Benedict (New Menu) Grand Indonesia Thamrin Jakarta

November 4th, 2015. I went to Benedict to try their new menu. I always love their place. Moody ambiance with friendly people. And the lovely thing, my favourite spot there, now a non-smoking seat. Yaaaaaay!

Matcha Matcha Cake 60k

The main star is the Green Tea Mousse, made from premium Japanese green tea. Layered with Red Bean Paste, and finished off with a Green Tea infused White Chocolate shavings.

For some people maybe it’s not bitter enough. But for me, it’s enough. It’s perfect for my palate. But I told them that the texture was not quite delicate. I prefer a smooth and delicate texture for my cake. Especially for this matcha cake.

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Japanese Benedict 80k

Chef Fernando created this dish with Shiitake Mushroom infused Rice Patties and torched Dynamite Sauce topped off with a sprinkle of Seaweed and Toasted Sesame Seeds.

What a scrumptious combination between rice patties and egg benedict. It’s like da bomb! The texture of the rice patties was amazingly perfect. Yeah, rice was always perfect for me LOL. The egg benedict was superb. Tasted so good I think I was in love with their egg benedict over and over again.

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Benedict’s Bubur Ayam 70k

Topped with Aromatic Chicken and Shredded Duck, Shaved Foie Gras, homemade “Cakwe”, 63 degrees Egg and Spicy Peanut Sauce. A great gourmet take on your favorite comfort food.

Big portion. But I prefer they added more taste on it. It’s too bland for me. Very generous with the filling. And the texture of the porridge was flawless. The cakwe was addicting, though. But, as I said before, I need a richer taste on it.

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Hangover Cure 65k

Chef Fernando’s version of “Indomie” noodles on steroids. Sliced Pork Confit, Crispy Pork Belly, Pork Lardons, Gyoza, 63-Degree Egg, “Dabu-Dabu” Chili and Bacon Broth, it is also available with chicken instead than pork. An absolute must-try, and we can guarantee a satisfied sigh of pleasure after the first slurp.

Indomie was always favourite. I had high expectation to this dish. Too bad, it needed more taste in it too. Still, generous topping. But could be richer in taste. It was delicious, but not as “indomie” as it should be. LOL. And now, I’m craving for “indomie.” Hahahaha..

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Benedict Gyoza

Japanese Gyoza filled with minced chicken, foie gras, cabagge served with ponzu sauce.

Gyoza was always a simple menu but always made me craving for more. Benedict Gyoza was one of the best, I guess. The filling was very generous. The texture of the skin was fantastic. And I prefer to eat it without the ponzu sauce. Maybe because the gyoza itself was already tasty.

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Asian Cobb Salad

Serves as the perfect light meal, full of protein and veggies with spicy Nuoc Cham dressing.

I didn’t like this asian cobb salad. Really really not my favourite. But people said that the salad was the best. I think it’s because I’m not a fans of spicy Nuoc Cham dressing. Sorry Chef, not my preference.

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Benedict Burrito

Our homemade tortilla filled with Mexican Rice, choice of Mushroom or Chipotle Chicken, Braised Beans, Lettuce, Avocado, Habanero Salsa, accompanied with Shoestring Fries and Side Salad.

Never found a delicious burrito, until I ate this Benedict Burrito. That’s true! I loved their chipotle chicken. So delicious. And their Habanero Salsa was amazing. The combination of braised beans, lettuce, and avocado were pretty smart. They worked together as a gorgeous filling with the chicken. And the shoestring fries? Número uno.

A burrito is a type of Mexican and Tex-Mex food, consisting of a wheat flour tortilla wrapped or folded into a cylindrical shape to completely enclose the filling.

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Mushroom Ragout Tagliatelle

Are you a creamed spinach fan? Do you also love mushrooms and pasta? Ever wish you could combine all three? Then you’ll surely love this!

Errr.. not me. I used to love spinach, but for some times I didn’t really like it anymore. Got bored, I guess. The mushroom was delicious but I think it needed more creamy texture. Well, I prefer the creamier LOL.

Tagliatelle and tagliolini is a traditional type of pasta from Emilia-Romagna and Marche, regions of Italy. Individual pieces of tagliatelle are long, flat ribbons that are similar in shape to fettuccine and are typically about 6.5 mm to 10 mm wide.

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Oxtail Orecchiette

There’s just something about the beefy, meaty oxtails imparting their flavor into a rich and hearty sauce with pasta.

OMG! This was so good!!! I tried a spoonful and fell in love right away. First, I raised my eyebrows when I looked at the presentation. Yup, I was being skeptical about this dish. But, yeah, after one spoonful, I grabbed the plate and planned to finish it all by myself. LOL. I was in love with the velvety texture and rich taste of the oxtail. And the orecchiette was soft with chewy texture. Such an adorable dish.

Orecchiette is a variety of home-made pasta typical of Apulia, a region of southern Italy. Its name comes from its shape, which resembles a small ear. In the vernacular of Taranto it is called recchietedd, or chiancaredd.

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Pan-Seared Snapper

The newest creation from Chef Fernando Sindu. It’s beautiful and surely tastes amazing as well!

The snapper was a little bit over-cooked. But the rice was delicious. Actually, I think it’s orzo. Very similar with rice. Totally forgot to ask them. But, it’s delicious, indeed.

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Udon Vongole

Served with Spicy Clams, Chorizo Sausage, Pumpkin Shoots, Seaweed and Green Verde Sauce. You will get addicted to this!

I surely loved the clams and the chorizo sausage. This was my first time to eat udon with vongole. It’s a slightly brothy bowl filled with chewy soft udon, chorizo sausage, seaweed and lots of clams. But again, I prefer a thicker sauce. Furthermore, no complaint from me.

