Up in Smoke at RDTX Tower Kuningan Jakarta

August 11th, 2017. I heard about Up in Smoke on my birthday. I knew they will open on July 20th. Since I had another events, I didn’t take my time to visit the place. And along with the time, I totally forgot about it.. until Aline told me about their lunch promo. Ok, let’s go there.

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At first, I thought it replaced the previous restaurant that closed around 2 or 3 months ago. Turned out, it’s totally a new location. The place is managing 2 restaurants. Up in Smoke (open at 11:00) and One Eyed’s Jack (open at 17:30). So that day, we only tried Up in Smoke. It was a really nice place to have lunch with friends. Quite huge for a restaurant. We were so lucky that we could see the smoke gears because they have this open kitchen area. They alsoe have 2 semi-private area. Cool. On the right side, they have bar area for those who wanna have some drinks only.

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Iced Tea 30k

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Smoked Brisket Sandwich 110k

BBQ Sauce, Cabbage, Aioli

Since it’s specialized in a “smoke” dish, we tried this smoked brisket sandwich. I love the burger bun. Soft and tender. And the brisket was juicy with a great hint of smokey texture. The cabbage was in a perfect portion, not too much. And I couldn’t stop eating the potato crisp. Yum.

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Smoked Chicken 120k

Baby Romaine, Alabama White Sauce, Herbs, Pickled Onions

Another “smoked” dish. It’s super duper good. I was happy when it came to my table. It’s beautiful in presentation with aromatic fragrant. I was literally drooling before I tried the dish. And when I finally tried the dish, I experienced chickgasm. LOL. Juicy and tender meat, with delightful taste from the sauce. OMG. I demanded another portion hahahaha.. Good thing that Aline never liked drumstick chicken hohoho.. *clap my hands*

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Grilled Cheese 85k

Raclette, Dijon, Watercress

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Banana Cream Pie 75k

Salted Caramel, Brown Butter Graham

Super love! Always love banana. Mixed it with salted caramel and brown butter. Super super delicious. The texture of the cream was astounding. Super moist, delicate and fluffy. Sexy combo between the banana and the salted caramel. It’s big portion, but we could finish our bowls without a blink. Recommended dessert to wrap-up our lovely lunch.

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Thanks Up in Smoke and Mr Justin for our lovely complimentary late lunch. We’ll be back next week! Hooray!

Up in Smoke
RDTX Tower Lobby Level
Jl. Prof Dr Satrio Kav E-4 No. 6
Kuningan, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 57992371
IG: @upinsmokejkt

E&O Indonesian Flavours at Menara Rajawali Mega Kuningan Jakarta

August 4th, 2017. E&O contacted me to come to taste their new menu. Actually it’s an event to celebrate Indonesia’s 72nd Independence Day. They asked me to bring friends, so I asked Aline, Cindy, Natasha and Sovi to keep me company.

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Enjoy a limited-time menu of authentic Indonesian dishes crafted by Executive Chef Will Meyrick. Explore the diversity, depth and complexity of Indonesian flavours with regional dishes like Aceh-style Sea Bass Curry, Malang-style Sate Kambing and Spicy Jagung Bakar with Ikan Teri Butter and Andaliman Aioli.

“Rawon” Beef Short Ribs 190k

with Galangal, Lemongrass, Baby Carrot, Salted Duck Egg, Beansprouts

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Aceh-Style Sea Bass Curry 130k

with Tomatoes, Okra, Belimbing Wuluh and Asam Kandis

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“Ayam Betutu Kuah Gilimanuk” 150k

with Galangal, Ginger, Turmeric, Shallots and Garlic

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“Sie Itek” – Slow Braised Duck Curry 125k

with Lemongrass, Coriander and Curry Leaves

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Spicy “Jagung Bakar” 45k

with Ikan Teri Butter and Andaliman Aioli

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Malang Style “Sate Kambing” 70k

with Peanut Sauce, Pecel Salad and Rempeyek

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I really love how E&O added Indonesian flavours to their menu. I hope it will be forever. LOL.
My most favourite was the Sea Bass Curry. Well-seasoned with flawless texture of the fish.
Don't forget to add rice to the broth. Dabest.
Another favourite was the Rawon. One of the best rawon in town.
Tender meat with a strong rich broth traditional Indonesian beef black soup.
It's really hard for me to find a delicious rawon. And this E&O "Rawon" was perfect!
Ayam Betutu and Duck Curry were also delicious. OMG! They were overwhelming.
The Jagung Bakar was really good. I had them with rice hahahahaha..
My friend maybe thought I was crazy LOL. Don't care lah..
And the "Sate Kambing" was good. Not a single smelly meat.

