It’s time for another Bali post! Nook is not only known for its amazingly good food, but for its beautiful sceneries as at rested amongst paddy fields. It was quite unfortunate that I came when the rice paddies were just being harvested. Yet, the lingering nature’s beauty around it still doesn’t fail to disappoint.
There’s a fairly new modern Thai restaurant in Kota Kasablanka, Jakarta. I’ve always thought that Thai food is a foreign cuisine that could easily match Indonesian population’s taste, because just like our cuisines, Thai food also uses a lot of rich spices.
It was Friday during lunch time, the whole place was jammed full with customers! The place was very nicely decorated, modern indoor garden style, with cute wall decor all around the corners. There’s also a smoking area in the outdoors.
Thai Tea/Thai Rose Tea – IDR25,000/IDR27,000++
Call me shallow, but I literally order these just for the sake of the drinks served with cute mini floaties! XD
Their thai tea wasn’t too bad, it was creamy but wasn’t as thick. The rose tea was the same, except that it’s (obviously) rose-scented. They use a kind of rose syrup that sits at the bottom of the glass. It’s a bit too sweet for my taste, so I waited till the ice melted a little bit before taking a sip 🙂
Soft Shell Crab Sandwhich – IDR60,000++
I saw a couple pictures of these in social media and I thought it’s a very unique presentation of mini bun sandwiches! It thought it was pretty delicious. The buns were soft and dense, yet still fresh and crispy on the outside. I thought there was too little soft shell crab but it was still good overall. Don’t forget to add their sweet and sour sauce because it really adds A LOT of flavor to this!
Prawn & Chicken Spring Rolls – IDR45,000++
Everyone knows that food stacked in a mini ladder is the most current trend right now, quite a number of menu choices at Santhai utilizes these mini ladders too!
I loved it! It’s such a perfect appetizer for share! It’s crispy on the outside, with just the right amount of filling on the inside. It’s very nice and savory!
Pad Thai (Seafood) – IDR60,000++
Every time I go to a Thai restaurant, I would most definitely order myself a serving of Pad Thai. I feel like it’s the ultimate Thai ‘signature’ food, and a lot of restaurant really portrays the flavors differently.
Their Pad Thai was more wet than the one I found in the other restaurants. It’s sweet and sour, but I don’t feel like it tastes like the authentic Pad Thai that I was looking for. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t just as I imagined it would be either.
Creamy Salted Egg Prawn – IDR75,000++
I was quite excited to try these, but it’s really not up to my expectations. It’s definitely ‘creamy’, but it’s too sweet to be called a ‘salted egg prawn’. The prawns were mid-sized and quite fresh though..
Kiasu Tofu – IDR60,000++
For anyone who understand Hokkien Language, just the name of this dish sounds so funny and intriguing.. Anyway, I ordered these because I was craving for a really nice tofu dish.
It was pretty good! It was well marinated, like sweet and sour tofu. The portion wasn’t too big so it was too bad it ran out fast! XD
Shrimp Paste Fried Rice – IDR55,000++
It’s a bit weird to order Indonesian-styled fried rice out of a Thai restaurant, but we did it anyway..
It was pretty good! It’s so pretty and colorful, not to mention they put in a LOT of different toppings in one serving! It’s a decent plate of fried rice overall, but I would really recommend you to try their other signature dish instead 🙂
Lod Chong – IDR35,000++
It’s not too sweet, but I think that it would be better if they put in thicker coconut milk to add more flavor and fragrant to the dessert.
Sticky Triple Rice – IDR45,000++
OMG this was DA BOMB! I really LOVED it! Such a masterpiece of a dessert! The coconut ice cream was very fragrant and creamy. The sticky rice has a very nice chewy texture!
Overall I thought that this was a decent modern Thai restaurant. Of course, if you want to get an authentic Thai dish, this might not e the place to go, but It’s a really nice restaurant with good ambiance. The prices were reasonable. It’s not too expensive for a restaurant such as these. The portions was small to medium-sized, so you might want to order more food if you have more people in your table!
