Beer Pairing Dinner AWkitchen and Beervana at Plaza Indonesia Jakarta

July 27th, 2017. I was invited to an event about beer pairing dinner at AWkitchen Plaza Indonesia. It’s a pairing with Beervana Indonesia. I knew Beervana from another event. But I didn’t have a chance to try the beers. Well, now I got the chance. Yaaay.

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Beervana travels the world in search of the finest craft beer, handpicks our faves, and brings them to the very best tables in the places we call home. Beervana was born in 2012 when two American beer nerds met in Bangkok. Though Aaron and Brian had very different backgrounds, each grew up brewing, drinking and of course, sharing craft beer. Realizing their commong destiny, they dropped everything and set up a Beervana to import the very first fresh, modern, mouth-popping craft beer to Thailand. Our family has grown a lot since those early days of 2012, but we’re all still driven by the same fanatical devotion to the world’s best beverage. Beer is front and center of everything we do; everything else flows from there.

AWjutchen Jakarta, Japanese-Italian restaurant who served Italian food with Japanese twitst, colaborate with Beervana Indonesia to make a Pitch Perfect Pairing between AWkitchen delectable dishes with New Zealand very own hand craft beer, Tuatara. Tuatara is one of hand crafted Beer from New Zealand, which now available in all AWkitchen restaurant in Jakarta. Well, I will share about the pairing below.

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BEER PAIRING

Bohemian Pilsner with Fish & Shrimp Fritt and Pizza Pescatore

Malt and yeast foundation loyal to its Czech pilsner roots – with a fresh New Zealand hop twist. This is not your daddy’s pilsner!

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Sauvinova with Fried Fishball with Shrimp and Pappardelle Salmon

100% hopped with Nelson Sauvin to create the closest thing you can imagine to a Sauvignon Blanc.

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Aotearoa Pale Ale (APA) with Meatballs Garbanzo and Black Angus Sirloin with Porcini Sauce

A deep, long, new age flavour profile with jutting complexity and the taste of herbs, citrus, and grapefruit.

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I love the Tuatara APA. A deep and rich texture with great combination of Black Angus Sirloin.
The previous beers were good but I didn't really like them. I prefer the last beer.
About the food, they were good pairing with each of the beer.
The fish and shrimp fritt - the pizza pescatore: get along with Tuatara Pilsner.
The papardelle pasta and the fried fish ball: great combination with the Tuatara Sauvinova.
But the best combination was Meatball Garbanzo and Black Angus Sirloin with the Tuatara APA.

DESSERTS

Oolong Ice Cream 35k

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Vanilla Ice Cream 35k

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As part of their beer pairing collaboration, they have a special package Buy 3 Get 1 Free Tuatara Pilsner to be enjoyable with your favourite AWkitchen’s mouthwatering meals. The promotion valid at all AWkitchen outlets from July 15th to August 15th, 2017. Thank you AWkitchen and Beervana for the lovely dinner.

AWkitchen
Plaza Indonesia 2nd Floor
Jl. MH Thamrin Kav 28-30
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 29924325
IG: @awkitchenjkt

Khung Bar & Restaurant at Plaza Indonesia Thamrin Jakarta

 July 27th, 2017. I saw this place at my IG timeline, then I stalked Plaza Indonesia IG hahaha.. The new place called Khung. Why they named it Khung? Well, I’m still waiting for the answer from them. Since they still haven’t responded my first question about the cuisine, I think I have to wait long *roll my eyes*. When I had invitation at Plaza Indonesia, I took some time to visit this place with Cindy. It’s really a hidden gem since it took a hidden place near west lobby. And to find the place, what an effort hahahaha..

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An Asian-authentic restaurant & bar by ALLIN Lifestyle. KHUNG represents the most out of Asian recipes with modern & innovative cooking techniques.

When I came in, I was stunned with the ambiance. It’s beautiful with warm atmosphere. Not too spacious. But the hospitality amazed me. From the greeter, the security guy and the servers. They were all very friendly and helpful with everything. And I love the beautiful murals on the wall.

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Blooming Tea 48k

There’re a lot of choices at the menu for drinks. But I was in a mood for tea. So I chose from their premium collection. I asked them first, which one that milder than the others. She said, “blooming tea.” I picked that, then. And I really loved it. It’s light, had a very soft texture and long-lasting aromatic finish. And the most important thing, it’s beautiful, with flowers that literally bloom as they steep.

