Escape Coffee Dharmawangsa Jakarta

October 12th, 2016. I have a lunch meeting in Dharmawangsa area. But, as usual, I need to go early to avoid congestion. So I searched google maps to find a place nearby to sit by myself before I go to my lunch destination. I went around and around and around and voila! Escape Coffee.

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Located in a Dharmawangsa street, it’s really a hidden gem, I guess. It’s not difficult to find the place for me. Maybe because I’m quite capable with maps. LOL. From the facade, I could see that it’s a very comfortable place. It’s glass windows all around the place.

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They have 2 smoking areas. In front of the building, and at the back of the building. They have several vespa scooters as decorations.

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Green Tea Latte 40k

They use glass instead of mug. I have no idea why. But, it’s still nice to drink the delicious green tea latte in a different utensil.

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Mac and Cheese (forgot the price)

One delicious dish to eat with my green tea latte. It’s small so it wouldn’t make me full. I remembered that I have to eat lunch buffet after this one.

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It’s always happy to find a new place to visit, even though it’s not even new. And lucky me, I met Mr. Ronny P Tjandra, a movie star. He had a meeting for movie audition with Film Director, Mr. Andri Cung. So happy to meet you, Om Ronny. We should meet up again. Thanks Escape Coffee for our reunion. 🙂

Escape Coffee
Jl. Dharmawangsa Raya No.42
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta
Phone: 021-29305544
IG: @escapecoffee_id

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Gyoza Bar Tribeca Central Park Mall Jakarta

October 9th, 2016. It’s always happy to hear about new place. I knew that they will be a new restaurant in Central Park Mall. I kinda waited for them to inform me about the opening. One day, I got their email. Yaaaay, finally. And funny thing, Darius at the same time told me about this place. He really wanted to go there. So, why don’t we go there together? Gyoza Bar.

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MIDTOWN GROUP is Proud to announce the opening of GYOZA BAR, a Modern Japanese Fusion specializing in Gyoza and Japanese style Cocktails – The first of its kind in Indonesia.

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Located at Tribeca in Central Park Mall, GYOZA BAR was conceptualized by two best friends – Chef Sambas (MIDTOWN CORPORATE CHEF) and Chef Andy Ho (GYOZA BAR’s EXECUTIVE CHEF), both of whom have had more than 15 years of successful careers in various award winning restaurants in North America, such as Ă€ L’Os (Montreal), L’Atelier (Montreal), Morimoto (Philadelphia) and Yoshimoto (New Jersey).

It’s a unique place because they called it bar, but it’s more like a cheerful place. For me, Bar usually dark and mysterious. But this bar, is very cute with swing chair, colourful murals, adorable pillows, etc. Well, maybe, they wanna be different from any other bars. 🙂

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GYOZA BAR aims to introduce the Japanese custom of pairing Japanese Whisky or Sake with Gyoza in an idealic, relaxing and homey setting. Our specialty and authentic Gyozas will include Mexican Spicy Chicken, Chicken Truffle, Salmon gyoza, Shrimp, Vegetarian and Classic Pork Gyoza, Modern Tamagoyaki and Comforting Made House of Sushi.

Gyoza-Nova 65k

6 pcs gyoza mixed between pan grilled chicken gyoza and chicken truffle, topped with spicy mayo, mozzarella, jalapeno and tobiko

It’s one of the best gyoza I’ve ever tried. Soft and fluffy with a little hint of crispy texture. Full of flavour and very well-seasoned.

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Tori Karaage 39k

Japanese style fried chicken

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Tori Corn Pottage 29k

Creamy Japanese Chicken corn soup with green tea oil

Love it. It’s creamy, sweet and very thick. It’s maybe too thick and too creamy, but it’s okay for me. Served with fried breadstick, you should dip it into the soup while it’s hot. Delicious.

Pottage is a thick soup or stew made by boiling vegetables, grains, and, if available, meat or fish. It was a staple food from neolithic times to the Middle Ages.

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Gyoza Bar Roll 85k

Shrimp tempura, cucumber, spicy aioli, scallions, avocado with mentai salmon on it

Everything with mentai is the best. So, should I say more? Crunchy texture. Not too big size, so you could swallow it without hesitation whether it will fit to your mouth or not hahahahaha. Recommended!

Aioli or aïoli is a Mediterranean sauce made of garlic and olive oil and, in some regions other emulsifiers such as egg.

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Bao Bun 30k

Braised pork belly with our homemade bun

Fluffy bun with sweet pork belly. But I prefer they make it more interesting in the presentation.The pork belly is too small. Huft. Let’s make it bigger LOL. But, the taste was superb.

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Sumo Salad 56k

Combine chicken with romaine lettuce, carrot, corn, cabbage and ginger soy dressing

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Beef Kimchi Nabe 65k

Thin sliced beef hotpot with homemade kimchi

When I saw this one, I thought it will be super spicy. Turned out, it’s quite flavourless. I think it needed more spices. Too bad, because I put so much hope to this one. It’s really a promising dish. We told the chef, and he thanked us for being honest. He will review this dish later.

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911 Yaki Soba 65k

Stirred ramen noodle with shrimp and little bit taste of hell

Super spicy. I tried a little bit, and gave up. Hahahahaha.

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Spam Me Baked Rice 65k

Spam, cheese, corn, edamame, egg and rice

My most favourite. Tasty, savoury, delectable, heavenly, appetizing, luscious, and everything with the same meaning of delicious. Combination of spam, cheese, egg, rice. OMG! I was very happy. It will be on my list for my next visit. It was richly spiced and flavorful. Most recommended!

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Silky Tofu 39k

Homemade almond flavoured tofu with caramel sauce

I thought it will be super smooth like a pudding. Turned out it’s like jelly. It’s good because it’s not super sweet. Very nice for someone who wanna reduce overly sweet dessert.

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Black Sesame Bread Pudding 55k

Black gamma (sesame seeds) covered bread pudding

De-li-ci-ous. It’s not overly sweet. Perfect texture. We loved it!! The aroma of black sesame is addicting. The additional meringue was a genius touch. Yes, because I love meringue!! LOL! Super duper recommended!

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Japanese Farmer 90k

Dry gin, Orange curacao, Earl Grey syrup, Orgeat syrup, Fresh lemon juice, Aromatic Bitter, Tonic

Love it. Gin and Tonic never failed me.

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Orenji Cinnamon 40k

Charred orange, Strawberry fruit, Orange juice, Cinnamon syrup, Earl Grey syrup

It’s good but I prefer the Japanese Farmer. LOL.

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Thank you Gyoza Bar. Congratulations for the opening.

Gyoza Bar
Central Park Tribeca Ground Floor
Jl. Letjen. S. Parman No. 28
Tanjung Duren Selatan
Jakarta
Phone: 021-29201125
IG: @gyozabarjakarta