Traditionally Fresh

As a land of many spices, Indonesia is a country that is blessed with a culinary world that is filled with flavourful delicacies. Jakartans have gleefully welcomed three new joints that specialise in local dishes yet packaged in a modern setting. Here they are in all their glory.

Kila Kila by Akasya
Operated by one of the biggest and longest serving catering companies in town, Kila Kila by Akasya has become an instant hit with Jakarta’s legions of foodies. Besides its top-quality dishes, the eatery has also become well known for its impeccable interior design. Only at Kila Kila by Akasya will you be able to tuck into its famous Singgang Lidah (grilled ox tongue) and Iga Bakar Sereh (ribs grilled in shallots, garlic and lemongrass) with the city’s skyline serving as the backdrop to your meal from the seventh floor of the building in which it is housed in.

1953 Restaurant Indonesien
Its name was derived from the year in which the building where the restaurant is located was built. In keeping with the theme, 1953 Restaurant Indonesien also sports a neo-colonial vibe. With its vision of “To embark on a journey of discovery and sharing where all the senses will be awaken in the name of Indonesia”, 1953 serves a wide array of contemporary traditional dishes, including Asam Asam Iga (ribs in sour soup) and Ayam Kecombrang (chicken in ginger torch).

Found inside the five-star Fairmont Hotel Jakarta, 1945 offers a refined Indonesian rijstaffel menu that still feels like home-made food. Managed by the same company that brought us Sate Khas Senayan and Tesate, this fine-dining restaurant definitely knows Indonesian cuisine inside out. One must sample its Nasi Goreng Wagyu (wagyu fried rice) and Tape Cheesecake (fermented cassava cheesecake) to understand what we’re talking about.

Monica Livia is the youngest contributing writer in Good Indonesian Food. Born and bred under the watchful eyes of her grandmother, who happens to be a baker, she has been falling in love with food since she was a wee kid.

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