Friday, March 30, 2012

Nannini Plaza Indonesia

Nannini, a restaurant established since 1995 located in Plaza Senayan, has opened its new restaurant in Plaza Indonesia. The menu is full of varieties, local and also western dishes. Many new dishes are created by the Executive Chef Francis Lim.

To celebrate the new opening in Plaza Indonesia, some food bloggers and I were invited by to attend Nanini's Menu Tasting last night.

Warm, cozy and friendly casual dining concept.

So, how's the food tasting? This is the question that I received from some people who knew that I attended this event since last night until this afternoon. Here's my story of the event:

5.30 PM
I arrived together with JenzCorner. We were greeted by the then we found a table where The Gastronomy Aficionado sat together with his lovely wife. A few minutes later, a small glass filled with a drink called Beetle juice was served. Then, we had to fill a form and were given a discount card valid for a year. 

Beetle Juice - Rp. 35.000
Combination of Orange, Pineapple, Mango, Kiwi and fresh Passion pulp.

Later on, Abigail and Culinary Bonanza joined our table. 

6.00 PM
The Operation Manager and Executive Chef Francis Lim gave an opening speech.

6. 15 PM
The Operation Manager showed how to make the newest creation of Nannini's cocktail.

7.15 PM
Each table was served one glass of Pineapple and Cinnamon Roshka.

Left: Pineapple and Cinnamon Roshka - Rp. 80.000
Vodka, Pineapple liquer, Pineapple lime wedge, Cinnamon, mix Sugar

Right: Shangria - Rp. 125.000
Fruits and Red Wine

7.10 PM
A quiz for getting a Nannini's voucher valued Rp. 200.000. Congratulations to The Gastronomy Aficionado's wife! :) 

7.21 PM
Finally after waiting for 2 hours, the appetizer was served. The Wild Mushroom soup was totally wonderful especially for a starving stomach.

 Nannini Wild Mushroom Soup - Rp. 50.000
A soft velvety cream soup blended with a medley of Wild Mushrooms and drizzled with Truffle oil.

So, what did we do to kill the the time while waiting for the food:
-  we had a lot of fun conversation, even Abigail and I shared pictures of our dogs.
-  we watched the finalist ladyboy - Bell Nuntita from the Thailand's Got Talent on youtube
- JenzCorner managed to play  a game on her iPad several times.
The Gastronomy Aficionado even went twice to the restroom.
- Updated status on twitter.

8.27 PM
Can't believe it that we had to wait for another hour to have the main course on our table. Then, another surprise, one plate with those small size of food had to be shared with another person and we were all so hungry :(

Thus, JenzCorner and I shared the food on this plate together.

Nannini Cordon Bleu - Rp. 75.000
Tender chicken breast stuffed with smoked beef and cheddar cheese, served with potato fries and red wine gravy.

Nannini Striploin  
Grilled striploin served with mashed potato and creamy champignon sauce
(Note: I'm not so sure whether this is a new menu because I can't find Striploin on the menu. On the menu, it shows "200 gr Beef Sirloin - Rp. 195.000". For sure, Striploin is different than Sirloin. What I know, Striploin is the part behind the short loin of the cow (above the tenderloin). Striploin is cut from the short loin section (between the rib and sirloin) of the cow. Btw, sirloin is more flavorful than striploin, though it's much more tough, and the cooking method to tenderize it is different)

Nannini Salmon - Rp. 85.000
Grilled fresh Norwegian salmon served with mesclun salad tossed in balsamic dressing and drizzled with special Nannini's home sauce. 

8.36 PM
The waiters brought a glass of Shangria to each table.

8.54 PM
The famous Nannini Tiramisu being served. Luckily for this dessert, each of us received one piece of the Tiramisu cake - no need to share. So glad that this delicious Tiramisu closed the menu tasting.

Nannini Tiramisu - Rp. 65.000
Mascarpone mousse covered sponge cake drenched in Kahlua and Baileys.

9.15 PM
The Operation Manager gave 2 more quizzes for the invitees and a closing speech.

9.20 PM
The event ended. 

Thank you for inviting me,! And, thanks for the menu tasting, Nannini!

All prices subjected to tax and service charge.

