Food 8 - 10
Ambience 7 - 10
Service 7 - 10
Jl. Casablanca Raya,
Trying something new doesn't always mean you have to leave the city. Of course I know its not easy to find something which is completely unique, but now and again I come across places I want to share with you my lovely readers . I'm the kind of person who likes to break rules when it comes to food. I want a challenge. So when a friend told me about a restaurant that specializes in black inspired dishes, I was really curious to find out how these dishes taste. Truthfully speaking, I had no idea what to expect. I'm familiar with black pasta, but black noodles and rice remained a mystery to me. On the way to Kota Kasablanka I couldn't help but wonder, would the experience have me running back for black noodles, or was it just a clever gimmick? Well I was about to find out...
The restaurant is located in Kota Kasablanka Mall and is the brainchild of well known culinary expert William Wongso. Now it was all beginning to make sense. In my mind this restaurant is pushing the boundaries from the conventional noodle and rice dishes we have come to expect at other restaurants. They say that traveling opens the mind. Clearly on his travels, William Wongso has been inspired by western dishes and cleverly mixes them with asian flavors to create a brilliant fusion menu . Which for those of us living in Jakarta, means we have instant access to some wonderful fusion treats.
The Miitem Aglio Olio was a dish I couldn't wait to try. If you are wondering how it's possible for noodles to become such an amazing shade of black, I can tell you it's because they are made using squid ink and delicious squid meat. Wow! when I heard this, my mouth started watering even more! When the noodles came to the table, I could barely focus on taking a good snap! The aroma from the noodles was amazziiinngg! When I twisted them around my fork, I could swear they looked and felt like pasta, but I can promise you that they are definitely noodles. This is fusion at it's best, literally an explosion of flavors in your mouth.
You simply cannot arrive at a restaurant in Jakarta and just order one dish! It's so different from Europe, but that's one of the reasons I love this country. The next dish is also one of the restaurants speciality dishes. Pangsit Item, when you look at it, resembles fried wonton. The difference is that these wonton are black. I was starting to understand that when you visit Wmiitem its a good idea to select from their specialty menu. Once again, the combination of flavors offered a unique twist on a standard wonton dish. I loved how the sweetness of the dip complimented the savory wonton.
I don't know many people in Jakarta who don't love nasi goreng! I'm addicted to this comfort dish. The difference with this unique nasi goreng is that it's black. This was the first time I have seen black rice on a menu, and I got pretty hooked just looking at it. You'll probably be wondering how it tastes though. I have to admit that this dish ticked all the boxes for me. You can choose between prawn or chicken, I went with prawn. I'd say that it's very indonesian in taste, the flavors are well balanced and I felt very good after eating it. As with the noodles, squid ink was used to make the nasi black. I can't wait to take my friends to try this one, I'm sure they will love it.
Having eaten lunch at another event, by now I was feeling quite full. That did not stop me from trying one last dish though. I went with the Miitem Aglio again, but this time the pink version. To be honest I thought pink noodles looked kinda cute, so girly I know! I just want to point out that the noodles are usually served on a plate. In comparison to the black noodles, these are much softer in texture. In case you are wondering, they are made with beetroot, which is what makes them pink. The taste was quite peppery which I found to be more European inspired. You can order these if you prefer a peppery taste to your noodles.
After eating so many yummy dishes I needed a refreshing glass of Ice Tea to sip on. I ordered the standard Ice Tea, but its worth knowing that you can also order the flavored versions.
I had a great experience at this restaurant because I tried dishes I have never seen on other menus. Some of you might have tried Wmittem when it was based at Plaza Indonesia. So if you have been missing this delicious fusion cuisine, it's good to know that you can still get your craving fix at Kota Kasablanka. I found the prices to be very reasonable, all the dishes we ordered were around 40k each. Luckily I'm often in Kuningan so I will definitely be back for some more delicious treats.
Food 8 - 10
Ambience 7 - 10
Service 7 - 10
Jl. Casablanca Raya,
I get a sense of satisfaction when I stumble upon a place which still has a air of mystery surrounding it. Some of you foodies out there may already be familiar with Ming Dine & Chill, as the restaurant is by no means a new kid on the block. Well at least not 'new' in terms of the way new is viewed in Jakarta's ever changing restaurant scene. Like most people, I need change to keep me inspired. It's that desire to change which drives me to hunt for the best food the city has to offer. My poor friends must be so tired all my questions about where to go next! When I came across Ming Dine & Chill, I was looking for something new. But new as I was about the find out is not always necessary. Sometimes all you need is to expose a well kept secret...
Please allow me to explain further, Ming Dine & Chill is owned by the somewhat famous Singaporean Tung Lok Group. The very same group who are behind some of my other favorite restaurants in the city. To be honest as soon as I heard that little piece of information, I literally jumped at the chance of going! I can assure you that I was more than happy with my decision when we arrived. The restaurant is an oasis of calm, perched above and overlooking the chaotic streets of Jakarta. Even though it's 2 years old, it certainly hasn't lost any of its charm. The owners have managed the capture something that I have always known, which is that a classically designed place never goes out of fashion.
