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.. This time, I spent time with all my beloved friends for a quick Christmas lunch at GIOI, Senopati, South Jakarta – an Indonesia casual dining that is truly overlooked by myself before this day.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Jl. Jalur Sutera No. 28A, Serpong Utara, Tangerang
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.
Energy Building, Lantai Ground, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, SCBD, Jakarta
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!
Pavilion Retail Arcade, Lantai Dasar, Jl. K.H. Mas Mansyur Kav. 24, Sudirman, Jakarta
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!
Veranda Hotel At Pakubuwono, Jl. Kyai Maja No. 63, Gandaria, Jakarta 12130
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.
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..
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!
Es Poedeng – IDR55,000++
Es Poedeng – IDR55,000++
Es Poedeng – IDR55,000++
Es Poedeng – IDR55,000++
Es Poedeng – IDR55,000++
Es Poedeng – IDR55,000++
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.
Basque is a Spanish Tapas Restaurant & Bar. It’s been quite sometime since I’ve heard of Basque serving some really good food, so I decided to come and visit with my family.
I didn’t think that the place was THAT spacious. The space in front was made to be a bar with really long standing tables, while the ones towards the inner side of the area is reserved for the dining area.
Spanish Baked Eggs
I absolutely adore brunch food, so I can’t stand being a brunch-loving foodie while not trying one of these classic Spanish brunch breakfast menu!
It’s basically baked eggs simmered in tomato-based sauce with toppings (they use sausages). Despite being delicious, I expected the eggs to be more soft and runny. No problem though because it still taste good! The tomato sauce really tasted like it’s made 100% out of homemade tomato puree. I loved it since it tasted healthy without being overly so. The sauce was not too sour nor too sweet, and despite its name, I thought the tomatoes wasn’t too overpowering as well!
The portion size for the bake eggs wasn’t too small nor too big. I think it’s just perfect for someone who came in feeling half-full!
Criss Cut Fries – IDR35,000++ (Side Dish)
Really firm yet soft fries they have here. It’s very well marinated and savory! LOVED IT!
Pollo A La Brasa – IDR95,000++
To put it simply, it’s grilled chicken. They only serve 1 piece of chicken breasts (so the portion size wasn’t as big) but it was very nice and tender. The chicken skin on the outside was so crispy and savory!
Pork Chop A La Brasa – IDR140,000++
This one is charcoal grilled pork chops. I absolutely love it! It wasn’t sliced too thick nor too thin, and they give quite a large serving in overall. It’s very soft, tender and well marinated. The meat was also quite lean!
Petit Sale Carbonara – IDR85,000++
Their Carbonara sauce was more thin than thick, but it was very delicious and cheesy!
It’s a very simple dish with not much garnish, but I really love the taste.
Cheesecake A’l Orange – IDR60,000++
You should absolutely try this one! The cheesecake was very creamy but it’s not nauseating due to the refreshing orange taste.
I love how beautifully crafted all their desserts were!
Parque De Pannacota – IDR50,000++
This one has a very simple yet unique and beautiful presentation! It was presented on a wide-eared bowl, and covered spinach sable.
It’s like a beautiful colourful grass at first. The pannacotta has the most perfect soft and milky/creamy texture. The sable wasn’t too thick nor too thin, not too hard nor too fragile. I could also taste a slight mint flavour which really adds a refreshing touch to it.
Overall the food was very nice. Portion size was just right for one person, and the service was superb! Staff was very friendly and it doesn’t took too long for the food to come out despite it during the busy hours.
Noble House Building, Lantai 8, Jl. Mega Kuningan Barat, Kuningan, Jakarta
Rock Paper Scissors is a fairly recent modern Japanase Bistro located in The East tower, Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta. The smoking area space was very nice and pleasant, especially during the day when perfect lighting shone through the glass ceiling.
We came during lunch time and at least one-third of our requested menu items were out. It was too bad because I really look forward to trying some of those items.
I thought their coffee wasn’t bad. It has a slight bitter aftertaste that slowly melts away in your mouth, just the way I like it!
