Once upon a time, Pantai Indah Kapuk was primarily known for delicious seafood and street side eateries that served pork. The area was a destination for foodies who cared less about the trends and more about the great (and wallet-friendly!) street food. Before there was Toby’s Estate, places like Shao Kao, Babi Panggang Atek and Babi Johan were reason enough to make the drive up North. These days, the legendary dining spots still exist, but it’s also swarming with hot new restaurants and cafes that could give trendy Senopati a run for its money. Now, now matter what you’re looking for, authentic dim sum, brunch spots, cheap street eats, independent cafes, you’ll find it in PIK. We couldn’t possibly cover them all, but here are a few of our favourites.
It isn’t usual that big franchises skip over the more popular South to open their first venue in North, but Toby’s Estate did just that to great success. The popular Aussie café has been swarming with visitors craving for next-level lattes since day one. We popped in for a taste of their dirty chai (delicious and smooth) while seated at the communal table – situated perfectly for people watching.
Toby’s Estate, PIK Avenue Mall, Ground Floor, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. p. +6221 2257 0966.
Tim Ho Wan
Grab your chopsticks because Tim Ho Wan’s dim sum is excellent. Aafter opening a Central Jakarta branch, its PIK-side outpost luckily doesn’t have the long queues it used to. Tim Ho Wan turns out consistently rewarding dimsum with all the classics: silky cheong fan, oozing salted egg onde-onde, comforting congee, cutesy dessert baos, and their famous baked char siu bao with full-flavoured chunks of pork meat.
Tim Ho Wan, Ruko Crown Golf Blok D, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. p. +6221 22510205.
Hawker Chan is tucked atop Tim Ho Wan, and if you didn’t know what you were looking for, you’d probably miss out. The Chinese restaurant has zero fuss or frills, and lets its Michelin-starred Hong Kong style chicken do the talking. At less than IDR 30,000 a plate, this really is the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world. If you still can’t get enough of pork, the char siew noodle is also excellent here.
Hawker Chan, Ruko Crown Golf Blok D, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta.
Treat yourself to endless servings of sushi and sashimi at Sushi Sen, a casual Japanese restaurant with creative takes on rolls. As far as fresh fusion sushi goes, Sushi Sen deserves a special mention, as coupled with playful presentations that are perfect for the ‘gram, this dining spot makes for a memorable meal. While you’re there make sure to also order crowd favourite gyu don with onsen egg and foie gras.
Sushi Sen, Ruko Crown Golf Blok B, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. p. +6221 2251 2669.
Hailing all the way from Bali, Gaya Gelato churns out authentic artisan gelato using only the most natural and real ingredients. Take a lick of their creamy pistachio and you’ll see bits of crushed pistachio nuts in every generous scoop. We consider them truly one of the best gelato bars in town – just try to resist luscious flavours like panna cotta, indulgent peanut butter, or the stracciatella that is worth every calorie. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, fresh sorbets come in tropical flavours like mango, lime and even lemongrass. Trust us, you’ll want to taste them all.
Gaya Gelato, Ruko Crown Golf D, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. p. +6221 29525999.
Babi Panggang Atek
If you find yourself with a craving for pork, well, you are in the right place. The Babi Panggang Atek means serious business when it comes to roast pork, serving their legendary honey glazed char siu with nasi campur, with nasi hainam, or best yet with a big, tasty bowl of bakmi.
Babi Panggang Atek, Ruko Cordoba Blok D, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta.
Shao Kao may be a bit of a dive, but don’t let its no-frills appearance fool you, the food here is legit. The North Jakarta eatery’s main specialty is Chinese street skewers – we’re talking over 50 different types. Choose any meat (and any part of the meat) you fancy, whether you want chicken, beef, lamb, or pork, they’ve got you covered. If you’re vegetarian, there are plenty of non-meat options – the shiitake mushrooms and tofu are also genuinely incredible. Skewers are charcoal grilled to order, topped with a dash of spices, and served tableside, where it’ll pair perfectly with an ice-cold Bintang.
Shao Kao, Ruko Cordoba Blok F. No 6, PIK, North Jakarta.
Pasar PIK is a classic PIK experience – before the glittering PIK Avenue Mall, the Aussie brunch spots, there was Pasar PIK. The humble open-air pasar is a late night standby that really only comes alive after 5pm. There are food stalls serving jajanan like bakmi and es campur. Mainstays include Pisang Goreng Afong, the famous Sate Babi Johan, and Kuo Tie Shan Tung pork dumplings which are a must-try.
Food Plaza PIK, Jl. Pantai Indah Kapuk Boulevard No.25, Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta.
Words by Thalia Yanuar.