Saturday, January 24, 2015

Brussels Spring, Central Park Jakarta


I was with my ex-colleagues at Central Park mall. It was already lunch time and we were confused where to eat because everywhere was so crowded. One of my ex-colleagues recommended to have lunch at Brussels Spring because he always has a good experience eating there.

We entered the Brussels Spring and were surprised that it was so empty. There was only one table occupied by a woman and not long after we were seated she left the restaurant so we were the only customers inside this restaurant until we left it.

When we want to order the food, it was a bit difficult to find the waitresses because they were more concentrating in serving at Tapas de Espana which is another restaurant with a connected door directly to Brussels Spring. We found out the owner of Brussels Spring is also the same for Tapas de Espana. It was not only a bit difficult to find the waitresses but some of the menu which was recommended by my ex-colleagues were already deleted from the menu. 

We ordered and enjoyed the food but that was it; nothing really special though.

Chicken Valdostana - Rp. 65.000
Marinated grilled chicken topped with sauteed spinach and mozzarella, served with french fries, mixed vegetables n BBQ sauce 

Sop Iga Garang Asam - Rp. 85.000
Traditional hot&sour soup served w/ steamed rice, emping, chili sauce.

A lot of chili inside the soup.

Barca de Pollo - Rp. 65.000
Breaded chicken breast served tapas de espana w/ white sauce, potato chips mixed vegetables.

Choco Berry Waffle + ice cream - Rp. 39.000
Crispy waffle with strawberry slices, chocolate sauce, a scoop of green tea ice cream and a cherry.

Blossom Tea - Rp. 25.000
All prices are subjected to 10% tax and 5% service charge.
Current currency: 
1 USD = Rp. 12.475

Location:
Brussels Spring Central Park  
Tribeca Park - Central Park,
Jl. Letjen S. Parman kav. 28
West Jakarta
Phone: 2920 0007/8

Disclaimer: The review and opinion expressed here are purely according to my personal taste. There's a possibility that the taste of the food might change later on, which could affect the review and opinion here. I also affirm that no monetary or non-monetary compensation has been received from this restaurant for writing this review.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Warung Sangrai - Pelopor Puyuh, PIK


Do you like to eat quail meat? If yes, a good news for those who live in Jakarta. Warung Sangrai (the famous quail meat restaurant in Bandung) has just opened a restaurant in Pantai Indah Kapuk area. 

Previously quail meat was much favored in French cooking but these days, it is not dominated only in French cooking. People like to eat quail meat, not only because is delicious but it has also other benefits such as low in cholesterol, high in protein and vitamins, strengthen stamina, enhanced good memory and brain activity.

The restaurant is divided into two sections:
Sitting on the chair.

Sitting on the mat.

Something that I found when I washed my hands, 
a cute sink with fish and shrimp swimming inside it :)


How to order the quail dish:

First: Choosing the quail.
Customer have to choose between the local quail and French Quail.
Puyuh lokal (local quail) - Rp. 19.000 
the size is a bit smaller than French quail but it is tastier and got more crunchy texture.
Puyuh Perancis (French quail)  - Rp. 29.000
It is meaty because the size is bigger than the local quail.

Second: Choosing the taste.
There are 6 levels of spiciness.
The lowest to the highest level: GocapCabe IjoCabe Garam - Sambal Endeus - Rawit - Extra Rawit.
There is also original type (without sauce) for those who can not eat spicy.

Third: Choosing the side dish

There is also another option for customer who does not want to eat quail. Warung Sangrai also serves Chicken - Rp. 19.000.

Puyuh Cabe Ijo
Green chili.

Puyuh Cabe Garam
3 types of chili with salt.

Puyuh Sambal Endeus
Hot sweet soy sauce.

Puyuh Rawit 
Very spicy!

SIDE DISH:

Cah Kuciwis - Rp. 13.000
Stir-fried mini cabbage.

Kol Goreng - Rp. 8.000
I have never had fried white cabbage before and I was pretty impressed with this side dish. 

