All posts tagged: jakarta food blogger

Entrada

Here’s a spot to taste if you’re looking for something new–Entrada (entrance in Spanish) in the SCBD area. The dining chamber is suitable for casual dinners, dates, and even celebrations. The food was served in a sizeable portion (always a good thing), and flavor-wise, quite refreshing and well presented. I’d definitely recommend what I had: Filete de Pescado à la Cubana (Fish Fillet à la Cubana)–pan-fried Barramundi flavored with Cuban seasoning, topped with seared banana, served with a side of garlic rice. The dish reminded me more of cuisine from the Philippines, which made sense since the chef was Filipino. The place felt alive overall, especially with a live band playing. I’d recommend it to you who maybe haven’t had Spanish food in a while (or ever), and if you’re wanting something a little different from the usual humdrum eats, whatever they are. Price wise, you’re looking at spending in the range of 120-200K per person. And if you have questions, feel free to approach Gary, the friendly Restaurant Manager, who is always more than happy to speak …

Maison Ikkoku

Day 4 on my weekend jaunt to Singapore, and even though I was still up for more hawker food, I thought I’d opt for something different, and at the same moment my cake craving was starting to kick in. I knew of Maison Ikkoku from a friend who recommended the place if you’re looking for a quick sandwich or cake bite, or a cup of tea or coffee. When I read up on it, I discovered it to be not only a café, but also a lifestyle boutique combining mid-high end international menswear retail, and a semi-alfresco cocktail bar.  At lunchtime, the café was packed with young executives cackling about the stock market and their weekend plans. Smoked Salmon & Dill Cream ​Norwegian smoked salmon / boiled eggs / dill sour cream / yellow onions / rocket / fresh tomatoes Like most Asians, having grown up with rice, a sandwich never quite fills me up, although I admit this is more psychological than physiological. The sandwiches at Masion Ikkoku were well-made, but the bread and filling ratio …

Rumah Makan Ujung Pandang

If you love seafood and have never been to Makassar, you are missing out. I’ve been there only once myself, but the 2-day jaunt was enough to capture my unwavering heart for good eats (not to mention cheap eats)! All I remember of this trip was the volume and frequency of our repasts. Within 40 hours we managed to (voluntarily) chug down around 9 meals. The seafood was blissful, so fresh, so tasty (you can really taste the sweetness in the fish and crab meat), and oh so cheap! Seafood aside, other highlights included nasi goreng tomat, pisang ijo, pisang bakar, and I kid you not–pretty much everything else! With no intention of deceiving you good people, this post won’t feature my Makassar chronicle, but instead, a seafood restaurant recommended to me (and now to you), one that won’t cost you a flight to Makassar.  All the dishes featured below are recommended, but the high point of my dining experience at Rumah Makan Ujung Pandang was the unexpectedly tasty udang goreng telur asin (skin-on). It is by far the best …

Hong Tang: Sweet Poetry for the Palate

In Mandarin, hong means red, and tang sugar. Hong tang, red sugar, then is definitely an appropriate name for this sweets joint, although their less literal translation is sweet poetry. Recommended to me by a friend, Hong Tang turned out to be a pleasant experience. If you’re into Asian traditional desserts like mochi, ice kacang, and soup-based desserts, give Hong Tang a try. This could be a place to take your parents and grandparents too (let’s hope they don’t have diabetes), so they can tell you how these modern desserts compare to the true traditional ones they know. Price wise, you are looking at spending in the range of 25-45K per bowl of dessert. I shared my bowl because these sweets could get you pretty high! All the items shown below are recommended, just depends on what you feel like enjoying. And if you’re like me, looking for an alternative to Bubble Tea (there are maybe about a hundred joints in Pantai Indah Kapuk), be brave, opt for something different and hop to Hong Tang! Black Sesame Soup (#101) Hot/Cold​ –Recommended …

