Mélati Bakehouse at Thamrin Residence Jakarta

April 12th, 2017. A hidden gem inside Thamrin Executive Residence. Harina, the baker, wanted to serve people with really good pastries, so she followed her passion to open a place of her own. Mélati Bakehouse.

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When I saw the place from the photos on their IG account, I thought it’s very spacious. That’s why when Aline, Cindy, Ivan and I arrived at the place, I thought I was lost. Hahaha. Then, Aline said, “It is Melati. Look at the name on the door.” And I was like, “OMG! It’s so cute! I thought it’s like a big restaurant hahaha.” So we came and took photos. We talked to the owner and the marketing person. Turned out, they opened this bakehouse for people to enjoy their delicious pastries. And they delivered their pastries to hotels and coffee shops. Well, let me tell you a little bit about this place through my photos.

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Iced Chocolate 32k

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Iced Lemon Tea 30k

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Pain au Chocolat 17k

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Almond Croissant 18k

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Butter Croissant 12k

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Beef Quiche 45k

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Cruffins 32k

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Alaskan Boat 35k

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From all of the food that we tried, the almond croissant and pain au chocolate were my favourites. But each of them had their own characters. The most unique pastry was cruffins. A cruffin is a hybrid of a croissant, a popular French pastry, and a muffin. Butter croissant.. hmm.. say no more, right? Ugh, I was sorry that I didn’t take away them for my hubby. Huft.. Well, have to be back there soon, then. Hahahaha.. Btw, they have 50% discount for yesterday’s sales. And they were so good, they gave us discount for everything that we ate there hahaha. So happy. Well, they’re very friendly. We talked and laughed and shared each other about coffee shops. Hope they will co-operate with many places. Keep up the delicious bakehouse!

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Mélati Bakehouse
Thamrin Executive Residence
Jl. Thamrin Avenue I
Tanah Abang, Jakarta
Phone: +62 812-8901-8690
IG: @melatibakehouse

[EVENT] Good France 2017 at Lyon Mandarin Oriental Thamrin Jakarta

March 15th, 2017. I was invited to one notable French restaurant located in the heart of Jakarta. It’s about Good France 2017. I heard about it, but totally forget. So when they invited me to join Good France, I asked them, “Is that a new restaurant?” LOL! Silly me! Ahahahaha.. They were so kind, they told me that it’s an event. And I said, “OMG! Yes, I remember! Stupid me! Definitely I will come.” So that night, I came to the French restaurant. Lyon Mandarin Oriental.

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On March 21, 2017, more than 2,000 chefs on 5 continents will celebrate French gastronomy. Its first edition took place on March 19, 2015, following the inscription of the gastronomic meal of the French on the list of the intangible heritage of UNESCO. The Goût de France / Good France event unites chefs from all horizons and from around the world on the same evening, with one shared goal: celebrating the excellence and creativity of French gastronomy. Good France will pay tribute to the excellence of French cuisine, to its capacity for innovation and to the values it promotes: sharing, enjoyment, respect for good food, contemporaries and the planet. Celebrating French gastronomy with over 2,000 chefs on five continents, Lyon at Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta is once again participating in the 2017 Goût de France (Good France) initiatives. Executive Chef Cyril Calmet will present specially crafted menus highlighting classic authentic French dishes inspired by his childhood time in the south of France.

This was my first time to Lyon. What a lovely place. Elegant atmosphere with sophisticated ambiance, Lyon offers a range of classic dishes from across France. They also boast an impressive wine cellar from across France and around the world. Lyon delivers the very best of French cuisine in such an amazing environment.

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Complimentary Bread and Canapes

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Lyon’s Goût de France menu will be available in choices of three and four courses with price starting from 358k++. For more information or reservations, please contact +62 (21) 2993 8824 or mojkt-lyon@mohg.com.

The Chicken Liver Parfait

Cherries and Pistachio

Love the texture of the chicken liver. Soft and fluffy. But don’t eat it too much. Your tummy will getting full easily.

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The Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

Niçoise Vegetables and Olive Oil

The tuna was perfect. Easy to chew with melt in your mouth texture. Taste delicious. Served with niçoise vegetables and olive oil, it’s a simple starter yet a rich dish. Recommended!

