Exploring Jakarta, Indonesia

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About a year ago, I was in Indonesia for #TripOfWonders with the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia exploring Lombok, Makassar, Banyuwangi, and Bandung. It was definitely one of the most memorable trips I had last year. I got to check out the Gili islands, try Es Pisang Ijo, see the sun rise at Kawah Ijen, and shop around Bandung! There were so many things I loved about that trip so imagine my excitement when I opened my email and saw a letter inviting me for another round this year! I was really really excited because it's going to be another trip filled with so much unforgettable memories. This time, we will be exploring the culinary and lifestyle side of Indonesia! We were set to eat our way through Jakarta, Padang, Yogyakarta, and Bali! 

Jakarta, Indonesia

We spent our first day going around Kota Tua in bikes that you can rent when you get there. I was told that the place usually gets packed so make sure to come early if you want to get on a bike! It was nice to see what the old downtown of Jakarta was like.

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After spending the morning biking around Kota Tua, we hopped on the bus to check out a acfe nearby! I love how there are a bunch of cafes in the area and it won't be hard to find good coffee here. 

We had coffee in Giyanti Coffee Roastery (Jalan Surabaya No.20, Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310, Indonesia)

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After finishing our coffee in Giyanti, a few of us decided to go for a walk and check out the nearby cafes in the area. We found this nice place just a few minutes away from Giyanti called Shop Haus (Jalan Teuku Cik Ditiro No.36, RT.10/RW.5, Menteng, Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310, Indonesia). The place was pretty nice and had quite a selection of stores where you can get gelato, smoothie bowls, and coffee. Pictured above is one of Berrywell's smoothie bowls called the Unicorn Bowl (too cute!!)

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Fast forward a few hours, we were told that we were having fine dining at Namaaz Dining (Jalan Gunawarman No. 42,
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
DKI Jakarta 12110, Indonesia)
 Namaaz Dining by Chef Andrian Ishak is Indonesia's first molecular gastronomy restaurant. Their menu changes every season (around 6-8 months) and they serve Indonesian food as their signature dish.

 We were all dressed up and excited to stuff ourselves with food. I was prepared to spend the whole night just tasting the amazing food and chatting with fellow participants that night. But what I wasn't expecting was how different this night was going to be! It was definitely not your typical fine dining dinner. We had a total of 17 courses served to us that night and each and every course was a surprise! It was very interactive and requires us to use most of our senses throughout the whole night. You'll be asked to sniff a piece of paper while eating a dessert, scrape your soup off a plate, "wash clothes", eat lipstick, and many more. I'm just going to post a few of the dishes so I don't spoil much of the excitement if you plan on dining here (sorry to those who already saw the whole course in my Instagram story back then oops!).  It was definitely the most fun meal I have ever experienced ever. I am no food critic but I highly recommend checking out the place whenever you're in Jakarta.

You can make your reservations HERE or just go to this link: https://www.namaazdining.com/reservation

You can also reach them here: info@namaazdining.com 

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On our last day in Jakarta -- before leaving for Padang the next day, we checked out more cafes in the area. We started the day at BEAU by Talita Setyadi (Jalan Cikajang No. 29, RT. 01 / RW. 05, Petogogan, Kebayoran Baru, RT.1/RW.5, Petogogan, Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12170, Indonesia)

I was honestly overwhelmed with the amount of food they served us for breakfast. There were different flavored croissants. I picked the Salted Egg one and omg, it was so good! I've always been a fan of these salted egg things so when I saw it on the menu, I immediately picked that one. Besides my salted egg croissant, there were also chocolate and almond flavored croissants, a few open faced toasts (salmon, mushroom, and egg), french toast, and of course coffee!

After our yummy pastry-filled breakfast, we proceeded to our next destination to try out smoothie bowls (yes, more eating!) in Beets and Bouts (Fairgrounds SCBD Sudirman Lot 14 (Basement Level), RT.5/RW.3, Senayan, Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12190, Indonesia) 

I can still remember how we were all worried that we will gain weight at the end of this trip. We just kept on eating and eating and eating. And note this was only the second day. We had 10 more days of eating to go.

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This ends my quick post about Jakarta! I'm pretty sure Jakarta has more surprises lined up for me so hopefully I get to visit again soon. After Jakarta, we're off to Padang so hopefully you'll check out the next blog post about my time in #WonderfulIndonesia

Disclosure: I was invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia to be part of their blogger tour #TripOfWonders