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

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Greyhound Café Indonesia at Grand Indonesia West Mall Thamrin Jakarta

September 12th, 2017. Finally Greyhound Café open for public. So before everybody come to the place, I have to be there first. LOL. Well, actually I had to be at Kelapa Gading area this morning with Tasya *waving to the beautiful gal* but the night before I had some breakdown because I drank coffee before lunch, and I spent my afternoon with not-being-well condition. My hubby then forbid me to go to Kelapa Gading since it’s too far from my home. When I woke up yesterday morning, I felt so much better. Tasya texted me and asked me if I want to join her today to Greyhound’s private lunch. Well, why not?

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Not your expected “THAI”, our restaurant is a real “Bangkok” café. With food and mood the way Bangkokians love it today. Like the city where it was born, our restaurant offers a mixture of taste in culture and art. From traditional to modern, from street to high style, from local to international. All mixed together in a beautiful chaotic way.

I just found out that they’re under Arena group. Yaaaay. I was very sure that the food must be good! When I came inside the cafe, I was stunned by their interior. It’s very spacious with murals everywhere. Yes, it’s very spacious. They divided into 3 areas. The first area was the coffee and cakes bar with comfortable seats. Then getting inside, you will find a large dining area. And there’s a semi private room for 12 pax, I guess. What a lovely place to eat, chit chat, me time, and everything else.

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Thai Tea Granita 52k

One of the best Thai Tea I’ve ever tried. Well, I only tried a small amount of Thai Tea since it’s never my favourite drink. They put granita in the thai tea. It’s sweet and flavourful. Usually Thai Tea gave me some weird taste, but this one was very different. OMG! I’m craving for this thai tea granita!!

Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings. Originally from Sicily, it is available all over Italy in somewhat different forms.

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Salmon Carpaccio in Spicy Hot Sauce 88k

Sliced fresh salmon swims in special Thai spicy sauce.

When I read this menu, I was afraid that it will be super sour and super spicy. Carpaccio wasn’t really my thing, actually. But Greyhound did a very good job with this salmon carpaccio. It’s not too spicy. And it’s really a great combination between sour and spicy, with a hint of sweet flavour. Maybe it’s from the fresh salmon. Definitely one of the finest salmon carpaccio I’ve ever tried. No b*llsh*t!

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Greyhound Famous Fried Chicken Wings 65k

Deep fried marinated mini chicken wings in fish sauce. A family recipe, legend has it, someone dropped an entire batch on the beach but decided to brush the sand off and continued nibbling.

Couldn’t stop munching this fried chicken wings. Well, simple presentation with uncomplicated appearance. A mini size chicken wings. It’s indeed a small portion with a bombastic taste. Well-seasoned. Crispy and crunchy with no oily texture. Topnotch!

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Phad Thai with Fresh Prawns 95k

Fried Thai rice noodle with tamarind sauce and fresh prawns served with crushed peanuts and chili powder.

Served in separated presentation. We had to mix it with passion LOL. A different kind of pad thai that I used to eat *I didn’t eat many pad thai actually LOL*, this one had a really strong taste of sweet. And I loved it! The bean sprouts were fresh-crunchy. Deliciously brilliant with the crushed peanuts. Enhanced the tamarind flavour of the phad thai. Super recommended!

Phad thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand.

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Thai Braised Beef Noodle Soup with Beef Balls 85k

Rice noodle in very tender braised beef soup and beef balls, served with chili sauce.

More broth please! Outstanding flavour with addicting beef balls. Well the texture of the rice noodle was too al-dente for me. I prefer they make the rice noodle fluffier next time. The braised beef was a little bit dry in texture. But other than that, it’s almost perfect.

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Chocolate Banana Crepe Cake 62k

Light and thin crepes, layered with banana, custard and fresh cream, topped with chocolate sauce.

Need more banana flavour inside the layers of custard and fresh cream. The texture was also too hard to cut. But I loved the chocolate sauce. Not too sweet. Just the right amount of flavour.

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Fresh Coconut Crepe Cake 72k

Light and thin crepes, layered with fresh cream and fresh coconut meat.

DABEST! It’s light, it’s thin, it’s silky, it’s fluffy. It’s everything I wished in this dessert since the first time I laid my eyes on it. Coconut was never my favourite, but this coconut crepe cake will be my first favourite coconut dessert. I recommended this one for you guys. If you don’t like coconut, it’s fine, but I suggest you to try this one first. And tell me about it.

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Congratulations Greyhound. Keep up the great work. And thank you for the lovely lunch yesterday.

