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“Food Awful as Regular Chefs on Vacation”
Review of Kembang Goela

Kembang Goela
Ranked #95 of 7,917 Restaurants in Jakarta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $300
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Jakarta
Level 6 Contributor
216 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Food Awful as Regular Chefs on Vacation”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We've been to this restaurant several times with family, friends & business associates over the years & it's never disappointed, until today. The place was packed, service was good but our regular favorite dishes just tasted bad, period!

When we inquired later, we learned the regular chefs were on Ramadhan/Lebaran vacation & the restaurant rotated some of the cooks to other stations to cover for those on-leave; thereby the regular cook on 1 of our dishes handled another 1 today & we can now understand why the taste was awful.

We'll return after all the chefs are back as this restaurant remains 1 of our favorite high-end Indonesian restaurant in the city.

  • Visited August 2013
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
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English first
Jakarta, Indonesia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very Indonesian with 5 stars quality”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

I had to come back to this restaurant, loved the ambiance, food, service, although price is a bit high. If you happens to be in town (Jakarta) and around Thamrin Street, this restaurant located behind Plaza Sentral Building not too far from McDonald's and a parking lots. This restaurant would have earned 5 stars if price is cheaper, regardless, definitely recommended!. And a must try restaurant.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank M J
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“5 stars restaurant”
Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Kembang Goela has their own standard for service. I have to say they are VERY GOOD for service. The taste of food also very good. But to me the price is quite expensive compare to other restaurant in jakarta. But it doesn't matter because we get what we pay.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank DhanielSimamora4
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Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great place, great food”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

We had a big company gathering at Kembang Goela in mid-May. They have a separate room for events. As expected, food was great, service was great, nice ambience. Recommended place!

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Sanni_Wahono
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Bangkok, Thailand
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A business dinner that didn't feel like work!”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Needing an option for a small business dinner over good Indonesian food, we chose Kembang Goela. My colleagues and I enjoyed the meal very much and were able to talk privately in a relaxed atmosphere. While the restaurant is set just behind a shopping mall - like most everything in Jakarta - and next to a McDonald's, once inside, you for quickly about the setting around you. The restaurant features antique and classic art, photographs and decor. Very tastefully done.

The set course meal provided a nice selection of Indonesian cuisine and the chef was able to cater to a vegetarian in the group. The night was topped off with a great bottle of red wine, which matched our meal very well. Definitely a recommended destination for high-class dining while in Jakarta!

  • Visited March 2013
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