In-N-Out Burger Saga in Jakarta

By now you must’ve heard about the IN-N-OUT Burger hype in Jakarta today. Not surprisingly, this news invited many oohs and aahs, and also skepticism. I felt both. While I didn’t mind having a nostalgic bite of this burger, I questioned its taste and quality. I knew that if I wanted to get it, I’d have to be there hours earlier, but I chose longer sleeptime. ​We got there at around 11, which was the scheduled and announced start of the service time. It was crowded, but not as crowded as expected, and the reason being the big sign posted at the steps of Emax in Kemang that said “Sorry, Burgers Sold Out.” I found out later on, after speaking with one of the IN-N-OUT guys that the burgers have been sold out since 8 am. People have been lining up since 6:30 am. The spirit! What I heard, though, that those eager early birds were chauffeurs and maids dispatched by their nons, nyonyas, and tuans to be the first to obtain a wristband which gets you a burger. …

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 …

E&O: Eastern and Oriental

E & O came recommended by a friend. And having readers request me to try and review this restaurant, I decided to see what the hype is all about. E & O stands for Eastern and Oriental, a mix of Vietnamese, Thai, and Burmese diner birthed from the collaboration between Australian chef Will Meyrick of award-winning Sarong and Mamasan restaurants and the creators of Loewy and Union. First, getting a spot wasn’t easy, as expected with new eateries in Jakarta, although when we got there at 7:30 on a Saturday night, the place was hardly filled. This is also somewhat expected with new restaurants in Jakarta who claim they are fully booked yet still have plenty of empty seats and tables to accommodate guests. The overall decor and ambience is, not surprisingly, a mix of Loewy and Union, which used to be unique a few years back but is becoming more and more mundane as many restaurants try to create the same feel. We got a table for 6 right by the window, which unfortunately was …

Caliente: Saucily Mexican!

In Spanish, caliente means a range of descriptives including hot, warm, heated, spirited, urgent, and so on. The combination of these words signify another mix of descriptives like high temperature, spicy, piquant, alive, with love, affectionate, ardent, animated, energetic, and so on. On my recent post on Taco Local, I lamented the dearth of decent Mexican eats in Jakarta, especially having lived in Austin, Texas for a while…until I found Taco Local. But here’s another Mexican eatery to divert your taste buds! Caliente distinctly reminds me of the famed and loved Chipotle Mexican chain restaurant evidenced by their casual setting, basic ingredients, condiments, as well as music (they had on The Killers when I was there–a good thing). Very affordably priced at the range of 35-50K per burrito, you can expect to spend in the range of 50-75K per person per meal. Their menu consists simply of taco salad, nachos, fries, create-your-own burritos and naked burritos (less provocatively called the cali bowl). When I chatted with Andy and Kevin, partners and owners of Caliente, they expressed their appetite …

Aoki: Japanese Food For Thought

Blessed with a countless number of Japanese restaurants to choose from in the city means privilege. But it also means we have to be extra selective, depending on what we are craving and seeking. Aoki is most famous for their shabu-shabu cooked in a paper bowl. The last time I was here, I also had their dry sukiyaki, which I loved!  At Aoki, the top foods I’d recommend are, variably and not in any particular order, the shabu-shabu, dry sukiyaki, crab hand roll wrapped in soy wrap, and Japanese spaghetti. Off the top of my head that’s what I recall but do ask the servers for specific recommendations–you’ll find more selections not yet mentioned here. I wanted something simple and familiar so I opted for the Chicken Teriyaki. I was expecting a wetter dish, so it was just okay, although the meal as a whole was decent and well put together. My favorite Chicken Teriyaki is by far still the one at Keyaki. One commendable thing about Aoki is that the food is consistently well-made and feels clean. Although …

Loobie: Comic Crustacean Craze

The craze for seafood is all over Jakarta. Fortunately for those in the North, seafood restaurants are plenty, while for the rest in the South, not so much. But worry no more, for Loobie has opened its doors to all crustacean lovers. When I think of seafood, I think saucy, messy, and satisfying. It’s definitely not food I’d want to consume everyday, although my cravings kick in once in a while. I will now take a moment of silence to be grateful for the fact that I am free of seafood allergies of any kind (I really shouldn’t jinx it, cross my fingers). Unlike other food allergies, shellfish allergy, the most common food allergy in adults, tends to develop in adulthood and not in early childhood. My dad is allergic to shellfish, but can’t resist them. His fix: pop 1 or 2 Claritin, then enjoy. All the depressing talk about allergies aside, what I find unique about Loobie is the concept of serving seafood simply and quickly, although the latter didn’t prove itself. Tucked in …