If you have visited My Humble House at Lotte Shopping Avenue, one of Tung Lok Groups other restaurants, you will notice that the menu bears a certain resemblance. Ming Dine & Chill's menu is fairly extensive, they have a good selection of delicious noodles available which really got my mouth watering. The dish pictured above would usually be served with udon noodles, but we substituted them for thinner noodles as the udon had run out. That turned out to be no bad thing. The mie goreng was quite simply excellent. The incredibly fresh seafood was the thing that made this dish stand out from other noodle dishes I have tried. The prawns I have to say were out of this world. Exceptionally large and delightfully succulent. A simple noodle dish can sometimes be transformed into something quite wonderful don't you think?
No visit to a Chinese restaurant is complete without the right chili oil. I have been known to avoid some places just because their chili oil is not to my taste. I had no complaints at this restaurant though. The chili oil was so yummy I couldn't stop adding it to my food!
It wasn't my intention, but the evening was turning out to be a culinary adventure with some highly satisfying seafood. All too often when I'm looking at a menu, my eyes drift towards fried cuttlefish. I don't know if I have some crazy addiction, but I find it mixes very well with noodles adding some extra crunch. Of course I know that deep fried food is unhealthy, but at least I could console myself with the thought that all the delicious seafood I had eaten was good for me in some way! The cuttlefish is tossed in salt and pepper seasoning, giving you not only a well rounded taste but also an utterly delectable mouthful of fresh squid.
Thus far my experience at Ming had exceeded my expectations, and the next dish was about to further add to my enjoyment. The Chinese style of cooking tofu has always been one of my favorites. Here I can say that the seafood and vegetables made it even more tasty. You can't see from the photo, but the dish is served on an egg base which tastes exceptionally good when you mix it with the tofu and seafood. All the seafood we tried at the restaurant was amazingly fresh, and I can highly recommend eating it when dining here.
Usually when I eat Chinese food I don't like to pair it with alcohol. But exceptions can be made, especially when I'm somewhere I can relax. You might also be interested to know that there is currently a promotion on selected cocktails. One drink works out at around 60k, which for me was too good to pass up on. I think there were around 5 or 6 choices of cocktails which you can choose. The drink pictured above is a Margarita.
What really makes this place special is that it cleverly encompasses design and comfort. The result being that you feel happy wherever you are. We decided to dine in the main room. If you live here, I'm sure you'll agree that it is generally better to eat in the comfort of a cooler room. You have the best of both worlds here, the choice as they say is yours.
Due to the simple fact that the Al fresco area was the ultimate chill zone, we continued our evening outside. You cannot go wrong by sipping on a cocktail here. The Appeltini pictured above was included in the promotion and was the perfect end to a delightful dinner. I have given this restaurant a high rating based on the level of food, service and ambience.
I rate this restaurant:
Food 8 - 10
Ambience 8 - 10
Service 7 - 10
Ming Dine & Chill
Epiwalk Rasuna Epicentrum 2nd Floor Unit #318-330
JL HR Rasuna Said Karet-Kuningan
Jakarta Selatan 12940
Tel : (62-21) 2991 2323
Lunch: Mon – Sat 11.30 – 14.30
Sun & Public Holidays 08.00 – 14.30
Dinner: Daily 18.30 – 22.30
Sawadika dear readers! I'd be the first to admit that I'm usually quite lazy on a Saturday morning. Unless of course I have something exciting planned, for example a delicious lunch! As luck would have it, I was invited to a food testing with some fellow bloggers at the undeniably cute Thai Alley, Gandaria City. I instantly fell in love with the decor when I arrived at the restaurant. It's decked out in vibrant shades of red, blue and yellow. So please allow me to introduce you to Thai Alley, whose aim is to bring a taste of authentic thai street food to Jakarta. I don't know about you, but personally I couldn't be happier!
Thai Alley has a very homely feel, and I was surprised that I hadn't heard much about this restaurant before. I'm from the UK and in London we are fortunate enough to be highly exposed to Thai cuisine. Thai has always been one of my favorite types of Asian cuisine. But in Jakarta I was still struggling to find something super authentic. Maybe today would be the day that would all change...
The vision behind the restaurant, is to offer a taste of authentic thai street food to Jakartan residents. You might be asking yourself what sets this restaurant apart from other Thai restaurants in Jakarta. Well for one, the chefs at Thai Alley's restaurants originate from Thailand. That fact alone definitely peaked my interest. In fact I was becoming more hungry by the moment! Just so you know, the restaurant is launching their new menu next week. So for those of you who have visited before, you will find that there are a couple of new additions to the already delicious menu.
We kicked off the lunch with a very refreshing glass of Rayong, which was delightfully fruity. This kind of drink is perfect for pairing with thai food. The over riding flavors were peach and lime. Just what I needed to prepare my palate for some scrumptious thai delights.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm fairly familiar with thai cuisine. Yet for some reason I have never tried Nang Krob Pad Heng. I don't know about you guys, but I can't understand Thai. So literally translated this dish is crispy dried beef skin paste. On the first bite I was truly amazed at how tasty and light this starter was. Bursting with flavor and offering just the perfect amount of crispy texture, this dish is one of my top picks. They say if you never try, you'll never know. So go ahead & try this one!
