Thursday, January 21, 2016

8 Cakes In Jakarta That You Should Try At Least Once In A Lifetime!


Have you realized that Jakarta has been filled with great cakes invasion? Cakes are the sweetest thing that bring joy and happiness to the global community. It is absolutely true what people say that cakes have a pretty high calories, but somehow it doesn't even matter if that cakes pretty satisfying in terms of flavour, texture and presentation. I am always on a quest to hunt the best cakes in Jakarta that you must try at least once in a lifetime, so here are the top 6 cakes with unbelievable taste. 

1. Red Velvet Cake by UNION

Plaza Senayan Lantai GF,
Jalan Asia Afrika No. 8
RSVP: (021) 579  05 861
Price Range: IDR 100K - IDR 200K / Pax
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 01.00am (Everyday)



I am a huge fans of this RED cake! Those 5 layer absolutely define foodies happiness. Technically, this cake isn't that sweet if you compare with the presentation. Whenever you scratch it with the folk, all you can feel is the softness of that cake blend with the creaminess from cream cheese and crunchiness of the rough cookie crunch. Definitely fantastic and must try!

2. Black Sticky Rice Cake by Nomz Kitchen and Pastry

Grand Indonesia Shopping Town
Jl. MH Thamrin
Jakarta, Indonesia
RSVP: (021) 235 81 211
Price Range: IDR 75K - IDR 150K / Pax
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)


It is sounds really strange, if black sticky rice has turned out unto cake. But to be honest, this uncommon cake has impressed me all the time. In terms of flavour, it is definitely sweet and slightly delicious. Then if you are asking about the whole texture of it, this part is definitely unique. Surprisingly the layer of cake is so soft and dense also not chewy at all. Meanwhile, the presentation of every single layer looks so perfect, an additional cheese topping on top has simply boost up the overall point of this cake. 

3. Ovomilo by Colette and Lola

Puri Indah Mall, Ground Floor
Jakarta Barat, Indonesia
Hotline: (021) 290 07 997
Price Estimate: IDR 250K / Whole cake
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)


Usually people love to enjoyed ovomaltine or even nutella with a slice of bread and croissant. But, how if that incredible jam has been combined into one gorgeous cake? Brilliant idea!   Honestly it comes from chocolate chiffon sponge with bavarian cream and milo milk jelly, glazed with ovomaltine on top of crispy milo base. Every people gonna love this. Believe me, it taste pretty good for sure!

4. Pear Chocolate Tart by Sophie Authentique

Jl. Kemang Selatan 1 No. 20A
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
RSVP: (021) 718 00 11
Price Range: IDR 50K - IDR 80K / Pax
Operational Hours:
08.00am - 05.00pm (Sunday - Friday)
08.00am - 06.00pm (Saturday)


It is rarely to find a good Chocolate Tart in Jakarta. But to be honest, this one absolutely worth to try. Made from pear, dark chocolate, light cream and almond slices make it more light, full of topping and pretty dense. The composition sounds unfamiliar, but that is the main point why i recommend you this cake. 

5. Martabak Peanut, Choco and Cheese by Martabak Sinar Bulan Grogol

Jl. Murwadi 2 
Grogol, Jakarta Barat
RSVP: (021) 936 - 66830
Price Range: IDR 60K - IDR 125K / Portion
Operational Hours:
4.00pm - 11.00pm (Everyday)


If someone said to you, they can resist this, it is absolutely a lie. Actually Martabak is pretty similar like a pancake in few countries, but since it becomes more bigger and thick, people used to call it as a cake. Basically, martabak is a very popular local dessert in Jakarta. Our citizens always served this as a midnight snack. Since the stall itself start to be opened at night. Maybe you can find this as a hawker food. The presentation is pretty simple, but in terms of flavour and texture it is absolutely satisfying.

