Popolamama is a popular Italian restaurant originally from Japan (not Italy!), whose name combines the Italian words "Popolare" and "Mama", which means "popular mama". People go there for simplicity and comfort food. The pasta they use is fresh and chewy as opposed to pre-packaged and dry. The pizza is Neapolitan style, meaning they have a thicker outer crust and a thinner centre part. Here, you can dine with a clear conscience as it is certified halal.
Address: Mall Grand Indonesia, Lantai 3A, West Mall, Jalan M.H. Thamrin No.1, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Jakarta 10310 Website: Popolamama What to eat at Popolamama: Pepperoncino Basil Pasta with Potato and Chicken Sausage RM16.70, Classic Margherita Pizza RM15.20, Banana Caramel Pizza RM16.70 How to get to Popolamama: 6 minutes by taxi from Central Jakarta with no traffic
2. Mr. Park
Love Korean TV? Does watching your favourite stars eat make you drool? Mr. Park offers authentic Korean casual dining combined with a pleasant atmosphere for you to satisfy your K(ravings). There are hundreds of outlets in Asia alone. Sundubu, Japchae, Bulgogi, you name it, they got it.
Address: Mall Grand Indonesia Sky Bridge, Lantai 3 #IE-F, Jalan M.H.Thamrin No.1, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Jakarta 10310 Website: Mr. Park What to eat at Mr. Park: Bulgogi Set RM14.90, Japchae RM15 How to get to Mr. Park: 10 minutes by taxi from Central Jakarta with no traffic
3. The Halal Boys
The Halal Boys serve warm, tasty Middle Eastern style chicken and lamb platters topped with their irresistible white and red sauce. The Halal Boys is a food stand with the same concept as The Halal Guys in New York City: they do one thing, but they do it really, really well. If you’re a street food lover and have been to New York City, you’ve probably heard about the Famous Gyro over Rice. Once you go, you’re definitely going back for more.
Address: Jalan Hang Lekir II No. 4, Senayan, Kebayoran Baru, Daerah Khusus Ibukota, Jakarta. Website: The Halal Boys What to eat at The Halal Boys: Half & Half Over Rice RM16.70 How to get to The Halal Boys: 18 minutes by taxi from Central Jakarta with no traffic
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Amigos, the first Mexican restaurant in Jakarta, serves up hearty halal meals for the whole family, served alongside nightly live entertainment that will put you in the mood for a fiesta regardless of where you’re from. Amigos does excellent Tex-Mex style SouthWestern American cuisine, highlights of which are enchiladas, burritos and tacos.
Address: Bellagio Mall Kav 4.3 Lantai Dasar No. 11-12, Jalan Mega Kuningan Barat, Kuningan Tim., Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia Website: Amigos What to eat at Amigos: Chicken Tortilla Soup RM9.40, Beef Enchiladas RM25.20 How to get to Amigos: 17 minutes by taxi from Central Jakarta with no traffic
5. Kafe Betawi
Kafe Betawi, whose name literally means “Native Jakartan”, takes classic Javanese street food and stylises it, taking it to the next level of taste and refinement. For a taste of the best that Javanese culture has to offer, you can’t go wrong here. And of course, it’s all halal.
Address: Setiabudi One Lt. 1, Jalan H.R Rasuna Said No. Kav 62, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta. (There are several other outlets conveniently located all over Jakarta – there is one in Grand Indonesia, West Mall, Lantai LG and another in Senayan City, Lantai LG) Website: Kafe Betawi What to eat at Kafe Betawi: Soto Ayam RM12.80, Nasi Rawon RM17 How to get to Kafe Betawi: 13 minutes by taxi from Central Jakarta with no traffic
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6. Garuda Padang Restaurant
You can’t go to Java and NOT try the local Nasi Padang. And for the best of the best, this is the place. This buffet style meal will allow you to pile your plates high with an astounding variety of flavour, all of which has been prepared in the certified halal kitchen.
Address: JL. Pluit Putra Raya No. 16, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta. (There are several other outlets conveniently located all over Jakarta) Website: Garuda Padang Restaurant What to eat at Garuda Padang Restaurant: Soup Buntut RM14.60, Sayur Daun Singkong Tumbok RM4.90, Rendang Daging RM5.80 How to get to Garuda Padang Restaurant: 30 minutes by taxi from Central Jakarta with no traffic
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6. Holycow! Steakhouse by Chef Afit
Jakartans all know that Steak Hotel by Holycow! is the place to go for quality and affordable Wagyu steak there. Founded by Chef Afit, the local TV superstar chef whose face is instantly recognisable, Holycow! Steakhouse by Chef Afit serves their steaks piled high with European sides like potatoes and green beans. Even when accompanied by nothing, these steaks will leave you yearning for more. With an impressive array of sauces, all prepared in the halal kitchen, Holycow! Steakhouse by Chef Afit is a must-try restaurant in Jakarta.
Address: Jalan Raya Boulevard Blok. WB2 No. 16, Kelapa Gading, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia (But there are several other outlets conveniently located all over Jakarta) Website: Holycow! Steakhouse by Chef Afit What to eat at Holycow! Steakhouse by Chef Afit: Kobe Beef RM200.60, Wagyu Sirloin RM48.60 How to get to Holycow! Steakhouse by Chef Afit: 15 minutes by taxi from Central Jakarta with no traffic
8. Asia Restaurant
One of the largest buffet restaurants in Jakarta, Asia Restaurant in Ritz Carlton is open all day, serving a distinctive blend of international cuisines. Prepared in an open kitchen so diners can watch the culinary magic as it happens, the food ranges from decadent breakfasts to delectable desserts. Asia features plenty of Asian food of course, including Japanese and Indian, but also has a plethora of Western dishes as well.
Address: Jl. DR. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung Kav.E.1.1 no.1, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Kuningan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta. Website: Asia Restaurant What to eat at Asia Restaurant: Lunch buffet from RM30.10 How to get to Asia Restaurant: 15 minutes by taxi from Central Jakarta with no traffic
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