Greyhound Café
Grand Indonesia West Mall
Ground Floor Unit G-20A
Jl. MH Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 23581363
IG: @greyhoundcafe.id

Lewis and Carroll Flower Market at Central Grand Indonesia Thamrin Jakarta

June 12th, 2017. I knew about Lewis and Carroll new outlet from @eatandtreats 🙂 They opened at Central Department Store in Grand Indonesia East Mall. Collaborated with Summer Petals by Atelier Fleuri, they called the place: Lewis and Carroll Flower Market. It was very beautiful. I couldn’t stop taking photos.

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Lewis and Carroll’s first outlet amazed me with the beautiful ambiance and very spacious space. This new outlet amazed me with the concept. I think it’s the first tea house collaborating with flower market in Jakarta. CMIIW. Like I said before, I couldn’t stop taking photos. Those beautiful flowers. I felt like I was in a beautiful garden, not in a tea house. I will share my photos to you, my lovely readers.

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Those lovely flowers are made to be admired. I wanted to grab the flowers and brought it home. Too bad I don’t have cold-handed for flowers. So I prefer just stand there and enjoyed the beauty of the flowers. And took photos for my blog. Hope you enjoy those photos.

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snow owl 60k

silver needle white tea

i always order this tea whenever i went to lewis and carroll. well, next time i have to try another flavour, i think hahahahha.. i have to come out from my comfort zone. this white tea is very mild and light. i think i need to try fruit tea for more experiences.

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island cordial 40k

mango, orange, strawberry, marigold, safflower, pinneaple

this was cindy’s order. yes, i went to this new place with cindy. she loved fruit tea. and i think it’s one delicious flavour of tea. mango, orange, strawberry, pineapple mixed together wooow.. love the aroma and the flavour of it. recommended!

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tiramisu 65k

layers of sponge cake soaked in VSOP martell, espresso, mascarpone & chocolate chunks

actually we wanted to try their Cacaocha, but it’s not ready yet. so we changed our choice to tiramisu. and i could say it’s one of the best tiramisu i’ve ever tried. fluffy texture with delightful flavour. the chocolate chunks enhanced the texture of the tiramisu. scrumptious and mouthwatering. recommended!

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nastengel cake 37k

another recommendation for desserts at lewis and carroll. it’s their newest cake. it’s a combination of ananas tart and kaasstengels. and it’s an amazing mash-up cake. i love the pineapple jam and the cheese cream they put in the cake. generous fillings. the texture of the cake was also beyond compare. super duper recommended. it’s a must-try cake there. trust me.

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Congratulations Lewis and Carroll Tea for this new outlet. Great job Summer Petals by Atelier Fleuri. Cannot wait to be back to the place.

Lewis and Carrol Tea Flower Market
Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall
East Mall UG Floor
Central Department Store
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.1
Jakarta
IG: @lewisandcarrolltea

Wee Nam Kee Grand Indonesia East Mall Thamrin Jakarta

October 1st, 2016. Once upon a time, I went to Singapore with my beloved Mom, sisters and brother. And I remember it’s like yesterday, we went to this place because everybody told us about this delicious place to eat Chicken Rice. And we were so happy because it was delicious. I still remember Mom’s smile. Miss her so much it hurts. And last year, they opened in Indonesia, in BSD City for exact. I haven’t got a chance to go there and try the place. Until I saw that they will open in Grand Indonesia. Yaaaay, closer to my home. Finally, I can try this one. Wee Nam Kee.

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Originally a father and son family owned business, which started in 1987, the Famous Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Restaurant for two generations has proudly preserved the heritage and recipes refined over the years. Since 1989, Wee Nam Kee was initially a Chicken Rice specialty shop and eventually evolved into a restaurant serving a board range of Nanyang inspired dishes to complement famous signature Hainanese dishes.

Singapore’s true Hainanese Chicken Rice is perfect and recognized by many food lovers to be well represented by Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Restaurant. Starting from 4 outlets in Singapore, Wee Nam Kee has been expanding to Japan, Philippines, Korea, and now Wee Nam Kee is opening in Indonesia with a brighter look while still remain the same food quality and features an energetic ambience for a traditional dish.

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Opened in November 2015 at The Breeze BSD City, and now we open our second branch in Indonesia at Grand Indonesia. Wee Nam Kee Indonesia comes up with a new ambience and delightful menu. By delivering an original and authentic taste of Chicken Rice along from Singapore, Wee Nam Kee Indonesia is looking forward to fulfill Indonesian’s appetite.