Lunch had started off well, and the thai starters certainly looked mouth wateringly good! But believe me, it's not just the presentation which was attractive. The food was equally as delicious as it looks. My favorites on the platter were the thai fish cakes, which I found to be even better when drenched with yummy thai sauce. Also noteworthy was the Chicken Pandanus, which was super succulent ,marinated in fragrant thai spices. Also available on this platter were thai prawn cakes and deep fried spring rolls. I suggest ordering the thai starter if you want to get a real taste of what the restaurant offers. My overall verdict, yummy!
Thai cuisine is renowned for being healthy and the next dish is no exception. The Yam Mamuang, which you will probably recognize as a mango salad, is very light, fragrant and refreshing on the palate. Thai Alley's mango salad is a spicier version of the original, which I think works very well for the Indonesian taste. Personally I didn't find it terribly spicy, it was quite tangy due to the lime. It's one to order if you want a light lunch.
I had already eaten so much, but I certainly was not complaining! To eat well is to live well, or at least that's what I think! Next up we were served Neua Yang, which is charcoal grilled Australian rib eye. As with all thai dishes this came with an accompaniment of dipping sauce. Overall I found this dish to be quite tasty.
Pad Thai is a dish that most people will be familiar with. It's a classic thai dish which can be found in most thai restaurants. Thai Alley's Pad Thai is served with shrimps, eggs, tomatoes, bean sprouts and chives. What I love about thai noodles is the texture of the ingrediants ranging from the softer noodles to the crunchy peanuts. This dish was no exception, fragrant, fresh and full of thai flavors. It's hard to resist a good pad thai!
My mom always used to remind me not to forget to eat my greens. But vegetables in my opinion are far more delicious when cooked in an Asian style. The Pad Phak Boong Fai Deng reminded me of Indonesian Kangkung when it was brought to the table. It was indeed quite similar to Kangkung but cooked with thai spices. Once again this was another well executed dish.
Now I will let you into a secret of what I believe to be one of the best tom yam soups in town. If you were unaware, tom yam is a classic thai soup. It actually seems like it should be very easy to make, but you would be surprised at how difficult it is. At Thai Alley I can't recommend ordering near perfect soup enough. It has all the elements of an authentic Tom Yam. The herbs and spices mesh perfectly, creating something quite amazing. This dish is a must try. My compliments go to Chef Charoen Phranom, this soup is rivals any I have tasted in Thailand.
You are probably thinking to yourself how could I possibly eat so much! I was pretty much thinking that too. But seafood is very light on the stomach, and seeing as all the food was so terribly delicious, I was hardly going to stop now! haha. The seafood platter at Thai Alley offers a selection of delights, but the winners for me, were the fried sea bass and squid. The fish was excellent and I must compliment the chef on this. The other seafood on the platter was a mix and prawns and mussels. The dish offers a good variety for all you seafood lovers out there.
The last and final dish we tried was the Pla Garupa Manaow, which is steamed Garoupa fish in fresh lime juice and chii. Being a fan of both seafood and spice, I rate this dish very highly. The fish literally melts in your mouth, cooked in the most fragrant of juices it is nothing short of addictive. The result is a delicious, spicy, well rounded dish that I could not stop eating. Clearly the effect of a well spiced dish.
By the time the desserts arrived, I have to admit I was pretty full. Maybe it was time to start that diet...or maybe not just yet! Living in the tropics certainly does have its advantages. One of which is the availability of amazing fruit such as Tapioca. I really cannot get enough of this. This dessert was topped with coconut cream.. Even after eating so much, this dessert made me want to keep on eating. Highly recommended!
At the very end of lunch we were served the Khao Niew Mamuang. That probably won't mean much to you, so allow me to explain that this is thai mango served with sweet organic sticky rice. This dish also comes topped with coconut cream. To be completely honest, I was so full that I barely sampled the rice. I needed something more refreshing which the mango most certainly offered. What a great end to a perfect lunch. I'd like to say a big thank you to Thai Alley, I am sure you will be seeing a lot more of me!
Just to let you know that Thai Alley also have branches at Pacific Place Mall and Puri Indah Mall. My review was based on the food I ate at the Gandaria City branch.
I rate this restaurant:
Food 7 - 10
Ambience 7 - 10
Gandaria City, South Lobby
Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda
+62 21 2900 80
Opening Hours - 11am - 10pm daily
Konichiwa dear friends! A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the the Grand Opening of MOMO Restaurant & Bar in South Jakarta's Senopati. I was invited by Zomato, a great website which I find really useful for checking the price listings of restaurants in Jakarta. Just to let you know, MOMO has opened up right next to a restaurant which was also trending back in February. Namely, Three Buns and Burger Heads. So I can't wait to share with you my experience at one of the latest hip restaurants in the area.
