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
Quite a few of my (pork loving) friends have been recommending this place because they serve really good Bakut Teh! I have came across this place several times myself and it’s always full with people, especially on the weekends!
Pork Ribs Soup (Small – IDR73,000++ / Large – IDR93,000++)
I fell in love with their Pork Ribs Soup all at once! The pork was so lean and tender, it’s so easy to get it off the ribs! I really love that they also offer unlimited refills for the soup. It’s so warm and savory, they use a LOT of pepper, so much that it may be a bit too strong for some people. Yet, it suites my taste just fine.
Pork Tenderloin – (Small – IDR73,000++ / Large – IDR93,000++)
It’s exactly like the Pork Ribs soup, except that they use tenderloin (boneless) for this one. The perks were that it’s much easier to eat because you get rid of the bones right from the start!
The prices were a bit too high considering the relatively small portion size, but it was definitely warm and hearty, I’d love to visit this place again whenever I crave some delicious Bakut Teh!
Jayakarta Food Place, Lantai Ground, Jl. Labu No. 1, Hayam Wuruk, Jakarta
It was my friend’s birthday that time and she decided to have her birthday treat at Avec Moi restaurant. This was my first visit to Avec Moi after they move near Grand Indonesia (walkable distance from their lobby!). The place was minimalistic yet classy, while still maintaining their signature bunny logo and bunny chairs!
Escargot Ala Forestiere – IDR85,000++
It was a bit of a let down when I saw the escargot was out of its shell. However, the moment I took the first bite, it was absolutely delicious!
The toasted bread was so addicting too! It’s crispy yet not too hard. It’s very fragrant and savory too! The escargot was braised in red wine and sauteed with shimeji mushrooms, which really heightens the flavor of the whole dish.
Vegetable Pasta – IDR85,000++
One of the reasons we picked this place was because one of my friend is a vegetarian, so we try to pick a place that is a bit more classy and offer food for vegetarians. I didn’t get to try this but my friend said that it was quite delicious!
Beouf Bourguinon – IDR150,000++
The mashed potatoes were a bit too soft and mushy to my taste, yet it was still nice and creamy. On the other hand, the braised beef in red wine was absolutely stunning! It’s so rich and tender!
Smoked Pork Chops – IDR145,000++
This is really out of my usual order, but I’ve read quite a lot of positive review about their pork chops so I decided to give it a try. I am not disappointed! I thought that the pork chop would carry more fat in it (I like lean meat better), but it turned out to be so lean and clean! It was smoked to perfection too, still so tender and fragrant, absolutely mouth watering!
Orange Souffle – IDR68,000++
I would say that their souffle was a success technically, since it rise so beautifully. However, it was a bit too eggy for my taste.
Valrhona Chocolate Fondant – IDR75,000++
This one was so good that we decided to make a second order! They managed to make 2 perfect molten chocolate lava cake! It wasn’t too sweet because they use dark chocolate – just the way I like it!
We had a very good time in overall. The food was delicious and nicely plated. The service was also fast and friendly. I truly recommend it for various events, be it a casual lunch/dinner, a mini gathering with friends, or even events like bridal shower!
Claypot Popo just recently opened a new branch at Sabang, Jakarta! I came across Claypot Popo for the first time in their first branch at Sabang, Jakarta. They were really famous for their hot pot dishes, it was love at first bite!
Claypot Siram Telur Mentah/Matang – IDR28,000
These are one of their special favorite menus. It’s Indonesian/Chinese style baked rice in traditional hot claypot, topped with thick, gooey, and SUPER savory gravy soup, eggs (you can have it well done or raw), bits of chopped carrots and corn, and pieces of minced chicken/beef.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! don’t worry because the raw egg yolk will gradually get cooked along with the piping hot claypot while giving a unique creamy texture. It’s soft yet a bit crispy towards the bottom of the claypot. Favorite by far!
Claypot Misua Tahu Telor Asin – IDR28,000
I can’t choose which one I like better, Claypot with Misua or the other one mentioned previously. Misua is Chinese-styled Vermicilli noodles out of wheat flour. It’s one of my favorite Chinese noodle variation of all times.
The Misua at Claypot Popo has a very nice texture – thin and soft, yet it’s not so fragile as to break so easily. They also mix bits of salted eggs and tofu which really enhance the taste and fragrance of the whole dish. loved it!
