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
It’s a not-so-new brunch spot at Pantai Indah Kapuk area. I’ve heard a lot of good review for this place so I decided to visit them. It was awfully CROWDED! I was quite surprised because the place opened months ago and they still haven’t lost their shine, must be quite something eh..? 😉
The space was quite large too, considering it’s located in PIK area – where most of the cafe/restaurants were subjected to relatively smaller areas. I loved the simple decor and the perfect lighting during the day time – great for taking pictures!
Flat White – IDR35,000++
Absolutely adore their coffee! It has a slightly bitter aftertaste (just to my liking!) that slowly melts in your mouth!
Croissants – Ranging from +/- IDR30,000ish
Social affair is mostly famous for their great croissants, so I decided that I shall taste one of those tasty-looking croissants then and there!
The croissant was DELICIOUS! Without a doubt they really do live up to their name! It was so crispy and flaky, not to mention that the filling inside was just right – not too little and not too much. Loved it!!
I am in the mood for salted egg so I ordered this one. This is made to be sweet salted egg croissant, not the savory ones. It’s very nice and fragrant, the salted egg wasn’t too overpowering so it might be too light for those hardcore salted egg fans.
I am an avid hardcore cheese mania, so how could I resist not trying these babies with cheese filling?? Well it was nice but a bit too milky despite the name it bears. Still lovely though!
Cheese Bomb Beef Burger
I didn’t intent to order any main course since I just had my lunch that time, but I can’t resist myself when I heard its name. I am NOT disappointed! It was DA BOMB!
They use Choux pastry-like bun on top with cheese lava filling that gorgeously oozes outside when you slice it open. The patty was heavenly, the beef wasn’t too fatty and it doesn’t have this weird smell from beefs that isn’t cooked properly. The portion was HUGE too! An absolutely unique and delicious dish!
Overall I am quite satisfied with the food served at Social Affair. Considering the number of crowd inside, it’s not as comfortable to hang around too long since some people is queuing for the table. The prices was a bit high too, but it was well compensated with the relatively large portion sizes (and it’s located in PIK, remember?). Recommended place nevertheless!
Ruko Garden House, Blok B No. 17-18A, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta 14470
There’s a new All You Can Eat authentic Shabu-Shabu restaurant in town and it’s called Mo-Mo Paradise! I was so thrilled to be invited because I missed their media/blogger event when they first open in late January.
Mo-Mo Paradise is the first branch to open in Jakarta. It’s an original franchise from Japan that already have successful branch in various countries like the US, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan,-etc. Even the senior staff was trined in Japan for one whole month!
It was a simple yet pleasantly decorated Japanese restaurant. They got 2 floors, with VIP rooms on the second floor.
I love the way they put up their vegetables. It looks so vibrant, fresh, and colorful! The staff explained to me that everything is prepared fresh everyday. Any leftovers would be thrown away (too bad!) to ensure its freshness.
Now on to the price! They served US Beef and Wagyu. In the US Beef package, you’ll get US Chuck Eye Roll & US Short Plate for IDR158,000++ (Lunch) & IDR198,000++ (Dinner).
The Wagyu package is a bit different. If you only opt for Wagyu, you’ll get the US AND Wagyu Chuck Eye Roll, & the US AND Wagyu Short Plate for IDR248,000++ (Lunch) & IDR348,000 (Dinner).
The second Wagyu Package includes Tounge (Gyutan). So you’ll get ALL type of beef mentioned above (Both US & Wagyu Chueck Eye Roll and Short Plate) PLUS the Beef Tounge! The pricing for this package is IDR298,000++ (Lunch) and IDR398,000++(Dinner).
All the beef served is of top quality – Grade 9, they do not serve any other beef below that standard.
They served 3 types of Soup – Sukiyaki, Original, and Kimchi. You can get mixed soup too. I personally loved the Original and Kimchi because I prefer savory than sweet soup. The Original soup was a bit bland yet still very fragrant because of the pure both. The kimchi was a bit spicy yet refreshing a satisfying!
I learned a LOT from my visit to Mo-Mo Paradise (and the staff will always explain to you on the proper guide in eating Shabu-Shabu!). For example, I just knew that the eggs served were actually not meant to be mixed and cooked along with the soup, but the raw eggs was used as the SAUCE for the sukiyaki soup! I was a bit intrigued at first but it turned out to be good! They use Omega 3 eggs so that it doesn’t have any fishy smell too!
For Sukiyaki, it’s recommended to use beef slices with more fat (Short Plate), so that the fat will melt and adds more savory taste towards the sweet Sukiyaki Soup. The beef with less fat (Chuck Eye Roll) is recommended for the Original soup. You could choose any for the Kimchi soup.
