[HOTEL] JW Marriott Hotel Mega Kuningan Jakarta – Part One

July 18th, 2015. Time for weekend getaway!! Well, my hubby was in the mood of holiday. Since it was Eid al-Fitr, he asked me whether I wanted to celebrate my birthday only in Jakarta. Or I wanted somewhere else? And of course I said, “YES! In Jakarta!” So, we spent our holiday at JW Marriott Jakarta.

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Superbly located in the commercial district just minutes away from multinational corporations, embassies and shopping centers. JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta ideally located in the city’s business golden triangle. Welcome to your home away from home. JW Marriott Jakarta’s spacious hotel lobby, with luxurious interiors and elegant touches, is a tranquil hideaway in the heart of bustling Jakarta.

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Urban elegance with a touch of royalty, welcome to JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta. Set 30Km from Jakarta International Airport, in the Golden Business Triangle of Mega Kuningan near multinational corporations, embassies and shopping centers, this business hotel in Jakarta indulges guests in a remarkable blend of comfort, luxury and exquisite services with its plush bedding, delightful amenities and superior executive lounge. Nourish your senses in the popular Alameda Spa with signature treatments, relax by the outdoor pool or sweat it out in our fully equipped health club. This luxury Jakarta hotel enthralls guests with its popular Jakarta restaurants such as Sailendra Restaurant’s buffet with live cooking stations, Asuka Japanese Dining serving delectable dishes from Japan and Pearl Chinese Restaurant, serving superb fine dining Cantonese cuisine. Create memorable events in our grand ballroom that can hold up to 1500 guests, 23 meeting rooms and state of the art conference facilities.

DAY ONE

I arrived at the hotel around 14:30. We did the in-room check-in and then enjoy our room. It’s Executive Room with King size double bed. No smoking.

Executive Room (Room 2115)

Special Benefits:
This room features Executive lounge access
Complimentary food, cocktails,  non-alcoholic beverages
Complimentary pressing, 2 garments per stay
Complimentary 2 hours of meeting rooms usage per day
Free local call, free wireless internet access
Personalize check in and check out

Room Features
42sqm/452sqft
Air-conditioned
This room is non-smoking
Connecting rooms are not available
Windows, floor to ceiling
Ceilings, high

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The Bed

I love my bed!! It was big, huge, spacious, super gigantic. Yeah rite, it’s because at home my bed is super small hahahaha.. It was very comfortable. It was city view, but not too spectacular view for me. In fact, I happened to close the curtains all day long. 🙂

But, the most important thing, I love the hospitality at JW Marriott. Love you guys. 🙂

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Environment

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Bathroom

Love the bathroom. Simple and classy. And the bath tub was cool. 🙂

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Gym and Swimming Pool

The swimming pool was small. Well, I guess they need to make it bigger hihihihi.. Just because I love big pool LOL. 🙂

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That night, I spent the lovely moments with my best friends. As per my request to my hubby, I wanna spend my birthday with all the people that I love. My family were having their own holiday, so I guess it’s time for my best friends. Surprisingly they were all in Jakarta this month. Hooray. Thanks guys for the lovely moment. Horror stories (which I hated so much huhuhu), Werewolf Games, Birthday hugs and kisses, and surprises gifts!! Love you all.

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to be continued

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Trafique Coffee Hang Tuah Senayan Jakarta

June 20th and August 7th, 2014. I went to Trafique Coffee twice. First I went with Hans, second I went with my sister and her son. Located in Hang Tuah Street, near Senayan area, Trafique is not very easy to find. You have to specifically find their sign, a number 9 in yellow colour, above their security post. And they also had a yellow door. It’s very unique and eye-catching. 🙂

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Trafique was very spacious. When I came inside the place, I thought, “What a comfy place to hang out.” I could picture myself siting alone and doing my blog. What a nice me-time, right? They separated the smoking and non smoking area, which is very nice. Btw, they had a vintage theme. You can see from their displays. Let me show you around. And please forgive me if I took too many pictures hahaha..

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The food I ate below, I had no idea whether they still have it or not. But, I just wanna share what I ate that day.. a year ago LOL..

Oxtail Cream Soup 55k

The soup was very delicious, but for me it’s a very small portion. I just ate some sips, and it’s finished already. OMG. Hahaha.. but, it’s too salty for me. And we needed more oxtail!!!

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Fried Bread with Chicken Sausage Filling 35k

This was very good. I hope they still serve it. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Dip it in the mayonnaise, tasted so delicious and quite addicting. I should go back to this place again to find out about this dish. 😀

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Almond Croissant

Perfect! No need to say anything. Just, perfect!

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It’s been a year and I still think that this was one of the best coffee shops. The people were so polite and friendly. So, what could go wrong for a coffee shop with great people, delicious food and comfortable place? Nothing. I should go back there again to update my recommended food. Wait for me!!!

