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“Service-service-service CAN be better!!”
Review of Eastern Promise

Eastern Promise
Ranked #252 of 7,773 Restaurants in Jakarta
Price range: $1 - $3
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Madison, Wisconsin
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288 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Service-service-service CAN be better!!”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Been one of my hangout places when in Jakarta.
A lot of aspects are still pretty good, band gigs are the fun ones, but waitstaff definitely can be more attentive. Maybe trying to be friendly to ALL customers instead of just some (chosen white) guys? It didn't use to be that bad!
They can also install A LOT of air filters inside the front bar area, so we can 'see' better across the room.

  • Visited February 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
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  • Indonesian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Jakarta, Indonesia
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202 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Going downhill - staff are awful and need to be fired en masse”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Been here about 30 times.

The food is not bad (not great); as someone said, this would be an average pub in the UK. But generally good Indian food, and things like bangers and mash are reasonable.

The eating environment is nice enough until anybody arrives, after which it becomes a smoke trap and pretty disgusting if trying to eat. They don't seem to have a no-smoking area, not unusual for Jakarta for the lower-order establishments, which this is rapidly becoming.

2 nights ago was the nadir for me - my second visit in a week as my wife was away and it's on my way home. I ordered samosas and sag paneer. Samosas are supposed to be a starter. The only thing I asked for in addition to my order was that the samosas to be extra hot (said it in English & Indonesian). They arrived barely warm, and they arrived at the same time as the sag paneer. I sent the samosas back, virtually no apology, they arrived after I finished the main, ie the sag paneer... Pathetic. I don't really care if the food arrives simultaneously (if it bothers you, just order the main when the starter comes), but I do find it irritating that they don't care to listen to fairly simple instructions.

Surly, petulent waitresses dominate here. I've yet to see one smile. (Actually, that's unfair, the older waitress is a nice lady, she smiles). They need to change out the rest of the entire staff. I won't be back for a while now; has really gone downhill in last 6 months. Die Stube across the road has better sausages; and better beer.

The bar is probably OK. Just a shame they couldn't make the restaurant better; all it needs is a ventilation system and decent staff.

  • Visited February 2013
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45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good expat pub”
Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

EP is a good expat pub in Kemang but to be honest if the pub was in your own country, you'd probably give it a miss unless it was your 'local'.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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118 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Absolute English Pub”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

The 1st thing you notice as you enter this place is....full with expats and beautiful Indonesian women......hanging out sipping beer and having time of their life.

- Loud Music
- Nice Bar
- Limited menu but great food

Went there twice in my 3 days stay in Kemang, absolute bliss to just relax and chill out after a long working day.

  • Visited December 2012
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Makati, Philippines
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great night out”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Eastern Promise (EP) is a sprawling pub in Kemang, one of very few in Jakarta with a outdoor and covered music garden. It has a great array of local and expat bands, good menu , and is a top venue for watching international sports on the big screen.

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