EATANDTREATS Best Restaurants in 2013!

We came to the end of 2013 and it is the last post in this beautiful year *wipe tears*. I have been through a lot this year, especially with this blog which automatically connects with you! Yes you! I started this blog with only 90-150 daily readers on the first two months and rapidly growing to 4000 daily reads! Yes, it's four freaking thousand! I am seriously in such joy right now.

2013 has been a great year to eat! A lot of new joints are coming to town giving colors to the appetite and for a monster like me, it's just great. I have tried so many food this year but I remember exactly how each and every one of them tasted, my experience visiting the restaurants and all things beyond. It took me a while to write this because to be honest, I am a little emo right now, sitting in front of my laptop and my brain just keeps on replaying all these faces, all these food, all these memories, those smile from the people I met for the very first time from blogging in 2013...hmm ;).

Anyway, this post is going to be the countdown of *drum rolls*
Disclaimer: among all those food and restaurants I have eaten in 2013, most of them were good but some of them really stood out that I didn't know how many times I have recommended them to my friends and relatives who asked me for dining places. So personally, I wanna thank "the stars" for being awesome, for serving awesome food, for making me smile and sometimes for making me moan of foodgasm, ridiculous right, but it did happen!

Forget about the freaking calories if you want to be happy! I mean it. The following countdown is based on the restaurants that I have VISITED in 2013 and I judge them from the food and the service, I don't really give a damn about the venue because I believe awesome food is somehow full of passion and they talk!

Even though I didn't make a countdown last year (since I was really new in blogging), but my number one went to Emilie French Restaurant, this year I didn't visit Emilie for dining (I know right, how come) so I didn't manage to put it on the list even though their food is THAT good.

Enough talking, here you go, THE TOP 10 BEST RESTAURANTS OF 2013! If this happens to be your favorite restaurants, let me know! PS: To read the whole review of each post, click on the name of the restaurants, they are links.

10. MonViet
Avenue of the Stars 1st Fl. #06A
Lippo Mall Kemang Village
Jalan Pangeran Antasari No. 36
Jakarta Selatan 12150
021 - 2952 8439

I still couldn't get over of how delicious every food served to me that day in MonViet, the passion and the love clearly shown from the food, it's like they're talking but not literally. An old recipe originated then developed by the owners and joyfully brought to Jakarta and became one of the best meals I have had in 2013 as well as the best Vietnamese restaurant I've been in Jakarta. Do visit this restaurant whenever you're around the area and try their "Pho Dac Biet" and "Bon Bu Hue". The Vietnamese culinary scene might not be as crazy as (let's say) western or Japanese but if the food is as good as MonViet's, I'm hooked.

9. Tsurukamedou Ramen
Jalan Ratu Kemuning Raya Blok A2 No. 82
Jakarta Barat 
Aside from all those ramens I have had in 2013, Tsurukamedou is the one that really stood out! First, irresistible thick pork broth that really gets me, in a good way. The broth was just super tasty, melts in your mouth and less oily comparing to others. Second, thick and generous cuts of Chasiu, OMG tastiest chasiu I've had so far! Perfectly seasoned, cooked and the fats were juicy!

However, this food might not be halal for some, but don't worry they also have chicken broth selection which is completely halal (because I ate here with my Muslim friends), but I can assure you it won't taste as awesome as the pork.

8. Kahyangan Teppanyaki
Wisma Nusantara 28th floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin 59
021 - 3190 7012

Not only it's one of eatandtreats best meals of 2013, Kahyangan Teppanyaki is also one of the best teppanyaki restaurants in town! Every food cooked here was decent and the chef clearly knew what they're doing. Me fond of the live cooking experience, I always appreciate live cooking because it creates this worry-free feeling. Do try their "Premium Set" for two and get ready to have the juiciest Foie Gras melt in your mouth and bursts! The reason I placed them at number eight is because during my visit, I didn't try out their "Lobster" and "Ohmi Beef" which should be on the menu (was out of stock that day).

7. JJ Royal Brasserie
Lotte Shopping Avenue (LOVE) LG Fl.
Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 11
Jakarta, Indonesia 12940 
021 - 2988 8980

JJ Royal Brasserie is probably my most visited restaurant this year, I have been here six times since my first visit in October (excluding JJ Royal Bistro in Senayan City). The thing that really excites me about this restaurant is how well the food here was executed and everything's cooked with perfection! Trust me, I have had probably like 50% of the whole menu from my six visits and none of the food is disappointing, maybe not all perfect but at least they're decent. Surprise-surprise, they're awesomely good in Indonesian food. Do try their signature Fried Rice (IDR 75k) and get drooled!

6. Nishimura Japanese Restaurant
Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta
Kota BNI Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1
Jakarta Pusat, 10220
I love the restaurants on this list, not only they're great in general but also great in its region, for example, Nishimura Japanese which personally, on my top 3 best Japanese restaurants in town. My visit to Nishimura was on the lobster season and the lobsters here were amazingly fresh! I ate them raw and without any seasoning but they turned out to be great! The sushi and sashimi were also great. If you love Japanese restaurant, then this should not be missed.