A fairly new cafe just opened in Alam Sutera, I happened to visit the place a few weeks back, sorry for this late post that is all thanks to my recent packed schedule that didn’t leave me anytime for blogging (so sorry folks!)
Back to the star of the show! I really loved the ambiance of Cannabeans, lot’s of pretty instagrammable spots for ladies out there to take OOTD pictures!
Cannabeans offers limited food choices, it’s alright because it only makes my food dilemma shorter! 🙂
Togarashi Chicken Steak – IDR58,000++
It’s your classice grilled chicken breast. It’s just ‘okay’, I guess.. The chicken was well marinated and tender enough, yet there’s nothing too special about it. On the other hand, I loved the mashed potatoes that were very soft and creamy!
Fettucine Mushroom Alfredo – IDR45,000++
NOW WE’RE TALKING! The Fettucine Pasta was very nice and creamy! The moment it came to my table, the extremely appetizing savory cheese smell really pumped me up! It’s creamy yet not overly so, the pasta is a little bit overcooked but I still liked it anyways!
Deep Fried Kalasan Chicken with Steamed Rice (Half/Whole – IDR58,000/IDR110,000)
This was most definitely THE highlight of all the main course! You can’t believe how fragrant it was when it came out. My only complaint would be how small the chicken was..
The Kalasan Chicken was so CRISPY on the outside yet TENDER and FRAGRANT on the inside. Every piece was so flavorful – to the bones! This is definitely a must-try menu if you guys visited the place!
Overall I thought that this cafe provides really nice ambiance and good food as well. Perfect for you to pass time having coffee and a small chat with your loved ones while also grabbing some quick lunch when you start to get hungry!
First of all… HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 Guys! May all your dreams and wishes came true, may this year be a year full of blessings for us all!
Speaking of New Year festivities, I recently experienced AWESOME festivities at FLOW restaurant, Menara BTPN, where they just launched a few new menus! I was quite psyched because aside from the good food, and the accompaniment, FLOW also provides excellent wine to your taste!
Chick Creamy Corn Soup
For starters, we were served a bowl of creamy corn soup with crispy garlic croutons and corn salsa.
It’s definitely very pretty looking. The croutons was very thin and crispy, with fresh bits of sweet corn inside. It’s a bit too sweet, yet it may cater well to different people’s palate
Oven Baked Farfalle
I LOVED it! I like the texture, and the creaminess level was TOP NOTCH! As a cheese addict, I can get the cheesy emmental cheese that does not overpower the pesto sauce. They also gave you generous bits of herb chicken mixed together with the pasta.
Gratin Crusted Salmon
Such a sight to behold! For those who does not like food that is too salty, this one may be a teeny bit to salty, however, I believe that it still taste nice. The salmon was fresh even though it’s slightly overcooked thus leaving it a bit dry.
The lemon beurre blanc sauce poured beautifully on top brings out a twist of creamy and slightly sour taste from the lemon.
Salted Egg Dory Rice Bowl
I think that this is a very pleasant classic asian rice bowl dish, especially with the current ‘salted-egg’ trend . The perfect sunny-side up eggs have had its egg yolk oozing perfectly to the pile of warm rice beds. The Dory and salted egg was just as tender, rich and creamy.
As a dessert addict, I was truly looking forward to this. The chocolate dome can do better, but I like the combination of chocolate mousse, almond and emmental cheese inside. It’s pile soft and sweet chocolate heaven!
Overall FLOW provides a very nice place for having a casual business lunch, or even a cool & hype place for hangout with your friends at night! The food is great, service is very friendly, and ambiance is perfect!
Menara BTPN, Lantai 2, Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung, Kuningan, Jakarta 12950
Christmas is still in the air, Christmas tree and decorations are still widespread all across town. Like everyone else, I too refuse to ‘move on’ from the most wonderful time of the year’..
