Culinary talk |

Carmel Gleeson's Favourite Restaurants in Jakarta

Culinary Talk | 16 October 2016
Carmel Gleeson, the President of Australia and New Zealand Association (ANZA). NOWJAKARTA

Originally from Melbourne, a popular gastronomic destination in the land down under, Carmel Gleeson is a keen foodie who loves to spend her free time experimenting in the kitchen. Despite her busy schedule as the President of Australia and New Zealand Association (ANZA), Gleeson tries to make time to catch up with family and friends on her spare time, usually on the weekend.

Passionate about dining, she’s always on the lookout for great food and atmosphere. She’s found quite a few in Jakarta and wishes to share her top picks, though along with a qualm. “I just wish I had learnt Bahasa Indonesia so the communication was better with the wait staff,” she says. That twinge though, hasn’t kept her from enjoying the city’s vibrant dining scene. Here are her all-time favourites.


Altitude Grill

Photo courtesy of @altitudegrill/NOWJAKARTA

Why 

For a special dinner, my favourite restaurant is Salt Grill at The Plaza. The views are amazing and the food is the best in Jakarta. I truly believe it is the only place that has the service that us expats expect. I love the fact that they do the three-course lunch for IDR 180,000. Unbeatable! When I first arrived in Jakarta, my husband was sick for weeks on end, and I asked a friend at ANZA whether there was an Australian restaurant in Jakarta. She put me onto Salt Grill and I have been going there ever since.

Favourite Dishes

My favourite dish for dinner at Salt Grill is the lamb chops and for lunch I like the steak. When our book club goes there once a month, we sometimes get the chef to make us the molten chocolate fondant.

Altitude Grill

The Plaza Office Tower
Jalan M.H. Thamrin No. Kav. 28-30
Menteng, Central Jakarta 10350
T: +62 21 2992 2448
IG: @altitudegrill
FB: @altitudegrill

www.altitudegrill.com 


Warung Turki by Turkuaz

Photo courtesy of @warungturki/NOWJAKARTA

Why 

Warung Turki is my local favourite. I can walk there from my house. I love Turkish food and I also love Friday nights on level three. They have a great atmosphere that will make you linger for hours. I was at Turkuaz and was speaking to the owners when they told me they were starting a new restaurant in Kemang, so when I saw the soft opening, I got a group of ANZA girls to go and try it, and again, I have been going there ever since.

Favourite Dishes 

My favourite dishes in Warung Turki are the bread and the baba ganoush. They’re to die for! And their pistachio baklava is just awesome!

Warung Turki by Turkuaz

Jalan Kemang Raya No. 18A
Mampang Prapatang, South Jakarta 12730
IG: @warungturki
FB: @warungturki

www.turkuazrst.com


Komunal 88

Photo courtesy of @komunal88/NOWJAKARTA

Why 

Komunal 88 is another Kemang local that is great for breakfast and lunch spot. I think it is a perfect place to go with your lady friends around the big tables and talk for hours! I first discovered Komunal 88 through a friend who invited me there and I just loved it right away.  

Favourite Dish 

I love the Dory Pasta, very recommended!

Komunal 88

Jalan Ampera Raya No. 5-6
Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta 12510
T: +62 811 162 7493
IG: @komunal88
FB: @Komunal88

www.komunal88.com