Monthly Archives: January 2013

Oldtown White Coffee

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Kopitiam will always be my favorite place to spend my weekend. Oldtown White Coffee’s philosophy is represented my feeling, “Take your time. Savour every moment”. From Malaysia, they successfully spread their franchise to Singapore, China and Indonesia. They formulated their own blend of 3 in 1 instant white coffee and commenced manufacturing in 1999. In 2004, they further penetrated the export markets for their instant coffee to cover the United States,Canada and United Kingdom  and subsequently in 2005, Taiwan and Indonesia.

This evening, I want to try their Hot White Coffee – Cham. Price 17 K. The fragrant of their coffee is equivalent with the taste. The blend between coffee and chocolate is perfect.

White Coffee Cham

Kaya & Butter Thick Toast is sound perfect to accompany my coffee. Price 19 K. Sweet and savory. I like it. They topped the toast with sweetened condensed milk.

Kaya & Butter Thick Toast

For main course, I choose their chef recommendation:  Fried Kuey Teow with Egg Gravy. Price 36 K. The kuey teow is well cooked, but I don’t like the gravy. The flavor of dried shrimp is too strong, dominated all ingredients. I prefer the taste of dried shrimp is lighter, only as an accent.

Fried Kuey Teow w/ Egg Gravy

I think their food are taste mediocrity. I more enjoy their coffee and toast :)

Living World Alam Sutera
Unit G-19 & G-19A
Jl. Alam Sutera Boulevard Kav.21
Alam Sutera, Serpong, Tangerang Selatan

Emporium Pluit Mall

Ground Floor, Shop Unit G-07
Jl. Pluit Selatan Raya Blok S – 6 Kawasan CBD
Pluit, Jakarta Utara

Mall Taman Anggrek Lt.G
Jl. Letjen S. Parman Kav.21
Jakarta Barat

Mall Puri Indah, Ground Floor

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illy espressamente

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If you wanna get a high quality of espresso, this is the right place to get it. I often spend my afternoon here if I’ve become tired after getting around Plaza Senayan. Not so crowded in the weekend, instead of they’re very fully booked at the weekday.

Illy’s secret blend is composed from nine distinct highest order Arabica coffees spanning four continents, purchased directly from the growers who nurtured them. The coffee is perfectly balanced, with a delightfully distinct taste and aroma. In the cup, the illy blend taste rich, full, multi-faceted, yet subtle, comprised of immensely talented soloists, each coaxed to their finest performance under the hand of an expert conductor.

Today I order a cup of Capo Triestino. It’s an espresso topped with 60 ml steamed milk. Price 30 K.

Capo Triestino

The cake is perfect accompany for espresso. I choose Blueberry Cheesecake. Price 30 K. I don’t really like this version, because is too milky. I still prefer the Cheese Cake Factory’s version.

Blueberry Cheesecake

The Italian Chocolate Cake taste so good. I like it. The thickness of their chocolate mousse is really spoiled me. They directly melted in my mouth. Price 35 K.

Italian Chocolate Cake

Illy Espressamente

Plaza Senayan 3rd Floor Unit 306-310C

Jl. Asia Afrika – Jakarta Selatan

Phone: 021 70714587

 

Munchies

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The name “Munchies” was chosen to represent their restaurant & bar concept. This word could be referred as snacks or appetizers while the term can also be defined as an appetite. Not only filled with good foods and refreshing drinks, in here they also offer the best and the friendliest service. With an exciting interior compiled with perks such as wifi and plugs. Very suitable for eating and chilling with friends or family.

For beverage I order Coffee Bland Amaretto. Price 35 K. They blended the coffee, milk and rum. Quite refreshing, but not my favorite one.

Coffee Bland Amaretto

Fish Finger is my option for the appetizer. Price 33 K. They came with the unique presentation and huge portion like main course, wow! They use snapper fish and fried until it become so crispy. Served with tar-tar sauce & garlic chili sauce. Delicious!

Fish Finger

Aglio Olio (Price 63 K) is always become my favorite pasta beside carbonara. I really like the taste of garlic in food. In here, you can add the additional topping: beef or prawn. In my opinion, this is one of the best original Aglio Olio I’ve ever tasted. So garlicious, haha…..Because at the other place, they’re sometimes added other seasoning (such as paprika) that can screw up the original taste of garlic. For me, Aglio Olio is consist of well cooked pasta + garlic + cayenne chili, that’s more than enough!