Christmas has become an event of joy and celebration from people all across different countries and religions. People will gather around for ‘Christmas Lunch’ just for the sake of getting together with their loved ones. Likewise, that is what I did too, this time with all my beloved friends at GIOI, Senopati, South Jakarta – an Indonesia casual dining that is truly overlooked by myself before this day.
It was so pleasantly decorated. Very homey with little touches of Christmas decorations in every corner. I read a few reviews prior to coming to this place, many say that the portion at GIOI was relatively large, so I came ‘mentally prepared’ and even many of my friends ordered menus for share.
GIOI’s Signature Crispy Duck – IDR150,000++/IDR250,000 (Half/Whole)
We came with the expectation of having food served with larger portion.. But let me tell you, the portion successfully EXCEEDED our initially heightened expectation! One of my friend ordered the half portion and the other ordered the whole portion. I think the whole portion could easily feed 4 adults!
It was soooo goood! The crispy duck was so tender and thick, very well marinated! The sides were Jukut Kalasan, which basically consists of mainly green beans that is still fresh and crunchy with fragrant herbs!
Salmon Lodeh – IDR155,000++
This is what I ordered because I thought it’s the most unique, a traditional Indonesian-styled Lodeh with SALMON?! My foodie instincts just can’t pass this opportunity!
It came and I was surprised (once again) by the portion size. It was HUGE! I didn’t have to order rice to get myself feeling so full and satisfied. The Salmon piece was very generous and cooked PERFECTLY – Crisp on the outside, cooked through the middle yet still not dry and slightly pink in the center. The soup was very thick, fragrant, and flavorful, if any of you order this with warm rice it would be perfect just as is!
Roast Duck Curry – IDR120,000++
The curry soup was VERY thick and flavorful, yet not overpowering. What I like is that they already debone the duck meat, so it’s much easier for you to eat. The duck meat was also quite lean and tender, nyuumm!
Pandan Lava Cake (?)
I really apologize for not being able to remember this particular dessert’s name correctly. Basically, it’s Lava cake, except that the outer cake is white in color (vanilla instead of chocolate) and the lave inside has this delectable green Pandan flavored lava oozing from the inside!
I LOVED it! The cake was not too thick nor to thin, crisp on the outside but still retain it’s fluffiness as you dig inside. Aaannnd, the most important part of lava cake is how much ‘lava flow’ it could produce beautifully from inside. The Pandan lava was PERFECT! Not too sweet, very fragrant and it was simply BEAUTIFUL!
Overall I truly think that everything served was delicious, and for a restaurant this caliber – price and portion size are definitely worth it. I am even thinking of coming here some time in the future with my family, I am sure they would simply love it!
Jl. Senopati No. 88, Senopati, Jakarta
Heyy peeps! I know it’s THE season of the year, and I reckon that MANY of you should’ve been in your respective holiday destinations by now.
Without any doubt, Bali would be one of the first go-to places for both foreigners and locals alike to spend holidays with their loved ones. Bali is both famous for its beautiful beaches, rich cultural heritage, and DELICIOUS culinary delicacies. This time, I’d like to share a few of Bali’s porky goodness that I’ve experienced!
Sate Babi Bawah Pohon – Jl. Patih Jelantik, Legian, Bali
‘Sate Babi Bawah Pohon’ literally means ‘Pork Satay Under the Tree’, and yes! As it implies, it IS located under a big tree! XD
They really serve thick, juicy pork satay over here! You can choose between your regular pork satay, or ‘Sate Lilit‘. The sate lilit id much more fragrant because it’s been further mixed with various herbs. Their Pork Satay is super juicy – leaning towards the sweet side.
Warung Cahaya – Jl. Dewi Ratih No. 1A, Kuta, Bali
Anyone who is a huge fan of Sambal Matah should most definitely come and visit this place! For a mere IDR32,000, you could get yourselves a plate of super delicious fried pork, rice, and sambal matah!
