In this edition of Hot New Tables: Honu Central, Havana, Waki Japanese BBQ Dining, Daun Muda Soul Food by Andrea Peresthu, and Sisterfields
From a Japanese yakiniku restaurant that won’t burn a hole in your pocket to a Cuban speakeasy where the whiskey pours freely, the new restaurant scene in Jakarta is looking mighty exciting this month. Whether you’re looking for a casual dining spot for lunch or a gastrolounge for drinks with your mates, these Hot New Tables should be on your list of dining spots to go in Jakarta right now.
Love poke bowls? We have good news for you: another Honu has opened in Menteng! Honu Central will remind you of iconic Manhattan diners, with mint green diner booths and counter stools. While the signature poke bowls remain the same, there are some exclusive new dishes. Vegetarians can try their new Tempeh Bowl with peanut sauce, which reminds us of a more local flavour. Aside from the bowls, their matcha drinks have also received a new update with Spiced Matcha Latte, which uses a kicky hint of cinnamon and turmeric.
Honu Central, Jl. H. Agus Salim No. 60, Menteng, Central Jakarta, p. +62 21 2123 1449.
Waki Japanese BBQ Dining
While delicious Japanese yakiniku and an affordable price may not be the most common combination, it is actually possible when you dine at Waki Japanese BBQ Dining. The restaurant serves juicy Japanese barbecued beef like Kalbi, Jyo Kalbi, Tongue, and premium A4 Japanese wagyu beef. They also have Korean-influenced appetizers such as kimchi, chapjae, and Korean pancake. The best deal comes in the form of their special platter, which is ideal for sharing with a group of four to five with only IDR 100,000 per person. If you’re coming for lunch, Waki also has various lunch sets that start from IDR 49,000.
Waki Japanese BBQ Dining, Jl. Tanjung Karang No. 5, 1st Floor, Central Jakarta, p. +62 812 9010 9624.
A recent addition to speakeasy bars in Jakarta is Havana, a new gastrolounge in Pondok Indah Mall. Get ready to enter the Golden Age of Cuba, where you’ll find grand chandeliers, high ceilings, and ornate interior. Havana serves progressive Cuban fusion with French, Mexican, and Spanish influences. Signature appetizers include Aubergine and Charcoal Quesadillas, while Bone in Ribeye, Braised Brisket, and Dry Rubbed Roast Chicken are some of the highlighted main courses. Don’t forget to enjoy daily live music at night and while you’re here, why not try some of the world’s rarest whiskeys like Glanfarclas 30 and Hibiki 30, which are stored inside their cool whiskey library.
Havana, Pondok Indah Mall, Street Gallery, Level R, Jl. Metro Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 2952 9730.
Daun Muda Soul Food by Andrea Peresthu
After Javanegra and Ático, Chef Andrea Peresthu returns with the arrival of his new restaurant Daun Muda Soul Food by Andrea Peresthu. Now focusing on Indonesian food, the chef is exploring the food of his hometown Palembang, Manado, and the east coast of Sumatra. Fans of spicy food will love Daun Muda because the dishes come with a generous serving of spicy herbs. If that’s not enough, get any of their ten different chillies for extra level of spiciness. Sate Ayam Menado and Ayam Ijo Royo Royo are among the standout dishes, but seafood is actually their main highlight. Don’t forget to get their Ikan Bakar Bujang Gadis and the most-ordered Aneka Kerang Rebus, which is perfect for sharing with your group of friends.
Daun Muda Soul Food by Andrea Peresthu, Jl. Aditiawarman No. 24, South Jakarta, p. +62 822 9777 7136.
It’s happening. The wait is over: Sisterfields has arrived in Jakarta! Visits to our sister island are never complete without a visit to Sisterfields in Seminyak, and now thanks to Sisterfields Jakarta, we no longer have to travel all the way to Bali for a good brunch. Located at PIK Avenue, this popular Australian café brings their all-time favourites like Sisterfields Dirty Burger, Chocolate Brioche French Toast, and Pancake and Red Berries. Pair your meal with their popular juices and smoothies to cool off, which will at least make you feel like you’re in the tropical island of Bali.
Sisterfields, PIK Avenue, Jl. Pantai Indah Kapuk Boulevard, North Jakarta
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