When I arrived at MOMO it was already super packed with the press and other guests, who had been invited to celebrate the grand opening. I would like to point out that this was the first time I had been to the restaurant. Being such a social media junkie, I had of course seen the uber cool photos of the venue on social media sites. I was really hoping to get some snaps of what I already knew would be a very photogenic venue. But sadly, that was not to be. The restaurant was already heaving with Jakarta's gliterati when I arrived. So my mind instantly turned to the tempting drinks and canapés which were flying around the room!
As I mentioned this was a star studded event, with well known celebrities hosting. It seemed that half of Jakarta was at MOMO that evening! So after trying to take a few shots of the restaurant's interior, I headed over to the bar to snag one of the heavenly looking cocktails. I decided to go with the Grape in Gold Cocktail, which happens to be one of their signature drinks. If you are a fan of Goldschlager, you might want to order this one. Overall I found this drink to be quite a refreshing option, with delicate hints of cinnamon .
Unfortunately I was only able to try 2 canapés, due to a prior engagement that I had to rush off to. So from the selection available, I tried the Salmon Brick Sushi. I'm an avid fan of all things Japanese, but I have to say that this sushi did not tickle my taste buds. I'm guessing that was because the restaurant was particularly busy with hundreds of guests to cater for. I'd be interested to go back on a normal day of the week, when the restaurant wasn't as busy to try more sushi at MOMO.
Not one to give up, I also tried the Crunchy Fresh Spring Roll. I have to say that I enjoyed this dish slightly more. It was fresh, light and well balanced. It might be something I would order as an accompaniment to a cocktail when I visit MOMO again.
I've always been a huge fan of gin & tonic. I mean, what's not to love? It's super refreshing, and in my opinion, the perfect drink for a warm balmy evening. I was impressed with this classic offering by MOMO. Due to the fact that it was quite hot inside the venue, I found the gin and tonic to be a welcome treat. I would definitely be tempted to order it again when passing through Senopati.
I have to tell you that the wall art at MOMO is simply adorable. In fact it was one of the things that I had hoped to take more photos of. I'm the type of person that has a huge appreciation for design. I am sure any of you who have visited the restaurant, would agree that they have created something quite special here. I must say it's hard not to admire the thought that has gone into the design of this place. So it's a big thumbs up from me for the overall ambience of the restaurant.
Who doesn't love a good party! I was truly honored to have been invited to the Grand Opening of MOMO. I really hope that I'm able to return soon, so I can take some more snaps to upload onto my social accounts! I think that you will agree, ambience wise, this is one of the nicest spots in Senopati.
I'd like to say a special thanks to both Zomato and MOMO for such a wonderful night. I wish MOMO all the success with their new venue.
I rate this restaurant;
Food 6 - 10
Ambience 7 - 10
MOMO Restaurant and Bar
Jl. Senopati Raya No. 92
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12190
021 - 739 7459 / 0878 8980 8005
Having visited Japan a few years ago, there are definitely times when I miss this amazing country. One of the things that I miss most, is the availability of such terribly delicious food. So I'm thankful that in Jakarta I have found a few restaurants where I can satisfy my craving for Japanese food.
Last week as I wandered through Lotte Shopping Avenue Mall, I came across Menya Sakura. I had heard that this restaurant is a Japanese chain which started back in 2010 from Nagoya, Japan. So I was pretty excited to know whether the ramen would be as delicious as the yummy ones I had tried in Japan.
The restaurant was really busy when I arrived, so I could tell that they already have a loyal following. Menya Sakura has a very homely feel, but it's not the kind of place you really want to hang around after eating. It is quite similar to other Japanese restaurants of its kind, in that you go there to eat rather than to hangout.
Looking at the menu, I was quite confused at first, because it was all in bahasa. I have to admit that my level of bahasa is far from perfect. So if you are a non Indonesian speaker, you might need a friend to translate.
We ordered 2 dishes, neither of which contained pork. I know that to experience the real taste of Japanese Ramen, ordering a pork based ramen is a must. On this occasion we tested out the Tori-Syoyu Ramen, which is a chicken based soup. They say that the chicken has been boiled in the broth for hours to create a delicious taste. I found this particular soup dish to be fairly good as far as ramen goes in Jakarta. But having looked on the specials menu, I also was interested to try something more spicy.
Since I moved to Jakarta, my craving for spicy food has increased ten fold. Japanese food is not renowned for being spicy in the same way that Indonesian cuisine is. So the ramen pictured above, is probably going to suit your taste if you like your food to be spicy. I have to say, I really enjoyed this ramen. I found it to be bursting with flavor, with the chills providing that extra spice that I was looking for. The Spicy Chicken Kucai Ramen, is served with minced chicken rather than cuts of meat. Which definitely made it easier for mixing the ingredients together to create that perfect blast of yummy spice! I'm not sure if this dish is a permanent fixture on their menu. You can find it on their specials menu. So if you do like it, please order it, as I don't want them to take it off the menu!
I have always been a fan of Japanese gyoza. These gyoza are made with minced chicken and herbs inside. To be honest, when they came to the table I thought that they looked quite dry in comparison to gyoza I have tried in other restaurants. But actually they turned out to be quite yummy.
