All posts tagged: central jakarta

Dill Gourmet Cafe New Year’s Feast: A New Concept and Menu

You probably know Dill Gourmet Cafe to be, well, a cafe. Think coffee and cake. During our last visit, we had some light bites from the sandwich, pizza, pasta, and cake selection. And when I say light, I mean it. But with the new year, Dill is rebranding and revamping its concept from cafe to casual dining, which means a whole lot more selection of mains that will actually fill you up. Oh before I get too excited and forget, we got to take home these almond chocolate chip cookies as a favor, and boy were they a treat! I wiped out the whole can (with a bit of help from three friends) in a day. I regret nothing. You’ve got to get your hands on these! And since they were bite-sized, it didn’t even feel like I was eating anything (ha! the lies I feed myself!). The new Dill features a gourmet market/cafe concept, complete with an inviting display of fresh pressed juices and a handsomely put-together menu. The first thing on my table: the …

Waha Kitchen

Are you a fan of Peranakan cuisine? Enjoy a little something more than the ordinary? Want to feel outdoors while indoors? Waha Kitchen promises all these, and more. Stepping in, you’d be reminded of being in someone’s house – except you can’t remember whose. The interior is complete with new and old artifacts – modernistic and upcycled. It also includes a (fishless) pond for those who enjoy water-watching (and I suppose for positive feng shui). Beyond Waha Kitchen and Kosenda Hotel, the building is complemented by Awan Lounge, an outdoor rooftop area complete with a bar (and will prove to be even more complete with good company and drinks) – great for private parties. Now onto the deciding factor. Going along with the vintage décor of the restaurant, the menu concept is all-Peranakan. And hearing that the chef is Malaysian, I was quite assured we would be in good hands. Oh by the way, I love Peranakan cuisine. It’s vintage yet oh so relevant.  First up were our healthy juices – Green Angel and Mentari Pagi. I was beginning to wonder what …

Ron’s Laboratory: Get Some Nitrogen Love!

Don’t worry–those tubes and flasks aren’t from a classroom (THANK GOODNESS). It’s not that I didn’t like the subject of chemistry back in school, but it never quite made sense to me. My brain never thought in chemistry terms, unforunately. Today, although we’ll be touching on the subject, our main concern will be the taste and texture of something wonderful, namedly gelato. Why am I already sounding like a teacher??? Blame the subject. Ron’s Laboratory is named after its co-founder Ronald who has been a kitchen man for the past 9 years starting out as a dishwasher, and venturing to become a chef, barista, coffee connoisseur, and now: a Liquid Nitrogen gelato expert. Originally conceptualized as an affogato bar, Ron’s Laboratory, although serves other items namedly coffee, is known for its gelato made with Liquid Nitrogen, giving this sweet treat an extra smooth texture. With partner Wibi, Ronald decided it was time to introduce the experience of molecular gastronomy, or “cooking with science” to a hungry crowd who’s always up for new, exciting grub. The unique concept of …

Fatburger Jakarta

Craving a burger may be one of the most common, natural, and socially tolerable appetitions. Not to say that a hunger for anything else is perverse, but let’s just say we never judge a burger dream. Fatburger has been in Jakarta for several years now and even though 50 percent of its name is dominated by fat, do not worry about actually getting fat on the burgers. Unless of course you decide to have it everyday, in which case you should definitely worry about getting fat. I’m yet to feast upon a true burger in Jakarta, one that could calm an upset baby and give me goosebumps. Too bad, this is not it. Fatburger’s burger is quite juicy and decent, but didn’t raise any hair for me. Although, seeing as Jakarta offers a limited number of burger choices, Fatburger is a fair option. Conveniently located at major malls around Jakarta, Fatburger may be the gratification your craving seeks. Enjoy! Double Fatburger | 71K++ Classic Beef Rice with Mushroom Sauce | 32K++ Rock and Roll Fries | 14K++ FAT BURGER (Jakarta Locations): Plaza Indonesia Basement …

