Poach’d Brunch and Coffee House – Kemang, Jakarta

A fairly new brunch place was opened at Kemang area. I saw a glimpse of some really delicious foodie pictures in social media and I can’t bear not visiting this place!

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It was such a pleasant surprise when I entered the place. It was quite big and spacious, especially when comparing it to the normal cafe sizes around Kemang area. It’s almost the size of the lobby of a small hotel!

The decor was scarce but its simple, modern, and minimalist nature became its most alluring point.

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Chocolate Sprinkles

One of the reason I visited this place was after looking it their super cute coffee presentation! They put chocolate sprinkles in the mouth of the coffee cup. Drinking the coffee while having a mild taste of chocolate was the best indeed.

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Oh! They also gave you a special 10% discount and free Rainbow sprinkles (pretty much the same – except that they use rainbow instead of chocolate sprinkles).

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I liked their coffee. It’s the type that have a faint bitter aftertaste that slowly melt away inside your mouth.

Aussie – IDR127,000++

As a huge brunch food fan, I can’t stand not ordering one of their brunch menus. They serve lots of difference brunch food style – Aussie, Texan, Indian, Spanish, Indonesian, Moroccan, French, even Vegetarian! The waitress suggest that one of their recommended brunch menu was ‘Aussie’, so I decided to order this one.

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Aussie – IDR127,000++
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Aussie – IDR127,000++
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Aussie – IDR127,000++

Without a doubt, it was one of the most beautiful, colorful, and largest Brunch I’ve ever had! It’s DEFINITELY very healthy as they have a mix of protein, fats, carbs, and fiber of all different colors in one plate!

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Aussie – IDR127,000++

Basically it’s eggs benedict served with hollandaise sauce, cream cheese, capers, smoked salmon and snappers, with avocado, roasted beets, alfalfa sprouts, and pomegranate on the side.

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Aussie – IDR127,000++
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Aussie – IDR127,000++

The poached eggs were ON POINT and the Hollandaise sauce was super creamy. It was the first time for me having Eggs Benedict with pomegranate and beets, but it was quite delicious as it turns out! My only complaint was the smoked snapper smells a bit fishy, but they nailed the smoked salmon and pretty much EVERYTHING on this plate so I could let it pass this time 😉

Tagine style Lamb – IDR155,000++

A friend of mine ordered this one. I was quite reluctant at first because I’ve never been a fan of Lamb meat, because as y’all know, when not cooked properly, lamb could have quite an unpleasant odor I did not like.

As it turns out, it was DELICIOUS! The lamb was cooked perfectly, its portion was quite generous, it’s well marinated, and very soft and tender on its insides!

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The sauce wasn’t too strong so that it doesn’t mask the beautiful flavors of the lamb. The couscous on the sides was also nice and fluffy. It’s definitely a dish not to miss!

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Tagine Style Lamb – IDR155,000++

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Overall I LOVED this place! The dining area was spacious and wasn’t to crowded, service was friendly with reasonable waiting time, and most importantly, the food was DELICIOUS! It’s in the mid-high price range, but it’s still quite reasonable comparing to other cafe in the area.

In addition, they have generous servings and good quality ingredients to serve, so I definitely feel satisfied with what I am paying vs what was served.

It’s definitely one of my go-to brunch place in Kemang area, and I think it’s also good for casual business meeting, hanging out with friends, or even small events like bridal shower and baby shower!

 Poach'd Brunch & Coffee House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoJl. Kemang Raya No. 11, Kemang, Jakarta

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Pokeystudio – Senopati, Jakarta

Powered by the increasingly health-conscious minds of the Jakarta population, Poke (pronounce “POH-keh”) bowl had started to develop its own market niche for a number of people. Located at Crumble Crew – Senopati (near SCBD), Pokeystudio had been around for quite some time.

Aside from Poke Bowls, Pokeystudio also offer a number of Handroll sushi in their menu. Since I specifically came to try their Poke Bowl, I only try those.

Power Pokey – IDR89,000++

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Power Pokey – IDR89,000++
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Power Pokey – IDR89,000++

You could choose to have rice beds or substitute it all together with green veggies. I decided to opt for the healthier option by swapping it with green veggies. I was quite surprised with their portion size at first! Granted the price was on the higher side, their portion was quite generous as it is!

Their Poke Bowl was quite fresh and their special Pokey sauce became the power house for this dish. Also, they put quite a lot of toppings on top!

Pollo Loco – IDR59,000++

If you aren’t into food that are served raw, you could choose to order Pollo loco. Instead of using raw salmon/tuna, they use marinated grilled chicken!

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Pollo Loco – IDR59,000++
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Pollo Loco – IDR59,000++

What I really liked about this was how nice and fragrant the grilled marinated chicken was! Also, usually grilled chicken used in these kinds of dishes were overly fatty/oily, but this one wasn’t! It was quite lean with just the right amount of fat to balance the dish that is relatively high in fiber and low in fats.

