Funfact: Japanese food in Jakarta are seriously good. And they have the best value for money as well. Maybe it’s because of the high number of Japanese expats in this city..or the cultural remnants of the colonisation O_O but anyway, good Japanese-owned restaurants are plenty, lots can be found in the Sudirman-Thamrin area (my personal favorite is Kinokawa in Menara Thamrin, although the chef, Tate-san has relocated since I last went. His new restaurant is located in Grand Indonesia). The goldmine for authentic Japanese restaurants though, is located in Little Tokyo: small streets in Melawai occupying the area of Blok M Square.
I visited Sushi Kawana, a small izakaya that’s been around for 15 years. The sashimi is some of the best you’ll ever find in Jakarta. The fish are seasonal though, so it’s best to check with the chef before you order. My family and I ordered the Omakase Sashimi.
For main course I had the Tempura Cha Soba (look at how it GLISTENS). It was good but not exceptional. I would recommend visitors to go for the UnaJyu (not pictured), although it will set you back around Rp.460,000. If you happen to have Rp.460,000 laying around and feel like spending it on food, I’d very much recommend this. Worth every penny.
There’s so many Japanese restaurants in Little Tokyo that I haven’t tried but so far, Sushi Kawana was an awesome experience. For casual dining, I would prefer a more affordable option though. Feel free to share any thoughts or recommendations on your favourite Japanese restaurant in Jakarta :)