For dessert, they also serve ice cream and mochi! I love their mochi – pandan & red bean! It wasn’t as gooey as your normal mochi, but it was still soft and rich in flavor. It wasn’t too sweet and the amount of filling inside was just right. Loved it!
It’s definitely worth it. All of the meat slices were so tender and juicy. The vegetables was fresh and the service was superb! Definitely another must try Shabu-Shabu place in town!
Ruko Crown Golf, Blok D No. 18-19, Bukit Golf Mediterania, Jl. Marina Indah Raya, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews of this place – coming especially from Japanese food lovers in Jakarta. Sushi Masa is located right at the edges of the city, it may feel slightly unconvincing at first, but you’ll be glad to visit this place once you take a bite from one of its menu items!
Sushi Masa offers a wide variety of fresh sashimi items. I ate quite a lot of their ultra fresh sashimi, every slice was so thick and juicy too!
Their sashimi prices range from IDR12,000/pcs to more than IDR110,000/pcs. It’s quite pricey, but it was quite delicious indeed.
If you don’t like anything raw, they also offers the ‘aburi’ (partially grilled) version of it – just as tasty!
Aside from their fresh sashimi, Sushi Masa also offers a lot of fully-cooked Japanese main courses. There were some fushion menus as well.
Fried Roll With Tar Tar – IDR80,000++
It came out looking so beautiful I can’t wait to take pictures of it! Crispy on the outside, but so dense yet soft towards the inside, I loved every bite of it!
Niku Udon – IDR90,000++
Their Niku Udon didn’t impress much, but it wasn’t bad. The soup was mild yet flavorful and the Udon’s texture was just right – not too chewy nor too slimy.
Ah, and I never forget to order a serving of Chawanmushi (steamed eggs) in my every visit to a Japanese restaurant!
It was a bit too eggy and watery for my taste, but since I basically liked the very concept of ‘steamed eggs’, it’s still fine by me.
Overall it was a great experience. If you are thinking of having a family gathering in some nice Japanese restaurant, I would definitely recommend the place!
Nokcha Cafe is a Korean fushion-themed cafe serving various main course and mainly green tea-based desserts. It’s just a few meters beside EIO Patisserie, so it wasn’t too hard to find.
The place wasn’t too big, accommodating 15-20 people maximum, but it’s nice and cozy inside, perfect for hanging out and having a quick meet up with friends.
Aside from dessert, they also serve a variety of main course. It was ironic because despite being a cafe that should’ve specialized in selling desserts, I’d rather have their main course than dessert menu.
Jeyuk Bokkeum Potaffle with Salad – IDR75,000++
These were korean-styled stir-fry Pork with potato waffles, eggs, and mozzarella cheese on top. I like that each components and tastes were complimenting each other, but I felt that there’s just to much carbs on this dish, i can’t figure out whether I should categorize it as a main dish or as a snack.
I like their potaffle, it’s just that it came out cold and not as crispy anymore. The stir fry pork wasn’t bad either, and the eggs were just the way I like it!
Tangsuyuk Honey Toast – IDR75,000++
It cam in quite a large portion. These were sweet and sour deep-fried pork put inside a hollowed honey-glazed toast. It looks and it smells so good! I was hoping for more mozzarella cheese on top but it was alright!
Kkam pung Gi Bibim Myeon – IDR65,000++
This was my favorite! I thought it would came out with a small portion, but I was wrong – it was quite large and filling! I didn’t expect much from the cold noodles, but every bite was very addicting because it’s very light and refreshing!
The chicken was also soft and tender, very well-marinated and fragrant!
Oreo Nokcha Cheesecake – IDR304,000++
I was expecting a lot from their dessert, but I was quite disappointed because not only it was so small in size, I felt like it has hardened because it’s left on the counter for some time already.
Nokcha Financier – IDR30,000++
It wasn’t as good either, a very small (I think just 5-7cm) sized financier that is too hard and crumbly for my taste.
Overall Nokcha is a pleasant cafe that would be perfect for someone to have a small chat with their friends, or just have some quick alone time. Despite the rather disappointing dessert, I thought that the main dish was quite nice.
Ruko The Metro Broadway, Blok 6 Unit KO, Jl. Mandara Permai VII, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
MARTABAK – who in the land of Indonesia doesn’t know of this sweet devilish guilty pleasure?? It’s a treat that can cater to any crowd, you can choose which one you favor most – savory or sweet Martabak.