If I was coming back to Menya Sakura, I would be interested to know how the pork based ramen compares with those I have tried in Japan. I know that in South Jakarta it can be tricky if you are looking for an authentic ramen place. Many are only offering halal versions. I recommend trying this place if you happen to be in the Kuningan area. So please do upload your photos onto Instagram so I can see all your yummy snaps!
I rate this restaurant:
Food 6 - 10
Ambience 5 -10
Hello dear readers, allow me to introduce you you a great place I found in Lotte Shopping Avenue Mall last week. MAD, short for Modern Asian Diner, opened at the beginning of the year. But it wasn't until my recent visit to My Humble House, which is owned by the same management, that peaked my attention. MAD is part of the Tung Lok Group of restaurants, who are creating some pretty cool conceptual restaurants across the city. I was really looking forward to trying this restaurant, especially after I knew that the Tung Lok Group were behind it.
Okay so enough about the background of the restaurant. Lets talk about the design. On first glance, you might be fooled by the entrance to the restaurant. MAD is actually located just before you reach the Cineplex Movie Theatre. It appears to be a small restaurant, but believe me, once you step inside you will be amazed at how vast it is. As I walked through the place, I fell in love with the vibrant, cool and quirky decor. I simply adore what they have done with the design. This is exactly what I am looking for in a restaurant. As soon as I posted a photo of the design on social media, I had people asking where are you? Is that really Jakarta! I'm happy to report that it is indeed it is in Jakarta. How lucky we are to have such cool concepts emerging.
Even the menus at MAD are super cool! Whoever is doing the design for them, is catering just to my taste. It's the kind of menu that has you staring at all the pages because it's so cute. I was confused with what to order, as everything looked so good!
What I really love about the way this restaurant is designed, is that each area has a slightly different feel. The area pictured below, is the main seating area where you can see the chefs preparing your dinner. I can't really say enough about my admiration for the design of this place. Be sure to take lots of pictures when you go. Your friends will all be wishing they had joined you!
The menu at MAD focuses on asian fusion and western dishes. Personally, I love nothing more than dim sum. So I was not really tempted to order anything other than that. If a place offers me delicious dim sum, they are highly likely to have gained a loyal customer. So I ordered a selection of dim sum which is all reasonably priced at around 20k.
I was super hungry having just returned from Singapore, where I indulged in way too much food! So as you can imagine, I was more than ready to order some delectable dim sum. To start off, I went with something I knew would satisfy my hunger craving. The Crispy Beancurd Roll with Shrimp is a super yummy dish. At MAD they really have perfected this dish! Wow! The crispy pastry with the delicious prawn inside, well all I can say is amazing! This dish was so good that I ordered another portion right away. Yes, kinda greedy I know!
The Steamed Truffle Dumplings were beautifully presented. I love the art of dim sum. Especially what I consider to be high end fusion dim sum. We have similar restaurants in London, and I was always a fan of those. Don't get me wrong, I love traditional dim sum. But I do think there is something to be said about the mastership of a well presented dim sum. So how about the taste. Well I'll admit that this particular dim sum was not my favorite of the evening. That is not to say it was not good, because it was delicious. I think I was just expecting it to taste a little more of truffles which is one one my favorite things.
If I see Teochew Steamed Dumplings in a Chinese restaurant I will order them. I became more aware of Teochew style dumplings during my trips to Hong Kong, since then I've been an addict. So I try to get my fix whenever possible. These dumplings in my opinion were excellent. For my taste the texture was simply divine. The slightly crunchy vegetables added a different dimension to the smooth seafood filling. In my opinion, this dish was perfect.
I guarantee that when you visit MAD you will have a unique dining experience. The vibrantly decorated restaurant is something I haven't seen done in Jakarta. This place offered me both perfect ambience and excellent dim sum. I mean what more could I possibly ask for?
Har Gao, or Steamed Prawn Dumplings, is one of those dishes I always order to get a good feel for the overall standard of dim sum. Actually I always love to combine Har Gao with chili oil. MAD it is not a traditional chinese restaurant, so I was informed that they had no chili oil. At first I have to admit I had a slight panic attack! I know that sounds dramatic, but I don't enjoy eating dim sum without it. They do however provide you with a chili dip, which at first I had my doubts about. But I can promise you, when you combine the chili dip with the dim sum, especially the Har Gao it's like OMG I'm in heaven! The prawns are huge and succulent and the skin of the Har Gao is light, not at all thick. I was highly impressed with the dim sum at MAD and I will definitely be going back for more.
A couple of things to mention about this restaurant. I for one, when eating Chinese food or dim sum prefer to drink Chinese tea. When I asked the waiting staff, they informed me that the Chinese tea had sold out. I did find that a little strange. The other thing that I'd like to point out, is that my review is based on the dim sum menu. While I find the prices of the dim sum to be very reasonable, the main dishes seem to be a lot more pricey. On the whole I had an excellent experience at this restaurant and would highly recommend you try their dim sum. I hope to see you at MAD!
