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Jakarta’s Best Eats by FoodieS


FoodieS has teamed up with Aqua Reflections, Indonesia’s finest artisanal water, to present
the inaugural Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards and Guide.

In the last 10 years, a remarkable food scene has emerged in Jakarta. Chefs and restaurateurs have created venues and menus that rival those of other food capitals in the world. At the same time, the palates of diners have sharpened establishing a real foodie culture.

Around the world, food awards and lists have shaped the taste of diners and inspired chefs and restaurateurs.

It’s now time for the culinary creations, excellent service and superior dining experiences available in Jakarta to get a similar treatment. It’s time to shine a spotlight on the restaurants of Jakarta that will be visible throughout the nation, the region and beyond.

FoodieS Magazine, Indonesia’s leading English-language publication on food and beverage, has teamed up with Aqua Reflections, Indonesia’s finest artisanal water, to present the inaugural Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards and Guide.

The Awards will acknowledge the Top 40 restaurants in Jakarta divided into three categories: Fine Dining, Upmarket Venues and Casual Dining. Jakarta’s Best Eats will commit to an awards process that is ethical, fair and driven by experts.

Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards wants to recognize those who have excelled in the local restaurant scene–and introduce those culinary stars to an audience in Jakarta, in Indonesia and beyond.

How Does the Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards Work?

Chefs and restaurateurs as well as the general public may nominate their restaurants through a nomination form that can be found at www.foodies.id/jakartasbesteats. This process is free and without charge.

FoodieS, Aqua Reflections and jury members will also nominate establishments. To ensure level competition based on a restaurant’s market segment, the awards will cover three categories: Fine Dining, Upmarket Venues and Casual Dining. Restaurants only compete in the category that they belong in. The jury will develop a short list of restaurants.

All restaurants in the three categories will be judged using the same criteria:

  • 50 percent for cuisine, based on taste, creativity and execution
  • 20 percent for quality of service
  • 20 for the drinks menu or wine list
  • 10 percent for venue’s interior design and character.

This weighting will drive the jury’s final decisions.

A Fine Dining restaurant emphasizes perfection in taste, presentation, creativity, service and tablescape. An Upmarket Venue may be large or small and focused on smart dining, without a fine-dining level of service or interior. Casual Dining can be a mall or stand-alone venue, or might be a smaller establishment with a faster and livelier atmosphere.

Jury members will base their decisions on visits to short-listed restaurants that will be made without identifying themselves as part of the jury, or upon visits made within the last six months. In the first case, the awards organizers will pay for the jury member’s meal. In the second case, the jury member must certify that their meal and drinks were not paid for by the restaurant.

Further, the award organizers, sponsors, short-listed restaurants and jury members will certify that they will keep the restaurant selection and deliberation process confidential before the awards night. They will also certify that they have not offered nor have they received any incentives as part of the judging process, save for the meals paid for by the awards committee. Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards will be announced at a gala dinner in March 2018.

The Jury


Petty Elliot, Chef
Petty is a pioneering food writer and self-taught chef, who have proven her talent by transforming traditional Indonesian dishes into modern masterpieces by returning to her roots.

Jed Doble, Food Writer/Publisher
Jed is a respected food writer and publishing professional. His brand FoodieS publishes a monthly print magazine with digital channels, featuring culinary stories from across Indonesia, the Asia Pacific and beyond.

Linda Tan, Gourmand
Linda is a globetrotter who is always on the look out for extreme sport trips, great adventures and fine food hunting.

Arimbi Probosutedjo, Chef
Arimbi is an Indonesian chef, food writer, a culinary instructor at ArimbiKitchen, co-host of Spice of Life on the Asian Food Channel, and co-Founder of Tree Food Concept, delivering unique private dining experiences.

Ade Putri Paramadita, Food Storyteller
Ade has many talents in the lifestyle and entertainment industry; she is a food stylist, food writer, food entrepreneur, and also a part of Aku Cinta Masakan Indonesia – a movement promoting the preservation of traditional Indonesian foods.

Rinrin Marinka, Chef
Rinrin is a celebrity chef –known for her many food TV shows– and restaurateur who is passionate about experimenting with all kinds of food, especially Indonesian fusion.

Hans Danial, Food Blogger
Hans is one of Indonesia’s prominent food and travel bloggers, whose blog Eatsandtreats has been a source of insight for his tens and thousands of followers.

Ruli Tobing, Danone Aqua
Ruli is an avid runner, and an equally enthusiastic foodie. He currently manages AQUA’s business in Greater Jakarta area and looks after Away From Home channels, where Reflections is the main product.


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