THE GOODS DEPT is the official hipster HQ of Jakarta -- think Urban Outfitters, but actually indie and all Indonesian. Their F&B section (THE GOODS CAFE, THE GOODS DINER, & THE GOODS BURGER) have the same indie spirit as their retail locations and the food is *amazing*.
Head Chef Erlene studied culinary in San Francisco and that Bay Area influence shows on the menu. It's a true American menu, with a mix of various Asian, European, and Latin American inspired dishes. Tortilla soup, baked mac 'n' cheese, tacos, pesto pasta, awesome salads, meatball sandwich, etc...
Their most famous dish is their coffee-rubbed burger and it's oh-so-good. Pair it with a Bailey's-spiked milkshake for a sinfully delicious dinner.
THE GOODS DINER is located at The Fairgrounds in Jakarta's SCBD. Any taxi driver will be able to take you there. If you want to check out their stores, you can visit them at Pacific Place Mall, which is right across the street from The Fairgrounds. They also have a retail location at LOTTE Shopping Avenue in Kuningan and Pondok Indah Mall in South Jakarta. All of their retail locations have a mini-diner (called THE GOODS CAFE) inside of them, and the Pondok Indah location also has THE GOODS BURGER, a specialty restaurant with a menu full of unique (and uniquely delicious) burgers.
If you're here in Jakarta on holiday, THE GOODS DEPT. is a great place to find some gifts for your friends and family back home -- all of their stock is from local artists and designers, so it's unique and fashionable and you'll be supporting young entrepreneurs.
You should also check the calendar to see when the next Brightspot Market is -- the people behind THE GOODS DEPT. organize a maker's fair called Brightspot twice a year. It's usually in April and November, but Google to be sure. If you're in town when Brightspot is going on, it's a must-see. (Admission is always free!)
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