Ubud’s Locavore is Running Pop-ups in Jakarta

This month, one of Bali’s top restaurants will be bringing its avant-garde cuisine to the Indonesian capital.

A dessert of honey kombucha granité is featured on Locavore’s Pancaroba menu. (Photo: Locavore)

While Bali might have reopened for domestic visitors at the end of July, Jakarta-based gourmands need not fly out there to sample the unique flavors of Locavore, a cutting-edge Ubud restaurant known for its focus on ultra-local ingredients. Locavore will be showcasing its modernist, sustainability-minded approach to cooking through two pop-ups during a month-long residency in the capital.

The first will take place at The Dining Room in Raffles Jakarta each night from tomorrow (September 2) through Sunday, September 13. Then, Locavore’s chefs will move to Akar Restaurant and Bar in Gunawarman and serve dinner there from Friday, September 18 until Sunday, September 27.

Locavore was ranked 37th at the latest edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, and has held the title of Best Restaurant in Indonesia since 2016. Its 36-seater Ubud venue has just reopened with the Pancaroba menu, inspired by the period of transition between the Indonesian wet and dry seasons. True to form, the 19-course tasting menu spotlights exclusively local produce—which means no imported foodstuffs, no dairy, and no wheat – while making sure that each part of the ingredient is utilized.

Baked breadfruit also stars on the 15-course Pancaroba menu served in Jakarta. (Photo: Locavore)

A few dishes on the Pancaroba menu include sweet soy sauce–glazed breadfruit baked in embers served with fermented potato and green garlic cream; barbecued quail with black garlic koji mole; and blood berry (buah buni) tart with a chocolate oil crust, blood berry sorbet, and coconut egg white crème. A refreshing shaved-ice dessert comes in the form of honey kombucha granité, featuring fermented wild honey, snakefruit, and bee pollen.

Jakartans won’t just get to taste an adapted, 15-course version of the Pancaroba set menu, but also enjoy certain dishes not available back in Bali. Eelke Plasmeijer, head chef and co-owner of Locavore, said in a press statement, “Our menu includes some dishes that we’ve created just for Jakarta and some of our old favorites from previous seasons as a special treat for our Jakarta fans.”

Click here to book a table at Locavore’s pop-up at Raffles Jakarta. For reservations at Akar Restaurant and Bar, call or WhatsApp 62/812-9156-0550.

Locavore’s blood berry (buah buni) tart and sorbet. (Photo: Locavore)

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