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 ユズ) 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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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 Soufflé. The mochi cake was just ok for me. Maybe because I don’t really like mochi. And the crepe flambé was just a sweet crepe with additional of brandy flavour. Those two were delicious, but I love the molten chocolate soufflé more. The texture of the soufflé 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