Jakarta Stellenbosch (South Africa)
La Provence Road
Duncan Fransz leads Jakarta with his heart. It is the only, yes the
sole, authentic Indonesian restaurant in the whole of South Africa.
Conveniently situated on the five-hectare Sunhill Estate in the
Stellenbosch winelands district, it has greatly contributed in raising
the town's culinary reputation.
If it's your first visit you'll
note something unique about the atmosphere. Well, it's as if Duncan, his
wife Veronica and their dedicated staff love food and antiques more
than they like money. You don't often experience that at restaurants.
are never in short supply at Jakarta. The flavour actually locks into
the authentic Indonesian cuisine served in the world-renowned Rijsttafel
(rice table) style.
Before we forge deeper into Jakarta, a note
to the newcomer: Think rice. Think spicy side dishes served
buffet-style. Think sambals, satay, fish, fruit, vegetables, pickles,
nuts, chillies, coconut milk, prawns, chicken, beef and veal. It's
basically a Dutch-colonial adaptation of the Indonesian "makan besar"
Popular, you ask? Most definitely. Especially in
Indonesia and the Netherlands. That's on the other side of the world
though! Go ahead. Experience it right in the midst of the Boland.
Let's peek around the kitchen door!
doubt, there's a sure hand at work here, Jakarta has its own emergency
back-up power supply. Nothing is going to stop its patrons from fine
dining. Duncan is a devoted tour guide to the heart of the Indonesian
Feast on up to nineteen different exotic dishes. This
unique cuisine is further influenced by ingredients and cooking styles
from the Middle East, India, China and Europe. In fact, many ingredients
used by Duncan are given to him by some of the restaurant's overseas
Huge amounts of energy also goes into the preparation of a variety of appetizers, curries and seafood dishes.
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday 09:00 - 12:00
Lunch: Monday - Saturday
12:00 - 15:00 ; Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Dinner: Monday - Saturday
18:00 - late