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Overall it was a pleasant experience dining at Pokeystudio. It’s a really great healthy alternative for lunch/dinner, I am even thinking of ordering one right this moment!

 Pokey Studio Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Crumble Crew, Jl. Tulodong Bawah No. 1A, Senopati, Jakarta

There’s a fairly new modern Thai restaurant in Kota Kasablanka, Jakarta. I’ve always thought that Thai food is a foreign cuisine that could easily match Indonesian population’s taste, because just like our cuisines, Thai food also uses a lot of rich spices.

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It was Friday during lunch time, the whole place was jammed full with customers! The place was very nicely decorated, modern indoor garden style, with cute wall decor all around the corners. There’s also a smoking area in the outdoors.

Thai Tea/Thai Rose Tea –  IDR25,000/IDR27,000++

Call me shallow, but I literally order these just for the sake of the drinks served with cute mini floaties! XD

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Thai Ice Tea – IDR25,000++
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Thai Rose Tea – IDR27,000++

Their thai tea wasn’t too bad, it was creamy but wasn’t as thick. The rose tea was the same, except that it’s (obviously) rose-scented. They use a kind of rose syrup that sits at the bottom of the glass. It’s a bit too sweet for my taste, so I waited till the ice melted a little bit before taking a sip 🙂

Soft Shell Crab Sandwhich – IDR60,000++

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Soft Shell Crab Sandwhich – IDR60,000++
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Soft Shell Crab Sandwhich – IDR60,000++
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Soft Shell Crab Sandwhich – IDR60,000++

I saw a couple pictures of these in social media and I thought it’s a very unique presentation of mini bun sandwiches! It thought it was pretty delicious. The buns were soft and dense, yet still fresh and crispy on the outside. I thought there was too little soft shell crab but it was still good overall. Don’t forget to add their sweet and sour sauce because it really adds A LOT of flavor to this!

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Soft Shell Crab Sandwhich – IDR60,000++
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Soft Shell Crab Sandwhich – IDR60,000++
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Soft Shell Crab Sandwhich – IDR60,000++

Prawn & Chicken Spring Rolls – IDR45,000++

Everyone knows that food stacked in a mini ladder is the most current trend right now, quite a number of menu choices at Santhai utilizes these mini ladders too!

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Prawn and Chicken Spring Rolls – IDR45,000++

I loved it! It’s such a perfect appetizer for share! It’s crispy on the outside, with just the right amount of filling on the inside. It’s very nice and savory!

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Prawn and Chicken Spring Rolls – IDR45,000++
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Prawn and Chicken Spring Rolls – IDR45,000++

Pad Thai (Seafood) – IDR60,000++

Every time I go to a Thai restaurant, I would most definitely order myself a serving of Pad Thai. I feel like it’s the ultimate Thai ‘signature’ food, and a lot of restaurant really portrays the flavors differently.

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Pad Thai (Seafood)
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Pad Thai (Seafood)

Their Pad Thai was more wet than the one I found in the other restaurants. It’s sweet and sour, but I don’t feel like it tastes like the authentic Pad Thai that I was looking for. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t just as I imagined it would be either.

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Creamy Salted Egg Prawn – IDR75,000++

I was quite excited to try these, but it’s really not up to my expectations. It’s definitely ‘creamy’, but it’s too sweet to be called a ‘salted egg prawn’. The prawns were mid-sized and quite fresh though..

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Salted Egg Prawn – IDR75,000++

Kiasu Tofu – IDR60,000++

For anyone who understand Hokkien Language, just the name of this dish sounds so funny and intriguing.. Anyway, I ordered these because I was craving for a really nice tofu dish.

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Kiasu Tofu – IDR60,000++
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Kiasu Tofu – IDR60,000++

It was pretty good! It was well marinated, like sweet and sour tofu. The portion wasn’t too big so it was too bad it ran out fast! XD

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Kiasu Tofu – IDR60,000++

Shrimp Paste Fried Rice – IDR55,000++

It’s a bit weird to order Indonesian-styled fried rice out of a Thai restaurant, but we did it anyway..

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Shrimp Paste Fried Rice – IDR55,000++
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Shrimp Paste Fried Rice – IDR55,000++

It was pretty good! It’s so pretty and colorful, not to mention they put in a LOT of different toppings in one serving! It’s a decent plate of fried rice overall, but I would really recommend you to try their other signature dish instead 🙂

Lod Chong – IDR35,000++

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Lod Chong – IDR35,000++

It’s not too sweet, but I think that it would be better if they put in thicker coconut milk to add more flavor and fragrant to the dessert.

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Lod Chong – IDR35,000++

Sticky Triple Rice – IDR45,000++

OMG this was DA BOMB! I really LOVED it! Such a masterpiece of a dessert! The coconut ice cream was very fragrant and creamy. The sticky rice has a very nice chewy texture!

