Jakarta: Pangkep 33


“Imagine my delight when I saw how humongous the crab was. It was twice the size of my bare hand, and I actually had reservations whether or not it could actually fit in my hungry belly if I had to swallow it whole.”

With 70 per cent of the country covered by sea, you’d understand why we have a large amount of stalls and restaurants focusing on seafood in Jakarta, let alone across the country. One that has survived the test of time is Pangkep 33, which has evolved from an undistinguished warung to a successful restaurant. Specialising in authentic seafood dishes from Makassar, Pangkep 33 first took form as a roadside warung in Roxy back in 1980. After six years, it relocated to small shop nearby. With two restaurants currently in operation – in Pluit and Batu Ceper – I opted to pay a visit to the latter.

You know your business has made it when you’ve got a big sign and a striking yellow banner welcoming you in front of your joint. They also made it easier for me to locate the restaurant. Once inside, long wooden tables furnishes the establishment – perfect for a meal with your whole family or your gaggle of mates. After flipping through the menu, I went for the Kepiting Saus Padang (crab in Padang sauce), Udang Bakar Madu (honey-grilled tiger prawn), and Cumi Goreng Mentega (fried butter sotong). Now, these were all choices that I made on a whim, yet only later did I find out that they were actually three of the most popular dishes on its menu. Nice.

Imagine my delight when I saw how humongous the crab was. It was twice the size of my bare hand, and I actually had reservations whether or not it could actually fit in my hungry belly if I had to swallow it whole (I didn’t, of course). The succulent Saus Padang that it came along with was richer and tastier than those that I’ve sampled before, and the same goes for the flavoursome Udang Bakar Madu. After a single bite, I could instantly tell the level of freshness of the prawn. A bit of a downer came in the form of the Cumi Goreng Mentega, which was a tad too salty for my liking.

For those who have a penchant for everything spicy, you’d be glad to know that the eatery provides you with a serving of Sambal Terasi (dried shrimp chilli paste) for your dining experience – a perfect companion to the grilled prawn.

Jabodetabek-classic-pangkep33
Jl. Batu Ceper No. 63,
Central Jakarta
T: 021 352 3783
Open daily from 11.30am to 3pm, and 5.30pm to 10pm
Rp.150,000/US$11 per person


A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.

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