So, for me, I couldn’t find any non-delicious food there. Kudos to Executive Chef Will Meyrick for his magic hands and creative mind. Great job Chef! Super love to all the food. Keep up the amazing work, Chef. Last but not least, thank you E&O for always serving delicious food to us.

E&O Jakarta
Menara Rajawali, 1st Floor
Jl. Dr Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung LOT#5.1
Kawasan Mega Kuningan
Jakarta
Phone: 021-29023418
IG: @eandojakarta

Nebula Kuningan at Kantor Taman Mega Kuningan Jakarta

July 15th, 2017. I visited Nebula when they still in Ruci’s Joint, but I’ve never tried Nebula when in Bali. It’s my lucky day when Nebula at Mega Kuningan invited me to their Grand Opening. Yaaaay.

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Minimalist design with quite spacious place, Nebula stole my heart with their hospitality. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know how many owners, but I met 4 of them at the time. Friendly people. I came before the event begun, since I wanted to take photos when nobody’s there. And I was stunned by their acceptance. They greeted me like a loyal customer despite the fact that it’s my first time. The warm ambiance made me felt very welcome. Definitely will be back. Pssst, they used Seniman Coffee.

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Honey Bee 35k

ginger, lime, mint, honey, orange

Love the welcome drink that they served for us at that time. Sweet and sour combination, very fresh.

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Coffee Latte 30k

When I heard they used Seniman Coffee beans for their coffee, I ordered right away. It’s really really good, I missed Bali so very much.

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Rosita

Our Bartender’s nod to the current coffee craze hitting Indonesia by storm. This cocktail is inspired by the Manhattan but should have a strong after taste of coffee in the mouth.

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Pandanlada

Coconut and Pinacolada was a drink that is made to represent the beach island life with its combination of Coconut and Pinacolada. Pandanlada adds an Indonesian twist by adding Pandan to the recipe.

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Ramoz

Nebula’s twist on Susu soda that is inspired by classical cocktail from the Caribbean. The classic recipe uses orange water as it is easily found in most Caribbean countries. Nebula change that to Rose Water that is a common ingredient in Indonesia.

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Asem Kacang

Nebula’s twist to the classic whiskey sour. We toned down the sourness of this cocktail using locally sourced vanilla pod that we believe can even rival the famous Madagascar Vanila.

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Tea Punch

Infused Tea is popular item on every restaurant. Try Nebula’s version that will surely kick you in the back of the head.

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Spicy Corn

Inspired by Bali’s famous Jagung Bakar, this cocktail combined the sweet and spicy flavour profile that many enjoy during a day out at the beach.

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I didn't try all of them, just a couple of the cocktails.
I think I only tried Rosita and Pandanlada.
And I prefer the Pandanlada than Rosita.
Next time I will try their Tea Punch.

LUNCH MENU

Nasi Ayam Sambel Ijo

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Nasi Kuning Campur

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Nasi Goreng Sambal Matah

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Nasi Ketoprak

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I love how they presented the food.
The Nasi Ketoprak is very beautiful with kebab looks hahaha and tasted so good.
Love the nasi goreng. Not too spicy. Well-seasoned and flavourful.
I really love the way they served spicy food. Looks spicy but not too spicy.

DINNER MENU

BAO

Chicken Bulgogi

We use Korean technique of grilling, adding whole cloves of garlic, sliced onions, and chopped green peppers to compliment the grilled or fried meat. We serve Chicken Bulgogi with BAO as Nebula’s own adaption of comfort similar to what Koreans regard steamed rice as.

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Soft Shell Crab

For this recipe, we went into Japanese style directions. We started with the idea of a classic wasabi mayo soft-shell crab. Crisp soft-shell crabs are bursting with tangy juices wrapped around with sweetness from BAO provides such an amazing flavour in your mouth. This Japanese-inspired gives the feeling of simple satisfaction without the feeling of getting lost in a puddle of taste.

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SATAY

Fish Satay

Our Balinese Chef, Gede, favourite authentic Balinese dish apart from Suckling Pig (Babi Guling) and Bebek Betutu. The delicate flavour of fish is greatly elevated when you find spears of fresh lemongrass to use as skewers. to bring out the true local taste, we cook them over a fire of coconut husks.

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Beef Satay

This authentic beef satay recipe will blow you away with its abundant flavour and tenderness. The secret to good satay is all in the marinade, and this satay’s marinade is simply authentic since it has been passed down through generation over generation in Vietnam. This aromatic marinade features a special blend of fresh herbs and spices.

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A LITTLE SOMETHING

Chicken Dumpling

Having experiences authentic Yum Cha experience to Street food style, Chef Hans creates an a la carte Chinese-style dumpling with spicy Szechuan dressing.

