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Restaurant Radar: November’s Culinary Hotspots

Restaurant Radar: November’s Culinary Hotspots

Auli Cinantya
01 November 2023


The culinary landscape of Jakarta and Bali is perpetually abuzz with new and enticing offerings, spanning from bars and cafes to recently unveiled bistros.


The dynamic culinary scene of Jakarta and Bali continues to offer a delightful array of fresh dining experiences that keep food enthusiasts eager for more. As we delve into this month’s Restaurant Radar, we’ve meticulously curated a compilation of the newest and most noteworthy dining establishments in these vibrant cities. Be prepared to indulge, explore, and mark your calendars, as these eateries promise an unforgettable culinary journey.

New Restaurants in Jakarta

Ante Jakarta

Nestled on the ground floor of Menara Mandiri 2, Ante Jakarta proudly defines itself as a hub for Progressive Fine Dining and Fine Drinking. This dining destination provides a contemporary and lavish atmosphere, beckoning those who seek a luxurious culinary and mixology experience in the midst of the bustling city. The menu features intriguing highlights such as Grilled Swordfish, Pacific Rock Oyster, Amberjack Ceviche, and Smoked Chicken & Foie Gras Dumpling, further enhancing the experience of those with a penchant for progressive fine dining.

Burnts and Beer

Burnts and Beers, a leisure destination, can be found at Batavia PIK. The establishment is known for its enticing blend of craft beer and captivating views, offering visitors a memorable experience. As the sun sets, it’s the perfect spot to unwind and relish craft beer, along with a delectable menu that features sizzling brisket and ribs. This fusion of quality craft beer and a mesmerizing view is a highlight not to be missed when you visit Batavia PIK, making it an ideal spot to relax in the evening.

Juntos Bar & Grill

Juntos Bar & Grill, brings a unique concept of a grill and whisky bar to Jakarta. The name “Juntos” is Spanish for ‘togetherness,’ emphasizing the shared experience this restaurant aims to provide. One of the distinctive features here is the option for customers to order rare and super-premium whisky by the glass, rather than by the bottle. Signature menu items include charcoal karagee and charcoal wagyu rendang, showcasing a fusion of flavors. The extensive menu offers a wide selection of cocktails, tapas, and dishes with influences from both Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. A must-try is their signature 30-day dry-aged meat steak, promising a remarkable dining experience.

Pendolino Ristorante

Pendolino Ristorante, a contemporary Italian restaurant and bar located in Kelapa Gading, introduces a delightful fusion of Italian and Japanese culinary influences. The restaurant offers a unique twist on traditional Italian dishes, enhancing them with Japanese flavors. A selection of their signature dishes includes Pizza Smoked Bacon and Raviolone with rock lobster and egg yolk, served with crustacean cream, wakame aglio olio, and caviar, as well as the flavorful Black Cod with seaweed beurre blanc. To complement your dining experience, Pendolino Ristorante also features a well-stocked bar offering a variety of alcoholic beverages. Don’t miss trying their espresso martini and limoncello. You can find Pendolino Ristorante at Mahaka Square, Kelapa Gading.

Pino Bistrot

Pino Bistrot, a vibrant establishment located in the bustling Senopati district of South Jakarta, is brought to you by the same group behind Contra Jakarta. It seamlessly blends the concepts of tapas and a natural wine bar to create a delightful culinary experience. With a creative blend of flavors from around the world, Pino’s menu offers a unique culinary journey. From delectable small plates influenced by global cuisines to a thoughtfully curated selection of natural wines, this is a haven for those seeking a memorable and adventurous dining experience in the heart of the city. At Pino, you can revel in a cozy atmosphere, savor exceptional wines, and relish eclectic tapas.

Round Two

Round Two Coffee Shop, situated in Cipete, Cilandak, is the latest addition to Jakarta’s bustling coffee scene. Nestled within a converted house on Jl. Bunga Melati, it offers a homely ambience with both indoor and outdoor seating. A unique feature is the expansive garden, making it stand out in the trend of transforming houses into coffee shops. Round Two doesn’t limit its offerings to coffee alone; you can also enjoy pasta and rice dishes. This coffee shop provides a welcoming atmosphere whether you’re in the cozy indoors or amidst the natural surroundings outdoors. Popular options include their classic coffee choices, like ice Americano and ice white, along with the delightful cinnamon latte.

Saemaeul Korean BBQ

Saemaeul Korean BBQ has unveiled its first Indonesian branch in SCBD, Jakarta. As part of the renowned Korean chain owned by Chef Jong Won-paik, the restaurant brings authentic Korean flavors to Jakarta. One of its signature dishes, the ‘Yeoltan Bulgogi,’ stands out as a succulent pork masterpiece. The menu boasts various barbecue options, including bestsellers like Spicy Yeoltan Bulgogi, Soy Sauce Yeoltan Bulgogi, Ogyeopsal, and Yangnyeom Pork Gui. Beyond the flavors, Saemaeul’s ambiance successfully combines modernity with a warm, inviting atmosphere. Each visit here provides a deep dive into the rich traditions of Korean cuisine, promising an authentic culinary experience for Indonesian diners.

