Thursday, September 29, 2016

6 Street Food In Jakarta That Worth The Calories

Instead of expensive food that burns a hole in your wallet, the street food scene in Jakarta ups the ante with some signature collection. Include the popular dish like chicken satay or fried rice that is certainly the best city's offering. And guess what, it's all cost you relatively cheap. In this context, cheap doesn't literally mean cheap, perhaps all dish is guaranteed delicious and freshly cooked. None of them leave a disappointing aftertaste. 

From day to night, the street food scene is available on any part of Jakarta. Local residents believe that street food tastes better than fancy food since the simplicity and authenticity are always there. No wonder this city is known as the right destination for getting fat instantly. In this guide, you will find the best street food idea to be tested all the time. The first-timers to Jakarta should try all of these for sure.

1. Nasi Goreng Gila / 'Crazy' Fried Rice
One of the best street food in Jakarta that you need to try at least once in a lifetime. Delivers the peaceful combination between 'crazy ingredients' and fragrant fried rice has been resulting in remarkable distinct flavor and texture. Actually, those 'crazy ingredients' comes from the chicken meatball, sausage, egg, chicken breast, and multiple spices. Even though the appearance seems to be complicated, the flavor is just straightforward to the point. The saltiness, sweetness, and a bit of wok flavor is all there. Spending S$ 2.50 for this would never hurt anyone.

Alternative Venue: Nasi Goreng Gila Pak Kumis
Jalan Taman Ratu Indah Blok AA2 No. 33
Nearest area: Green ville, Puri Indah, West Jakarta
Operational Hours: 
5.30pm - 11.00pm (Everyday)

2. Kue Putu
The classic local dessert that turned into more significant and globally known. Most intriguing was the sufficient amount of dried coconut drizzled on the rice cake with gula jawa filling which imparted an inimitable fragrance and unique texture to it. It's sweet, smooth, and well balanced. Definitely right treats for a sweet person. Are you?

Alternative venue: Putu Bambu Medan
Jalan Taman Ratu Indah Blok BB1 No. 5
Nearest area: Green ville, Puri Indah, West Jakarta
Operational Hours: 
5.30pm - 11.00pm (Everyday)

3. Tahu Isi
The ultimate all-Indonesian comfort snack. Featuring the fried tofu with fresh vegetable fillings served together with chili soy sauce is undeniably delicious yet fancy. The crispy, soft, and salty-tasting tofu is certainly the main highlights of this street food make it easy to scarf down a lot of pieces without feeling overwhelmed. If you tend to live like a local, be sure to have this as your afternoon time snack or maybe breakfast.

Alternative venue: Tempe Mendoan Green Garden
Komplek Ruko Green Garden Blok Z II
Nearest area: Green Garden, Kedoya, West Jakarta
Operational Hours:
4.00pm - 10.00pm (Everyday)

4. Martabak KitKat Green Tea - Chocolate
Guilty pleasure truly exists. When the airy dough meets the huge amount of butter and sweet toppings, a mouth-watering scene might happen. Perhaps, the essence of this popular street food is located at the sweetness overloads that set a high standard for your upcoming dessert quest. Sounds promising? You got the answer.

Alternative venue: Martabak Gue

5. Ketoprak
Your local food game might be incomplete before you savor this. This dish consists of fried tofu, rice cake known as ketupat, fresh bean sprouts served in rough peanut sauce and topped with crackers known as krupuk. If we getting insights, the major element on that plate is that peanut sauce that boasts the right consistency between flavor and texture. It's simple, traditional and well balanced. Definitely, must try.

Alternative venue: Ketoprak Puri
Jl. Kembang Abadi Utama
Nearest area: Puri Indah, Kembangan, West Jakarta
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 3.00pm (Everyday)

6. Chicken Satay
Ranked 14 over 50 for the 'Best Food In The World' by CNN Travel, this dish certainly represents the beauty of this nations. A peaceful combination between skewered meat and the handmade peanut sauce drizzled by sweet soy sauce is a goodness in bites. The meat is truly juicy and dry while the peanut sauce is the best player on that scene. Cost you less than S$ 2.00 makes it even worth a try. Have you ever try this?

