There are two types of Martabak that you can find on the streets of Indonesia, especially Jakarta. Nearly all the Martabak carts, usually sell both kind, but they can’t be more different from the other.
The savory kind, is a stuffed and pan-fried roti or a stretchy dough that finds its roots from the middle east, and which renditions can be found across Southeast Asia. Depending on the location, the name and ingredients can significantly vary. The name mutabbaq (or sometimes mutabbag) in Arabic means “folded”.
The sweet kind, is more special as it can only be found in Indonesia where a pancake batter like mixture is cooked in iron skillets, and filled with any kind of toppings you can think of: from processed cheddar cheese, chocolate sprinkles, peanuts, to the more recent trend, nutella, ovomaltine, toblerone; the imagination is the limit. It is later lathered with crazy amount butter and sweet condensed milk. Think of a giant gooey and over-stuffed pancake.
Drooling yet? Here are some martabak places in Jakarta you should try!
1. Martabak Boss
Martabak Boss leads the ‘second wave’ trend of Martabak, where the cart is a repurposed container, the catchline catchy, and the Martabak filling has no limits. Ovomaltine, toblerone, red velvet batter, cookies and cream,black skippy, you name it. Their savory type is off the roof too: meat to tuna martabaks which you can load up with mozarella cheese. Whew!
Jl. Panglima Polim 9 No. 24, Melawai, Jakarta
Jl. Tebet Utara Dalam No. 13, Tebet, Jakarta
Jl. H. Agus Salim No. 60, Menteng, Jakarta
Jl. Gunawarman No. 75, Senopati, Jakarta
Jl. MH. Thamrin No.9, Sektor 7, Pondok Aren, Tangerang
2. Martabak San Francisco
Well, for those of you who want to try martabak with different flavors, just come to Martabak San Francisco. Martabak from Bandung is directly spread in various cities, such as the Jalan Raya Bintaro Utama Sektor 5 Bintaro Jaya, South Tangerang.
There are three menu martabak here, salty martabak, mix special and sweet martabak. Martabak sweet and special mix is a menu that is the main characteristic of this martabak outlet. There are several menus that are very popular among consumers, they are: Martabak Brown Nuts Cheese, Chocolate Peanut Martabak, Martabak Death by Chocolate, and many more.
Besides sweet martabak, in here also provide salty martabak, a unique menu at this restaurant. There Black Pepper Meat Martabak, Cornet, Smoked Beef, Tuna, Sausage, and also Vegetarian.
Jalan Raya Bintaro Utama Sektor 5 Bintaro Jaya, South Tangerang
3. Martabak 65A Pecenongan
Many people believe that this is the most popular martabak in Central Jakarta and surrounding areas. For the price, this martabak ranges from Rp 25.000 to Rp 115.000 to flavor their flagship like toblerone, nutella, cheese, bananas, and cashews. What makes this place more special is that the martabak skin remains soft even though it is saved until morning. The martabak is also free of chemicals and very healthy to consume.
Jl.Pecenongan Raya No.65A, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
Phone: (021) 3504081
4. Martabak D’Marco
Now you can enjoy another new innovation of martabak, different from the others, in D’Marco Cafe. You can enjoy the warm martabak blended with cold ice cream on the top of the martabak. You can also feel the unique combination of delicious cheese with original fresh fruit strawberry.
Jl. Sabang No. 43A Kebon Sirih Menteng, Central Jakarta
Phone: (021) 92992003
5. Martabak Bandung Raya
Have you tried martabak durian? If you are passing Jalan Fatmawati Raya, South Jakarta, precisely in the corner towards Cipete, you are going to find a lot of martabak stalls. Different martabak stalls means also different tastes. The most unique martabak here is martabak durian. Yup, with a sweet taste durian combined with the martabak will not lose the sweetness of the martabak itself.
Jl. RS Fatmawati no. 22, Cipete Utara, Kebayoran Baru
Phone: (021) 7661666
6. Martabak AA Minangkabau
For years, martabak AA Minangkabau has been one of the most favorite martabak place in central Jakarta. They used to sell only martabak, but these days they also provide mie ayam (chicken noodle).
Martabak AA which also sells chicken noodle, this place is often be the target of those who stuck in traffic in around Pasaraya Manggarai. Martabak AA also provides a place to eat.
Jl. Raya Manggarai Manggarai Tebet Jakarta Selatan DKI Jakarta, 12860
Phone: (021) 70775100