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

Tim Ho Wan at Grand Indonesia West Mall Thamrin Jakarta

December 5th, 2016. Whoaaaaa it’s been so long since I went to Tim Ho Wan with my high school friends. That time was also my first time there. I arrived there around 10:30, waited for those ladies. Then, they came. Yaaaaay. We talked, laughed, and gossiped!

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Located on LG floor at Grand Indonesia, Tim Ho Wan occupied at a corner area. It’s not difficult to find it, since it’s quite spacious with big logo in the facade. Dominated with green colour, Tim Ho Wan came from Hong Kong. And this was their second outlet in Jakarta.

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Chinese Tea 9.8k

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Congee with Pork, Century Egg & Salted Egg 33.8k

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Pork Chop Fried Rice 38.8k

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Salad Prawn Fried Dumpling 43.8k

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Pork Dumpling with Shrimp 43.8k

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Baked Bun with BBQ Pork 43.8k

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Fried Milk Custard 28.8k

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I tried all the dishes above.
But my favourite was only their Baked Bun with BBQ Pork.
We ordered 2 portions hahahaha..
The other dishes were just okay for me.
Although, my friend loved their Fried Milk Custard.
Well, for me, I prefer they make it softer texture.
Anyway, I will be back for their Baked Bun BBQ Pork.
DAYUM!

Tim Ho Wan
Grand Indonesia
West Mall LG Floor No. 24-25
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1
Menteng, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 23580290
IG: @timhowanid

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

Popolamama Grand Indonesia Thamrin Jakarta

December 6th, 2015. I went to Popolamama at Grand Indonesia level 3A. They’re launching new menu for this holiday season. I love their place. It’ quite big with lovely ambiance. I came with a bunch of food-enthusiasts (thanks for the invitation guys). We were so lucky to be the first to try those appetizing food and exquisite desserts before they launch it to public.

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Popolamama combined Japanese food and Italian food. Popolamama itself came from the words: popolare (popular) and mama (mom). In Italy it means something like: the best food was mom’s cooking. The first Italian Fresh Pasta and Homemade Napoli Style Pizza. Fyi, this is their 3rd outlet in Jakarta. Comfortable place to eat lunch or dinner.

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NEW HOLIDAY MENU

Arabiatta Shrimp Pasta 85k

Arrabiata sauced blended with fresh pasta and topped with six deep fried king prawns & mizuna

Spicy but addicting. And I love the texture of the pasta. A little bit soft and delicate. But do you know what I love the most? The king prawns!! They were delicious and well-seasoned. Crunchy crispy texture. I ate it and complained, “Aaaargh spicy. Me no likey.” But, my fork came back to the plate over and over again. LOL.

Arrabbiata sauce, or sugo all’arrabbiata in Italian, is a spicy sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes, and red chili peppers cooked in olive oil. “Arrabbiata” literally means “angry” in Italian; the name of the sauce may well be due to the heat of the chili pepper and one’s reaction to it.

Mizuna (ミズナ(水菜, “water greens”), shui cai, kyona, Japanese mustard, potherb mustard, Japanese greens, California peppergrass, or spider mustard is a cultivated variety of Brassica rapa nipposinica. The name is also used for Brassica juncea var. japonica.

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Seafood Platter 120k

Deep fried dory, calamari, & king prawns with durum semolina flour, dip it to our signature Aioli Sauce

Simple dish. Just dory, calamity and king prawns. But, it was worth the price! Delicious with big portion! I couldn’t stop munching the king prawns. And the calamari was in perfect texture. Not too hard to chew. The dory was tender and very mild. It was a very nice starter. Order this while you eating with your buddies. Trust me. You aren’t going to play with your gadgets because you are too busy chewing this and having fun with your very best friends. It’s like, seafood platter’s connecting people. LOL.

The durum wheat is milled to remove the bran and germ, leaving the rich yellow endosperm granules called semolina. This is then ground into flour and used to make pasta. Semolina granules are used for cereals and couscous.

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RICE MENU

Wafu Kara-age Rice 48k

Deep fried chicken kara-age with special wafu soy sauce, served with steamed rice and bano wafu sauce salad

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Chicken Teriyaki Rice 48k

Grilled chicken teriyaki – fragrant and tender, served with steamed rice and roasted sesame salad

I fell in love. Over and over again. Salty, sweet and delicious chicken teriyaki that are perfect to serve over rice. And the chicken was boneless. Superb! Mix the chicken and the rice, and the flavours worked so well together. Recommended dish. One of the best chicken teriyaki dish. I still remember the taste of it, swimming in my mouth. Truly a winner.

