Restaurant Review: Jayakarta Indonesian and Singaporean Restaurant, Berkeley

I had lunch at Jayakarta Indonesian and Singaporean Restaurant in Berkeley today.

The owner is from Jakarta and features Betawi-style cooking.

I ordered the gulai kambing (curried goat) with white rice. It was hot and delicious, with the bill coming to $9 for 1 person.

The decor includes wayang kulit (traditional shadow puppets), Indonesian pictures, with gamelan background music or Indonesian-language singers.

The staff speak Bahasa Indonesia to each other, but you can order in English.

I chatted with 4 Indonesian students (studying business, hospitality and architecture nearby) who said that there were about 4 Indonesian restaurants in the Bay Area, including 2 on Post Street in SF, but Jayakarta was their favorite.

A party of 10 Indonesian people arrived as I left, so the food must be authentic.

There is a selection of local Indonesian monthly papers at the door, including Kabari and Indonesian Media, and they sell $5 international phone cards for calls to Jakarta.

Jayakarta Indonesian and Singaporean Restaurant
2026 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704-1006
(510) 841-0884

Open 11 am to 10 pm every day.

Extensive yelp discussions about Jayakarta Restaurant

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