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Moccachino 55k

It’s Cindy’s order. And I recommended her to try the ice coffee since she was just taking a long way from her home. I tried a sip and it’s delicious. Such a thirst-quenching too.

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Crispy Pork Belly Bites 88k

served with tamarind sauce, beansprout, scallion

This was a quite funny moment. When the crispy pork belly bites came to our table, I said to Cindy, “Is that a right menu? It’s big portion!” Well, because there’s a main course menu with a similar name, Khung Crispy Pork Belly, I think. Cindy said, “Well, wait for the bill, then.” Hahahaha.. So we enjoyed the pork belly very much. Well-seasoned, with great texture. I really loved it. Cindy loved the beansprout! Hahahaha.. kidding. LOL. The tamarind sauce was also good. Enhanced the flavour of the pork belly. And yes, it’s the right menu. Wow, it’s a very generous portion!

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Yang Chou Cau Fen 116k

Chinese fried rice with pork char siew

Cindy chose this menu since she wanted to try the pork char siew. But she was a little bit disappointed with the size of the pork char siew. “What?! It’s too small!!” LOL. But the fried rice was really delightful. Great texture with flavourful taste. We’re digging the fried rice continuously without a break hahaha.. Its aroma made us wanna eat it right away. Hmm..

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Green Tea Brulle 72k

Greentea, cream, egg, vanilla ice cream

Yes, I know, all the foodies ordered their famous Orange Molten Lava Cake. But, it’s too mainstream for us. So we ordered this green tea brulle. OMG! De-li-ci-ous! The green tea aroma was very strong. Rich flavour with amazing texture. Btw, I think they should use the vanilla ice cream as I saw in the menu. But when we tried it, it was rum and raisin ice cream. We had no idea why they didn’t use the vanilla ice cream, but we’re very happy with the rum and raisin ice cream. Hooraaay.

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I will be back and ask my hubby to join me for the crispy pork belly. LOL. Yes, it is that good. Congratulations Khung.

Khung Bar & Restaurant
Plaza Indonesia
Level I West Lobby
Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Menteng
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 29921912
IG: @khung_allin

eskimomo at Pop On Plaza – Plaza Indonesia Thamrin Jakarta

June 10th, 2017. I think everybody loves ice cream. Me too! LOL. I heard about eskimomo when I came to a Japanese restaurant at Senopati area, and their collaboration amazed me. Who knew that the founders of eskimomo (Gupta Sitorus and Primo Rizky) could become my friends? *hug hug* By the way, I read somewhere that the name eskimomo comes from Primo’s nickname, “Momo,” and “eskim,” the way Indonesian children usually refer to ice cream. Super cute!

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When I heard that they opened a pop-up shop in Plaza Indonesia, I told my hubby that we should visit the place. Then, after several days have passed, finally I had a chance to visit them. It was a small area – join with other tenants – but very comfortable. And they have this lovely corner to take photos. LOL.

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Banana Fritter

This is my favourite. Sweet and fragrant. Just like eating a banana fritter. Love the texture. And of course love the flavour. I think I will order this one again when I miss Mom’s banana fritter. 🙂

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Apple Pie

Since my hubby loved apple so much, it’s his favourite. I didn’t like apple, so Apple Pie will be my last choice. But when he saw it, he said, “I wanna try apple pie!!” Well, I let him finish it of course.

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Nasi Uduk

This is the most famous flavour hahahaha.. I ordered this one just because I wanna prove that it really tastes like nasi uduk. And yes, it’s true, not only a rumor hahahaha.. I think I found chili and tempe orek. OMG! So genius!

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Thank you Gupta, Primo and eskimomo. Please make more outlets!

eskimomo at Pop On Plaza
Plaza Indonesia 5th Floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin
Jakarta
IG: @eskimomo.id

[EVENT] Ramadan Iftar at La Moda Plaza Indonesia Thamrin Jakarta

April 26th, 2017. I was invited to an event in Plaza Indonesia. Actually, this was my first time visiting the place. So I was very excited, for sure. I went there with fellow foodies because we met before from previous event nearby. And it’s time for us to enjoy the delicious food on Ramadan Iftar. La Moda.

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Prominently located in Plaza Indonesia’s atrium on Level 1, La Moda is a modern European brasserie featuring brick oven pizza, gourmet cakes and pastry, freshly-made bread and mouth-watering favorites from the show kitchen along with delectable tapas and refreshing cocktails at the bar. As a modern brasserie prominently located on the ground floor of Plaza Indonesia’s atrium, La Moda is marking the Holy Month this year with an indigenous Indonesian menu.