Sapi Cah Bawang Putih – IDR42,000
This is a simple Claypot Rice with Garlic Beef but it was simply so addicting. The garlic was quite strong yet it doesn’t make you nauseous. The rice wasn’t too wet nor too dry either. Must try!
Nasi Dadar Claypot – IDR23,000
It’s not bad, but it’s the most ‘ordinary’ out of the others. It’s very similar to Indonesian Fried rice with anchovies. Still worth the try though.
Cah Fu Mak
Feeling like you need to add some greens to your diet? No worries they have some for you! It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, but the vegetable was so green and fresh, not overcooked so it’s still crispy and crunchy!
Overall I thought that the food served at Claypot Popo was worth it. It was mostly delicious and they charged a very affordable price for quite a satisfying portion too! Definitely worth your visit!
A restaurant just recently launched their reopening – MOCKINGBIRD!
I’ve heard a lo of positive reviews from Mockingbird ever since their former branch near Pondok Indah. Their concept used to be selling fixed fine dining set menus, and they changed the whole concept to ala carte now. I was kind of hoping they still keep their unique fine dining package menu, but all’s well that end well!
Mockingbird is located in the 2nd floor of Shophaus – a collaboration space at Menteng. It has both indoor and outdoor areas. Though not too spacious, it was well-kept and well-designed. Very cozy and instagrammable too!
Hawaii Roasted Chicken – IDR89,000++
It looks pretty yet dry at the same time. however, the roasted chicken turned out to be pretty good in my opinion. It came out under cooked at first, but the waiter immediately change it to a new bath of perfectly cooked roasted chicken, so I’ve got no complaints.
The chicken skin was thin and crisp, bringing out the fragrance and texture out of it. The chicken meat was also tender and savory. The creamy potato gratin was also pretty good! Nicely seasoned – not too bland nor too salty, and having the perfect cooking level!
I only thought that (as I’ve said above) it was a bit too dry. A drizzle of sauce (mushroom sauce?) would be perfect!
Baked Pot Pie – IDR79,000++
This will be my RECOMMENDED item out of their menu! It’s essentially similar to zuppa soup, and it’s phenomenal! The soup was rich and creamy, yet it’s not so creamy as to make it nauseating.
Baked Pot Pie – IDR79,000++
Baked Pot Pie – IDR79,000++
It was fragrant and savory with quite a lot of mushroom bits in it. The puff pastry was also crisp on the outside yet soft and chewy on the inside. It was a bit pricey for a small bowl of soup, yet it was too delicious to miss! LOVED IT!
Hakuna Matata (mocktail) – IDR65,000++
Made of Kiwi fruit, Strawberry fruit, Apple juice, Chopped Lime, Passion fruit, and Lemon slice, I thought that it would taste more sour than sweet. It turned out to be the exact opposite! It was sweet with a slight tangy refreshing taste. Truly reminds you of a summer tropical flavor!
Overall I am quite satisfied with the food and service at Mocking bird. The service wasn’t exactly top-notch, but it was alright, the food was also quite delicious as well. I’d really recommend this for some ‘fancy’ hang out place with your friends or some romantic dinner!
Shophaus, Lantai 2, Jl. Teuku Cik Ditiro No. 36, Menteng, Jakarta
ShopHaus is the manifestation of today’s culinary trend in Jakarta – collaboration space. Collecting a number of brand names like Berrywell, Pigeonhole Coffee, Mockingbird, Namelaka, and Gelato Secrets occupy the F&B section at ShopHaus. ShopHaus has become the current spotlight for the hype people of Jakarta to spend their time socializing.
Namelaka Patisserie had recently filled my instagram account, so I was so excited to finally be able to have a taste of these cuties!
Namelaka mainly sells Choux pastries. Almost all of their items were priced at IDR38,500 per choux. Since the waitress recommended the White Chocolate & Raspberry choux, I decided to follow her recommendations.
The choux was quite scrumptious. It was so crunchy and crispy, yet soft (easy to cut & chew) at the same time. The filling inside was very soft and creamy, not too sweet either. It was delicious, but I just thought it wasn’t worth the price..
This is also the current talk in town! Gelato secrets from Bali has come to rock Jakarta! The price was quite affordable in my opinion – for a Gelato stand opening in one of the most elite spaces in Jakarta.