Their Sambal Matah was super fragrant, and despite being (obviously) spicy, it really spikes up your appetite! One other thing I really liked about this is because they could crisp-fry their pork bites until it’s no longer as oily. The pork bites was also very lean so as to not add any necessary fats 🙂
Warung Babi Guling Bp. Dobiel – Jl. Srikandi No. 9, Nusa Dua, Bali
I wasn’t really interested in this place if not for my friends who continued to RAVE about it. After taking 1 bite…. Yep, I know what this is all about. It was DELICIOUS!
The crispy and fragrant suckling pig, along with the variety of side dish and pork satay was so heavenly!
Hog Wild’s with Chef Bruno – Jl. Batu Belig No. 41, Kerobokan, Bali
It’s definitely one of the most talked-about pork ribs in Bali, so it was in one of our top go-to list. The ribs was so tender, juicy, and fragrant! They really lived up to their name!
Juicy and so well-marinated, you’ll notice yourselves sucking every bit of the ribs to the BONES! Nyuumm!
So what do you think guys? Such porky delicacies you could find in none other place than BALI!
I was so looking forward to visit Sisterfields during my last trip to Bali for a number of reasons. I am a HUGE breakfast/brunch food, and the reviews of this place was OUTSTANDING!
The moment I step into the premises, I simply fell in love.. It feels so pleasant and homey, with one side of the walls covered with greenery. Even the toilet was pretty!
Smashed Avocado – IDR90,000++
I’ve always felt that Smashed Avocado on Toast is a total ‘hit-or-run’ kind of dish. If not given the proper marinade, it will taste all bland and blech! However, this one comes perfectly well! It still retains its natural Avocado taste and texture, without leaving it too bland and tasteless!
Well to be completely honest, I forgot what’s the name of this dish. Regardless, its sheer simplicity of omelette, bacon, and sourdough became its main source of heavenly goodness!
Sisterfield’s Big Breakfast – IDR130,000++
I LOVED this dish! I can’t describe how perfect this simple breakfast food turned out! The scrambled eggs were still very soft and slightly gooey, the bacon was crispy, sauteed mushroom was on point, and the sourdough bread was very fragrant! Nyumm!
Overall I could see where that RAVING review came from! The ambiance was great, service was very nice and friendly, the food was delicious (with relatively BIG portions too!). It was a little steep in terms of prices, but I don’t really mind much anyway! Recommended!
Jl. Kayu Cendana 7, Seminyak, Bali 80361
I was going to have a quick family lunch in the area when I stumbled upon this relatively new restaurant near Alam Sutera area. It occupies its own space, along with a furniture & wood craft store right beside it.
I was pleasantly surprised by the interior decoration and ambiance of this place. It has a fairly large dining area, with wooden-ethnic theme decoration. I loved that it really feels very homey, comfy, and natural right inside, with perfect lighting because of the glass walls.
There was someone celebrating their birthday when I came for a visit, thus it is quite crowded in one area and relatively quieter in the other side of the dining area.
Ristretto – IDR25,000++
I decided to try the coffee by 127 Coffee. It was pretty good since the coffee truly suites my taste – fragrant bitter aftertaste (slightly sour too!) that slowly melts through your mouth.
Affogato – IDR40,000++
This one is a classic cup of espresso shot with 2 large scoops of vanilla ice cream. When tasting their espresso coffee, the sour aftertaste became more distinct, which was quite on the contrary to my taste which prefers bitter aftertaste. Nevertheless, I was still quite happy with this one since they were quite generous with the ice cream scoops!
Tahu Telor – IDR28,000++
For a piece of Tahu Telor this big, it sure was worth it! As a ‘tahu telor’, it doesn’t resemble the treu Indonesian authentic dish. The mixture much more resemble fu yung hai (chinese omelette dish) with Indonesian-styled sweet and sour clear sauce. As a dish, however, it was quite delicious!