Mango Passion Fruit Tea – IDR25,000++
The waiter recommend this drink for us (the one with the orange-colored beverage drink above) so we ordered it. It was good! It’s very refreshing, sweet yet not too sweet, with a light touch of tangy sour taste!
Kara-age Don – IDR79,000++
As its name implies, it’s a simple chicken Karaage rice bowl. It was a bit overpriced for this kind of dish, but taste wise, it was pretty good! The Karaage was so crisp on the outside yet very tender and lean on the inside. It’s not oozing out much oil as its fried to golden brown perfection!
They use plain white rice on the bottom so you should savor each bite of karaage in order not to leave you with plain white rice towards the end!
Hayashi Rice Doria – IDR95,000++
Japanese beef rice with Mozzarella cheese. It was pretty good! The rice wasn’t plain rice as the one used in the Kara-age Don, it’s very fragrant and soft! Too bad there wasn’t much beef, but the savory mozzarella cheese and perfect poached eggs compensates it well.
Butter Cake w/ Miso Glazed – IDR50,000++
Yep, it’s literally glazed with MISO! I didn’t really dig into this dessert, it tastes weird because the Miso was too overpowering that it’s too salty. As a butter cake, I expect the cake to be moist, dense, soft, and buttery, but on the contrary, it was a bit hard and dry. If you leave it for long, it became too dry and a bit crumbly too. Well, on the bright side, they do give you quite a large portion of the cake.
Ricotta Hot Cakes – IDR95,000++
I really recommend this dessert!!! Please beware that they LITERALLY need 45 minutes of cooking time + 15 minutes of plating time = 1 HOUR PREPARATION time for this dish, so I suggest you come and immediately ask the waiter to prepare it so that its ready when you finish your meal.
It was SUPERB! It’s still piping hot, very soft and moist yet a bit chewy at the same time. It’s not too sweet and it’s refreshing from the berries compote. It’s HUGE as well, you could share it with 3-4 person as a dessert! (If you want to eat it whole as a brucnh menu, I guarantee you’ll feel quite full afterwards!)
Overall I really thought the food wasn’t bad, but it doesn’t really lived up to its price either. The ambiance was nice in the Smoking Area only, so if you wish to get nice ambiance and good lighting but disliked cigarette smell, you better hoped no one is smoking in the area. I would highly recommend the Ricotta Hotcakes if you come here!
The East, Lantai Ground, Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan, Kuningan, Jakarta
I was in the Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) area seeking some nice place to have lunch and found Bienvenue Bistro Terrasse. It has a rather classy emblem, and I was pleasantly surprised when I open the door and entered the restaurant.
I love the design setting of the place. It really struck me as the classic modern version of the Beauty and the Beast Castle. The hue and color theme was also my favorite color – Dark Blue!
The waiter was very kind and friendly, he seemed very knowledgeable regarding all of their menu items as well. Their menu consists of both western and Asian fusion food.
Carbonara Pates – IDR75,000++
The Carbonara Pasta has much sauce, but the sauce was too watery instead of being thick and creamy. It wasn’t that bad though, it’s just not your conventional Carbonara Pasta found in other restaurants.
Spicy Capellini Pasta – IDR80,000++
The waiter suggests that this was one of their favorite item in the Pasta section so I decided to order these. It came with a very beautiful classic plating!
Capellini Pasta is a very thin variety of Italian pasta. I kind of liked the texture as it easily pops in your mouth with every bite. It has a very distinct ebi/prawn fragrant, almost a bit to salty but still addictive. No worries because it’s not too spicy!
Spicy Stewed Pork w/ Butter Rice – IDR180,000++
I think it was one of the most expensive item on the menu, so I was really looking forward to it, but it doesn’t came out just as I expected.
It’s supposed to be an 8-hours long slow cooked pork ribs, so I really expect a tender and fragrant ribs on my table, but it was a bit hard and dry, there’s not much meat in the ribs too. The butter rice wasn’t as fragrant and buttery too, and it’s a bit dry and hard.
Roasted Half Baby Chicken – IDR80,000++
The portion is quite small, it’s definitely a very small baby chicken cooked there, but it tastes delicious and well marinated. The mashed potatoes was a bit bland but it was still alright.