One of their most unique flavor is the Black SPICY Gelato! I tried it as tester and it was quite intriguing indeed. Since it’s sweet, the spiciness only gives a slight burning and ‘jumping’ sensation in your tongue. Definitely suitable for the more adventurous ones!
I decided to try the Coconut Pandan and Rum Raisin flavor, and boy I really LOVE them! The coconut pandan was creamy yet not quite so, it was very fragrant and not too sweet either. The rum raisin was quite distinct in its rum raisin without being too overpowering. LOVE IT!
Shophaus, Lantai 1, Jl. Teuku Cik Ditiro No. 36, Menteng, Jakarta
Congratulations Coffee Bean for their recent store re-opening at Plaza Indonesia! I was quite honored to be invited to their menu tasting session.
Coffee bean’s history runs quite deep starting from 1963. It is now a successful brand located all around the world. Their products seemed to be taken quite well by Indonesian consumers because the number of Coffee Bean outlets in Indonesia is the highest compared to any other countries!
Cakalang Roll – IDR49,000++
At first, I thought that this would be a very weird Western-Indonesian fusion combination, but I was proven wrong. The pastry was soft yet slightly crispy and buttery. .
The Cakalang (Skipjack Tuna) fish inside was just enough to accompany the whole pastry but wasn’t too much that it’s overwhelming as well. I loved the fact that it was savory and have a slight spicy kick to add a different color to the flavors.
Green Tea Cappuccino – IDR35,000++
This green tea cappuccino was recommended to us and paired with the cakalang roll. Green tea lovers would probably like it because they have quite a strong green tea fragrance. I don’t think it was made to my liking because in addition to disliking green tea, I thought that it was too milky and too sweet for my taste.
Teriyaki Tori Burger – IDR65,000++
The Teriyaki Tori Burger was quite large in size. It’s quite pleasant too. Geared towards sweet than savory taste, but the sweet teriyaki wasn’t too overwhelming but adds a very unique taste in itself. The chicken was also marinated quite well – although slightly overcooked, leaving it a bit harder to cut.
Chicago cheesecake – IDR40,000++/slice
This was truly the highlight of my day! The cheesecake was so soft and moist, cheesy and not too sweet. PERFECT!
Ultimate ice blended – IDR65,000++
Did you know that ice-blended style was patented by coffeebean since 1963? This ultimate ice blended is perfect for those who like chocolate/dessert and mild coffee instead of strong ones. The chocolate used was dark chocolate so it wasn’t too sweet. They also blend whole chocolate-coated coffee beans along with the drink, so you can taste bits of coffee bean and dark chocolate inside. Loved it!
Overall I thought the food served was not bad – fair price and portion. Personally i really love the ultimate ice blended and the Chicago cheesecake. I’ll come back for more of those items!
Plaza Indonesia, Lantai 1, Jl. MH Thamrin, Thamrin, Jakarta
Li Feng is a new restaurant that just opened recently at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jakarta. The restaurant features traditional Cantonese cuisines served with a slight modern twist.
Many of the menus served at Li Feng was personally hand-crafted by the famous Chef Fei, who owns a famous and top-tiered Chinese restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Guang Zhou – Jiang.
I was invited to a food tasting session with Li Feng, and it was truly one of the best food tasting session I’ve ever had!
Li Feng boasts a classic and elegant concept, originating from the time during spice trading and voyage to and from China and Batavia (old Jakarta), thus this explains the many sea-related ornaments at the restaurant.
Li Feng meant ‘Beauty in Abundance’. This is a very suitable name as the chef believes that food should not only taste good, but also looks good. All the chef and management’s effort was very much apparent in the presentation and execution of every dish laid out – eating delicious food with unforgettable experience.
Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk – IDR68,000++
For all salted egg cuisine lovers, this is a MUST TRY item. For all those who neither like nor dislike salted egg yolk, you MUST try this too!
The chef uses salmon skin that was deep-fried to perfection with salted egg yolk. This was simply PERFECT! The texture from the crunchy fish skin was satisfying, the salted egg yolk used was perfectly blended, and it was a bit spicy to give your taste buds a little kick. It was very addictive!
Although this was the first menu to come before the long list of other awesome menus, it doesn’t fail to stand-out and leave a long-lasting memory because several foodies stated that it was their favorite dish at the end of the meal!
