Jakpost guide to Jl. Cikajang

Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta

Jakarta, posted: Fri, August 31, 2018 | 10:07 am

The newly established 71st Omakase in Jl. Cikajang serves Western and Asian cuisine with 'omakase' style. (71st Omakase/File)

Looking for breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurants in one area? You may want to go to Jl. Cikajang in South Jakarta, as the places there are mostly open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

How to get there

Jl. Cikajang is located between Jl. Wolter Monginsidi and Jl. Tirtayasa. The blue bajaj (three-wheeled motorized vehicle) is one option to reach the location, though they are rarely found on the street. Other public transportation options are Metro Mini S75, which serves the Blok M-Pasar Minggu route and passes through Jl. Wolter Monginsidi; online ojek (motorcycle taxis), regular taxis or private vehicle.

What to wear

Casual outfit.

Where to eat

Beau by Talita Setyadi is among the breakfast places that can be found here. Realizing that pastry is her passion, Talita pursued her education at Le Cordon Bleu in France, and in 2015 she opened Beau after struggling to find the breads she used to eat there.

Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Beau serves its patrons with homemade sweets and savory dishes, among them poached pear French toast and œufs benedicte (eggs benedict). One of its cakes, Jajanan, is an interpretation of es cendol (silky green rice-flour jelly served in coconut milk and palm sugar), which tastes fresh with different textures in each layer. A smoking room is available, and the average price is Rp 150,000 (US$10.26) per person.

Beau's poached pear French toast, consisting of caramelized brioche and poached pear. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

Other options for breakfast places are Mister Sunday that offers all-day breakfast dishes with a relaxing atmosphere, Sophie Authentique, which is known for its canelé; kopikalyan, which specializes in coffee in minimalist interior and the newly established Ombe Kofie, which offers different types of coffee in a homey atmosphere. 

Founded by duo Fergie Tan and Yusuf Asikin, Mister Sunday has a minimalist design with lots of natural lighting. (Mister Sunday/File)

The street also has places that offer heavier options for lunch, including Nasi Kuning Oma, which provides customized nasi kuning (yellow rice) for special occasions, Bakmi Boy, Cut the Crab, Bakso Solo and Depot Malang. Walk a little bit further to Jl. Cipaku for Koko Bogana and Jl. Wolter Monginsidi for Begor Pondok Suryo. Most of them serve Indonesian cuisine, but you can also find seafood and Chinese food. 

Read also: Jakpost guide to breakfast spots

One of the desserts at 71st Omakase, Just Pick Me Up!, it has a different texture and a refreshing smell of espresso. (71st Omakase/File)

If you want to have a unique dining experience in a more private ambiance, you can opt for 71st Omakase. The newly established restaurant adopts Japanese omakase style, where the guests accept whatever the chefs are cooking. This slightly hidden place consists of two areas: an indoor kitchen bar area for the omakase and an outdoor area for a la carte.

Despite its Japanese style, 71st Omakase serves Western and Asian dishes that change depending on the seasons. They serve five-course meals for lunch and nine-course meals for dinner with prices starting at Rp 415,000 and Rp 889,000, respectively. Advanced payment and online booking are highly recommended.

Where to shop

Located above Sophie Authentique, Fashion First poses as a store for designer clothes and accessories. Open since 2013, it sells collections from a total of 30 designers that are switched frequently. Their outfits are divided into two main categories – cultural and edgy – with the designers including Selly Koeswanto, noomnomi, Deden Siswanto and Barli Asmara. With prices starting at Rp 800,000, it also caters to men and Muslims.

Fashion First is currently exploring batik as they plan to collaborate with the West Java Batik Institute this year to incorporate natural coloring in their collections. It also hosts fashion events, including an annual event to celebrate their anniversary. 

Fashion First store opened its outlet in Jl. Cikajang in 2013. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

Those who like to bake can consider dropping by Titan Baking. Nestled in the same building as a real estate office, customers should take the stairs on their left to reach the store. Aside from selling baking tools and ingredients, Titan Baking also has a baking class open to the public.

Tips

Be careful when walking down the sidewalks as many of them are uneven. There is no crosswalk in Jl. Cikajang, so be careful when crossing the street. You can ask the parking attendant in front of a store about public transportation you should take. They also will help you call for a taxi or bajaj if you shop in their outlet. (kes)

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