[HOTEL] Mercure Jakarta Cikini – Deluxe Room

September 9th, 2017 – September 10th, 2017

The 207 room Mercure Jakarta Cikini is located in central Jakarta, close to the Central Business District and National Monument. It offers easy access to the nearby shopping centre. All rooms are uniquely designed with a fusion of tradition and modernity. Guests can enjoy the delightful cuisine at our elegant restaurant or relax at the rooftop pool bar.

We stayed at Mercure Jakarta Cikini for our 14th anniversary. Yaaaay. Hooraaaaay. LOL. It’s a really nice place to celebrate. I went through the hotel a couple of times, and just realized that it’s such a gorgeous hotel. Warm and friendly people there made me feel very welcome.

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Welcome Drink

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Deluxe Room

Our new Deluxe room comes with spacious and comfortable queen size bed. Convenient sofa with extra room space & connect your work with our high speed Internet. Additional espresso machine makes your stay even more enjoyable. Privilege benefits included.

OMG! Love the white roses and the beautiful swan. They also arranged a lovely gift for my “son” Asher and anniversary cake. Thank you so much! I love their room. It’s spacious, adorable and of course, full of love. Wow! It’s really an anniversary ambiance hahaha. The room was more adorable when Asher came and played inside the room. *hug Asher*

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DE’ LANGIT POOL BAR

Refresh yourself and indulge in our selection of light snacks, coffee and tea at the Pool bar.

We came to De’Langit Pool Bar and amazed with the view. It’s like in Japan, with railway train and trains frequently back and forth. And the pool was amazing. It’s Infinity Pool. Very beautiful.

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DE’KAFE RESTAURANT

The restaurant offers a wide variety of international and local culinary options.

Dinner Time

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Homemade Lemonade 45k

A signature of De’Kafe Lemonade with ginger, rosemary, and splash of ginger ale

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Cikini Rainbow 60k

Layered of guava, strawberry, blue curacao and splash of soda

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Sapo Tahu 75k

Silken egg tofu with vegetables, chicken or seafood, cooked in clay pot to keep it warm, served with steamed rice

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Sop Buntut Cikini 175k

Traditional oxtail soup served with steamed rice and melinjo crackers

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Ayam Rica-Rica 90k

Favourite dish from Manado, fried chicken mixed in Bumbu Rica-Rica (hot and spicy) cooked in coconut oil. Served with steamed rice and Dabu-Dabu sauce

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Mie Godog Jawa 85k

Traditional noodles soup from Java with shredded chicken, boiled egg, steamed rice and shrimp crackers

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Thin Crust Italian Pizza 85k

Pizza Hawaian Smoked Chicken with pineapple

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Bandeng Bakar

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De’Langit Mixed Combo 88k

Four kind of snack served with three kind of sauce and mixed maslune

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They served many dishes during dinner. All of them were delicious.
But my favourite was the Sapo Tahu. It's really really good.
The broth. The tofu. Mixed it with steamed rice, it's amazing.
Well, I'm drooling right now, remembering the flavour of the Sapo Tahu hahahaha..

BREAKFAST

I love the ambiance of the restaurant. And how they arranged the food. They had enough variants of the food. But my favourite from the breakfast was the dimsum. It’s so delicious I refilled my plate all morning long hahaha.. But I forgot to take photos of the dimsum, since we ate them in a wink. LOL.

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Thank you Mercure Jakarta Cikini for the hospitality. We’re very happy to spend our anniversary celebration at your place.

Mercure Jakarta Cikini
Jl. Cikini Raya No.66
Cikini, Menteng
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 3926600
IG: @mercurejakartacikini

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Unveiling The All-New Pearl Chinese Restaurant at JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta

September 20th, 2017. JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta introduced the new face of one of their restaurant, Pearl Chinese Restaurant. Located on the second floor and dominated by golden red color, this restaurant is now coming back by presenting a typical Chinese cuisine with Modern Cantonese nuances. I went to Pearl with Aline, Cindy and Vania. 🙂

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Known as one of the best Chinese restaurants in Jakarta, Pearl Chinese Restaurant offers a variety of Modern Cantonese culinary created by Executive Chinese Chef, Chef Ken Choy Chong Hung. In addition to the a la carte menu, Pearl also has an attractive dimsumlicious all-you-can-eat dimsum promotion where guests can order more than 40 Chinese dishes ranging from soups, appetizers, dimsum, main courses to desserts. This promotion is valid every Sunday, from 10.30 to 14.30 for 280k including free-flow chinese tea.

