Kalaku Coffee & Company at Pesanggrahan Kembangan Puri Jakarta

April 16th, 2017. I had a birthday invitation at noon around Pesanggrahan street, so before that, I planned to go to a coffee shop nearby. I looked around the venue and voila! Kalaku.

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From the facade, it’s quite nice, with 3-cars parking lot. But when I stepped inside, I found it quite oldies. It’s very spacious, with several tables and seats scattered neatly all around. There’re men doing some works near the barista. They politely said sorry for the inconveniences. They have smoking area outside, only 2 tables. The barista worked alone, then another man came. But, it’s only us, so they weren’t very busy. Well, please enjoy my simple review then.

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Ice Lychee Tea 28k

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Caffee Nutella 35k

As usual, I asked the barista first. If I cannot drink coffee but I want to drink coffee, what should I drink? He said, “Caffee Nutella is good. I will make it not too coffee for you.” Yaaaaay. And it was really delicious. It’s coffee but full of Nutella. Love it. Sweet flavour with rich texture of Nutella, for sure.

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Banana Bread 25k

It’s not really special, but it’s okay. The texture was fantastic. Sometimes they made the banana bread too crumbly. But this wasn’t like that. Tasted good too. They didn’t have many food or pastry. So, I guess it’s the banana bread or the brownies. I wasn’t in the mood for brownies. So, banana bread, then.

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Hokkaido Cheese Tart 18k

Actually, I wasn’t very sure about this one. But, instead of brownies, I thought I prefer this one. So I ordered this hokkaido cheese tart. Its presentation wasn’t convincing enough but I think I wanted to try this one. And.. it’s delicious. The texture was great. Tasted perfectly delightful. This is what we sometimes called: “Don’t judge the book by its cover.” Recommended.

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Hope to be back again soon. Wanna try their other food, for sure.

Kalaku Coffee & Company
Jl. Pesanggrahan No.26
Kembangan, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 58357296
IG: @kalakucoffee.jkt

[EVENT] Basque X Cuca: Sugar Rush from Bali to Noble House Mega Kuningan Jakarta

April 13th, 2017. I got the VIP invitation from Cuca Bali to a Sugar Rush event at Basque. Virginia sent me the message and asked me to choose from 3 dates. So, I chose April 13th. Yaaaay, finally I could meet up with Virginia and Kevin. Long time no see. Basque X Cuca.

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Remember those happy childhood moment when you had all those sweets and cakes on your hand? In collaboration with Chef Kevin Cherkas from Cuca Bali, we want to re-create those too-happy too-energetic moment to put a cherry on top of your day.

This was our first time to Basque. It’s quite a fascinating place. There’s a bunch of people dancing, and there’s a bunch of people eating. LOL. Such a different atmosphere. 🙂 But what I loved the most was when I met them again after some times. Virginia! Kevin! We miss you!

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Apple Crumble

Ginger braised apples, frothed cream, country granola, tarragon; best paired with Apple Ginger Iced Tea

Kevin always amazed me with his creation. It’s a really beautiful presentation. An apple crumble disguised into a beautiful rose. I think it’s the only apple crumble that I could eat, since it looked very much alike a rose. And I love rose. Rose is my weakness. Hahahaha. Smart Kevin! He knew I was into roses hahahahah.. It was delicious but apple is actually my hubby’s thing. So, I let him finish it.

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Arroz Con Leche

Coconut rice, caramel banana, cinnamon perfume; best paired with Cortado Coffee

Another creative dessert from Kevin. It looked like banana, it tasted like banana, it was actually banana with coconut rice and caramel. It was on top of the banana peel. Genius! Oh well, it looked more like banana peel, but it’s actually the banana. Hahaha. Love the texture of it. Tender and sweet. One of our favourite.

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Brownie

Warm chocolate mousse, palm sugar ice cream, cocoa cumbs; best paired with Cortado Coffee

THE BEST! Kevin said that he wanted to make it a real brownie, with the same packaging when you buy a brownies for souvenir. That’s why they presented the brownie in the carton box. And it was dabomb! Tasted delicious with fluffy and delicate texture, but of course with richer flavour. OMG! OMG! I love you Kevin! *Sorry Virginia hahaha* The fluffy texture of chocolate mousse mixed beautifully with the cocoa crumbs. DABEST!

