Yeyo Lobby & Eatery
With so many new additions to Jakarta’s ever-expanding roster of restaurants and bars, it’s easy to get lost in the slipstream of fancy-pants venues as they pop up left, right and centre. Since it is our job to keep you in the loop, we would like to introduce you to the newest kid on the block: Yeyo Lobby & Eatery. Setting up shop along the busy streets of Jalan Senopati, this restaurant-cum-lounge only opened its doors last November and is yet to hold its grand-opening party. So far though, the reception that this new joint has received from the city’s fastidious punters has been nothing short of impressive. We chatted with Operations Manager, Elvita.
Could you let us in on the ideas that lie behind yeyo?
Initially, we just wanted to come up with our own fresh take on your run-of-the-mill hangout spot, especially from a design perspective, hence our tropically-vintage look.
What’s the main concept behind yeyo?
For our first-floor restaurant, we have created a tropical ambience, while our lounge area lies up on the second floor. As for our cuisine, we serve both western and french fare.
What are your signature dishes and drinks?
We consider the yeyo cheeseburger and our top-selling duck confit to be our culinary masterpieces. As for our signature refreshments, we have the mezza luna, a banana and blueberry mocktail, and the lauakup, a cocktail which consists of apple and kiwi purees mixed with apple-flavoured bacardi and melon liqueur.
What would you say makes yeyo stand out from other casual-dining lounges?
i’d say our ambience. I’ve seen people sitting here for hours soaking up the atmosphere of the place, and in my opinion, our mellow vibe is what differentiates us from the rest.
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