Panna Cotta – IDR45,000++
It’s a very nice Panna Cotta indeed! I personally loved it plain without the raspberry sauce, but if you prefer it to be sweeter, you could eat it with the sauce. It’s very soft and has that ‘just right’ gelatin/gooey/soft classic Panna Cotta texture.
Overall I thought the food was just ‘okay’, I personally loved the ambiance and the service (the waiter was so friendly and they could explain the menu items in detail – down to describing its tastes!). I think the setting is perfect for occasions like bridal shower!
Ruko The Metro, Blok 6 No. KU, Jl. Mandara Permai VII, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
I was invited by Doubletree Hotel by Hilton & Zomato team yesterday for some hotel tour and Ramadhan special menu at their Theme restaurant – Sea Grain Restaurant and Bar.
We were divided into 2 groups, where one group experienced All You Can Eat Buffet dining at OPEN Restaurant, and the other experienced Fine dining at Sea Grain Restaurant. Coincidentally, I got the Sea Grain Restaurant team.
A brief overview for OPEN restaurant, they have a special Ramadhan street-food menu which will vary everyday (except for the Durian corner!). It’s located right beside the beautiful lagoon-styled swimming pool (Yep, you get to experience AYCE Buffet dining in the outdoor areas too!).
For customers dining in the restaurant, or guests staying at the hotel, they also have Kids’ club! Foodies with small children will have no worries if their children will get bored! The Kids’ club is open from 8 AM – 8 PM.
Now onto the Sea Grain Restaurant dining area. It’s styled to be a more refined and private fine dining area. They also have several private dining spaces.
Sea Grain Restaurant is Doubletree’s Mediterranean-themed Fine Dining Restaurant. They used to open only during dinner hours, but now they are also open during lunch time. FYI, they have business lunch hours package menu where you’ll get appetizers, main course, dessert, and ice tea/mineral water for only IDR108,000++!
Let’s cut into the chase and start our RAMADHAN SPECIALS menu at Sea Grain Restaurant, shall we?
Sea Grain Restaurant offers Family Style Fine Dining set menu for IDR388,000++/Pax (Minimum 5 Pax). At these prices you’ll get ALL of the following items (beliave me, it’s A LOT!):
Main Course – Baked Grouper Fish Fillet Gremolate Sauce, Grilled Lamb Chop Herb Crush, Aromatic Fried Rice, & Seafood Fettuccini
Dessert – Kunefe, Fresh Fruits
Beverage – Coffee or Tea
A LOT, isn’t it? You are sure to stuff yourselves full right after this meal!
Tajil – Assorted Dates & Biji Salak
Nyumm, although I do not celebrate Ramadhan, I always loved the Ramadhan season due to the abundance of sweet Dates!
Their Biji Salak (Indonesian Sweet Potato Dumpling) was delicious! The soup was thick and has a distinctive coconut milk flavor!
Starter – Caprese
It’s a simple Italian Salad with fresh tomatoes, green basil, and buffalo cheese. Despite its simplicity, I love their buffalo cheese because it’s not as ‘stinky’ as I thought it would be.
Starter – Selection Antipasti
I seriously thought it was sauteed beef at first but it turned out to be capsicum and sun-dried tomatoes! I thought the tomatoes would be dry and too sweet, but it turned out to retain its juiciness from within!
Starter – Garden Salad
It’s a simple Green salad, but I love the refreshing and slightly sour flavors.
Starter – Prawn Mango Salad
This was the STAR of our Starters! FYI, usually the portion comes with 3 huge prawns, but for this menu tasting session, they gave us more than 3 prawns in one serving.
The prawn was HUGE and fresh! It still has this addictive crunchy (fresh) prawn texture and it’s very well marinated!
Soup – Minestrone Soup
It comes with assorted bread rolls too. The minestrone soup really taste fresh from tomato puree. It really depends on your tastes, since I like vegetables, I really like this soup since it’s not too sour and not too sweet. Yet, some may dislike it due to its quite distinct tomato flavors.