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Tea-Ramisu

Black tea cake, grass jelly, aired mascarpone, caramelized seeds; best paired with Creme Caramel Tea

Actually, Virginia and Kevin asked me, “Have you ever tried our tiramisu?” And I answered, “Not yet. When I was in Cuca, I tried the Bali Breakfast.” Then, Kevin went back to the kitchen and made me a Tea-Ramisu. Love the texture. Love the flavour. Love Love Love. This was the second best that night! And it ended our #SugarRush night lusciously.

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Thank you Virginia and Kevin. You guys are the best! Really! The best!

Cuca Bali
Jl. Yoga Perkanthi
Jimbaran, Bali
Phone: +62 361 708066
IG: @cucaflavor

Basque – Bar de Tapas
Noble House Building
8th Floor
Mega Kuningan
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 29783111-12
IG: @basquejkt

Kopi Es Tak Kie at Gang Gloria Glodok Pinangsia Jakarta

April 12th, 2017. It’s the legendary coffee shop. It’s been there since 1920s. Actually, it’s one coffee shop where my parents brought me when I was a kid, to eat Nasi Campur or meet up with their friends. Kopi Es Tak Kie.

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Established in 1927, Tak Kie’s name is derived from the word “Tak” which means wise and simple man. While the word “Kie” means easy to remember. This name has not changed since it was first established. The founder of this coffee shop wanted to teach his successors to always be low-profile and hard-working. I didn’t know then, that it will be famous hahaha. It’s my childhood memory, of course, with Mom, Dad and my siblings. Ok, back to the place now. When I was there, the lady behind the Nasi Campur there didn’t recognize me. When I told her my Dad’s name, she finally remembered me. She said, “Aaaah yes, I remember you.” 🙂

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Kopi Susu 17k

First timer. Yup, even though I always went there, I’ve never tried their coffee. So yeah, first timer, for sure. And I love the iced one. Tasted like a legendary coffee, not those modern coffee. LOL. I heard that they used varieties beans, but always the best one. Pssst, we ordered the hot one just because we wanted to take photos of the cup with their name written. Hahahaha..

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Bakmi Pangsit 30k

Not my order. It’s Cindy’s and Ivan’s order. Anyway, noodle is not my thing there. Well, it’s quite delicious but not my favourite. Maybe next time I will order a bowl for myself. Maybe. Or maybe I will ask my hubby to order it, and I just try from his bowl.

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Nasi Campur 40k

My childhood’s Nasi Campur. Yaaaaaay. Always favourite. Trust me, the flavor never changed. My favourite was the pork satay. I remember, whenever I ate this Nasi Campur, I saved the pork satay for last. Yup, just like the quote said: save the best for last. LOL. Oh I miss those days..

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I held my tears when they said to me before I went, “Send regards to your mom ya.” When I said, “Mom’s gone in July last year.” I couldn’t forget the look on their face. The lady said to me, “Sorry. We didn’t know. Sorry.” I had to hold my tears so hard. Mom, you see, they love you. Well, I will be back there again, to reminisce my childhood’s memory. Soon.

Kopi Es Tak Kie
Jl. Pintu Besar Selatan III
Gang Gloria No. 4 – 6
Glodok, Pinangsia
Tamansari, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 6928296 / +62 859-2133-6686
IG: @kopiestakkieglodok

Kopineto Coffee at Karet Pedurenan Kuningan Jakarta

April 9th, 2017. I knew about this place from an owner of coffee shop nearby. I planned to go there with friends, but evidently everybody went there already. So, before an event not far from my place, I went there, alone. Kopineto Coffee.

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Located on the roadside of Karet Pedurenan near a beauty parlor, Kopineto occupied 3 levels building. The 3rd level is a rooftop. I prefer the 2nd level because it’s cooler. Hahaha.. Well, I got there around 9am, but I had to wait. There’s no barista, even though it’s written open 8am. LOL. So after about half an hour, they came. Yaaaay. Now let me share to you my simple review.

