Green is Good

Residents of South Jakarta will be familiar with picturesque Taman Kura Kura. Overgrown with verdant clumps of greenery, complete with large generous paved walking paths and quirky turtle adornments, the oasis of greenery is popular amongst pet owners and joggers alike eager for a spot of fresh air and some light exercise. Occupying an enviable position opposite Taman Kura Kura, Ivy Restaurant has been a warm and welcoming space popular with visitors looking for a bite after their routine trek about the park.

The restaurant’s main dining area is bright and cheery, with stunning floor to ceiling windows allowing plenty of natural light and dazzling views of greenery. Elegant hazelnut table tops are accompanied by ergonomic modernistic chairs and banks of cushy saloon booths complete with plush squishy pillows welcome visitors to sink in and bask in the comfy space. Ambient booth lights and modern ceiling lamps illuminate the clean white space. Tasteful geometric wooden flooring and Zen monochromic illustrations round off the minimalist décor.

Visitors with a thirst for a refreshing pick-me-up can look to Ivy’s bar, where they can pull up one of the handsome bar stools. The hole-in-the-wall cutesy bar specialises in classic cocktails such as the zesty Old Fashioned, refreshing Mojito and charming Manhattan. Guests with more adventurous tastes can try the Ivy White Chocolate Martini or zesty Ivy Gimlet courtesy of Ivy Restaurant’s mixologists. A tasteful selection of international beers, wines and spirits is also available for patrons looking for straight, hard drinks to end a bustling work week in style. Guests will be pleased to know that Ivy Restaurant is offering a generous 1 for 1 cocktail promotion, available during the restaurant’s happy hour daily from 4PM to 7pm.

Popular amongst pet owners, Ivy Restaurant’s pet-friendly outdoors seating offers open air views of Taman Kura Kura. On any given day, visitors may be treated to the presence of charmingly polite Maltese, cultured Poodles or docile baby Pugs seated with their owners, taking a breather after their routine exertions while their owners enjoy light snacks and drinks.

Sumptuous Western classics and comforting Asian selections grace Ivy Restaurant’s comprehensive menu. For starters, the classic Caesar salad is a popular item among the health conscious. Gorgeous fresh leaves of romaine lettuce are dressed with generous slices of shaved parmesan, accompanied by homemade Armenian lavosh bread and finished with a perfectly soft-boiled organic egg. For those looking for a local twist on a starter, the Tempe Goreng comes highly recommended by the chef – thinly sliced crispy soybean cakes are fried to golden perfection and served with sweet soy sauce and a choice of fresh chilli or tantalising house-made sambal matah. Guests craving something hearty are urged to try Ivy Laksa. The comforting bowl of coconut curried udon is accompanied by slices of luscious fish cake, springy fish ball and a generous helping of prawns. Locals who need their rice fix can try the udang bakar madu – juicy large tiger prawns grilled to sticky unctuous perfection with honey, served with a hearty portion of steamed white rice and a side of sambal matah.

Ivy Restaurant

Jalan Brawijaya II No. 48, Dharmawangsa,

Jakarta 12160, Indonesia

(+62) 21 726 5766

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