A CULINARY BLESSING. Yes, Benedict (Grand Indonesia East Mall, lower ground floor; +62 21 2358 1238; benedictjakarta.com) has eggs benedict on the menu, but the eatery offers much more than this breakfast staple.
The gourmet café’s fare includes hearty sandwiches and burgers (the signature Benedict Burger is simply to die for), pastas, homemade desserts, as well as healthy salads and juices. This homey and healthy theme extends to the kitchen, where Benedict’s two chefs Fernando Sindu and Ivan Wibowo have perfected the art of procuring fresh seasonal produce, and they even cure their own meat. In short, a visit to Benedict would be a benediction on your palate if you can beat the crowds, that is.