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White Coffee 30k

It’s always good to drink great coffee. But when you cannot drink too much coffee, it’s a little bit sad. Unquestionably. And I couldn’t drink coffee as much as I want. *sobbing* Actually this white coffee was a little bit too milky. But, other than that, it’s fine. 🙂

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Pandan Cake 15k

Pandan Cake was a light cake, and I love it. I heard a lot about this pandan cake from other reviews. And I still ordered this one? Yes of course, since pandan cake is a harmless one, for me. And when I want it to be richer in texture, I dip it into my coffee. OMG! It’s really really good. So please order this one, and dip it into the coffee, booyaaaaah! Ok ok, I’m overreacting hahaha. But, it’s true. It’s good. Try it.

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Toast Bread 15k

It’s banana chocolated toast bread. I prefer if it’s more crisp. It’s too mushy for a toast bread. LOL. But it tasted nice with good flavour of banana and chocolate together. 🙂

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If you wanna sit in a serene place with a nice ambiance, you can drop by here. Please ignore the view from there, too much power cables in front of the coffee shop. But I tried so hard not to capture it in my photos’ blog hahahaha.. It’s quite annoying to see those cables. LOL. Anyway, enjoy the place.

kopineto.coffee
Jl. Karet Pedurenan No.33A
Kuningan, Setiabudi
Jakarta
Telepon: +62 851-0390-0061
IG: @kopineto.coffee

Belly Bandit at Noble House Mega Kuningan Jakarta

April 8th, 2017. It’s Saturday. I went with my sister for breakfast and early lunch. Then, my hubby came home to pick me up to have lunch. We talked about where to go for lunch. It’s so hard to choose the place since we like everything. But then, I remember, I wanna try this place, since it’s not far from my apartment. So, we had lunch there. Belly Bandit.

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When we decided it was time to bring Jakarta something new and something fun.. Belly Bandit takes into account the values of great food and refines the all-day breakfast and burger joint. Tucked in on the mezzanine floor in Noble House, Mega Kuningan, Belly Bandit has a cozy and casual tropical ambience.

We parked our car on basement, then we walked to the lobby. We took stairs to mezzanine level, and voila, there’s Belly Bandit. Not too spacious, but very comfortable. When we came, we met the owners. Turned out, they invited foodies for foodtasting. *waving to those foodies* I asked the owner, why Belly Bandit? She said, “Look at the bandit wolf? We surely want to steal your belly!” LOL. So they wished they could steal our belly, like they stole our heart. Such a funny meaning, right. Well, let me show you around through my several photos.

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SMOOTHIES

Sunrise 55k

Orange, pineapple, strawberry, raspberry & banana

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Tropical Treat 55k

Banana, coconut, mango & strawberry

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B.Y.O.Burger [Build Your Own Burger] 75k

Choose A Bun: House Bun. Choose One Patty: Double Patty (+35k). Choose Two Toppings (10k for additional toppings): Pork Bacon Jam for Jam N Salsa, Fried Egg and Pork Bacon for Protein Pick Up, U.S. Yellow Cheddar for House Cheeses. Choose One Sauce: Signature BB Sauce.

The House Bun was fluffy and delicious. And I love the patty. Well, we both love the patty. It was super juicy, super tender and super recommended! One of the best patty. My hubby loved the pork bacon. We were satisfied with the B.Y.O.Burger. The Signature BB Sauce was also delightful, a great addition to the burger.

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POCKET PICKER SIDES

Loaded Tots Bandito 45k

Topped with house blend ground beef, pickled jalapeno, corn relish, green onion, and melted cheese sauce

It’s a great starter. Such a tender tots. The melted cheese sauce was finger-licking good. We spotted never stop eating the tots hahaha.. By the way, the pickled jalapeno and corn relish should be on top of the tots, but since my hubby doesn’t like spicy flavour, we asked them presented separately.

Tater tots are pieces of deep-fried, grated potatoes served as a side dish. They are recognized for their cylindrical shape and crispy exterior.