I am about to review yet another Martabak shop at J-town, a truly remarkable one that offers quite a creative Martabak variety at a fairly reasonable price – MARTRUCKBUCKS!
Located at Sunter area, Martruckbucks isn’t a huge establishment, but a small signage right in front of their shop makes it much easier to spot among the abundance of restaurants and street-stalls around it.
OMG can you see that CHEESE?! Aside from the thick, juicy, and savory Martabak, the Mozzarella cheese on top was OUT OF THIS WORLD! I’ve had several Martabak Mozzarella before and I must admit that these are one who’s not afraid to ‘bring out the cheese’!
Seize the Cheese – IDR65,000
I am a HUGE cheese maniac and I must tell all my cheese allies out there to TRY this one! Aside from the PLENTY of cheese they put inside, they use Pandan flavor in he Martabak dough, making it super fragrant at the same time. Their dough was so soft and moist, PERFECT! In addition, portion was large and the price is very fair considering portion size and quality of this Martabak!
Stick on Classic – IDR60,000
All those who like to stick to the classics, you better try this one! The quality of the Martabak dough was just as soft and moist as the latter, except that they do not put any additional flavoring into it. The inside of the Martabak was once again overflowing – a ‘bomb’ layered between fragrant, soft, and moist Martabak!
Obsessed with Blackforest – IDR95,000++
Black is the current hype at J-town. From fashion to food, everything BLACK seems o be taking the market! Martruckbucks is yet another establishment joining the trend.
They use cheese topping and Blackforest flavoring in the dough. Personally, I like the ‘Seize the cheese’ variety better. It’s basically the same Martabak with Cheese topping but different flavoring, but I thought the taste and fragrant of the Blackforest wasn’t strong enough (It’s a bit more pricey too). Make the blackforest flavor more distinct and it would be PERFECT!
Martabak Apple Strudel – IDR70,000
As Christmas is near, Martruckbucks create a new special – APPLE STRUDEL MARTABAK! It’s so unique because they basically use a savory Martabak’s dough/skin. However, instead of stuffing them with eggs and meat, they use cream and sweetened apple cinnamon inside.
It was not just creative, but DELICIOUS as well! I love the crispy texture on the outside and creamy crunchy (from the apples) texture on the inside. The cinnamon fragrant was just lovely and the sweetened apple was not too sweet. Truly a very nice creation!
Overall I thought that they truly serve a very delicious Martabak. Their prices were quite standard, but when you compare it with their relatively large size, it was worth it. Every topping used inside was also very generous. OH! I also asked and they do not use common margarine but use butter instead- a tremendous boost in quality!
Jl. Ruko Taman Sunter Indah, Blok HJ2 No. 26, Sunter, Jakarta
EIO Patisserie is a premium patisserie located together with Saine Daise restaurant. Even from the outside, the cafe/patisserie exudes elegance and exuberance. Glass walls and gold and cream-colored themes really brings out the classy look from this place.
Christmas is in the air this time of the year! For those of you searching for perfect places to have Christmas lunch/dinner, birthday parties, bridal shower, this is a perfect place that truly captures elegance and classy at the same time!
The patisserie was located in the first floor. There was only 3 to 4 small tables, only able to accommodate 8-10 dine-in customers. However, if you sit on the second floor (Saine Daise area), you could still order from EIO patisserie too!
I coincidentally meet the manager at EIO patisserie and he was such a friendly person who’s truly proud of his products and know them a little too well! He stated that the all the cakes at EIO patisserie aims to provide delicious, high-quality, yet healthy cakes at the same time! Their cake selections are of low sugar so it is relatively safer for diabetic customers. They also have a few flourless or eggless cakes. I was quite surprised because it doesn’t taste like a tasteless healthy cake – it was so delicious!
Chocolate Banana Cake
Very cute isn’t it? This was also a ‘healthy cake’, I honestly forgot what type of ‘healthiness’ they corporate into this masterpiece, but this was honestly so GOOD! The texture is very dense, moist, and soft. Chocolate and banana has always been a match made in heaven and EIO patisserie truly creates a deliciouse chocolate banana cake!
Fruit Tart – IDR55,000++
Most of the cakes at EIO patisserie is of two sizes: personal and whole cake. The personal-sized are usually priced at around IDR50,000 and the whole-cakes are usually at IDR200,000-IDR250,000. Honestly I thought this was WORTH IT! The personal cake may look a bit pricey at first, but given the quality and portion size, it was perfectly understandable. The personal size was HUGE! I ate it for 3 people and it was still so much for us 3!
