Pitstop Culinary Heaven at Mangga Besar Jakarta

May 13th, 2017. I was invited to their opening, but couldn’t come. So when I had a chance to visit the place, I told one of the owners, who happened to be my best friend’s girlfriend hahaha. After a previous foodtasting, my hubby picked me up and drove me to Pitstop. It’s quite challenging to visit the place since we had to take pathways. But, finally we arrived. Yaaaay.

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The place quite spacious. It used to be parking space for a company and a dentist. Pitstop have 3 tenants of their own at one side area, and they rent the rest of the area to other tenants. They opened from 5pm to 1am on Monday to Thursday, and 6pm to 2am on Friday to Sunday. They’re selling toasts, indomie, sate taichan, etc. Quite fun, right?

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Ice Strawberry Tea 18k

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Milo Dino 20k

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Juice Alpukat 23k

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Sate Taichan 23k

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Sushiban Ovomaltine 25k

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Indomie Sambal Matah 18k

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Indomie Kuah Susu 18k

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Smores Toast 26k

marshmallow, nutella, chocolate sauce, peanut sauce, peanut crunch

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Sunny Side Up Beef Bacon 24k

egg, beef bacon, mayonaise, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato

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I tried several dishes there. My most favourite was the Sushiban Ovomaltine.
The banana was tender and sweet. And I love the presentation.
It's like sushi roll hahaha so cute!!
And it's my first time to try Sate Taichan. A little bit out of date hahaha.
It's delicious. A little bit salty for me, but the texture was perfect. Tender meat.
I didn't try the Indomie Sambal Matah. I asked them to take away the dish for my mom-in-law.
Smores Toast was delicious but too sweet for me.
The Sunny Side Up Beef Bacon was delicious with perfectly runny sunny side up woohoo.
But there's nothing really special about it. Just a sandwich with sunny side up and beef bacon.
Indomie Kuah Susu was my choice. They added salted egg sauce. But, I guess it's too much.
I think next time I have to ask them to add just a little of salted egg.
Overall, I love all of their food and drinks.

Congratulations Pitstop! Love the place, love the food, love the drinks, and love the hospitality. Good job!

Pitstop Culinary Heaven
Jl. Mangga Besar IV No.2A
Taman Sari, Jakarta
Phone: +62 858-8888-8567
IG: @pitstop.ch

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Padang Merdeka at Pinangsia Kota Tua Jakarta

April 12th, 2017. I saw this place everywhere in IG. It made me very curious. Is it that good? And the time has arrived for me to try this one. Actually, my friends and I had another event to go to Bogor, but one circumstance lead to another, and we had to cancel it. But, Aline already took leave, so why don’t we spend it wisely. Padang Merdeka.

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Located at the road side of Kota Tua, it’s very easy to find it. I saw in a review from a blogger *I don’t remember the blog* said that the Padang Merdeka was a little bit hidden. Well, it’s not hidden at all. The logo is very huge in their facade. Literally huge. So, it’s not hidden at all hahaha. If you know BNI Kota, it’s on the opposite road. You can park your car in BNI, and walking across the road to reach Padang Merdeka. Or you can park at the back of Padang Merdeka. It’s quite big for a parking lot. Ok, let’s talk about the place inside. You will find beautiful murals about Indonesia. There’re Indonesian heroes, Toraja batik patterns, and map of Indonesia on their ceiling. *Pssst.. I forgot to take photo of the map. But you can see it when you are there.* It really takes a padang restaurant to another level.

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They served the food just like typical Padang restaurant. Several menus displayed on the table. And we just took what we want. They have Ayam Pop, Perkedel, Dendeng Batokok, Kikil Gulai, Ayam Goreng, Gulai Otak, Paru, Beef Rendang, etc. And my favourite were Ayam Pop, Perkedel and Tunjang. Their Ayam Pop 19.5k was very tasty with rich flavour and amazing texture. Tender and well-seasoned. Their Perkedel 12k was one of the best perkedel I guess. Bold texture with delicious taste. Kikil Gulai 21k was definitely a must menu that you have to try at Padang Merdeka. It’s tender and superb. With that price, you will get a big one. And.. I totally forgot to try their Beef Rendang. OMG! Actually, my hubby is a rendang’s lover. So, well I guess I should be back to Padang Merdeka, asked him to join me. Soon, definitely.

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Congratulations Padang Merdeka for your opening. Absolutely a place that will make me back again and again and again.

Padang Merdeka
Jl. Lada No.1
Pinangsia, Taman Sari
Kota Tua, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 6919 811
IG: @padangmerdeka