Dragons on the carpet. That’s definitely a strong character. Hahaha. Yes, I’m a dragon. That’s why I loved Pearl so very much. The place is still have the same ambiance with the previous Pearl. It didn’t lose its elegance touch.

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Caramelized Wild Salmon 118k

The presentation was very beautiful. Love the colour of the salmon. They put pomelo on top of the salmon. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful and delicious salmon dish I’ve ever had. The texture of the salmon was tender and mild. The taste was also very light. Perfect for a starter in our lovely lunch.

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Hand Made Mango Prawn Ball 138k

Our second dish. Also beautiful. 6 pieces of mango prawn ball, looked exactly like quail eggs. Tasted so good with the delicious combination of mango and prawn. We’re actually fighting for the prawn ball. LOL. It’s really THAT good.

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Iberico Pork Ribs with Butter and Pepper 188k

When it came to our table, I was tempted by the aroma. It was beautiful and delicious at the same time. The pork ribs were tender and juicy. Buttery and Peppery. It’s very rich, succulent cut with flavorful ribbons of fat and meat. Super recommended!

Iberico pork is a Spanish culinary treasure, amongst the finest pork in the world.  While iberico is best known for the famous slow-aged hams, the other cuts are succulent, moist & delicious.  This iberico pork is raised free range on traditional Spanish pastures known as dehesas.

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Water King Prawn with Egg Noodles 168k

When I got home, I just realized that I didn’t take photos of the egg noodles hahaha. Sorry ganks. I was amazed by the water king prawn, actually. It was tantalizing. The prawn was juicy and perfectly cooked. The bold, sweet, firm-textured meat overpowered the egg noodles. *yeaaah rite* Actually the egg noodles’ texture was too al-dente for me. I prefer the silkier egg noodles.

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Foie Gras Peking Duck with Pearl Rice 168k

Whoaaaa.. you should try this one. Actually, when Aline tried this one, she said that she wanted to keep it in her mouth for a day. She didn’t wanna swallow it. It’s TOO GOOD! And I said, “Gross!!!” But, when I tried it, I wanted to do the same. HAHAHAHA! Well, the foie gras, the peking duck, the pearl rice. OMG. Melt in your mouth. Umami!!!

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Tong Po Belly 118k

It’s always good to see a pork belly dish just like my mom’s homemade dish. Ugh I miss my mom so very much. Well, back to the pork belly. It’s a little bit too sweet for me, but I asked for more rice, to lighten the sweet from the pork belly. LOL. What a nice excuse to add more rice hahahahaha.. Well, the meat was tender and juicy, but I prefer the skin of the pork belly softer, since it’s a little bit chewy. Just a little bit. But other than that, it’s super fine.

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Chicken Sauteed with Black Bean in Clay Pot 108k

I adored the claypot. It’s beautiful. Well, it’s not special, but I loved the colour of it. In the claypot: a tender chicken meat with a strong flavour of black pepper. It’s addicting, but Azka *Cindy’s son* couldn’t stand the spicy taste.

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Mooncakes

Bamboo Charcoal with Pandan and Coconut

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White Lotus Paste with Salted Egg Yolk

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Red Bean

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Thank you Pearl Chinese Restaurant and JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta for the lovely lunch. Always favourite!

Pearl Chinese Restaurant
JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta
Jl. DR Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung
Kav. E.1.2 No. 1 & 2
Mega Kuningan, Jakarta 12950
Phone: 021-57988888
IG: @jwmarriottjkt

[HOTEL] Atria Hotel Gading Serpong Tangerang – Deluxe Room

September 1st, 2017 – September 3rd, 2017

The Atria Hotel Gading Serpong is a modern hotel in CBD (Central Business District) Serpong perfect for business travellers, business and leisure groups. Located just within a 25 minute drive to the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the Atria Hotel Gading Serpong allows you to enjoy a design hotel in Tangerang with wellness Artha Spa, exquisite tastes in the Mezzanine Restaurant, 11 business meetings, 24-hour reception, modern rooms and free services like wifi internet and minibar.

It’s really happy to visit another hotel that managed by Parador Hotels & Resorts. Located in Gading Serpong area, Atria Hotel occupied a very strategic location. So close to Summarecon Mall Serpong. Easy to find something to eat. LOL.

