Sometimes it’s okay to splurge, especially when it involves a special occasion, a special person and a special place just like these fine dining restaurants.
The romantic dinner is a date night classic, and for good reason. Loved up couples hoping to spend an intimate evening together over good food, wine, and company are definitely spoilt for choice when it comes to upscale eateries in Jakarta. From restaurants serving the finest in French cuisine, a fabulous dinner and show, and even elevated Indonesian food (yes, it exists!), read on for our round up some of the best fine dining restaurants to head to this Valentine’s Day.
For a taste of something a little more refined, Motion Blue is a romantic little venue serving top-notch dining with a side of sultry smooth musical entertainment. The fantastic variety of talent on offer rotates a roster of local jazz acts and visiting musicians from all around the world, while on their menu is a mixed selection of Japanese and Western fusion dishes.
Motion Blue, Fairmont Jakarta, Jl. Asia Afrika No.8, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 2903 9189.
Lyon is easily one of our go-to French restaurants in Jakarta. Located in the Mandarin Oriental, the elegant eatery serves outstanding modern French classics like delicious steak frites and our favourite dish, the perfectly done dover sole. Service is always impeccable, and their famous profiteroles are some of the best in town.
Lyon, Mandarin Oriental. Jakarta, Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, p. +62 21 2993 8824.
Ristorante Da Valentino
Lovers of classic Italian food should definitely pay Ristorante Da Valentino a visit, but do be warned: there is a hefty price tag that comes with that delicious meal for two. Everything on the menu is prepared using only fresh ingredients of the highest quality that are flown in regularly from out of the country, but the food is mouthwatering to the core. The decadently creamy burrata is unlike any we’ve ever had in Jakarta, and that lovely ooze of cheese alone has us coming back for more.
Ristorante Da Valentino, MD Place, 11th floor, Jl. Setiabudi Selatan No. 7, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 2905 7888.
Hoping to rid of the notion that Indonesian food tastes best on the streets, 1945 is Jakarta’s latest newcomer in the growing scene of Indonesian fine dining. The restaurant really does elevate familiar local fare like satay and tahu with style, flair, and fantastic presentation that is on par with more recognisable fine gastronomy. That doesn’t mean that 1945 compromises on taste, only the best ingredients are used to ensure the food retains its authentic flavour.
1945, Fairmont Jakarta. Jl. Asia Afrika No.8, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 2903 9179, e. [email protected].
A longtime favourite of ours, il Mare is a fine dining establishment that serves excellent Northern Italian fare. Loyal regulars will tell you that il Mare is hands down one of the best restaurants in Jakarta, boasting exceptional service and even better food. Their pastas are incredible, but if you’re daring for something a little heartier, we recommend the black angus steak with foie gras and truffle. Also, do not even think about skipping out on the best tiramisu in town, even if you must share.
il Mare, Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jl. Asia Afrika Senayan, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 575 3272.
Looking for a homey place to have fine dining with your S.O.? You’ll love Emilie Restaurant at Senopati. With the concept of warmth and simplicity, it is located inside an elegant two-storey house designed by the late Indonesian design guru Jaya Ibrahim in Senopati. The menu features seasonally-updated French dishes like foie gras, roasted pigeon, wagyu, barramundi, and fine French cheeses, which are available a la carte, as a lunch or dinner set, and as a five-course dinner with an option of wine pairing.
Emilie Restaurant, Jl. Senopati 39, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 521 3626.
We’re not really sure who hasn’t heard of Namaaz Dining at this point, but this is the place to impress your partner if they have not had the delight of visiting this dining spot yet. The first ever Indonesian molecular gastronomy restaurant has a knack for charming and amusing its patrons with its enchanting presentation of food…not everything is as it seems. In fact, nothing served on your plate is what it seems at first glance. We don’t want to give too much away, so just make sure you head to their website to book your seat in advance, as only limited seatings are accepted.
Namaaz Dining, Jl. Gunawarman No. 42, South Jakarta. Check website for bookings.
Located at The Dharmawangsa, Sriwijaya takes pride in the culture of Indonesia and the country’s famous Kingdom of Sriwijaya in the 8th century. If you’re a fan of both French and Indonesian cuisine, this restaurant is the perfect place for you, as Indonesian flavours and ingredients are fused with French cooking technique. Sriwijaya’s degustation menu also pairs well with their extensive list of wines, but if you feel like having a more casual dining experience, you can also opt for their a la carte menu.
Sriwijaya, The Dharmawangsa Jakarta, Jl. Brawijaya Raya No. 26, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 725 8181.
Rosso, which is Italian for “red”, lives up to its name through the ambiance. The sofas and chairs are decked out in red, giving out a bold and romantic vibe to the Italian restaurant. Located at Shangri-La Hotel, Rosso offers authentic Southern Italian cuisine that is largely influenced by the culture and natural resources of Sicily, where the Head Chef Gianfranco Pirrone came from. Their wines are also something you shouldn’t miss here, where there are over 200 wines from Italy, France and other regions.
Rosso, Shangri-La Hotel, Lobby Level, Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 1, Central Jakarta, p. +62 21 2922 9999.
What’s more romantic than a candlelight dinner in Paris? Well we can’t answer that, but if you ask us what could make you feel like you’re having a romantic candlelight dinner in Paris, the answer would be dining at Amuz Gourmet! Amuse your date with a contemporary French cuisine at Amuz, where you can enjoy a splurge-worthy wine-pairing degustation dinner by Chef Gilles Marx. The space is decorated with a chic Parisian interior designed by Idris Samad with a stunning Eiffel Tower-inspired ironwork, and you can eat while appreciating the original paintings by renowned Indonesian artists with the likes of Affandi and Hendra.
Amuz Gourmet, The Energy Building, 2nd Floor, SCBD Lot 11A, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 250 5064.