Beef Aglio Olio

For dessert I choose Crème Brulle. Price 33 K. You can make this fancy dessert ahead a time with a minimum of effort and still have all your guess excited about your culinary skills. Crème Brulle should start with a custard base that is richer, creamier, and silkier than other crèmes. On top of that custard should be a layer of caramelized sugar. This sugar can be thick or thin. A thick layer is usually produced by caramelizing sugar in a pot and pouring the liquid caramel over the custard. But in here, they give us thin layers (as thin as paper), are produced by directly heating a sugar layer using a broiler or torch. It’s taste very nice!

Creme Brulle

Munchies

Gandaria City Mall GF Mainstreet Unit 16

Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda – Jakarta Selatan

Phone: 021 29053076

FX Lifestyle X’nter 6th Floor

Jl. Jend Sudirman – Jakarta Pusat

Phone: 021 91307092

 

Marutama

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Marutama is specialize in Toripaitan soup & Tamago. Toripaitan soup is 100% pure chicken broth that made with no MSG at all. They needs approximately 5 hours daily for cooking process and preparation. At Japan, Marutama’s half boiled seasoned egg rewarded as “the best tamago”. Its unique texture that fully boiled at the surface but yet still half boiled on the inside blended perfectly with the seasoning.

Marutama Puri Mall

Today I order their chef recommendation: Karashi Ramen Pork. Price 52 K. This ramen served with half boiled aji tamago and aosa seaweed topping, complete with melt in your mouth pork char siu. They also provide the chicken char siew. It’s taste so delicious. But my heart still goes on Ikkudo ramen, haha….

Karashi Ramen Pork

I tried their side dish : Yaki Char Siu. Price 38 K. OMG, so rocking tasty! I love it. I think they fried it with butter, so juicy & scrumptious! Must order!

Yaki Char Siu

Marutama Ramen

Puri Indah Mall 2nd Floor # SF-240A

Jakarta Barat 11610

Phone: 021 5823193 / 5823195

EX Plaza Indonesia 2nd Floor, Unit 20

Jl. MH Thamrin 28-30

Jakarta Pusat 10350

Phone: 021 3160705

Jl. Pluit Putra Raya No. 15A

Jakarta Utara 14450

Phone: 021 6691199

Sentral Senayan 1 Building Office Tower

Basement Floor #10 BC

Senayan – Jakarta Pusat 10270

Phone: 021 5724050

 

Mrs. Field

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Mrs. Fields  is a franchisor in the snack food industry. Through its franchisees’ retail stores, it is one of the largest retailers of freshly baked, on-premises specialty cookies and brownies in the US. Its franchise systems includes over 300 franchised and licensed locations throughout the US and in 22 other countries.

Today is my first time to try their famous cookies, yeah….I’m a cookies lover too! I came here in the afternoon.  Nobody else dine in this place, except me, haha….but I really enjoy to chill by myself. A padded sofa and the christmas decoration that still hang in on their wall have give me a relaxation feeling. Small place but quite nice.

Mrs Fields Gandaria City

Mocha Latte is my option for today. I’d love the combination between the bitter of espresso & the sweet of mocha milk. Price 25 K.

Mocha Latte

I don’t much like brownies. But because Mrs. Fields is also famous for this kind of cake, so I decided to try one piece of my favorite flavor : Chocolate Brownies w/ Icing Sugar. Price 15 K. The size is quite small, but the texture of brownies is really tender, not too densely. Quite good!

Brownies

For cookies I choose 2 flavor : Chocolate Chips & Rainbow. Price 9 K per piece. The chocolate chips cookies is so tender, very different version from Famous Amos (they make the crispy version as their main product, although they make the soft cookies version too). I like it very much. It will be nice if I order a cup of hot tea, more suitable, because this snack is taste so sweet. Hot tea will help to neutralized its sweetness.

Cookies

Mrs. Fields

Gandaria City 2nd Floor

Jl. KH Syafii Hadzani 8

Kebayoran Lama – Jakarta Selatan

Phone : 021 29053162

 

Fish & Co

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This the place where you can find the high quality of fried fish. The interior has adapted the deck of a ship. Everything has made from wood, even their floor. Dominated with yellow & brown color. Nice!

Fish & Co Gandaria City

This time, I order Philadelphia Fish & Chips (Batter-fried Fish with generous Cheese stuffing). This dish served in a huge portion, wow! You can eat it for two person, I guess. They came with french fries. The fish is so crispy and tender, melted in your mouth. And the cheese and butter topping has added the savory taste of the fish. Two thumbs up! I really love it!

