Roti Bakar Eddy: Rush Hour Haven

Roti Bakar Eddy

Roti Bakar Eddy opens daily at dusk, offering a place for wageworkers to wait out the evening traffic.

Roti Bakar Eddy in Kebayoran Baru is tucked away just behind the entry to Jakarta’s main thoroughfare of Jalan Sudirman. For decades, it has been a place to have a quick dinner or to fill your tummy before you hit the road.

When the rush hour is over, however, it becomes a favorite street-food hang out. People outside South Jakarta are still coming to the place.

There are plenty of seats and tables, but early in the evening the place is usually packed. Sometimes you have wait for people to finish their food. There’s no waiting list here, so think fast. If you’re lucky, an idle seat or two will be available and you’ll get to share a table with some other people.

Despite it’s name (Roti Bakar means toast), the place has become a collapsible food court offering quintessential inexpensive comfort foods, such as grilled bananas, instant noodles, fried rice and chicken noodles, as well as other delicacies, such as pempek, sate and bakso.

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The toast comes with various fillings and toppings. During a recent visit, I ordered a dish named the V.8, which contained cheese, peanut butter, chocolate and milk. Is there room for more before I hit the road? Just to be safe, I ordered iced ovaltine on the side.

The toast was crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. This is a type of food that you can’t judge based on the balance of fillings. You just don’t think of it–just as you don’t think of the amount of sugar and calories. It’s a guilty pleasure. Let me have it.

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The workers on the grill say they can churn out up to 1,200 portions during weekends and 800 on any other night. The people have spoken.

ROTI BAKAR EDDY
Jalan Raden Patah No 11, Kebayoran Baru
OPENING HOURS: Daily, 6pm – 2am


Written by Lion Haloho Photographs by Lion Haloho December 10, 2017.

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