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The Best Vegetarian Food In Jakarta, Indonesia

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Updated: 11 April 2017
Indonesian food tends to be quite meat-centric, so vegetarians can have a harder time finding good food in the capital, Jakarta. Nevertheless, there are some excellent places specializing in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Here are our top five spots for vegetarian food in Jakarta.

Le Mint & Saffron

This Indian and Chinese restaurant in the Sunter area of Jakarta has quality vegan and vegetarian fare. Highlights from the menu include nachus chat, a cross between Indian street food chaat and nachos, and vegetarian lomie (Chinese noodles). The Indian half of the menu outshines the Chinese dishes, which is to be expected since Indian cuisine is traditionally more vegetarian-friendly. Le Mint & Saffron also offers a good range of baked goods, including vegan cakes.

Burgreens

Burgreens serves innovative, organic and vegetarian fare in a relaxed garden setting. Be sure to try the various vegetarian skewers (made from beans, cheese, lentils, and mushrooms), which are inspired by Indonesian satay skewers. The veggie burgers are also excellent, the 16-spice non-GMO tempeh burger, and the tofu aioli patty. Burgers are customizable, and options include swapping regular buns for gluten free or raw versions. The selection of smoothies, non-milk shakes and raw desserts is also among Jakarta’s best.

Gokul Resto

Gokul Resto is another big name in Jakarta’s Indian restaurant scene, serving authentic vegetarian Northern and Southern Indian food. The vegetarian lunch meal, available on weekdays, is especially good value. Try some paneer amritsari (Indian cottage cheese in spicy carom seed marinade), or one of the six varieties of dal (lentil curry) with rice or naan bread.

Dharma Kitchen

Inspired by Buddhist philosophy, Dharma Kitchen offers a variety of Indonesian and international dishes that have all the flavor and complexity of non-vegetarian cuisine, but absolutely no meat. Crowdpleasers on the menu include vegetarian “seafood” bihun goreng (fried vermicelli noodles), ayam pandan (flavored with the uniquely Southeast Asian pandan leaf), and nasi goreng kampung (“village” style fried rice).

Koh-e-noor

Visit Koh-e-noor for their popular lunch buffet, where you can sample vegetarian Indian treats like cauliflower curry, yellow dhal, or bhelpuri (a savory Indian street snack flavored with tamarind). There are over 200 items in Koh-e-noor’s menu, many of which are vegetarian, so be prepared to spend some time making your mind up. Whatever you order, be sure to pair it with a refreshing mango milkshake, which will take the edge off the spicy curries.