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Watercress Duck Salad

We have a serious week spot for crispy, delicate asian salads. At every Nebula’s culinary adventure, we always eat our ways through various kinds of greens. To us the magic happens when you combine crispy and fresh vegetables as delicate as possible with soft tender roasted duck, spicy flavours, Japanese fonzu dressing, and a huge load of fresh herbs. This one is our favourite dose of greens.

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Squid Salted Egg

Singapore’s most sought out dish has find its ways to the city. Knowing that Singapore is a land of salted egg dishes, we interpret this dish by pairing it with green onion chili and ginger to create a subtle salted egg taste that leave you wanting for more.

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SHARE PLATES

Short Ribs Keluak Glaze

A dish that is inspired by our Executive Chef Thomas childhood in Surabaya – the strong rich tasting Indonesian beef black soup called Rawon was the inspiration behind this Short Ribs dish. It uses black nuts (keluak) as the main seasoning to give nutty flaour and dark colour to the sauce.

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Lamb Shank Gulai

Last year Chef Hans travelled a lot to Sumatra and he redefines the Indian curry with Aceh style thick curry and Balinese style urap wing bean (kecipir) served with Lamb Shank. The curry will leave out the distinctive smell of Lamb and make your taste-buds totally surprised.

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Chicken Betutu

Our Balinese Chef, Gede, took his foremother’s recipe from a village in Karangasem Bali and made it available for us to taste in this busy city filled with fusion dishes. The chicken is traditionally cooked in a banana leave traditional ways with lawar. It doesn’t get any traditional than this.

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I don't know how they did the magic.
After tasting several types of food, I still couldn't find the ugliness of the food.
Hahahaha.. just kidding.. I'm not a food critic.
But it's totally true! All the food were delicious.
My favourite was.. err.. I mean, my favourites were everything!
Not being a kiss-up, I'm just telling the truth here.
Too bad, I didn't have a chance to try their salted egg squid.
I have no idea why my table was being skipped when they offered the salted egg squid.
And too bad I had to go elsewhere before I could ask for the food.
Anyway, please visit Nebula for food and coffee. You can ask me to join you.
I will be your company, happily.

Congratulations Nebula for the grand opening. Now I know where to go for delicious food and coffee.

Nebula Kuningan
Kantor Taman A9
Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung lot. 8.9/A9
Kawasan Mega Kuningan, Jakarta
Phone: +62 812-9843-4601
IG: @nebula.kuningan

[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

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

[EVENT] The Peruvian Palate at Sailendra Restaurant JW Marriott Jakarta

April 6th, 2017. I came to JW Marriott again. Hello Sailendra. As usual, they have an event, collaboration with The Commercial Office of Peru and The Embassy of Peru. JW Marriott proudly present the authentic Peruvian cuisine at Sailendra Restaurant featuring a special guest chef who is especially flown in from Peru, Chef Eduardo Enrique Montes Traverso.

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Chef Eduardo started his career in 2007 and managed to introduce the cuisine to Hong Kong in 2013 as the Executive Chef of Mayta Restaurant. Prior to his arrival at JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta, he was appointed as Corporate Chef of Mayta Restaurant and in charge of opening a new concept of Peruvian cuisine in Asia and United Emirates Arab. With more than ten years of experience in the culinary industry, Chef Eduardo believes that a chef must cook by combining tradition and experience.

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During this food festival, guests can savor hot Peruvian appetizers such as cholclo con queso, vainas salteadas, potato coctel, chicken skewer and beef heart skewer. The beef heart skewer is a much-loved Peruvian hawker food and a favorite late night dish, which is made from marinated meat in spices and smoky chilies. As main course, lomo saltado, speguetty huancaina, seco norteno and aji de gallina. For Peruvians, the most delicious aji de gallina is made by their grandmothers. Therefore, this food is often referred as “Grandma’s specialties”. As the sweet end of the Peruvian culinary journey, suspiro de limena is a must-try item. Carries the city’s name, suspiro de limena originally means “sigh of Lima”, is a combination of dulce de leche or caramelized sugar and smooth meringue.

I really love their food, especially their Chevice. Love the combination of the ingredients. Fresh and sour. And the desserts, for sure.

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Experience this extraordinary fare featuring the exoticness of Chef Eduardo’s signature recipes at Sailendra Restaurant. Guests can enjoy Chef Eduardo’s signature Peruvian delights from March 24th until April 20th 2017, available at dinnertime only, 6:00pm–10:00pm, priced at 388++ per person.

Sailendra Restaurant
JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta
Jl. DR Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung
Kav. E.1.2 No. 1 & 2
Mega Kuningan, Jakarta 12950
Phone: 021-57988888
IG: @jwmarriottjkt