A long the busy road of Jalan Senopati, South Jakarta, is a stand-out addition to the flurry of restaurants — newly opened Yeyo, with an interesting facade of wooden staircases against glass windows and a lush atmosphere, sets itself apart from the other eateries in the area.
The two-story restaurant features a vintage 1970s feel. A hostess stand sits right at the entrance, ready to greet and seat diners. A wall hoists a fully equipped bar shelving an assortment of liquor. Triangular-patterned wooden walls behind red and green leafy upholstered fabric sofas, wooden chairs, wicker pods, palm trees, traditional green shaded lamps and full paneled windows make for a bright and airy dining area.
It could all sound a bit kitschy and far-fetched for this city’s scene, yet Yeyo manages to pull itself together quite nicely. The amount of hip customers attracted to the spot serves as further evidence that it has forged the right feel.
The second floor plays off a more fun Middle Eastern lounge vibe with a terrace that offers wonderful views of the city skyline. Potted palm trees around the area offer a feeling of respite from the frantic pace of Jakarta. It’s a perfect setting for light drinks during weeknights or weekends.
The menu itself is a bit lackluster, though it features typical crowd-pleasing appetizers such as cheese nachos, tacos and pan-fried seafood tapas drenched in olive oil and lightly seasoned with pepper and salt. The main courses vary in selection, but the chef recommends the sliced Wagyu beef with cheese fondue in a tortilla-chip bowl and sides of broccoli and potatoes. Other options to choose from include burgers or salmon. If you prefer to stick to more local fare, then the Wagyu fried rice is a prime choice. The menu appears to be a melange of European, American and local Indonesian dishes.
Looking through the drink menu, there are many cocktails to pick from and different concoctions of smoothies and mocktails. Combining bananas, berries and syrup, the Mezza Luna mocktail is a must try.
The music in the background grants a more ambient and captivating atmosphere. Though it does prove to be more of a trendy joint, it is also a low-key spot to relax and spend some downtime. WiFi is also available so customers can get work done if desired. The price range is moderately affordable.
Unquestionably, Yeyo is unrivaled in terms of aesthetically forward and pleasing interior design that presents new and fresh possibilities for everyone to enjoy as the city’s latest haunt.
Yeyo Lobby and Eatery
Jl. Senopati No. 64,
Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
Tel. 021 722 8129