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DESSERT

Croissant Bread Pudding 50k

Flavour: banana. It was very delighftul. Love the texture. They use croissant for the bread. It’s different with the common bread pudding. Tasted sweet and delicious. But still, the texture is dabomb. And I still couldn’t move on from this one.

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Thank you Belly Bandit for the hospitality. I will be back again soon with my friends. Wait for us!

Belly Bandit
Noble House Building
Mezzanine Floor
Jl. Mega Kuningan Barat
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 50101862
IG: @eatbellybandit

AB Steak by Chef Akira Back at MD Place Building Setiabudi Jakarta

April 17th, 2017. I was invited to Media and Bloggers luncheon. It was very exciting. A new place. You know about Akira Back, right? Yes. There’s connection between this place and Akira Back. Turn out, this is the latest brainchild by Chef Akira Back. It’s a modern Korean Steakhouse with American style. AB Steak.

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Chef Akira Back stays true to his take on cultural merging, mixing flavors and tastes of his Korean origin along with a variety of other cuisines in an exotic fashion. The innovative steakhouse concept has been developed by Chef Back for quite some times and Jakarta has been chosen to be the first city to open AB Steak. The restaurant’s door opens in April 2017 with a commitment to deliver high quality service, comfort, style and memorable experience.

The experience was like in a movie. We came in. It’s dark. A lot of meat in there. People walked around. There’s fire on the wall. Yeah, not really fire, it’s more like live wallpaper. It’s still dark. I know! We’re like coming into a private party of mafia kingpin! LOL. The difference from the movie, in AB Steak, there’s no dancing pole. Hahaha. Yup, trust me. Not even one. *please be serious Yen..* Ok, I’m not lying. It’s like private party. I could feel the elegant and luxury ambiance. There’re paper cranes on the wall. It’s so beautiful. Well, let’s begin the steak-party!

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STARTERS

Shitake Croquette 225k

Sea Urchin, Sweet Shrimp Kejang, Smoked Potato Foam, Caviar

My favourite! Can you imagine? Sea Urchin with Caviar on top of croquette. Tasted marvelous. The sweet shrimp kejang was also very delightful. It’s not every day I could eat kejang. The smoked potato foam was in a quite rich creamy texture even though it’s form as a foam. Super recommended!

Gejang or gejeot is a variety of jeotgal, salted fermented seafood in Korean cuisine, which is made by marinating fresh raw crabs either in ganjang or in a sauce based on chili pepper powder.

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Amberjack “Carpaccio” 195k

Roasted Jalapeno Salsa, Oranges, Blood Orange Soy

Beautiful presentation. The lovely colour of the raw amberjack fish, blend charmingly with the colour of oranges and roasted jalapeno salsa and blood orange soy. The fresh spicy and tangy flavour of the dish was really strong. I only ate one beautiful slice of amberjack and it’s enough. The flavour burst in my mouth. Ulalaaaa..

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Scallop Crudo 135k

Chive & Kimchee Gel, Jicama, Truffle Yuja Soya

Crudo means raw in Spanish. So it means raw scallop. And it was beautiful. It’s glazy and divine in presentation. But the flavour was very strong for my palate. The sour and tangy flavour. If you like sour and tangy flavour, this is for you, then. An eye-opener starter.

Pachyrhizus erosus, commonly known as jicama, Mexican yam bean, or Mexican turnip, is the name of a native Mexican vine, although the name most commonly refers to the plant’s edible tuberous root.

Citrus junos or yuzu (from Japanese ナă‚ș) is a citrus fruit and plant in the family Rutaceae. It is called yuja (from Korean 유자) in Korean cuisine context.

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Steamed Bun 150k

Bbq Duck, Seared Foie gras, Ssamjang hoisin

Such a delicate bun. And I think it’s very genius to serve bun with tender duck and seared foie gras. And the bun was very delicate. Ok, I said it twice. But it’s true. I just rolled the bun, put those delicious in my mouth. And it’s literally melted. Yes, melted in my mouth. This is one of my favourites too.