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Sticky ‘Triple’ Rice – IDR45,000++
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Sticky ‘Triple’ Rice – IDR45,000++
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Sticky ‘Triple’ Rice – IDR45,000++

Overall I thought that this was a decent modern Thai restaurant.  Of course, if you want to get an authentic Thai dish, this might not e the place to go, but It’s a really nice restaurant with good ambiance. The prices were reasonable. It’s not too expensive for a restaurant such as these. The portions was small to medium-sized, so you might want to order more food if you have more people in your table!

Santhai  Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Kota Kasablanka, Lantai Lower Ground, Jl. Casablanca Raya, Tebet, Jakarta

Flow – Menara BTPN, South Jakarta

First of all… HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 Guys! May all your dreams and wishes came true, may this year be a year full of blessings for us all!

Speaking of New Year festivities, I recently experienced AWESOME festivities at FLOW restaurant, Menara BTPN, where they just launched a few new menus! I was quite psyched because aside from the good food, and the accompaniment, FLOW also provides excellent wine to your taste!

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Chick Creamy Corn Soup

For starters, we were served a bowl of creamy corn soup with crispy garlic croutons and corn salsa.

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It’s definitely very pretty looking. The croutons was very thin and crispy, with fresh bits of sweet corn inside. It’s a bit too sweet, yet it may cater well to different people’s palate

Oven Baked Farfalle

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Oven Baked Farfalle

I LOVED it! I like the texture, and the creaminess level was TOP NOTCH! As a cheese addict, I can get the cheesy emmental cheese that does not overpower the pesto sauce. They also gave you generous bits of herb chicken mixed together with the pasta.

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Oven Baked Farfalle

Gratin Crusted Salmon

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Such a sight to behold! For those who does not like food that is too salty, this one may be a teeny bit to salty, however, I believe that it still taste nice. The salmon was fresh even though it’s slightly overcooked thus leaving it a bit dry.

The lemon beurre blanc sauce poured beautifully on top brings out a twist of creamy and slightly sour taste from the lemon.

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Salted Egg Dory Rice Bowl

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I think that this is a very pleasant classic asian rice bowl dish, especially with the current ‘salted-egg’ trend . The perfect sunny-side up eggs have had its egg yolk oozing perfectly to the pile of warm rice beds. The Dory and salted egg was just as tender, rich and creamy.

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Chocolate Ball

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As a dessert addict, I was truly looking forward to this. The chocolate dome can do better, but I like the combination of chocolate mousse, almond and emmental cheese inside. It’s pile soft and sweet chocolate heaven!

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Overall FLOW provides a very nice place for having a casual business lunch, or even a cool & hype place for hangout with your friends at night! The food is great, service is very friendly, and ambiance is perfect!

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

Menara BTPN, Lantai 2, Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung, Kuningan, Jakarta 12950

Christmas Lunch – GIOI, Senopati

Christmas is still in the air, Christmas tree and decorations are still widespread all across town. Like everyone else, I too refuse to ‘move on’ from the most wonderful time of the year’..

Christmas has become an event of joy and celebration from people all across different countries and religions. People will gather around for ‘Christmas Lunch’ just for the sake of getting together with their loved ones. Likewise, that is what I did too, this time with all my beloved friends at GIOI, Senopati, South Jakarta – an Indonesia casual dining that is truly overlooked by myself before this day.

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It was so pleasantly decorated. Very homey with little touches of Christmas decorations in every corner. I read a few reviews prior to coming to this place, many say that the portion at GIOI was relatively large, so I came ‘mentally prepared’ and even many of my friends ordered menus for share.

GIOI’s Signature Crispy Duck – IDR150,000++/IDR250,000 (Half/Whole)

We came with the expectation of having food served with larger portion.. But let me tell you, the portion successfully EXCEEDED our initially heightened expectation! One of my friend ordered the half portion and the other ordered the whole portion. I think the whole portion could easily feed 4 adults!

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GIOI Signature Crispy Duck (Whole) – IDR250,000++
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GIOI Signature Crispy Duck (Whole) – IDR250,000++
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GIOI Signature Crispy Duck (Whole) – IDR250,000++

It was soooo goood! The crispy duck was so tender and thick, very well marinated! The sides were Jukut Kalasan, which basically consists of mainly green beans that is still fresh and crunchy with fragrant herbs!

Salmon Lodeh – IDR155,000++

This is what I ordered because I thought it’s the most unique, a traditional Indonesian-styled Lodeh with SALMON?! My foodie instincts just can’t pass this opportunity!

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Salmon Lodeh – IDR155,000++

It came and I was surprised (once again) by the portion size. It was HUGE! I didn’t have to order rice to get myself feeling so full and satisfied. The Salmon piece was very generous and cooked PERFECTLY – Crisp on the outside, cooked through the middle yet still not dry and slightly pink in the center. The soup was very thick, fragrant, and flavorful, if any of you order this with warm rice it would be perfect just as is!

