One-Day Jakarta Food Guide: Thamrin Edition
Thamrin is a major thoroughfare in Jakarta. The road is located at the center of Jakarta, running from Bundaran HI at the south-end to the roundabout near Arjuna Wijaya Statue Jakarta at the north-end. The road was a landmark of post-colonial Indonesia and continues to have prominent importance in Jakarta. It mostly consists of business and government buildings. It also highly contributes to Jakarta’s ever-growing skyline that is full of skyscrapers that house hundreds of businesses and commercial establishments. Even though Thamrin seems like a very formal neighborhood, judging from it being a part of The Golden Triangle, it is just as lively at night as it is during the day. Thamrin has a lot of entertainment for you to visit after a full day of work, and of course, it has a lot of good restaurants around the area. That’s why we have listed a one-day food guide for you to taste while you’re at Thamrin. We have listed the best places at Thamrin for your breakfast, lunch, dinner, even dessert. Check on the list down below!
1. Breakfast at Benedict
Benedict is a gourmet café by two infamous chefs, Ivan Wibowo and Fernando Sindu, who has had tons of experience in the world of food before. It is located at the Lower Ground of East Mall of Grand Indonesia. According to their name, Benedict, the restaurant serves a bunch of all-day breakfast menu, like egg benedict, loaves of bread, salads. But worry not, that’s not the only menu that they offer, there are a lot of choices that you can pick from their menus, such as sandwiches, burgers, steaks, and many others.
As Benedict is one of the restaurants under The UNION’s group, their interior is very similar to other The UNION’s group restaurants, very simple yet classy and rustic at the same time. If you are visiting Benedict for breakfast, you should try their Mexican Eggs Benedict, eggs benedict topped with chorizo, peppers, chipotle hollandaise, corn fritters, feta cheese and served with fried cassava. A very festive eggs benedict, right? The taste is unlike your regular eggs benedict that tastes very creamy, this one has a little bit of spicy kick. Even though it is a bit spicy, you won’t be able to stop eating as it is very addicting.
Address: Grand Indonesia East Mall, Lower Ground Floor, Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 1, Menteng, Kec. Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10310
Phone Number: +6221 23581238
Social Media: @benedictjakarta on Instagram
Coffee-based drinks starting from Rp 35.000,00 – Rp 55.000,00
All-day breakfast starting from Rp 85.000,00 – Rp 145.000,00
Operating Hours: 10.00 – 22.00 WIB (Monday – Sunday)
2. Lunch at OKU Jakarta
Oku is a Japanese fine dining located at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski. This restaurant is looking sleek, modern with a touch of Japanese characteristics. When you step your feet into the restaurant, most likely the vibe you’ll be getting is Zen. The simple minimalistic wooden furniture, outdoor landscape with small Japanese pine trees, and calming music will get you that Zen vibes and makes you feel like at home.
Oku offers traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern twist. Oku Karaage is one of the most best-selling appetizers in the restaurant, it may look ugly because of its color, but the taste is nothing like you’ve tasted before. When you bite onto the karaage, a creamy spicy mayo will fill your mouth, and it tastes excellent. Another menu that you should try is their Karasumi Pasta with Sea Urchin, the combination of pasta, ikura, sea urchin, and bottarga pairs beautifully. It is very savory with a hint of umami taste in the background.
Address: Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta, Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 1, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10310
Phone Number: +6221 23583896
Social Media: @okujakarta on Instagram
Signature cocktails starting from Rp160.000,00 – Rp250.000,00
Mains starting from Rp185.000,00 – Rp1.350.000,00
Lunch: 12.00 – 15.00 WIB (Monday – Sunday)
Dinner: 18.00 – 23.00 WIB (Monday – Sunday)
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3. Dinner at Cloud Lounge & Living Room
Cloud Lounge & Living Room is located at the same tower as Altitude The Plaza, the office tower from Plaza Indonesia called The Plaza 49th floor. This restaurant is breathtakingly beautiful, you can see 360 degrees city view from the restaurant. The best time to visit would be during the sun sets, that way you will be able to see the beautiful color-changing sky from bright until it turns dark. However, please do note that you have to make a reservation if you wish to visit the restaurant and be seated at a table with a beautiful view, as it is very packed.
Having dinner at Cloud Lounge & Living Room would be awesome, as you are surrounded with a beautiful night view of the city. As the view is beautiful, you would want to order some delicious cuisine, and that would be their Seared Lamb Shank with Mashed Potatoes and Demi-Glace Sauce. The lamb shank is very tender, so it wouldn’t be hard to chew. The lamb shank is served with mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, and drizzled with their homemade slow-cooked demi-glace sauce that pairs perfectly together with other ingredients.
Address: Altitude, The Plaza Office Tower, 49th Floor, Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 28 – 30, Gondangdia, Kec. Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10350
Phone Number: +6221 29922450
Signature cocktails starting from Rp 170.000,00 – Rp 200.000,00
Mains starting from Rp 230.000,00 – Rp 650.000,00
Operating Hours: 16.00 – 02.00 WIB (Monday – Sunday)
4. DORÉ by LeTAO
DORÉ by LeTAO is a subsidiary brand of LeTAO from Hokkaido, Japan that is located at Plaza Indonesia. At their store in Plaza Indonesia, they only have 3 small tables for dine-in, therefore we suggest you to take-away your orders, as they will pack your package in a beautiful-looking box. Their best-selling cake is Fromage Cake, a cheesecake with a soft and melty texture that is available in three different variants, such as Original, Chocolate, and Matcha. Aside from their Fromage Cake, they also offer various cookies and chocolates.
As their Fromage Cake is their best-selling menu, you should try their Chocolate Fromage Cake that consists of cream cheese, chocolate cake as the base, and topped with mascarpone cheese mousse and choco crumbs. The texture is very light and smooth, and the taste is just balanced, not too sweet or too bitter.
Address: Plaza Indonesia, 3rd Floor, Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 1, Gondangdia, Kec. Menteng, Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10350
Phone Number: +6221 29924358
Social Media: @dorebyletao on Instagram
Signature Fromage cake starting from Rp 250.000,00
Cookies starting from Rp 88.000,00 – Rp 98.000,00
Operating Hours: 10.00 – 22.00 WIB (Monday – Sunday)
So, there you have a one-day food guide in Thamrin. We know that there are a lot more restaurants in Thamrin, but we hope that this helps you in deciding what you want to eat if you are in Thamrin!