My secret restaurant is no longer a secret


It’s small and always crowded.

Not much ambience. No aircon.

Dine in the day and it’s hot as hell.

Dine at night and there is a possibility that you will be the main entree of the mosquitoes lurking in the dark.

And yet, with only about 10 wooden tables, one restaurant has been drawing the crowds.

Food connoisseurs. Closet gourmets. And people, like me, who want a respite – even a brief one – from expensive hoity-toity restos.

A hole-in-the-wall favorite. Since 1947.

Welcome to Trio Restaurant in the Menteng district of Jakarta.

The food is so remarkable that it is probably the only place where the wealthy and the less wealthy mingle – a rare sight in Jakarta where each social class usually stays within the boundaries of its own territory.

It will take you at least two hours to go through the menu with its over 300 dishes… so…

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