5. Le Quartier
This following casual fine dining is one of the most fascinating dining experience in 2013. First, service was terrific, the staffs were really friendly and chatty which I love, me don't really like serious environment. Second, the meal!!! Cooked to perfection. I remember vividly I ordered this Pan Fried Barramundi and it was amazing, the skin was crispy and the sauce was just the perfect match. I recommended Le Quartier like a lot to my relatives and NONE said they were disappointed.

4. Altitude at The Plaza (All three tie: GAIA Ristorante, Enmaru and Salt Grill)
The Plaza Tower, 46th fl.
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Jakarta 10350
021 - 2992 2448
Along with Nishimura, Enmaru is also on my list of the best Japanese restaurants in Jakarta. I couldn't get over the fact that their Foie Gras Cawanmushi was just uh-mazing. The reason I tied them three is because I was once invited to Altitude and I was given the chance to try out the food from the three restaurants. I found them to be really good but they were all from three different regions: Enmaru from Japan, GAIA from Italy and Salt Grill is mostly western (fusion). Enmaru had fresh seafood but GAIA completed had amazing desserts, so it's like a complimentary relationship I couldn't separate. Located at the 46th floor of The Plaza, you could see it for yourself, the beauty of Jakarta from above.

3. Rosso Italian Restaurant
Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta, lvl. 1
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 1
021 - 2939 9580
Rosso is clearly a strong contender and no way I am not putting it on my 2013 best meal list! Chef Oriana Tirabassi is behind all the matters and you know you are in good hands! I still drool over her lovely Tenderloin steak I once had, it was one of the best steaks ever! I would say that Rosso is clearly giving Indonesians touch of authentic Italian cuisine and some of their signature menus are "Pumpkin Ravioli" and seriously, don't you miss this Semifredo dessert, so so so good!

2. Wilshire at The Foundry 8 Jakarta
The Foundry 8 at SCBD Lot 9
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Jakarta Selatan
021 - 5140 1018
Eating in Wilshire is not cheap, but behind all those hefty price tags you'll have seriously good food! Not only food, but Wilshire is also masters in beverages, they have a great range of cocktails and liquors. I seriously don't know how many times I have overused the word "awesome" in this post and especially for Wilshire. Congratulations for being awesome!

1. E&O Jakarta
When you received an invitation to join a dinner with one of the most talked about chef at the moment, wouldn't you be too stupid to say no? It's freaking Chef freaking Will freaking Meyrick we're talking about here! He's currently the executive chef for E&O (Eastern and Oriental) along with Chef Palm, and seriously, they had the mightiest touch for Thai food! With that, I am happily crowning E&O Jakarta as THE WINNER OF EATANDTREATS BEST RESTAURANTS IN 2013! Every single meal here was THAT fantastic, starting from the beginning to the end, none disappointed me or had something negative to say about. I was seriously fond of their "Crispy Pork Belly with Tamarillo and Tamarind Sauce", that's so good and as simple as their "Grilled Beef Salad", it blew me away. Another must order: Durian Pannacotta. You should try this yourself then you'll understand why I am overly raving about E&O.

There you go! EATANDTREATS best restaurants of 2013! Pretty much agree with what I write here? I really hope you guys could give me recommendations of great dining places for me to surf, that's just how I surf, not at the beach, but at the culinary waves of Jakarta.

Damn, seriously? End of the year already? How time flies is seriously terrifying sometimes but I guess life goes on right. By the way, what's your resolutions for 2014? I clearly want to be better and bigger in every postive aspects but smaller figure (I think I should really hit the gym), then make my family happy and probably retire my parents soon so they don't have to work anymore (amen to that!) and absolutely, I wanna see eatandtreats grow bigger and bigger! <3.

Thank you for sticking with me and eatandtreats and for actually reading this blog and made this your destination whenever you are planning to hunt awesome food in Jakarta. Thank you for really reading this platform.

You guys change my life :"), let's be friends forever ever ever and ever!!!

Thank you 2013, you've been great! Hello 2014, I hope you are an awesome buddy. Good luck y'all!!! God bless you.

10 komentar:

  1. Great list!!! I'll make sure to try them out once I visit Jakarta.
    And congrats for Eat and Treats!

  2. bagus banget euy ulasan mas Hans ini. maaf ya saya ndak bisa bahasa Inggris hehehee...
    artikel dan fotonya keren bener. great job.

  3. Ngekor mbak Uniek, pakai bahasa indonesia. Aku belajar cetrak cetrek makanan dimari. Angle-nya keren semua

  4. Love your blog so much! But please review some restaurants that have more affordable prices dong. Kayak mama goose, cut the crab dll. Well you know, there some people who can't afford to have dinner in Shangri-la and The Plaza hehehe

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  6. Please make street food version your blog..haha

  7. Wah, artikelnya langsung bikin saya pengen tahu lebih banyak! Saya suka banget belajar trik-trik hemat untuk masak-masak di rumah. Pasti ada banyak tips seru di dalam artikel ini! Yuk, kita simak bareng-bareng, siapa tahu ada resep favorit yang bisa kita coba. Happy cooking, teman-teman