They said that the cake mainly only consists of yoghurt, cheese, and crushed cracker at the bottom. No flour at all! I am a true cheese-maniac and I LOVE IT! It was so dense and creamy, it was all cheese but it’s not too overwhelming, especially with the added flavor from the yoghurt. urgh I am craving one right now!
Baileys cookies and cream parfait with vanilla ice cream – IDR60,000++
One glance at the word ‘Baileys’ and I thought: this is THE dessert for me! It has BIG portion, the bottom part is like Tiramisu-Baileys cake, with bits of crushed oreo and vanilla ice cream on top. The mixture of Baileys was just right and very distinctive. The tiramisu was not too runny and has a ‘just-right’ hardness level. looveee it!
They usually have a wide selection of cookies/cakes held on display as testers. I tried several of their tester and I am ‘cake-strucked’ because it made me want to buy them all! They sell a variety of cookie and the rose petal & almond cookie was absolutely lovely!
I also tried their signature cheesecake, and I thought that the fruit tart was more ‘cheese’ than their cheesecake. Turns out that it was intentional. It’s meant to be not too sweet, and it’s very light and eggy at the same time. Well I personally like a full-on cheesecake, so it’s just not to my taste, but otherwise it’s really a very nice cake!
Overall the cakes at EIO patisserie are definitely of high-quality ingredients, served to please both your eyes and taste buds. They can also made personalized hampers and their packaging are absolutely gorgeous. Every cake are priced right when you take into account their quality and size of the cake. LOVELY!
Ruko The Metro, Blok 6 KA, Jl. Mandara Permai VII, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
D&K Cafe is a cafe with a very unique and cutesy concept. The interior is set to be like a chipmunk’s tree house!
The second floor has an even more prominent ‘chipmunk house’ feature!
Although dubbed as a ‘dessert cafe’, D&K cafe also offers a variety of savory appetizers and main course.
Yoghurt Blend (IDR29,000++)
This is a perfect substitute for milkshake! Just as good but healthier! I tried the mango yoghurt blend and my friends tried the strawberry yoghurt blend. For those who’d like something sweeter and tropical, the mango blend was very nice! It was a bit too sweet for some but it suit my taste perfectly!
The strawberry wasn’t bad too, it’s just that I expected more of the tangy strawberry taste instead of milky taste.
Green Tea Milkshake – IDR30,000++
The green tea milkshake looks so cute, served in a mini jar with a cutesy whipped cream and mint leaves on top.
Sadly, it really needs quite a few improvements. I can’t really taste/smell green tea in it. It is also not as thick as I imagined a milkshake would be.
Hot chocolate Marshmallow – IDR35,000++
Most of the hot chocolate served in Indonesia tastes more like chocolate milk then hot chocolate. Don’t worry because D&K serves the ULTIMATE hot chocolate!
I looovveee their hot chocolate. It was a bit too sweet because I think they use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate – a variety which would give more depth, fragrance, and a bit bitter. However, I still like it because it’s very thick and fragrant. Children would really love this!
It was a very nice cup of hot chocolate – priced fairly and looks stunning too!
Frappe Oreo – IDR29,000++
Looks very nice and appetizing isn’t it? Bits of Oreo blended inside gives a very addicting crunchy flavor. They add a bit of coffee which really blends nicely with the drink.
Special Mocktail – IDR36,000++
Though I didn’t get to try this one, I feel like it’s a very ‘post-worthy’ drink, a.k.a it looks FABULOUS!
Hong Kong Fishball Curry – IDR32,000++
Majority of people loves fish balls because it is simply good on itself. Well this one is no exception. However, it was as good as any other fish balls you can get on the nearby supermarket. It was dipped with curry sauce, the curry sauce doesn’t have a particularly strong curry flavor/smell, which may be good for those who doesn’t like strong curries.
Tiger Bread Roll – IDR42,000++
Both visual-wise and taste-wise, the Tiger bread roll tastes almost like the rolls you could find at a local bakery chain, except that this one is a bit more thick and dense. It wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t pay IDR42,000++ for this when I knew I could get it for just under IDR15,000 at the nearest bakery.
Gyudon – IDR50,000++
Their gyudon wasn’t bad, but wasn’t excellent either. It tends to be more sweet than savory. The gyudon itself was a bit hard, chewy and thickly sliced, but since I liked having all my food cooked at well done, I am used to having them a bit harder then usual.
What garnered my attention was the sunny-side-up egg! It was perfect! Not over or under cooked, still soft and wiggly but not too runny!
