Cafe Batavia at Fatahillah Square, Old Batavia, Jakarta: A Worthwhile Dining Experience

Nestled is one corner of Fatahillah Square, housed in a 200 year old building, Cafe Batavia took us to a journey back in time when Indonesia was still under Dutch rule and Jakarta was still known by its colonial name – Batavia.

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Being the 2nd oldest building in the square that once was the seat of power of the Dutch, Cafe Batavia boasts of well-preserved old Dutch architecture, a carpeted staircase, high ceilings, polished wooden floors and big, highly conspicuous windows that run from wall to wall looking out over Fatahillah Square.

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The view from our table by the window inside Cafe Batavia. Seen in the photo are Jakarta History Museum and Fatahillah Square bustling with activity that Saturday afternoon.

A restaurant that already looked worth our while even at first glance, I wondered if Cafe Batavia can give credence to the saying “First impressions last.”

There was no queue and we were seated in no time at all, it being already 1:30 in the afternoon when we arrived.  Cafe Batavia serves both Western and Asian dishes. Zuri ordered pancakes while Rupert and I readied ourselves for some Indonesian cuisine.

Zuri’s pancake was first to arrive. It only took the staff 5 minutes to prepare Zuri’s food. 🙂

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Cafe Batavia’s Fabulous Pancake at IDR 72,500 (PHP 257) per order

Their Indonesian dishes took longer to be served, about 20 minutes.

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Cafe Batavia’s Nasi Campur at IDR 75,000 (PHP 265) per order

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Cafe Batavia’s Nasi Goreng Batavia at IDR 85,000 (PHP 300) per order

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Cafe Batavia’s oxtail soup at IDR 137,500 (PHP 486) per order

For our drinks, we had Coke, Peach Tea and Bir Pletok, a traditional Indonesian drink.

As I stated in my previous restaurant/hotel posts, I am no food critic. For as long as the food is edible and filling, I’m good. Having said that, here is my two cents: Cafe Batavia serves some serious Indonesian fare!

In particular, I loved my Nasi Campur. Rupert’s Nasi Goreng Batavia is a dependable classic. The oxtail soup is another reliable dish, although truth be told, I’m more partial to our very own Bulalo. Zuri’s Fabulous Pancake was perfect. The only one I did not like was the traditional Indonesian drink Bir Pletok. It was just way too unique for my taste.

We spent a total of IDR 624,360 (PHP 2,209) inclusive of service charge and tax.

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The whole experience – the food, the service, the ambience, the view – was worth it.

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Rupert and Zuri at Cafe Batavia, Fatahillah Square, Old Batavia, Jakarta

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My loves watching the hustle and bustle of Fatahillah Square from the comfort of Cafe Batavia.

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Our family had a great time at Cafe Batavia.

The Menu

I was able to take photos of some of the menu pages.  Note that this is not the complete menu.

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Some Pertinent Information From The Cafe Batavia Websitehttp://www.cafebatavia.com/

Cafe Batavia opens:
Monday to Thursday: 8 am – 12 am (midnight)
Friday: 8 am – 1 am
Saturday: 7 am – 1 am
Sunday/ Public Holiday: 7 am – 12 am (midnight)

Live music:
Mon-thurs 8.30-11.30pm
Friday-sat. 9.00 – 12.00 pm
Sunday 6.00 -9.00 pm
Sat-sun 2.00 – 5.00 pm

Contact:

Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No.14 Jakarta Kota Jakarta Barat, DKI Jakarta 11230, Indonesia

Telephone:+62 21 6915973

Telephone:+62 21 6915531

Email:cafe.batavia.jakarta@gmail.com

Watch out for my next post: Fatahillah Square 🙂

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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