6. Red Velvet Waffle by Bourbon Eatery & Coffee

Mall @ Alam Sutera  Lantai.2
Jalan Jalur Sutera Barat
Pinang, Tangerang
RSVP: (021) 304 48 316
Price Range: IDR 75K / Pax
Opening Hours: 
10.00am - 10.30pm (Everyday


Possibly, red velvet cake is already common in our society. But when it comes with waffle, how was the taste? Surprisingly, it taste pretty good. The waffle have a simple crust on the outside along with a little crunchy texture. On the core, it is absolutely soft and dense. I do love the amazing flavour that comes from red velvet infused flavour mixed with the vanilla ice cream. A combination between both ingredients particularly match and taste wonderful.

7. Lavender Cheesecake by Kempideli

Grand Indonesia Shopping Town East Mall Lantai. 2
Jalan MH. Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
RSVP: (021) 235 83 985
Price Range: IDR 50K - IDR 100K / Pax
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)


I love the scent of lavender, and the edible flowers make this cheesecakeone of the most unique I have ever tasted. Rarely found in Jakarta, but Kempideli has served the great one until now.

8. Frozen Srikaya Souffle by 1945

Hotel Fairmont Jakarta
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8
Gelora Bung Karno
Jakarta, Indonesia 10270
RSVP: (+6221) 290 39 197
Price Range: IDR 250K - IDR 500K / Pax
Operational Hours:
Lounge: 11.00am - 12.00am
Lunch: 11.00am - 15.30pm
Dinner: 18.30pm - 23.00pm


If you ever imagine a soft and creamy srikaya filling wrapped in light cream soufflé covered by coconut topping, then here you go. While the presentation looks pretty simple, but honestly the whole flavour of it definitely gorgeous. Once you try slice it, all you can feel is a soft yet fluffy cake that is absolutely worth the calories.


In general, all you have to do now is prepare your big tummy and manage the time to taste all of this cakes. For some cafe or even cake house like UNION or even Nomz Kitchen and Pastry, reservation is needed to avoid long waiting list during weekend. Enjoy the cakes folks!


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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Grand Park Orchard - Discover Love


Located strategically in the heart of Orchard, Grand Park Orchard has become the most favourite destination for many tourists along with Singaporean citizens to enjoy unforgetable staycation experiences. Serving you 24 hours a day, the great hospitality is absolutely here. The front desk, bellboy or even housekeeping already understand how to entertain you and answer any inquiries that you have. Meanwhile, "Time is holiday" quote has been applied for your travelling session at Singapore, this wonderful hotel would love to assist you to reach the elegant shopping mall or even downtown area less than 5 minutes.






LOBBY

The lobby area is not that big. But it is definitely comfortable. Meanwhile, there are 2 big restaurant dominated this section. On the outdoor platform, you will see a fancy bar with initial BC which is available during evening until midnight and the indoor section is the chinese restaurant well known as Mitzo - a great place to have some family brunch, dinner or even CNY celebration which is almost near right now.








DELUXE ROOM 
Pretty spacious and relaxing for sure. A 33sqm room with full furniture is ready to welcoming you all the time. Either you are single or couple, they have two typical option for the bed size. Then, for the internet experts and business travelers your trip is guarantee safe because the high - speed internet access using WIFI platform is available here. Also if you want to have some lunch around the downtown area, but you could not leave the network connection, Grand Park Orchard already provide you a modem - phone which means you can access internet through that phone anytime and anywhere during your staycation here. 


FACILITIES
Graded as a 5 star hotel, Grand Park Orchard provide you some facilities to be enjoyed all the time. Let say, if you love to do workout in daily basis, actually they have some gym area to fulfill your routines. Then, for those who maintain their body seriously, a fancy yet minimalist pool is open for you all the time. Located on the outdoor area of this hotel, whenever you dip yourself into that cold water, you will see a downtown view of Singapore. Just breathe and enjoy your time folks!


Almost impossible if people could resist this hotel according to staycation or even dining experiences. Pretty accessible and close to the public area, make this hotel looks even more incredible rather than the other. Book your room and tell me how you think about this!