Philadelphia Fish

They also provide the salad, pasta & steak menu. Very recommended!

Fish & Co

EX Plaza Indonesia 1st Floor No.40

Jl. MH Thamrin Kav 28-30

Jakarta Pusat

Phone: 021 3917429

Gandaria City Main Street GF – MG36

Jl. KH Syafi’i Hadzami 8

Kebayoran Lama – Jakarta Selatan

Other outlets you can search through google.

 

Gula Merah

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Alam Sutera is the most developing area in Tangerang. Nowadays, people choose to live outside Jakarta, in order to avoid traffic jam. Moreover, everything is available in that area, from housing, school, hospital and of course mall. Lately, they open their new mall, they said, it’s the biggest mall in Southeast Asia. I don’t know the news whether it’s a true or not?

So I get around inside that huge mall, and I feel so tired & starving. I’m looking for the new restaurant or cafe & finally I found this restaurant: Gula Merah (in English you can said : Red Sugar). The interior is fully wood material. They split the area in two, inside area and open air area. I choose to sit in inside area, because the weather that day is so hot!

Gula Merah

For appetizer I order Balachan Chicken Wings (Sayap Ayam Terasi). The taste of balachan is not too strong, taste faily. The best balachan chicken is still at Seroeni Plaza Senayan, frankly speaking ;)

Balachan Chicken Wings

Their Balachan Watercress (Kangkung Terasi) is also taste mediocrity….mmpphhhh….quite disappointed!

Balachan Watercress

I also order Pepes Jamur Daging Sapi (Chili Mushroom with Beef Slices). Well, not to good….

Pepes Jamur Daging Sapi

For main course I order Cumi Isi Telur (Squid with Boiled Chicken Egg Inside). I thought what’s inside is Squid Egg, apparently only chicken egg, huhuhu….. I don’t really like this dish….too ordinary….nothing special! Although that dish is one of the chef recommendation….wew!

Cumi Isi Telur

But my disappointment is erased by their favorite dessert : Bubur Sumsum Durian (Rice Flour mixed with Coconut Milk topped with Durian). The strong taste of durian is well balanced with the savory of rice flour and coconut milk. I adore it! Very delicious! Must order dessert!

Bubur Sumsum Durian

Overall, the taste of the food is very ordinary. But their dessert is adorable! Price range for food from 3 K to 54 K. For beverage from 6 K to 25 K. Quite affordable.

Gula Merah

Mall Alam Sutera – Tangerang

Setiabudi One Ground Floor Unit B 108B – 109

Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav 62

Kuningan – Jakarta Selatan

 

Creamery Island

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I’m curious for quite a long time to come to this cafe because my mom, my sister & my friend said, “They have the incredible lava cake!”. Because I’m a chocoholic, this place is become one of my “must try” food list! The place is quite small & the design is so simple. This place is a Singapore franchise branch. They produces freshly made premium ice cream, proudly featuring local flavors. No artificial colors, flavorings or preservatives are used in the ice cream. They provide assorted cakes too, it’s seems so yummy. I will try them all on my next visit ;)

Creamery Island

I came here in the evening, in the heavy rainy day.  I felt so cold, so I wanna order a cup of Hot Cafe Mocha. It feels so good….

Hot Cafe Mocha

Next order is Nachos French Fries. The melted cheese & bacon sprinkle is accompany the hot french fries perfectly. Tasty!

Nachos French Fries

And this is their signature dessert: Chocolate Lava Cake. They let me choose the ice cream flavor by myself. I choose Kahlua Latte flavor. When I cut the lava cake, the sticky hot chocolate directly melted out….OMG….the taste is so incredible! As a chocolate lover, I say this is so scrumptious! Must order dessert!

Chocolate Lava Cake

Island Creamery

The Flavor Bliss Kav 11

Alam Sutera – Tangerang

Phone: 021 29005040/41

 

Grasshopper

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I like to hang out at Flavor Bliss Alam Sutera area. Because there’s many option of food that I can choose. I remember that night, Serpong area has washed down by heavy rain. And I heard there’s a horrible traffic jam everywhere at Jakarta, so I think I will go back to Jakarta late at the night. I must find a cozy place to spend my night here. Finally this place has catch my eyes and thai food seems the best option for light snack in the night. Grasshopper….hmmm… what an interesting name….I don’t know why they named it like that? I love the interior design. Dominated with white color, the place looks modern, natural (they put a fake big tree inside as an accent) and romantic (the lamp choice & the stair design). Very relaxing ambience….