Alternative venue: Sate Ayam Pak Heru
Jalan Arjuna Utara No. 91
Nearest area: Green Ville, Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta
Operational Hours:
6.00pm - 11.00pm (Everyday)

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8 Instagramable Dishes In Singapore To Feed Your Eyes & Tummy Rightly

Living in modern era means the food has been evolving uniquely. Once the food comes in beautiful and good-looking presentation, of course, none of us would leave without taking a quirky snap of it. In a sense, we are eating with our eyes first before our mouth tastes it. Ultimately, in Singapore, there are several types of food that looks undoubtedly brilliant. Every Instagrammers absolutely need to know about this.

1. Rainbow Fantasy Cake
Inspired by the hype of color-pop and brand new makeup that's just happening across social media, this dessert is certainly sophisticated. First time see this, your mood would be lifted. Like a happiness in a plate, there is no excuse to skip this. Then, after you taste it, you will know how good is this cake. Each layer got a different flavor and got a moist interior plus sweet exterior. It's truly special and suitable for feeding your eyes rightly.

Alternative venue: Sugar Lips
277 Orchard Road #02-01
Nearest MRT: Somerset
RSVP: (+65) 63 866 387
Operational Hours:
11.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)

2. Sweet Potato Truffle Fries
Choose savory over sweet? Be sure to taste this incredibly nice snack that looks even good from any different perspective. The right crispiness level of it covered by a thick layer of truffle powder got a strong sense of flavor. Another good point is it cost you very low compared with what you got there. Definitely interesting.

Alternative venue: Tanuki Raw
111 Middle Road
National Design Centre #01-05
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Operational Hous:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)

3. Portobello Cheese Burger
Your common burger game is no longer the same after you taste this. If we getting insights, there's a powerful flavor in this dish that comes from juicy patty and fresh portobello mushrooms. The melted cheese has successfully added the right amount of saltiness and that lettuce give an extra watery texture to this dish. Even though the portion is quite huge, you can finish this dish personally. Absolutely taste good.

Alternative venue: Dean & Deluca
4 Hillview Rise #01-01
Nearest MRT: Hillview
RSVP: (+65) 67 107 282
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Monday - Friday)
9.00am - 10.00pm (Saturday & Sunday)

4. Jajangmyeon
Noodle is pretty common in Singapore. But still, this one is a perfect guilty pleasure for everyone. The smoothness and thickness of that noodle are surely incredible proven by the slurp sensation. The salty black soybean paste has created a remarkable sauce that leaves a rich aftertaste. Definitely interesting.

Alternative venue: Dagiya Gogiya
4 Hillview Rise #01-09
Nearest MRT: Hillview
RSVP: (+65) 67 107 833
Operational Hours:
11.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)

5. Salted Egg Prawn Pasta
Author preference is here. The generous amount of salted egg sauce who covered that nicely cooked pasta is certainly tasty and rich. Once you stir it, all of the aromas will come out followed by the smooth swirling process. Then, to add more contrast into the plate, a beautiful half-cooked egg is ready to ooze. Attracting, delicious, and sophisticated.

Alternative venue: Eighteen Chefs
1 Jelebu Road #02-19
Bukit Panjang Plaza
Nearest MRT: Bukit Panjang
RSVP: (+65) 67 670 557
Operational Hours:
11.00am - 10.30pm (Everyday)
Last order at 10.00pm

6. Pineapple Meringue Tart 
Cake game strong. Instead of using the lemon filling, they used the pineapple filling and yes it works well for your palate. The beautifully torch meringue create a creamy exterior while the tart and those filling have created a stiff and rich interior. Also, the appearance is more than beautiful from any different perspective. How do you think?

Alternative venue: PS. Cafe
PS. Cafe
Paragon Shopping Centre
290 Orchard Rd, #03-41/44
Nearest MRT: Orchard
RSVP: (+65) 92 977 008
Operational Hours:
9.30am - 10.00pm (Everyday)

7. Matcha Azuki Honey Toast 
The most sophisticated dessert on earth. If you are a sweet-tooth fanatic, be sure to choose this instead of the other. It’s creamy, soft, and rich in green tea flavor. Actually, the toast is perfectly cooked which has a crispy exterior and soft interior while the creamy topping on top is certainly exceptional. Just take a quirky snap before you eat it. Try it and your taste buds would be satisfied. 