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Salmon Lodeh – IDR155,000++

Roast Duck Curry – IDR120,000++

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Roast Duck Curry – IDR120,000++

The curry soup was VERY thick and flavorful, yet not overpowering. What I like is that they already debone the duck meat, so it’s much easier for you to eat. The duck meat was also quite lean and tender, nyuumm!

Pandan Lava Cake (?)

I really apologize for not being able to remember this particular dessert’s name correctly. Basically, it’s Lava cake, except that the outer cake is white in color (vanilla instead of chocolate) and the lave inside has this delectable green Pandan flavored lava oozing from the inside!

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I LOVED it! The cake was not too thick nor to thin, crisp on the outside but still retain it’s fluffiness as you dig inside. Aaannnd, the most important part of lava cake is how much ‘lava flow’ it could produce beautifully from inside. The Pandan lava was PERFECT! Not too sweet, very fragrant and it was simply BEAUTIFUL!
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Overall I truly think that everything served was delicious, and for a restaurant this caliber – price and portion size are definitely worth it. I am even thinking of coming here some time in the future with my family, I am sure they would simply love it!

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

Jl. Senopati No. 88, Senopati, Jakarta

Mr. Fox – Energy Building, South Jakarta

Mr. Fox is a new addition to Ismaya Group’s chain of restaurants. Located in Energy Building, Mr. Fox offers various Japanese-Western fusion menus.

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I loved the ambiance! It’s perfect for any occasions, be it having a simple cup of coffee by yourselves, a group meeting with your friends, or a casual business lunch!

Nashville Chicken Burger – IDR110,000++

As the name implies, it’s a classic burger with brioche bun, crispy chicken, spicy sauce, carrots, and coleslaw, with fried sweet potatoes at the sides. Without a doubt it’s one of the best crispy chicken burger I’ve ever had! The chicken was surprisingly crispy despite being soaked and marinated with their spicy sauce. It’s very tender and wasn’t too oily, just perfect!

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Nashville Chicken Burger – IDR110,000++
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Nashville Chicken Burger – IDR110,000++

A quick side note, it’s not as spicy as it looks!

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Roasted Chicken – IDR110,000++

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Roasted Chicken – IDR110,000++
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Roasted Chicken – IDR110,000++

It a very good roasted chicken, but not the best one yet. The chicken was quite thick yet tender and smooth though! Despite being very thick, it’s still juicy till the insides. I love the mushroom sauce drizzled on top – really adds flavor to the whole dish!

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Loukoumades – IDR65,000++

On to DESSERTS! I tried this funny-sounding dessert called ‘Loukoumades’, which had ‘Greek Donuts’ on its menu description. To put it quite simply, it’s fried donuts. You get 4 small pieces – 2 with peanut butter filling, the other 2 with fermented cassava (“tape”). The ones with fermented cassava tastes almost similar to Indonesia’s ‘tape goreng‘.

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Loukoumades – IDR65,000++
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Loukoumades – IDR65,000++

I thought the dough was soft and chewy, with such delectable filling on the inside too, but it was so ordinary to the point of causing a huge downer. I’ve been expecting some unique dessert that suites its unique name, yet it can’t truly meet my criteria of a satisfying dessert, especially with such price tag. On the bright side, I loved the presentation!

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Overall the food was quite delicious, although I can’t say the same price wise. Service was very quick and friendly, with all the responsive waiters waiting on us.

I’d really recommend this place if you are looking for excellent ambiance with relatively good food, but if you are starving, I’d much rather visit another place.

Mr. Fox Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Energy Building, Lantai Ground, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, SCBD, Jakarta

Wyl’s Kitchen – Nestle Talk Show: “The goodness behind what you eat”

It was an honor or me to be invited to Nestle’s media & bloggers talk show event last week at Wyl’s Kitchen – Veranda Hotel. Venue wise, it was perfect! The food was nice, the place was decorated in a pleasantly colorful yet minimalist manner.

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The food was arranged in an All-You-Can-Eat buffet style. There were a LOT of food varieties lined up at the buffet corner, I can’t choose which to try!

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A few highlights that was worth to mention was their seafood satay, fried duck, pad thai, and honey chicken! Their pad thai was so flavorful, despite the lack of authenticity/touch of ‘Thailand’, it was a lovely dish needless to say!

The honey chicken was so tender and flavorful too! Despite its name, the honey/sweet taste wasn’t too strong nor too overpowering! The seafood satay was fresh and tasty, a bit too spicy for my taste, but I am willing to compromise since it’s pretty tasty!

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Soto Betawi

Last but not the least, their Soto Betawi was DA BOMB! The sup was thick and flavorful, and the meat was pretty lean and tender, not too fatty! I will definitely come bank to Wyl’s kitchen just for their Soto Betawi!

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The dessert wasn’t as outstanding as I hoped it would be, but it wasn’t too bad either. I loved the fruit tart’s filling.  The crust was a bit too thick, but when eaten on its own, it was delicious!

