Quite a few fine French eateries can be found in Jakarta, so here we present our top picks of French restaurants in Jakarta. Bon appetit!
Bonjour, gourmands of Jakarta! If you’re in the mood for the best steak frites the Big Durian has to offer or just need a plate of sizzling escargot to satiate your French food cravings, this is the list for you. From haute-cuisine fine dining to petit bistros and casual brasseries, here are our picks of the greatest French restaurants in Jakarta.
Le Quartier’s bag of tricks is simple, yet stylish modern French food that lures hungry gourmands in over and over again. The cosy and romantic restaurant turns out tasty French morsels like melt-in-your-mouth seared foie gras, crisp oysters, and one of the best duck leg confits in town. If you’re in the neighbourhood for brunch, Le Quartier also does a fabulous French toast and Belgian waffles to start your weekend off right.
Le Quartier, Jl. Gunawarman No. 34, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 7278 8001.
We’ve spent many an hour lingering over stylish cocktails named Love Paris in the ultra trendy Bistro Garcon. It doesn’t hurt that their menu, filled with the regular French delicacies, can tantalise any Francophile. Escargots drenched in garlic butter are always a winner, as is their pan-seared beef tongue with mustard sauce. To leave things on a sweet note, check out their expertly crafted patisseries lining the bar to take home for dessert.
Bistro Garcon, Plaza Senayan Level 4, No. 410, South Jakarta. p. +62 21 5790 0140.
This cosy French bistro, tucked in the middle of the bustling Plaza Indonesia, is a favourite of ours when it comes to classically simple French fare. We love tucking into their signature dishes like the piping hot and gooey French onion soup, accompanied by their croque monsieur sandwich, which is probably the best in town.
Bistro Baron, Plaza Indonesia Extension, Level 1, Unit E 20-21, Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav 28 – 30, Central Jakarta. p. +62 21 2992 3505.
Located on a stretch of Jalan Senopati strewn with cool cafes, eateries and bars, Emilie is definitely one of the classiest restaurants in the area. With interiors resembling an elegant modern luxury home, the venue manages to feel cozy and chic at the same time. The kitchen staff uses their considerable talents to work at Emilie by creating traditional fine dining fare using the finest imported ingredients, such as sea bass and other seafood from the famed Tsukiji Market in Japan, French Imperial Blood pigeon, and “Baeri” sturgeon caviar.
Emilie, Jl. Senopati Raya No.39, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, p: 62-21/521-3626. Hours: Sat-Sun 12-2pm, 6-11:30pm.
The Mandarin Oriental Jakarta’s French restaurant specialises in hearty bistro fare, but the elegantly understated dining room makes Lyon feel far classier than your average brasserie. Executive chef Thierry Le Queau has designed a menu full of dishes that uses both prime imported ingredients and the finest locally sourced produce to create dishes full of fresh, lively flavours. For example, you’ll find exquisite Fines De Clair oysters from Brittany, France and a Mayura Station Ranch full-blood wagyu rib-eye alongside a striking soup made from heirloom tomatoes harvested in Puncak, West Java.
Lyon, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta, Jl. MH Thamrin, CBD, Central Jakarta, p: 62-21/2993-8824. Hours: Mon-Fri (lunch) 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Sun-Sat (dinner) 6:30-10:30pm, Sat (brunch) 11:30am-2:30 pm.
The mastermind behind AMUZ is chef Gilles Marx, who opened the restaurant after completing a much-celebrated stint at RIVA in the Park Lane Hotel. The menu changes often in order to utilise the very best seasonal produce from abroad. Marx also uses refined modern technique to offer innovative twists on traditional fare. His latest take on escargot, for example, dresses those delicate mollusks in a verdant watercress sauce, instead of the usual butter and garlic, and pairs the tender delicacies with a vibrant salad of fresh spring vegetables. Another dish, a foie gras appetizer, includes an umami-packed porcini mushroom broth, served in a shot glass, and a sweet mango and passion fruit compote to add contrasting layers of flavour to the buttery pan-fried duck liver.
AMUZ, The Energy Building, 2nd floor, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, SCBD, South Jakarta, p: 62-21/250 5064. Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:30pm, 6-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 6-10:30pm.