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The Classic Onion Soup

Gruyère Cheese and Croûtons

Best classic onion soup. I didn’t catch any smell of onions. Yaay! Actually They mixed the cheese and croutons into the onion soup. I ate a spoonful and almost cried. So hot! Hahahaha.. The cheese got stuck in my tongue LOL. I wanna cry, literally. But the soup was addicting. True! I couldn’t stop eating the soup. Hans even took the complimentary bread, and dipped it into the soup. De-li-ci-ous.

Gruyère is a hard yellow cheese, named after the town of Gruyères in Switzerland, and originated in the cantons of Fribourg, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Jura, and Berne.

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The Lobster Bisque

Black Truffle Whipped Cream

It’s good but too bad I ate the onion soup before this. It became a little bit tasteless. Thank goodness the black truffle and the whipped cream enhanced the flavour of this menu. The rich texture of the bisque was overwhelming.

Bisque is a smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup of French origin, classically based on a strained broth of crustaceans. It can be made from lobster, langoustine, crab, shrimp or crayfish.

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The Black Angus Striploin Rossini

Seared Foie Gras, Red Onion Marmalade and Perigourdine Jus

“You had me at foie gras.” Hahaha. Then they had me at striploin, of course. The striploin was tender and succulent. And the foie gras’ texture was mind-blowing. Such a romantic dish actually. The relationship between striploin and foie gras based on trust, I guess. They trust each other to bring such a sensual dish in front of me. Hmmm..

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The Roasted Cod Fillet

Herb Crushed Potatoes, Spinach and Grenobloise Sauce

The texture of the cod fillet was devastating. The delicate flavour of cod is wonderfully paired with the crushed potatoes and spinach. Actually, the herb crushed potatoes was very well-seasoned. This flavourful and tender cod fillet was a recommended dish.

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The Cinnamon Crème Brûlée

Glazed Figs and Orange Parfait

Too sweet for me. Love the texture but still too sweet.

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The Paris-Brest

Praline, Chocolate Mousse and Hazelnut

This was heaven for chocolate lovers. The perfect indulgent dessert with a traditional praline filling. Love the chocolate mousse! Not too sweet. And the presentation was astounding. Chocolate rings piled up with creams. Such a darling.

A Paris–Brest is a French dessert, made of choux pastry and a praline flavoured cream.

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Lyon
Mandarin Oriental
Jl. M.H. Thamrin
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 29938824
IG: @mo_jakarta

SKYE Restaurant & Lounge at Menara BCA Thamrin Jakarta

February 7th, 2017. Last time I went there, I didn’t try their food. I just attended their event about Ismaya Card. Now they invited me to try their Valentine’s Set Menu. As usual, no formal invitation. A day before, I went to GIA, they asked me in person. Since I didn’t have any events, so I agreed to come to their invitation. SKYE.

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Lovely place with an exclusive and elegant ambiance, SKYE located on level 56 of BCA Tower. We walked through East Mall Grand Indonesia, inside Gramedia, and BAM! closed. So the people from Ismaya had to go down and opened the door for us. LOL. *thanks Ki* Well, they still had media gathering, so we had to wait until they finished, and still waited for another bloggers to come. Please enjoy the breathtaking view!

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Iced Lychee Tea

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Crispy Beef Tataki 130k

crispy tortilla, teriyaki aioli, roasted chili, rocket

This was everybody’s favourite. No need to describe it. It’s like pizza with thin crust. Two thumbs up!

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Tuna Feuillette 140k

finely sliced tuna, crispy tortilla, truffle aioli, caramelized onions, microherbs

Delicious tuna with truffle aroma. Perfect for start the meal.

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Crispy Shrimp Taco 135k

black tortilla, crispy shrimp, mango salsa, chipotle aioli, iceberg lettuce

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VALENTINE’S SET MENU by Chef Hamish Lindsay

4-course set menu dinner 850k++ per pax
Free flow wine 350k++ per pax (a choice of red or white)

APPETIZER

Tempura Oyster with carrot & ginger puree, potato airbags, pine nuts, salmon caviar

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PASTA

Crab Ravioli with polenta & parmesan espuma, lobster emulsion, caviar and chives

Beautiful presentation. The colour was tempting. Love the texture of the ravioli, but for me, it tasted too fishy. I tried a spoonful and I knew right away that my taste bud didn’t approve it.