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Seafood Satay

Healthy & Well-balanced Meal

Back to the main topic of today’s Talk Show hosted by Nestle! Nestle is keen to raise awareness about eating healthy with a balanced nutrition. ‘Balanced’ is the keyword here, eating too much of everything – even those deemed ‘healthy’, won’t be good for your health!

People these days tend to eat too much of one type of food component, carbohydrate being the main cause of suspect! Indonesian in general is too attached to rice being the food staple, thus they would not classify a meal as a satisfying one if it does not contain rice in it. For example, even though we’ve eaten a hearty sandwich for lunch, some may claim that they have not eaten anything because they feel like they have not eaten rice!

The Hand Portion

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To tackle this problem, Nestle taught us an easy way to eat a healthy balanced diet using the hand portion! For example, you should eat two hand full of vegetable (fiber), a palm of protein-based dish, and a fistful of fruits as a simple reference!

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Make every meal healthy!

Who doesn’t know this particularly famous dish: FRIED RICE! It’s a very common yet deliciously simple dish we could easily find even in the streets! Although, we can’t deny that it is packed full with carbs and low fiber.

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However, it does not mean we shouldn’t eat it either! The message is: we could make any kind of food healthier while still having a small indulgence within! For example, you can add more vegetables in the fried rice, or cook it with less oil to make it healthier!

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It was a fun eye-opening event held by Nestle indeed! At the end of the event, we could grab all the fruits & other healthy ingredients on the table! Thanks Nestle for the great socialization and I can’t wait for another event with Nestle family!

 Wyl's Kitchen - Veranda Hotel At Pakubuwono Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Veranda Hotel At Pakubuwono, Jl. Kyai Maja No. 63, Gandaria, Jakarta 12130

Mars Kitchen – Fatmawati, Jakarta

I went to Mars Kitchen a couple weeks ago with my fellow foodies. Mars Kitchen is known for their healthy take on modern Asian-Western culinary twist. One of Indonesia’s famous chef – Chef Rinrin Marinka is the pioneer of this restaurant.

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Located in Fatmawati, South Jakarta, the dining area was quite small and secluded. Yet it was homey and cozy at the same time too.

Juices

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We tried a number of their juices. It tastes like home-made juice. The plus point is that t doesn’t smell all too ‘leafy’.. XD

Matcha Latte – IDR30,000++ / Hot Chocolate – IDR30,000++

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The hot chocolate doesn’t really taste like hot chocolate, but rather more like chocolate milk. It’s alright, but it wasn’t what I expected..

Baked (Black) Rice

It’s one of our primary goals of visiting this place. It’s made out of organic black rice wrapped with banana leaves, packed with organic chicken, cashew nuts, mushroom, and a number of other nyummy healthy ingredients!

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It’s not bad despite being ‘healthy’. It’s quite fragrant but the rice is  it too dry for me. Overall it’s still a nice combination though..

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Chicken Burger – IDR72,000++

Despite it’s sky-high price, I actually quite like it! It’s kind of a hit-or-miss dish since the chicken was so lean, some might like chicken meat with more fats and juice.

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Chicken Burger – IDR72,000++

The chicken was very lean but I feel like its well-marinated nevertheless.. They use sweet potato fries too!

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Pasta Pesto – IDR62,000++
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Pasta Pesto – IDR62,000++

It’s a bit too dry and the pesto wasn’t strong enough in my opinion. Some people who like subtle pesto taste might like it though..

Aglio Olio – IDR65,000++

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Spaghetti Aglio Olio – IDR65,000++

It was a bit weird because strangely enough, it tastes like your local instant noodle – Indomie! Also, it’s too salty..

Nasi Goreng – IDR62,000++

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One of my favorite dish at Mars Kitchen! It’s somehow unexpected coming from a restaurant like this, but their fried rice has a very nice texture and consistency! It’s very nice and savory too! My only complaint is how expensive the price was for a simple plate of fried rice.

Soba Salad – IDR55,000++

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Soba Salad – ID65,000++

It’ a very unique dish indeed! It’s one of my favorite since it combines Japanese and Indonesian taste so beautifully! It’s Japanese buckwheat noodle with smoked salmon and special peanut sauce dressing that have this reaallyy nice sesame fragrance! nyuumm!

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Chocolate Caramel Cake – IDR40,000++

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Very nice and moist, not too sweet either, yet I can’t really find the ‘wow’ factor in this dessert..

Chia Hempseed Choco Brownies – IDR25,000++

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Overall Mars kitchen offers pleasant comfort food, promising good quality and healthy ingredients too. The food was ‘okay’ in my opinion, but I wouldn’t go so crazy about it either. Worth the try if you are around the area.

Mars Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Jl. RS Fatmawati No. 14B, Fatmawati, Jakarta

Samsara Indonesian Cuisine- Senopati, Jakarta

Samsara Indonesian Cuisine is a fairly newly established Indonesian restaurant with a chic, casual dining concept. I went there a couple weeks ago (yep, sorry for the late post peeps!) with a couple of my foodie friends and we’ve managed to taste  A LOT of their menu items!

