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Restaurant Radar: December’s Feast to Remember

Restaurant Radar: December’s Feast to Remember

Auli Cinantya
01 December 2023

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This month's selection offers a culinary adventure from trendy bars to cozy cafes and fine dining restaurants.

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As we near the year’s end, December brings an air of excitement and anticipation. To help you end 2023 with a bang, this month’s Restaurant Radar has curated a list of Jakarta and Bali’s most exciting dining destinations.

This month’s selection offers a culinary adventure from trendy bars to cozy cafes and fine dining restaurants. Join us as we explore the vibrant culinary scene of these cities and discover the fresh dining experiences that await. Mark your calendars and prepare for a memorable culinary adventure to end the year!

Jakarta

Carrots Bar

Nestled below Fairgrounds in SCBD, Carrots is a cozy gem in Jakarta’s bar scene, featuring a monthly rotation of six classic cocktails. An intimate ambiance encourages patrons to enjoy meaningful conversations over solid drinks. The communal table, at its core, enhances the social experience. Carrots stand out with daring yet delightful signatures, making each visit an eagerly anticipated adventure.

Foo Foo Thai Modern Cuisine & Bar

Discover the fusion of tradition and innovation at Foo Foo Thai Modern Cuisine & Bar in Trinity Tower, South Jakarta. Indulge in authentic Thai dishes with a contemporary twist, from Pad Thai to Tom Yum Soup. The bar pours elegance into every glass, offering signature cocktails that complement the exquisite flavors. Experience the essence of Thailand’s nightlife amid the sophisticated setting of Trinity Tower. Foo Foo combines the dazzling lights of Bangkok with the elegance of South Jakarta for a dining experience that marries tradition with modernity.

COAL by Sudestada

Sudestada Jakarta sparks the night with COAL, its latest cocktail bar on the third floor. Revel in rich Latin American flavors with every sip as COAL takes you through vibrant tastes and cocktail artistry. This brand-new cocktail bar is an extension of Sudestada, nestled on the 3rd floor, embodying the elemental power of fire.

COAL offers handcrafted cocktails, a masterpiece enchanting your taste buds, making it more than just a bar—it’s a place to unwind, hang out, and experience the vibrant spirit of Latin America.

Jordnära

Jordnära, renowned for specialty pastries through its online store, has officially unveiled its offline haven in PIK. Nestled in Ruko Paladium – East Coast by The Sea, this multi-level café spans the first and second floors of a four-level building, creating a haven for coffee enthusiasts. Beyond pastries, Jordnära offers a delectable range of fusion food. The long-awaited café is now open for direct experiences, providing a remarkable space for those eager to indulge in the charm of Jordnära’s culinary offerings.

KYŌ Coffee

KYŌ Coffee, a seasoned player in Jakarta’s coffee scene, brings the inspired essence of Japanese coffee shops to Ashta District 8 with their latest branch. KYŌ is more than a coffee shop; it’s a space crafted from the precious moments of daily life. Originating from a tiny kitchen, KYŌ is a celebration of joy, love, and the art of starting the day together. Offering a diverse range of coffee from various regions, including delightful pour-over options, KYŌ Coffee invites patrons to experience the balance of “slow and simple” amidst the bustling energy of everyday life.

Omakafé

Rooted in the philosophy of Omakase, meaning “I leave it up to you,” Omakafé infuses freedom into the wonder of coffee. With a commitment to quality and ethical sourcing, Omakafé presents a unique blend of exotic beans through its specialty coffee and slow bar. Founded by an award-winning team of baristas, they redefine the essence of omakase. Omakafé transforms this concept into an array of expertly crafted coffee concoctions traditionally associated with sushi. The baristas, recognized for their prowess, curate packages ranging from 3 coffee experiences to non-coffee alternatives like Matcha, Cacao, and an array of cocktails. This is not just a coffee haven; it’s a tribute to the hands that cultivate the Earth’s offerings.

Supper Sandwich & Burger

Supper Sandwich & Burger, famed for its hefty burgers and diverse toppings, expands its presence to Row 9, Blok M, after nearly three years in Cipete. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant cultural melting pot of New York, Supper finds harmony between Blok M and New York’s diverse backgrounds. Beyond its strategic location, Supper introduces a more varied menu featuring burgers, sandwiches, snacks, milkshakes, and more. The new establishment mirrors the cosmopolitan blend, bringing Jakarta a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrancy.

