Greyhound Café Indonesia at Grand Indonesia West Mall Thamrin Jakarta

September 12th, 2017. Finally Greyhound Café open for public. So before everybody come to the place, I have to be there first. LOL. Well, actually I had to be at Kelapa Gading area this morning with Tasya *waving to the beautiful gal* but the night before I had some breakdown because I drank coffee before lunch, and I spent my afternoon with not-being-well condition. My hubby then forbid me to go to Kelapa Gading since it’s too far from my home. When I woke up yesterday morning, I felt so much better. Tasya texted me and asked me if I want to join her today to Greyhound’s private lunch. Well, why not?

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Not your expected “THAI”, our restaurant is a real “Bangkok” café. With food and mood the way Bangkokians love it today. Like the city where it was born, our restaurant offers a mixture of taste in culture and art. From traditional to modern, from street to high style, from local to international. All mixed together in a beautiful chaotic way.

I just found out that they’re under Arena group. Yaaaay. I was very sure that the food must be good! When I came inside the cafe, I was stunned by their interior. It’s very spacious with murals everywhere. Yes, it’s very spacious. They divided into 3 areas. The first area was the coffee and cakes bar with comfortable seats. Then getting inside, you will find a large dining area. And there’s a semi private room for 12 pax, I guess. What a lovely place to eat, chit chat, me time, and everything else.

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Thai Tea Granita 52k

One of the best Thai Tea I’ve ever tried. Well, I only tried a small amount of Thai Tea since it’s never my favourite drink. They put granita in the thai tea. It’s sweet and flavourful. Usually Thai Tea gave me some weird taste, but this one was very different. OMG! I’m craving for this thai tea granita!!

Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings. Originally from Sicily, it is available all over Italy in somewhat different forms.

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Salmon Carpaccio in Spicy Hot Sauce 88k

Sliced fresh salmon swims in special Thai spicy sauce.

When I read this menu, I was afraid that it will be super sour and super spicy. Carpaccio wasn’t really my thing, actually. But Greyhound did a very good job with this salmon carpaccio. It’s not too spicy. And it’s really a great combination between sour and spicy, with a hint of sweet flavour. Maybe it’s from the fresh salmon. Definitely one of the finest salmon carpaccio I’ve ever tried. No b*llsh*t!

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Greyhound Famous Fried Chicken Wings 65k

Deep fried marinated mini chicken wings in fish sauce. A family recipe, legend has it, someone dropped an entire batch on the beach but decided to brush the sand off and continued nibbling.

Couldn’t stop munching this fried chicken wings. Well, simple presentation with uncomplicated appearance. A mini size chicken wings. It’s indeed a small portion with a bombastic taste. Well-seasoned. Crispy and crunchy with no oily texture. Topnotch!

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Phad Thai with Fresh Prawns 95k

Fried Thai rice noodle with tamarind sauce and fresh prawns served with crushed peanuts and chili powder.

Served in separated presentation. We had to mix it with passion LOL. A different kind of pad thai that I used to eat *I didn’t eat many pad thai actually LOL*, this one had a really strong taste of sweet. And I loved it! The bean sprouts were fresh-crunchy. Deliciously brilliant with the crushed peanuts. Enhanced the tamarind flavour of the phad thai. Super recommended!

Phad thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand.

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Thai Braised Beef Noodle Soup with Beef Balls 85k

Rice noodle in very tender braised beef soup and beef balls, served with chili sauce.

More broth please! Outstanding flavour with addicting beef balls. Well the texture of the rice noodle was too al-dente for me. I prefer they make the rice noodle fluffier next time. The braised beef was a little bit dry in texture. But other than that, it’s almost perfect.

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Chocolate Banana Crepe Cake 62k

Light and thin crepes, layered with banana, custard and fresh cream, topped with chocolate sauce.

Need more banana flavour inside the layers of custard and fresh cream. The texture was also too hard to cut. But I loved the chocolate sauce. Not too sweet. Just the right amount of flavour.

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Fresh Coconut Crepe Cake 72k

Light and thin crepes, layered with fresh cream and fresh coconut meat.

DABEST! It’s light, it’s thin, it’s silky, it’s fluffy. It’s everything I wished in this dessert since the first time I laid my eyes on it. Coconut was never my favourite, but this coconut crepe cake will be my first favourite coconut dessert. I recommended this one for you guys. If you don’t like coconut, it’s fine, but I suggest you to try this one first. And tell me about it.

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Congratulations Greyhound. Keep up the great work. And thank you for the lovely lunch yesterday.

Greyhound Café
Grand Indonesia West Mall
Ground Floor Unit G-20A
Jl. MH Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 23581363
IG: @greyhoundcafe.id

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Momozen at The Plaza Thamrin Jakarta

September 5th, 2017. Another new establishment from Les Amis group is coming to town. Momozen. I went there with Aline and Cindy. Actually when I got the invitation, I wanted to ask Hans to join us, but then I found out that he has already visited the place. And at the time we went to Momozo, he was in Japan. *envy look*

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I came to the 46th level, then I asked for Momozen. They ushered us to Momozen, which evidently the previous Shabu Gen. No. No. The Shabu Gen was still there. But located just across Momozen. They minified Shabu Gen, and the area became Momozen. It’s not very spacious but since we’re at the 46th floor, it made us very comfortable. Also the friendly gesture from everybody there made us felt at home.