Spicy XO Scallop Dumpling – IDR32,000++ || Squid Ink, Seafood, and Fish Roe Dumpling – IDR32,000++
The normal portion of these dumplings would be 3 pieces, but for food tasting purposes, we were given one each to try.
Both dumplings were perfectly executed – thin elastic skin with thick, fresh, juicy, and well-seasoned filling!
Imperial Kung Fu Soup – IDR148,000++
Aside from the unique presentation, this was undoubtedly (without the lisghtest bit of exaggeration) one of the most memorable soup I’ve ever had in a Chinese restaurant!
The soup was made out of chicken broth – very mild, pure and flavorful! Inside would be the stewed chicken and quail with Matsutake, Cordyceps Flower, and Dried Longan. They say that this soup was stewed for more than 4 hours long, that explains why the chicken was so tender that i could literally chew and eat the bone!
The tremendous amount of effort put into this ‘simple’ soup was definitely worth it!
Swan Dumpling with Black Pepper Duck meat – IDR89,000/6pcs
Here comes the highlight of the meal, the ‘Belle’ of the table – the BLACK SWAN DUMPLINGS! It has been a true hype recently in lots of social media, and I was so excited to try and personally experience the execution of this dish!
Truly beautiful, isn’t it? If you come over here, please order this even though it is just for the experience!
Personally, I would prefer using chicken or pork instead of duck meat, but it was still very fresh and flavorful in overall. The skin was made out of puff pastry – very soft yet crunchy, really like it!
Sauteed Beef with Sze Chuan Pepper and Chili – IDR378,000++
I am never a big fan of sauteed beef in Chinese restaurants, mainly because I am not a big fan of beef (if not cooked properly, the smell of beef would be too unbearable for my taste), or it is simply too ‘main-stream’.
However, this dish in particular successfully changed my general view of ‘beef’! The beef used was diced Angus beef. Believe me, it was VERY TENDER and thick! Cooked at medium-well, the seasoning was just PERFECT! Not too spicy nor too salty, the natural flavor of the beef was still preserved while still highlighting the signature flavors and fragrances of a classic Cantonese cuisine.
Sweet & Sour Chicken with Pineapple and Bell Pepper – IDR98,000++
The fried sweet & sour chicken cubes was very tender. Usually sweet & sour chicken have tastes that are very strong and overlap each other, but this one doesn’t. The seasoning was at a perfect blend, you could eat this on its own without white rice and not worry about tastes that are ‘too sweet’ or ‘too sour’.
Even a simple sweet & sour chicken would be served in style at Li Feng! The string-like stuff on top is actually made out of sugar, so fellow foodies with an acute ‘sweet-tooth disease’ would definitely love it!
Another simple dish that is practically served ‘everywhere’, yet Li Feng managed to execute perfectly.
The string beans was cooked perfectly – not under or overcooked. They still retain the flavor, crunchiness, and juice of a natural string bean while seasoning it to perfection! The use of ebi (dried shrimp) was also in moderation, so I believe that people who doesn’t like the smell of ebi would still enjoy this particular dish!
Braised Hele Crab w/ Japanese Rice in Hoisin Sauce – IDR218,000++
You could customize the serving size of this dish according to the number of people you are eating with. When it was served to me, however, it was HUUGEE! I think it could feed 4-5 people in one plate!
What’s unique is the use of Japanese rice instead of regular Jasmine rice for this fried rice. Quite a few people praised this dish and fell in love with it on first bite. The savory flavor from hoisin sauce and natural sweet flavor from the crab blends perfectly!
In addition, the use of Japanese rice makes the texture much softer and fluffier than your regular fried rice.
Three Dessert Platter – IDR118,000++
All good things must come to an end. Rest assured, because Li Feng managed to once end this with a touch of elegance and perfection once again.
The three dessert platter consists of deep-fried Glutinous Rice Dumpling with frog jelly and coconut milk, blueberry snow skin dumpling, and chilled mango with Pomelo Sago Cream.
The Glutinous Rice Dumpling looks cute and tastes nice and mild. It is filled with frog jelly and coconut milk, so it wasn’t too sweet and very fragrant in return. FYI, they literally use FROG JELLY inside, it’s the stuff inside a frog’s throat (I don’t really know what that’s called). They say that the frog jelly have medicinal purposes.
No worries because unless anyone told me of the use of Frog Jelly, I won’t even notice it!
