Restaurant Review: Taco Local

While Jakarta’s restaurant scene offers a remarkably diverse selection of international cuisines, one thing it has always lacked is an authentic Mexican restaurant — until now.

Surrounded by hipster boutiques in an up-and-coming neighboorhood in South Jakarta, Taco Local (Jl. Panglima Polim 5, No.38, Jakarta; 62-21/9494 9538; offers up tacos and burritos of the kind you might expect to find at a neighborhood taqueria in Mexico. Made using primarily locally sourced ingredients, their signature tacos feature flavorful fillings such as juicy pork al pastor paired with pickled cabbage, salsa verde and grilled pineapple. For people who are only used to Tex-Mex fare that is drowned in cheese, experiencing the bold flavors of true Mexican cuisine can be quite eyeopening, so it’s definitely worth checking out this cozy little cantina.