CIKINI Tasty Trek
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On the east side of the lush Menteng area lies Jalan Cikini, a less than one-kilometer-long road packed with history. There are enough eateries long Cikini to represent each of the decade in Indonesia’s seventy years of history. Below are some of them.
- Tjikini 17
Why: An Indonesian oldies-themed hangout place offering classic beverages and snack.
What to order: The classic Indonesian afternoon snack: kopi susu and pisang bakar. You can also order the legendary Ragusa ice cream; saves you the hassle of queuing at the original place.
Address: Jalan Raya Cikini No. 17, T: +62 21 31935521
- Bakoel Koffie
Why: It’s the hipster coffee shop in Jakarta before the arrival of Starbucks chain, featuring coffee beans from across the archipelago.
What to order: Avocado Frost—it’s the Indonesian way of enjoying coffee: with avocado! For chocolate lover, try the, well, Choco Lover.
Address: Jalan Cikini Raya No. 25, T: +62 21 31936608
- Bakmi Roxy
Why: The streed-cred-studded mie ayam (chicken noodle); a perfect place for your noodle fix.
What to order: The original mie ayam and the popular yamien (the soup-less soy-sauce-drenched version of chicken noodle).
Address: Jalan Cikini Raya No. 55, T: +62 812 8030697
- Soto Betawi H. Ma’ruf
Why: A legendary traditional soto Betawi style, was started by hawker Ma’ruf in the 1950. A go to soto betawi place for Jakarta’s who’s who.
What to order: What else, the beef cubes and intestines soto betawi. With rice!
Address: Komplek Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jalan Cikini Raya No. 73, T: +62 21 3148817
- Ikan Bakar Ny. Filly
Why: The restaurant specialized in grilled fish (duh) Menado-style over charcoal fire. Another legendary eatery in Cikini.
What to order: The ikan bakar rica-rica; it’s smoky and super spicy!
Address: Komplek Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jalan Cikini Raya No. 73, T: +62 21 31936535
- Food Court Taman Ismail Marzuki
Why: A selection of traditional street food from all over Indonesia in a row of open-air eateries.
What to order: Tahu Gimbal, Tahu Telur, Sop Buntut and Soto Madura.
Address: Komplek Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jalan Cikini Raya No. 73
- Warung Daun
Why: Indonesian traditional food (with slight leaning on Sundanese side) using organic ingredients in homey setting.
What to order: Gurame Kuah Pedas, Gurame Saus Mangga, Sate Klathak, and Kerang Asam Pedas.
Address: Jalan Cikini Raya No. 26, T: +62 21 3910909
- Gado-Gado Bon-Bin
Why: Another legendary eatery of Cikini, Gado-Gado Bonbin chooses to roast the peanuts rather than frying it, and then grinding them a bit more coarse for crunchy yet silky gado-gado dressing.
What to order: Gado-gado and the pink Es Cendol.
Address: Jalan Cikini IV No. 5, Cikini, T: +62 21 3141539
- Al Jazeerah
Why: The best place to enjoy Middle Eastern dishes in the area. It’s also well-known by the city’s Middle Eastern crowd.
What to order: One of the four flavors of basmati rice with chicken or lamb.
Address: Jalan Raden Saleh Raya No. 58, T: +62 21 3146108
- Ampera 2 Tak
Why: Budget-friendly Sundanese eatery with fresh and savory goodness.
What to order: Fried chicken, tofu and tempe with the fiery sambal janda.
Address: Jalan Cikini Raya no. 103, T: +62 813 10259768
- Bubur Cikini H.R. Suleman
Why: One-stop destination for affordable yet fresh bubur ayam (chicken rice porridge), fried rice and martabak.
What to order: Bubur ayam with a side of egg.
Address: Jalan Cisadane No.121