Sushi Matsu – Menteng, Jakarta

Another Japanese Restaurant review after quite some time! Sushi Matsu has been around for quite some months, I’ve only tried the one in Serpong, so it was my first time visiting the branch in Menteng. Regardless, the food served at Menteng Branch has much more variety with a touch of ‘fancy’ 😉

Chuka Idako – IDR30,000++

My first impression of their Chuka Idako was a bit intimidating because of their deep bright red color, which typically wasn’t that bright. Nevertheless, it was a very good appetizer! Very well marinated and fresh Chuka Idako (baby octopus)!

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Chuka Idako – IDR30,000++

Chawan Mushi – IDR30,000++

Well Chawan Mushi (steamed eggs) is one of my all-time favorite Japanese appetizer. It’s so classically simple that you can’t possibly fail when serving these. Their Chawan Mushi was just like any other, yet I really hoped they come in larger portion (given the price) and more toppings inside.

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Chawan Mushi

Nigiri Sushi

It’s been quite some time since Sushi being served on mini ladders are a trend in Jakarta. In Sushi matsu, you can ask them to serve in these cute little ladders too!

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Nigiri Sushi
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Nigiri Sushi

Their Nigiri sushi were typically served and priced per two Nigiri sushi at IDR25,000 – IDR50,000++, but there are also pricier ones priced per piece such as the Amaebi (sweet shrimp) at IDR48,000++ and the Otoro (Fatty Tuna) at IDR88,000++

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Nigiri Sushi
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Nigiri Sushi

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I don’t typically eat raw sashimi, but the ones at Sushi Matsu was very nice and fresh. We ordered LOTS of different sushi (traditional, fusion, or even nigiri)!

Ebi Salmon Crunchy Roll – IR118,000++

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Ebi Salmon Crunchy Roll – IDR118,000++
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Ebi Salmon Crunchy Roll – IDR118,000++

Their fusion roll was also relatively HUGE compared to those served in other Japanese restaurant!

Hana Sushi

I think that you NEED to order something from their ‘Hana Sushi’ menu page if you came here. It’s typically sold per 2 pieces, and they have very cute and unique variations of sushi that is beautifully crafted piece by piece!

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Hana Sushi
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Hana Sushi
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Hana Sushi

I like it because as someone who liked to ‘try everything at least once’, these pretty sushi sold in mini portions are perfect, especially if you are in for some sushi tasting with your friends! It’s typically priced between IDR58,000 – IDR68,000++ per 2 pieces.

Salmon Cheese Roll – IDR88,000++

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Salmon Cheese Roll – IDR88,000++
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Salmon Cheese Roll – IDR88,000++

For those craving for ‘heavier’ menu choices, they also have rice bowls/set for you!

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Truffle Gyudon – IDR98,000++

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Truffle Gyudon – IDR98,000++
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Truffle Gyudon – IDR98,000++

They said that their truffle Gyudon is one of their best dish, so we decided to order these. Well, it wasn’t that bad, but I wouldn’t say that it’s worthy to be called as the ‘best’ dish of the restaurant. The truffle wasn’t as strong and fragrant as I’d like, and the gyudon could be a tiny bit more tender and thinly sliced. Regardless, it’s not a bad effort at all!

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Truffle Gyudon – IDR98,000++

Salmon Aburi Chirashi – IDR118,000++

Craving for some Chirashi? No worries because they’ve got it too! I consider chirashi as a HUGE sushi that isn’t rolled – the toppings (sashimi, vegetables,-etc) are just put on top of it. We didn’t order the classic Chirashi filled with raw fresh sashimi pieces, but we ordered the Salmon Aburi Chirashi (lightly torched salmon) and it didn’t disappoint 🙂

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Salmon Aburi Chirashi – IDR118,000++
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Salmon Aburi Chirashi – IDR118,000++

Black Sesame Ice Cream

Don’t forget to try their black sesame ice cream! I LOVE black sesame! I love their nutty flavor and fragrant – not to mention their health benefits as well.

