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Five 'martabak' to try in Jakarta

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, May 26, 2016  /  10:02 am
Five 'martabak' to try in Jakarta

Sweet martabak usually has chocolate, cheese, green tea or even durian fillings . (Shutterstock/-)

As one of Jakartans' most favorite snack-time bites, the martabak (pancake) can easily be found throughout the capital city, from humble food carts that open only after 5 p.m. to air-conditioned restaurants that usually serve Minang cuisine. 

Available in savory and sweet flavors with various fillings, how delicious a martabak is can be determined by many things, which include personal preference, but if the fact that it has been around for ages is important to you, or that it received high ratings on online restaurant discovery services, then these five options are a must-try.

Martabak Bandung Raya

Considered to be one of Jakarta's legendary eateries serving this snack, Martabak Bandung Raya is mostly known for its durian martabak. Served with the fruit's rather sticky flesh, durian fans may find it irresistible.

Besides classic fillings like chocolate and egg, this place also offers a more modern taste such as KitKat Green Tea, Nutella and Toblerone. 

Where: Jl. RS. Fatmawati No. 22, South Jakarta

Starting price: Rp 55,000 (US$4)

(Read also: 6 local sweet snacks we always crave)


Martabak San Francisco

Established in Bandung in 1967, Martabak San Francisco offers savory and sweet pancakes in many flavors. 

Based on popular demand, first-timers should try the vanilla oreo and classic chocolate fillings. Those feeling more adventurous can opt for the chicken black pepper, vegetarian or smoked beef fillings. 

Where: Jl. Bintaro Utama Sektor 3A No. 39, South Tangerang.

Starting price: Rp 40,000


Martabak 65A 

Having been around since 1975, Martabak 65A is famous for pioneering the modern twist to fillings in the pancake, such as Ovomaltine, Toblerone, Nutella and Skippy. And yes, those are the choices that you can try if you're curious enough.

Also known for having a tender base, the place serves a unique yet tasty flavor of green tea red bean as well. 

Where: Jl. Pecenongan Raya No.65A, Central Jakarta.

Starting price: Rp 40,000

(Read also: '€˜Martabak'€™ vendors in war of flavors)


Martabak AA

Those who don't have a sweet tooth will probably enjoy this martabak the most as the place offers only savory flavors. In addition to the regular egg flavor made with a thick and crispy base, other favorite fillings include chicken and beef. 

Of course, the snack also comes with a delicious sauce to accompany that savory flavor.

Address: Jl. Minangkabau No. 29, South Jakarta

Starting price: Rp 45,000

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Martabak Favorite Rawamangun

Cheese lovers will enjoy the servings at this place as it seems to focus on this particular filling. 

Its popular flavor combination of chocolate and cheese is best enjoyed warm as it has that creamy and buttery taste that melts in the mouth.

Where: Jl. Balai Pustaka Timur No. 24, East Jakarta

Starting price: Rp 40,000

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