Thursday, June 20, 2019

Mexican Bars in Jakarta

Spectr News Theme Isny Dewi R.
17, January 2019

Sometimes a quesadilla, a glass of margarita and some vibrant Latin music are all you need to spice up a dull day. Although not much, there are some pleasant bars in the capital city are ready to serve Mexican-inspired culinary delights and cocktails treat to spoil your palate.

1. Gonzo's Tex Mex Grill & Margarita Bar
Gonzo's Tex Mex Grill & Margarita Bar is a Mexican-inspired restaurant and bar that also serves alcoholic beverages. Located inside Lotte Shopping Avenue in South Jakarta, the bar draws a more casual and family-friendly crowd. Gonzo's sets apart its tacos and other typical staples with filling options of barbacoa rojas (shredded beef), sirloin steak, spicy carne or a vegetarian option of roasted butternut squash. One of its popular drinks is the El Classico Nectar de Agave, which is a mix of tequila, orange, lime, and golden syrup.

Gonzo’s Tex Mex Grill & Margarita Bar
Address: Lotte Shopping Avenue, Jl. Prof. DR. Satrio No.3-5, South Jakarta
Opening hours: Every day 10.00 – 22.00 WIB
Instagram: @gonzostexmexnbar

2. Amigos
Amigos was one of the first restaurants in Indonesia to serve Latin-inspired dishes. First established in Central Jakarta in 1979 by Ron Mullers, Amigos moved and opened its doors in Kemang Club Villas, South Jakarta, two years later and remains a favorite to this day. The Mexican bar in Jakarta offers Tex-Mex (Texan and Mexican) cuisine, a fusion of Mexican and American flavors served inside its uniquely decorated interior featuring Mexican-themed hand-painted murals and colorful decor.

Amigos also prides itself as being a long-standing music hub, where the Amigos stage welcomes various musicians across different genres regularly throughout the week. With different themes and music offered daily, the crowd at Amigos varies greatly. Being a restaurant first and foremost, Amigos is open to people of all ages and serves alcoholic beverage to legal-aged patrons.

Photo Source: @amigosjakarta

Things can turn wild, however, on Monday after hours, when the Monday Madness theme slashes the price of alcoholic drinks by half (except for wine). Most evenings, Amigos welcomes a crowd of professionals after work, and on Fridays, opens up the floor for salsa dancing. 

Address: Kemang Club Villas, Jl. Kemang Selatan I, Bangka, South Jakarta
Opening hours: Sun – Thu: 09.00 – 00.00, Sat & Sun: 09.00 – 02.00 WIB
Instagram: @amigosjakarta

3. Hacienda Mexican Bar and Grill
Hacienda is an upscale Mexican restaurant and bar located inside Plaza Senayan Arcadia. With a plush setting, warm-toned decor and unique brick wall interiors, the bar offers an eclectic atmosphere to enjoy authentic Mexican delights.

Hacienda offers an extensive list of hearty Mexican dishes, including the traditional and staple favorites of tasty burritos, richly-flavored chimichangas and crispy tacos. Additionally, the bar in Jakarta also offers a wide range of meat dishes, steak varieties and seafood platters. For lighter options, there are also Mexican-inspired soups and salads, such as the taco salad, which is a dish of mixed veggies served on a bowl of crispy taco.

A rich choice of cocktails is also available, many of the signature drinks include tequila-based mixes. The Gulf of Hacienda cocktail, for example, includes Sauza Gold Tequila, Bols Blue Curacao, orange and pineapple juice. 

Hacienda Mexican Bar and Grill
Address: Kawasan Gelora Bung Karno, Jl. New Dhelhi No.9, Gelora, Central Jakarta
Phone Number: 021 5790-1469
Opening hours: Every day 08.00 – 00.00 WIB

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