Jakarta Restaurant Reviews

from Jakarta's very own review ninja.

BirdCage Restaurant Review, Wijaya 9 No 23, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta

The Marmz review team was running somewhat slower than normal on the morning of this review. Morning slipped into afternoon and the growls from my stomach became unignorable. There was work to be done! So we commandeered a taxi and set off in the direction of BirdCage in Wijaya. I say “in the direction of” because it was almost impossible to find. The only clues were the bird cages (D’OH!)hanging high in the trees outside the building which were impossible to see from the taxi. If you find yourself outside a place with Tribute written on the windows, you are at the right place. Bird Cage is on the first and second floors, with the second (The Attic bar) opening on Fridays, Saturdays and for private functions.
To enter the main restaurant/bar, you go up two narrow flights of stairs which give onto a wide open space that appears to be an industrial refurbishment but isn’t. Sofas and natural wood are the order of the day and the space appeared to be entirely ours at three in the afternoon. The music was periodically irritating, but a chat to the very friendly waiter rectified this minor gripe.
The food was really rather good. I had the Birdy Burger while Mz had the blah blah blah (check earlier posts for details).

Mz Marmz blah blah blah

My Birdy Burger resplendent with real bacon

I particularly liked how the food had nice little touches such as the pickled gherkin which added a whole new dimension to an otherwise predictable taste. The chilli jam was light and had flavour, something horribly amiss in a lot of restaurants chili sauces/jams/gloops. We then settled down to a nice PC game of Guess The Campest Waiter and let our food settle. This was necessary as the Wi-Fi that I usually use to write the review in situ was frankly woeful. The waiters did their jobs without once attracting our evil eye, so an all round WIN!

*PS For those not accustomed to the Marmziverse, Mz’s blah blah blah refers to her permanent food order, chicken. She is the chicken queen. Make your own jokes please, but remember, I am a Ninja.

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  1. I've never eaten here so I can neither confirm nor agree with your review. I can say, however, that the name of this resto is incredibly gay.

    Comment by The Hater | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. I have been to birdcage a few times and general standard is good. However when the main chef is not there then the quality can be go a little waywood. An example of this is when i was there last and ordered the crispy pork belly. Not sure how old it was but I was vomitting up hours later!

    Comment by Andrew (Monroe) | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hater, this seems to be a common theme with restaurant names. People either seem to accept them without question or detest them. The one that rubs me up the wrong way is Anomali. Where/what is the anomaly of having a coffee shop on a suburban street? It should be called 'prerequisite'.
    Andrew, I think you have put me off eating that particular dish there for ever. Thanks, I think.

    Comment by Marmalade | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  4. This is a test comment due to ahem, glitches.

    Comment by Marmalade | June 19, 2009 | Reply

  5. This is a test comment due to ahem, glitches.

    Comment by Marmalade | June 19, 2009 | Reply

  6. this comment section sucks. why can't it be together with the main webpage?

    Comment by KuKuKaChu | June 20, 2009 | Reply

  7. If you click the individual links in the sidebar, the comments are also displayed.

    Comment by Marmalade | June 20, 2009 | Reply

  8. Shut it Noodle Neck

    Comment by Simon Pitchforth | June 29, 2009 | Reply

  9. I was there from 9am-2pm for a business meeting and the environment was extremely hot. Maybe I have to enjoy birdcage at night.
    The food was over the top. The size for a pax was like size for a family. That’s that. Hmm..not going there unless there’s an invitation to have a free dinner.

    Comment by Decy | July 6, 2010 | Reply

  10. can you put the price on each dish? thank you :)

    Comment by Anonymous | May 2, 2012 | Reply

    • Sure, I can. But because these reviews can become months or years old, I don’t want to publish prices which will become false very quickly. I will have a think about how to do this…
      Thanks for your input.

      Comment by jakartarestaurantreviews | May 2, 2012 | Reply

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