The Blueberry Snow Skin Dumpling was several of my friend’s favorite dessert. It looks like mochi but it wasn’t. It is much softer than your regular mochi, with very soft and mild cream filling inside. A dash of pineapple pieces for a twist of flavor was added. Very nice!
The Pomelo Sago Cream was my favorite! It was creamy but not too thick and not too sweet. The natural sweetness from the mango was still retained. Delicious!
To end our lovely lunch for today, let’s take a quick picture with Chef Loy – one of the key person behind these amazing dishes!
Overall Li Feng had truly lived up to its name to describe ‘Beauty in Abundance’. Every dish was carved and executed perfectly both to the eyes and to your taste buds. As a Cantonese Dish, the flavors was all in moderation and nothing is too much, everything is just right.
This is particularly important because usually in a conventional chinese-style shared dinner table, you ended up eating without the accompaniment of white rice. Flavors that are too strong (too sweet/salty/sour) may ruin your taste buds, yet Li Feng managed to solve this problem by adjusting the seasoning down to perfection!
Without a doubt, a very fine experience dining at Li Feng. I would recommend it to anyone for any occasion – family gathering, business,-etc!
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jl. MH Thamrin, Thamrin, Jakarta
Nosh Cafe is a cafe that has just opened less than 6 months ago. A very nice and cozy French-American themed cafe serving such food with a slight Asian twist.
The place was very nice and chic. Brick walls, marbles, and white and blue color dominate the place. The smoking room area have a touch of greens all around, which makes it look bright and fresh.
I came for an early dinner, but because we haven’t had much for lunch, we could take our time and try some more of their main menus.
Southern Style Buttermilk Chicken – IDR70,000++
Don’t underestimate this simple dish. It’s definitely a simple yet divine dish! The fried chicken was very tender and crispy, the mashed potatoes was also creamy (although a bit more seasoning to the potatoes would really made the day!). The portion size was also just right for one serving. No wonder this is one of their favorite item on the menu!
Prawn Sambal Cream Pasta – IDR65,000++
I thought this would be kind of a weird combination because I didn’t like sambal (chilli sauce) with cream, yet this dish fail to disappoint me! It was actually the first time I’ve heard my dad sampled pasta and immediately say: This is delicious!
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The prawn was quite big in size and fresh too. The pasta was cooked al dente, very savory and creamy, everything was measured perfectly at the right level.
Oxtail Wellington – IDR98,000
This is the signature item on their menu, and I must say that you should definitely try this dish if you come visit! It’s very unique since I’ve never found a similar dish at similar restaurants before.
It consists of a slow-cooked oxtail mixed and baked together with fragrant tumeric rice inside a big mug, topped with crispy and flakky puff pastry – similar to those you found on top of Zuppa soup.
It was very fragrant and savory, the oxtail was so tender, rich, and flavorful. What’s more, the puff pastry was also cooked to perfection! It’s almost like a combination of Nasi Briyani & Nasi Kuning with a slight western twist.
Overall I really think that I’ve either made perfect menu choices, or the food served over Nosh was just always this good! The waiting time wasn’t too long, the portion size was just right. It’s perfect for a casual dinner date, hanging out with friends, or your family!
Citywalk Sudirman, Lantai Ground, Jl. KH Mas Mansyur, Sudirman, Jakarta
Nomz Kitchen & Pastry has been a well known restaurant serving contemporary asian-western fushion food. The key person behind the well-endowed establishment is none other than Chef Arnold Poernomo, a famous celebrity chef in Indonesia much known for his involvement as Master Chef Indonesia’s judge.
It was quite spacious, decorated American-European style, very pleasant and comfy indeed. The service was also very nice and friendly.
Nomz Chicken Karaage – IDR85,000++
I sure picked a good choice of appetizers. The chicken karaage was very nice and crispy. Very savory and not too oily. Don’t forget to add the dipping sauce because it makes it all the more delicious!
Nomz Watermelon Salad – IDR65,000
This was the weirdest ‘salad’ I’ve ever tasted. Why? Because it’s literally watermelon sliced in dices, no salad, no vegetables at all. These watermelon was given coriander, shallots, pistachio, mint, lime, and Nam Jing dressing. They use fresh and sweet watermelon, but I thought it tasted weird because the watermelon was slightly salty from its dressing. I wouldn’t order a plate of diced watermelon for IDR65,000++ for a second time.
