Wide variety of menu, great prices and pleasant ambiance, such are the charms of these two happening food courts in Jakarta.
OTW Food Street
With distinctive menu, rustic industrial interior concept, and stylish yet casual ambiance, OTW Food Street is always packed with customers from all ages. Set in strategic locations, it’s perfect for those who want to hang out with their friends and families without having to go to the shopping malls.
From martabak, snacks, meat balls, rice and noodles to sandwiches, burgers and colorful drinks, you can’t run out of things to taste. Among the customers’ favorites is Long John Bread with beef paste, long sausage BBQ, egg, vegetable and cheese which can feed a group of 3 or 4. You can even add some extra toppings. There are also Meatballs with Beef Bone Marrows to warm you up, the savory Squid Ink Fried Rice, some colorful Cubit Cakes, along with an assortment of Iced Duren Cendol with various toppings. At the Drink Station, deliciously creamy shakes and refreshing soda can result in messy but fun times. Don’t miss out on Choco Overload and Bubble Gum & Marshmallow.
Tjoek Widharyoko began OTW Food Street with three of his friends. There’s no special meaning to the name nor is it related to the “on the way” abbreviation. It was catchy and easy to remember, as simple as that. They used to open a booth at Pasar Santa, but then decided to work together to create their own culinary spot. The idea started as a simple hangout space selling snacks, but then grew into a full-fledged food court as the main courses were surprisingly popular among the customers.
Apart from their plan to open more establishments in Greater Jakarta and Java, they recently worked with a husband and wife pair to launch the second OTW in Depok. The menus are all the same, but the decoration slightly differs by adopting the theme of a train station. You will notice graffiti of two owls which actually represent the husband and wife. In Kelapa Gading, instead of the owls, you will find four bears, which as you may have guessed, are the four OTW Food Street founders.
Jl. Kelapa Kopyor BA 2 no 1,
Kelapa Gading, Jakarta
Jl. Margonda Raya 330
Just like its name, the food court founded by Wiyanna Iron is set up within a container. In line with the modern industrial design concept, you will see a lot of bare materials such as iron and wooden elements along with the polished cement floor. The unique impression doesn’t stop there. From appetizers to desserts, breakfast to late night coffee, Food Container is serving carefully curated menu to make sure that each item is special and can hardly be found elsewhere. This way, “Container Lovers” can enjoy a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.
Among the tenants, don’t miss out on Gritology which serves authentic grilled kebuli rice, Krispykrips with its crispy fried mushrooms, the comfort snacks by Warung Mamacha, the baked rice dishes by Pan N’ Cheese, the beef rice bowls by Ultradon, the fusion gyutandon by Nnalar and Nasi Kentjana for those who want traditional cuisine. From the desserts and drinks department, you can find Pipabite serving cylinder pastries with your choice of fillings, cendol floats with additional flavors by The Cendol’O and coconut desserts served in real coconut shells by Kelasi, among others.
There’s also Betterlife Coffee which sports a coffee bar concept, where the customers can sit on the bar while they choose and watch how their coffee is prepared. There are two types of coffee you can choose from. Espresso-based coffee includes cappuccino, caffe latte and unique flavored coffee such as caramel, hazelnut and butterscotch latte. Then there’s the manually brewed coffee prepared through various methods, from French press to Vietnam drip. The best Indonesian coffee from Aceh Gayo, Toraja, Flores Bajawa, and even Rawaseneng which tastes like wine, are available here. There are also some ice blended coffee and non-coffee beverages available for those who want to try something else.
Jl. Lebak Bulus Raya No. 30A
Lebak Bulus, Jakarta
Photos by Kiky, Food Container