Alternative venue: Dazzling Cafe
15 Stamford Rd #01-85 (Capitol Piazza)
Singapore, 178906
Nearest MRT: City Hall
RSVP: (+65) 63 843 310
Operational Hours: 
12.00pm - 9.30pm (Sunday - Thursday)
12.00pm - 10.00pm (Friday & Saturday)

8. Earl Grey Cheesecake 
Your saturated cheesecake option now got a new contender. Earl Grey Cheesecake is truly emphasizing the smooth texture of cheesecake and light flavor of earl gray-infused flavor. Even though, the presentation looks incredibly simple there’s a lot potential behind it. Grab a cup of tea or coffee then paired it with this for elevating your dining experience. Does it sound interesting?

Alternative venue: Revelry
21 Lor Kilat
Nearest MRT: Beauty World
Operational Hours:
11.00am - 10.00pm (Sunday - Thursday)
11.00am - 11.00pm (Friday & Saturday)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Keraton at The Plaza Hotel Jakarta - The Luxury Collection For Timeless Aspirations

 Keraton Hotel Jakarta

Listed as the '14 Best Luxury Hotels In Jakarta' by Five Star Alliance, Keraton Hotel at The Plaza Jakarta is a perfect destination for intimate leisure and dining experience. The bold concept and design of this hotel can be seen as three-dimensional pieces exciting: modern, minimalist, and elegant. Staying here to escape amid the hustle and bustle of Jakarta and defines a new generation of hospitality experience that is more personal. In short, this luxury hotel gives you a chance to experience the most significant journey of living, dining, and leisure all in one package. Be sure to check-in as soon as possible.

 Keraton Hotel Jakarta Lobby

 Keraton Hotel Jakarta Lobby

 Keraton Hotel Jakarta

Prominently located in the downtown area of Jakarta, this hotel is absolutely strategic for city exploration or even businessman who gather some meeting around the corner. The aesthetic shape of a lobby and glamorous decoration is the main attributes of this hotel to welcome every guest rightly. Meanwhile, the vibrant and comfort atmosphere is certainly a driver for guest to stay in longer time horizons. The concierge is located at a right side of the main gate and there would be a friendly staff who assist you a lot. Just finish your document check before heading to the most prestigious hotel room in Jakarta.

 Keraton Hotel Executive Room

 Keraton Hotel Executive Room

 Keraton Hotel Executive Room

Executive Room (75m2)
Only the finest things are placed here. What the room lacks in bright hues is make it even sophisticated and warmth. Using the muted interiors for the whole area has successfully created a stunning interpretation for sure. King size bed at the center perfected by the spacious working desk and comfort sofas on the corner is well adjusted while the 44" HD TV would entertain you with various local and international channels without any noise. For audio fanatic, the room itself also equipped with Bose Bluetooth speakers. Just turn on your positive vibes because everything is there.

Food at Keraton Hotel

Mini Bar at Keraton Hotel

Keraton Hotel Executive Room

To indulge you more, this room is coming up with a prestigious bathroom proven by the huge bathtub and two type of showers. A touch of panoramic city view is certainly visible as well. Initially, this kind of concept is truly fashionable and clearly, represent the art of living. For a workaholic person, this type of room give you a chance to feel creative and gain more inspiration since there are lots of windows and sky. Definitely brilliant.

 Bengawan Restaurant

Keraton Hotel Executive Lounge

 Keraton Hotel Executive Lounge

 Keraton Hotel Executive Lounge

Keraton Hotel Food

Dining Experience
When it comes to lunch or even dinner time, there are two options that you can choose either sophisticated Bengawan Restaurant that's available for public or Executive Lounge that's only available for executive guest. Personal suggestion is to try both because each restaurant has their own specialty. Let say for Bengawan Restaurant they offer you a wide variety of Western food with a touch of local flavor and a kind of buffet that allow you to try unlimited flow of desserts and appetizers. Fred not, it still comes in affordable price tag and yes mostly each of you can afford this. Full review available here.

For the private Executive Lounge, you can expect more from them but in a small portion. Means one menu is never enough. But still, you will be satisfied at the end because they do serve you with a buffet system. Guest can experience all the menu without any worry as long as they got the huge tummy capacity. Ultimate recommendation is to try Mie Goreng, Chicken Dumpling, and Fettucine Al Pesto. All of them is more than significant and consistently shaping up your palate.

