Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ladurèe & Pierre Herme - Joyride

I don't think anymore excuses will be acceptable upon my hiatus. Although long holiday and laptop crashes were some of the culprits, still I know it won't cut it.

On the brighter note, while I was on my long break, I made my way to one of the most romantic and officially my favorite city - Paris. And as you probably guess, yes I enjoyed plenty of French macarons. I came, I saw, and I ate so many Parisian rainbows to another level of insanity: every breakfast, lunch, and dinner were followed with sweet aftertaste.

75, avenue des Champs Elysées
75008 Paris

Pierre Herme 
40 blvd Haussmann
75009 Paris

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mixed Feelings

It's been a busy, mellow, stressful, exciting, productive, lazy, hyper weeks in Jakarta. One day I'll be a busy bumble bee working and tomorrow is a slow sunny afternoon sipping ice tea doing tik-tok on with my laptop, 95% is work related. My everyday is always a mixed of things and feelings. Still, gastronomy is on the top of my list.

Here's an edition of a mix of everything:

Nanny's Pavillon
Jl. R.E. Martadinata No. 112
(6222) 4271537
Bandung, Indonesia
sausage pancake and sandwiches were mediocre
Poste Kitchen
The East Building Ground Floor
Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan E.3.2 No.1
(62-21) 2554 2707
Jakarta, Indonesia
buttery escargot

vodka fish and chips

 lobster pasta

Bubur Ayam Mangga Besar
Jl. Taman Pluit Kencana No. 5
(6221) 661 3805 
Pluit, North Jakarta, Indonesia
 my favorite place for congee with cakwe

 tofu goodness

 the best boiled and grilled chicken. uber tasty!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Y Grill - Wagyu With Style

If you're craving for a great Wagyu steak, Y Grill got it under their belt. Everything about Y Grill : interior design, presentation, and taste are wrapped in modern innovation. On our last visit, we enjoyed their steak which were uniquely presented on top of hot stone. This time around, we're in for the Teppanyaki treat and from the top to bottom - it's an art of Japanese cooking. 

begin with foursome appetizer

fresh salad

oxtail ravioli soup

dipped 'em into the ponzu sauce

wagyu goodness with perfectly crisp garlic and potato chips

 fried rice

goma/black sesame ice cream

green tea ice cream. I can't decide which one to choose so I end up with both flavors. two much? ;)
goma cake with marshmallow and ginger cookie

Y Grill 
Wisma Nusantara 3rd floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.59
Jakarta, Indonesia
(021) 3193-6026

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Table8 - Savor The Dynasty

Pretty Flower Tea.
the tea master will bring long-nosed kettle and pours boiling water in mesmerizing acrobatic movements. the little herb bundle transformed to the pretty jasmine flower.

When I walked in, I was simply amused. Chinese dynasty interior, Pagodas embellishments, breathtaking chandeliers, and the large oriental paintings on the ceiling - talking 'bout top-notch decor. You don't come across many fine dining which offers Chinese cuisine, Table8 surely knows how to deliver regal presentation and flavor: focusing on Cantonese and Sichuanese dishes. Taste wise, dishes turned out to be delish, but as I expected, Table8 doesn't completely satisfy the authenticity point of view. 
Peking Duck Appetizer
Pan-fried Beef Steak with Red Wine and Black Pepper Sauce

Steamed Live Scallop with Enoki Mushroom and Black Bean Sauce

Stir-fried Minced Roasted Duck Meat with Lettuce

Steamed Chilean Sea Bass Fillet with Cumin Flavor Szechuan

Pan Fried Noodle With Vegetable, Egg, and Sausage

Hotel Mulia Senayan
Jl. Asia Afrika, Senayan
South Jakarta, Indonesia

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Warung Tekko - Spice Up Your Palate

This place makes the ultimate throw down between my taste buds and my tummy. Within the mouthwatering dishes, greatest chili, and the running around to the bathroom every hour - I gotta say it worth every sensitive stomach pain I have to go through the moment after I walk out of the Tekko door. And still, lessons never learned...
white rice or red jasmine rice?
ayam penyet - traditional tumeric fried chicken served with smashed red chili sprinkled with fried white garlic.

Iga bakar penyet - tender short ribs served with smashed red chili sprinkled with fried white garlic. the amazing tender meat and spicy chili is super addictive.

gurameh goreng kering - deep fried grameh coated with special sauce served with smashed red chili sprinkled with white garlic. very crispy delicious, yet so tiny.
young coconut refreshes the aftertaste of spicy chili and garlic.

The rest after this is what I call hell, but I promise to take care of you, tummy...

Warung Tekko
Jl. Pesanggrahan Raya no. 7D-E
West Jakarta, Indonesia

MOF Japanese Sweets & Coffee - Fix Me

matcha latte

Everyone would know how bad I miss my Urth's Caffe green tea latte. So badly, that I will give up everything to have a glass of it right now. So, when I saw MOF has one page of beverage menu devoted for green tea, I was like a crack addict looking for a fix.

 matcha shake with a scoop of matcha gelato.

After a few slurps here and there, the matcha latte wasn't exactly the one I've been longing for. The texture was thicker than the usual. The milk was strong and very creamy, leaning towards too rich in flavor. The shake, as expected were even heavier but tasty at the same time, vanilla and a scoop of gelato really made the difference.

MOF Japanese Sweets & Coffee
Plaza Indonesia Extension # L2 - E24, E24T
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Central Jakarta, Indonesia

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


grandma stella's strawberry elixir.
No stranger to great restaurant concepts, Ismaya group emphasize on everything homemade at Kitchenette. The feel of the restaurant is pretty much enjoying your food next to your own kitchen pantry. I really enjoyed the food and ambiance but hate the waiting lines especially at peak hours. As expected, the scene was pretty packed with socialites and Plaza Indonesia's power shoppers which stretch out their stays for hours. 

we love their nacho potato chips appetizer with cheese, chili, and jalapeno. crisp, cheesy, and flavorful! 
their specialties are gallete - savory buckwheat thin crepe. Antoine-Ego - filled with ham, cheese, mushroom caviar with truffle oil, this dish failed to bring it to the table. the crepe is too thin, I need more kick of flavor other than the truffle aroma.

the chicken is well seasoned and cooked perfectly. 
mama mia burger. juicy ground patty with egg, caramelized sweet onions, and specialty sauce. *drool* not only fancy on the eyes, this burger is pretty much BOMB. burst of sweet, tangy, melt-in-your-mouth kinda feel.

apple pie crumble. mediocre in taste, I expected the pie crumbs to be more crispy. 

For such charming layout and concept, I feel some of the dishes could have stronger consistency. Nevertheless, I'm not giving up on Kitchenette, the extensive range of menu still gives me hope to find more great meals.

Plaza Indonesia Extension 1st Floor
Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav 28-30
Jakarta 10350
ph. +62(21) 2992 3580