Braised Beef Brisket
This braised beef brisket sure looks and smells very nice. The beef was juicy due to its fatty layers, yet it was a bit too fatty for my taste.
Chilli Prawn Spaghetti – IDR115,000++
Among all the dish I’ve sampled at Nomz, this was honestly my favorite one. It’s almost similar to an Asian-styled spaghetti aglio olio cooked Al dente. It was spicy but the spiciness level wasn’t too overwhelming, just right to spike your palate and appetite. The prawn was fresh and juicy too!
Risotto Escargot – IDR125,000++
The Risotto Escargot uses Arborio rice cooked very nicely, with escargot, vongole, and calamari, with some pesto in it to add more fragrance and taste. A very pleasant dish indeed, but it wasn’t too special compared to other similar dish I could find at another establishment.
Nomz Chicken – IDR98,000++
This particular dish was pleasing to the eyes but tastes slightly bland for me. The butter rice was not fragrant enough. The chicken was deep fried, but it was a bit overcooked and it makes it very hard to chew. As the pieces was quite large, it became very bland and tasteless too. The sweet and sour sauce really helps add to the flavor, but they didn’t give you enough sauce for you to accompany the whole dish with.
Aside from savory food, Nomz also offers a variety of cakes and pastries. As an avid dessert lover, I wouldn’t miss a chance of trying one of these babies!
Urban Geisha – IDR48,000++/slice
I’ve set high expectations for Nomz cakes, but I thought they could really do better. The texture and quality wasn’t as I expected and it doesn’t match the price charged. Urban Geisha features strawberry jelly, green tea castella, speculaas crunch, vanilla mousse, and white glaze. Despite the bountiful ingredients, none of these really popped out. Texture wise it was quite soft and creamy, but otherwise it tastes very plain. On the bright side, it does looked very pretty!
Salted Egg Croissant – IDR27,000++
The salted egg hype started at our neighboring country – Singapore. As the hype slowly creeps in to Jakarta, Nomz offers salted eggs croissant of their own. I’ve never tasted salted egg croissant before, but I am glad that I picked Nomz’s salted egg croissant to be my first!
The croissant was very crispy and the salted egg MELTED PERFECTLY. It was very thick and runny, sweet and savory, baked very nicely! A definite must try item if you visit Nomz!
A quick reminder, Nomz currently offers FREE BEER with every purchase of main course from 5-7PM from Monday to Friday. This would be valid till 18 December 2o16, so come and grab your free beers fast!
Overall the food served at Nomz was decent. Although some doesn’t quite meet my expectations, other really entertain my palate well. The ambience was very nice and you could stay long while having a long chit-chat with your friends. They also serve juice, beers, cider, and wines for those of you who only wishes to sit and drink inside.
Grand Indonesia Mall, Lantai Ground, East Mall, Jl. MH Thamrin, Thamrin, Jakarta
One of my beloved friend will be leaving soon for UK for her masters degree. Thus begins our farewell party that would be covered in today’s post.
It wasn’t a big ‘party’, but rather a small yet intimate ‘gathering’. Following proper protocols, we should be giving a surprise for her. On the contrary, she was the one who gave us a surprise with her sweet minute details in the decor.
Everyone was given a seating chart labeled with name cards. As if not enough, she also gave everyone personal message, hand-written one by one behind those cards. What lies behind the card shall not be disclosed for it was very personal indeed! 😉
The small party was held at Hong Kong Cafe (HKC), Sarinah. The branch here was the largest one there is, occupying one building for itself.
HKC offers a selection of Dim sum at affordable prices, ranging from IDR19,500 to IDR24,000++. Even though the shrimp used tastes like its frozen, on their defense, given the price offered, you can’t really compare to the more upper-end Dim Sum restaurants. Regardless, overall it tastes decent.
The Spring Roll was quite nice, it’s very crispy and savory, with plenty of filling inside.
Special Baked Rice – IDR63,000++
Hong Kong Cafe (HKC) is well-known for its baked rice/spaghetti. I’ve visited HKC several times already so I’ve pretty much tasted 75% of their baked rice/spaghetti variation. Everything was pretty similar, with differences in toppings and creaminess level only.
The Special Baked Rice have all the toppings inside – chicken, fish, seafood. It was very creamy and the cheese was quite generous considering the price.