Lara Djonggrang

Here’s one place your visiting friends are sure to appreciate. In addition to totting them to the quick, simple eats at kaki lima stalls around the city, treat them to a unique and elaborate version of Indonesian cuisine. Lara Djonggrang is one of the restaurants managed by Tugu Group who is also behind Samarra, Dapur Babah, and Shanghai Blue.  Ornately decorated, the restaurant serves a variety of Indonesian or more specifically Peranakan/Babah cuisine. The portion is generous and created for a communal meal, the way a family would share a family eating experience together. Big portions are always a plus in my book, as you probably already know. Price wise, you are looking at spending in the range of I10-150K per person, which is reasonable. I highly recommend this restaurant if you’re wanting to entertain foreigner guests, have a social or celebratory gatherings. There are also private dining rooms for which you can request.  Jewawut Jagung | 42K Fried corn fritter Bebek Betutu | 98K The most famous dish from GIanyar: whole tender duck cooked in traditional …

Dill Gourmet Cafe

Dill Gourmet Cafe replaced long-time tenant Secret Recipe at Plaza Indonesia. I’m always cautious about sandwich places in Jakarta because with the exception of perhaps one or two, I haven’t quite been met with a simply good and goodly simple sandwich. Usually, I’d land on one with tough-to-chew bread, too little stuffing (or just little as a whole) or plain blandness. Sorry for all the negativity–it’s my way of being detailed and specific. For the size and quality, Dill Gourmet sandwiches are steeply priced. One sandwich hardly filled me up and the mini pizza was seriously mini. Seriously. The desserts were, for lack of a better descriptive, simply boring. Even though I do like the cafe decor and setting, the food won’t make me come back a second time. But for you who are wanting a quick bite such as a sandwich and don’t want to think too much, however, I do recommend Starbucks’. You’re probably thinking Starbucks? What’s so special about that? Nothing too special but their sandwiches are good and no doubt much …

Soto Padang H St Mangkuto

Soto Padang H St Mangkuto first opened in Jl. Pintu Air, Pasar Baru in 1966. Hands down one of my favorite soto in Jakarta. If you’ve never had soto padang before, it isn’t the typical clear chicken broth soup we’d think of when we think of soto (soto ayam, that is).  Soto padangsoup is beefy, cloudy, and most relevantly, yummy! The small chunks of meat you’ll find in the soup aren’t all meat–they’re a mix of meat and lung. Then there are other condiments including bihun, scallions, and other veggies. The best part of the whole ensemble is the slight crunch of the lung and meat even when already drenched in the soup. But of course, make sure to minimize the small talk and dig right into the soup just when it’s served. To accompany the soup and rice, have some salted egg and crispy fried skin, and absolutely remember to top your soup with a generous spoonful (or more) of the sambal (hot sauce). Only then are you ready to fully revel in this delicacy! If you’re looking for a quick, satisfying, and …

Mutiara 5: An Old-Time Goodness

There’s so much I can say about this eatery, but I won’t because this vicarious reading will neither do you any good nor the food justice. To relate to my glee, you just have to be there and eat. My taste palate and tummy have been spoiled for as long as I can remember. My dad used to take us to this establishment since my brother and I were little. The waiters who have been working there since have seen us grow up and remember us even until today. Opened in 1982, Mutiara 5 has been tirelessly serving Chinese food and seafood since. The dining and kitchen areas used to be one and without air conditioning. But through the years and today, the eating area is enclosed with air conditioning and separated from the kitchen area by glass doors. But really, who cares what the setting is like. What matters is the stuff escaping down our throats and into our bellies! For as long as I can remember, the taste and goodness haven’t changed in …

Bittersweet: More Sweet Than Bitter

I love cake. Did you know that cake can be a loyal, loving friend? Cake is my good friend. You know how some women end up growing old with no one but 30 cats in their home? I’d be one of those, except I’d be having, instead of cats around, cake. My fetish for cake has been around since I was little, but more and more, it’s becoming unruly. They say you don’t eat the goods you bake yourself, but when I bake, I am absolutely guilty of that. And serendipitously, when I’m baking, I always end up having a lot of leftovers. I do give out most to people, but the rest (usually the ugly) I keep for myself (sometimes stashed in my bedroom). Don’t judge. Since I got back form the US, there are few restaurants/cake shops in Jakarta that serve cakes that I really enjoy. Bittersweet is one of them, yay! At this point, perhaps like me, you are probably sick of reading about red velvet cake. I wasn’t sure why or …