Trafique Coffee
Jl. Hang Tuah Raya No. 9
Senayan, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: 087889848004
IG: @trafiquecoffee

Hogs Breath Cafe Saloon and Grill Central Park Mall Jakarta

July 14th, 2015. Finally, I came to Hogs Breath Cafe, Saloon and Grill at Central Park Mall. They invited me for their grand launching at the end of May but I couldn’t come. So when I came to Central Park, I decided to try this place.

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Australia’s renowned Steakhouse, Hog’s Breath Café, in collaboration with PT. Indophoenix Global, has opened its first outlet in Jakarta since June 2014. Located in the breezy outdoor-facing area of Tribeca Park in Central Park Mall, Hog’s Breath Café Saloon & Grill Jakarta has been serving authentic western cuisine and beverages to its patrons whilst providing a fun casual dining atmosphere.

Let me show you around the place 🙂 It’s not very spacious, and even though they had 2 levels, but they haven’t use it. I went there with fellow foodies. We were having fun there 🙂 The cafe itself looked so cool. I felt like I was in some cool bar I saw in some movies or TV series. Cool, aight?

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The Menu

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Finger Food Combo 98k

A platter of potato skins, buffalo wings, crumbed chicken tenders, salt and pepper dusted calamari with lime sweet chilli sauce and our Hog’s Breath honey mustard.

I love the crumbed chicken tenders, potato skins and calamari. I didn’t like the buffalo wings. It’s a little bit spicy, and too dry. But overall, I love this finger food combo. You can eat this with friends. Especially the one who love to hang out with you for some time. And you can choose the sauces. They served it with chilli sauce and honey mustard sauce. You can choose which one you like.

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Smoked Pork BBQ Ribs 178k [half rack]

Hog’s Style braised pork spare ribs basted in our very own Hickory Smoked Barbecue Sauce and served with curly fries or mash and seasonal vegetables or salad.

This is one of their signatures. The pork was very tender and juicy. I didn’t really like the additional sauce, so I ate without the sauce. I love the curly fries!! Really love it. The texture was perfect with just the right taste. Recommended!

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Thanks Hog’s Breath for your hospitality. Congratulations for your 1st anniversary. I will come back for your dessert. Some people said that I should try your dessert LOL. See you soon.

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August 23rd, 2015. I came again to Hog’s Breath for the second time. I will show you what I ate that day. I went there as a special guest for #GWStarving’s invitation. LOL.

Appetizer

Jumbo Combo 149k

A platter of potato skins, buffalo wings, crumbed chicken tenders, Prawn Spring rolls, Monterey Cheese Sticks, portion of curly fries, salt and pepper dusted calamari with lime sweet chilli sauce and our Hog’s Breath honey mustard.

It’s literary Finger Food Combo with additional Prawn Spring rolls, Monterey Cheese Sticks and a portion of curly fries.

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Macho Nacho 78k

Crisp tortilla chips staked high with melted cheese, chilli con carne and topped with Mexicana salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

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Main Course

Smoked Pork BBQ Ribs (Full Rack) 298k

Hog’s Style braised pork spare ribs basted in our very own Hickory Smoked Barbecue Sauce and served with curly fries or mash and seasonal vegetables or salad.

I ate this pork ribs again. And I fell in love over and over again. LOL. It’s the same taste. Juicy and tender. Love it. And the curly fries? Too die for!

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Beef Short Ribs with Herbs BBQ Sauce 228k

Marinated, braised and char grilled to tender perfection and smothered in our special herb BBQ Sauce and served with fresh salad or vegetables and curly fries.

I tried this one a small bite. Tasted amazing with the herbs BBQ sauce. It’s perfectly tender too. I recommended this one for those who loves beef ribs. Ugh, those meat!!

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Australian Lamb Shank 188k

Traditionally braised lamb fore-shanks served with creamy mash, steamed vegetables and basted with its own lamb gravy.

Funny thing, someone told me that it was pork knuckle! OMG! And I believed him. But, I smelled something that alert me, “It’s not pork! It’s not pork!” And, after I confirmed the owner, yes, it’s lamb!! Wow, finally, I can declare myself as a foodie hahahahahaha.. This lamb shank was delicious and amazingly tender! But, I still smelled a lamb’s aroma. A little bit. But, yeah, another recommendation from me.

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Blue Cheese Prime Rib Steak 249k

Prime Rib steak seared on the char-grill and then topped with our own blue cheese ranch dressing.

This was the winner! I couldn’t stop eating this. I just couldn’t. And thank goodness, nobody knew. Hahahahaha. Or they pretended to not care? LOL. This steak was tender, juicy, addicting. I asked my friend to refill my plate all day long hahahaha.. The blue cheese dressing was.. hmmm.. tempting..

