Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ninety - Nine - Bloggers Gathering for New Menu Launching!


The first time i been to Ninety - Nine at Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, suddenly i remember about three things: Cool wine bar, wonderful tiles on the floor, and the fact that every single dishes that they served here was a great one. When i returned again, that feelings suddenly comes in. I can feel at this moment, they gonna launch something special in front of me. Yes, yes, they gonna launch some new menu for sure. After having a great conversation with the store manager, it's time to taste the food. Let's find out something new here!




AMBIENCE
First time i visit this place, the ambience is really nice and warmth. I really love how they dressed this place to be looks fancy at the one side, and looks comfort on the other side. I could spend less than 3 hours here. 

Seared Scallops
They call this as the appetizer, and for me it's really suitable with that category. A fresh scallops has been cooked really well, the texture it's just chewy and dense. I really love how they cooked that scallops, but unfortunately that lemon sauce not really tasty at all. I can't feel that great sauce works really well to boost up the flavour of that scallops, the only things that i know here is a great texture of scallops.

Louisiana Crab Cakes
This is the most simple presentation of a dish that i've ever taste lately. But surprisingly, behind that minimalist presentation, you gonna feel a very crispy and crunchy texture on the outside of that crab cakes and a rich of flavour on the inside of it. Especially, they has been added a special wasabi sauce on the side of it. But unfortunately it's not works really well. Just taste the original version of this crab cakes and i bet you gonna love it!


Caesar Salad
Salad is essential for this restaurants. Not because the presentation or even the flavour, but mostly the customer who came to this place is tourists and overseas citizens, so they probably start a new day by having a light dishes like this. Actually this Caesar Salad is quite good, a simple dressing and minimalist flavour could entertain you for a while.

Wagyu Rossini Burger
This is INSANE! A superior charcoal burger with an extremely layer of wagyu beef, foie grass, mushroom, vegetables, and mushrooms definitely lifting up your dining experience in this spot. A wagyu beef is so juicy and tender, and surprisingly that foie grass taste so great as well. Totally love it!

Braised Beef Cheeks
First time i look at this dish, i feel more doubt to taste it. Because the presentation is too simple and the calories is too high for sure. But at the last, i still taste it. Single spoon of it is entertaining, second spoon is so tasty, and the third spoon i'm just asking for more PORTION. Definitely worth the calories! 

Crispy Pork Knuckle
To be honest, this is quiet spicy. Behind that crispy layer, you gonna find a line of blackpepper sauce that's totally boost up the flavour of this dish. Actually the pork is quiet dry, but that crispy layer it's just too good to be true! I love spicy food, so this dish really fit me at the moment.

Bebek Bakar Cabai Hijau
Local food always be the BEST! That duck is totally tender and juicy, and a simple dressing using green chilli totally boost up the flavour along with the presentation of it. I really love how they cooked that duck, especially the additional crispy topping on the side of it quiet entertaining for sure. Definitely must try!

Baked Chicken Breast
Some of my blogger friends told me, that this dish is quiet flat and not tasty at all. But after i try it, i just proof it wrong. The chicken is so tender, juicy and tasty. An additional topping using enoki mushroom such a very good deal to create a wonderful texture of it. Especially while grilled that chicken, they has been added a garlic and some little touch of spices to let that meat absorb all the flavour of it. Definitely my favourite guys!

Banana Nutella Crepes
Who doesn't love Nutella?! I think every single person in this world gonna love that kind of chocolate, so do i. The crepe is simply soft and light which is blend really well with the banana and nutella topping inside of it. I know this dessert could fill my whole day calories for a while, but i can't  resist this for sure. It's totally sweet and full of chocolate!

Oreo Lemon Cheesecakes
Move on to another one, this Oreo Lemon Cheesecakes is pretty satisfying in terms of texture and flavour. It's simply dense and balanced of flavour. I can feel, there are a lot of potential to increase the quality of this dessert, but for me this dessert is really enjoyable for a while.

