Sate Khas Senayan – What is there to do in Jakarta? What the things to do in Jakarta? You can do a culinary tour in this city. Hidden in every nook and cranny are swanky cafes that embrace the modernity of the West and yet still strongly retain aspects of Indonesian culture that come together to form a beautiful subculture of Jakarta. You can try Indonesian chicken sate (satay) in the sate house Senayan. Ask anyone who lives in Jakarta if they know Sate Khas Senayan, as 99.9% would say “Yes” (leave 0.1% for error, because human errs). Yes, Sate Khas Senayan has been around since 1974 and growing its chains so fast that even the older generations are familiar with the name and taste.
Had a chance to revisited the first store of Sate Khas Senayan after decade (my previous visit dates back to my elementary time) and it looks different but with the same familiar traditional vibe. The staffs were warm and well-dressed in Kebaya that I felt slightly underdressed with my tees and jeans after a sweaty ride with Go-Jek (online motorcycle transportation, thank God I wore mask and hair cover).
The yellow light creates an even warmer vibe inside and dark brown furniture dominates the whole look. The restaurant was packed with older adults, young families, workers in suits and a casual-looking young adult. Yes, it’s my friend (you can see from the similar outfits) and she was already waiting by the window. Oh boy a gentle sunlight that seeped in through just brought a good feeling of……quick insta-story selfie.
After a quick chat over how crazy the traffic was (tbh I left from the previous meet up place a bit late, sorry Felicia hope you don’t read this), with no hesitation we ordered Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay) [IDR 58k] and Gado-gado [IDR 38k]. It took around 10 minutes for the two meals of Sate Senayan menu to come out looking and smelling so good. Took a few snap snap snap while soothing my hungry tummy with Iced Tea, and immediately devour them.
You know that kind of feeling when meat melts in your mouth? You can experience that here. The meat is so tender, fats-free, and well-cooked mixed well with the creamy chunk-free peanut sauce. You can tell that the sauce contains quite a lot of garlics because that’s the typical Blora Satay style. For a typical portion of satay, this one’s pricier than others, but you can tell from the quality that it’s worth every penny (slash Rupiah). They’re served with red onion and chili on the sides for those who enjoy ‘torturing’ their taste buds (read: me). If you’re a big eater, I suggest that you order Lontong on the sides as carbs.
Their Gado-gado isn’t bad at all (you know we Indonesians tend to doubt restaurant-style traditional food because the street-style ones are usually bolder in taste and merciful in portion), in fact I like it. If you don’t know what Gado-gado is, it’s basically a plate of various veggies served with peanut sauce. Sate Khas Senayan’s version contains spinach, tofu, (freaking good) potato, cabbage, cucumber, half egg, green bean, bean sprout, Kerupuk, and Emping. I swear when I say the potato is freaking good, it’s SO FREAKING GOOD that me and my friend fought over it. I think they seasoned it, boiled it a bit, and lightly fried them. I’d die for this Gado-gado if the sauce was a bit less sweet, but the creamy and thick texture was alright.
Overall I rate Sate Khas Senayan 8 out of 10, and if you’re a tourist wanting to try some Indonesian foods. There’s a lot of best places to visit in Jakarta on the weekend, I say this is the right place for you to start your journey. Sate senayan restaurant has many branches in Jakarta. One of its branches is located near the Jakarta beach. So you can take a vacation to the beach while enjoying delicious sate khas senayan.
The address of Sate Khas Senayan is:
Jl. Pakubuwono VI, RT.5/RW.6, Gunung, Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12120
Writer : Alin
Photographer : Felicia