Indonesia’s capital city presents world-class food and beverage offerings. The scene is constantly growing and evolving, and sometimes it is hard to keep up. That’s why we present a highlight of the best new restaurants in Jakarta 2024 to help you stay in the loop of the latest and most noteworthy openings. From fresh new cafés to late-night speakeasies and top fine dining venues, this list will help you to explore the superb dining scene across the city.

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New restaurants in Jakarta that opened in January 2024


The Distillers Library

One of the new restaurants in Jakarta: The Distillers Library

For lovers of fine and rare whiskies, The Distillers Library will be their newest sanctuary in the city. Opening its doors in the stylish compound space, Bumi Pakubuwono, this exclusive venue presents the most precious collection of single malts from William Grant & Sons, namely Glenfiddich and The Balvenie. 

The venue includes a retail storefront featuring the core range of the distillery, for those simply looking to purchase their favourite bottles. Further inside, a handsome ‘tasting room’ awaits, a cosying space where visitors can immerse themselves in smells and flavours of the ‘amber liquid’, showcasing treasured whiskies from the family archive for guests to experience. Lining an entire wall are bottled distillery samples, recreating the experience one might have directly at distilleries, with cask tastings led by Brand Ambassadors.

Beyond the tasting room lies a hidden dining room and secret lounge, invite-only spaces housing some of the rarest and most precious treasures from the William Grant & Sons archive. Reserved for valued private collectors and buyers, the ultra-private space takes whisky discovery to an elevated level. 

Connoisseurs and collectors can expect other limited-edition collections, exceptional bottlings, and precious whiskies only available at The Distillers Library here in Jakarta.

@thedistillerslibrary | williamgrant.com


ESA Restaurant

One of the new restaurants in Jakarta: ESA Restaurant

Adding to Jakarta’s evening destinations, ESA Restaurant presents a fresh take on a refined dining experience. This stylish venue is the brainchild of three young and passionate culinary professionals who have set out to break the food and beverage boundaries. Experimental and innovative, the menu takes diners on a journey of unexpected flavours.

ESA, meaning ‘one’ in Sanskrit, is a statement from the founders, together embarking on their first (i.e. number one) foray as independent restaurateurs. The collective experience of Chef Aditya Muskita, Jessica Eveline and Kevindra Soemantri rings in a new ‘genre’ of dining, with their ultimate goal being to define the ‘New Jakarta Cuisine’. ESA Restaurant thus aims to represent the Jakarta of today, the modern cosmopolitan, with its melting pot of cultures. Chef Aditya, who has cooked in renowned kitchens like Mozaic and Room 4 Dessert in Ubud to Relae in Copenhagen, Denmark, thus showcases a reimagining of Jakarta’s favourite flavours through both a tasting and a la carte menu.

The 14-course tasting menu is served to the table as a sharing experience, an informal degustation style where an eclectic collection of dishes are served in unison through the amuse bouche, appetiser, mains, dessert and petit fours courses. Diners will likely muse over the creativity of the dishes, from the delicate ‘Foie Gras Parfait’ served with Hoisin-glazed fried dough, to the ‘Ikura Tart’, featuring the unlikely combination of homemade burrata and ikura (salmon roe) in a crispy plantain tart. The mains welcome a triad of meats, including the Aged Duck Breast Glazed in brem, Grilled Shorts Ribs in andaliman pepper jus and beetroot-glazed Smoked Pork Belly. Inspiration from classic Jakarta bites make subtle appearances, such as in the fun dessert dish ‘Es Campur Without the Ice’. Little odes to the city the founders call home. The a la carte menu features everything on the tasting menu, plus additional creations to explore.

Food is served from the open kitchen, found at the heart of ESA Restaurant’s ground-floor space. Contemporary and stylish, the atmosphere is likened more to a modern living, cosy and casual, accentuated by the warm lighting. It serves to appeal to a less formal generation, who wish to dine on good food without pretence. To keep diners returning the kitchen has a seasonal menu, turning over every eight months, when brand new flavours are served. A light beverage menu features a handful of imported wines and selected cocktails, plus ESA’s own ‘fruit wine’, bespoke fermented juices prepared to pair with the food.

Open from Monday to Saturday. 5.30pm to 10pm.

+6281110016282 | reservations@restaurant-esa.com | @esarestaurant


Peggy’s Brass Knucles

One of the new restaurants in Jakarta: Peggy's Brass Knuckles

Bali’s own Locavore Group opens up one of their first new restaurants in Jakarta with Peggy’s Brass Knuckles. Located inside Shophaus Mahakam, Peggy’s features a restaurant space, onsite butcher’s shop, bakery and retail space (Peggy’s Grocery), a café and bar.

Diners can expect the same Locavore ethos, where everything offered is sourced locally, championing Indonesian ingredients. The menu includes Duck Sausage with green peppercorn jus and apple chutney, Beef Tongue with bone marrow jus, chimichurri and sourdough bread; Koji Fried Beef Brain with red salsa verde and pickled green papaya; Grilled Pork Jowl with heritage rice and pork floss; Catch of The Day grilled over an open fire with fish roe beurre blanc and Roasted Cauliflower with whipped yoghurt, parsley oil and cashews. To complement, the bar serves up favourite locally brewed craft beers on tap; and a wide variety on their beverage menu.

Peggy’s Grocery, sells Locavore’s locally sourced meat cuts, sausages, freshly baked breads, and jars of confections and goods made by the team, for those hoping to bring a little piece of one of Peggy back home with them.

Open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday, from 11.30am to 2.30pm
Open daily for dinner, from 5.30pm to 9.30pm

+6282322564582 | peggys@locavore.co.id | @peggysbrassknucles


Delizie

Jakarta’s vibrant communal space Shophaus Mahakam welcomes Delizie adding brand new options for foodies and enlightening the culinary scene in the legendary dining hub Blok-M. 

After opening its first café in the Berawa area of Bali in 2022, Delizie spreads the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a mouth-watering selection of its pastries, bread, and sweets in Jakarta.

“Our pastry chefs carefully craft each treat using heritage recipes and the finest ingredients. Delizie itself specialises in Italian-style pastries or sweet treats. Meanwhile, the menu at Delizie Jakarta will be more varied with the addition of the Panini, a classic Italian sandwich” explained Delizie Owner, Gregory Lentini.

Featuring a modernised ‘rustic-Italian; interior concept, Delizie is the perfect place for a quick breakfast, a relaxing afternoon, or to end the day with a cup of Espresso or Cappuccino and signature sweets, such as Three-Flavour Tiramisu, Bomboloni, and Maritrozzi. There is also a daily selection of fresh croissants and a wide variety of tempting pastries such as Cannoli, Occhi di Bue, and Baci di Dama.

@shophausmahakam

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