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Black Mussels 135k

Meatballs, Crispy Rice Cake, Kochujang Butter Sauce

Love this one too. Wow, it’s getting better! The black mussels were a rare ones. So, it’s really lucky for me to try this one. It was very delicious. I prefer they made the meatballs larger, of course. But those mini meatballs were scrumptious. Those little.. errrr.. ok now let’s talk about the crispy rice cake. It was pretty amazing. Sometimes they made the tteobokki quite hard to chew. But this one was pretty soft. Don’t ask about the butter sauce. I wanted to put warm rice on top of it. Huft.. I should did that! 😩

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Steak Tartare 185k

Roasted Bone Marrow, Wagyu Tartare, Pine Nuts

At first I ate only the wagyu tartare. Then I combined with the roasted bone marrow. And it was unbelivable. The flavour changed all at once. As you know, bone marrow tastes meaty and buttery. Umami!

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AB’s Caesar 110k

Grilled Romaine, Grilled Salmon, Herbed Yogurt Caesar Dressing, Caramel Mac-nuts

I think it’s caesar salad a la AB Steak. The romaine grilled perfectly, mingled impeccably with the well-seasoned salmon. The caramel macadamia enhanced the texture of the salad. Recommended!

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After those starters, let’s move to the main course. And they served five dipping sauces: Sesame Oil, Bulgogi, Wasabi, Ssamjang and Chimichurri. My favourite was the sesame oil. 🙂

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#GrillsGoneWild

PREMIUM WAGYU

They categorized 6 types. Hokkaido “Snow” Rib Eye A5 850k per 100gr, Hokkaido “Snow” NY Strip A4 850k per 100gr, Flat Iron Steak A4 225k per 100gr, Chuck Eye Steak A4 385k per 100gr, Rump A4 325k per 100gr and Knuckle A4 185k per 100gr.

Flat Iron Steak 300gr 675k

Tender wagyu beef with melt-in-your-mouth texture. Super juicy.

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HOUSE AGED BEEF

They categorized 6 types also. 60 days Whiskey Aged Bone-In Wagyu Ribeye MBS +6 123k per 100gr, 45 days Porterhouse (500gr minimum) 185k per 100gr, 45 days T-bone (500gr minimum) 178k per 100gr, 45 days Bone-in Ribeye (300gr minimum) 199k per 100gr, 21 days Kiwami Wagyu Top Sirloin 9+ 168k per 100 gr and 15 days Belgian White Tongue 160k per 100gr.

45 days – Porterhouse 500gr 925k

200 days grain fed

I could still hear the sizzling sound they made. They added apple wood chips in the charcoal. Smell so good. Juicy and tender meat. OMG. But I prefer it grilled in medium well. Melt-in-your-mouth!

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45 days – Bone-In Ribeye 300gr 597k

200 days grain fed

Same texture with same flavour. Aaaargh, after tried 3 kinds of meat, I still couldn’t choose which one is the best. Since they all were delicous, juicy, tender and melt-in-your-mouth. Well I think, you should try them all. OMG! To-die-for!

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DESSERT

Coconut Mochi Cake 65k

Butter Mochi Cake, Salted Caramel Popcorn & Macadamia, Coconut Sorbet

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Molten Chocolate Soufflé 150k

Valrhona, Pinenut Streusel, Vanilla Frangelico Ice Cream

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Brandy & Maple With Nashi & Crepe Flambé 150k

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OK, from those three desserts, my favourite was the Molten Chocolate SoufflĂ©. The mochi cake was just ok for me. Maybe because I don’t really like mochi. And the crepe flambĂ© was just a sweet crepe with additional of brandy flavour. Those two were delicious, but I love the molten chocolate soufflĂ© more. The texture of the soufflĂ© was flawless. Super recommended.

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Thank you AB Steak for the lovely luncheon. Wagyu see is Wagyu get. Grilling on April 23rd, 2017 – currently only for dinner. Be prepared, people!

AB Steak by Chef Akira Back
MD Place Building
Mezzanine Floor
Jl. Setiabudi Selatan No. 7
Setiabudi, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 2966 9272
IG: @absteakjakarta