The mixture it self was quite thick with generous toppings. What I like even more was the fact that it was pan-fried until it was crisp and the fragrant was at its peak, without overcooking. It wasn’t too oily either!
Ayam Goreng Kalasan – IDR68,000++ (Half)/IDR118,000++ (Whole)
This one comes in 2 sizes – Half Chicken (IDR68,000++), and Whole Chicken (IDR118,000++). Again, the chicken was very well marinated. Despite being deep fried, it wasn’t too oily either. In addition, they manage to retain the tender chicken meat too!
The Sambal Sauce was pretty good too! Not too spicy and they incorporate a mix of savory/sour flavor into it!
Tumis Jantung Pisang – IDR36,000++
‘Jantung Pisang’ literally translates to the ‘Heart of the Banana’. It’s not as scary as it sounds, it’s actually edible banana flowers!
This was my first time ever trying ‘Jantung Pisang’, and I am glad I tried it at this restaurant. To be honest it doesn’t look convincing at first, but after you tasted it, you get this crunchy yet soft texture, very well marinated throughout the dish as well! Moreover, I really like the simple yet elegant plating of this dish.
Laksa Peranakan – IDR48,000++
This was pretty god, but wasn’t ‘outstanding’ either. The soup was pretty fragrant and thick with coconut milk, which really makes it more distinct and delicious!
Overall I am really happy with this restaurant. An upper-class casual dining Indonesian restaurant with really affordable prices, reasonable portion, and great ambiance! The service was a bit slow, but I was really impressed with their efforts to plate every dish beautifully! I would really recommend this place for any occasions – Bridal shower, casual business lunch, family gathering, and more!
Mr. Fox is a new addition to Ismaya Group’s chain of restaurants. Located in Energy Building, Mr. Fox offers various Japanese-Western fusion menus.
I loved the ambiance! It’s perfect for any occasions, be it having a simple cup of coffee by yourselves, a group meeting with your friends, or a casual business lunch!
Nashville Chicken Burger – IDR110,000++
As the name implies, it’s a classic burger with brioche bun, crispy chicken, spicy sauce, carrots, and coleslaw, with fried sweet potatoes at the sides. Without a doubt it’s one of the best crispy chicken burger I’ve ever had! The chicken was surprisingly crispy despite being soaked and marinated with their spicy sauce. It’s very tender and wasn’t too oily, just perfect!
A quick side note, it’s not as spicy as it looks!
Roasted Chicken – IDR110,000++
It a very good roasted chicken, but not the best one yet. The chicken was quite thick yet tender and smooth though! Despite being very thick, it’s still juicy till the insides. I love the mushroom sauce drizzled on top – really adds flavor to the whole dish!
Loukoumades – IDR65,000++
On to DESSERTS! I tried this funny-sounding dessert called ‘Loukoumades’, which had ‘Greek Donuts’ on its menu description. To put it quite simply, it’s fried donuts. You get 4 small pieces – 2 with peanut butter filling, the other 2 with fermented cassava (“tape”). The ones with fermented cassava tastes almost similar to Indonesia’s ‘tape goreng‘.
I thought the dough was soft and chewy, with such delectable filling on the inside too, but it was so ordinary to the point of causing a huge downer. I’ve been expecting some unique dessert that suites its unique name, yet it can’t truly meet my criteria of a satisfying dessert, especially with such price tag. On the bright side, I loved the presentation!
Overall the food was quite delicious, although I can’t say the same price wise. Service was very quick and friendly, with all the responsive waiters waiting on us.
I’d really recommend this place if you are looking for excellent ambiance with relatively good food, but if you are starving, I’d much rather visit another place.
Hokkaido Izakaya just opened a few months ago and me and my foodie friends come over to try some of their menu.
They’re a rather mid-size restaurant, with several private room if you need private spaces. It was quit crowded that day but the waiters managed to still treat us very nicely.