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Overall I genuinely think that Sushi Matsu offers a very good variety of Japanese Menu. It’s the perfect place to get a wide variety of Japanese menu as they offer anything from appetizers, sashimi, handrolls, fusion sushi rolls, nigiri, rice bowl, and many more! Service was friendly, waiting time was short, and it was quite affordable considering the quality and portion that they offer. Recommended for any small intimate gathering, or even some casual business meetings!

Sushi Matsu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Jl. Wahid Hasyim No. 69, Menteng, Jakarta

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Hokkaido Izakaya – Sudirman, Jakarta

Hokkaido Izakaya just opened a few months ago and me and my foodie friends come over to try some of their menu.

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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++

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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!

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Kakiage Tempura Soba (Cold) – IDR120,000++

Aburi Salmon Ikura Oyako Don – IDR98,000++

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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++

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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++

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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.

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Ishiyaki Hokkaido Hitsumabushi – IDR98,000++

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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!

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Kura Goma Maze Soba – IDR120,000++

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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!

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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!

Hokkaido Izakaya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Pavilion Retail Arcade, Lantai Dasar, Jl. K.H. Mas Mansyur Kav. 24, Sudirman, Jakarta

Song Fa Bakut Teh – The Food Place, Hayam Wuruk, 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++)

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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!

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Pork Tenderloin

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Pork Tenderloin

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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!

 Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Jayakarta Food Place, Lantai Ground, Jl. Labu No. 1, Hayam Wuruk, Jakarta

Avec Moi – Thamrin, 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!

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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!

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Escargot Ala Forestiere – IDR85,000++
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Escargot Ala Forestiere – IDR85,000++

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++

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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++

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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!

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Beouf Bourguinon – IDR150,000++

Smoked Pork Chops – IDR145,000++

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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!

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Smoked Pork Chops – IDR145,000++

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.

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Souffle – IDR68,000++

Valrhona Chocolate Fondant – IDR75,000++

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Valrhona Chocolate Fondant – IDR75,000++
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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!

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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!

 Avec Moi Restaurant and Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gedung PIC, Jl. Teluk Betung 43, Thamrin, Jakarta

Claypot Popo – Sabang, Jakarta

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.

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Claypot telur mentah – IDR28,000
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Claypot telur mentah – IDR28,000

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!

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Clayport Siram Telur Matang – IDR28,000
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Clayport Siram Telur Matang – IDR28,000

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.

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Claypot Misua Tahu Telor Asin – IDR28,000
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Claypot Misua Tahu Telor Asin – IDR28,000

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!

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Claypot Misua Tahu Telor Asin – IDR28,000

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!

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Claypot Sapi Cah Bawang Putih – IDR42,000
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Claypot Sapi Cah Bawang Putih – IDR42,000

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.

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Nasi Dadar Claypot – IDR23,000

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!

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Cah Fu Mak

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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!

Claypot Popo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Jl. H. Agus Salim No. 23A, Thamrin, Jakarta

Mockingbird – Shophaus, Menteng

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!

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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!

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Hawaii Roasted Chicken – IDR89,000++

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Hawaii Roasted Chicken – IDR89,000++
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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.

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Hawaii Roasted Chicken – IDR89,000++
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Hawaii Roasted Chicken – IDR89,000++

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++

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Baked Pot Pie – IDR79,000++
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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.

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!

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Hakuna Matata (mocktail) – IDR65,000++

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Hakuna Matata – 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!

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Hakuna Matata – IDR65,000++

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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!

Mockingbird Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Shophaus, Lantai 2, Jl. Teuku Cik Ditiro No. 36, Menteng, Jakarta

ShopHaus – 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

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Namelaka Patisserie had recently filled my instagram account, so I was so excited to finally be able to have a taste of these cuties!

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White chocolate and Raspberry – IDR38,500++

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.

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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..

Gelato Secrets

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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.

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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!

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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!

 NAMELAKA Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato   Gelato Secrets Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Shophaus, Lantai 1, Jl. Teuku Cik Ditiro No. 36, Menteng, Jakarta

Coffee Bean – Plaza Indonesia, 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.

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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!

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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.

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Cakalang Roll – IDR49,000++
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Cakalang Roll – IDR49,000++
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Cakalang Roll – IDR49,000++

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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.

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Green Tea Cappuccino – IDR35,000++

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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.