DK Chicken Karage – IDR38,000++
The Chicken Karage was a true super-star when it first came out mainly because there’s MOZARELLA on it (the current trend in J-town = everything with mozarella cheese!). Topped with chicken and rice with curry sauce at the bottom, it was quite nice and savory. I just thought that curry didn’t compliment well with the cheese.
The chicken karage was also too thinly sliced, we thought it was chicken skin at first! Nevertheless, it was still nice and crispy, not bad at all!
Mini Rainbow Burger – IDR58,000++
Homemade burger in 3 colors, each using dori, beef, and chicken, served with a side of french fries. I love the french fries! Although a bit too salty, it was very fragrant and flavorful! Tone down the saltiness a bit and you get perfect french fries!
The Homemade Bun was very nice, moist and dense, the patties wasn’t bad too. What’s more unique is because they use quail eggs inside, a very interesting ingredient indeed!
Molten Lava set – IDR35,000++
The molten lava was successful because thick runny chocolate lava runs from inside. The cooked brownie parts was chewy instead of soft and moist.
Crispy Waffle Ice Cream – IDR48,000++
The waffles was too thin and bland for my taste. It was a cute ensemble, but other than that, it was merely three scoops of ice cream on top of a few brownie slices.
The Joy of Party – IDR39,000++
Befitting to its name, this truly brings joy to our table! This was my favorite dessert from D&K cafe! Layered with vanilla ice cream, chocolate pudding, and Malaga ice cream on top, i was a very pleasant combination!
The ice cream was bountiful, I love their Malaga (though I’d prefer it to have a more stronger baileys/rum taste), and their chocolate pudding are so good – a perfect combination between pudding and pannacota!
Overall I thought D&K Cafe served a pleasant collection of both savory and sweet fares. It was priced fairly especially taking into account the location of the place. I would come back for ‘The Joy of Party for sure’!
Ruko Cordoba, Blok E No. 5, Bukit Golf Mediterania, Jl. Marina Indah Raya, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
Any coffee/cafe lover would know Tanamera coffee – a brand that is famous for its coffee, winning several international roaster awards already.
Tanamera coffee recently opened its 5th outlet at Pantai Indah Kapuk. This particular outlet also features the artisinal gelato from Milkbar, offering a colorful display of gelato and sorbet collections for avid dessert lovers.
You could easily spot the establishment with its huge and signature red-and-black signage. The interior inside was slightly dim and dark, but I really liked its classic yet minimalistic designs.
Cold brew – IDR35,000++
I really like the cold brew! There are 2 variations : one with a slight fruity flavor (white) and the other is more like a regular cold-brew latte.
The milk-based cold brew was very fragrant and doesn’t leave an unpleasant sour aftertaste.The white brew was very light – almost like water when you take the first gulp, but then you can taste the coffee and a slight sour after-taste afterwards. Since i do not like sour aftertastes, I favor the milk-based cold brew better.
I was intrigued by the idea of cheese in my coffee (especially when I absolutely love cheese), so I decided to give it a try. It was surprisingly good! You couldn’t really taste the cheese, it became more creamy and a bit sweeter than your regular latte.
Red Latte – IDR35,000++
Mocha Latte – IDR40,000++
The Mocha Latte was more chocolate than coffee, so it would suit the taste of those who doesn’t like their coffee strong.
Aside from the famous coffee, and a wide selection of artisinal gelato from milkbar, Tanamera Coffee at PIK branch also offers a unique brunch menu selection only available at PIK branch!
Croissants – IDR55,000++
These are croissants served with bacon and scrambled eggs with spicy hollandaise and salad. The croissant is crispy and have a very delicious buttery smell. The scrambled eggs are OUT OF THIS WORLD! Me and all of my foodie friends agreed that this is the BEST scrambled eggs we’ve ever tasted so far.
It was very light and creamy, perfect texture of scrambled eggs that is still a bit soft, runny and not hard/overcooked. The mix of cheese inside makes it even more appetizing! two thumbs up!
These croissants are usually served with pork ham, so you could just tell the waiter if you’d like to take out the pork ham out of the croissants. Don’t worry, the scrambled eggs is the superstar of this dish so you wouldn’t really notice!
Fried egg benedict – IDR75,000++
The fried egg benedict also have a halal and non-halal version, so feel free to make a special request and they would gladly accommodate you!
It was good but I thought a few points of improvements would do great. A golden lava-like runny egg yolk would be a sight to behold. While the crust was moist inside and crunchy outside, I think it is a bit too thick and bland, thus completely overpowering the eggs.
Early riser – IDR75,000++
Another brunch favorite! Although positioned as a brunch menu, the portion is perfectly fitting for lunch as well!
