Change, as they say, is the only constant, and Jakarta’s foodscape has undergone quite a few changes during the last few decades. In 2010, there was a sudden rise in the demand of duck dishes here. Subsequently, many eateries specialising in cooking up our waterfowl friends began to pop up left, right, and centre. The catalyst behind this craze remains unknown, yet here we are attempting to provide you with a list of such joints that we deem worthy of your attention. Enjoy.
Tasty yet affordable; these are probably the two reasons why this shop has netted numerous diehards in the Big Durian.
Jl. Cempaka Putih Raya No. 112D,
T: 021 9520 0006
Open daily from 10am-10pm (closed on Sunday)
Serving Balinese-style fried duck, Bebek Bengil has earned a special spot in the hearts and tummies of Jakarta’s citizens.
The Ubud Building, Jl. H. Agus Salim No. 132,
T: 021 391 8016
Open daily from 10am-11pm
Nasi Bebek Mak Isa
If this was the fifteenth century, Nasi Bebek Mak Isa could be tried for witchery as its simple set of rice, fried duck and sambal tastes like magic.
Jl. Raya Bekasi Timur No. 44,
Open daily from 5am-10pm
Nasi Bebek Ginyo
It’s an unfortunate situation that not many Jakartans are aware of this place. Every selection of dishes that this shop has to offer will leave you begging for more.
Jl. Tebet Utara Dalam No. 12,
T: 021 829 2343
Open from 11am-10pm
Bebek Goreng Haji Yogi
Its fried duck and grilled duck are perfection personified in my book. Add to that its tantalisingly hot sambal, and you’ve got one irresistible combination.
Jl. Raya Panjang, Kelapa Dua,
T: 021 532 5462
Open daily from 10am-10pm
Its mouth-watering fried duck and special spicy green chilli paste–called Bumbu Ijo – sets Bebek Malio apart from its equivalents.
Jl. Tebet Timur Dalam Raya No. 117,
T: 021 8378 9212
Open daily from 10am-9.45pm