Kakiage Tempura Soba (Cold)- IDR120,000++
It looks very grand and big, but flavor-combination wise, it was kind of bland. The plaing cold soba should be lightly dipped into the soup/sauce before eating, and that’s it! The sides wee a simple egg soup, plain onigiri, and a HUGE Kakiage!
Aburi Salmon Ikura Oyako Don – IDR98,000++
Char-grilled salmon & salmon roe on the rice bowl. I like that the salmon was fresh and lightly grilled so that it’s not overcooked. However, there’s so much rice with so little Salmon, leaving things a bit bland towards the end.
Kaisen Barachirashi Don – IDR120,000++
Such pretty colors! I gave no complaints regarding the freshness of the sashimi- it was fresh and in abundance! Then again it lacks seasoning because you cant really taste nor smell anything too distinct from this dish.
Buta Hokkaido Misozuke Yaki Don – IDR78,000++
This was pretty tasty! The pork was quite lean and well-marinated. Very fragrant and savory! The egg yolk serves as a creamy sauce when mixed evenly, which really adds flavor to the dish.
Ishiyaki Hokkaido Hitsumabushi – IDR98,000++
Served in a hot pot, you should quickly mix everything while still hot. You can eat it as is, or you can eat it with the soup provided at the side. The rice was soft and fluffy – a true game changer for these kind of dish!
Ebi Tempura Curry Soba – IDR150,000++
This really depends on how much you like curry dishes. As someone who neither like/dislike curry, I could give an objective view. I can say that they really serves good curry here. It was very thick with distinct curry aroma! You could eat plain soba with the curry sauce (it’s too tick, I can no longer classify it as a soup!) too!
Kura Goma Maze Soba – IDR120,000++
This was EVERYONE’s Favorite!! It’s cold soba mixed with special sauce that have this lovely sesame fragrance, topped with pork, seaweed, and raw egg yolk. So creamy, fragrant, and flavorful at the same time! We were so impressed that we initially thought of getting another helping!
Overall they serve pretty good food, although the price was a bit too expensive too. A dish worth mentioning about was the Kuro Goma Maze Soba!
It was an honor or me to be invited to Nestle’s media & bloggers talk show event last week at Wyl’s Kitchen – Veranda Hotel. Venue wise, it was perfect! The food was nice, the place was decorated in a pleasantly colorful yet minimalist manner.
The food was arranged in an All-You-Can-Eat buffet style. There were a LOT of food varieties lined up at the buffet corner, I can’t choose which to try!
A few highlights that was worth to mention was their seafood satay, fried duck, pad thai, and honey chicken! Their pad thai was so flavorful, despite the lack of authenticity/touch of ‘Thailand’, it was a lovely dish needless to say!
The honey chicken was so tender and flavorful too! Despite its name, the honey/sweet taste wasn’t too strong nor too overpowering! The seafood satay was fresh and tasty, a bit too spicy for my taste, but I am willing to compromise since it’s pretty tasty!
Last but not the least, their Soto Betawi was DA BOMB! The sup was thick and flavorful, and the meat was pretty lean and tender, not too fatty! I will definitely come bank to Wyl’s kitchen just for their Soto Betawi!
The dessert wasn’t as outstanding as I hoped it would be, but it wasn’t too bad either. I loved the fruit tart’s filling. The crust was a bit too thick, but when eaten on its own, it was delicious!
Healthy & Well-balanced Meal
Back to the main topic of today’s Talk Show hosted by Nestle! Nestle is keen to raise awareness about eating healthy with a balanced nutrition. ‘Balanced’ is the keyword here, eating too much of everything – even those deemed ‘healthy’, won’t be good for your health!
People these days tend to eat too much of one type of food component, carbohydrate being the main cause of suspect! Indonesian in general is too attached to rice being the food staple, thus they would not classify a meal as a satisfying one if it does not contain rice in it. For example, even though we’ve eaten a hearty sandwich for lunch, some may claim that they have not eaten anything because they feel like they have not eaten rice!
