AMIGOS with Friends

Amigos has been the go to place for those who love Tex-Mex food.

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Amigos has been the go to place for those who love Tex-Mex food.

AMIGOS IS a Jakarta institution, having first opened to the public in 1979. The Tex-Mex eatery has a loyal fan base of expats and locals alike, and is famous for serving the city’s best and classic Tex-Mex cuisine, including burritos, tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, nachos, beef ribs, fresh salsa, and other tasty, finger-licking, home-made recipes.

Originally known as “The Green Pub,” Amigos changed it’s name in the early 1980’s when an Indonesian regulation prohibited the use of foreign words in company names. While Amigos means “Friends” in Spanish, it is also an acronym for Ajang Makan, Minum, Gosip, which translated into English means “A Place to Eat, Drink and Gossip,” and the ambience is true for both definitions.

With its kitsch Mexican décor, Amigos’ atmosphere is fun and casual, and makes you feel as if you’ve been transported away from Jakarta. Anyone who has ever lived in Texas or California, where the Mexican influence has a large presence, may feel an overwhelming sense of nostalgia upon stepping in. It is the perfect venue for a hearty meal with friends, family or colleagues.  Amigos has two branches, their original location in Kemang and branch at Bellagio Mall.

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And the best way to enjoy hearty and spicy Tex-Mex food than with a beer.  It is often said that ‘what is Mexican food without a margarita or a cerveza?’

Grapefruit is an exotic fruit and is believed to have evolved from the Indonesian Pomelo seed, more commonly known as Jeruk Bali which has brought to Jamaica by Captain Chaddock in the 17th Century. In the Barbados Islands, a natural hybridization between the Indonesian Pomelo and the Jamaican Sweet Orange took place, resulting in a new breed which grows in brunches, much like grapes and was dubbed the grapefruit.

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Now, we can enjoy the fresh blend of Grapefruit and Bintang Beer in Bintang Radler Grapefruit. The bright citrus flavor of Bintang Radler Grapefruit is a perfect match with Mexican food which has the same sour notes. Bintang Radler Grapefruit also cuts through the spice of salsas and creaminess of guacamole and sour cream, common accompaniments to Mexican food.

Both Amigos locations host live band evenings, notably Country Western night (Thursday at Kemang and Friday at Bellagio Mall) and Latin Night (Tuesday at Bellagio Mall and Friday at Kemang) where line dancers and salsa addicts come to dance the night away.

So if you are looking for a fun-filled night, with great food and drink, then head over to our favorite, Amigos.

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AMIGOS
Bellagio Mall, Ground Floor
Jalan Lingkar Mega Kuningan, Kav E-43
Kawasan Mega Kuningan, Jakarta
T: + 62 21 30066558


Written by Jed Doble Photographs by Dennie Ramon July 22, 2016.

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