Thursday, February 23, 2012

New a la Carte Menu at Scusa

Today, I had a chance to try the new finest selection of authentic Italian dishes at Scusa Restaurant, InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza Hotel. It's a truly fabulous experience to try some of the new a la carte menu with 23 mouth-watering Italian dishes created by Gary Palm, the Executive Chef together with Wawan Barito Setiawan, the Sous Chef of Scusa Restaurant. I really enjoyed every bites of the dishes on my plates.

Appetizers & Salad

Pan-fried maize dusted foie gras - Rp. 144.000
on dried fruit and nut bread with balsamico glazed apples.
The combination between each of the ingredients was lovely. 

Pan seared sea scallops - Rp. 154.000
on beetroot salsa, avocado, marinated seaweed and saffron emulsion.

Broiled duck breast - Rp. 155.000
with warm cheese, julienne of vegetables, walnut glazed and port-apple sauce.
The duck breast was absolutely juicy and tender.

Buffalo mozzarella - Rp. 103.000
semi-dried tomatoes and rocket leaves and black pepper.


Zuppa di pesce - Rp. 66.000
seafood soup with clams, squid, salmon, snapper and prawns.
I adore the soup. It tasted refreshing with perfect balance of tanginess with all the other ingredients.

Main courses

Roast dover sole fillet - Rp. 210.000
with zucchini, sundried tomato, semolina dumpling and pesto sauce.
Everyone's favorite from all the 3 main courses. Seriously, it surpasses my expectations! Very scrumptious!

Braised angus short rib - Rp. 195.000 
with asparagus, polenta and pesto.
The braised angus short rib was great. It's succulent and bursting with flavor.

Linguine al nero di sepia con capesante, salmone e calamari - Rp. 125.000
Squid ink linguini with scallops, salmon and calamari.
It tasted a bit blunt for me as I was expecting for richer taste but it had still a nice taste.


Scusa's molten chocolate cake Rp. 64.000
with rum-raisin ice cream and vanilla sauce.
A sinful dessert that  I totally couldn't resist it.


Moctails Fantasia - Rp. 55.000
Orange, lychee, mango,  grenadine syrup. 
Pretty refreshing especially on a hot day like today :)

Illy Cofee Cappuccino  - Rp. 45.000
The cappuccino was to complete and end my dining experience at Scusa :)

All prices are subjected to 21% of Government tax and Service Charge
Currency: 1 USD = Rp. 9.000

Scusa Restaurant
InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza Hotel
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 10-11
Jakarta 10220
Tel.: (62-21) 251 4188

Opening hours:
Lunch      Mon to Fri     11.30 - 14.30
Dinner     Mon to Sun    18.00 - 23.00
Brunch     Sun               11.30 - 14.30

Related post: Daily Market Express Lunch at Scusa

Monday, February 13, 2012

Kamikaze Karaage

Kamikaze, Crispy chicken, Japanese style! 

As the logo says, Kamikaze Kaarage is a contemporary Japanese fast food specializing in crispy chicken.

I was recommended to try the set menu "Kamikaze Moriawase". Here is how to order the set menu (the bold ones were my choices from the options):

Step 1,  choose the meat:
Tebasaki (Chicken Wings)
Other options: Karaage (boneless), Mixed (Yakiniku and Karaage), Yakiniku.
As I was expecting, the chicken wings were so wonderful tasty, moist and crunchy for the skin. Love eating the chicken wings though it's more nibble than bite, but hey, it's fun! :)

Step 2, choose the sauce:
Teriyaki sauce (original Japanese taste)
Other sauces: - Kaffir lime shoyu (sweet and sour), Kuro Kosho (black pepper), Banzai (sweet spicy), Kamikaze (hot spicy, ).
Kamikaze is claimed as the hottest chili pepper on earth. No wonder when I tried to taste a bit of the Kamikaze sauce, seriously it felt like my tongue was on fire! 

Step 3, choose 2 small sides
Chiizu Korokke (Japanese croquette).
Shishito Tempura (Japanese peppers battered and deep fried).
Other options: Tofu Furai, Tori Fireball, Gyoza, Yasai Itame, Kakitama Soup, Kimuchi Slaw or Kani Corn Salad.

Step 4: 
Gohan: Japanese cooked white rice
Other options: Kimuchi Chahan, Large Fries.