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Deluxe Room

Designed with warm and pleasant colours, the 9 deluxe rooms of the Atria Hotel Gading Serpong are larger than the superior rooms, as they have 33 square metres of space and are located in the superior floors. These deluxe rooms also feature TV with international channels, safe deposit box, desk, sofa, telephone, bathroom amenities, shower, air conditioning, hairdryer, minibar, coffee maker, kettle and slippers.

It’s a spacious room. I love the way they make the room even bigger with not-so-much furnitures. But I didn’t really fond of their tiles. I prefer parquet floor or carpet. And I loved that my room is very near the swimming pool. I could hear children laughed happily. Asher was also happy when he came to the room. He walked around and around and around. Such a  spacious area for kids.

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Swimming Pool

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The Mezzanine Restaurant

The Mezzanine Restaurant offers a wide range of traditional and international dishes. Daily buffet breakfast. Smoking area available.

Dinner Time

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Pome Paradise 45k

Dates, dragonfruit, pome, honey, simple syrup, ice and whipped cream

It’s really delicious with sweet flavour. Addicting.

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Sup Buntut 195k

Legend Authentic Indonesian oxtail soup either braised or fried, served with steamed rice, pickle, bean cracker and green chili ‘sambal’

They recommended this one for me, and I agreed with them. It’s delightful with tender oxtail and well-seasoned broth. I was very hungry, and I finished it in a jiffy.

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Garlic Rosemary Half Spring Chicken 175k

Pan seared garlic rosemary boneless spring chicken, baby potato and rolled French bean beef bacon, garnized with mushroom gravy

It’s my hubby’s order. He said it’s delicious with a nice presentation on the rolled French bean beef bacon. The mushroom gravy enhanced the flavour of the rosemary chicken. Recommended!

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Breakfast Time

Breakfast time is always our favourite time. We loved to eat breakfast until it’s time they closed the buffet. At Atria, we loved the variants of the food. But my most favourite dish was the chocolate danish. It was super duper delicious. I couldn’t stop eating the danish. OMG! Super love!

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Thank you Atria Hotel. It’s a really nice two-nites-staycation on the long weekend. Definitely addicting.

Atria Hotel Gading Serpong
CBD Gading Serpong Kav. 2
Jl. Boulevard Gading Serpong
Tangerang
Phone: +62 21 29215999
IG: @atriaserpong

Kokoro Mazesoba at Gandaria City Mall Jakarta

July 17th, 2017. I went to Kokoro Mazesoba soft opening on June 4th, 2017, at Grand Indonesia. It’s still soft opening, and the mural hasn’t finished yet. I didn’t take many photos there. So, when they opened the second branch in Gandaria City, I asked my brother to have lunch there.

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Kokoro Maze-soba literally translates to Maze-soba from my heart and soul. Tokyo Maze-soba is a delicious noodle dish with a main (although there are some other choices) topping called “minci” in Japan which is minced meat seasoned with soy sauce, red pepper and garlic. Some other toppings are green onions, garlic chives, fresh garlic, dried fish grits and egg yolk. The Kokoro menu was created by Takuma Ishikawa, Japanese chef and founder of the brand.

I love the murals. I felt like in Japan. *hahaha I never went to Japan* But the atmosphere was very Japan with amazing murals and wooden furnitures. No wonder it’s almost packed that afternoon.

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When the bowl of Maze Soba arrives to your table mix the noodle thoroughly with the toppings and egg until all of them are completely coated with the egg, sauce and the rest of the ingredients. After you have finished your delicious noodles, let us offer you “Oimeshi” (a spoonful of freshly steamed white rice to mix with your remaining sauce). It’s te perfect final touch for a delicious and hearty meal. Itadakimasu!

Cold Ocha 15k

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Zenbu Nose Maze-Soba 95k

Tokyo Mazesoba, Japanese sauces, Char Siu slices, lots of fresh green onion, fresh garlic chives, dried nori, fresh garlic, pickled bamboo shoots, spicy minci, dried fish powder, extra nori sheets and first quality Japanese omega egg.

Super duper recommended. It’s the most complete bowl, I guess. If you want a classic type, you shouldn’t order this one, because it’s not classic at all. It’s definitely will make your tummy so full. The char siu slices were very good. Mix them all together in one bowl, and it became one bowl of happiness.