The Hand Portion
To tackle this problem, Nestle taught us an easy way to eat a healthy balanced diet using the hand portion! For example, you should eat two hand full of vegetable (fiber), a palm of protein-based dish, and a fistful of fruits as a simple reference!
Make every meal healthy!
Who doesn’t know this particularly famous dish: FRIED RICE! It’s a very common yet deliciously simple dish we could easily find even in the streets! Although, we can’t deny that it is packed full with carbs and low fiber.
However, it does not mean we shouldn’t eat it either! The message is: we could make any kind of food healthier while still having a small indulgence within! For example, you can add more vegetables in the fried rice, or cook it with less oil to make it healthier!
It was a fun eye-opening event held by Nestle indeed! At the end of the event, we could grab all the fruits & other healthy ingredients on the table! Thanks Nestle for the great socialization and I can’t wait for another event with Nestle family!
I went to Mars Kitchen a couple weeks ago with my fellow foodies. Mars Kitchen is known for their healthy take on modern Asian-Western culinary twist. One of Indonesia’s famous chef – Chef Rinrin Marinka is the pioneer of this restaurant.
Located in Fatmawati, South Jakarta, the dining area was quite small and secluded. Yet it was homey and cozy at the same time too.
We tried a number of their juices. It tastes like home-made juice. The plus point is that t doesn’t smell all too ‘leafy’.. XD
Matcha Latte – IDR30,000++ / Hot Chocolate – IDR30,000++
The hot chocolate doesn’t really taste like hot chocolate, but rather more like chocolate milk. It’s alright, but it wasn’t what I expected..
Baked (Black) Rice
It’s one of our primary goals of visiting this place. It’s made out of organic black rice wrapped with banana leaves, packed with organic chicken, cashew nuts, mushroom, and a number of other nyummy healthy ingredients!
It’s not bad despite being ‘healthy’. It’s quite fragrant but the rice is it too dry for me. Overall it’s still a nice combination though..
Chicken Burger – IDR72,000++
Despite it’s sky-high price, I actually quite like it! It’s kind of a hit-or-miss dish since the chicken was so lean, some might like chicken meat with more fats and juice.
The chicken was very lean but I feel like its well-marinated nevertheless.. They use sweet potato fries too!
It’s a bit too dry and the pesto wasn’t strong enough in my opinion. Some people who like subtle pesto taste might like it though..
Aglio Olio – IDR65,000++
It was a bit weird because strangely enough, it tastes like your local instant noodle – Indomie! Also, it’s too salty..
Nasi Goreng – IDR62,000++
One of my favorite dish at Mars Kitchen! It’s somehow unexpected coming from a restaurant like this, but their fried rice has a very nice texture and consistency! It’s very nice and savory too! My only complaint is how expensive the price was for a simple plate of fried rice.
Soba Salad – IDR55,000++
It’ a very unique dish indeed! It’s one of my favorite since it combines Japanese and Indonesian taste so beautifully! It’s Japanese buckwheat noodle with smoked salmon and special peanut sauce dressing that have this reaallyy nice sesame fragrance! nyuumm!
Chocolate Caramel Cake – IDR40,000++
Very nice and moist, not too sweet either, yet I can’t really find the ‘wow’ factor in this dessert..
Chia Hempseed Choco Brownies – IDR25,000++
Overall Mars kitchen offers pleasant comfort food, promising good quality and healthy ingredients too. The food was ‘okay’ in my opinion, but I wouldn’t go so crazy about it either. Worth the try if you are around the area.
Jl. RS Fatmawati No. 14B, Fatmawati, Jakarta
Samsara Indonesian Cuisine is a fairly newly established Indonesian restaurant with a chic, casual dining concept. I went there a couple weeks ago (yep, sorry for the late post peeps!) with a couple of my foodie friends and we’ve managed to taste A LOT of their menu items!