 Swimming Pool Keraton Hotel

Keraton Hotel Executive Lounge

Keraton Hotel Gym

Whenever you are staying here, be sure to enjoy their high-end facilities as well from Infinite Swimming Pool to Modern Wellness Club that's certainly free access. Since the guest itself is quite selective, no wonder the whole facilities is like 'belongs' to you means more private. The other option might be Keraton Spa, a signature massage using high-quality ingredients that come in a medium stage fare. 

 Keraton Hotel Jakarta

Keraton at The Plaza Hotel Jakarta turned into iconic landmarks for the capital. With its intimate property, generous hospitality, and unbeatable hotel facilities, each guest would come with happy face and leave satisfied. Do consider about this when it comes to the prestigious way of living.


Keraton at The Plaza Hotel Jakarta
Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav 15
Nearest area: Sudirman, Thamrin, Plaza Indonesia
RSVP: (+62) 215 068 000

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa - Vegetarian Menu Launching For Healthy Treats

To be today, people are considering to consume more healthy food which means less meat but still tasty and delicious. To answer the industry needs, Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa just launched the healthy food creations that certainly meat-free but undeniably tasty. 

Exclusively take place at the Sentosa Island, this cafe is certainly attracting more tourists and locals who are playing around the area. With the fascinating ambiance, friendly service, and fast respond makes you and your beloved one feel more comfortable to stay a little bit longer in this area. Wonderful live music also on-stage during the weekend. Since they open until 12.00am every day, you can have a delightful meal at the daytime and just chill at the midnight. Fair enough, right? 

Those seeking an interesting starter can choose Cauliflower "Wings" (S$ 14.00), a crispy Buffalo-style cauliflower served with bleu cheese, celery, and carrot sticks. It's crispy on the outside and fresh on the inside. To add more flavor into your bites, just dip it into the special sauce on side of it. Don't be skeptical because of that appearance, perhaps there is a strong power behind this dish to kick-off your palate rightly. Quite interesting and creative.

Salad fanatic might be happy with the presence of Pico de Gallo Quinoa Aragula Salad (S$ 22.00). It's so fresh and packed with rich flavor. The hearty combination between pico degallo, quinoa, lime juice, and chopped cilantro adding a huge amount of freshness topped with shredded Brussels sprouts, spicy pecans, feta cheese and dried cranberries to make it more superior and complex. To finish it strong, a citrus vinaigrette would add more aroma into this dish. Might be the tastiest salad lately. 

For the lighter type of salad, just go with Feta & Fig Salad (S$ 22.00). It's simple, and contemporary presentation truly emphasizes the flavor and texture. The fresh figs, feta cheese, and chipotle vinaigrette contribute a huge amount of flavor while the rest ingredients will play with texture for your taste buds. Some people consider this because of fewer complications rather than the previous one. But still, different people got the different standard. The author of this article is certainly looking for the tastiest one and yes the Pico de Gallo Quinoa Aragula Salad got a better flavor than this.

Moving on to the entrée, a Quinoa Burger (S$ 19.00) is a perfect treat for any occasions. The humble combination between house made a patty of quinoa, red onion, portobello mushrooms, sunny side up, cheddar cheese, pecans, barley, soy sauce, and breadcrumbs is undeniably delicious yet complex. Then, topped with Sriracha hummus, aragula, and tomatoes to make it richer and huge in size. Actually, the flavour is nice while the robust presentation attracts the author more.  No wonder this dish would get more exposure rather than other.

Premium handmade Cauliflower Burger (S$ 19.00) has an adequate amount of saltiness and sourness. Featuring a house-made patty of cauliflower, garlic, egg, goat cheese, oregano, and breadcrumbs then topped with zucchini, squash, Monterey Jack cheese, aragula, tomato and garlic aioli seems to be more complicated than ever. The huge concern goes to the vegan patty which comes as a hero for this dish. Even though the ingredients seems a lot, the flavor is not overwhelming at all. Quite good actually.

Elevate your wrap game with the presence of Grilled Ratatouille Wrap (S$ 18.00). The exquisitely grilled ratatouille vegetables topped with Sriracha mayonnaise, olive oil, and baby aragula then served in a seasoned grilled flour tortilla offers a spectrum of flavors. Sweetness, saltiness, tanginess is all there. The major highlight of this dish is certainly that ratatouille while the rest components go flat and become lighter. Nothing goes wrong with this as long as they served consistently. 