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Chicken Cacciatore Rice 48k

Slow cooked chicken breast with tomato cacciatore sauce, sautéed carrot and buna shimeji mushroom, served with steamed rice and roasted sesame salad

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NEW DESSERTS

Choco Banana Pizza 55k

Need more banana and more chocolate. Maybe they should pour the chocolate all over the banana. They called it pizza but the shape wasn’t like pizza at all. Hihihi. I prefer they make it like pizza. 😀

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Green Tea Tiramisu 48k

OMG! Best green tea tiramisu ever! I didn’t really like green tea, except it’s kit kat green tea LOL. But, combine it with tiramisu, it was scrumptious. Very very recommended. The texture was very delicate. Velvety fluffy. Ugh, I’m drooling right now. And btw, I was shocked that this photo in my IG finally got more than 1000 likes. Woohoo!! Please check my IG. @yennymichael

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Chocolate Mousse 35k

Perfect texture, sweetness and chocolate flavour. Super creamy! Have you ever tried cloud? Well, I think it’s similar with this mousse. Hihihi. It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!!!

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Mix Berries Smoothie 42k

I love it. It’s so sweet. Some people said it’s too sweet. But for me, it’s perfect. Refreshing with great texture of smoothie. Such a perfect drink to welcome this holiday season. Happy holiday guys.

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Overall, I like those new holiday season menu. Popolamama did a great job on those delicious food and delightful desserts. Keep up the good work!!

Popolamama
Grand Indonesia Mall
West Mall Level 3A
Jl. MH Thamrin
Thamrin, Jakarta
Phone: 021-23580415
IG: @popolamamaindonesia

Robaa Yakitori Grand Indonesia West Mall Thamrin Jakarta

August 26th, 2015. I went to Robaa Yakitori, Grand Indonesia West Mall. It’s their second outlet after Mal Taman Anggrek. Everybody talked about Robaa, so when I had chance to try their new outlet, I said, “Yes, I can come.” Btw, they used to be call by Roba Yakitori. And the owner decided to change the name to Robaa Yakitori. Why? Still a mystery, I guess. LOL. I went with a friend. She was a winner in my last giveaway, and I wanna give her the prize. She worked near Grand Indonesia, so yeah, I asked her to join me. 😀

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Located in level 5, Robaa Yakitori was very eye-catching with large skewer in front of their outlet. They decorated the place with minimalist furnitures and warm lightings. They had stalls full of fresh ingredients with open kitchen. They used to have the customers picked the food. But it’s not efficient, so they changed the way to order. Let me show you this outlet.

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The Menu

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BENTO

Yakitori Bento 3E 57k

Beef Enoki Teriyaki, Chicken Leg Miso, Shitake Teriyaki

This bento had steamed rice, beef enoki teriyaki, chicken leg miso, shitake teriyaki, served with steamed tamago, sautéed onions and enoki. The chicken leg miso was very tender. Love it. The steamed tamago was slightly sweet. I prefer savoury, actually. Shitake teriyaki, surprisingly, was very good. Tasted delicious with a light chewy texture. Beef enoki teriyaki was quite good too, but less favourite. Overall, it made your tummy full and happy.

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CHICKEN YAKITORI + BEEF AND SEAFOOD ROBATAYAKI [GRILLED]

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Chicken Breast Garlic Cream 15k

Salmon Wasabi Butter 32k

Beef Lettuce Teriyaki 23k

Beef Tenderloin Teriyaki 27k

Chicken Ball Teriyaki 15k

Beef Lettuce Teriyaki became my favourite. Quite unique that the lettuce wrapped by the beef. Tasted so sweet, I was in love. Then chicken breast garlic cream (flavourful and tasty), beef tenderloin (tender and juicy), chicken ball teriyaki (quite big for chicken ball *big grin*), and last but not least, salmon wasabi butter (my least favourite because I didn’t like wasabi).

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VEGETABLE ROBATAYAKI [GRILLED]

Pumpkin Garlic Cream 15k

Not. My. Favourite. At. All. LOL. But it’s true. I had a small bite, and I made up my mind. Me no likey. The pumpkin was not tender. And it tasted weird in my mouth. I guess, I just didn’t like pumpkin. *sigh* But, for some people, I think this is delicious. Well, maybe you should try by yourself and tell me your opinion. 🙂

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KUSHIKATSU [FRIED]

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Chicken Breast Katsu 18k

Beef Katsu 18k

Those katsu were deep fried. Delicious but maybe next time I try chicken leg katsu. Because chicken breast was a little bit chewy than the leg. Chicken leg is more tender than chicken breast. Ok ok, I know everybody knows that. LOL. The beef katsu was delicious too. Ugh, I guess it’s all delicious, right?

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SUSHI AND SASHIMI

Inari Spicy Salmon 25k

I loved it. It’s big. Hohoho.. It’s a little bit spicy, but it’s delicious. It’s addicting, trust me. The rice and the salmon was very tasty. Perfect for each other. I ate almost all of it, because my friend didn’t like spicy food. Well, I used to be like that. But recently, I trained myself to eat spicy food. And, it was worth the effort. 🙂 Btw, the filling was very generous. Ugh, I want it now!!!