I rate this restaurant;
Food 8 - 10
Ambience - 9 - 10
Monday - Thursday:
11:00 - 22:30
Friday - Sunday:
10:30 - 23:00
+6221 298 894 99
Eric Kayser opened up in Plaza Senayan Mall around 4 months Ago. It's is an International brand, also having bakeries in other major cities such as New York, Hong Kong and Singapore, to name but a few. I have often walked past the bakery, as I frequently spend time in Plaza Senayan. But it wasn't until last week, that I finally got to experience the amazing Parisian experience that is Eric Kayser!
From the very moment you walk inside the restaurant, the service is beyond professional. I was taken to my seat immediately, and the waiting staff were super friendly and informative. I would say that the level of service at this cafe is above average. Having heard so much about this brand, I really couldn't wait to try their fresh pastries and coffee! In Jakarta there are so many cafes to choose from, but how many of them are comparable to what you can find in Paris? I can promise you that here, you will be whisked away from Jakarta to experience a true taste of Paris!
Yesterday I was lucky enough to try Eric Kayser's Almond Croissant. I have always been a big fan of almond croissants. But the problem is that they are not easy to find. I'm kinda fussy when it comes to pastries. That is probably due to my frequent trips to Paris when I lived in Europe. I am constantly searching for that same high level that I became accustomed to in Paris. So I'm overjoyed to share with you, that the almond croissants at Eric Kayser, definitely give bakeries in Paris a run for their money! This delicious pastry was baked to perfection. In my humble opinion, it is without a doubt the best pastry I have tried in Jakarta. I highly recommend ordering this culinary delight here.
Now onto the coffee. Having lived in Italy for some time, I am also very particular about coffee. In cities such as Paris and Milan, it is very easy to find well brewed coffee. In Jakarta , even though there are coffee shops opening almost weekly, I am constantly searching to be wowed by a place. So what are Eric Kayser doing to make their coffee different you might ask? Well for one, they are using fresh Arabica beans to brew their coffee. In case you were unaware, Arabica beans are known to be the best in the world. Also to guarantee absolute freshness, none of the coffee beans they use, are more than 20 days old. It's clear to see, the coffee is made with love and attention by the professional barristas. I ordered a Long Black Coffee to complement the sweet almond pastry. I'm gonna have to be honest, for my taste the coffee was just perfect. So don't be shy, go ahead and order!
Each time I've ordered coffee, one of these delightful Almond Financier pictured above, comes as an accompaniment. I was told by Executive Pastry Chef Romain, that they come in several flavors. Chocolate, pistachio and vanilla. I found them to be the perfect addition to any coffee that you might order. They also have a bakery section, where you can either buy or take away the bread and pastries. I ordered mine directly to my table to enjoy with my coffee. These cute treats really are as good as they look. Eric Kayser really knows how to win a girls heart!
Above is a selection of the legendary eclairs and tarts, which I am yet to try. I have heard that the pistachio eclair, is a taste sensation. I'm super excited to try these, and will be sure to update you on my next visit.
Each time I have visited the restaurant, a complimentary bread basket was brought to my table. This is perfect if you want something to snack on before your food arrives. Okay, so please allow me to explain that the bread at Eric Kayser is anything but standard. Here, bread is baked by their in-house Parisian chefs daily. So you are guaranteed absolute freshness. They slice up the delightfully warm bread and bring a selection for you to sample. From those of which I tried, I was completely blown away with the unique flavor each bread possesses. I would come here just to buy the bread. Yes it is really that good! Super authentic, fresh and absolutely 100% Parisian. I simply LOVE their bread selection.. So you guys simply must try!
As well as offering pastries, there are many other things which you can order here. That ranges from pasta, pizzas, sandwiches and main dishes. On the two occasions on which I visited, I sampled their great sandwiches. But glancing at other tables, all of the food looked equally as delicious.
Because I was so satisfied with the complimentary bread, I decided to go ahead and order the Grilled Chicken Sandwich. This is served on fresh ciabatta, with chicken, romaine lettuce, boiled egg and seasoned with caesar dressing and shaved parmesan. The sandwiches at Eric Kayser at pretty large, so I took my time to enjoy this yummy sandwich. It also comes with a fresh salad on the side, which is amazingly well seasoned. If you are coming to Eric Kayser, I can highly recommend that you order this sandwich. All of the flavors work in perfect harmony. Because their bread is ultra delicious, I enjoyed every last bite.
Back to the pastry section! I love living in Asia. But the one place I miss is Europe is Paris. Now it seems that Paris truly has come to Jakarta, in the form of Eric Kayser! I really had missed my fresh pastries and coffee until I found this place. Now I have a cafe, on which I can 100% rely. The pastry chefs really take pride in making these delicate pastries. I would recommend trying any of their wonderful selection at least once. If you can't make the trip to Paris, don't worry because now we have our very own Parisian bakery right here in Jakarta!