The early riser features Tanamera special brioche with corned beef, scrambled eggs, caramelized onion, and tasty cheddar cheese. The brioche was thick and dense, and while I’d rather choose a regular beef patty over corned beef, these corned beef patties are very soft and savory! The scrambled eggs are without a doubt my absolute favorite!
Corn Fritters – IDR69,000++
A beautiful presentation of a simple corn fritters with avocado salsa on the sides. The corn fritters are very thick and moist, and the avocado salsa are very good -light and fresh! A friend of mine that really favors Mexican food absolutely adores their avocado salsa!
Thai Green Curry – IDR85,000++
These green curry are comparable to the green curry served at a Thai restaurant! The coconut milk used was very thick and intense, extremely fragrant and flavorful! The chicken was very tender, lean, and moist!
Ginger and Shallot Dory Fish – IDR100,000++
I love the fragrant smell of ginger and shallot. The dory was very tender and well-marinated! I suggest to eat it while just slightly dipping the fish in the sauce because it is a bit too salty when the sauce is eaten on its own.
Oxtail soup – IDR85,000++
The oxtail soup tastes mild and flavorful. I love the use of cloves spice (‘cengkeh‘)! It may be too overpowering for some people, but it works very well for me! The oxtail was also very tender so it’s easy to eat!
Pork Ribs – IDR135,000++
Officially one of the best pork ribs! The crispy pork ribs was said to be braised for more than 10 hours before further processing. It was extremely tender, fragrant, and flavorful. Everything blends perfectly and it absolutely suits my taste very well!
Lost in the forest (French toast) – IDR90,000++
The french toast is as delicious as it looks! Very thick and dense, yet moist, soft and flavorful (but not too sweet). They also use raspberry curd which gave a twist of sweet and sour flavour, strawberry meringu, chocolate soil, and vanilla gelato. Favorite dessert from Tanamera!
Waffle – IDR45,000++
Pretty-looking waffle creation from milkbar. It was too bad because when it was served, it already gets cold. Otherwise, the waffle was pretty dense and filling, not too bad at all.
Very festive looking, isn’t it…?
Sweet 16 – IDR120,000++
Oh my.. Any ice cream lover would scream in happiness! 16 mini gelatos from 16 assorted gelato by Milkbar in one batch. The bailey, rum raisin, pistachio, and earl grey is my absolute favorite!
I really love the brunch menu selections. Everything was crafted well, made to look and taste good. Even the worst dish is not too bad, just ‘mediocre’, all others are delicious!
I would recommend coming here with your friends or loved ones especially when craving for brunch food (Scrambled eggs = too die for!). When your significant other is not feeling like having brunch food, Tanamera also offer other ‘heavier’ dish that is delicious as well! Coffee lovers should also try their coffee brews – absolutely amazing!
Ruko Gallery 8, Blok EK & EL, Jl. Pantai Indah Utara 2, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
ASTIG at Pantai Indah Kapuk offers various authentic Philippines cuisine. The owner of this establishment is an Indonesian/Filipino couple, so there shouldn’t be any doubt regarding its taste and authenticity.
The place wasn’t heavily decorated, a very simple restaurant compared to the usually fancy and heavily decorated establishments around the area. Yet, mere decorations are not an indication of top quality and taste. In fact, the owner said that Trans 7 team once came and create a live report of the food at ASTIG.
Before we proceed, let me warn you that there would be severe pork porn alert! Most of the dishes served over ASTIG are pork based. However, they also accommodate non-pork eating foodies by creating a halal version (using beef/fish) of the respective dishes.
The owner was very friendly and accommodating. If you are not familiar with a Filipino dish, she would gladly explain the all the dish served herself.
So the Frisco cooler is basically carrot juice and the cucumber lime is cucumber juice. These are the two types of vegetable juice that I would NORMALLY opt out. Not to be mistaken, I LOOVEE vegetable, but I just thought that carrots and cucumbers are best eaten as it is.
However, I am NOT exaggerating when I say that this is probably the one of the carrot/cucumber juice I’d drink when offered on the table! Some people may feel disgusted by the apparent carrot/cucumber smell in the juice, but it was so faint that you almost couldn’t tell there was carrots inside!
The cucumber lime was my friend’s beverage so I only try a little bit of hers, but I liked it and it’s really not ‘disgusting’ at all. The Frisco Cooler (carrot), on the otherhand was surprisingly GOOD!
I almost couldn’t tell there’s carrots inside because it almost tastes like orange/pineapple juice instead. The owner said that they also add a dash of ginger (and a bunch of other vegetables I couldn’t even remember… I just concluded that it’s healthy.. haha) inside. Everything was freshly made, so you could see the residue floating on top if you leave it as it is for a few seconds.