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All You Can Eat Tajil

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My favourite from the Tajil was the fried tempeh.
It's very delicious.
Couldn't stop munching it.
And Henji loved the date fruit. LOL.
He couldn't stop eating the date too.

Treat your taste buds with a delectable Ramadan set menu highlighting Indonesian most favorite dishes, such as taliwang grilled chicken, snapper head curry and stir fried gai lan with garlic sauce, prepared by our Chef De Cuisine, Candra Perdana, accompanied by an exquisite tajil buffet. “Me and my team are very pleased to present a mouth-watering Indonesian Ramadan menu with a modern twist to indulge the appetite of our guests,” said Chef Candra Perdana on the launch of Ramadan Iftar at La Moda. To complete your breakfasting moment at La Moda, our bartender has created an off-the menu special blend of tea: signature lemongrass tea; the citrusy and fresh flavor of lemongrass mixed perfectly with honey, lemon and tea.

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Taliwang Grilled Chicken

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Snapper Head Curry

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Stir Fried Gai Lan with Garlic Sauce

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From those three dishes, my favourite was the first two.
The Taliwang Grilled Chicken. Turned out, it's not too spicy.
It's well-seasoned with a hint of spice.
The chicken was tender and juicy. Favourite.
The Snapper Head Curry was also not too curry.
I loved the broth so much, I couldn't stop dip the fried tempeh in the broth LOL
Craving for more!

Enjoy this sumptuous iftar offerings from May 25th to June 23rd, 2017 at 388k++ for two persons including free flow iced tea and our signature lemongrass tea. Additional person will be charged at 128k++. All prices are subject to 21% service charge and government tax.

La Moda Jakarta
Plaza Indonesia
Jl. M.H. Thamrin no. 28-30
Menteng, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 29924217
IG: @lamodajkt

The Cheesecake Factory Indonesia – From USA To Indonesia

March 17th, 2017. I got the information from Hans that Cheese Cake Factory from USA is coming to Indonesia. Hooray! I never tried them but I was dying to taste the cheese cake. That’s why when I knew the date, I asked them, “Can I come earlier to take photos?” They said, “Yes, please!” Thank you so much. The Cheesecake Factory Indonesia.

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The Original Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory® dates back to the late 1940s, when Evelyn Overton made a cheesecake for her husband’s boss. He liked it so much that he asked Evelyn to make a dozen more that he could give as Christmas gifts. That’s when Evelyn had the idea of opening a cheesecake shop. Today, the Original Cheesecake is as tasty as that first one Evelyn made. With a crust of crushed graham crackers and a delicious, creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple but extravagant.

Located in Food Hall Plaza Indonesia, The Cheesecake Factory was easy to find. Just go inside, and voila. When I came, there’s a few people swarmed the place. I was afraid that I couldn’t take photos. OMG! So, I started to queue. But then, they saw my camera, and we ended talking about Cheesecake Factory. It’s not easy for them to bring Cheesecake Factory to Indonesia. They had to pass through various procedures. So, it’s a proud thing for them to present The Cheesecake Factory Indonesia.

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Original Cheesecake 8 slices 600k / 12 slices 800k

The One that Started it All! Our Famous Creamy Cheesecake with a Graham Cracker Crust and Sour Cream Topping.

I fell in love with their creamy cheese flavour. It’s sweeter than any other cheese cake. So I guess that’s why I loved it. I didn’t like the cheese cake that taste like cheese. Hahaha. Weird, right? But it’s true. And the Graham Cracker Crust is dabomb! True! I hate it when it all went into my tummy.

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OREO® Dream Extreme Cheesecake 8 slices 700k

OREO® Cookies baked in our creamy Cheesecake with layers of fudge cake and OREO® Cookie mousse. Topped with a milk chocolate icing.

When I saw this, I was overwhelmed. It’s fudge cake, cheesecake and chocolate icing. And they were all mixed with OREO® Cookies. Layers of lush. One spoonful and I’m in seventh heaven. Delicate texture with fluffy mousse and scrumptious flavour. Finger-licking good. Calling out all chocolate-cheesecake lovers! Ssst, they meant this one for kids. LOL. Every kid loves chocolate and OREO® Cookies, right?

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Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake 8 slices 700k / 12 slices 900k

Moist layers of Red Velvet Cake and our Original Cheesecake covered with our special Cheesecake Factory cream cheese frosting.

