Who doesn’t like satay (sate in Indonesian) ? Probably one of the ultimate Indonesian food that’s popular even abroad. Every region in Indonesian seems to have some kind of version of this grilled meat on a stick. Here is a list of our favourite satay places in Jakarta:
1. Sate Sambas
Sambas refers to the street near Melawai, South Jakarta, where multiple sate carts offer sate ayam and sate kambing. You can’t go wrong with any of the sellers, but the most popular is Pak Rofii’is stand. You can also try the latest ‘trend’ of diet sate, where chicken breast cuts are served pale, with a little squirt of lime and some sambal, sans peanut sauce and kecap manis.
Jl. Sungai Sambas II No.20, (Near Melawai, Blok M), South Jakarta
Price: 25-30k for Sate Ayam, 35k for Sate Kambing
2. Sate H. Romli (Sate RSPP)
A sate stall in front of RSPP (Pertamina Hospital) in Kyai Maja street, South Jakarta, popular for its Sate Kambing with lontong. It is located in front of a bakmi yamin place that serves some Indo-chinese food. This sate place can get really crowded and the busy street makes car-parking here a slight task.
Jl. Kyai Maja No.21, Melawai, South Jakarta
Phone: (021) 7221164
Price: 25k for Sate Ayam, 34k for Sate Kambing
3. Sate Kimtek
We are not sure how, but the Sate Kambing in this place is incredibly tender with no trace of gaminess at all that it takes a minute to register that you are in fact eating goat’s meat. Other than the sate, their clear broth Sop Kambing and flavorful Gule Kambing is awesome too, all served with unique condiment of cabbage & cucumber acar (light pickle).
Jl. Arteri Kelapa Dua No. 64H, West Jakarta
Price: @40,000/skewer (Ayam), @6,000/skewer (Kambing)
4. Sate Apjay (Apotik Jaya)
A legendary sate stall in Jakarta that’s been around for decades. It is now part of a small ‘food court’ that sells cheap dimsum, soto, and other street food.
Apjay Food Market, Jl. Panglima Polim IX No. 22, Melawai, Jakarta
Price: 24K for Sate Ayam, 30K for Sate Kambing
Tesate is the ultimate satay restaurant by the Sari Rasa group that’s behind every Sate Senayan restaurant you see in Indonesia. This is the people that really knows their sate, and has perfected the art of Sate over the decades. It is on the pricier side of sate dishes, but in here you can sample Indonesia’s best sates: such as Sate Sapi Makassar, Sate Sapi Ungaran, Sate Buntel, Sate Ayam Blora, Sate Lilit, Sate Ayam Ponorogo that are not too easy to find in Jakarta.
Tesate Menteng, JL. Sam Ratulangi No. 39 Menteng, Phone: (021) 31931250
Hours: 10.30 – 23.00
Tesate Plaza Senayan Lt.4 Unit CP-411 JL. Asia Afrika, Phone: (021) 5725521
Hours: 10.30 – 22.00
6. Sate Batibul Bang Awi
Batibul stands for ‘Bawah Tiga Bulan’ or under three months, refering to the age of the goat used as the sate. The result, more tender meat and no trace of the gamy smell that’s usually found with grilled goat’s meat. Must try.
Jl. Dr Saharjo No. 100B, Tebet, Jakarta
Price: Rp. 50,000 for Sate Kambing, Rp. 30,000 for Sop Kambing.
7. Sate Ajo Ramon
We hesitated a bit with putting a Padang style sate in the list, as its completely different way of serving sate and cooking method deserves a category of its own. But anyone that loves sate must put this one in their places to go. Ajo Ramon’s yellow sate sauce is second to none, flavorful and complements the tender skewered beef cuts really well. If you’re not squeamish, we urge you to opt for the beef tongue sate. Delish!
Jl. Cipaku I (Pasar Santa) & Jl. Cikajang Raya No.72, South Jakarta
Price: Rp. 30,000 with lontong (rice cakes).
8. Sate Buntel Mas Gik
Sate Buntel is a signature dish of Solo, central Java made of minced and seasoned young goat meat and wrapped in a fatty blanket (fat layer on goat’s belly) to form a round cylindrical shape, hence the name, meaning fat or round. TIt is rich in flavour and the fat literally melts in your mouth. The grilled Sate Buntel is best eaten with simply sweet soya sauce, shallot and chilli padi condiment.
Sate Buntel Mas Gik
Jl. Tebet Raya 16A, Jakarta Selatan