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7 mall food court dishes that you cannot miss

When you're at the mall with friends or colleagues who have different meal preferences, the food court is always the best and affordable option. But with so many outlets available - and so many food courts available in shopping malls in Jakarta - picking a delicious dish can be an exciting - or confusing - adventure one. Wonder no more. Here's our recommendations for seven delicious dishes that you can savor in several food courts in the capital city.

 

Aji

Eager to taste its signature grilled mackerel dish, Hokke Yuan, I went to Ootoya Kitchen's outlet at Pondok Indah Mall 1's Area 51 a few times but to no avail. Apparently it has to be imported from Japan and the atka mackerel, common in the northern Pacific Ocean, was unavailable at the moment. But charcoal-grilled horse mackerel is obtainable, also imported from the Land of the Rising Sun, and it's delicious. Dip the fish a bit in a soy sauce to get a flavor boost and enjoy it with a friend since it's big enough for two.

Price: Rp 84,000

Located at: Area 51, Pondok Indah Mall 1 1st Floor, Jl Metro Pondok Indah Blok 3b

 

Ramen Special

Ramen, a Japanese noodle dish, is always a good choice for the rainy season - or if you're not feeling so healthy and thus need something warm and soothing. Shin Men Ramen's ramen special offers just the ticket, with its savory chicken-based shin men soup with tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat. With price of Rp 42,727 (US$4.42), the non-pork dish is also served in an adequate portion to make for a fulfilling lunch after a hard morning’s work. Other flavors - miso soup and shoyu soup - are also available at similar prices.

Price: Rp 42,727

Located at: Food Studio, Senayan City 5th Floor, Jl Asia Afrika Lot 19

 

Mie Keriting Ayam

Founded in 1954 in Pematang Siantar, a city in North Sumatra province, Kong's Curly Noodle's bold pronouncement at its outlet at Food Louver as "the tastiest and curliest noodle in town" caught my eye and aroused my curiosity. And though I don't have an opinion on the latter claim, the taste certainly did not disappoint. The luscious noodle, served with generous portions of delicious chicken, black mushrooms, cabbage, bean sprouts and scallions, offers an affordable and yummy option.

Price: Rp 22,727

Located at: Food Louver, Sky Bridge Grand Indonesia 3rd Floor, Jl MH Thamrin No. 1

 

Jigoku Ramen

Never underestimate the honesty of the person who creates Ramen 38 Sanpachi's menu. The Jigoku Ramen, which described as "super hot ramen noodle", is indeed very spicy. It offers spiciness on a 1 to 10 level, but my advice - if you're not in the mood for burning your tongue - stay with level 1 to 3. But for spicy food lovers, the hotness is not only agreeable but desirable as well.

Price: Rp 55,000

Located at: Urban Kitchen, Senayan City 5th Floor, Jl Asia Afrika Lot 19

 

Angus Sirloin

A good steak is hard to find, especially in a food court. But then I stumbled upon Super Steak Daily which offers Angus and Super Black Angus beef on the menu. Angus is widely assumed to be better in taste and more tender than regular beef, and this was in fact very true when I tasted the hot-and-spicy Cajun delight flavor of Angus Sirloin. Seven other sumptuous flavors are available also at your disposal, including butter garlic, beerloin, honey hot and lemon herb.

Price: Rp 120,000 (small size)

Located at: Urban Kitchen, Senayan City 5th Floor, Jl Asia Afrika Lot 19

 

Maccha Mousse

While scanning Ootoya Kitchen's menu, this dessert looked too tempting to resist. Vanilla ice cream, red sweet bean paste, mochi (Japanese rice cake) and whipped cream on top of a green tea pudding makes a delicious combination more than suitable to follow your Japanese main course. You can add liquid palm sugar as well for extra sweetness.

Price: Rp 25,000

Located at: Area 51, Pondok Indah Mall 1 1st Floor, Jl Metro Pondok Indah Blok 3b

 

Durian & Thai Glutinous Rice with Vanilla Sauce

A part of Hong Kong's chain stores, Honeymoon Dessert, like the name suggests, offers only sweet courses to conclude your meal. But its delectable choices of dessert, including the durian & Thai glutinous rice with vanilla sauce that I tasted, are the kind of dishes that people with a sweet tooth will want to enjoy again and again just for the sake of it. The combination of Mon Thong durian, the sticky and tender black glutinous rice balls and the delightful milk and vanilla sauce with ice flakes indeed makes me crave more.

Price: Rp 32,727

Located at: Food Court, Pondok Indah Mall 2 3rd Floor, Jl Metro Pondok Indah Blok 3b

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  • Joe Martin 2 yearss ago

    In the fresh morning seeing those photos is a wrong haha i mean i feel so hungry now by Indonesian foods. nice

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  • Glen Hansard 2 yearss ago

    So tempting, makes me wonder how its taste. Wanna try it soon, well noted!

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  • Ayudia Putri Permata S 2 yearss ago

    These foods are my super fav! I've tasted all of them and i never got bored about eating these foods cause the taste absolutely 10 stars!

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  • Aaron Walker 2 yearss ago

    Tempting photos! Durian & Thai Glutinous Rice must be tasteful, I'd like to try. Nice review!

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    Henrietta Dashwood 1 years ago

    Indeed, these are tempting! Thanks for sharing, I'd like to wander around malls then.

  • Kimberly Miller 2 yearss ago

    My friend took me to Ramen 38 at senayan city, tried the jigoku ramen, the broth was thick, the ramen noodles are nice, but i manage to eat half of it because of the spiciness was unbearable it's like gulping down a lava. By reading this article, i think i know what i'm going to have the maccha mousse, thanks for the reccommendation!

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  • Audrey Shannon 2 yearss ago

    Mie Keriting Ayam from Kong's Curly Noodle at Food Louver looks delicious! i love noodle so much! how much does it cost can anyone give me the information?

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  • Jeff Franny 2 yearss ago

    I'm confused about what to eat. All of these dishes look absolutely delicious. Can anyone recommend me which one is the best? I can't tell the taste if just looking at these photos only. Need some recommendations!

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  • Mandy Tess 2 yearss ago

    These dishes look absolutely amazing. I would love to try some of those recipes at home even if I cannot be in Jakarta physically.

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