Grand Park Orchard 
270 Orchard Rd
Singapore, 238857
RSVP: (+65) 660 38 888
Book your room through: (Clickable link)
Room Rate: S$ 200 - S$ 250 / Deluxe Room

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

12 Restaurants That Served Great Local Food In Jakarta!


Well, you are headed to Jakarta but haven't got any clue on where to find a great local food? No need to be worry anymore. Here i provide you a shortlisted 10 Restaurants That Served Great Local Food In Jakarta to cover everyone's differing budgets and taste. Ranging from IDR 20K - IDR 200K for every portion of it, this guide includes some recommendation what to order, and when you can reach it. Just take some note for each destination's opening hours along with their social media to keep in touch with you. Hopefully this list is useful, and feel free to share it with your pals anytime & anywhere!

1. 1945
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

Lobster Pesmol Thermidor

Tape Cheesecake

Well known as Jakarta's Great Fine Dining Restaurant, 1945 is the best destination for every overseas residents to taste the local food with panoramic and elegant ambience. Every single food here is presented in the nice way, possibly fancy yet artsy. Beside the usual suspects like Nasi Goreng Kampung, 1945 also offer you a lot variety of local food with very interesting flavour such as Lobster Pesmol Thermidor, Tape Cheesecake, and Sate Ayam.

2. Tesate Restaurant

Jalan Dr. Samrutalangi No. 39 
Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
RSVP: (021) 319 31 250
Price Range: IDR 75K - IDR 180K / Pax
Operational Hours: 
10.30am - 11.00pm (Everyday)

Rujak Buah (IDR 41K)

Kepiting Soka Saus Mentega (IDR 144K)

Sate Ayam Ponorogo

Nominated as Best Restaurant, Bar, and Cafe 2014 by Now! Jakarta - Tesate Restaurant is one of the greatest spot that serving authentic local food with unbelievable flavour. It boasts an great ambience with nice Indonesian food. Actually they have 3 floor. Each of them has different interior and dedicated for different occasion. First floor which means the lobby floor create a casual dining experience, while the basement floor dedicated for the VIP's request and second floor really suitable for business meeting that range for 20 - 30 people. 

3. Depot Nasi Campur Tambak Bayan

Crown Golf Boulevard
Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta Utara
Price Range: IDR 40K - IDR 60K / Pax
Operational Hours:
07.00am -  10.00pm (Everyday)

Nasi Pecel Campur (IDR 38K)

Continuing the successful story from their hometown, Surabaya. Depot Nasi Campur Tambak Bayan has expand their business and become more serious in F&B Industry by serving their signature dishes right on the capital city of Indonesia - Jakarta. Nasi Campur as a historical local food of Indonesia has been really famous since 19th century. On the older generation, they served it as a traditional food dedicated for farmer or even fisher, but now this dish has become more familiar for every strata in our citizens along with the tourist as well. Affordable price with high quality flavour and ingredients!

4. Padang Sari Ratu

Plaza Senayan Lantai 3 Unit 338C
Jalan Asia Afrika No. 8
Jakarta Pusat
RSVP: (021) 572 58 26
Price Range: IDR 75K - IDR 100K / Pax
Operational Hours:
10.30am - 9.30pm (Everyday)


Sitting within Padang Sari Ratu, a great space that served us a fine local food cuisine well known as Padang. The price tags may be on steeper side rather than the other, but it is just because the whole ingredients here is absolutely qualified and the flavour for every single dishes could be stand out. Some of the most popular dishes include Ayam Gulai, Randang Daging, Bakwan Jagung, Ayam Pop, and Sambal Goreng Ati.

5. Gudeg Adem Ayem

Jalan AM. Sangaji No. 27
Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
RSVP: (021) 638 64 074
Price Range: IDR 45K - IDR 60K / Pax
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 08.00pm (Everyday)

Nasi Gudeg Telor + Ayam Bakar (IDR 42.5K)

Established for almost 40 years, Gudeg Adem Ayem has been a very popular restaurants that served amazing local food well known as Gudeg. Actually gudeg is traditional javanese cuisine from Yogyakarta, made from young unripejack fruit boiled for several hours with palm sugar, and coconut milk. The price tag for every single dishes is really worth to try for. Such as Nasi Gudeg Telor (IDR 22K), Ayam Goreng / Bakar (IDR 22.5K), and Soto Ayam (IDR 18K). Possibly, the most consistent restaurant that never lack of customer.

