Restaurant Series: Authentically Indonesian at TeSaTe

Juli’s main intent for her Jakarta visit was to eat AS MUCH (SPICY) Indonesian food as she could. Her motto when it comes to food – the spicier, the better (much to my dismay haha). Her chili threshold has always been high since secondary school days. Not for me though. One tiny drop of spicy sambal in my food and I’ll be downing a jug of water with tears in my eyes. Before I am even halfway through my chili-laden noodles/rice, I’d be full from water. :/

So anyway, we had lunch with a few friends at TeSaTe today – a restaurant serving supposedly good authentic Indonesian cuisine. From my best friend Mr. Google, I found out that TeSaTe is actually a sister brand of Sate Khas Senayan restaurant chain (which has a presence in practically every mall in Jakarta), just that it is a more premium brand. TeSaTe has a few outlets; we went to the one in Menteng.


A contemporary style restaurant serving Indonesia cuisine.

The restaurant is housed in a huge 3-storey building complete with private dining rooms. The first level was pretty occupied when we arrived. Because we were a group of six + baby stroller, we were directed to the basement instead. Which turned out to be quieter and nicer. 🙂

Sasha (their regular patron) ordered a variety of dishes for us to try and we went along with her choices. Here’s some pictures of the food:

Overall, the food was good and thankfully not too spicy (phew). I particularly liked their lemon grass drink with lime bits – SO REFRESHING for a hot day. Their satay went very well with the sauce too. YUMMM.


Welcome back to Jakarta: Juli, chub chub Joesph, Lewis.

Joseph the fatty was sucha good baby. He slept through the entire lunch despite our loud banter, laughter, and giggles.

Some pictures from our lunch 🙂


Can’t wait to tuck in!


“I think my fist is yummier than the chicken there.”

On the way back in the car, I saw an interesting sight of two men playing chess at the bus stop. They were so deep into their game that the booming motorcycles and cars passing by did not seem to bother them one bit. Pretty intense.


Enjoying a game of chess at the bus stop.

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
― Tom Bodett

They must have been happy; they had something to do.


Ending lunch with a girly shot.

TeSate Restaurant
Jalan Dr Samratulangi No. 39
Menteng, Central Jakarta

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