Special baked spaghetti – IDR63,500++
The baked rice and spaghetti variations was exactly the same, with slightly more expensive prices on the baked spaghetti. The portion was also a lot bigger for the baked rice, even though the baked spaghetti already offered generous portions too.
Personally, I liked the spaghetti version better. It tastes more creamy and savory compared to the baked rice version which is slightly sweeter. Regardless, unless you try both versions side-by-side like I did, you won’t really spot the difference.
Special baked spaghetti
Special baked spaghetti
HK Stewed Beef Brisket & Wonton Noodle
It was very nice and savory, slightly too sweet for my taste but still good overall. The beef brisket was very tender and the noodle wasn’t overcooked.
HK Prawn Noodle
Surprisingly, their HK Prawn Noodle was pretty good. It seems they used Nissin noodle, but then the texture was just fine and good so I didn’t make such a fuss about it. The broth, however, was very thick, savory, and slightly spicy. Reminds me of Tom Yum noodle. Very nice!
Overall the food offered by HKC was quite good with generous portions. The spacious area can also accommodate anyone who wish to bring larger crowds.
Last but not least, I would like to congratulate my dearest friend who would be leaving very soon. I wish you the greatest success, you will always be part of our crazy little family. Do keep in touch, and god bless you always.
Maple and oak is a new all-day brunch place at De-Ritz building that has just open a few weeks ago.
The name itself is already convincing enough as a brunch place, I can feel the soft autumn breeze brushing my cheeks already (#drama).
It’s still a fairly new place, the place is almost always packed with people. I have visited the place twice now and I spotted the owner of the restaurant hanging out around the place, personally serve guests, and even asked feedback regarding how the food tastes.
As the name suggests, Maple & Oak serves mainly brunch food. There wasn’t too much menu choices, but it has just the right amount of variety to serve your brunch-appetite palate.
I haven’t tried many variety of steak & eggs my whole life, but this is definitely one of the best! The steak was cooked medium-well, very tender and it was served bite-sized to ease you. The poached eggs was cooked on point, you can see its golden lava melting through perfectly! I would really love this dish more if it came in hot, because it was kind of cold when it was served on the table.
This is also one of their signature menu. I didn’t find this menu to be quite as captivating as it claims to be, but it really isn’t that bad at all. The Omelet served was decent (then again, I wish it could be served while still hot, I think most of the dishes was left cold for quite sometime as the waiters was too busy catering to many guests). The butter used wasn’t too buttery at all! In fact, it was more like a mixture of butter and kaya jam with a hint of truffle. I think truffle lovers would definitely love this selection.
I really expect much from their salmon benedict, but it didn’t really match my expectation. First of all I think that the price is a bit much for the size and quality that the dish offers. Second of all the taste was quite bland for me. I was also quite curious as to why they should dye the salmon red, it looks like tuna instead of salmon. Me and my friends was actually a bit ‘scared’ to eat the red salmon, I thought that the regular golden-orange colored salmon would be just fine and healthier as well.
Mascarpone Lychee Berry
Mascarpone Lychee Berry
Mascarpone Lychee Berry
Mascarpone Lychee Berry
I have been literally HAUNTED by this dessert since the restaurant first opened, it was all over the social media, I just HAVE to try it!
I really like this dessert, especially since I am a huge fan of cheese. The mascarpone cheese mousse was very light, smooth, and not too sweet. They sprinkle some meringue buttons, homemade granola, sliced fruits, and edible flowers (yep!). It really adds some crunch, texture, fragrance and flavor. I would really recommend this one as a must have item during your visit to Maple and Oak for any cheese/dessert lover out there.
They also sell cold brew coffee right beside the cashier counter. I was really attracted because of the bottle they use so I decided to buy one at IDR40,000++.
It wasn’t true cold brew coffee in my friend’s (a coffee lover) opinion, because it’s too milky and a bit sweet. However as a non-avid coffee lover, I quite like it.
On a small side note, the restaurant still can’t cater to credit/debit cards, so all payments should be in cash. Worry not, because there is an ATM machine right outside the restaurant 🙂
Overall I really have a pleasant visit at Maple and Oak. The food was decent and I would really recommend it for anyone craving for some all-day brunch menu!
De Ritz Building, Lantai Ground, Jl. HOS. Cokroaminoto No. 91, Menteng, Jakarta