The fresh, open-air vibe of traditional-yet-modern Kila Kila by Akasya has an exquisite view of Jakarta’s Sudirman Central Business District. Located opposite Pacific Place, the restaurant offers an authentic touch to an elevated selection of Indonesian cuisine. Akasya Catering has been established and dedicated to the culinary industry for over 20 years, bringing both experience and quality standard to Kila Kila. The rooftop restaurant provides a relaxed atmosphere, making it a great attraction for the working crowd surrounding the establishment.
At the entrance, we were captivated by an array of eye-catching yellow paper pinwheels, swirling merrily to the rhythm of the wind. With a total capacity of 100 guests, the restaurant was divided into its indoor and outdoor area, boasting a combination of traditional aesthetics with a contemporary and chic ambience. “This restaurant is managed by Akasya Catering,” explained Aliyah Latief, co-owner of Kila Kila and daughter of Enny Latief, owner of Akasya Catering. “Most of the cooking pastes are made in the Akasya kitchen, and delivered and cooked here, at the restaurant”.
The menu ranges from a traditional selection of Indonesian soups to deliciously garnished succulent meat dishes, expressing Kila Kila’s passion for Indonesian heritage. “The Sate Wagyu Kila Kila (Rp 125,000) is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes,” says Aliyah. “Although my personal favourite, and recommended dish would be the Tum Ayam (Rp 40,000) that is steamed minced chicken, seasoned with Indonesian herbs and served in a banana leaf. It is one-of-a-kind and a rare dish to find in many other Indonesian restaurants.” Another local favourite, Singgang Lidah (Rp 85,000) features a grilled marinated ox tongue, glazed with zesty Sumatran style sauce. For its mains, the restaurant also serves Nasi Goreng Khas Kila Kila (Rp 75,000), which consists of Javanese style beef fried rice, served with crispy fried chicken and sunny side up egg. The restaurant offers a great range of tea, coffee, fresh juices as well as beer & cider. One of their must-have afternoon drinks is the Iced Thai Teh Tarik (Rp 40,000), which is a sweetened milk tea, deliciously served with refreshing bubbles of jelly.
As for dessert, the Tape Bakar Gula Jawa (Rp 40,000), grilled fermented cassava served with palm sugar, really brings a burst of Indonesian flavours to the table. The menu also offers Marie Regal Gelato (Rp 45,000), creating a fusion between modern and classic varieties.
“I think what makes Kila Kila quite different than others is the fact that we still use the traditional way of cooking. We source our ingredients from all over Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, to maintain the richness in the flavours that we deliver.”
Kila Kila is designed for diners looking to enjoy a hearty Indonesian meal in a fine dining atmosphere.
Kila Kila by Akasya
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53
SCBD, Gedung Lot 4 – 7th Floor
Tel: (62 21) 514 014 84
Open 11am to 11pm on weekdays,
and until 12am on weekends