Pink Lychee Iced Tea

Iced Watermelon

From two different beverage, i would say that the Pink Lychee Iced Tea has been attract me for sure. A wonderful pink colour of it and a pieces of marshmallow on top of it totally ADORABLE. Maybe it's too sweet to be honest, but i really love how Ninety - Nine modify their beverage menu to be cute and unique. It's pretty entertaining!

Toblerone Cocktail

Toasted Marshmallow Cocktail

I wouldn't say marshmallow is the best, but to be honest both of them it's just too good enough to be tasted by you. The marshmallow one is quiet unique and sweet which is really different with the toblerone one. If you talk about the toblerone, it's simply full of chocolate and mostly every woman gonna love this for sure. It's just back on you to decide which one is your favourite. But for me, i really love the Toblerone one. Because of CHOCOLATE!


At the last, i would say Ninety - Nine it's just a very great deal for everyone outside there to enjoy a very appetising meal and some delightful cuisine. The portion maybe too big, but it's really suitable to fit your big tummy folks. Let's try!

Ninety - Nine
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town
Lantai LG (Lower Ground) - East Mall
Jl. MH Thamrin
Jakarta Pusat
RSVP: (+6221) 2358 - 1196
Price Range: IDR 100K - IDR 300K / Pax
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 22.00pm (Everyday)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

1945 - Indonesian Food in the NEXT LEVEL!


Indonesian food always be my favourite all the time. Whenever i feel confused to decide what kind of dish to having at the moment, i'll always go for the local one. Well, this is a very great opportunity for everyone who are looking for an elegant and fancy Indonesian style restaurant.  While it seems like a truly challenging task, 1945 has managed to create a venue which combine a classic local dishes with fine dining fair, a unique black - marble table, and a silent VIP room for private request.






Ambience
Let me first start with the ambience. A classic wooden furniture, a red accessories, and a crystal clear glass gonna spark our eyes to stay a little bit longer here and order so many food as much as we can to be our best companion. Especially i can smell an aromatherapy here. Aromatherapy isn't the first tool you think of to boost up your productivity and create a relaxing feeling at the moment, but at the last it should be. Another reason why i stay a little bit longer here, just because that aromatherapy as well (PS: Believe it or not!).

Jajanan (Gorengan)
Believe it or not, this one taste so GREAT! I know maybe it's too early to say it, but the value of any restaurant can be calculate by their starters. If the starters was great, it should be worth to try. And the Gorengan 1945 definitely my favourite now. The prawn fritters was stunning, it's simply crunchy and crispy. Especially that peanut sauce absolutely boost up the flavour of it. 

Sate (Wagyu Beef)

Sate (Lamb Tenderloin)

Sate (Chicken Oyster)

I know 3 is too much, but who can't resist a delicious grilled chicken, beef or even lamb that served with a classic peanut sauce?! Actually from that statement, i could proof it wrong. Because for me the great one is belongs to that lamb tenderloin. The rest, just taste okay and not really fit with my standard. But if you can't eat lamb (FYI: Lamb is the reason behind hypertension!), you could try the beef or even the chicken one.

Pecel Kembang Salad
Appetizers could be colourful and wonderful by choosing this dish! A bouquet of edible flowers and salad greens with black sesame and peanut dressing definitely taste so fresh and light. A little touch of platting plus a messy presentation of that flower is the main highlight of this dish. Have you ever try to eat flower?! If you say never, then this is your chance to proof it right.


Oxtail Consomme 
For Jakartan's, they called this as "Sop Buntut". Well, as you guys know that Sop Buntut should have a tasty soup, juicy meat and a beautiful vegetables topping on top of it. So, here is what i'm talking about. 1945 definitely create a wonderful Oxtail Consomme that you probably gonna love it. The meat is too tender until a single touch of spoon could make it leaving from the bone and a half cooked vegetable surprisingly taste quite nice. Maybe i didn't really like the vegetables, but the meat absolutely my favourite. Gorgeous!