Stuffed Squid – IDR45,000++
Looks good isn’t it..?? I think squid lovers would love this dish. It is stuffed with tomatoes/onion-based filling, with a little kick of sour taste from lime.
Garlic Rice – IDR12,000++
The garlic rice is very fragrant. At first glance, the size of the garlic rice looked like your regular-shaped rice bowl. However, it sure was a heavily stuffed rice bowl because it is very dense and fluffy! I even thought they use Japanese rice at first!
You know what’s even better..? Such nice and fragrant garlic rice with quite a big portion only costs you IDR12,000! SO MUCH WIN! XD
Skewers – IDR10,000 – 12,000/pcs
You could choose what kind of skewers you’d like. Pork, chicken, intestines, just ask them what you want. The skewers was more savory then sweet, they also give you a clear sauce which tastes sweet and sour.
Binagoongan – IDR80,000 ++
I thought it looks like Kornet (corned-beef) at first, but turns out it wasn’t! Binagoongan is an authentic Filipino dish, involving pork sauteed in tomatoes and stewed in shrimp paste. It was a bit too sour for my taste, but then I thought this sour taste makes it more refreshing as well.
The overall sauce that was used to saute/simmer was a bit oily, but when you only take the pork meat, they use the non-fatty parts of the pork, so it was very tender and flavorful.
Sisig (Regular) – IDR90,000++
If you come to Astig, you should definitely order a batch of Sisig for yourselves because it’s their signature dish!
Sisig is made from parts of a pig’s head and liver, seasoned with calamansi and chili peppers. I am a very healthy and picky eater in the first place, so I wouldn’t even dare to try this thing in the first place. However, my friend insisted that I should try it, so I did…. It’s actually pretty nice!
It was very oily in general, but when you ate it with rice, the rice balanced it out. You couldn’t really tell that you were eating the insides of a pig because everything was chopped to pieces, and sauteed & seasoned uniformly. It was sooo FRAGRANT and flavorful. Very savory and a bit spicy. I think any pork eaters would really love this.
For non-pork eater, no worries because they also provide a version of Sisig using BEEF! If you want a healthier and less oily version, you could also try the Sisig using Fish meat.
They have a regular and large portion. I can’t imagine what a ‘large’ would look like, because the regular portion itself can at least feed 2 people (if they only order sisig and not try any other menu).
Sinigang (Fish) – IDR60,000++
Sinigang is a traditional Filipino soup with a sour and savory taste in general. I think the sour taste resembles tamarind, but please correct me if I am wrong… 🙂
It was very refreshing due to the sour and savory taste. It also helps to really cleanse your overall taste buds and appetite after eating the savory/oily food. I really like the Kangkung (water spinach) because it was cooked very nicely, not under/oversooked. The Kangkung still retains its natural crunchy texture that I really liked.
They use Nile Tilapia fish (Ikan Nila) that has been boned out so you’d skipped the terror of kids (or adults) choking on fish bones. If you don’t like fish, they also have a version of Sinigang using beef or pork.
Bagoong Fried Rice – IDR55,000++
I loovvee the fried rice! It’s very fragrant and savory! In layman terms, it’s pork fried rice using pork belly (‘samchan’).
The portion size is HUGGEE! It was shaped and heavily stuffed to a size of a big bowl – very dense and moist. I think you could feed 3 to 4 people in one plate!
Stir Fried Broccoli – IDR50,000++
I love the stir fried broccoli, especially after eating heavy pork-based dishes! The brocoli was stir fried nicely. It wasn’t overcooked so it is still crunchy but not hard and raw at all. I like the fragrance (I think it’s from sesame oil..??) as well!
Lechon Kawali – IDR95,000++
This is officially my FAVORITE dish so far! It’s crispy fried pork belly, similar to what you get in a traditional Chinese Hainan Rice or nasi campur too..
Although it is made out of pork belly (‘Samchan‘), The amount of fat wasn’t overwhelming at all. In fact, the part of non-fatty pork meat was plenty. It was sooo fragrant, savory, and crispy… Loved it!
Leche Flan – IDR25,000++
This is a traditional Filipino caramel/custard dessert. The taste was very soft, almost like a beautiful combination of egg custard and pannacotta in my opinion.
The sauce was a bit too sweet for me, so I leave the sauce and just eat the custard on its own. I really loved the texture and taste of this dessert! Reminds me of my mom because she really love Pannacotta dessert (Love you mom!).
