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Jakarta Post

Upscale restaurants and bars weather virus restrictions

  • Denverino Dante


Jakarta   /   Thu, March 4 2021   /  01:00 am
Victor Taborda, Executive Chef of Sudestada Argentinean Grill, manning the Sudestada Food Truck. (Sudestada Argentinean Grill/Courtesy of Sudestada Argentinean Grill)

It’s 10 p.m. on a Saturday, and Reno, a marketing manager in his early thirties, would normally be hitting the Jakarta clubs with either friends or clients. But now, during the pandemic, he stays in his apartment accompanied by three friends sharing a bottle of whiskey and plentiful sticks of chicken satay after an afternoon of playing badminton. “Prior to the pandemic, we’d go to a restaurant to eat good steak,” says Reno. “Now that we can’t go to restaurants, ordering takeaway steak clearly isn’t the same experience.” As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, customers of the fancy restaurants and bars once favored by Jakarta’s upper and upper-middle classes has plummeted. Not only must restaurants operate at 50 percent of their normal capacity, frequent and sudden changes in regulations have kept restaurants and customers guessing abo...