As I mentioned the coffee is freshly roasted to perfection. It's clear to see that a lot of care and attention goes into making each and every cup. So if you are a coffee lover, I would highly recommend you try the coffee here. Being here reminded me of perfect weekends spent in Paris. I really do believe the coffee here to be that good.
As I was working, I decided to try one last thing. I opted for the Mozarella and Tomato Sandwich. Although I did enjoy this sandwich, my preference would be the Grilled Chicken Sandwich. This particular sandwich is served on an olive ciabatta, with sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil pesto.
When coming to Eric Kayser, my suggestion would be to try the pastries and coffee. I was super impressed by both of these. For that reason, I am sure to be a regular at this professional establishment. I have heard many people comparing Eric Kayser to Paul Patisserie based at Pacific Place Mall. In my opinion Paul Bakery is in a great location. But when it comes down to the overall product, Eric Kayser is a clear winner for me. So no need to go to Paris, just go to Eric Kayser!
I also want to say a big thank you to all of the kind staff for making me feel so welcome. Also by assisting me with any questions I had about the brand. You guys are doing a great job!
I rate Eric Kayser:
Food 8 - 10
Ambience 7 -10
Eric Kayser Indonesia
Plaza Senayan, Third Floor
Jl. Asia Afrika, Senayan,
Phone: +62-21 53660821
Opening Hours Daily 09.30 - 22.00
A few days ago I went to recently opened ToGo Cafe, located in the World Tade Centre 2 Building, on the ground floor. If I'm honest, I have never been to this building before. I was however intrigued to visit, after seeing so many amazing photos posted on social media. I'm a social media junkie, so if I see a super cute place, I feel compelled to go.
When I arrived at ToGo Cafe, I was instantly glad I had made the decision to go. I arrived around 3pm, because I wanted to take advantage during the quieter hours to take photos. I instantly fell in love with the decor of this well designed and stylish place. It's definitely somewhere to come and spend a few hours as I did. I felt very relaxed, and even more so, when it became apparent that there is a super fast wifi connection. I'm the kind of person who goes to cafes and restaurants in Jakarta where I feel sure of having a good wifi connection. After all, I wanted to instantly upload my photos onto my social media accounts!
There are so many tempting looking dishes to order on ToGo Cafe's menu. Being such a fan of vietnamese cuisine, I decided to order the Vietnamese Chicken Sandwich, as pictured above. To be honest, the photo says it all. The baguette had all the elements to make a delicious option for lunch. You won't find it to be 100% authentic Vietnamese, but even so, I found it to be delicious and I savored every last bite.
On the day I went to visit ToGo Cafe, it was super panas in Jakarta! So what I really needed, was a refreshing drink to enjoy. I was looking for something which would complement my sandwich. I opted for the Lychee Shaken Floured Ice Tea. It turned out to be the ideal thing to order. With the subtle taste of lychee and not overly sweet, I really enjoyed my drink at Togo Cafe.
The presentation at ToGo Cafe should also be commended. I simply adore a well presented dish, and the Vietnamese Chicken Sandwich, looked almost too good to eat! The prices at ToGo are very competitive, and if I worked in Sudirman, I would surely visit more often. For any of you who are working in this area, or indeed at the World Trade Centre, you should definitely stop by. I have heard the burgers at Togo Cafe are to die for!
I love the fact that this place is cute, has great food and fast wifi! All things which I prioritize highly in my life. I hope I will be able to take the trip back to ToGo Cafe on Saturdays when traffic is more friendly. With so many new places opening in Jakarta, it's often difficult knowing where to go. But if you get the chance do stop by at ToGo Cafe, you won't be disappointed. It's also worth mentioning, that the service is very fast. So if you are rushing to a meeting, it's definitely a big plus. I really wish ToGo Cafe all the success in the world. Next time I go, I want to try their famous coffee. Thanks again guys for the great food!
World Trade Center II
Metropolitan Complex, Lower Ground
Jl.Jend.Sudirman Kav 29-31,Jakarta 12920
Monday to Friday 7am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 3pm
My rating of ToGo Cafe
Food 7 out of 10
Ambience 8 out of 10
Akane is a Japanese restaurant based in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The restaurant is mainly frequented by Japanese business men, and used to be my go-to place for delicious Tokyo cuisine.
I have been a regular at Akane for well over a year. I have recommended this authentic restaurant to many friends who also share a love of Japanese food. Akane was a place I could always rely upon, and I have eaten countless amazing dinners at this restaurant.
My luck turned last night, when one of the dishes, formally a must try at Akane, lacked the high standards I have become accustomed to at this restaurant. The Tori Gyoza pictured above, used to be delightfully crispy on the outside with a satisfying filling of minced chicken and herbs inside. Last night however, the Gyoza was somewhat soggy and lacked flavor. I was kind of disappointed, but hoped the other dishes would make up for it.
Akane constantly revise their menu. This dip was another variation of the excellent version they used to offer. If the Tori Gyoza had have been up to the usual high standard. I'm sure this dip would have been a better compliment.
