Indonesian friends suggested we meet at Lara Djonggrang. It was a good suggestion. The décor features a mixture of Chinese and Javanese carvings and other art work. The place was fairly full on a Saturday night, but not noisy. We ate inside; the seem to be other venues beyond the door of the main dining room. Our friends had made a reservation, which was probably a good idea. The food is Indonesian standards from around the country. It was all well done and well presented. We would go back, and we would encourage others to as well.
As for the name, as explained on the menu, Lara Djonggrang was an ancient princess who caused the 1,000 temples at Prambanan to be built. It is a longer story than that...
Like others, we had trouble finding a cab driver who knew where it was. It is fairly new. Our hotel doorman helped with directions. Once he knew where to go, the cab driver had no problem getting there. The restaurant helped us grab a cab back to the hotel. It was only a short wait until one cruised by (from an acceptable company...not all Jakarta cab companies are created equal). Cocktails are 2 for 1 before 7. Make a reservation for 6:30 if you are so inclined.
The tab for four people was around $85 for a very light drinking group. Yours might be higher if you drink more or sample a wider range of dishes. Go ahead...they were all good.
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