Lobster Pesmol Thermidor
Move on to the main course, this dish totally STUNNING! A stuffed baked lobster with grilled coconut in spicy sweet and sour pesmol sauce have a wonderful flavour and texture for sure. I can feel the meat already absorb that special sauce to make it more tasty and fragrant. Along with that the main things, that i should say it to you is all about freshness of that lobster. The lobster is cooked perfectly and the sandy ground flavour of it already killed by that sauce for sure. Definitely must try!

Gindara
Who doesn't love gindara?! The way that 1945 served this dishes it's just exceptional. The gindara was grilled really well and a sweet terasi infused sauce definitely create a lovely flavour of it. Totally deserve your attention!

Rujak Chicken
People know this dish as a typical of hawker food and some of them didn't realize how great is it. Until you taste this, i bet all of your worry gonna be killed by the boneless baby chicken with a side of baby spinach and watercress dressed in spicy rujak sauce. First time i saw it, i didn't even think about the taste, but after i try it, i know that a minimalist and simple presentation of this dish gonna lifting up your standard for sure. Great!

Tongseng Lamb Chop
Mostly every people in Indonesia always love to eat Lamb as their meal. I know it's not good at all to consume this kind of meat every single time, because there's another reason to live healthy. But, yes you can eat this whenever you thinking about it. Lamb Chop that 1945 served here is one of the GREAT dishes that you should try whenever you came here. It's not because the presentation, but it's all about the flavour. It's totally satisfying in terms of flavour and texture folks!

Wagyu Di Rendang
Rendang is a typical dishes that you could eat every single time. It's rich of flavour and full of spices. And a good things that you should know here is the Wagyu Beef as a main highlight behind that wonderful flavour. I know the coconut milk rendang paste is the main things who gonna dominate the great flavour in your mouth, but that wagyu beef is totally juicy and tender. I could eat this just by myself!

Nasi Goreng Lobster
Pesmol fried rice that infused by an aromatic lobster oil, served with stuffed baked lobster on the side of it definitely MUST TRY! The rice is really fragrant and tasty, beside that as i already told you earlier the lobster is simply fresh and you can feel the wonderful spices has been added into that meat. Totally love it!

Nasi Goreng Kampung
I really love how a simple and traditional food could be elevated into the next level. Here is a part of that categories. A kampung style Indonesian fried rice with egg and oyster chicken. Could be my suggestion, whenever some people ask me where to find a great "Nasi Goreng" in downtown. 

Nastar Cake
Some people know nastar as a pineapple ball, but this one is different. With a base of pineapple sauce and a layer of sponge cake around with the crumble on top, 1945 called this as a Nastar Cake. Well, this one taste quite good. But for me the cake it's too heavy and need to make it more light. 

Frozen Srikaya Souffle
This one absolutely BRILLIANT! I didn't notice how a standard and usual presentation could have a really great surprise inside of it, yes the surprise is a frozen srikaya sauce on the center of it. Actually the soufflé is really soft and light. For me the frozen srikaya sauce gonna be the main highlight of this dessert, while some people are looking for that soufflé. Current favourite!

Tape Cheesecake
(PS: You should order this, whenever you plan a visit to this palace!). A good quality of cheesecake that infused with the distinctive sweet and sour flavour of fermented tape definitely taste WONDEFUL. I can feel the cheesecake is dense and heavy, but i still loving it! Also an additional topping of vanilla bean sauce has been added into this desserts to create a beautiful presentation of it. Totally my number one recommendation for you guys!

Overall, i really enjoy every kind of dishes that 1945 served me at this time. Another great place to go in Jakarta and yes i'm still thinking about that Tape Cheesecake (PS: Just skip this sentence! :p). So, i'm gonna came back for more! 