Grasshopper

Spicy Beef Salad is become my appetizer option. The veggies is fresh, but the beef is too sweet for me. Even the sweetness of the beef is damaged the freshness flavor of the veggies. Very pity…..

Spicy Beef Salad

In rainy day is suitable if I order their Tom Yum Goong. The soup is quite balance between sour, spicy, sweet & salty. Nice!

Tom Yum Goong

For main course, I order Pandan Chicken. The chicken is marinated in sesame oil,soy sauce,garlic,red onion,ginger,etc. Then wrap it with Pandan leave and fried it. And serve it with Thai sauce. Their Pandan Chicken is delicious!

Pandan Chicken

For closing, I choose the most famous thai dessert : Steamed Tapioca with Coconut Sauce. The tapioca is steamed well, not too hard, not too tender. The coconut sauce is savory. Quite good! But my fave one is at XO Suki. I think they have a better version of steamed tapioca.

Steamed Tapioca

Grasshopper

Living World Alam Sutera

Jl. Alam Sutera Boulevard Kav 21, Serpong

Phone: 021 29005060

Benton Junction #15

Lippo Karawaci

Phone: 021 68888424

Flavor Bliss 2 Unit 7

Alam Sutera-Serpong

 

Bandar Jakarta

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Bandar Jakarta is the most famous seafood restaurant in Jakarta. This is my 4th time I dine in this restaurant. The second first I ate in Ancol branch. This time I”ve invited by one of my family member to her birthday party at Alam Sutera branch. As usually this place is always fully booked on weekend. You have to make a reservation first. They took the concept of open air restaurant and absolutely the seafood is guaranteed fresh, you can choose it by yourself. I didn’t really enjoy our seat today, because they located us at the dimly lit place, huh!

Our family is the biggest fans of seafood, so we’re gonna have a crazy party today! First dish is Kepiting Saus Padang (Chili Crab). Well, actually crab is not my fave seafood, because it’s too complicated to eat that kind of food. The taste is so so…..not too special. The seasoning is less prominent, sorry…..

Chili Crab

Second dish is Kerang Saus Padang (Chili Mussels). Okay, I’ve no comment in this dish, because it has the same seasoning with the first one.

Chili Mussels

Our 3rd dish is my fave : Udang Telur Asin (Shrimp sauteed with Egg Yolk Salted). Quite tasty! The egg yolk salted is not over dominated the taste of shrimp. Balancing is the key!

Shrimp w/ Egg Yolk Salted

Cumi Goreng Tepung (Fried Squid) is become our 4th dish. Crispy and tender. Everybody loves it!

Fried Squid

Next dish is Ikan Kuwe Bakar (Grilled Pompano Fish). I don’t like the pompano meat, it’s too abrasive/rough. I’d rather choose the carp or tilapia. More tender and they have a fat part. But it’s not my birthday, so I have to pretend to enjoy it, haha….

Grilled Pompano

Next….mmmpphhh…Udang Bakar Madu (Grilled Shrimp with Honey). The taste is absolutely sweet, not too good, I prefer their Egg Yolk Salted.

Grilled Shrimp w/ Honey

The last dish….finally….haha…..(it’s like a never-ending order if I dine in with my big family, cause we’re the food lover!)….Ikan Kuwe Saus Pedas (Grilled Chili Pompano Fish). This dish is also quite dissapointed….I don’t like it…the sauce is too ordinary in taste & the fish not marinated well…..so the seasoning is not soaked in the fish meat.

Grilled Chili Pompano

And one thing that always be my attention if I come to the restaurant is about their service. The service at this place is really bad. Wrong notes when take our order, our order is mixed up with other guess’s order for 3 times, wew….and surprisingly they didn’t admit it & we have to argue about that. We have to pay what we didn’t order! O,come on….for the famous restaurant like this, they treat us like a trash! What a shame! Sorry, but I’ve to tell the truth! They must re-training their staff! Helloooo….the customer is the king!

Bandar Jakarta

Jl. Pluit Karang Ayu Blok B1 Utara
Muara Karang – Jakarta Utara

Komp. Taman Impian Jaya Ancol Pintu Timur
Jl. Lodan Timur No. 7
Jakarta Utara

Phone: 021 645-5472, 645-6554, 6471-2668

Flavor Bliss Alam Sutera, Serpong, Tangerang

Phone: 021 53140388