Step 5: Choose a drink.
Cold Ocha - Green Tea (free for refill).
I was quite surprise to see the color of green tea. It's so greeeeeeennnn!!! Usually the green tea in Japanese restaurants that I used to drink, is not as green as in here. The aroma of the green tea is also different, I find it more fragrant but not like the ordinary green tea.

The Kamikaze Moriawase comes in a wooden tray:
Tebasaki Moriawase - Rp. 35.454

By the way, I got the chance to try the new dessert in Kamikaze. It's not available yet, hopefully very soon.

Früitis Kioko
Grape flavor drink with yogurt.

Purin Pudding
Japanese custard pudding. A delicious creamy and smooth texture pudding with caramel sauce.

Mushi Pan
Japanese steamed egg cake with 3 flavors: Green Tea, Chocolate and Hokkaido Milk
For me, the Mushi Pan Chocolate became the winner because the Mushi Pan Green Tea had a flaky texture, then the Mushi Pan Hokkaido Milk had a peculiar flavor.

All prices exclude 10% Government tax.
Current currency: 1 USD = Rp. 9.000

Kmikaze Karaage
Grand Indonesia Level 3A Unit FD1-07
Central Jakarta
Tel: (021) 23581878

Sunday, February 12, 2012

BonChon Chicken

There is a new opened Korean fried chicken fast food franchise in Jakarta called BonChon Chicken.

Chicken Salad - Rp. 36. 818

Personally I actually enjoyed the fried chicken as for the mild crunchiness of the skin, the slight sweet flavorful taste and the tenderness of the chicken, not forget to mention the best part, it's not really greasy. Unfortunately, there's a drawback as this is a fast food place, it takes time to get the dish completely served. When the fried chicken already served and eaten, the drink and even the french fries were not served.

BonChon Chicken Wings ( 4/8/16 pcs.)
BonChon Chicken Tight (3/6/12 pcs.)  
BonChon Chicken Drum Stick (2/4/8 pcs.)
Rp. 25.000/ Rp. 45.909/ Rp. 88.636
For the glazed, it can be chosen either mild or hot sauce flavor.

BonChon Fried (Dory) Fish  (3/6/12 pcs.) 
Rp. 35.909/ Rp. 62.727/ Rp. 99.545

French fries  - Rp. 9.090
It's served in a small cup.

Mochi (Vanilla) Ice Cream  Rp. 10.000
The mochi (pounded sticky rice)  is a bit harder than the ordinary mochi since it's frozen but with the soft ice cream in the middle, it makes me wanting to eat more than just 2 pieces.

All Prices Subject to add 10% Government Tax PB 1

Currency: 1 USD = Rp. 9.000

BonChon Chicken
Grand Indonesia 5th Floor Skybridge
Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 1
Central Jakarta

Friday, February 3, 2012

Krispy Kreme Heart-Shaped Doughnut

Krispy Kreme Indonesia is having a collaboration with Ritter Sport chocolate for this season of love. They launched the limited edition of heart-shaped doughnuts. Available through 29 February 2012. It's just perfect as a 3 in 1 gift (heart-chocolate-flower bouquet). The doughnut as the heart, Ritter Sport as the chocolate, and the chocolate arrangement with a red bow as the flower bouquet.

The Processing Theater where the Heart-Shaped doughnuts are being decorated.
Customers even can request for writing words on the doughnuts to express their feeling.

3 kinds of heart-shaped doughnut.:
White frosting with Ritter Sport Cornflakes chocolate and blackcurrant filling.

Chocolate frosting with Ritter Sport Hazelnut & Raisin chocolate and chocolate filling.

Pink frosting with Ritter Sport Strawberry Yoghurt chocolate and strawberry filling.

A box of six or a dozen shaped heart doughnuts would be a sweet perfect gift for this season of love, especially on the Valentine's Day :)

Ritter Sport is now available at Krispy Kreme stores.

For customers in Jakarta, there's a promotion "Pay 1 for 2" using BCA credit card. Buy 1 dozen assorted doughnut (must consist of min. 3 pcs Ritter Doughnuts), free 1 dozen original glazed. Valid till 14 February 2012.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Café
Central Park mall - Podomoro City
Ground Floor (Access from Tribeca Park)
Jl. Let. Jend. S. Parman Kav. 28
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