A short stay in Jakarta, with some great food

I came to the end of day one of my trip to Jakarta a little disappointed - I felt like I didn't "get" this city. Traffic, pollution, lackluster monuments and hours of walking around in the heat and humidity - I wasn't instantly charmed by the atmosphere, like I was by Rome, Seville or New York. Now, at the end of my rendezvous with The Big Durian (an apt name), I am sad to be leaving. It may have taken some time to realise it, but there is much to be loved about this sprawling metropolis. This post is intended to be somewhat of a rough guide for somebody looking for a food-centric tour of the city. Note that I only spent a few days in Jakarta, so I too still have much to do and see. [...]

Ricotta and caramel apple cake

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Spuma di Mortadella

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The Gaya – Applecross, Perth

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Noodle Forum – Perth

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Chik and Kent – Perth

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Willie Wagtail – Perth

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Sixteen Ounces – Victoria Park, Perth

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Hopper Espresso – Perth

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An Edible Christmas Tree – The Macaron Tower Sort

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