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Teriyaki Tori Burger – IDR65,000++
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Teriyaki Tori Burger – IDR65,000++

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!

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Chicago Cheesecake – IDR40,000++

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!

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Ultimate ice-blended – IDR65,000++

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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!

 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Plaza Indonesia, Lantai 1, Jl. MH Thamrin, Thamrin, Jakarta

Li Feng – Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk – IDR68,000++

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!

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Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk

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.

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Both dumplings were perfectly executed – thin elastic skin with thick, fresh, juicy, and well-seasoned filling!

Imperial Kung Fu Soup – IDR148,000++

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Imperial Kung Fu Soup – IDR148,000++
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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!

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Imperial Kung Fu Soup -IDR148,000++
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Imperial Kung Fu Soup

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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!

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Black Swan Dumplings – IDR89,000++/6pcs
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Black Swan Dumplings – IDR89,000++/6pcs
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Black Swan Dumplings

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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!

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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.

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Sauteed Beef w/ Sze Chuan Pepper and Chili – IDR378,000++

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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’.

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Sweet & Sour Chicken w/ Pineapple and Bell Pepper – IDR98,000++
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Sweet & Sour Chicken w/ Pineapple and Bell Pepper – IDR98,000++

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!

Wok-Fried String Beans w/ dried Shrimp & garlic – IDR68,000++

Another simple dish that is practically served ‘everywhere’, yet Li Feng managed to execute perfectly.

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Wok Fried String Beans w/ dried Shrimp & Garlic – IDR68,000++

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!

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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!

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Braised Hele Crab w/ Japanese Rice in Hoisin Sauce – IDR218,000++

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.

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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.

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Three Dessert Platter – IDR118,000++

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Li Feng - Mandarin Oriental Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jl. MH Thamrin, Thamrin, Jakarta

NOSH Cafe – Citywalk Sudirman

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.

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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.

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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!

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Southern style buttermilk chicken – IDR70,000

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!

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.

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Prawn Sambal Cream Pasta – IDR65,000++

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.

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Oxtail Wellington – IDR98,000++
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Oxtail Wellington – IDR98,000++

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.

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Oxtail Wellington – IDR98,000++

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!

NOSH Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Citywalk Sudirman, Lantai Ground, Jl. KH Mas Mansyur, Sudirman, Jakarta

Nomz Kitchen & Pastry – Grand Indonesia, 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.

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It was quite spacious, decorated American-European style, very pleasant and comfy indeed. The service was also very nice and friendly.

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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!

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Nomz Chicken Karaage – IDR85,000++
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Nomz Chicken Karaage – IDR85,000

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.

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Watermelon Salad – IDR65,000++
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Watermelon Salad – IDR65,000++

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.

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Braised Beef Brisket

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!

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Chilli Prawn Spaghetti -IDR115,000++

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.

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Risotto Escargot – IDR125,000++
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Risotto Escargot – IDR125,000++

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.

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Nomz Chicken – IDR98,000

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!

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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!

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Salted Egg Croissant – IDR27,000++
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Salted Egg Croissant – IDR27,000++

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!

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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!

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Free Beers with every purchase of main course!

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.

 

Nomz Kitchen & Pastry Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Grand Indonesia Mall, Lantai Ground, East Mall, Jl. MH Thamrin, Thamrin, Jakarta

 

 

 

Hong Kong Cafe – A post Dedicated to a Friend

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.

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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! 😉

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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.

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Dimsum

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.

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Steamed Chicken and Prawn Dumpling (Siew Mai) – IDR22,500++
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Steamed Prawn Dumping (Ha Kau) – IDR23,500++
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Spring Rolls

The Spring Roll was quite nice, it’s very crispy and savory, with plenty of filling inside.

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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.

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Special Baked Rice – IDR63,000++
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Special Baked Rice – IDR63,000++

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.

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Special Baked Spaghetti – IDR63,500++
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Special Baked Spaghetti – IDR63,500++

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.

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.

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HK stewed beef brisket & wonton noodle – IDR58,000++
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HK stewed beef brisket & wonton noodle – IDR58,000++

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!

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HK Prawn Noodle
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HK Prawn Noodle

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.

Hong Kong Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Jl. Sunda No. 5, Menteng, Jakarta