Lara Djonggrang

Indonesian in Cikini & Menteng

While many Jakartan restaurants lack atmosphere, that accusation could never be levelled at Lara Djonggrang. As you enter it's easy to think you've stumbled across some lost temple – one that serves perfectly executed and creatively presented imperial Indonesian cuisine from across the archipelago.

It offers Makassar-style squid and crab, Alor-style tamarind shrimp, and lobster cooked like they do in Aceh. There's a good wine list and staff are well informed and efficient. Prices are quite affordable considering the quality. Oh, and the bar is in fact created from an actual 200-year-old temple.