  Tahu Cabe Garam - Rp. 13.000
Fried battered tofu with chili and salt. Love the chewiness of this tofu.

Sarang Komplit - Rp. 13.000
Fried tempe (soybean cake), fried yellow tofu, fried white cabbage.

White rice - Rp. 6.000
Red rice - Rp. 7.000

Nasi Tutug Oncom Puyuh - Rp. 36.000
A package of a fried quail, fermented soybean rice, fried soybean cake, fried tofu, a bowl of sayur asem and chili sauce.
 

Nasi Tutug Oncom
White rice cooked with fermented soybean and onion. It was so tasty.

DRINK:

Strawberry Dinosaurus - Rp. 22.000
A refreshing strawberry juice topped with milo powder.
Current currency:
1 USD = Rp. 12.515
Location:
Warung Sangrai
Ruko Emerald Blok A No. 2 (across Market City)
Pantai Indah Kapuk
North Jakarta

Phone: 98115733 (for delivery/catering)

Friday, January 2, 2015

MonViet at Setiabudi One, Jakarta


Yesterday, I had a chat with an ex-colleague who really loves to eat Thai and Vietnamese food. He told me that he had visited almost all Thai and Vietnamese restaurants in Seattle, USA. So far, he could not find any good Thai and Vietnamese restaurant in Jakarta. I suggested him to try and eat at monViet, which in my opinion is one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Jakarta. 

Since monViet has just opened a new branch in Setiabudi Building One and it is much closer than going to Lippo Mall Kemang, we decided to go there today.

A stall of the Vietnamese baguette.

Open kitchen.


Platter of monViet - Rp. 69.000
A combination of monViet's appetizers.

The Cha Gio Re (crispy spring rolls) was delicious as I remembered. My ex-colleague was impressed with the freshness of the Goi Cuon Tom Ga (summer rolls with shrimp and chicken). We enjoyed these appetizers with peanut sauce and sweet sour chili sauce.

 Banh Mi Ga - Rp. 44.000
Vietnamese baguette.

I chose this baguette because of the five spices sauteed chicken intrigued me. The baguette was fresh and crunchy. As for the chicken,  the first 3/4 chicken in the baguette was pretty dry. Good thing that the 1/4 of the chicken tasted better (maybe because of the sauce).

Bun Nuong Sa - Rp. 52.000
Vermicelli with lemongrass grilled chicken on the top.

Bun is the favorite Vietnamese dish to my ex-colleague and I. It is a must to order whenever I see this on the menu in a Vietnamese restaurant. The Bun at monViet in Lippo Mall Kemang was amazingly delicious. But then, my ex-colleague and I were quite disappointed of this totally tasteless Bun Nuong Sa. I seriously missed the sweet zesty taste in the sauce. Besides, the vegetables in the bowl were mostly just the romaine lettuce, bean sprout and cucumber, very little of the Vietnamese fresh herbs.

Ca Phe Sua Da - Rp. 41.000
Iced white coffee  

For the drink, we ordered iced white coffee. It was not served until I reminded the waitress; we had almost finished our meal. When the waitress finally brought the two glasses of white coffee, she told us to wait until the coffee has done dripping from the individual small metal French brewing drip filter then the ice cubes will be delivered to our table. 

I asked the waitress to bring the ice cubes directly after I saw there was no more coffee dripping into the glass. At that time, we already done eating our meal. We waited and asked again for the ice cubes. I even asked three times to different waiters but still none of them brought the ice cubes until my ex-colleague had to ask for the fourth time using a bit harsh tone. 

Well, thank goodness for the wonderful iced white coffee; it definitely eliminated our annoyance as soon as we had the first sip of it.
 All prices are subjected to 10% government tax and 7% service charge.
Current currency:
1 USD = Rp. 12.531

Location:
MonViet Setiabudi One
Setiabudi One
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said
South Jakarta
Tel: 5201040

Related post: MonViet Kemang, Jakarta

Disclaimer: The review and opinion expressed here are purely according to my personal taste. There's a possibility that the taste of the food might change later on, which could affect the review and opinion here. I also affirm that no monetary or non-monetary compensation has been received from this restaurant for writing this review.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Applebee's Neighborhood and Grill, Plaza Senayan Jakarta


Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar has finally opened its first restaurant in Indonesia. This American largest casual dining chain is located on the 5th floor at Plaza Senayan. It is offering  a friendly atmosphere with signature bar and grill menu. 


