Indonesia, and back to Jakarta!!!

So again updating text on an older trip as it is ok to do so these virus days. The photos are from 2017, bit cloudy sorry the phone lol! . This is Jakarta, Indonesia, and I had good times and good friends here.

This is a vibrant city full of action day with traffic and night with the life. Life is beautiful in Jakarta. I was here 10 times in the last 9 years, so I am in awe! Never in my mind would have believe if someone have told me would visit this much Jakarta, Indonesia.

On this particular trip I was coming from another nice city Surabaya ,an old fox here too came on Garuda Airline . This was on a Sunday afternoon so went straight to my hotel central ,another new property, which would repeat in subsequent visits. The Amaroossa Cosmo Hotel, was right in front of an overpass highway along the whole front even if told is in the chic district of Cilandak. The chain webpage here and see down the hotel:



As usual from me, the main highlights of coming to new places is to taste the food, so I had a wonderful time going to eat at different places day and night , my favorite gourmet trip in any place.

My first sampler was at  the hotel Andromeda Cafe, ok with a nice mini garden in the back but again that wall of highway, the other was the Bell Lounge but it was dull no action nobody there.  Great start lol!!!


Finally ,went out of town to eat! I went to Abuba steakhouse! right near the hotel in fact at Jl. Cipete Raya No. 14A, and here you can have your juicy Aussi style steaks with fries and a nice Bintang beer!!!   Very good and highly recommended. This is the foody site Zomato on the Abuba resto:



I then had on another evening the wonderful Fish and Co. at the Town Square mall in Cilandak, this is your famous fish and chip dishes and I had the American fish and chip, huge chunck of fish indeed and with great company !! Their official webpage is here:

The foody site Zomato has reviews also on the Fish and Co here:


By the way the Town Square mall is the place to be in this area of Jakarta for that matter. It’s a marvelous open market all along the main hallway (its call Finders Fair)  ,few stores, but loads of restaurant choices… You can eat here at a different one for a whole month. You can find your restaurant here all in the comfort of nice temp control environment, chic area and good ambiance;they do concerts here too ,wow, something to be back for !!! More in foody site Zomato:



I continue my gourment delights with trying the local Bakmi Golek, this is the typical Chinese Indonesian food place with a nice surrounding, and plenty of dishes choices.  The Nasi Goreng seafood special fried rice and some crab dish will get you going with juices and sodas. The official webpage is here:

More reviews on the foody site Zomato


And I had a blast off my culinary exits in Jakarta with Mad Dogs, well this one came twice ::) Great place and a hanging out of the expats community here; friendly place, with good, affordable food, pool table, beer garden and sports on TV.  A good place to meet expat since it is a very popular hangout place, especially for American, Australian and British older expats .  Here, I had fish and chip and steaks with Bintang beers of course. South Jakarta sports bar and restaurant Mad Dogs is located in the Cilandak Commercial Estate which is a popular area for bars in south Jakarta. Opened from 2004. It has lots of flat screen TVs scattered around the walls, makes Mad Dogs the perfect place and great bar to watch live sports showing all types of sports including soccer, AFL, NRL, international cricket, F1, golf, and tennis on its large screens. Drinking beers and watching favorite matches in an exciting atmosphere are what people love to do at Mad Dogs. Good prices for food and drinks, delicious food and strong cocktails with fast and friendly service.  The restaurant is full at lunch time. Great ambience during lunch time when good ambient music picks up the mood.  The VIP room is non smoking while everywhere else is open.  Great food, cool atmosphere and friendly service.  The official Mad Dog



And to close , went to something local at Tumbar Jinten in the nearby town of Sentul; there I  had some Sundanese cuisine (west Java, very popular cuisine ). The restaurant if off the road, and a nice country setting with terrace and open tables or floor style tables. Again the foody site Zomato on the resto:


And it was time to head back home so took Garuda Airlines from Jakarta to Amsterdam and then HOP Air France to Nantes, then Express Airport bus to the train station at Gare Sud of Nantes and TER train back to Auray. A long trip but a nice experience.

The Jakarta tourist office for reference here:

The Indonesia tourist office on Jakarta

A wonderful trip each time again, looking forward to be back. In the meantimes, we will have the memories of previous experiences and good friendship. Hope you enjoy the post on Jakarta, Indonesia as I did.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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