Contending with its archrival, the other Bakmi you-know-who, Golek may only have fewer outlets around Jakarta but has a more robust menu. The restaurant in Rawamangun was designed for brief lunch and takeaway, but is still decent for a bit prolonged stay and family dinner nonetheless.
Cleanliness and polite service can also be expected here but if you want comfort, best to head upstairs and into the non-smoking, air-conditioned room. It is best to steer away from the “smoky” first floor.
Until quite recently, perhaps already months now, it seems that Bakmi Golek has been employing a stringier, thicker yet juicier noodles and it works well with its signature lineup of bakmi. I enjoyed particularly my last visit here as they presented their noodles al dente and accompanied it with rich soup.
For other Chinese cuisine dishes, Bakmi Golek presents good options of individual portioning as well as for family. The quality is in overall nice and as I mentioned earlier about family dinner, the place can be quite formidable and yet affordable at the same time.
Unsuitable for vegetarians
Jalan Paus no. 12C (Rawamangun), Jakarta – Indonesia
Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm
Spend: IDR 25,000 – IDR 50,000 / person