If you are familiar with the restaurant Mbah Jingkrak and have never heard of the following, then you’re on a right entry and time at the moment as I’m about to introduce you one of my favorite Indonesian restaurants in Jakarta, and I have a lot of reasons behind my love.
Warung MJS or MJ Setiabudi is the rebranding of the famous Mbah Jingkrak and now a stand alone restaurant, meaning not under the same management as Mbah Jingkrak, and now an individual brand. Warung MJS is located at the packed Setiabudi neighborhood, relatively close to Setiabudi One. I came during lunch time when the restaurant’s very packed (mostly office workers and Gojek), if you fancy a quieter ambiance, go around 4-5 PM just before dinner time as the crowd’s not that crazy. They don’t have a specific closing hour, normally they closes at 11 PM, but certain days they could open until very late (up to 1 AM) depending on the crowd, I suggest giving them a call to make sure closing hour and last order hour on particular days.
Appreciate the small yet meaningful gesture, upon entrance customers are more than welcome to enjoy special welcome drink of jamu (Indonesian herbal drink) and I bet the first thing you’ll see is this display of tempting Indonesian feast that’s mostly spicy and rich in seasoning, that you can choose based on what you feel like having that time, and that’s the main order method of the restaurant (aka Prasmanan style), customers get to pick what they want, then have them delivered to the table. I felt like having everything as everything looks so spicy and delicious.
Their Sambal Demit is A MUST!
Bebek Kobong Kuning – IDR 31.2k
One thing that they’re so well at doing is masking the smell of the duck with the rich and fragrant ingredients that complements this kind of protein very well, another one that’s worth trying if you fancy meaty and tender grilled duck (which by the way what ‘kobong’ means) with bold seasoning.
Ayam Setan – IDR 25.6k
Another personal favorite of mine, the uber tasty Ayam Setan! Chicken cooked in chili, seasoning, herbs and basil, beware as this is pretty spicy but seriously addicting, the kind of food that I just can’t enjoy without rice!
Ayam Cemani – IDR 22,5k
Oseng Sayur Krecek – IDR 19k
Side dish to accompany the rice: as an avid fan of krecek (and for having good palate towards it), this was not disappointing: savory, spicy with the nice airy consistency. Love.
Balado Rempong – IDR 22,4k
Fried tofu, soya bean cake and anchovy together cooked in homemade chili seasoning.
Sapi Gendeng – IDR 33,6k
Beef stew cooked in fragrant and beautifully seasoned turmeric coconut milk curry, beef stew was so tender!
Asem-Asem Daging – IDR 33k
Have told you guys a thousand times how I always need soup to accompany my meals, not sure why but it’s almost mandatory, especially for this occasion where most of the food that I had here was spicy! This was pretty refreshing after all the spicy goodness and neutralizes my palate back.
Es Kopi Susu Bu Lurah (dine-in) – IDR 19k
Es Kopi Susu Bu Lurah (greng, stronger coffee) – IDR 22k
Susu Coklat Bu Lurah – IDR 29k
Have been hearing buzz about their kopi susu so I guess while I was there in Warung MJS I should have this to give my opinion about it, and I wasn’t disappointed at all! Infact I kinda like them! It’s clearly not one of those overly strong burnt tubruk coffee with milk, they’re more to the mild creamy side with proper amount of coffee and milk which make them balance, a simple decent thirst quencher for the hot day that moment, as for the ice chocolate, also not bad, rich chocolate, creamier (and milkier) in texture compared to the ice coffee, but since I am more a coffee person, if you want me to choose then I root for the ice coffee.
Not a dull lunch for sure, and surrounded by the quirky (yet still homey) ambiance which I found personally making the experience felt greater. Zero complaint towards the food, even blowing praises for the kind service, if you happen to be craving for delicious Indonesian-Javanese cuisine and planning to treat your palate with festive feast, visit (or revisit) Warung MJS! One of my favorites in town at the moment.