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I was pleasantly surprised by how well this restaurant was decorated. It’s a chic restaurant with a light classic-colonial decoration. Very nice ambiance for a romantic dinner with your loved ones!

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Tahu Telur Surabaya – IDR55,000++

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I was craving for a delicious plate of Tahu Telur – basically it’s an omelette mixed with tofu, bean sprouts, scallion, and their special sweet peanut sauce. I really thought it’s one of the most beautiful tahu telur I’ve eaten so far. It was satisfactory taste wise, but a bit dry in sauce..

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Tahu Telur Surabaya – IDR55,000++

Dendeng Jemuran – IDR75,000++

A rather small portion of Indonesian-styled Beef Jerky. It’s quite flavorful and not as tough as your usual beef jerky, I just thought the portion is a bit too small..

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Dendeng Jemuran – IDR75,000++

Pangsit Panggang Udang Ronggeng – IDR65,000++

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Pangsit Panggang Udang Ronggeng – IDR65,000++

A very nicely plated pan-grilled chicken & shrimp dumplings (or ‘ravioli’ is what was described as in the menu). It’s not bad, the ratio of filling-to-skin is just right, and the filling wasn’t too soft nor too hard either.

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Pangsit Panggang Udang Ronggeng – IDR65,000++

Nasi Jagung Seruling Bambu – IDR85,000++

Anything labeled ‘Seruling Bambu’ in their menu has the cutest plating! It’s corn rice cooked in green bamboo, mixed with lumber jack tuna and other spices.

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Nasi Jagung Seruling Bambu – IDR85,000++

Not bad! The rice was nice and fluffy, very fragrant and rich in toppings!

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Sop Buntut Jadoel – IDR110,000++

I don’t quite understand how tiny this Sop Buntut was (making it one of the most expensive and less worth it too)! Presentation wise, it was very cute, with the soup served separately in a glass jar. The soup broth was rich and flavorful though..

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Sop Buntut Jadoel – IDR110,000++
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Sop Buntut Jadoel – IDR110,000++
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Sop Buntut Jadoel – IDR110,000++

Getuk Gnocchi Ayam Bumbu Rujak & Foie Gras – IDR180,000++

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Getuk Gnocchi Ayam Bumbu Rujak & Foie Gras – IDR180,000++
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Getuk Gnocchi Ayam Bumbu Rujak & Foie Gras – IDR180,000++

Excluding the Foie Gras (I’ve never really liked it anyway, so I can’t give an objective review about it), I loved their cassave Gnocchi! It was so tender and melts in your mouth! The chicken was so soft and tender!

Nasi Bambu Samsara

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A very cute presentation isn’t it? The rice was a bit dry at that time, but the chicken was TERRIFIC! I think they really serve nice chicken-based menus since everything was so tender and nicely marinated!

Bebek Bengil Ubud – IDR95,000++

I’ve long heard of their crispy Balinese Duck as one of their most recommended menu items, and I totally understand why! It’s so crispy and tender, not too oily either! I just thought they really need to gain more consistency in their cooking, because we ordered 2 batches of the Bebek Bengil (because it was so good the first time we tried it!), but sidly, the second batch doesn’t taste as good and crispy…

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Bebek Bengil Ubud – IDR95,000++

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Nasi Goreng Iga Kambing Bakar – IDR98,000++

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Nasi Goreng Iga Kambing Bakar – IDR98,000++

While the fried rice tastes mediocre, the Barbecued Lamb Ribs tastes delicious! I wish the eggs was more perfect and runny though!

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Nasi Goreng Iga Kambing Bakar – IDR98,000++

Es Poedeng – IDR55,000++

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This was a Bbeautiful, unique, and delicious Es Podeng! So artsy and creative! It’s like chocolate bomb where the chocolate shell melts away as you pour hot chocolate on top, revealing the ice and other traditional Es Podeng toppings inside! LOVED IT!

Durian Lover – IDR75,000++

As the name implies, this is for hardcore Durian lovers! Rolled crepe, traditional Indonesian coconut ice cream, lollipop, and cannoli, everything in Durian flavor!

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Durian Lover – IDR75,000++

Samsara Rujak Buah & Sorbet Kedondong – IDR55,000++

This looks cute but it isn’t the most appetizing (unfortunately). It’s a weird combination because it’s not sweet, not bland, but not sour either..

Tart Susu Teh Bunga Melati – IDR65,000++

I was looking forward to this floral-scented milk pie! It was nice and creamy, but it’s a bit too sweet, thus the floral scent was a bit overpowered.

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Tart Susu Teh Bunga Melati – IDR65,000++

Klaper Taart – IDR65,000++

My favorite dessert along with the Es Podeng! It was so creamy with a strong (yet not over powering) rum raisin taste! Nyummy!

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Klaper Taart – IDR65,000++
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Klaper Taart – IDR65,000++

Overall I thought that the food was not bad, coupled with the romantic ambiance, it really brings out a whole new experience. However,  it is a bit too pricey considering the portion size.

