by Foodies

The Inaugural Jakarta's Best Eats's Awards and Guide

IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, a remarkable food scene has emerged in Jakarta. The palates of diners have been sharpened, while restaurateurs have created venues and menus that rival those other hotspots on the map of international cuisine and foodie culture.
Globally, ethical and impartial awards have shaped the taste of diners and inspired chefs and restaurateurs.
After our successful maiden awards last year, Jakarta’s Best Eats is back for 2019. It’s now time for the culinary creations, excellent service and superior dining experiences available in Jakarta to get a similar treatment. It’s time to shine a spotlight on the restaurants of Jakarta that will be visible throughout the nation,
the region–and beyond.
FoodieS Magazine, Indonesia’s leading English-language publication on food and beverage, has teamed up with Aqua Reflections, Indonesia’s finest artisanal water, to present the inaugural Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards and Guide.
The Awards will acknowledge the Top 40 restaurants in Jakarta divided into three categories: Fine Dining, Upmarket Venues and Casual Dining. We commit to an awards process that is ethical, fair and driven by experts.
Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards wants to recognize those who have excelled in the local restaurant scene–and introduce those culinary stars to an audience in Jakarta, in Indonesia and beyond.
How Does the Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards Work?
Chefs and restaurateurs as well as the general public were invited to nominate their restaurants to FoodieS through www.foodies.id/jakartasbesteats. This process was free and without charge.
FoodieS, Aqua Reflections and jury members also nominated establishments.
To ensure level competition based on a restaurant’s market segment, the awards covered three categories: Fine Dining, Upmarket Venues and Casual Dining. Restaurants only competed in the category that they belong in. After the nomination stage, the jury then developed a short list of restaurants.
All restaurants in the three categories were judged using the same criteria:
• 50 percent for cuisine, based on taste, creativity and execution
• 20 percent for quality of service
• 20 for the drinks menu or wine list
• 10 percent for venue’s interior design and character.
This weighting drove the jury’s final decisions.
A Fine Dining restaurant is defined as one that emphasizes perfection in taste, presentation, creativity, service and tablescape. An Upmarket Venue may be large or small and focused on smart dining, without a fine-dining level of service or interior. Casual Dining includes mall or stand-alone venues, or might be smaller establishments with a faster and livelier atmosphere.
Jury members based their decisions on the above criteria. Each member could only vote for a restaurant if they had eaten at the restaurant in the last 12 months. All past visits to the restaurants were made without identifying themselves as part of the jury. Further, the award organizers, sponsors, shortlisted restaurants and jury members kept the restaurant selection and deliberation process confidential before the awards night. They also certified that they had not been offered nor had they received any incentives as part of the judging process.