6. Ikan Bakar Cianjur

Alam Sutera Utama Kav.  20
Tangerang, Banten
RSVP: (021) 292 11 600
Price Range: IDR 50K - IDR 125K / Pax
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)

Ayam Bakar (IDR 20K)

Filled with the tastiest and juicy meat,  Ikan Bakar Cianjur's Ayam Bakar (IDR 20K) absolutely the right decision for every meat - lovers. I could not forget that crispy crust and juicy interior every time. Also, the Nila Pesmol (IDR 88K), Sayur Asem (IDR 18K), and Karedok (IDR 18K) are really satisfying too.

7. Gado - Gado Bonbin

Jalan Cikini IV No. 5
Menteng, Jakarta Pusat
RSVP: (021) 314 15 39
Price Range: IDR 40K - IDR 50K / Pax
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 05.00pm (Everyday)

Gado - Gado (IDR 30K)

Local food lovers, all hail Gado - Gado Bonbin. The outlet looks really traditional, since it's established since 1960. But honestly, that is the main reason why i love this place. The local food called Gado - Gado is the only things that they served here. The best thing here is located on that peanut sauce. Really delicious. Pretty intense, not so thick and simply tasty. All the ingredients here also fresh. Discover the true local flavour through this restaurant!

8. Kwetiau Sapi Seroja Baru

Ruko Greenville Blok BG No. 5
Jakarta Barat, Indonesia
RSVP: (021) 567 47 12 / 567 55 96
Operational Hours:
10.00am  - 10.00pm (Everyday)

Kwetiau Goreng Daging Urat (IDR 34K)

Whenever you feel bored about usual local food but still looking for the nice one, this Kwetiau Goreng Daging Urat could be on top of your list. Expanding their business from 1966 in Pontianak, now Kwetiau Sapi Seroja Baru has several outlet across Jakarta. It ranks top for its authenticity by its real flavour along with the great price tag as well. No matter how many times you go back, there is always something familiar to be decide from among your favourite dishes.

9. Bakmi Lamlo

Fresh Market Pantai Indah Kapuk
Jl. Pantai Indah Kapuk Boulevard No. 29 - 30
Jakarta Utara
RSVP: (021) - 33081068
Price Range: IDR 50.000/pax (Estimate)
Dresscode: -
Operational Hours: 06.30am - 14.00pm (Sunday - Monday)

Bakmi Komplit (IDR 50K)

Some people say that the price here is not cheap at all, i do agree with that. But to be honest what you are paying here is definitely worth by having a bowl of smooth and tasty noodle served with dry wonton, meatball along with beautiful boiled egg. The complexity between every single component seems work really well to fulfil your daily meal. 

10. Hopetown Kitchen & Tea Room

Gedung Permata Kuningan
Jl. Kuningan Utama, Setiabudi
Jakarta Selatan
RSVP: (021) - 29069777
Price Estimate: IDR 75.000++/pax
Operational Hours: 
07.00am - 22.00pm (Everyday)

Hopetown Special Nasi Bakar (IDR 65K)

Believe it or not, this hidden place in South Jakarta has impressed me all the time with their signature dishes collection. Possibly, many people did not really aware about this place. But once they are try it, they will pay a second visit and goes on. Well known as vegan restaurant, Hopetown Kitchen & Tea Room offer a lot variety of local cuisine fused by western culture. Whenever you come here, just try to order Hopetown Special Nasi Bakar (IDR 65K), Nasi Berkat Complete (IDR 55K), or Hopetown Vegetable Lasagna (IDR 80K). The best seller one.