I always order sushi when visiting Akane. Simply because it has never failed to impress me. Akane used to have a yummy sushi dish called Chicken Katsu Roll. I swear it was one of the best in Jakarta. So I am still confused as to why they have taken an excellent sushi dish off the menu. Only to replace it it with the Sambal Chicken Roll, which simply did not work for me. The chicken was not crispy as was suggested on the menu, and I found that the sambal overpowered the delicate sushi.
I know Mabo Tofu is not a Japanese dish, but I wanted to order some comfort food. Mabo Tofu will be familiar to all of you who eat Chinese cuisine. I ordered this a few months ago, and it was beyond delicious. This dish was my preferred dish of the night and kind of made me feel better about the former dishes not being up to standard.
Akane always offer a complimentary dessert, which is something I have always looked forward to. Last night however, the dessert was different. I would say it was more milky than almond in flavor. It had me missing the excellent dessert I loved so much.
So what has happened at Akane? The only conclusion I can make, is that the old Chef is no longer working for the restaurant. Akane was one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in Jakarta. But after last night, I will not be rushing back. Seeing as the restaurant is located in the notoriously trafficky area of Gatot Subroto. It has to be a special place to make me go near. I'm saddened to write about this, as Akane was one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in town. I hope for them it was just a bad night.
Rated 5 out of 10
Akane, Tokyo Cuisine
Hotel Crowne Plaza
Jl. Gatot Subroto Kav 2-3,
Jakarta Selatan 12930
Phone: (021) 522 0735
Open daily for lunch and dinner
I remember the first time I went to Bubur Kwang Tung as if it was only yesterday. In fact it was well over a year ago that I ventured to Central Jakarta in search of authentic Chinese cuisine. There are a few areas in Jakarta where it's possible to find great Chinese food. Namely Central Jakarta and North Jakarta. Bubur Kwang Tung is famous amongst those in the know, for its Bubur or Chinese Porridge.
Personally I'm not a die hard fan of Bubur. I am however aware that many people in the city often crave Chinese comfort food. Lucky for me that I came with a friend who wanted to try the famous Bubur Kepiting. If you are not familiar with this dish, it's a Chinese Crab Porridge. My friend was excited to try the Bubur, as it's pretty much hyped all over the city. When the porridge arrived, I noticed the portion was huge. There was no way in this world that I could eat one portion alone haha. On tasting the famous Bubur Kepiting, I have to say that neither my friend nor I was particularly impressed. Maybe that was due to the Bubur being overhyped, or simply that Bubur is not my thing. The Jury is still out on this one.
Whenever I go to Bubur Kwang Tung, I always order the Bihun Seafood. This dish is well executed. Whoever I take to Bubur Kwang Tung, ends up enjoying this dish more than what they ordered! Lucky that we in Asia share dishes. I'm always happy to introduce friends to a yummy dish. Bubur Kwang Tung's Bihun is not oily. It's my form of comfort food, and remains one of my favorite dishes at this restaurant.
I do try to be healthy, because if I'm honest in Jakarta, I eat a lot! It's really hard not to with so many temping things to eat! Bubur Kwang Tung's Tofu is a steal at 25k. It's always good to order & mix with your other dishes. Unless of course you are eating Bubur, then I would suggest ordering it on another occasion.
The vegetables at Bubur Kwang Tung are always cooked perfectly. Going there reminds me of being in Hong Kong. Besides serving Bubur, their other dishes are Cantonese based. I cannot say that they are 100% Canto. Some are definitely Chinese/Indo influenced ,but super enak nonetheless. The vegetables here are crunchy and well seasoned with garlic.
I have ordered fish dishes on many occasions at Bubur Kwang Tung. I have to say that all have been great. Bubur Kwang Tung is also famous for its seafood, which is the main reason I go. Here it's possible to eat fresh and delicious seafood 24 hours a day. Which is great if you get a hunger pang late at night! This Gurame was excellent. Topped with sautéed vegetables and sauce, it was the perfect compliment to the super fresh fish. Do order seafood if you visit Bubur Kwang Tung.
Every time I go to this restaurant, I always ask for their excellent sambal. Note that the sambal is definitely Indonesian inspired, rather than Chinese. It always blows my mind because I LOVE spice! The sambal is sometimes more spicy than others, so please be careful if you are not a fan of pedas! I find that it's ideal for mixing with my dishes.
I've mentioned countless times my love for Dragon Fruit. But the first time I tried this magical drink was at Bubur Kwang Tung. Since that day, I fell in love with this refreshing beverage. I also order the requisite Chinese Tea to compliment my food. I find it impossible to eat Chinese food without tea. I'm quite certain that all the fresh juices at Bubur Kwang Tung are delicious. So do try them if you get the chance.
Bubur Kwang Tung is in no way glamourous. So if you are looking for a chic setting, do not come here. Do come, if you are in search of delicious Chinese food in a similar setting to which you might find in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. I find it's better to visit this restaurant late at night, as it's quicker to travel from South to Central at this time. Hope you guys enjoy!
I rate this restaurant 7/10
Bubur Kwang Tung
Jl. Pecenongan Raya No.
Open 24 hours daily
Phone number: +62-21 386 5688
+62-21 345 8267
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