Samsara Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Jl. Gunawarman No.16, Senopati, Jakarta

Basque – Noble House, South Jakarta

Basque is a Spanish Tapas Restaurant & Bar. It’s been quite sometime since I’ve heard of Basque serving some really good food, so I decided to come and visit with my family.

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I didn’t think that the place was THAT spacious. The space in front was made to be a bar with really long standing tables, while the ones towards the inner side of the area is reserved for the dining area.

Spanish Baked Eggs

I absolutely adore brunch food, so I can’t stand being a brunch-loving foodie while not trying one of these classic Spanish brunch breakfast menu!

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Spanish Baked Eggs

It’s basically baked eggs simmered in tomato-based sauce with toppings (they use sausages). Despite being delicious, I expected the eggs to be more soft and runny. No problem though because it still taste good! The tomato sauce really tasted like it’s made 100% out of homemade tomato puree. I loved it since it tasted healthy without being overly so. The sauce was not too sour nor too sweet, and despite its name, I thought the tomatoes wasn’t too overpowering as well!

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The portion size for the bake eggs wasn’t too small nor too big. I think it’s just perfect for someone who came in feeling half-full!

Criss Cut Fries – IDR35,000++ (Side Dish)

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Criss Cut Fries – IDR35,000++

Really firm yet soft fries they have here. It’s very well marinated and savory! LOVED IT!

Pollo A La Brasa – IDR95,000++

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Pollo A La Brasa – IDR95,000++
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Pollo A La Brasa – IDR95,000++

To put it simply, it’s grilled chicken. They only serve 1 piece of chicken breasts (so the portion size wasn’t as big) but it was very nice and tender. The chicken skin on the outside was so crispy and savory!

Pork Chop A La Brasa – IDR140,000++

This one is charcoal grilled pork chops. I absolutely love it! It wasn’t sliced too thick nor too thin, and they give quite a large serving in overall. It’s very soft, tender and well marinated. The meat was also quite lean!

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Pork Chop A La Brasa – IDR140,000++
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Pork Chop A La Brasa – IDR140,000++

Petit Sale Carbonara – IDR85,000++

Their Carbonara sauce was more thin than thick, but it was very delicious and cheesy!

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Petit Sale Carbonara – IDR95,000++
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Petit Sale Carbonara – IDR95,000++
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Petit Sale Carbonara – IDR95,000++

It’s a very simple dish with not much garnish, but I really love the taste.

Cheesecake A’l Orange – IDR60,000++

You should absolutely try this one! The cheesecake was very creamy but it’s not nauseating due to the refreshing orange taste.

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Cheesecake A’l Orange – IDR60,000++
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Cheesecake A’l Orange – IDR60,000++

I love how beautifully crafted all their desserts were!

Parque De Pannacota – IDR50,000++

This one has a very simple yet unique and beautiful presentation! It  was presented on a wide-eared bowl, and covered spinach sable.

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Parque De Pannacotta – IDR50,000++
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Parque De Pannacotta – IDR50,000++

It’s like a beautiful colourful grass at first. The pannacotta has the most perfect soft and milky/creamy texture. The sable wasn’t too thick nor too thin, not too hard nor too fragile. I could also taste a slight mint flavour which really adds a refreshing touch to it.

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Overall the food was very nice. Portion size was just right for one person, and the service was superb! Staff was very friendly and it doesn’t took too long for the food to come out despite it during the busy hours.

 Basque Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Noble House Building, Lantai 8, Jl. Mega Kuningan Barat, Kuningan, Jakarta

Rock Paper Scissors – The East, Mega Kuningan, Jakarta

Rock Paper Scissors is a fairly recent modern Japanase Bistro located in The East tower, Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta. The smoking area space was very nice and pleasant, especially during the day when perfect lighting shone through the glass ceiling.

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We came during lunch time and at least one-third of our requested menu items were out. It was too bad because I really look forward to trying some of those items.

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I thought their coffee wasn’t bad. It has a slight bitter aftertaste that slowly melts away in your mouth, just the way I like it!

Mango Passion Fruit Tea – IDR25,000++

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The waiter recommend this drink for us (the one with the orange-colored beverage drink above) so we ordered it. It was good! It’s very refreshing, sweet yet not too sweet, with a light touch of tangy sour taste!

Kara-age Don – IDR79,000++

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Kara-age Don – IDR79,000++

As its name implies, it’s a simple chicken Karaage rice bowl. It was a bit overpriced for this kind of dish, but taste wise, it was pretty good! The Karaage was so crisp on the outside yet very tender and lean on the inside. It’s not oozing out much oil as its fried to golden brown perfection!

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Kara-age Don – IDR79,000++

They use plain white rice on the bottom so you should savor each bite of karaage in order not to leave you with plain white rice towards the end!