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TAPAS

COLD

Black Truffle Somen with Caviar 80k

Chilled Japanese Somen, Truffle Kombu, Caviar

I was totally in love with the somen. Somen is Japanese angel hair. It’s thin and very silky with generous truffle. We loved it. I could tell from Aline’s and Cindy’s expressions that they loved it too. Well, I didn’t really like cold noodle, but this one really made me flying off the handle. The aroma of the truffle was all over the dish. I found it very reasonable price with those premium ingredients. Superb!

Sōmen (素麺) are very thin white Japanese noodles made of wheat flour, less than 1.3 mm in diameter. The noodles are usually served cold. The noodles’ diameter is the chief distinction between sōmen and the thicker wheat noodles hiyamugi and Japanese wheat noodles udon. Sōmen noodles are stretched when made, as are some types of udon noodles. The dough is stretched with the help of vegetable oil to make very thin strips and then air dried.

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Hokkaido Hotate ‘Carpaccio’ 160k

Japanese Scallop, Kiwi, Kyuri, Umami Ponzu, Mango Chilli

Scallop, Kiwi and Kyuri in one plate. Well, for those who like sour dish, it was definitely worth to try. How to eat this carpaccio? Just combine those 3 main ingredients and put it in your palate. It will burst in your mouth. Splendorous!

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HOT

To-Morokoshi Soup 80k

Creamy Corn Soup, Charred Cauliflower Bits, Nori Powder

At first, I didn’t really fond of this soup. It’s a  lil bit sweet for me. The creamy texture was okay, but the sweet flavour, too much for me. But then, I couldn’t stop slurrrrping this soup. It’s like they had this element that make me addicted. Well, maybe it’s the charred cauliflower bits. It’s crunchy and totally delish.

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TEMPURA

Yuba Frog 80k

Minutes Marinated Fresh Frog Leg, Black Mayonnaise, Garlic Puree, Spinach Coulis

At first, I was being skeptic with this dish. I thought it will be just okay, an ordinary dish with frog meat. But when I tried it, the smooth and fluffy texture startled me. Good thing Aline cannot eat frog, so hers could be mine. Hahahaha.. Well, I gave this one a thousand loves. For 80k, it was worth it!

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DONABE GOHAN

Rice Cooked in Japanese Claypot (Served in 30 minutes)

Truffle Donabe Gohan 320k

Signature Fresh Truffle Rice (Availabe for Vegetarian)

Love the claypot. Very unique and pretty. And I gave more love to the rice inside the claypot. It was truffle rice. Definitely the best aroma ever. Well, if you wanted to make your dish more delicious, add some truffle. It will make every weakness of the dish, disappeared. LOL. They used black truffle. They said it’s really hard to find white truffle, and it’s also too expensive. So that’s why they used black truffle.

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MEAT

Baby Chic Truffle Rice 380k

Charcoal Grilled Whole Baby Chicken Stuffed With Truffle Butter Rice (served in 40 minutes)

The chicken was really really good. Well, yeah it’s baby chicken. It’s not as big as adult one hahaha. But it’s one particular dish, where they stuffed truffle butter rice inside the chicken. After they served the whole baby chicken, then they took it again to the kitchen, and cut it for us. So, when it was back to our table, it was even more tantalizing because they served it with black truffle on top of the dish. We literally fought for the chicken. LOL.

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Congratulations Momozen for opening. Thank you Chef Sho Naganuma for those delicious food. Keep up the amazing work.

Momozen
The Plaza Tower 46th Floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 29222246
IG: @momozenid

[EVENT] Street-Food Festival at Signatures Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

August 14th, 2017. I was invited to Signatures restaurant at Hotel Indonesia Kempinsi. They will hold a street-food festival from August 11th to August 31st, 2017. The festival, held to celebrate the country’s 72nd year of independence, is intended to treat both local and overseas customers to an authentic culinary experience. Asia, and Indonesia in particular, are renowned for street-food vendors who serve up tasty treats often not found in high-class establishments. And to keep the festival as authentic as possible, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski is inviting Jakarta’s most popular vendors to actually come to the restaurant to work their magic.

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“We know that in Jakarta, street food is king,” said Executive Chef Mathias Olsson. “We only want to serve the most authentic dishes that are familiar to Indonesians’ taste buds so that Jakartans will appreciate them, and so that overseas visitors can have a truly Indonesian experience within the comfort of our hotel.” “Hotel Indonesia Kempinski is truly proud of its heritage,” noted General Manager Alex Pichel. “So what better way to celebrate this than to invite genuine street-food vendors into the hotel to work alongside our chefs in producing authentic culinary treats for our guests.”

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To maintain health and safety standards, the vendors will be required to undertake a medical check-up and will be trained in food preparation hygiene standards before they can join the team at Signatures. And what a feast they will bring: more than 30 dishes, from bakso to satay to rujak, which are commonly found on the streets of Jakarta, will be curated and presented in a buffet and in food stalls set up at the restaurant and its al fresco terrace.

