In Jakarta, Senopati is known for its plethora of quality culinary offerings, and even better, there is always a new restaurant opening!
Jakarta is a definitely a food city and one of the tried-and-true culinary spots in town is Senopati. We started this as a neighbourhood guide but couldn’t stop mentioning restaurants and bars! So here is your guide to eating – and having a great night out – on Senopati.
Located between SCBD and Kebayoran Baru, Senopati is easy to get to from almost anywhere in town and a great place to start the night, if you’re planning a big one.
One of the things we still don’t understand is why there aren’t that many coffee shops that open before 10 am, that’s prime coffee time! One of the few places that cater to the early risers is Crematology, and thankfully they serve a great cup of joe. The coffee shop uses a blend of local beans and have a well-trained staff manning the espresso machine, making it a great place to grab a quick cup on the way to the office. And when you’re not in a rush, they also make wonderful fresh buttermilk waffles – a tasty weekend treat!
The main course
No matter what you’re in the mood for, chances are Senopati has a restaurant for you. There are tonnes of quality choices but here are some of our favourite places to grab a great meal:
It’s hardly a new discovery as Turkuaz is consistently named one of the best restaurants in Jakarta, but what impresses us is that the quality has remained top notch. Perfect for impressing dates or fancy dinners with your nearest and dearest, Turkuaz specialises in exotic Turkish cuisine – and baklava! Check out all of the different variations on this flaky, sweet, syrupy, nutty dessert at the end of your meal and accompany it with a cup of strong Turkish coffee.
“Best burger” is a hotly contested topic in the Big Durian and while we can’t take sides, we will say that Three Buns definitely belongs in the conversation. Every burger is stuffed to the gills with goodness and even vegetarians will feel decadent with their option here. And it’s not just the burgers that worth raving about, Three Buns has amazing sides so your meal doesn’t feel lonely. Our pick is the tasty tater tots!
If you’re looking to impress and have a really sophisticated dining experience, look no further than Emilie, an elegant French restaurant on the far end of the street. Pick any of the classic French dishes on the menu, such as the roasted pigeon and le boeuf Bourguignon, and you won’t be disappointed but if you’re going all out, opt for the five-course decouverte menu complete with wine pairings.
Izakaya Issei is a great pick for people who suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out). Pick out a bunch of small dishes and snacks to share with the table to best sample everything this Japanese resto has to offer. It’s a bit like tapas with an Asian feel. The menu is pretty formidable so let us help you get started: skip over the mains and pick even more small dishes such as the chilled yaki edamame, chicken karage, salmon onigiri, and the yakitori. When it comes to the grilled snacks, Izakaya Issei is king. Take your pick from vegetables, chicken (almost every part from the thights to the skin to the neck), eel, and even Wagyu beef.
After dinner, keep the good times going on Senopati by hitting up the uber cool Pao Pao. This dim sum and cocktails joint exudes a sleek 1960s Hong Kong feel and often hosts DJs and other music well into the night. It’s a great spot for that one last nightcap.