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.
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.
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. 🙂
Their Indonesian dishes took longer to be served, about 20 minutes.
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.
The whole experience – the food, the service, the ambience, the view – was worth it.
I was able to take photos of some of the menu pages. Note that this is not the complete menu.
Some Pertinent Information From The Cafe Batavia Website: http://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)
Friday-sat. 9.00 – 12.00 pm
Sunday 6.00 -9.00 pm
Sat-sun 2.00 – 5.00 pm
Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No.14 Jakarta Kota Jakarta Barat, DKI Jakarta 11230, Indonesia
Telephone:+62 21 6915973
Telephone:+62 21 6915531
Watch out for my next post: Fatahillah Square 🙂
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