.00 -23.00
Where: Energy Building “The Glass bridge”
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav.52-53

More info: +62-21 529 64006

PEPeNERO Rasuna Said
Monday – Sunday / 11.00 -23.00
Where: Menara Karya, Ground Floor
Jl. H. R. Rasuna Said, Block X-5 Kav.1-2
South Jakarta
More info: +62-21 5794 4727

Ocha & Bella


Ocha & Bella is your hidden (and super sexy) gem in the Menteng area. It’s a teensy bit eclectic, rustic, but still feminine. Maybe you have rarely heard of the name but for us it still stands out even until now. The name itself (ocha means tea in Japanese but refers to green tea Internationally and bella means beauty in Italian) reflects their cuisines, a fusion of Japanese and Italian. For the perfect moment, you can come between 18.00 – 19.00 to see the glimpse of sunset magically changing the atomsphere of the room. So romantic!

When: Sunday – Thursday / 11.00 – 00.00
Friday – Saturday / 11.00 – 01.00

Where: Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim No. 70
Kebon Sirih Menteng
Central Jakarta

More info: +6221 310 5777 /

Pesto Autentico


Another posh Italian Restaurant that you shouldn’t miss in Jakarta. Pesto Autentico is a great place for intimate dining with your loved one that changes the game a bit with their slightly industrial interior decor. It’s simple, just like the best Italian dishes and we still recommend it among the other newcomers. We are very fond of their Lava Di Cioccolato (Chocolate Lava Cake). It’s a sweet closure to end your dinner.

When: Sunday – Thursday / 11.00 – 00.00
Friday – Saturday / 11.00 – 01.00

Where: ANZ Square, UG Floor
The Podium, Thamrin Nine
Jl. Thamrin No. 10
Central Jakarta

More info: +6221 2993 7320 /

jimBARan Outdoor Lounge

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We remember very clearly the first time jimBARan Outdoor Lounge opened its doors. It was super crowded because everyone wanted to see it. We had to reserve a few days prior before visiting this unique and comfy restaurant. We were surprised because back then, there weren’t many restaurants like jimBARan who had a green, woody and warm ambiance. A super cosy place to chill and relax with some tapas and drinks.

When: Monday – Sunday / 05.00 – 00.00

Where: InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza
Lobby Level
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 10-11
Central Jakarta

More info: +6221 251 0888 ext. 6607 /

Locanda Food Voyager

Locanda Jakarta

Locanda Food Voyager is still one of the hippest spots in Sudirman area. The place is fresh and surprising, with comfy leather couches and plants. For a super instagram-able photo, you can sit next to the windows and capture your best self using the natural sunlight. If you still haven’t figured it out, before it became the Locanda Food Voyager, it’s used to be Tony Romas’s.

When: Sunday – Thursday / 1o.00 – 11.30
Friday – Saturday / 10.00 – 02.00

Where: Panin Bank Center Building
Ground Floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav.1
Central Jakarta

More info: +6221 572 7981 /


cassis kitchen jakarta cbd

We always have a great time when dining in Cassis. This European Restaurant is modern and elegant. We never get bored eating in here. You can also sip a couple of wine with friends and enjoy the moment. They changed the concept this year so if you haven’t tasted the new menu, it’s your time now!

When: Monday – Sunday
Lunch: 11.00 – 14.30
Dinner: 18.00 – 23.00

Where: Pavilion Apartement Retail Arcade Kav. 24
Jl. K.H. Mas Mansyur
Karet Tengsin, South Jakarta

More info: +6221 5794 1500/

Huize Van Wely

Huize Van Wely Jakarta

Looking for a sweet and savoury treat with style? Huize Van Wely is the answer. This famous Dutch patisserie offers hand-made chocolates, bonbons, truffles, pastries, cakes, biscuits and ice cream. It’s too scrumptious to be missed! The place also hosts an intimate buffet every Wednesday from 11.30 – 15.00.

When: Monday – Thursday
10:00 – 22:00
Friday – Sunday
10:00 – 23:00

The Papilion Kemang
Jalan Kemang Raya No. 45AA
Bangka, Mampang Parapatan
South Jakarta

The Papilion Pacific Place
Pacific Place, Level #G-20
Sudirman Central Business District
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53
South Jakarta 12190

More info: +6221 719 0789 / +6221 5797 3645


Negev Jakarta

Escape from the hustle and bustle of town by visiting the luxurious restaurant in Kuningan, Negev. The place is stunning and grand, even more than you could possibly imagine. In the afternoon, it would be great for casual meetings. It’s made even more beautiful by the art pieces and sculptures that grace the walls and dining area.

When: Monday – Sunday
11.00 – 00.00

Where: City Plaza Building
Ground Floor – Jl. Gatot Subroto No. 42
South Jakarta

More info: +6221 529 713 33 /

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