Seared Corn and Green Bean Wrap (S$ 18.00) is quite good, though. Showcasing a light combination between grilled green beans, roasted corn, black beans, pico de gallo, rice, and a spiced yogurt is better than the previous one. Fewer ingredients have been results in nicer flavour.

For the beverage, you can try the Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa signature collection like Very Veggie 'Toni (S$ 18.00), Bell Pepper Martini (S$ 18.00), and Wascally Wabbit (S$ 20.00). For the alcohol-free choice, a fresh blend of ginger, beet and orange juice called Beet Orange Ginger Juice (S$ 8.00) would never disappoint you. None is too sweet and really suitable to be matched with those vegan menus.

Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa provide you an experience to savor the robust flavors through healthy yet modern creations. The price tag seems to be quite high, but the flavor is still the main concern. Definitely worth a try.

Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway #01-209-214
The Forum Singapore
Nearest MRT: Sentosa
Operational Hours: 
11.00am - 12.00am (Everyday)

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Bengawan at Keraton at The Plaza Hotel Jakarta - Sophisticated Lunch Buffet With Incredible Downtown View

If you are a high-end society who love to discover the nation's flavor, of course, Bengawan at Keraton  at The Plaza Hotel Jakarta would fulfill those request properly. Offering a significant collection of Western food with an Indonesian touch is their main attributes here. Friendly staff, warmth hospitality and luxury vibes comes next as their potential strength to treat you right. Sounds interesting? It's never too late to do the check-in now.

Bengawan is elegantly located on the 7th Floor of Keraton Hotel, Jakarta, this restaurant certainly got a tremendous city view with a bit of blue skyline. The one-story restaurant is built with glamorous wallpaper, wooden furniture, and curved arches. In here you will be impressed by the open-kitchen concept which allows you to see or even take a quirky snap for those process and chef behind those incredible dishes that your order before. 

Enjoy the weekday's lunch buffet featuring the '59' Lunch' that give you a chance to taste a wide variety of light bites, entrée, and desserts. It's all included in one system, but each person can only order 1 entrée while for the rest it's all free flow. Even for the beverage, there is a sparkling water or even refreshing cocktail to kick off your taste buds.

To start it strong, just visit the appetizer station that has been set at the center of the dining area. From the freshest salad bar to the crispy fritters are all boasts up the simple flavor and nice texture. None of them leave a wrong aftertaste for sure.

Moving on to the entrée, be sure to taste the Beef Stroganoff from the Western perspective and Nasi Komplit as a local treat. Both dishes is the best-seller menu here and exposed the rich ingredients. 

First, Beef Stroganoff is certainly executed really well. The beef got a juicy interior while the exterior itself remain moist has been covered beautifully by the nice sauce. Perhaps, it comes together with the mashed potato that tasteless flavor and quite creamy as well. What makes this dish stand out is that beautiful presentation which is good-looking and well prepared. Simple yet fancy.

Next, you can expect more from the Nasi Komplit to spice up your palate. Growing up with local has taught me to discover an authentic dish that looks not really fancy but taste beyond delicious.  And yes, this dish has simplified that idea and comes up more strong. The presentation is nice while the flavor is undeniably balance. What attracts me more is the complex combination of five different elements that has been resulting in lovely taste for sure. Just mixed it up together in one spoon, try it, and now you understand how to live like a local.

If you are a sweet person, be sure to visit Bengawan dessert station more than once. Because of every single thing, there is really good to be true. The presentation is nice, absolutely while the flavor itself remains sealed and fresh. Personally, I do love their Matcha Croissant, Kueh Lapis, and Fruit Danish. All of them is not-too-sweet, fresh and got a right texture. Be sure to taste it whenever you come here.

Bengawan is definitely a right destination for having the luxurious dining experiences with private vibes. The food is well set-up, the ambiance is undeniably great and the hospitality is far way better than any other. They successfully represent the essence of this city perfectly: dynamic, elegant, and friendly.

Begawan at Keraton at The Plaza Hotel Jakarta
Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav.15
Keraton Luxury Hotel Jakarta
Nearest area: Thamrin, Sudirman, Plaza Indonesia
RSVP: (+62) 215 068 000
Operational Hours:
6.00am - 10.00am (Breakfast)
12.00pm - 3.00pm (Lunch)
6.00 pm - 10.30pm (Dinner)

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