Surprisingly I loved all of them. My first love was the ketoprak. OMG! It was really delicious. The bakwan malang was also appetizing. Well, in fact, I ate one and half portion of Ketoprak hahaahaha..

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Prices will range from 338k++ per person for lunch during weekdays to 508k++ for weekend lunches and dinners. Dinners will cost 388k++ per person from Monday to Thursday and 488k++ on Friday.

Thank you Signatures Restaurant and Hotel Indonesia Kempinski for the lovely lunch.

Signatures Restaurant
Hotel Indonesia Kempinski
Jl. M.H Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 23583898
IG: @kempinskijkt

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

Afternoon Chocolate Buffet at Le Chocolat Lounge Pullman Jakarta Indonesia

July 18th, 2017. It’s always happy to be back to Pullman Jakarta Indonesia. And I got good news guys! *dancing* Le Chocolat Lounge is having Afternoon Chocolate Buffet. What?!?!?! Yes, you heard it right. Chocolate Buffet.

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Le Chocolat Lounge of Pullman Jakarta Indonesia is one of the places to see and to be seen in town. It is not only known for its cosy atmosphere and modern take on decorated sofas and city scenery magnificently framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, the only chocolate lounge in Jakarta recently introduced a delightful chocolate-themed Afternoon Tea Buffet from 3pm to 6pm daily. For only 188k++ per person, guests can delight in selections of savory Indonesian snacks before moving on to the chocolate-inspired cakes, pastries, fondue and more while sipping their choice of signature chocolate drink, tea or coffee.

Le Chocolat Lounge is a very comfortable place. I was happy to be back there again. When I stayed at Pullman, I forgot to bring my hubby to enjoy the lounge. Well, next time I think I will ask him to join me to this Afternoon Chocolate Buffet.

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To please the palate while enjoying the signature chocolate drink, the Chefs offer Indonesia’s favorite savory snacks and an extensive choice of delectable flavours on its chocolate buffet spread. Guests can enjoy hot dishes, such as Deep-fried Beancurd with Vegetables, Combro, Fried Cassava with Five Spices, Crab Fritter and Banana Fritter with Cheese. The main star of the buffet is of course the generous selection of chocolate-inspired delicacies, including Chocolate Fountains Trio – Milk Chocolate, Caramel Chocolate and White Chocolate, Mini Chocolate Eclairs, Macarons, Chocolate Spiced Chocolate Fondue Cake, Tiramisu, Spiced Chocolate Ganache Tart and the Caramel Roche. Chocolate lovers can indulge endlessly in assorted praline or the chocolate fondue.

Can you guys imagine, all you can eat, not food, but chocolate? OMG! Have you ever seen the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? OMG! *drooling* When I saw the movie, I imagined that I was Charlie. I wanted to swim in the chocolate hihihi. And now Le Chocolat made it come true.

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Le Chocolat Lounge
Pullman Jakarta Indonesia
Jl. M.H. Thamrin 59
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 31921111
IG: @pullman.jkt.indo

Ray’s Bottle of Joe at Grand Indonesia West Mall Thamrin Jakarta

August 2nd, 2017. I was on my way to another event, when Natasha asked me to join her to Grand Indonesia. She was heading to a meeting there. Well, I remember that Ray’s Bottle of Joe just opened in Grand Indonesia, so I asked Natasha to keep me company.

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Ray’s Bottle of Joe is a Traditional-style iced coffee concentrate that’s brewed and bottled by hand at Ray’s Lab. Each batch is made by steeping a special blend of freshly roasted coffee from all regions around indonesia in water overnight, then extracting the ground using a two-step filtration process. What remains? A bold, super-smooth concentrate that can be mixed with cold milk or water and served over ice. You can even serve it mixed it with hot water. It’s quick, painless, and delicious.

Occupied a petite island coffee bar at Level 3A West Mall Grand Indonesia, Ray’s Bottle of Joe caught my attention because of the cute barista.. LOL! Just kidding! I mean, well, yeah they have this cute barista, but it’s not the only reason I went there. Hahaha.. I was very curious with their coffee, for sure. I love their tagline: simple honest coffee, since I needed that kind of coffee. Not a complicated one.

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Yuzu Cold Brew Coffee 38k

It’s Natasha’s order. And I didn’t like it at all. Hahaha.. It’s sour and bitter at the same time. OMG! Not my type, sorry.

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Pink Beach 38k

Love it. Like they said, “Pink Beach will excite and delight you at the same time. It’s coffee beautifully merged with the freshness of berries topped with silky smooth citrusy cream on top.” It’s beautiful and delightful. My kind of coffee.

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Nutella and Regal Bomba

It’s a doughnut with no hole. I have no idea why they call it bomba. Nutella and Regal bomba. You can choose your favourite.

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Great job, Ray’s Bottle of Joe. See you again very soon! Pssst, order their nutellatte! Dabomb!

Ray’s Bottle of Joe
Grand Indonesia
West Mall Level 3A
JL. MH Thamrin, Jakarta
IG: @raysbottleofjoe