We had lunch at the Café Batavia during our full day tour around Jakarta. Very individual colonial style café with large numbers of old, mainly black & white, photos on many of the walls from floor to ceiling. Nearly half of our time there was spent looking at the photos and trying to identify old celebrities! If you like Asian European colonial style décor and furnishings, as we do, then you will certainly enjoy the Café Batavia. If you are expecting somewhere reflecting Indonesia itself then this is not the place but for experiencing an hour of two of what life might have been like for the Dutch community in Jakarta, then this is definitely the place. It was pretty quiet (although a few other tourists, mainly Japanese, were also there for lunch) when we were there as it was a Monday lunchtime but, still, we enjoyed our visit and the atmosphere there. There is a large restaurant upstairs and also separate bars both upstairs and downstairs, both with extensive seating in old fashioned armchairs and sofas. There was also a small stage downstairs so obviously there is entertainment on some evenings.
There were 4 separate menus, a) an All day menu, b) a Brunch menu, c) a Dessert menu and d) a Drinks menu. However, I'm afraid the choice was not great, very much basic Indonesian dishes with a few European dishes and I did have some difficulty making a choice as the selection was poor. Plus prices were somewhat high, at least for Indonesia. In the end I had some satay plus Indonesian chicken soup with rice and my friends mainly had satay or fried rice. Portions were fine and nicely presented but the tastes were very much dumbed down, certainly don't expect a gourmet experience. However, it was adequate and filled the gap. Service was fine, nothing special but no problems.
The toilets were also fine, if old style, and as in the rest of the café, also full of old photographs. There is a sign at the café entrance asking visitors not to take any photos inside the café without the permission of management which I suppose is fair enough. Anyway, we asked our waiter and he said fine, so we went ahead. A worthwhile visit if you are in the old Batavia area and looking for a drink or something to eat.
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