Another favourite of mine. I loved the after-taste of this one. They compliment each other. The fluffy red velvet cake and the adorable original cheesecake. Like Cinderella and her Prince Charming. A match made in heaven. I guess, it’s really convenient for Valentine’s Day. A romantic cake for your loved one.

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Congratulations The Cheesecake Factory Indonesia! Keep the delicious cakes coming!

Outlets List

Food Hall Senayan City (Coming Soon)
Food Hall Grand Indonesia (Coming Soon)
Food Hall Lippo Mall (Opens March 17th 2017)
Food Hall Plaza Senayan (Coming Soon)
Ranch Market Pondok Indah (Opens March 18th 2017)
Ranch Market Grand Indonesia (Coming Soon)

For more information, please check their website: The Cheesecake Factory Indonesia

The Cheesecake Factory Indonesia
Food Hall Plaza Indonesia
Plaza Indonesia
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.28-30
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 3107555
IG: @thecheesecakefactoryindonesia

SaladStop! at Plaza Indonesia Thamrin Jakarta

March 9th, 2017. When it came to Jakarta, first outlet opened in Senayan City. I got the invitation last year but couldn’t make it. And now, another outlet opened in Plaza Indonesia. Should I come or not? What do you think? Hahahaha. Yes, of course I came. A friend of mine, Fiona, was the one the very excited when I got the invitation. So I asked them, “Can I bring Fiona?” And they said, “Yes, you can!” Hooray! SaladStop!

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SaladStop! was founded in 2009 with the aim of bringing a new dimension to salads and approach to fast food. Today’s society is becoming increasingly disconnected with their food – we want to show that food consumption should be honest, trustworthy and real. We currently operate in Singapore, Manila, Jakarta and Tokyo and aim to become the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company serving the best tasting, most nutritious food. As we expand our footprint in the region, we remain true to our core values and commitment to the ideology of “Eat Wide Awake” through all aspects.

Located in basement floor of Plaza Indonesia, SaladStop! occupies a not-very-large area. It’s very easy to make it full, with long queue. This healthy brand offers premium fresh salads, wraps, warm grains bowls, smoothie bowls and healthy drinks. Customer are given the choice of customizing their own salad, wrap or grain bowl from over 60 ingredients, 20 homemade dressings, or by choosing the signature creations.

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How to order SaladStop!

CREATE-YOUR-OWN

Salad/Wrap/Grain. Choose your base: Standard (Romanine/Red & White Cabbage) or Premium (Baby Spinach/Rocket/Kale). Pick your 6 regular toppings. Choose a homemade dressing.

THE SIGNATURES

Jai Ho! 90k

Romaine, tandoori chicken, potatoes, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, capsicum, cucumber, Indian Spiced Yogurt

Not my favourite, since it tasted like Indian food. But, some foodies who loved Indian food, loved this one. The tandoori chicken was the star in this wrap. 🙂

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Sea Breeze 105k

Romaine, kale, baked salmon, shaved parmesan, warm roasted vegetables, cherry tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, Basil Vinaigrette

The Sea Breeze, served in salad bowl, was good, since they used baked salmon as the main ingredients. Love the taste of it, but still not a favourite of mine. I still searched for my favourite salad.

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THE CLASSICS

Cobb Salad 105k

Romaine, roasted chicken, beef bacon, avocado, cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes, egg, red onion, Ranch

I tried this one, and I fell in love at the first bite. The roasted chicken, beef bacon and cheddar cheese. An amazing collaboration. It’s the first time I fell in love with a salad hahaahaha.. Tasted so good. I even ate the avocado. OMG! I didn’t recognize it since it’s all green. But after an unexpectedly bite, I didn’t care. I ate them all. I heart you, Cobb Salad.

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WARM QUINOA BOWLS

Yeobo Yeobo 105k

Warm quinoa, baby spinach, warm bulgogi beef, whole egg, mushrooms, edamame, sweet corn, alfalfa sprouts, Korean Chili Vinaigrette

Sweet and sour dressing, with perfect texture of the quinoa. I love the bulgogi beef. It’s like you eat bulgogi with rice. Since quinoa is similar texture like rice. Yes, you won’t remember that you’re eating salad. Hahahaha.

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Congratulations SaladStop! for your second outlet. Cannot wait for more outlets!

SaladStop!
Plaza Indonesia
Level Basement, Unit LB
Jl. M.H.Thamrin
Jakarta
IG: @saladstopid