I was pleasantly surprised by how well this restaurant was decorated. It’s a chic restaurant with a light classic-colonial decoration. Very nice ambiance for a romantic dinner with your loved ones!
Tahu Telur Surabaya – IDR55,000++
I was craving for a delicious plate of Tahu Telur – basically it’s an omelette mixed with tofu, bean sprouts, scallion, and their special sweet peanut sauce. I really thought it’s one of the most beautiful tahu telur I’ve eaten so far. It was satisfactory taste wise, but a bit dry in sauce..
Dendeng Jemuran – IDR75,000++
A rather small portion of Indonesian-styled Beef Jerky. It’s quite flavorful and not as tough as your usual beef jerky, I just thought the portion is a bit too small..
Pangsit Panggang Udang Ronggeng – IDR65,000++
A very nicely plated pan-grilled chicken & shrimp dumplings (or ‘ravioli’ is what was described as in the menu). It’s not bad, the ratio of filling-to-skin is just right, and the filling wasn’t too soft nor too hard either.
Nasi Jagung Seruling Bambu – IDR85,000++
Anything labeled ‘Seruling Bambu’ in their menu has the cutest plating! It’s corn rice cooked in green bamboo, mixed with lumber jack tuna and other spices.
Not bad! The rice was nice and fluffy, very fragrant and rich in toppings!
Sop Buntut Jadoel – IDR110,000++
I don’t quite understand how tiny this Sop Buntut was (making it one of the most expensive and less worth it too)! Presentation wise, it was very cute, with the soup served separately in a glass jar. The soup broth was rich and flavorful though..
Getuk Gnocchi Ayam Bumbu Rujak & Foie Gras – IDR180,000++
Excluding the Foie Gras (I’ve never really liked it anyway, so I can’t give an objective review about it), I loved their cassave Gnocchi! It was so tender and melts in your mouth! The chicken was so soft and tender!
Nasi Bambu Samsara
A very cute presentation isn’t it? The rice was a bit dry at that time, but the chicken was TERRIFIC! I think they really serve nice chicken-based menus since everything was so tender and nicely marinated!
Bebek Bengil Ubud – IDR95,000++
I’ve long heard of their crispy Balinese Duck as one of their most recommended menu items, and I totally understand why! It’s so crispy and tender, not too oily either! I just thought they really need to gain more consistency in their cooking, because we ordered 2 batches of the Bebek Bengil (because it was so good the first time we tried it!), but sidly, the second batch doesn’t taste as good and crispy…
Nasi Goreng Iga Kambing Bakar – IDR98,000++
While the fried rice tastes mediocre, the Barbecued Lamb Ribs tastes delicious! I wish the eggs was more perfect and runny though!
Es Poedeng – IDR55,000++
This was a Bbeautiful, unique, and delicious Es Podeng! So artsy and creative! It’s like chocolate bomb where the chocolate shell melts away as you pour hot chocolate on top, revealing the ice and other traditional Es Podeng toppings inside! LOVED IT!
Durian Lover – IDR75,000++
As the name implies, this is for hardcore Durian lovers! Rolled crepe, traditional Indonesian coconut ice cream, lollipop, and cannoli, everything in Durian flavor!
Samsara Rujak Buah & Sorbet Kedondong – IDR55,000++
This looks cute but it isn’t the most appetizing (unfortunately). It’s a weird combination because it’s not sweet, not bland, but not sour either..
Tart Susu Teh Bunga Melati – IDR65,000++
I was looking forward to this floral-scented milk pie! It was nice and creamy, but it’s a bit too sweet, thus the floral scent was a bit overpowered.
Klaper Taart – IDR65,000++
My favorite dessert along with the Es Podeng! It was so creamy with a strong (yet not over powering) rum raisin taste! Nyummy!
Overall I thought that the food was not bad, coupled with the romantic ambiance, it really brings out a whole new experience. However, it is a bit too pricey considering the portion size.