Hayashi Rice Doria – IDR95,000++

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Hayashi Rice Doria – IDR95,000++
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Hayashi Rice Doria – IDR95,000++

Japanese beef rice with Mozzarella cheese. It was pretty good! The rice wasn’t plain rice as the one used in the Kara-age Don, it’s very fragrant and soft! Too bad there wasn’t much beef, but the savory mozzarella cheese and perfect poached eggs compensates it well.

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Hayashi Rice Doria – IDR95,000++
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Hayashi Rice Doria – IDR95,000++\

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Butter Cake w/ Miso Glazed – IDR50,000++

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Butter Cake w/ Miso Glazed – IDR50,000++
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Butter Cake w/ Miso Glazed – IDR50,000++

Yep, it’s literally glazed with MISO! I didn’t really dig into this dessert, it tastes weird because the Miso was too overpowering that it’s too salty. As a butter cake, I expect the cake to be moist, dense, soft, and buttery, but on the contrary, it was a bit hard and dry. If you leave it for long, it became too dry and a bit crumbly too. Well, on the bright side, they do give you quite a large portion of the cake.

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Butter Cake w/ Miso Glazed – IDR50,000++
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Butter Cake w/ Miso Glazed – IDR50,000++

Ricotta Hot Cakes – IDR95,000++

I really recommend this dessert!!! Please beware that they LITERALLY need 45 minutes of cooking time + 15 minutes of plating time = 1 HOUR PREPARATION time for this dish, so I suggest you come and immediately ask the waiter to prepare it so that its ready when you finish your meal.

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Ricotta Hot Cakes – IDR95,000++

It was SUPERB! It’s still piping hot, very soft and moist yet a bit chewy at the same time. It’s not too sweet and it’s refreshing from the berries compote. It’s HUGE as well, you could share it with 3-4 person as a dessert! (If you want to eat it whole as a brucnh menu, I guarantee you’ll feel quite full afterwards!)

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Ricotta Hotcakes – IDR95,000++

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Overall I really thought the food wasn’t bad, but it doesn’t really lived up to its price either. The ambiance was nice in the Smoking Area only, so if you wish to get nice ambiance and good lighting but disliked cigarette smell, you better hoped no one is smoking in the area. I would highly recommend the Ricotta Hotcakes if you come here!

 Rock Paper Scissors Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
The East, Lantai Ground, Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan, Kuningan, Jakarta

Ojju K-Food – Kota Kasablanka, Tebet

It’s been quite sometime since the ‘Melting Cheese’ hype began, and Ojju restaurant is definitely one who sparked the hype! They recently opened a new branch in Grand Indonesia, so I was feeling particularly inspired on writing a post about them.

Ojju is located in the UG floor at Kota Kasablanka Mall. You’ll really need to prepare yourselves for long queue time because it’s always crowded especially during the weekends

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Banchan (Korean appetizer) – Complimentary
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Korean Salad – IDR22,000++

Rolling Cheese Chicken – IDR99,000++

This is their signature dish at Ojju – the ROLLING CHEESE series! They also have the ribs variety for IDR219,000+ per portion. Since my family loves everything chicken, we ordered the chicken version.

It’s as the menu said, plenty for 2, enough for 3! I don’t know about the ribs, but I though the rolling cheese chicken was WORTH IT! Any cheese lover would be so happy to see how generous they are with the massive amount of mozzarella cheese provided!

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Rolling Cheese Chicken – IDR99,000++
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Rolling Cheese Chicken – IDR99,000++

There was quite a lot of chicken wings pieces too, everything was very well-marinated and seeps to the depths and corners of the chicken pieces!

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You could choose the level of spiciness for the chicken/ribs – Mild, Spicy, and Fiery. I choose the ‘mild’ level since I can’t stand spicy food, and it was alright. Everything blends well with the spicy, savory, and sweet flavor. I am definitely in chicken cheese heaven!

You can choose to roll your own chicken pieces or the waitress will aid you to cook and roll everything nicely. Since I am eager to snap a LOT of pictures, I choose to let them do all the cooking for me! XD

Fried Rice – IDR29,000++

After you finished all the chicken, there’s still some leftover (scrumptious) sauce and mozzarella cheese all over the pan. If you’re quite hungry and need something ‘heavier’ to fill you stomach, you request them to made fried rice (for another IDR29,000++) out of all the heavenly sauce and cheese left in the pan! Need more cheese? Don’t worry they’ll have it for you for an additional IDR19,000++!

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They’ll create these cute little hearts out of the eggs too! It’s definitely a very nice and flavorful fried rice, quite affordable too for IDR29,000++, it’s enough for 2-3 person!

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Overall I thought it’s a really memorable experience visiting Ojju restaurant. Of course the long queue (I waited for 2 hours before getting a seat!) might be quite unbearable for some, but it’s definitely worth it! For the portion size, I thought it was worth it too (of course, I can’t say the same about the ribs version, since I didn’t try it in the first place).

Definitely a place to go with your family/friends!

 OJJU Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Kota Kasablanka, Lantai Upper Ground, Food Society, Jl. Casablanca Raya, Tebet, Jakarta