El Machote – Where the Best of US Southwest BBQ and South American Grilling Collide

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When the summer months come around in America’s southwestern states the air is filled with the delicious aroma of meat cooking on barbecues. From Arizona to Utah, families and friends will gather together to enjoy the warm weather and grill fine cuts of meat on open flames, giving the meat a delicious flavour which cannot be achieved by any other cooking method. In fact, all over the world in countries where the four seasons are experienced, people celebrate the fine weather and take the opportunity to bond over food and drinks in very much the same way. Family, friends, fresh air and fine food combine to offer one of the most relaxing and enjoyable dining experiences available.

In South America, fire pits and grills burn from midday to midnight as friends and families while away the hours together over food in the warmer months. The tradition of barbecuing stretches back hundreds of years on the Latin continent, from the plains of southern Brazil, Argentina, and southern Chile to Paraguay and Uruguay, where cowboys known as gauchos herded their cattle. Of course, the barbecuing and flame grilling traditions of both the American southwest and South America owe a great deal to the cattle farming traditions of both regions.

In Indonesia open air cooking is understandably less popular due to the higher temperatures all year round, but nevertheless there is a growing appetite for fine cuts of meat grilled to perfection and for beef, pork, lamb and chicken prepared according to the long-standing traditions of the US southwest and South America. If you are already one of the growing number of grilled meat enthusiasts in Jakarta, or if you are curious to know more about one of the world’s most popular dining experiences, El Machote is the place for you.

El Machote sits in an upstairs location on Jl. Wahid Hasyim in central Jakarta and offers everything you need to enjoy authentic US southwest and South American barbecue and grill dining. Delicious aromas fill the air immediately as you climb the stairs leading to the second floor where the cooking takes place. The restaurant itself is warm and inviting, with a carefully designed mix of leather, wood and red brick which completes the authenticity of the experience. The menu presents a mouthwatering array of choices all of which seem too good to miss. Appetisers include nachos, bruschetta and simple potato wedges, and main courses range from simple beef burgers and pasta on the regular menu all the way to juicy steaks from the parilla (iron grill) and falling-off-the-bone tender ribs from the smoker. Everything you might find sizzling on a US southwest barbecue or on a South American grill is on the menu – the only problem you will have is deciding what to order because it all looks so good.

There is also another great reason to visit El Machote; an amazing range of superb cocktails. All the internationally accepted favourites are there plus some signature specials, among them the distinctly refreshing Star Sunshine and the deliciously decadent Blueberry Martini.

Make the choice to visit El Machote and you will not regret it. For an intimate dinner with someone special or for a night out with a group of friends, El Machote fits the bill. The private dining area offers privacy and the bar area is lively and fun, while live music provides the entertainment.

LOCATION

El Machote
Phone: (021) 345 1395
2nd Floor, Jalan. KH Wahid Hasyim No. 59,
Menteng, RT.1/RW.4, Gondangdia,
Jakarta Pusat, DKI Jakarta 10350

OPENING HOURS

Sunday – Thursday
11:00am – 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday
11:00am – 00:00am

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