Appetziers Sampler - Rp 189.000
Mozarella sticks, Spinach & Artichoke dip, Cheese Quesadilla grande (contains beef bacon) and boneless wings. My favorite is the spinach & artichoke dip.

Fiesta Lime Chicken - Rp. 119.000
A succulent grilled chicken done fiesta-style with a zesty lime sauce. Topped with Jack-cheddar and Mexi-ranch. Served with crisp tortilla strips, seasoned rice and fresh pico de gallo.

Cowboy Burger - Rp 139.000
Big size burger topped with crispy onion strings, melted white cheddar cheese and smoked beef bacon. Served on a toasted bun with honey bbq sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles

This burger absolutely was fulfilling but somehow the juicy patty was bland.

Cheese Burger Flatbread - Rp. 109.000
Seasoned juicy ground beef, American cheese, sauteed onions beef bacon bits and parmesan cheese

Korean Short Ribs - Rp. 169.000
The Korean style short ribs grilled was really tender and juicy but it was quite salty for my taste bud. It is served with white rice, sauteed spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms. Homemade soya with chilies.

Triple Chocolate Meltdown - Rp. 69.000
A moist chocolate cake topped with both dark and white chocolate. Served with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge.

Applebee's Mud Slide - Rp. 79.000
This famous drink is blended with Kahlua, vanila ice cream, chocolate syrup & milk 

Apple Bay Breeze - Rp. 79.000
A refreshing drink. Apple liqueur, pineapple and cranberry juices.
All prices are subjected to 6.6% service charge and 10% government tax.
Current currency:
1 USD = Rp. 12.414

Location:
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar
Plaza Senayan Level 5 Unit CP 519
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8
Jakarta
Tel: 57906054

Opening hours:
Weekdays 11.30 am - 11 pm
Weekend 11.30 am - 1 am

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Vietopia, Cikini


It has been almost 10 years since the last time I have visited this Vietopia Vietnamese restaurant. It used to be one of my favorite restaurants and I visited quite often with my ex-colleagues during lunch time. It was really nice to come back to this restaurant. The decor and atmosphere have not changed much. With French songs played softly while I was enjoying my lunch here again, it definitely brought me nice memories.

Mix Appetizers - Rp. 55.000
The mix appetizers supposedly contained of Banh cuon (fresh spring rolls filled with shrimp, chicken, egg & vegetables), Chao tom (grilled shrimp paste rolled around sugar cane), Cha gio (fried spring rolls filled with minced chicken) and Cha cua (crab cakes). Unfortunately, the Chao tom was out of order. My favorite, for sure, was Cha gio - the fried spring rolls.

Bun Bo Xao - Rp. 50.000
Traditional Vietnamese vermicelli dish served with grilled NZ beef mixed with lettuce, onion, garlic, peanuts and nuoc sauce. The nuoc sauce which made from water, fish sauce, lime juice, vinegar, palm sugar, lemon grass, chili and garlic tasted pretty mild for the spiciness and tanginess. I personally prefer pungent taste for nuoc sauce.

Ca Phe Sua Da - Rp. 36.000
Iced Vietnamese coffee with sweet condensed milk.  
All prices subjected to 10% tax and 5.5% service charge.
Current currency:
1 USD = Rp. 12.430
Location:
Vietopia
Jl. Cikini Raya No. 33
Central Jakarta
Tel: 3915893/ 3103790

Opening hours: 11.30 am - 10 pm

Disclaimer: The review and opinion expressed here are purely according to my personal taste. There's a possibility that the taste of the food might change later on, which could affect the review and opinion here. I also affirm that no monetary or non-monetary compensation has been received from this restaurant for writing this review.
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