“A variety of fillings are available for patrons to choose for their Roti Bakar, ranging from chocolate, cheese, and peanut butter to corned beef. You can also mix and match to your liking as well.”
Ask a Jakartan his/her favourite late-night supper nosh, and it’s more than likely that they’ll respond with Roti Bakar (toast) as their preferred choice. Coupled with the fact that there are more Roti Bakar sellers across the city than one can shake a stick at, and you’ve got yourself the capital of Roti Bakar right here in Jakarta. The best of the lot, however, seems to be Roti Bakar Eddy, a joint that has been around since the 1970s and has spawned a number of branches.
Its main roadside shop is on Jalan Raden Patah, which, during the late 1990s, was a hip hang-out spot for youngsters lined with a plethora of hawker tents offering various comestibles. While most of them have either relocated or folded entirely, Roti Bakar Eddy still stands tall, its business still thriving amid growing competition from modern, chic eateries offering unusual Roti Bakar fillings at exorbitant prices. It now has seven additional branches in total in town. Despite its success, while its other outlets are housed in brick-and-mortar shops, the flagship Roti Bakar Eddy still operates out of a roadside tent to preserve its roots.
Roti Bakar Eddy has become a byword for consistency, managing to preserve the quality of its vivers to the extent that they tower over those of its newly established equivalents. A variety of fillings are available for patrons to choose for their Roti Bakar, ranging from chocolate, cheese, and peanut butter to corned beef. You can also mix and match to your liking as well. Besides its Roti Bakar, another treat that you must tuck in to is its Pisang Bakar (grilled banana), which is topped with chocolate, cheese, and milk. Right, I’m off to get my Roti Bakar fix now at Roti Bakar Eddy, and I think you should too.
Jl. Raden Patah No. 11,
Open daily from 5pm to 2am
Rp.15,000/US$1.10 per person