Eating Like Jokowi and Prabowo at Sate Khas Senayan


Last weekend, Indonesia rejoiced when they see two important figures sitting together and had a blast. President Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto met to cool the tension after a hard fought battle for the presidency at the general election. The nation was heavily polarized due to the difference in political choices. The meeting of both presidential candidates is seen as an effort to unify the country.

A selection of dishes at the restaurant. via Instagram/satekhassenayan

At first, the two men met at Jakarta’s MRT. And then they stopped for lunch at Sate Khas Senayan restaurant at FX Sudirman. A lot of people speculate as to what was the meaning behind this choice. However, when you stop and just simply think about it, you’ll know that Sate Khas Senayan is a great place to eat. Here is all you need to know about that legendary visit a legendary restaurant.

History of Sate Khas Senayan

Seafood dishes. via Instagram/satekhassenayan

The restaurant is an avid promoter of traditional Indonesian cuisine. Established in 1974, it continuously researches traditional recipes and then refines them to be better suited to the modern world. This, in turn, makes the restaurant have a selection of uniquely traditional yet modern Indonesian cuisine.

With more than 40 years of experience, this restaurant knows how to bring the best out of traditional dishes. Today, this restaurant already has tens of outlets in Jakarta and the neighboring areas.

Menu Choices

A lot of dishes. via Instagram/satekhassenayan

In this restaurant, you can enjoy many traditional dishes. Even though the restaurant has a strong Javanese vibe, it serves a wide range of traditional dishes from all over Indonesia and beyond. For instance, rujak Cingur, Nasi Bali, Nasi Pecel, Soto Betawi, a lot of satays, and many more are available here. If you want to enjoy an authentic dish from a certain place, there is a big chance you will be able to find it here.

Jokowi and Prabowo Choices

They eat together. via Instagram/satekhassenayan

Talking to Kompas, Lisa Syaouta, the operational manager of Sate Khas Senayan FX Sudirman, Jokowi and Prabowo ordered a lot of dishes. For the snacks, they have ongol-ongol, mendut, and cenil. For the main dish, they have lontong cap go meh, nasi langgih, nasi pecel empal, and nasi kuning campur. They also have additional chicken and lamb satays.

The prices at Sate Khas Senayan

Delicious soupy dish. via Instagram/satekhassenayan

Food at this restaurant is rather affordable. Lontong cap go meh, for example, will set you back IDR51K per serving. Overall, for all the main dishes, Jokowi and Prabowo spent about IDR350k to 400K. Furthermore, most dishes in this restaurant cost in the region IDR40K to 100K per serving.

Both men had a blast. via Instagram/satekhassenayan

While many people in Indonesia focuses on the political aspect of the meeting, many forget about the actual dishes that Jokowi and Prabowo had. They were eating at a legendary restaurant that serves traditional Indonesian food with a modern touch.

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