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El Grande Prime Rib Steak 249k

Prime Rib steak topped with Mexican salsa, warm cheese sauce and sliced jalapeños.

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Calamari Prime Rib Steak 259k

Tender Prime Rib steak topped with crispy crumbed salt and pepper crumbed calamari rings and lime chilli sauce.

The Prime Rib was definitely tender. I didn’t have to explain anything, right? The calamari rings were well-seasoned. But I didn’t try the lime chilli sauce. Come on. Chilli. Not my favourite. So, I prefer this one without the sauce. 😛

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Garlic Prawn Prime Rib Steak 269k

Flame-grilled Prime Rib steak with juicy, fresh prawns in Hog’s own garlic and white wine cream sauce.

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Dessert

Key Lime Cheese Cake 55k

Creamy, Cheesy, tangy lime flavoured served with cream and ice cream.

Actually I didn’t like cheese cake. But this key lime cheese cake had a mild texture and light tangy taste. It’s creamy but still light. I ate and finished it in a jiffy, because everybody had already full. It’s the collaboration of sour and sweet. Perfect.

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Banana Split Sundae 65k

Banana served with crushed nuts, cream and ice cream, and garnished with a chocolate wafer. Add your choice of topping – chocolate, caramel or strawberry.

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Grandma’s Trifle Sundae 68k

2 scoops of vanilla and 1 scoop of strawberry ice cream layered with jam rolled sponge cake, vanilla custard, Aeroplane Strawberry Jelly, and finished with whipped cream and toasted coconut. 

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Thanks again Hog’s Breath for your hospitality. Thanks #GWStarving for inviting me to your meet up. Thank you.

Hog’s Breath Cafe
Central Park Mall
Tribeca Park GF #15
Jl. S.Parman Kav. 28
Jakarta Barat
Phone: 021-53662815
IG: @hogsbreath_id

Holy Smokes Wolter Monginsidi Jakarta

July 10th, 2015. Say “Hello” to Holy Smokes. As the latest brainchild from the creative mind of Albert Wijaya, Chef and Owner behind Ersons Foods, Holy Smokes brings a Texas slow-smoked BBQ House at its very best. They will be open soon.

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Located at Wolter Monginsidi, Holy Smokes was quite easy to find. The interior design was very simple. Industrial looks, but very light. When I stepped in to the place, I felt very comfortable. Holy Smokes served in a fast-casual dining concept. Well, let me show you a little detail about this place. Ah, I forgot to tell you that I was there around 4pm. Errr, too early, I know. That’s because I was afraid that there will be traffic jam around that time. So, I prefer came early, then I took pictures, and waited for others foodies.

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How to order the food? First you queue and order your food, then they will give you this pager. You just need to wait. When your order is ready, the pager will ringing and blinking. Then it’s time for you to pick up your food.

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Before we ate, Chef Albert did the magic first. A little cooking demo for all of us.

Albert said, “We are very excited to be able to introduce Holy Smokes, an American slow-smoked BBQ house. Its signature low n’ slow smoking style, quick service, and casual atmosphere are what a smokehouse should be.”

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Now I will show you how the food will be served. For the dinner, they gave me small platter, so I could try everything. I loved the Baked Beans 22k as their side dish. It’s really perfect for my palate. I also loved the Onion Straws 45k as their signature side dish. It’s very delicious. Made of the freshest onions, thinly sliced into “straws” and deep fried creating a crispy and fulfilling texture. I like the Pulled Brisket Sandwich 88k. The french fries that came along with the sandwich? Not my favourite.  The bbq chicken wasn’t my favourite either. It’s too dry and a little bit tasteless. Need improvement, I guess. The beef brisket? Outstanding!

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Smoky Beef Brisket 142k (three slices with two sides)

Served in slices, and made up of the flat end and point end that combines the juicy and lean sides of the meat in each slice. Beef brisket has a reputation as a tougher cut of meat, but our own way of smoking them for 14-hours transforms the brisket into melt-in-your-mouth perfection!

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Texas Short Ribs 278k (with two sides)

A thick, richly-marbled beef short ribs that is slow-smoked for 6 hours at low temperature, bringing out the ultimate tenderness of the meat. The Short Ribs have a rather short bone, but have a thick, juicy meat at the top and is often considered to be the most tender and premium of all different beef ribs cuts.

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Southern Style Beef Ribs 263k (with two sides)

This is another signature dish from the brand. It is made of the beef back ribs that have a longer bone compared to any other rib cuts and have most of its thick meats in between the bones. They are smoked for 4-hours which yields a juicy and a little chewy texture that provides a primal and satisfying eating experience.

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BBQ Chicken 150k (whole size with two sides)

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BBQ Chicken Salad 55k

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Congratulations Holy Smokes and Chef Albert. Keep up the good food!!!