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Salmon Mayo Roll 29k

I don’t know why, but their salmon was very delicious. I mean, every salmon dish in this place was terrific. This was also amazing. It’s not gorgeous, no it’s not. But I could eat this roll all by myself. The rice was tasty, and the salmon was perfect. Well, the mayo is the star. What could go wrong with mayo? None. 🙂

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Salmon Sashimi 33k

4 slices of salmon sashimi in one plate. Fresh with subtle flavour and delicate texture. When I came to Japanese restaurant, the first menu that I wanna try was always salmon sashimi. Always love salmon sashimi. And this salmon sashimi was one of the best.

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DESSERT

Matcha Brownies Sundae 22k

Matcha was my latest favourite. Sweet matcha, of course, because I didn’t really like the bitter of it. And this one was sweet. The texture was soft. Very delicate. The brownies weren’t special. I think I can pass the brownies. But the matcha was delish. If you like sweet matcha, yeah you will love it. Quite recommended. Will be back for this. 😀

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DRINKS

Cold Ocha (free flow) 10k

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Overall, I had so much fun at Robaa. Definitely will ask my buddies to join me in the next visit. Definitely. See you soon ya. 🙂

Robaa Yakitori
Grand Indonesia West Mall
Level 5 Unit ED 2-03
Jl. MH Thamrin
Jakarta
Phone: 082280080080
IG: @robaayakitori

My Pho Food Hall Grand Indonesia West Mall Thamrin Jakarta

June 16th, 2015. I went to My Pho with Jesfrid and Julia. Actually, Jesfrid asked me to accompany him to do the tasting. I had nothing to do that afternoon, so I said yes. I arrived at Grand Indonesia around 10.30am. I waited for them for an hour, then we directly went to Food Hall to find My Pho. And.. there it was..

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The place was crowded because it’s lunch time. We met the owner, Ms Phan. She’s very nice and funny. Well, before I show you those Vietnamese food, let me show you the cute place. I didn’t take many photos, so if you want to know the place, just go there lah..

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The Menu

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Goi Cuon Tom & Ga 25k

Fresh Spring rolls with Chicken, Shrimp and Vegetables.

Not my favourite. I think I didn’t like the fragrant of it. And there’s something in it that I didn’t like. Hmm.. it’s still a mystery.. Hmm.. *suspicious gaze* Actually I didn’t like the rubbery texture of the wraps, too. I prefer the mushy one.

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Cha Gio Que Huong 28k

Famous Fried Vietnamese Spring rolls with Chicken/Squid/Shrimp/Vegetables.

I prefer this fried spring rolls. Julia said, it’s too small, but for me, it’s a cute size. It’s springy and crispy at the same time. And I love the sauce. Dip the spring rolls to the sauce, and you’ll get addicted of it. Really nice for snacking time.

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Banh Cuon 35k

Steam Rice Rolls with Chicken/Mushroom/Shrimp with our Special Sauce.

OMG! I was in love. So much in love. This was my favourite!!! I could eat all of them by myself. Actually, I planned to do that, but too bad, Julia noticed and she stared at me.. *if looks could kill LOL* The rice rolls were soft. Melt in your mouth!!! The fillings were delicious. If I had to describe it in one word, I would say, “HEAVEN!” And you know what, I will be back to My Pho, only to eat this. Trust me. It’s really THAT delicious.

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Goi Ga 38k

Chicken Salad with our Special Vietnamese Sauce.

This was new menu. I didn’t have a chance to try it. I just took photo from someone that order it. Well, actually Ms. Phan asked me to take picture of it before she served it to her customer LOL.

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Pho Tai Nam Bo Vien 55k

Beef Noodle Soup Combination of raw and well done beef, beef balls and tendon.

Their Pho was delicious, but I prefer richer taste in the broth. Those beef, beef balls and tendon were tender and easy to chew. I hate it when I had to fight with my meat. *sobbing*

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Bun Bo Hue 48k

Spicy Beef Noodle Soup with Well-done Beef.

Actually it should be nice if not that spicy. Yup, it’s so spicy, all I could taste only spicy. I prefer not to finish it. Maybe if you like spicy noodle soup.. but for me? No.. sorry.. too spicy..

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Bun Bu Nuong & Cha Gio 52k

Vermicelli with Grilled Beef/Fried Spring Rolls Vegetables with Our Special Vietnamese Sauce.

Another favourite of mine. It didn’t have much broth in it. But, I love vermicelli, easy to eat and very delicious. And the cha gio was very tasty. How to eat this? Pour the sauce, then mix it altogether. Then, enjoy!!!

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Com Ga 46k

Vietnamese Grilled Chicken Seasoned with Our Special marinade topped with “Nuoc Man” Our Special Vietnamese Sauce. Served with Steamed Rice.

Rice dish! Finally! LOL. Yup, one of my favourites here. The chicken was very tender and well-seasoned. Served with fresh salad too. But I prefer to finish the chicken with the steamed rice hihihi. Recommended dish!

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Thanks My Pho and Ms. Phan. And thanks a lot Jesfrid for asking me to join your private food tasting. See you again soon. 🙂

My Pho
Grand Indonesia Mall
West Mall
LG Floor Food Hall
Jl. MH. Thamrin
Jakarta
Phone: 021-3905379
IG: @my_pho_