Life is Tasty!
A journey to Blok M is not complete without having tried at least one of its legendary eateries. (Kompas/Lucky Pransiska)
As one of Jakarta's most popular shopping destinations, Blok M is home to culinary gems: from modest warungs to classy yet casual restaurants. From the many legendary places in the area, here is a list of eateries that helped make Blok M the place it is today.
Of all the ayam goreng (fried chicken) eateries available in Panglima Polim, Ayam Goreng Berkah Rachmat is the pioneer that actually inspired the fried chicken institution in the area. Opened in 1962, it is always crowded with loyal customers, as its version of delicious ayam kampung goreng (fried village chicken) never disappoints.
If you happen to wander around Blok M at midnight, hungry and craving for something warm and nice, Gulai Tikungan provides just the right solution. Mostly frequented by teenagers and young adults, the eatery offers a hot gulai kambing (curry goat meat) in a small portion. That's why one or two plates will never be enough.
If you come across a list of the best chicken congee places in Jakarta, Bubur Ayam Barito should be on it. And no wonder, since it indeed produces one of the most tasty versions of the dish you will ever bump into. Cheese sticks are the signature of Bubur Ayam Barito, making it unlike any other bubur place.
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It was the year 1966, and a teenager named Eddy Supardi decided to travel from Solo to Jakarta to make it big in the capital city. It turned out that wasn’t so easy, but when Eddy decided to open an eatery he called Roti Bakar Eddy in Blok M, he hit the jackpot. Currently one of the most popular street toast places in Jakarta, the place has opened branches around the city.
Being legendary is not always about waving the flag of traditional cuisine, and Midori rose to the challenge as one of the oldest Japanese restaurants in Jakarta. For 20 years, it has stuck to the same Japanese style of preparing and presenting its dishes. (kes)
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