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Thanks Benedict for those delicious food. It surely drew a happy smile on my face.

Benedict
Grand Indonesia East Mall LG #37-#39
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta Pusat 10310
Phone: 021-23581238
IG: @benedictjakarta

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Benedict Grand Indonesia Thamrin Jakarta

February 18th, 2015. April 9th, 2015. I went to Benedict twice, and both visits were to accompany friends. I saw Benedict some time ago when I walked through their opening-soon outlet. It’s one of Union groups. So it must be good. 🙂 Located at East Mall Grand Indonesia on Lower Ground Level, Benedict was very eye-catching with their outlet concept. It’s like a cafe at side of the road with big windows. Lovely. It’s very easy to find this place. Just drop by East Mall lobby, then you go inside Central Department Store. There’s an escalator in the middle where you can use to go down to LG floor. And voila.. Benedict, in front of you.

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So, will I talk about who’s behind Benedict or their history etc etc? No need lah. I guess, many bloggers had already talk about it. I better talk about my experience there. Ok, before I ate there for the first time, I came to Benedict for a lunch. I asked permission to take pictures, but the male server said that I couldn’t take pictures. So, I walked out from there. The next time I went there, I talked to their manager, and surprisingly, they allowed me to take pictures. They also were very friendly. So different from the previous visit. And I met their PR too. Very friendly. Btw, I recommended the sofa near the “windows” even though it’s smoking area. But, it’s the most comfortable seat 🙂

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Egg in a Jar 75k

63°C Egg, Mac and Cheese, Shitake Mushrooms, Crispy Beef Bacon, Potato Foam, Brioche.

Ugh this was very unique. I think that’s the first time I found a dish like this one. So they poured the potato foam before we ate, but too fast I couldn’t get the picture. That’s why I just put the before and after pictures. And I love the brioche. Waaaa.. so tender and fluffy. It was addicting, you know. 🙂 Try this one. Recommended!

Brioche (/ˈbriʃ/ or /ˈbriɒʃ/French: [bʁi.ɔʃ]) is a pastry of French origin that is similar to a highly enriched bread, and whose high egg and buttercontent give it a rich and tender crumb. It is “light and slightly puffy, more or less fine, according to the proportion of butter and eggs.”[1] It has a dark, golden, and flaky crust, frequently accentuated by an egg wash applied after proofing.

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Eggs Benedict – Mexican 80k

Chorizo, Peppers, Chipotle Hollandaise, Corn Fritters, Feta Cheese.

Corn fritters were not really my favourite. It’s my hubby’s favourite. But, this one was really unique. And of course, very well-seasoned. Love the chorizo and the hollandaise. A little bit spicy because of the peppers. But the bold and tangy flavour from the feta cheese enriched the taste of this eggs benedict. I took a bow for this mexican eggs benedict.

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Korean Bowl 90k

Pork-3-Ways or Grilled Steak, Chili Fried Rice, 7-Minutes Egg, Cauliflower, Furikake.

Chili Fried Rice. Hmm.. I tried a spoonful and yup, it’s spicy. It’s savoury, indeed. I didn’t try much because it’s not mine. I just wondered how the fried rice tasted. Btw, it’s grilled steak, not pork. Hmm.. prefer pork, of course. Lalalala..

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Angel Hair Pasta with Duck Confit 110k

Chili Flakes, Scallions, Confit Garlic, Cherry Tomatoes, Pomegranate Molasses.

Love the pasta. I think it’s one of the best angel hair pasta so far. The duck confit was very delightful. Well-seasoned. Looked spicy but tasted not that spicy. Beyond any doubt, you guys should order this when you’re in Benedict. Generous portion!!

Capelli d’angelo ([kaˈpelli ˈdandʒelo], literally angel hair — hence, “angel hair pasta” in English) with a diameter between 0.78 and 0.88 mm is an even thinner variant of capellini. They are often sold in a nest-like shape. Capelli d’angelo has been popular in Italy since at least the 14th century. As a very light pasta, it goes well in soups or as “pasta asciutta” with a seafood or other light sauces.

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Banoffee Pie 50k

The Banoffee consists of banana *of course* with dulce de leche, creme, and nuts as the crumble. The pie was too heavy for dessert, I guess. So you must share with friends LOL. But I love the pie. It had a very perfect texture. Love it.

Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk (or dulce de leche), either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. Some versions of the recipe also include chocolate, coffee or both.

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Ban-A-Tella Crumble 55k

I saw the name and I instantly thought about banana and nutella with crumble. Hmm, I thought I must try this one. Voila, it’s on my table. One bite and I was in love. Banana mixed with Nutella. Ugh, so delicious, although the flavour of the banana was a little stronger than the nutella. But my fork couldn’t stop sticking the crumble. Hahaha.. So delicious, I finished it at once.

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Snickers Cheesecake 55k

The cheesecake was cute with snickers on top of it. For those who are into cheesecake, they must be very happy when they try this cheesecake. The cheese was so rich and the cake was very dense. It was delicious although it’s not my kind of cake. I prefer chocolate than cheese on my cake. But, my friend loved it. Good lah 🙂

Snickers is a brand name chocolate bar made by Mars, Incorporated. It consists of nougat topped with caramel and peanuts, enrobed in milk chocolate. Snickers has annual global sales of $2 billion.

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Thanks Benedict for always giving me the best seats and delicious food. I surely will be back to try the Scotch Eggs and more desserts. See you soon ya 🙂

Benedict
Grand Indonesia East Mall LG #37-#39
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta Pusat 10310
Phone: 021-23581238
IG: @benedictjakarta