SMARA Kitchen & Coffee

SMARA Kitchen and Coffee introduces a cozy atmosphere right in the heart of Senopati. This minimalist café is ideal for work or relaxation, exuding tranquility. It’s more than just a coffee house; besides serving an array of coffee, including the uniquely flavored Dirty Chai and Rose Kedondong, SMARA offers a diverse menu spanning Indonesian, Asian, and European dishes, catering to all preferences. It’s not only a coffee hub but a culinary delight, serving traditional snacks and hearty meals. Located in the newly blossoming area of Kebayoran Baru, SMARA blends contemporary coffee culture with traditional culinary treasures.

New Restaurants in Bali

Accent Gastrobistro

Accent Gastrobistro in Canggu offers a distinct twist on Modern European cuisine. The warm and inviting ambiance creates a homely vibe, with the added charm of live music played through classic vinyl record players. One unique feature is its early morning breakfast service, starting at 8 AM, featuring a selection of delightful items such as fresh cottage cheese with vanilla cream and seasonal fruits, brioche toast with bacon, omelets, pancakes, and more. The bar at Accent Gastrobistro is a haven for mixology enthusiasts, offering a range of cocktails like the house specialty, the Accent Negroni, and a selection of mocktails, ensuring a refreshing and unique dining experience.


CUMULUS Bali, the latest addition to Pererenan’s culinary scene, has introduced a fresh take on contemporary Australian cuisine. This “Contemporary Australian Eatery” derives its name from the concept of cumulus clouds, symbolizing a gathering. It provides a space where patrons can enjoy modern Australian culinary delights in a convivial setting.

The restaurant is known for its innovative signature coffees and kombucha, creating an ideal ambiance for gatherings and enjoyable conversations. The menu boasts classic breakfast options such as Scrambled Galore (scrambled eggs), Croque Madam, and Pretzel on the Floor, amongst other delectable choices. CUMULUS Bali promises to bring a touch of contemporary Australian culinary flair to the charming Pererenan area.

Il Locale

Il Locale Bali in Canggu introduces the essence of Italy to Berawa through its sincere Italian cuisine. Committed to creating dishes entirely from locally and ethically sourced ingredients, the restaurant offers a sanctuary for aficionados of homemade cuisine. Guests can savor an immersive dining experience that unveils the craft of fresh pasta before their eyes.

Founded by Mauro Marcucci, an accomplished restaurateur renowned for his successful Italian eateries across Australia, and partnered with the talented Head Chef, Francesco Di Gioia, the menu boasts tantalizing dishes such as battered zucchini flowers with truffle and honey, local tuna crudo, and hand-rolled spaghetti with blue swimmer crab.

Jade | Eatery & Sips

Jade Eatery & Sips, located in Canggu, offers a unique dining experience. Under its burnished copper ceiling, this sophisticated establishment combines a restaurant, bar, lounge, and terrace. Guided by renowned Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa, the menu blends Asian sophistication with contemporary flair.

Challenge your taste buds while sipping some of the finest cocktails on the island. Start with the market fish crudo featuring passionfruit kosho, green strawberry, pickled jalapeño, and lemon. Don’t miss the perfectly juicy pork jaw with creamy corn polenta, pork jus, and a crisp salad.

Little Frenchie

Little Frenchie Café brings a taste of France to Pererenan, Bali. This casual, modern, French-inspired bistro caters to those seeking authentic French cuisine. As you step inside, the French-style interior with charming red details, bespoke tableware featuring their appealing logo, and the ambiance of French music, transport you to a delightful corner of Paris.

The menu offers a journey through classic French dishes. Start your day with a hearty brunch, choosing from options like croque madame and lobster eggs benedict. Later, explore the diverse selection of soups and salads. When it comes to mains, consider indulging in Rosti Aux Champignons or savoring Steak Frites. Little Frenchie Café promises a genuine French culinary experience in the heart of Bali.

Sayulita Tacos & Tequila Bar Uluwatu Bali

Experience an upcoming Mexican culinary journey at Sayulita Tacos & Tequila Bar, soon to grace the lively Uluwatu. Chef Asier Arroyo presents an array of authentic Mexican flavors through meticulously crafted tacos and traditional Mexican dishes. This bar and restaurant takes pride in its Mexican cocktails, spotlighting Tequila and Mezcal, both as traditional classics and creatively reimagined concoctions. The skilled mixologists at Sayulita bring these libations to life, using only the finest Tequilas and Mezcal sourced directly from Mexico. Homemade tacos, prepared with fresh, organic ingredients, complete the enticing menu. Sayulita Tacos & Tequila Bar is poised to bring the heart of Mexico to your plate.

Te' Amo Bali

Te’Amo Bali offers a blend of European and Balinese influences in its culinary creations. This contemporary European bistro is inspired by the rich cultural tapestry of Bali, using high-quality local ingredients to craft a unique menu.

Drawing from Mediterranean and Modern Asian cuisines, Te’Amo’s dishes are perfect for sharing, effortlessly merging various culinary traditions. The menu includes a delectable array of fresh seafood, classic Neapolitan pizza, and numerous sharing plates. This establishment provides an opportunity to embark on a gastronomic journey where European gastronomy intertwines with the flavors and essence of Balinese culture.

Teasing Tongues

Teasing Tongues has finally unveiled its doors, much to the delight of eager food enthusiasts.

This Mexican gem, nestled in the heart of Canggu, seamlessly combines sultry sophistication with a diverse culinary charm. It promises a captivating dining adventure where the flavors of Mexico intertwine seamlessly with an ambiance that tantalizes the senses and fuels curiosity. Make sure to sample their signature drinks, including the zesty michelada, and the refreshing strawberry caipirinha.

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