Current currency: 
1 USD = Rp. 9.200

Plaza Indonesia 2nd Floor. Unit L2. No.T111. A-D
Jl MH Thamrin Kav 28-30 Jakarta 10350
Tel: 2992 3650

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Paulaner Bräuhaus Jakarta

Mom's birthday was celebrated at Paulaner Bräuhaus, located in the upper upscale East Mall, Grand Indonesia Shopping Town. It's also a part of Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta. 

A sophisticated Bavarian ambiance and dominated with wooden furniture.

Paulaner Bräuhaus used to have microbrewery but at this moment, they are not brewing nor serving until further notice. I heard that actually the Paulaner beers, either the light or dark tasted very good because the beers are tapped fresh and with lots of fizz.

As recommended by the waiter, we had:

Paulaner platter  - Rp. 250.000
Smoked pork chop (Kassler), 1 Thüringer sausage (Thüringer Wurst), Meatloaf (Leberkäse), 2 Vienna Sausages (Wiener Würstchen), 2 Nuremberger sausages (Nürnberger Wurst) and crispy pork knuckle (Schweinshaxe) served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes (Kartoffelpüree).
It's definitely more than enough for two persons. The smoked pork chop was tender, the sausages were meaty and totally addictive, the meatloaf was flavorful, the pork knuckle was really succulent with wonderful crispy skin, the sauerkraut was perfect, not too sour nor too bland, and the mashed potatoes, it's delectable! The best mashed potatoes I've ever eaten in Jakarta. It's creamy, fluffy, and so smooth that gave me a comforting feeling :)

Crispy pork knuckle (Schweinshaxe)

For dessert, mom and I chose:

Home-made warm Apple Strudel with vanilla sauce - Rp. 50.000
Hausgemachter Apfelstrudel mit Vanillesosse
The apple strudel didn't meet the expectation especially when you already used to eat the original apple strudel in Germany where it doesn't taste with an excess of sweetness and the grated apple still has a nice fresh sour flavor. The Paulaner's apple strudel was actually pretty aromatic from the cinnamon and the pastry was light yet firm but again, the filling was cloying and got overwhelmed raisins inside it. When the waitress came and asked how's the food, my mom and I told her that we were quite disappointed with the apple strudel. Later on, I found out that the chef for the pastry and bakery here is from Australia. Oh... No wonder...

All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 10% government tax

Current currency:
1 USD = Rp. 9.100

Paulaner Bräuhaus Jakarta
Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 1
Central Jakarta
Tel: 2358 3871

Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursay: 11.30am - 0.30am
Friday/Saturday: 11.30am - 01.30am
Sunday: 11.30am - 0.30am

Related post:

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, March 1, 2012

Bali Porkis

Bali Porkis tweeted and asked me whether I want to try their products. First, I wasn't aware at all what's their product. Then, later on, I found out that Bali Porkis is the first company from Bali that sells frozen grilled ribs in vacuum packaging. Bali Porkis products are sent directly from Bali to Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta. I got curious and agreed to try their 2 products.

Bali Porkis frozen products.

It's very easy to serve it. It only need to be microwave  for 2 - 3 minutes at high level or steam  for 10 - 15 minutes.

Pork Rendang  (Rendang Babi) 
weight: 500 grams, price: Rp. 85.000
The meat in the authentic Rendang dish is usually beef but Bali Porkis substitutes the beef with pork. This Pork Rendang is very delicious. The meat is so tender and moist. The Rendang gravy is not as spicy as the usual Beef Rendang at Padang restaurants which is perfect for me since I'm not really into hot spicy food.

Sweet Spicy Ribs (Iga Bakar Pedes Manis)
weight: 300 grams, price: Rp. 50.000
This sweet spicy ribs will be enjoyed by the ones who love to eat hot spicy food. Again, the meat is moist, tender and very well seasoned.

The other products are Black Pepper Ribs (Rp. 50.000), Honey Ribs (Rp. 55.000), and Rica-rica Pork (Rp. 55.000).

Current currency: 
1 USD = Rp. 9.000

Bali Porkis 
Jl. Martimbang 4 no. 7, Pakubuwono,
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta 12120

To order in Jakarta:
phone: 0818 06 727383
BB pin: 21E69B82
LinkWithin Related Stories Widget for Blogs