Buttermilk Fried Chicken Set with Truffled Potato Gratin. Photo: Dapur Ruben
The brainchild of a husband-wife duo during the pandemic, this home-based business started out from their humble kitchen in Ciputat just last year and has just expanded to a second kitchen in Gandaria. With their unforgettable crispy Southern style buttermilk fried chicken, Dapur Ruben really lives up to their claim of being legendary.
It’s tempting to order almost everything on their menu, but their classic Benny’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken Set (IDR 200,000) is never a wrong move. 6 pieces of crispy and juicy chicken that tastes even better once you dip it into their tangy ranch-style Golden Sauce. It also comes with their special side of the day, which ranges between Truffled Potato Gratin, Brocauli Cheesy Gochujang and Mac and Cheese. A tip from us: order a side of their extra sauce (IDR 25,000) for safe measures.
If that’s too big of a feast for yourself, their 1-piece BFC with Garlic Rice (IDR 65,000) is the perfect portion for rice lovers. But if you’re more of a burger person, their drool-worthy Asian Buttermilk Chicken (ABC) (IDR 75,000) is a treat for those who like it sweet and sour with their chili-ginger sauce and homemade kimchi slaw. For a complete Southern experience, the BFC Cornbread Waffles (IDR 120,000) is a strong contender for the city’s best chicken and waffles.
Jl. W R Supratman, Ciputat, Tangerang Selatan
Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Arteri Pondok Indah No.35C, Kebayoran Lama, Jakarta Selatan
Double Cheese Goguma Ppang. Photo: Carlino Bakes
Another home kitchen born out of quarantine, Carlino Bakes rose to fame with their iconic soft, melt-in-your-mouth Korean Sweet Potato bread. Their classic Cheese Goguma Ppang (IDR 90,000) comes in a set of 5 with a melted cheese filling, which goes perfectly with your evening tea. Other flavors include Double Cheese (IDR 95,000), Black Sesame (IDR 95,000), Pandan Cheese (IDR 90,000), and the latest crowd favorite, Ube Cheese (IDR 95,000).
Another colorful best-seller is their crisp, buttery Madeleine (IDR 80,000) that comes in a set of 6. With one of a kind flavors like Red Velvet, Carrot Cake, Nastar Crumble, Matcha, Earl Grey and Coffee, each flavor also comes with either a filling or topping which is a delight at every bite.
Looking for something more traditional? Carlino Bakes’ Gourmet Brownies is not one to miss, especially for those who are seeking for brownies with just the right amount of sweetness. Their Sea Salt Gourmet Brownies No. 14 (IDR 145,000) is a fudgy, decadent treat that everybody enjoys. With a mix of sweet and salty at every bite, it’s perfect for the not-so-sweet tooth.
Carlino Bakes prides itself for being homemade and still runs under a PO-basis, so be sure to order at least 1 day ahead through Tokopedia or Shopee. Outside of Jakarta? Chat with their Admin to see if they can deliver to you!
Banana Waffles. Photo: Simetri Coffee Roasters
Simetri Coffee Roasters is like a cozy reading nook, nestled in between the bustle of Gandaria. With ample outdoor and indoor space, this cosy cafe boasts a wide range of options for caffeine enthusiasts with their V60 Pour Over (IDR 40,000) and Seasonal Beans (IDR 50,000), and the classic espresso-based Cappuccino (IDR 36,000) and their sinful Affogato (IDR 40,000).
On top of their homey atmosphere and good coffee, their selection of food invites you to stay for a little longer. Their wholesome bowl of Chicken Katsu Curry (IDR 65,000) is one of their best sellers, with bold flavors and crunchy chicken cutlets. Another meal to try is their tantalizing Gyu Don (IDR 60,000), a Japanese-style beef rice bowl that’s guaranteed to satisfy your tummy.
Just stopping by for something small? Simetri’s Banana Waffles (IDR 50,000) is topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, swirls of caramel sauce and slices of bananas that you can share with friends, but don’t feel bad indulging it all by yourself. They also have a great selection of croissants: Butter Croissant (IDR 22,000), Chocolate Croissant (IDR 32,000), Almond Croissant (IDR 38,000).
Simetri Coffee Roasters has another branch in Wijaya that’s a hit with the cycling community, with both outlets only supporting cashless payments. So top up your e-wallets and get your cards ready at the cashier.
Jl. Gandaria II No.9, Kramat Pela, Jakarta Selatan
Jl. Wijaya VI No.11, Melawai, Kota Jakarta Selatan
Iga Bakar Senyata. Photo: Senyata
A modern twist to traditional Indonesian food, Senyata is the place to go if you want flavors from across the archipelago with a flair. Be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner, fish, chicken or seafood, there’s always something for everybody to enjoy. As food is the focal point of Senyata, keep this new establishment in mind if you want to enjoy a great meal over even better conversations with friends and family.
Located in Senopati, you know you’re in for a grand culinary ride. If your group is a hungry bunch, we highly recommend you order their lip smacking Iga Bakar Senyata (IDR 450,000) that’s topped with a kick of Sambal Matah. Other unforgettable dishes you should indulge on include: Opor Bakar (IDR 89,000), Gurame Bakar Saos Madu (IDR 148,000), Pepes Salmon (IDR 120,000), and Lodeh Senyata (IDR 48,000).
End your feast on a sweet, sugary note with their colorful selection of Aneka Jajanan Pasar (IDR 75,000), which feature Gemblong, Donat Kampung, Dadar Gulung, Klepon, Misro and Putri Mandi. If you like your desserts in drink form, try their thirst quenchers: Es Teler (IDR 55,000), Es Mentimun (IDR 45,000) and Es Cendol Latte (IDR 45,000).
Senyata follows a strict health protocol for diners, so reserve ahead and remember to keep it cashless. Their whole menu is also available for delivery if you want to enjoy their meals safe at home.
Jl. Suryo No.9, Senopati, Kby. Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Nasi Lemak Rendang with Ayam Kari on the side. Photo: Ho Lai
Raise your hand if you too are getting itchy travel feet! With holidays overseas being put on hold indefinitely, the best way to travel outside of Indonesia is through food. Today’s destination? Singapore, by way of Ho Lai. Famous for being a no-frills, quick Singaporean joint for street eats, it’s one place to go if you’re craving for Peranakan food.
A must try dish of theirs is the Nasi Lemak Kari (IDR 46,500). Paired with a rich, wholesome chicken curry, it’ll take you back to the days of chomping down nasi lemak in Adam Road Food Centre! Give their Nasi Lemak Rendang (IDR 46,500) a go if you’re looking for something beefy. Missing the sweet, smokey taste of char kuey teow? Ho Lai’s Kwetiau Gosong (IDR 43,000) is the perfect cure for that. And if you want something a little soupy, their Singaporean Laksa (IDR 49,000) is a bowl of rich, savory flavors that can comfort you any time of day.
To complete your Singaporean experience, pair your hunger with their refreshing thirst quenchers, Es Markisa (IDR 22,000) and Kopi Susu (IDR 30,500). And as Ho Lai’s humble outlet is located in the contemporary Chinatown complex of Petak Enam, it’s one way to cure your culinary wanderlust.
Other than Petak Enam, Ho Lai also has a branch in Kemanggisan. If you’re dining in, we highly recommend that you come at off-peak hours to avoid the crowd and pay with your e-wallet.
Petak Enam, Jl. Pancoran No 43, Glodok, Jakarta Barat
Jl. Kyai H. Syahdan No.104a, Palmerah, Jakarta Barat
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