Yoku Yatta Omakase

Yoku Yatta Omakase Jakarta elevates traditional Japanese omakase with a modern twist. This seafood haven promises a culinary adventure with meticulously sourced delights. Each dish, thoughtfully crafted, showcases the freshest and most exquisite ingredients. With a focus on delivering higher quality at a better price, Yoku Yatta presents a modern Japanese culinary experience that reaches new heights. Indulge in the bold, flavorful, and tasty offerings, where passion and creativity converge in every exquisite dish.

Bali

32DO Bali

32DO Bali emerges as Seminyak’s latest sensation, a buzzing and trendy cafe drawing from Korea’s vibrant cafe culture and artisanal bakeries; this establishment is a haven for coffee enthusiasts and baked goods aficionados. The menu boasts an array of meticulously crafted offerings, including various coffee blends, heavenly pastries, and the refreshing delight of Bingsoo. Passion is the driving force behind 32DO Bali, especially evident in their devotion to quality, from the ethically sourced coffee to the intricate artistry of their roasters.

Doughboys Pizza

Situated in Batu Mejan, Doughboys stands as an authentic American Pizza & Hangout spot, specializing in late-night pizza, unique sodas, and ice cream. The atmosphere echoes that of a classic American pizza joint, offering staples like OG pepperoni, Sausage & Peppers, and crowd-pleasers such as Really Good Garlic Knots. The menu extends beyond pizza to include sweet treats like Klondike Bars, a selection of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and beignets. 

Earth Island Surfer Center

Nestled in the busy street of Canggu, The Earth Island Surf Centre is more than just a surf store; it’s a multifaceted haven that seamlessly combines a store, surf center, deli, and bar. As an extension of the renowned Earth Island brand, known for its lifestyle offerings echoing the ocean’s rhythms, this center opens at 9 AM to welcome enthusiasts and seekers of a beach-inspired lifestyle.

The morning menu tempts patrons with brunch delights, from the classic Brioche French Toast to the refreshing Island Chia Bircher. The culinary journey extends into lunch, featuring delectable options like the Barbacoa Lamb Focaccia and the hearty BBQ Beef Short Rib Sub.
Leon Brasserie Bali

Lickbait Gelato Bar

Introducing the newest sensation in the Batu Belig area, LickBait Gelato Bar goes beyond the ordinary to deliver an experience transcending the boundaries of traditional sweet treats. From the mesmerizing White Truffle Pistachio to the indulgent Brown Butter Maple, their gelato flavors are a journey of culinary experimentation.

Operating from noon until midnight, LickBait ensures that the craving for cold delicacies is satisfied even in the wee hours. Beyond gelato, the bar takes the experience to the next level with plated desserts and cocktails. LickBait Gelato Bar defines its offerings as “small-batched, produce-driven, artisanal, and experimental,” promising a delightful exploration of flavors for gelato aficionados and seekers of unique culinary experiences.

Oakberry

Oakberry Acai, the globally acclaimed açaí bowl brand rooted in Brazil, is expanding its footprint into Indonesia, marking its debut in Canggu and Ubud. The Oakberry Acai bar allows customers to personalize their açaí bowls and smoothies on-the-go, offering a variety of toppings like bananas, chia seeds, strawberries, cacao nibs, and coconut flakes. 

The simultaneous opening of stores in Batu Bolong, Canggu, and Monkey Forest, Ubud, signals Oakberry’s enthusiastic entry into the Indonesian market. With a global presence spanning 35 countries, including Brazil, the United States, Australia, the UK, and Spain, Oakberry aims to bring the authentic taste of Brazil to Indonesia with its diverse menu of açaí bowls and smoothies.

Product Canggu

Product Canggu, the brainchild of Chef Blake Thornley, is set to make a mark on the Bali culinary scene this November. This innovative neo-bistro restaurant boasts an open kitchen concept and a carefully curated seasonal menu. Chef Thornley, acclaimed for his role at Mozaic Ubud, promises an unscripted bistro-style dining experience with a distinctive “Asian” touch, using seasonal produce.

Product aims to embody culinary passion and authenticity, bringing a menu that explores diverse Asian flavors while emphasizing ingredient purity. The sharing-oriented menu encourages guests to relish an array of meticulously crafted dishes, promising a delightful dining experience in the heart of Bali.

Secret Bakery Bali

Set sail to to Nusa Penida and uncover the island’s first bake house, Secret Baked Bakery. With a commitment to freshness, this bakery provides a daily assortment of tasty treats paired with perfectly balanced coffee. Open from 7 AM, indulge in the daily delights, from classic croissants to Danish pastries, Torsade, and more. Secret Baked Bakery is your secret haven for freshly baked pastries, inviting you to savor every moment on this enchanting island.

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