1945 Restaurant
Hotel Fairmont Jakarta
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8
Gelora Bung Karno
Jakarta, Indonesia 10270
RSVP: (+6221) 2903 - 9197
Price Range: IDR 250K - IDR 500K / Pax
Operational Hours:
Lounge: 11.00am - 12.00am
Lunch: 11.00am - 15.30pm
Dinner: 18.30pm - 23.00pm

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Satoo at Shangrila Hotel, Jakarta - Supreme Brunch Invasion!


The brunch options in Jakarta are endless. As you can see, there are so many places that offer you a great and delightful brunch menu with a nice and fancy seating as well. But for me, this place absolutely deserve your attention folks. Satoo at Shangrila Hotel, Jakarta has recently launched its new Supreme Brunch. Get ready to spoilt your tummy with the tempting variation of station along with the great food in there. This event gonna be happen for every first week per month start from now until forever. So, just go with an empty stomach and eat like you mean it!



LIVE SEAFOOD
Prepare to indulge yourself with a lot variety of fresh seafood, starts from mussels, lobster, crabm prawn, oyster, and many more. Whenever i enter this station, my hearts skipped a beat for a while. It's just taste like an ocean guys!


Asian Specialties
Satisfying asian food supposed to be a great idea for your brunch time. Chicken Satay, Beef Satay or even Lamb Satay already provided into this station. But in my opinion, you could go easy for this station and skip it for a while. Just keep a space for another station below.


Japanese Station
In this station, you will see a lot variety of meat that gonna be served in teriyaki sauce or even golden brown sauce with a tasty and delightful flavour. You also can see a live cooking show here to proof you, how great this station is. 






Meat Galore
I'm totally feel excited to see a huge kind of meat that gonna served right in front of me. From 4 different kind of meat, i totally recommend you the salmon one along with the beef one. Just get a right amount of it to save your tummy for the next station!




Nusantara Station (Additional Station)
Are you looking for a tasty or even delightful local foods in this area?! Then, you should plan a visit to this station. I wouldn't say this station is the great one. But for me this station as the additional one, totally expand my knowledge about Indonesian culinary heritage. It's not only all about presentation, but if we talk about the flavour even the worst presentation sometimes have a good flavour for sure. In this station, you should skip a heavy one and just try a light one, such as desserts or even the vegan food.


Soup Station
I know not everyone of us, gonna love a fritters or even oily food. That's why Satoo at Shangrila Hotel, Jakarta provide you a soup station with a lot variety of ingredients that you can mix and match depends on your criteria and standard. For me i prefer the fish ball, because it's simply fresh, tasty and even yummy.



Kids Station
For those who bring their kids into this area, no need to be worry, because they just added a new station that's really suitable for your sweetheart. And yes, in this station you will see a cute and adorable cupcakes, or even bloody burger, and a simple meatball pasta that really suitable for your kids. 






Dessert Station
Simple to say, love at the first sight! There are so many good things here. It starts from doughnut until a petite apple crumble cake. I could spent more calories for this station, it's not because the presentation by the way, but it's all about the taste and SWEET!


If you compare with this place with other brunch spot in Jakarta, i think Satoo at Shangrila Hotel, Jakarta is still the top one for sure. Especially for this kind of event, they simply create a connecting gate between Satoo and Shang Palace. So all you need here is just pay once, and after that you could spent your calories for both restaurant at the same time. I totally recommend you this, not because i see the rating of this place before i try it, but after i try it, this place totally deserve your full attention. Absolutely satisfying folks!

Supreme Brunch
Adult: IDR 408.000++ / Pax
(*include: Mineral Water*)


Satoo at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta
Kota BNI
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1
Jakarta, Indonesia
RSVP: (021) - 29399562
Operational Hours:
06.00am - 10.30am (Breakfast)
12.00pm - 2.30pm (Lunch)
18.00pm - 22.30pm (Dinner)
Dresscode: Smart Casual, No slipers & Formal

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