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MAIN

French Wild Seabream with beetroot risotto, asparagus gel, asparagus salad, radish, and red wine caramel

The fish was delicious. I heard that seabream was versatile. Baked, fried or steamed, you named it. And it’s very similar to sea bass in texture and taste. Didn’t try the beetroot risotto, so I couldn’t review it, sorry.

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*OR*

Wagyu Beef Sirloin with foie gras, potato galette, gorgonzola sauce and red wine jus

Love it. The wagyu beef sirloin with foie gras. Look at the sexy wagyu and foie gras. So tantalizing, right? Potato galette enhanced the beauty of the dish. Super duper recommended.

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DESSERT

Valrhona Chocolate Fondant with mixed berries, raspberry gel, strawberry & red wine ice cream, with gold leaf

Lovely presentation with melt in your mouth texture of the valrhona chocolate fondant. Mix it with red wine ice cream, and you will taste heaven in your mouth.

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Get high in romance with SKYE for your Valentine’s Day.

SKYE Restaurant & Lounge
Menara BCA Level 56
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 23586996
IG: @skye_56

[EVENT] Chinese High Tea at Keraton Lounge, Keraton at the Plaza Thamrin Jakarta

February 1st, 2017. Chinese New Year 2017 had passed. But I still felt the vibe. So, when there’s an invitation to enjoy Chinese High Tea, I was excited. After matching the schedule, finally we had a date compromise hahaha. So, let’s start the elegant high tea time. Keraton Lounge.

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Located in Keraton of The Plaza, Keraton Lounge was an elegant and classy lounge. I’ve been there several times and still amazed by their ambiance. But, their hospitality was one of the best.

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Keraton Lounge announced its latest exclusive high tea selection, for Chinese New Year 2017, called Chinese High Tea. The Executive Chef, Gennaro Avagnale have created the most tantalizing sweet and savory Chinese-themed canapés inspired by the traditional Chinese cuisine. Chinese High Tea served in a sophisticated and elegant all-white drawer. The drawer gives curiosity to all high tea lovers who will discover more when they slide open the drawers. The Chinese High Tea is available all day only from January 16, 2017 until March 5, 2017 at 298k++ per set for two persons including 2 pot of TWG tea of your choice.

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Silver Moon Tea

A TWG Tea blend of green teas accented with a grand berry and vanilla bouquet. Suave, with just a hint of spice. A tea for that special moment.

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Tier 1

chicken wonton, tapioca pearls and cassava in coconut milk, moon cake, sticky rice with jelly

I love the tapioca pearls and cassava in coconut milk. It’s not extremely sweet. The chicken wonton was delicious. Crunchy and crispy. Finger-licking good. There’s fortune cookies. Tempting to open it, it said: “Your heart is a place to draw true happiness.” Nice!

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Tier 2

sweet potato mantou, matcha ganache praline, chinese steamed cupcake

Surprisingly the sweet potato mantou was delicious. No need to say anything about the matcha ganache praline. It’s always good hahahaha. The chinese steamed cupcake was better eating while it’s warm.

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Tier 3

duck pancake, onde onde, short rib steamed bun

Love the duck pancake. And they told me that everybody loves it. The onde onde was my less favourite. It’s too hard to chew. The short rib steamed bun was delightful. Love the texture of the bun. Fluffy and soft.

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Tier 4

green bean scone, red bean scone

Not too hard, like any other scones.

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Thank you Keraton for the great hospitality. Thank you for the beautiful and elegant Chinese High Tea drawers. 🙂

Keraton Lounge
Keraton the Plaza
Jalan M.H. Thamrin No.15
Jakarta 10350
Phone: +62 21 50680000
IG: @keratonjakarta

La Maison Patisserie at Grand Indonesia East Mall Thamrin Jakarta

January 19th, 2017. I heard about this place some times ago. They said it’s the best macaron place in Medan. Now, we don’t have to go to Medan to find this one. They opened their first store in Jakarta. And I had the privilege to come with my best friend. I present to you. La Maison Patisserie.

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Located in Grand Indonesia East Mall, La Maison was very easy to find since it was dominated by pink colour. When I came to the place, it was quite crowded. Everybody seemed to swarm in the facade. Ordering the macaron and pastry. Inside the place, they had 3 round tables with 4 seats each. They served coffee and tea, also. I saw Executive Pastry Chef Stella Lowis, but she’s so busy so I didn’t want to disturb her.