11. Bakmi Aloi

Jl. Dr. Muwardi Raya No. 40
Grogol, Jakarta Barat
RSVP: (021) 5603064
Price Range: IDR 25K - IDR 40K / Person
Operational Hours: 10.00am - 22.00pm (Everyday)

Kwetiau Campur (IDR 28K / Full Portion)

This noodle house has become a trending topic since a few times ago. Once i checked it, i definitely fall in love with their dishes. The noodle here was smooth and they provide you 2 different collection of noodle which is the small and thick one. I just wanna recommend you to try the thick one, since it's pretty dense and more chewy. The meat here is pretty brilliant. Not really overpower, but it has been seasoning really well. Some additional chilli sauce and spring onion is really works to boost up the whole flavour of it. Great food!

12. IKEA Restaurant

Jl. Jalur Sutera Boulevard Kav. 45
Alam Sutera, Serpong
Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia
Phone: (021) 298 - 53 - 900
Price Range: IDR 40K - IDR 80K / Pax
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)

Ayam Bakar Taliwang (IDR 38K)

Particularly, this swedish brand furniture offer you a great collection of local food that has been fused by western culture. Let say Ayam Bakar Taliwang is one of the great example. Technically the chicken has been grilled nicely, since the meat is absolutely juicy and tender while the spices definitely works really well to create the whole flavour of it and that steam rice definitely fragrant. The way they presented it definitely brilliant and up to the standard. 


Never underestimate the real flavour of Indonesian local food, before you try it. Possibly it looks so simple, but behind that minimalist presentation there will be a great flavour over it. Let's discover Indonesian culinary heritage and get ready to indulge yourself for again and again!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

MOS Cafe & Dining - Discover The Japanese Wagyu Burger Once Or Twice!


It is absolutely true what people say about Wagyu Burger as one of the greatest patty inventions in the world history. The juicy meat plus additional cheddar cheese is such a guilty pleasure for everyone. I love to discover a new things or even unusual things in F&B Industry and for me this new findings absolutely interesting all the time. The brand itself is comes from Japan, a dynamic countries with bold food and great culture. That is the main reason why Wagyu is the iconic tag for this spot. Scroll down for more details.


AMBIENCE
Whenever you're headed into MOS Cafe & Dining, fret not about their great hospitality. The well - trained staff will pick up your order and answer your request. While the area seems to be pretty warmth and red, i do love the minimum spacing between every single chair. In case of meeting and gathering, they can add some additional table or even chair by personal request. 

Pasta Cream Sauce (IDR 63K)
A beautiful combination between spaghetti, chicken chop, mushroom, parmesan, black pepper, parsley and creamy sauce absolutely delicious. The pasta itself was cooked nicely, not too soft nor too hard. Actually the whole flavour of this dish has been dominated by that sauce. When you ask me the function of that topping, i do think it only works to boost up the whole texture of it. In terms of flavour and texture, it's pretty satisfying for sure.

Wagyu Tobikiri Charcoal Cheese Burger (IDR 78K)
Who say Wagyu Burger should be expensive or pricey? Fret not! This is one of the most popular dishes in Mos Cafe & Dining. Possibly you may wonder why this is so popular, simply because the whole combination is absolutely match and taste perfect. Well done egg, tasty cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce& tomato, and juicy wagyu meat gonna works really well in your mouth just by single bites. It doesn't even make sense if people could resist this. Especially the charcoal bun is so soft and not too heavy. Make it even gorgeous to be mixed with that meat and veggie layer. Must try folks!

Curry Rice with Fried Chicken (IDR 62K)
If you love curry dishes, i think this one suit you well. The crispy chicken fillet served with tasty curry sauce absolutely impressive. Whenever you bite it, make sure to mixed every single component on that plate unto one single spoon. Because the juiciness of that chicken combine with the tastiness flavour of that curry sauce surprisingly gonna works really well in your mouth. Also the potato chip on side somehow really entertain me for a while. Great food with affordable price!


This hidden spot in the heart of Jakarta Shopping Center definitely worth to try. Every single dishes has been served nicely. The presentation it's just nice, really works with the flavour. While the price tag for every single dishes looks reasonable to be taste for. 

MOS Cafe & Dining
Plaza Senayan Lantai 3
Jalan Asia Afrika No. 8
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
RSVP: (021) 573 09 21
Price Estimate: IDR 70K - IDR 100K / Pax
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)


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