Located on the 46th floor of the Plaza office tower, the appropriately named Altitude complex combines three different high-end restaurants. Salt Grill serves modern Australian delights under the watchful eye of celebrity chef Luke Mangan. Enmaru, a chain restaurant that was named Japan’s number one Izakaya place in 2010, dishes out fresh Japanese seafood imported directly from the famed Tsukiji Market. Gaia specialises in classic North Italian cuisine.
Insider Tip: Even if you are not hungry, Altitude is worth visiting for the breathtaking 360-degree view of the city.
Stepping into Payon’s verdant garden is like entering another world. Located amid the hustle and bustle of one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods, Kemang, Payon is a good choice for those who wish to sample authentic Indonesian (Javanese and Sundanese to be exact) cuisine in a relaxed, village-like setting. From dumplings and soups to chicken and beef satay, Payon’s wide menu is bound to satisfy even the toughest food critic.
Insider Tip: Most of the dishes served here are accompanied by sambal, a type of chili sauce. Tread lightly if you are not used to spicy food.
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 17, Kemang, Tel: 62 21 719 4814
Step back in time to the Jakarta of the 1980s at this Chinese restaurant, seen by many as the best of its kind in Jakarta. Despite its small size – Mandala has only around 20 tables, some of them communal – the food here is definitely something to write home about. The restaurant’s most famous dishes include black pepper beef, omelette with crab meat and beans, and fried gurame, one of the most popular fish on Indonesian menus.
Insider Tip: Make sure you are hungry because the portions here are huge.
Jl. Wolter Monginsidi No. 80, Kebayoran Baru, Tel: 62 219 389 9597
Tugu Kunstkring Paleis is hard to miss. Located in a building that formerly housed the Fine Arts Circle of the Dutch East Indies circa 1914, the restaurant embodies the splendour of Indonesia’s bygone era both through fine cuisine and elegant decor. The highlight is the Pangeran Diponegoro Room, a grand hall with high ceilings and exquisite art, including an enormous, attention-grabbing painting entitled “The Fall of Java”.
Insider Tip: Don’t miss the Suzie Wong Lounge housed in the same building. Inspired by a classic Hong Kong love story, the bar’s eclectic decor brings the post-war era to life.
When it comes to dining in Jakarta, you can’t get any higher than the Skye Bar and Restaurant located on level 56 of the city’s tallest office building – BCA Tower-Grand Indonesia. This popular establishment, which opened in 2012, is still the place to see and be seen in the capital. Skye’s extensive menu features international cuisine, including Middle Eastern, Asian and Latin dishes. After a fine meal, get cozy at the semi-outdoor lounge with a cocktail in hand.
Insider Tip: Skye is a great venue from which to enjoy the sunset.