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Tokyo Maze-Soba 73k

Tokyo Mazesoba, special homemade Japanese sauces, fresh green onion, fresh garlic chives, dried nori, fresh minced garlic, spicy minci, dried fish powder and first quality Japanese omega egg yolk.

It’s my brother’s order. When I saw the presentation, I imagined a meadow hahaha.. It’s good, but there’s no char siu at all, only minced meat. It’s still good, but I prefer to have char siu in my soba LOL.

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Great job Kokoro Mazesoba. Definitely a keeper.

Kokoro Mazesoba
Gandaria City Mall
Upper Ground Floor
Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda
Gandaria, Jakarta
IG: @kokoromazesoba

Gelato Paradise at Gandaria City Mall Jakarta

July 17th, 2017. I heard about Gelato Paradise long before I came to the place. I had plan to have lunch with my brother, so I visited Gelato Paradise before we had our lunch.

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The Gelato Paradise’s store first opened at Tunjungan Plaza I in the heart of Surabaya, East Java-Indonesia in 2015, using special recipes, finest natural ingredients and friendly team workers, we make a great break through to gain our customers’ trust and happiness. New store openings followed and continuously improved our services and develop our gelato flavours. We believe in the simple things: Just make you smile, sharing special moments with family, catching up with old friends or even making new ones. Our gelato makers are always churning a freshly made gelato in work shop, created with only the finest ingredients and the best part with no artificial Flavours and colours.

Located at LG floor, Gelato Paradise occupied a small area with a petite gelato bar. It’s in front of Lotte Mart, with 2 or 3 tables for people to enjoy the gelato or sorbet. It’s a nice place for you to wait for parents who do the shopping.

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1 M Cup 45k

Groovy Root, Dragon Fruit Sorbet and Mango Sorbet

The combination of those 3 flavours were fantastic. I love the unique taste from groovy root, dragon fruit and mango. The texture was silky, rich and smooth. It’s refreshing and very very much addicting.

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Gelato Paradise
Gandaria City Mall
LG Floor Unit L 98 A
Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda No.11
Gandaria, Jakarta
Phone: +62 819-0887-6071
IG: @gelatoparadisecoid

Saudagar Kopi at Sabang Menteng Jakarta

July 8th, 2017. I heard about Saudagar Kopi a lot, since my sister loves to go there in the morning after dropping her kids to school. It’s not far from the school, actually. So, when I had my staycation nearby, I went there for the first time with Hans.

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Located in Sabang street, Saudagar Kopi occupied a small shophouse with smoking area on 2nd level, and non-smoking area on 1st level, but they have outdoor area for smoking in the facade. It’s not a new coffee shop nor a fancy one, but it’s a comfortable place to hang out with friends and family.

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Hot Cappuccino 36k

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Iced Kopi Tarik 42k

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Iced Nutty Joe Latte 48k

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Iced Caramel Macchiato 49k

This is my favourite. I only ordered this everytime I went to Saudagar Kopi. Well, yeah after that first time with Hans, I went there again several times with sisters and brother and last time with Aline. We love the place. I think it will always be our favourite place in Sabang hahaha..

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Kue Cubit Original 22k

I ordered it half-baked kue cubit. So delicious, I always ordered again and again after that. LOL. Fluffy texture with delicious chocolate flavour. It’s very addicting! Trust me!

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Roti Bakar Baheula 20k

It’s actually a butter sugar toast. It’s sweet and buttery and very delicious. I love it. The toast was silky and definitely not hard to eat. It reminded me of my childhood. Mom used to make this kind of toast. Ugh, miss you so much Mom.

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Roti Bakar Pindakaas Choco 22k

Pindakaas means peanut butter. So it’s peanut butter chocolate toast. It’s also delicious. I really love their toast. The nutty flavour and chocolate flavour mixed perfectly inside the toast. And now I’m craving for this toast. Hmm…

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Nasi Soto Betawi 37k

I remember that night I was hungry. So I ordered soto betawi. It was really good! Well, the next visit with Aline, I also ordered this nasi soto betawi hahaha.. Yes, it was THAT good. The delicious flavour from the broth was very addicting. And I loved when I saw perkedel as the side dish. OMG. Super recommended!

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Thank you Saudagar Kopi for always made me happy. See you again super soon!

Saudagar Kopi
Jl. Haji Agus Salim No.26F
Sabang, Menteng
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 3143270
IG: @saudagarkopi