Feel like discover Indonesia? Head to Djakarta Bali to taste sophisticated exotic food, in a quiet street in Paris 1st arrondissement.
You only have to come in this Asian restaurant to forget about the hustle and bustle of the Parisian life. Here we are, cut from the world, intoxicated by the jasmine incense fragrance that perfumes the place. Thick velvet drapes conceal the large windows giving the place a muted atmosphere. Total change of scenery.
Here, cooking is made with love and compliance with products and traditions. Everything is homemade - up to the very shrimp chips. Since 1984, the Hanafi family (political refugees in France) has been welcoming curious people and Indonesians in their traditional restaurant, a genuine Indonesian Embassy!
Like in a dream, you are ushered to your table. You feel like in a temple, at peace. Order some Sumatra fresh ginger tea, a house's specialty. Djakarta Bali magic has happened.
Djakarta Bali menu gathers a great number of traditional dishes from Indonesia, served in tasting sizes to discover many flavors reflecting the cultural mixing that exists in Indonesia.
Feel like discovering eveyrthing? You can go for the Rijsttafel Bandung menu for €35 that includes a Soto Ayam soup (chicken and Indonesian herbs with a bit of vermicelli), a Lumpia (a fried roll with prawns and very lightly spicy vegetables), Sate Ayam (chicken skewers glazed with soy sauce and peanut, that will leave you speechless) as well as the Rendang Daging (beef stewed for eight hours in a sauce that mixes varied spices and coconut milk), served with vegetables seasoned with sweet and sour sauce, fried noodles, as well as flavored white rice served in a basket lined with banana leaves you can sprinkle with homemade roasted coconut, a process that takes at least three hours!
The chef's specialty is the nasi goreng special, fried rice the Indonesian way with sate ayam (you have to try it at least once in your lifetime). But if you are more into seafood, Djakarta Bali serves steamed king shrimps in banana leaf (pepes udong), a delight to enjoy with a side or rice.
We discover a rich cuisine with a sophisticated taste. We must say each dish stands out with a mix of skillfully balanced spices exploding in the mouth thanks to long cooking times.
Keep some room left for Indonesian desserts, delicious and light like the Dadar Gulung, some Balinese pancake flavored with coconut, or the Kolak soup based on banana, jackfruit, and palm tree fruit in coconut milk!
After this sweet touch, wrap this incredible experience with some coffee. You can enjoy the fineness of the Kopi Tubruk or the strength of the Kopi Jahé flavored with ginger.
Walking in his parents' footsteps, Nin Hanafi (the master of the place), keeps on visiting Indonesia islands to promote Indonesian culture in Paris and make people want to travel to one of the 13,000 islands - each having their own culture. Furthermore, on Friday nights, dinner is served with a Balinese dance show.
Feel like giving it a try? Djakarta Bali launched a food-to-go offer with delicious boxes!
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 16 June 2021
9, rue Vauvilliers
75001 Paris 1
Cocktail Djakarta Bali: €8
menu Rijsttafel Djawa (poisson-crevette): €30
Rijsttafel Bandung (boeuf-poulet): €35