This 82 year old grandpa could well be the first ice-cream parlour in Jakarta. Opened in 1932, it has survived World War 2 and the struggle for Indonesia’s independence.
The restaurant is furnished the way it is since it has moved here decades ago. Rattan arm-chairs and old photos of yesteryear bring you back to the colonial days, when the real luxury for the common man was nothing more than a scoop of vanilla ice-cream!
That scoop of vanilla ice-cream is still on the menu.
Of course there are more modern offerings like Banana Split and Tutti Frutti- not sure if they have been on the menu ever since or are new additions, but coming to Ragusa is more than ice-cream , it is about rekindling the days of our forefathers, and that our lives can be as simple as a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
The most nostalgically memorable thing about this place, is not the Spaghetti , Special-Mix or the Cassata ice-cream, neither is the huge “Ragusa” signboard or the blue scissor gate, but the old man in the white uniform – a quiet and demure person, who gave us the ordering sheet; took our orders and served us our ice-cream. He is the real icon of Ragusa.
And don’t just order ice-cream, get the gado-gado from outside too! The peanut sauce is like . . . peanut butter! Very smooth and creamy and it makes the gado-gado fabulously special, not like anywhere else!
Highly recommended for home-made goodness on a rattan arm-chair!
- Spaghetti 30,000
- Tutti Frutti 25,000
- Special Mix 20,000
- Cassata 25,000
- Banana Split 30,000.
All Prices in Indonesian Rupiah. No Service Charge and Tax.
We paid for our meals.
Address: Veteran I, No. 10, Gambir, Central Jakarta 10110, Indonesia