Merah Jambu

Hey guys, so.. a lot of you have been asking me the same question over and over again. “Nate, are you going to update your blog in the U.S?” My answer to that is: yes and no… I want to continue posting on my blog but I am still not sure if I have the time to do it. But rest assured, I will still update my Instagram (yay!) and for those of you who haven’t followed me; please follow! (Instagram: @nathjeto).

Anyways, before leaving Jakarta I’ve decided to fill up my belly with as much Indonesian food as I can…


Just recently, I went to this Indonesian restaurant/canteen called Merah Jambu located in Gedung Tempo Scan Tower. I ordered (almost) everything from their menu and had a great time.


The first dish I tried was their nasi goreng buntut (oxtail fried rice). This dish is my personal favorite and I will surely miss not having this dish in the States. I love this dish because it’s so flavorful and they give out a pretty generous amount of buntut (oxtail). 


The second dish I tried was their fried duck. The mango-chilli and the duck meat goes very well together as it complements one another. For those who love mango-chili, I think this dish is definitely worth the try. 


The third dish I tried was their soto betawi and soto ayam. I liked it but I still like the nasi goreng buntut better. 

Furthermore, I also tried the sop buntut, nasi bogana, nasi liwet and tahu telor. All these dishes were spectacular as it tasted very rich and you can feel all the Indonesian spices giving all sorts of flavor. I loved the tahu telor, its crispy, yet you can taste the saltiness and also a bit of sweetness from the sauce.

Just like the nasi goreng buntut, the sop buntut is  also my personal favorite!IMG_2785.JPG

Lastly, I also ordered the tape goreng (fried fermented cassava). This is the perfect dish to close and it shouldn’t  be missed. 


Overall, I had a good experience dining here at Merah Jambu. FYI, this restaurant/canteen also does delivery and catering services. You can contact them via their Instagram (@merahjambucanteen) or by calling/emailing them at: +628164248100 /


Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆

Price Range: IDR 20-40k per dish


Merah Jambu
Tempo Scan Tower, Level B
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said kav 3-4
Jakarta, Indonesia 12190
Phone: + 628164248100 /

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Tugu Kunskring Paleis


A few weeks ago my friends and I decided to go for a food hunting day and we have picked Tugu Kunskring Paleis for our venture. This place is pretty much historical and there were a bunch of world class painting masterpieces displayed. I was so excited to go here because I wanted to see one of Pablo Picasso’s pieces and unfortunately while I was there, they kept it away in storage. I was very disappointed however there were still a bunch of other art pieces and the place itself is already very interesting.


There we decided to try some of the dishes and one of the highlights was trying the Ayam Setan (Devil Chicken). It was spicy and the flavors were very bold. I liked how the chicken was made tender and you can smell some Inonesian spices.


We also had the bitter balen. This dish I guess is pretty much inspired by the Dutch and I like how its crispy in the outside and soft in the inside.


We also had the fish and it tasted pretty decent and again, there we could taste a lot of the Indonesian spices.20140709-143802-52682372.jpg

This is the room where we dined and it was pretty massive for only the three of us eating there. We were also told that a few days before we were here, Victoria Beckham had dinner here and also the Sukarno family. The Sukarno family even had a VIP room named after them in this restaurant!






In this restaurant they also have a gift shop and they sell a bunch of nice antiques. Oh and a tip for you guys if you want to come. You can ask the person there to give you a tour of the place! 🙂

20140709-143803-52683250.jpgPrice Range: We spent around 200k+ for 3 dishes

Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆


Tugu Kunstrkring Paleis
Jalan Teuku Umar No.1,
Menteng, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Phone: 021 3900898

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Bebek Tepi Sawah

A week ago I was invited to Bebek Tepi Sawah for the opening of its fourth outlet in Pondok Indah Mall. Once again, thank you Bebek Tepi Sawah for inviting me. I had a great time and I have said this many times…. LOVE THE BEBEK! The Bebek is awesome! Anyhow, they introduced us to a new dessert which was the Coconut Pudding. It was pretty tasty and so if you guys happen to be around be sure to check that out. Same old; same old, I’ve said this many times at my previous articles the ambience of this place is very modern yet traditional. You can feel the Indonesian vibe going on and if you haven’t known Bebek Tepi Sawah, it is located near the XXI theatre. So probably once you Jakartans head out for a movie you might as well stop by Bebek Tepi Sawah and eat here first?



Soup Iga


Sate Lilit and Bebek Goreng


I think this article should cover the whole thing already! You can read my previous articles on Bebek Tepi Sawah below and how I have already described the food and how it tastes like. Thanks again Bebek Tepi Sawah and to the Tani Group for inviting me to dinner and congratulations on the opening once again!

Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆


Bebek Tepi Sawah
Pondok Indah Mall 2, 3rd Floor
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah Blok IIIB
Jakarta, Indonesia

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If you’re looking for a nice place to dine or have lunch with your friends and family this is the place to visit. This restaurant should be one of the nicest Indonesian restaurant in Jakarta for now. The ambience is very welcoming and you can feel the Indonesian vibe. The restaurant is decorated with Indonesian interior and it feels very traditional but also modern in a way. Food is excellent and its leaning towards fine dining and presentation of the food is quite fancy for an Indonesian restaurant. Basically this restaurant is an upscale version of Sate Khas Senayan and it suits the Indonesian tongue. My favorite dish would be “Nasi Tug-tug” and the “Nasi Goreng Buntut.” There are pictures below. These are different type of Indonesian rice cooked with oxtail and some crunchy stuff that combines the entire plate to make it a complete Indonesian delicacy. They also serve other Indonesian veggies which is tasty.



Average Spending: Rp. 100,000 and above

Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆☆


TeSate Senayan
Plaza Senayan, 4th Fl Bl CP Unit 414
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8, Jakarta
Phone: (021) 572-5521
Fax: (021) 572-5521

TeSaTe Pacific Place
Mall Pacific Place level 5 unit 62-63
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52 – 53, 12190, Indonesia
Phone number: +62-21 579-73653

TeSaTe Menteng
Jalan Sam Ratulangi No. 39, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta

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Koko Bogana

Whats better than having traditional Indonesian food close to the heart. This tiny restaurant located in Kebayoran is a comfy place for people to hang and just enjoy traditional Indonesian food. Not to mention at different times they’d have the “mba-mba” by the side serving the many different ranges of nasi and many Indonesian side dishes like tempe, tahu, etc. This place also offers a range of traditional snacks and this place is known for their “kue mangkoks.” Kue mangkoks are made out of brown sugar and this other ingredient which I’m not sure of but it tastes really good. I also tried a lot of the traditional ‘nasi,’ and ‘mie soto.’

Koko Bogana

Ok, lets cut to the chase, and let the pictures do the talking…

Signature dishes: Nasi Bogana, Nasi Kanoman, Nasi Kulo, Nasi Kuring, Nasi Pagongan, Nasi Rembang

Average Spending: Rp. 30,000 and above

Hygiene: ☆☆☆☆

Koko Bogana
Jl. Cipaku 1 No. 2, Kabayoran Baru
Jakarta, Indonesia
Phone: 021 720 3754

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