Holy Smokes – Slow Smoked BBQ
Jl. Wolter Monginsidi No. 27
Jakarta 12180
Phone: 021-7221795
IG: @holysmokesid

Itacho Sushi Grand Indonesia Sky Bridge Thamrin Jakarta

July 1st, 2015. I was invited to Itacho Sushi. They had Value Lunch Menu, but only available Monday to Thursday, 11am to 5pm. And, not available on Public Holiday. I met fellow foodies there. 🙂

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This was my first time there. When they had Grand Opening, I was invited too but I couldn’t come. So, when they invited me again for introducing their Lunch Set Menu, I thought, “Well, it’s time for me to see their place.” So, voila, I was there. The place wasn’t very spacious, but quite nice. Let me show you around. I took only a couple of pictures because it was too crowded.

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The Menu

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While we’re waiting for the lunch set menu, they served us salmon sashimi 30ksushi rolls @ 10k (salmon, squid) and supreme sea eel 70k. 🙂

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VALUE LUNCH MENU

Curry Sliced Beef with Rice 60k

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Grilled Saba Shioyaki 60k

I tried the saba. It tasted nice. Saba Shioyaki is a grilled mackerel with salt. I read somewhere that the flavour of mackerel comes from salt and the fish itself. And it’s so true. It’s really delicious. 🙂

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Sake (Salmon) Don 65k

I tried this one, but for me this menu was lack of salmon. Too much rice for those salmon. They should add 2 or 3 slices salmon. LOL. That’s true. I didn’t finish the rice because there’s no salmon at all in my bowl *sobbing* And it needed more flavour I guess.

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Sakura Don 58k

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Salmon Black Pepper with Butter 65k

I tried this one too. And it’s really delish. The salmon was very tender and juicy. As I’m writing this review, I’m looking at my picture, and I’m drooling! Literally! I wanna go back to Itacho for this menu. The black pepper with butter sauce was very tasty and smell soooooo good. Definitely, recommended.

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Add 15k for Matcha Ice Cream

The matcha ice cream was delicious but too sweet. But delicious. LOL. I liked it. 🙂 The texture was very smooth. Easy to melt. But delicious. Again. LOL. But, the matcha was not very strong. And it’s too sweet. Again. 😀

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Thanks Itacho for the invitation.

Itacho Sushi
Grand Indonesia Mall
3A Floor, Sky Bridge
Jl. MH. Thamrin
Jakarta
Phone: 021-23581228
IG: @itachosushi.id

[EVENT] Starbucks Indonesia Lotte Shopping Avenue Ciputra World Jakarta

July 2nd, 2015. Starbucks invited us for an event. It’s called Summer Journeys Start with Starbucks. “Let Starbucks Frappuccino Blended Beverages Inspire Your Next Adventure.”

Orange Honeycomb Crunch Frappuccino Blended Beverage 48k

Starbucks is giving customers even more delicious tastes of Summer to enjoy with this beverage, created with flavour combinations to spark your Summer adventure. A beverage with refreshing citrus infusion and a delightful crunchy honeycomb for a cool, multi-textured beverage treat. The Orange Honeycomb Crunch Frappuccino Blended Beverage blends Orange honey, infused with orange bits, with smooth and creamy Frappuccino Blended Beverage. It’s then layered with a crunchy honeycomb and finished with whipped cream and a swirl of deliciously tangy Orange drizzle, and even more crunch honeycomb toppings. A creamy, citrus sensation!

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Grilled Chicken Wraps 45k

A fresh mixed of green leaf lettuce, paprika, and grilled chicken finished with hot and sour mayonnaise wrapped in a soft flour tortilla. A good way to boost your mood anytime of the day. Paired it with orange honey comb cream Frappuccino to compliment your meal.

It’s delicious but I found it too spicy. But, mostly, my friends said that they really like this one because it’s very fresh.

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Spicy Beef Classic Bread 25k

A soft dough filled with savoury beef filling that match perfectly with the bun. Design for you to recharge your your afternoon energy perfectly paired with Starbucks Cafe latte.

I love it. It’s very delicious, and not too spicy. The bun was very soft and fluffy. The spicy beef was resembled with the taste of rendang. It’s really good. I ate one big bun, and made my tummy full with happiness. Recommended.

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Customer can enjoy “Buy One Get One from July 7th – 20th, 2015 a complimentary Tiramisu Java Chip Frappuccino for every purchase of Orange Honeycomb Crunch Frappuccino Blended Beverage when purchased with a Starbucks Card.

Starbucks Indonesia
Lotte Shopping Avenue
Ciputra World
Ground Floor
Jl. Prof Dr Satrio
Karet, Jakarta
Phone: 021-29888911
IG: @starbucksindonesia