French cuisine is famous all over the world with the dishes that are unique in both of presentation and taste. The rigorous habits and great attention details of their chefs, creates a guide for the rest of the world of haute cuisine, the worldwide benchmark of preparing food in the best way possible. French food in essence is inherently simple yet requires high attention to detail, balance, and diligence in all its methods of preparation. That is why, only the most experienced chefs with the best of ingredients, can bring the best of french food to life. There are quite the few French restaurants in Jakarta but which one are good and worth the try? Here are the list from our Editor’s picks!
1. Amuz $$$
Strategically located at Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD), Amuz Gourmet Restaurant cozily nestles in a corner of the second floor of the Energy Building, which makes this fine-dining venue a perfect getaway from the crowded and busy streets of Jakarta.
The open kitchen allows the chefs to display their culinary skills. Amuz Gourmet Restaurant offers contemporary French cuisine accompanied by the finest of French, as well as other European and New World wines, perfectly stored in a walk-in glass cellar. Amuz also offers an adjoining bar and lounge to enjoy special cocktail creations or a wide selection of wine by the glass.
The Energy Building, 2nd floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53 SCBD, South Jakarta
Phone: (62-21) 250 5064
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:30pm, 6-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 6-10:30pm
2. Bistro Baron $$
Bistro Baron serves classic French Bistro favorites, highlighting the authentic yet home-style French dishes. This is French comfort food, served in a casual and cozy decor. With its charming interior, meticulously prepared food and a well thought-out drinks list, Bistro Baron is not only meeting the demand for authentic, high-quality dining experience, but it also infuses some French tradition and soul into Jakarta’s bustling food scene.
Plaza Indonesia Extension Level 1, Unit E 20-21 Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav 28 – 30, Central Jakarta
3. Cassis $$$$
For the ultimate French fine dining in Jakarta, this is a must visit. Cassis is at the upmarket end of Jakarta dining offerings but your taste buds will be greatly rewarded. All dishes are freshly & masterfully prepared on premises by the chef & his team. In addition to its signature well-loved dishes, such as Black Angus Beef Tenderloin ”Perigourdine” with Duck Foie Gras, Crispy Mallard French Duck Leg Confit using only fresh ingredients brought in daily, the excellent food is complemented by an extensive and diversified wine list from both the Old and New Worlds.
Pavilion Apartment, Retail Arcade | Jl. KH Mas Mansyur No. 24 CBD, Central Jakarta
Hours: Sun-Sat 12-3 pm, 6pm-11pm
4. Emilie $$$$
Emilie’s classic French dishes are hard to fault. They are committed to using seasonal ingredients and traditional recipes. Try the horse steak… just to be adventurous. With interiors resembling an elegant modern luxury home, the venue manages to feel cozy and chic at the same time. Emilie creating traditional fine dining fare using the finest imported ingredients, such as sea bass and other seafood from the famed Tsukiji Market in Japan, French Imperial Blood pigeon, and “Baeri” sturgeon caviar.
Jl. Senopati Raya No.39 Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Phone: (62-21) 521-3626
Hours: Sat-Sun 12-2pm, 6-11:30pm
5. Lyon $$$
One of the few french restaurants in the city that serves the rustic side of French cusine, in a relaxed yet sophisticated environment. The restaurant has two elegant and unique private dining rooms, which can accommodate up to 14 guests, offering intimate venues for special occasions and business dining. Enjoy a menu full of dishes that uses both prime imported ingredients and the finest locally sourced produce to create dishes full of fresh, lively flavours. For example, you’ll find exquisite Fines De Clair oysters from Brittany, France and a Mayura Station Ranch full-blood wagyu rib-eye alongside a striking soup made from heirloom tomatoes harvested in Puncak, West Java.
Mandarin Oriental Jakarta Jl. Kebon Kacang Raya CBD, Central Jakarta
Phone: (62-21) 2993-8824
Hours: Mon-Fri (lunch) 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sun-Sat (dinner) 6:30-10:30pm
Sat (brunch) 11:30am-2:30 pm
6. Le Quartier $$
Transport yourself to the vibrant atmosphere of Paris and savor a slice of “la belle vie” amidst the hustle and bustle of Jakarta! Come allow yourself to indulge and unwind in Le Quartier’s understated elegance that is deeply rooted in the charming philosophy of France’s romantic neighborhood brasseries.
Jl. Gunawarman No. 34 (Senopati) Kebayoran Baru | South Jakarta
Phone: +6221 72788001
7. Garçon $$
As its name suggests, Garçon is all about exploring the delights of youth. It boasts a classy Parisian theme with modern, chic and edgy twists in the form of geometric designs dominated by white wooden panels and custom-ordered monochromatic tiles. Headed by Chef Camille Benedetto, who has been trained for 18 years in classic French cuisine with a Mediterranean infusion, the kitchen formulates all sorts of butter creamed recipes typical of French dishes but also has touches of southern ingredients predominated by olive oil, basil and tomatoes.
Plaza Senayan Level 4 no.410 Jl. Asia Afrika no.8 South Jakarta
8. Liberté French Brasserie $$
Liberté is a relaxed French brasserie located at the second floor of Galeries Lafayette in Pacific Place Mall. Its warm and comfortable interiors are a perfect background for its flavorful, filling and earthy classic French-style cooking. Reminiscent of a leisurely stroll down the Champs-Élysées in Paris, with the Arc de Triomphe in the distance, Liberté is evocative of the chic and relaxed lifestyle of the French, who always have time for the best food and drink.
The menu is built around foods which are stylish and elegant yet simple and hearty. The cuisine is undeniably French, utilizing both traditional and modern cooking techniques and is partnered with attentive yet unobtrusive service, creating an enjoyable dining experience. Specialties of Liberté include: Escargot Vol-au Vent (Escargot in Puff Pastry), Duck Confit with Sautéed Spinach, Barramundi with Ratatouille, Steak Frites (Steak and Fries) and Profiteroles in Chocolate Soup. The drinks at Liberté pay fun and whimsical homage to the French, with fresh and interesting twists to traditional cocktails.
Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place, Lantai 2, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, SCBD, Jakarta
Facebook: Liberte Jakarta
9. Avec Moi $
Office Park Thamrin City, Jl. Thamrin Boulevard, Tanah Abang, Jakarta
Facebook: Avec Moi Restaurant & Bar