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Macaron wasn’t my favourite, actually. Despite the fact that they’re sometimes too sweet, they’re not good for my tummy. But when I saw the macarons and their cakes, I wonder how it tasted. Those cakes were so beautiful, I wanted to capture them all perpetually.

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Box of 6 Macarons 115k

They have various of flavours for the macaron, but we chose only 6 flavours. Earl Grey & Mandarin, Salted Popcorn, Watermelon, Ispahan (lychee, raspberry & rose), Valrhona 70% Guanaja Chocolate, and Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly. Hans chose the earl grey, salted popcorn and watermelon. I chose the rest.

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Mademoissele Slice 50k

almond meringue sponge cake / fresh watermelon slice / vanilla bean chantilly cream / strawberries & red rose petals

It was delicious. The combination between the thick vanilla bean chantilly cream with the fluffy almond meringue sponge cake and the fresh watermelon, were like ecstasy. Definitely a cake that you need to bring back your mood after long day of work.

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Mini Chloé 50k

lemon curd / toasted coconut meringue / lemon chiffon cake / fresh fruits and flowers

Even though the mademoissele had already caught my heart, but I loved this lemon chiffon cake covered by toasted coconut meringue. The sweet and sour mixed beautifully in my mouth. The toasted coconut meringue was too sweet, and the lemon curd was too sour. But put them together in your mouth, fantastic. Hans thought it’s too sweet, but it’s okay for me. 🙂 One beautiful dessert to be enjoyed in the middle of our meet-up.

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Congratulations and welcome to Jakarta. I will be back for more macarons and pastries.

La Maison Patisserie
Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall
East Mall Upper Ground level
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta Pusat 10350
IG: @lamaison.jkt

The People’s Cafe (New Outlet) Grand Indonesia West Mall Thamrin Jakarta

January 9th, 2017. I didn’t plan anything this morning, when my friend texted me and asked me to join him. “Come here. I’m at The People’s Cafe Grand Indonesia.” I was stunned. “What?” He said, “Yes, they’re opening today. Come!” And so I came. The People’s Cafe.

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Located at the same level in Grand Indonesia, The People’s Cafe opened their new outlet. It’s bigger and more comfortable. I love it! Still with friendly gesture and hospitality from the people. I really felt at home here. By the way, they have their own smoking area. Cool right? Well I won’t make a long review. Just a simple one. Yes, because I don’t like complicated things. Hahahaha.. *big grin*

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EASY BITES

Crispy Hot Tofu 35k

Slices of crispy fried tofu. Served with sweet chili soy sauce

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HEAVY BITES

Nasi Uduk Ayam Goreng 50k

Indonesian style steamed rice cooked in coconut milk. Served with fried chicken, sweet soy egg, stir fried tempeh & tofu, fried glass noodle, crackers & lalapan

Love the fried chicken. But I think I prefer more coconut milk in the rice. And please make the texture of the rice softer. Well, I know everybody has their own palate. This review based on my judging hahahaha.. Well, it’s still delicious, for sure.

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Salted Egg Chicken 45k

Chunks of deep fried battered chicken coated with salted egg yolk sauce & fragrant curry leaves. Served with rice & a sunny side up egg

Still the best dish at The People’s Cafe. If you haven’t tried this, please do. Please! It’s heaven in your mouth. The chicken was appetizing. Tender and juicy. The salted egg yolk sauce was superb. Perfect way to eat the chicken. OMG! I finished a portion almost by myself, and now I still craving it while writing about it. LOL!

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Mie Nyonya Bun 38k

Egg noodles with minced chicken, mushroom & vegetables. Served with fried wonton. With beef meatballs add 10k

Love the texture of the noodle. Slim. I hate thick noodle. And yes, you should order additional beef meatballs. A great bonus in your noodle. I didn’t try the fried wonton. I let my friend finished it. By the way, pour the broth into the noddle. Another boost for the noodle. Perfect!

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Mie Ireng Dori 48k

Charcoal infused noodles with fried dory, topped with spicy sambal

I didn’t try this one. Too spicy for me. But, many people loved it. So, I was sure, it must be very good. Maybe I will try this one, next time. And ask them to make it not so spicy. Hahaha..

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Thanks The People’s Cafe and Ismaya. Always a favourite.

The People’s Cafe
Grand Indonesia Mall
5th floor West Mall
Jl. MH Thamrin
Jakarta
IG: @thepeoplescafe