Have you ever wondered why Middle-eastern restaurant is not more popular in Indonesia than what it actually is? Despite similarly using a lot of spices, Middle-eastern cuisine brings out a different experience compared to the local dishes’. Typically, it gives heat to your body, but not spicy, and not everyone is up to that. The trick to enjoy a Middle-eastern cuisine is to balance between meats, yogurts, and fresh vegetables. This way, you can savor all the rich flavor without being overwhelmed.
However, not all Middle-eastern restaurants in Jakarta provides high-quality foods and charming interiors to give you that authentic experience. Luckily, we have selected some of the best for you here:
1. Al Nafoura Lebanese Restaurant
Nothing can get wrong in this authentic Lebanese Restaurant located inside Le Meridien Hotel Jakarta. The spacious venue offers relaxed atmosphere with warm looking sand stone walls and terracotta floor. It is perfect for a fine dining experience with someone special, or an adventurous culinary journey with your closest friends. A must try is Haruf Quzi, a braised lamb shank served with rice, assorted nuts, and fresh yogurt. Not only delicious foods, the restaurant also provides excellent services, up to a five-star hotel standard! Also enjoy a belly dance performance every Friday and Saturday night.
Le Meridien Hotel
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 18-20
Lunch: 11.30 – 14.30
Dinner: 18.30 – 22.30
Saturday: 18.30 – 22.30
+6221 2513131 ext.3788
Located in an up-class area in Gunawarnan, Turkuaz gets approvals from its customer for serving exceptional meals in a charming Ottoman era interior. The owner and chef, Sezai Zorlu who was born in Turkey has received several awards, including the title of Iron Chef Indonesia. Here is where you can get the best baklava in town, as well as a tasteful Turki’s experience. Inside the restaurant, you can also visit their rug store, all imported products that selected through experienced eyes.
Jl. Gunawarman No.32
Sunday – Thursday: 11.30 – 22.00
Fridays – Saturday: 11:30 – 23.30
Evening of Public Holiday: 11:30 – 23:30
+6221 7279 58546
3. Al Jazeerah
Chefs from Al Jazeerah restaurant are experienced in creating authentic dishes from a wide selection of exquisite Middle Eastern Cuisine. But not only delivering through its foods, a Middle Eastern experience can be enjoyed through its elegant interiors and comfortable atmosphere. The dishes came in big portion and perfect to share between two. The menu has an excellent variety from appetizer to dessert which taste genuine. For some menu, they even use a traditional Arabian brick oven!
Al Jazeerah Restaurant
Jl. Raden Saleh No.58
Cikini, Jakarta Pusat
Open everyday from 9 AM – 2 AM
021-314 6108 / 391 4444
4. The Halal Guys
Form New York to Jakarta, The Halal Guys is gaining popularity here at Senayan City, Jakarta. As one of the pioneers of American Halal Food, the food chain features premium quality Halal meals and cooked it into flavorful and colorful delicious meals. Check out their famous chicken & gryo and choose between sandwiches and platters. As sides, you can choose between hummus, falafel, baba ganouj, or fries. They are your perfect choice for a simple and affordable Middle Eastern style meal. The place can be quite crowded, so table booking is recommended.
Jalan Asia Afrika Lot 19 – 4th fl.
Senayan, Jakarta Selatan 10270
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
Visit the restaurant, and they will offer you a fine dining experience that harmoniously combined Middle-eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. The unique and rich dishes use authentic ingredients that imported from all over the world to create a flavor that hits home. The restaurant has been around in Jakarta for more than 10 years, and now has opened three venues in total, which located in Matraman, Kemang, and Malaysia. The restaurant is comfortable and perfect for families. Besides dine in, Abunawas also provides catering for your private and corporate events.
Jl. Matraman Raya No.15
Open hours: Sun – Sat from 11 AM – 12 PM
+6221 8583914 or +6221 71794691/2
6. Al Zein Restaurant & Café
A Middle-eastern restaurant that opens 24 hours? Why not? Located inside FX Sudirman Mall, Al Zein serves a simple but authentic menu from appetizer to dessert. Its strategic location and affordable price make this place desirable for workers around the area, either when they are looking for a nice lunch or dinner after work. Their signature dishes include falafel sandwich, biryani lamb, and many choices of heart warming soups.
Al Zein Restaurant & Café
FX Sudirman Mall, FB Floor
Jl. Jendral Sudirman