Dishes in Indonesia are typically small, a reason why most people order several plates on a lazy Susan (revolving platform in the center of the table) for all to dig into. Soy-based dishes and rice dishes are the main staples while seafood from the Bay of Jakarta is also popular.
The colonial Portuguese, the Dutch and the British have all had an effect on Indonesian cuisine, although most tastes refer to Malaysia and Singapore. In addition, everything from Sumatran to Javanese cuisine is popular with both the locals and tourists in Jakarta.
This is generally the best area in Jakarta for eateries, with its vast collection of shopping centers, standalone restaurants, and hotels. The popular Blok M mall is here, along with a decent amount of nightlife and residential areas. Western fast food eateries are all around.
This area of South Jakarta easily has the best collection of top-end eateries in the Indonesian capital, with menus consisting of the best of local and international fare. Along with Indonesian eateries are French, Italian, and South American venues. There are also many smart live music venues and nightclubs in Kemang.
Ancol Dream Park
This is one of the most popular tourist areas in the city. It sits in North Jakarta and is loaded with attractions and entertainment options, such as Fantasy World and a massive aquarium, while many big hotels and restaurants also reside nearby.
Downtown Jakarta cafés
While the cheapest eating can be had at the markets (pasar) and street vendors (warung) in town, the eternally popular Indonesian café is perfect for snacks and rubbing shoulders with the locals. They are generally tiny, yet sheltered, cafés (kafe tenda) in central Jakarta that feature all sorts of goodies.