Jakarta offers a lot of dining scenes. For those on a budget, it does not mean that you can't sample the specialty dishes.

At major shopping malls, one can go to the food court. Usually it offers variety of food, from International, fast food chain, to traditional food stalls. A meal for one would cost around Rp20,000. A veriety of Indonesian dishes can be found at Tenabang food court on 8th floor of Tanah Abang Blok A market. Other shopping mall with varied selection of food including one at Grand Indonesia (FoodLouver), Senayan City, Plaza Senayan, and Mall Taman Anggrek.

Other cheap eats can be found by the streets. Some shophouses operated as small restaurant. Common food item including Nasi Padang such as Natrabu at Jalan Sabang, bakso (meatballs in clear soup, served with noodles), satay, gado-gado (mixed veggie in peanut sauce) such as Gado-Gado Bonbin at Jalan Cikini 4. You can find some of this at Jalan Sabang area in Central Jakarta. At night, Jalan Pecenongan (Pecenongan Street) off Jalan Juanda is known for its seafood stalls. 

For traditional cakes, one can find at some bakeries in town. Monami (Senayan City, lower ground floor and other locations around town) has selection of Indonesian traditional cakes. 

TIPS: First time visitors might see that lots of people do buy food from food cart (gerobak) or stalls ('warung') by the street. They offer local delicacies at cheap price. However, if you concerned with health & hygiene issues, you are not recommended to try it (especially if the surrounding area is unhealthy).