Halo-Halo – IDR35,000++
The name was quite intriguing so I googled it. In literal meaning, halo-halo means ‘mixed together’. It’s a popular Filipino dessert where evaporated milk is mixed together with various ingredients such as red beans, jelly, jack fruit, bananas, coconut,-etc.
Don’t be fooled by its plain and simple presentation. This dessert was very refreshing! It wasn’t too sweet and there were lots of toppings mixed inside. They put the lache flan and taro paste on top. The portion was enough for 2 or 3 people.
The Lache Flan on top was actually a very ingenious idea because the sauce that was initially too sweet adds to the slightly bland flavor of the shaved ice, making it sweeter but more fragrant from the caramel!
They also create a home-made taro paste. You could tell the effort put into the taro paste because it really tastes like more taro than mere sugar. It’s not too sweet and the taro was thick, moist, and dense.
If you are not a very adventurous person, the Lechon Kawali (crispy pork belly) really suite Indonesian taste in my opinion. You DEFINITELY must try the Lechon Kawali and the Sisig – it was very good! For dessert, I really love the Halo-Halo and Leche Flan.
I really had a pleasant experience at ASTIG. I thought the price was very fair compared to portion, quality, taste, and location of the restaurant. It’s definitely an under-rated restaurant probably due to simpler decor and the niche food segment they served. Overall it’s a very suitable place for a casual lunch with your family and friends!
Ruko Crown Golf, Blok A No. 53, Bukit Golf Mediterania, Jl. Marina Indah Raya, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
Reporting live, one of THE most talked about restaurants in town – Izakaya Kai at pluit! The modern Japanese izakaya is owned by a famous power couple – chef Adhika Maxi and pastry chef Karen Carlotta, so expect to get both your sweet and savory tooth get satiated!
Izakaya Kai is a 2-storey Japanese restaurant, each carrying a different concept of its own. The first floor was geared towards modern Japanese-western restaurant and a small glass counter featuring some of chef Karen Carlotta’s signature desserts. The second floor serves various traditional Japanese cuisines. The decor and concept matches the type of food they serve.
Chawanmushi – IDR35,000++
I’ve never missed not ordering Chawanmushi at a Japanese restaurant. The Chawanmushi is a traditional Japanese appetizer of steamed and savory egg custard, filled with various fillings such as chicken, prawn, mushrooms, fish cakes,-etc.
This particular chawanmushi is more watery than most of the many chawanmushi I’ve ever tasted. However, setting aside the sky-high price they charged you for this mini-bomb, it was a pleasing appetizer indeed.
It tastes very mild and light, the egg custard was very soft that it melts in your mouth. The filling wasn’t too generous, but I didn’t mind too much of it.
Saikoro Steak (IDR125,000++) set menu (additional IDR30,000++)
The Saikoro steak was served and sold separately on its own for IDR125,000++. If you’d like to make it a full set meal, you’ll have to add IDR30,000+ which already includes rice, soup, and pickles set.
set of rice + soup + pickles
set of rice + soup + pickles
set of rice + soup + pickles
For a plain steak costing you IDR125,000++ (without set menu), the portion was very small – only 6 to 8 pieces of diced beef. However, it tastes quite nice. The steak was very tender and seasoned at a perfect level.
Brioche Bao – IDR35,000++
I’ve heard a lot of people saying that this is a must try item at Izakaya Kai, yet it had proven itself to be an overstatement. I am not sure what they are trying to interpret, a brioche, or a traditional bao? Either way, it failed to serve any of the purposes.
The bread was not moist and soft like a bao, it was dry and too airy. In addition, for a piece of bao priced this much, I imagined that the filling should be very generous and fresh. However, the pork stuffed inside doesn’t taste fresh, it’s like stuffing frozen salted egg and pork meatball inside a bread. Definitely not worth it.
Chocolate red velvet – IDR60,000++/slice
This was undoubtedly one of the most talked about and ‘hype’ dessert in town right now, and it surely wasn’t an overstatement at all. Even though it’s a dessert, an avid dessert lover such as myself wouldn’t mind considering this as a main dish after a mediocre-to-below expectation of the food tasted above.
It was packed full of moist and dense chocolate with a generous mix of rum. Each serving slice was quite big. Even though there’s a lot of chocolate, it wasn’t overwhelming at all as it’s almost like dark chocolate. I really love the rum fragrance because it really makes it tastes much more sophisticated – a job well done indeed!
Overall the food wasn’t bad at all, but the price does makes it not worth it. Portions are comparatively small and there’s not a lot of food variations over here. I would suggest just trying the chocolate red velvet cake if you come here.