Welcome Wee Nam Kee to a closer area from my home hahaha.. The place is not big, but enjoyable enough for a family lunch or dinner. Typical Chinese modern restaurant with marble tables and beautiful lightings.

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Signature Chicken

with choice of Steamed, Roasted or Soya Sauce Chicken

Quarter Chicken (for 2) 69k – Half Chicken (for 3-5) 115k – Whole Chicken (for 6-8) 215k

Of course their signature is the chicken. Whether you ordered steamed chicken or roasted chicken or soya sauce chicken, it’s your choice. But, I prefer the soya sauce chicken. It’s tastier, even though they had same texture meat. The difference was the flavour, of course. Well, you can half mix the chicken. Half steamed and half roasted. Half steamed and half soya sauce. I enjoyed the chicken very much.

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Gizzard 6k Liver 6k

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Sambal Noodles with Seafood 48k

I tried a bit, because it’s quite spicy. But I love the texture of the noodles. Tender and soft. And it was sweet, sour, spicy altogether. You can taste the mix of it in one slurp. And the flavour of the seafood was very rich.  I guess this one was a recommended dish if you like spicy noodles.

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Congratulations Wee Nam Kee for the 2nd outlet. Hope to see another outlets all around Indonesia.

Wee Nam Kee
Grand Indonesia East Mall
Level 3A
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.1
Jakarta
IG: @weenamkee_ind

Abura Soba Yamatoten Tokyo Grand Indonesia Thamrin Jakarta

December 11th, 2015. Great news! Abura Soba Yamatoten Tokyo now opens near me yaaaaaay!!! I don’t need to go to Pantai Indah Kapuk. I just need to stroll myself to Grand Indonesia. Woohoo!! So happy!! When I got the invitation from Becky Tumewu, I was like, “OHMAIGAT! OH MAI GAT!” I was so in love with their soba, I wanna cry when I got the invitation before they open to public. What an honour. LOL.

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I waited for a friend at coffee shop around West Mall. Then, we walked to East Mall and approached another friends. Voila! I was in the latest outlet of Abura Soba Yamatoten Tokyo. Hihihi. The place wasn’t very spacious but quite comfortable. I met some fellow foodies there. After talking to my friends, I took some pictures of the place. Oh by the way, I met Becky Tumewu in person. At last. She was like the most humble famous person. She always smiled and asked us if we needed anything.

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Abura Soba 59k

Original Abura Soba served with chopped spring onions, sesame seeds, bamboo shoots, dried seaweeds and slices of tender roast pork or chicken.

Still my favourite. Delicate texture and delightful taste. I ate this abura soba with happy face. I really really like it. Don’t forget to add 2 rounds of vinegar and chili oil. You can add it more if you like. Whatever your tastebud, it’s your risk. Hahaha. I was tempted to speak with devil voice: “Enter your own risk HAHAHAHA” but well, it’s not appropriate I guess. LOL.

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Jya-Jya Abura Soba 68k

Abura Soba served with minced meat in sweet soy bean paste, spring onion, sesame seeds and dried seaweed. Comes with choices pork or chicken.

Didn’t try it at all, so sorry no review about this one. Maybe later. I will try it by myself. 🙂

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Umewasabi Abura Soba 68k

Abura Soba served cold! It is refreshing with a tangy touch of special plum and wasabi paste. Topped with dried seaweed, fresh tomato, fried lotus and chicken chasu.

It’s one of their new menus. I just tried the chicken chasu. It was so good. But I didn’t really like cold soba, so yeah not one of my favourite. But my friends told me that it was quite good. 🙂

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Kare Abura Soba 65k

It is not your ordinary kind of Kare sauce, our special twist use 10 kinds of herbs and spices to tease your tastebuds. Available in pork and chicken meat.

It’s another new menu. I tried a slurrrrp and yeah, not my favourite too. Well, I prefer the original Abura Soba. Sorry Yamatoten, but I won’t have a change of heart. Abura Soba original still my favourite so far.

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Soft Broiled Pork 48k

One word: HEAVEN. Ugh I’m drooling while writing this review. Recommended side dish.

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I was so happy that my favourite soba restaurant now serves near me. Congratulations Abura Soba Yamatoten Tokyo for your new outlet. Keep up the good work!!

Abura Soba Yamatoten Tokyo
Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall
East Mall LG Floor #15
Jl. M.H. Thamrin
Jakarta
Phone: 021-23580807
IG: @yamatoten

Popolamama Grand Indonesia Thamrin Jakarta

December 6th, 2015. I went to Popolamama at Grand Indonesia level 3A. They’re launching new menu for this holiday season. I love their place. It’ quite big with lovely ambiance. I came with a bunch of food-enthusiasts (thanks for the invitation guys). We were so lucky to be the first to try those appetizing food and exquisite desserts before they launch it to public.