Main Course – Baked Grouper Fish Fillet Gremolata Sauce
It’s a bit too oily for my taste, but I love how it tasted. It’s very soft yet not overly cooked, so that it easily crumbles when you cut it.
Main Course – Grilled Lamb Chop herb Crush
I rarely eat Lamb because if not cooked properly, it will have this awful smell. Yet this was cooked to perfection! It’s very fragrant and you could easily cut and chew without breaking a sweat!
Main Course – Aromatic Fried Rice
The Aromatic Fried Rice tasted like Briyani rice. The rice grains separates easily between each grains. I feel like it’s a bit too bland and scarce in toppings for ‘fried rice’, but it’s nice if you want to eat it with the accompaniment of the other main course. I guess they make it a bit bland so that stronger tastes will not contradict with the other dishes.
Main Course – Seafood Fettuccini
Their pasta has a very nice Al dente texture. It has a distinct seafood fragrant without being overly salty. Don’t forget the huge and fresh tasty prawns!
This wasn’t in the Ramadhan set menu, but the chef was generous enough to let us sample these. It was DELICIOUS and each chicken piece was HUGE! I like it because the chicken was grilled until its crisp and fragrant, it’s well marinated, yet it has a very lean meat without being too oily.
Dessert – Kunefe
As a huge dessert addict, I really regret that I didn’t get to try their dessert because I have to leave early due to some other appointment. I googled and it’s a Turkish dessert where cheese pastry is soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup.
Overall I thought that the food served was nice and delicious. I thought that due to its ‘fine dining’ label, they would have small portion sizes, but it turned out they have quite a large variety of food served and you are sure to leave stuffed full with delicious food!
DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta Diponegoro, Jl Pegangsaan Timur No. 17, Cikini, Jakarta
Bottlenose has been around for a few months now, but the hype was still ‘there’ so I visited the place with a number of my foodie friends just last week. It’s located in the 2nd floor, PHX, Grogol.
It’s definitely a very mini-spaced coffee shop that could probably just accommodate 15-20 people max, it’s not a surprise since Bottlenose is located in PHX, which consists of many shops inside container boxes.
Aside from the mostly affordable coffee (available starting IDR20,000 – IDR40,000++ only!), they also provide finger foods, breakfast/brunch menus, and a some main course as well.
Iced Latte – IDR35,000++
Despite its name, it was quite a strong iced latte. Their coffee has a rather sour aftertaste, the milk was light, and it became a bit more bland and thin due to the ice. I’d rather prefer bitter aftertaste, so it’s really up to your preferences whether or not you’d like it.
Brownies Affogato – IDR35,000++
For those craving dessert-like coffee, this one is definitely an option! I love that the brownies is hard and firm enough to withstand all the moist and liquids on top.
Salted Egg Chicken Bao – IDR41,000++
I’ve been craving for a really good salted egg dish for the last few days so I immediately jump in when there’s the ‘Salted Egg’ option!
It was sad because it doesn’t came out as I expected. The salted egg wasn’t too distinct and there’s too little chicken bites for the Bao. On a side note, the french fries was addicting!
London Fog Waffle (??)
I don’t remember the exact name of this menu but there’s ‘London’ into it. Their waffle was GORGEOUS and DELICIOUS! It was firm and crispy on the outside, yet thick, soft, and moist as you dig in deeper.
The candied peach wasn’t too sweet and not too soft from being soaked in sugar for too long. It has a very lovely earl grey fragrance too. MUST TRY!
Blueberry Cream Cheese Waffle – IDR36,000++
All their waffles were such a treat to the eyes! Sadly they can’t maintain the beautiful waffle texture & consistency as the London fog waffle above.
It took almost an hour for this waffle to came out. It’s still nice and moist, but the outside wasn’t as firm and crispy, making it easier to get soggy from the ice cream. The staff did say that they have some problem with the waffle mixture that’s why it took so long. Well it’s still delicious, just not as good as the latter 🙂
Overall I would say that the coffee wasn’t as suited to my taste due to its rather sour aftertaste, but it really depends on how you like your coffee. I would definitely come back for the waffles though, such a sight to behold with such beautiful flavors too!