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Popolamama combined Japanese food and Italian food. Popolamama itself came from the words: popolare (popular) and mama (mom). In Italy it means something like: the best food was mom’s cooking. The first Italian Fresh Pasta and Homemade Napoli Style Pizza. Fyi, this is their 3rd outlet in Jakarta. Comfortable place to eat lunch or dinner.

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NEW HOLIDAY MENU

Arabiatta Shrimp Pasta 85k

Arrabiata sauced blended with fresh pasta and topped with six deep fried king prawns & mizuna

Spicy but addicting. And I love the texture of the pasta. A little bit soft and delicate. But do you know what I love the most? The king prawns!! They were delicious and well-seasoned. Crunchy crispy texture. I ate it and complained, “Aaaargh spicy. Me no likey.” But, my fork came back to the plate over and over again. LOL.

Arrabbiata sauce, or sugo all’arrabbiata in Italian, is a spicy sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes, and red chili peppers cooked in olive oil. “Arrabbiata” literally means “angry” in Italian; the name of the sauce may well be due to the heat of the chili pepper and one’s reaction to it.

Mizuna (ミズナ(水菜, “water greens”), shui cai, kyona, Japanese mustard, potherb mustard, Japanese greens, California peppergrass, or spider mustard is a cultivated variety of Brassica rapa nipposinica. The name is also used for Brassica juncea var. japonica.

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Seafood Platter 120k

Deep fried dory, calamari, & king prawns with durum semolina flour, dip it to our signature Aioli Sauce

Simple dish. Just dory, calamity and king prawns. But, it was worth the price! Delicious with big portion! I couldn’t stop munching the king prawns. And the calamari was in perfect texture. Not too hard to chew. The dory was tender and very mild. It was a very nice starter. Order this while you eating with your buddies. Trust me. You aren’t going to play with your gadgets because you are too busy chewing this and having fun with your very best friends. It’s like, seafood platter’s connecting people. LOL.

The durum wheat is milled to remove the bran and germ, leaving the rich yellow endosperm granules called semolina. This is then ground into flour and used to make pasta. Semolina granules are used for cereals and couscous.

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RICE MENU

Wafu Kara-age Rice 48k

Deep fried chicken kara-age with special wafu soy sauce, served with steamed rice and bano wafu sauce salad

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Chicken Teriyaki Rice 48k

Grilled chicken teriyaki – fragrant and tender, served with steamed rice and roasted sesame salad

I fell in love. Over and over again. Salty, sweet and delicious chicken teriyaki that are perfect to serve over rice. And the chicken was boneless. Superb! Mix the chicken and the rice, and the flavours worked so well together. Recommended dish. One of the best chicken teriyaki dish. I still remember the taste of it, swimming in my mouth. Truly a winner.

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Chicken Cacciatore Rice 48k

Slow cooked chicken breast with tomato cacciatore sauce, sautéed carrot and buna shimeji mushroom, served with steamed rice and roasted sesame salad

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NEW DESSERTS

Choco Banana Pizza 55k

Need more banana and more chocolate. Maybe they should pour the chocolate all over the banana. They called it pizza but the shape wasn’t like pizza at all. Hihihi. I prefer they make it like pizza. 😀

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Green Tea Tiramisu 48k

OMG! Best green tea tiramisu ever! I didn’t really like green tea, except it’s kit kat green tea LOL. But, combine it with tiramisu, it was scrumptious. Very very recommended. The texture was very delicate. Velvety fluffy. Ugh, I’m drooling right now. And btw, I was shocked that this photo in my IG finally got more than 1000 likes. Woohoo!! Please check my IG. @yennymichael

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Chocolate Mousse 35k

Perfect texture, sweetness and chocolate flavour. Super creamy! Have you ever tried cloud? Well, I think it’s similar with this mousse. Hihihi. It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!!!

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Mix Berries Smoothie 42k

I love it. It’s so sweet. Some people said it’s too sweet. But for me, it’s perfect. Refreshing with great texture of smoothie. Such a perfect drink to welcome this holiday season. Happy holiday guys.

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Overall, I like those new holiday season menu. Popolamama did a great job on those delicious food and delightful desserts. Keep up the good work!!

Popolamama
Grand Indonesia Mall
West Mall Level 3A
Jl. MH Thamrin
Thamrin, Jakarta
Phone: 021-23580415
IG: @popolamamaindonesia