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Blue Monkey

If you’re not quite familiar with the Foundry 8 quarter, you may have passed by Blue Monkey without noticing it (housed on the second floor of Kei and Chopstix – open 24 hours). Located within the same complex as Wilshire, just to the left of Empirica, Blue Monkey serves a medley of Western, mainly Italian, grub, to be enjoyed alongside its one-of-a-kind, unique cocktails concocted in-house by manager Yannick who is without question au courant with the latest trends in food. But despite being well acquainted with the dining scene in Jakarta, he is not a big follower and is intent on making the most of his creative command to bring a little something different to each cup and plate served. We were first entertained with two of the restaurant’s most favorite cocktails. While we chatted over our refreshing spirits, I began to notice the interior, a dimly lit space with lights that one would see in a park. It was subtle yet visible that their interior was intended to feel and appear like the outdoors. In addition to …

Bobobobo & Friends Gathering at Kogi Kogi

At last night’s lively menu preview event co-hosted by Kogi Kogi and Bobobobo, I met lots of lovely and food-adoring people. Korean food lovers – take heed! Kogi Kogi, literally meaning “meat meat,” offers a brand new dining concept clear of the conventional mammoth exhaust pipes! Yes, BBQ is still the star of the show, but even better–it’s all you can eat! So go ahead, enjoy all the Bulgogis and Galbis to your heart’s content! And as for you vegetarians, there is, too, plenty of greens to go around, along with a selection of dressings to pair with. According to its proud owners, the distinguishing factor behind Kogi Kogi’s concept in comparison with other Korean restaurants in town is their high quality food and affordable price. As we all have experienced, Korean food in Jakarta tends to fall into two extremes: premium quality at premium price, and low quality at low price. Now, that’s the gap Kogi Kogi is trying to bridge. As for the ingredients and cooking methods, Kogi Kogi owners tell us all vegetables are organic …

Open Door Blogger Brunch Preview

When one door closes, another… Open the door to Open Door! Officially open today, Open Door is a brand new trendy place to keep you looking and feeling young and hip. At last Saturday’s Blogger Brunch Preview, a congregation of us food devotees, eager to meet, greet, and eat, got a taste of what makes Open Door the next most happening pad in West Jakarta. Located within the compounds of the Royal Mediterania Garden Residence, Open Door is unmissable (see detailed directions below). The design is dominated by a tasteful blend of recycled wood and metal, shaping up to look and feel like a well put together warehouse. The atmosphere is casual, a place to enjoy with good company. With two al fresco dining areas, you have the option of being inside and out. While the sizeable anterior area is furnished with dining tables and chairs, the posterior houses bar tables and a ping pong table (how fun is that!). Perhaps they’d host a beer pong throwdown? I’d be in. The menu has a decent …

Parc 19

Kemang is a harbor for many things, but first and foremost and for our purposes, nourishment. Located behind Colony, across from Umbra, and next to Beer Brother, Parc 19 serves up a little bit of everything – mainly local Indonesian and Western food. While working on a new menu, the lovely Cici was eager for me to have a taste. Parc 19’s decor is simple, rustic, and feels like a polished warehouse, with indoor and outdoor dining areas. The place is, in fact, bigger than I had expected from outside. While the indoors is comfortable, the outdoors would make a great space for a private party.  Today’s weather was unbearably warm and humid. But thanks to the cold lemon-cucumber-lime iced water, we managed to steer clear of dehydration. While waiting for the main event, we chatted with Cici and Leon, co-owner, about everything from the weather to cars, and made our way back to food.  French Onion Soup | 65K An Indonesian rendition of the French Onion Soup – not bad but was way sweet. Meatball Soup | 65K A …

Biztro Graffiti

Coming to Biztro Graffiti? Better come on time. All the clocks on the wall will be watching you. Spurred by the urban surroundings of Jakarta, Graffiti brings you an international feast in a thoughtfully and uniquely furbished restaurant, complete with al fresco dining areas. Housed within Mercure Hotel in Simatupang, this bistro gets especially busy during weekdays, with hustling executives buzzing in and out of meetings. If you’re coming for buffet, make sure to come on a weekday. Only à la carte is served on weekends. The omnipresent manifestation of “time” in this bistro is charming, but can also possible cause guilt and panic attacks. But as long as you don’t live with a “rubber time” orjam karet, you’ll enjoy your meal just fine. With an international cuisine selection of the East and West, you are only limited by your imagination (and by that we mean by your belly’s). For a light bite, you may opt for a salad. For a snack, I recommend the Pizza Diavolo. For a heftier meal, I’d go for the Ayam Bakar Roejak. For …

Liberté

Liberté, meaning freedom in French, is a small bistro tucked within Galeries Lafayette at Pacific Place. Ardent shoppers can now sneak in a little break and bite (if they choose to) before, during, and after shopping (and dropping). Here, you can enjoy little french-inspired delights from Niçoise salad, escargots, and chocolate croissant, to a real meal of a variety of meat, poultry, and seafood options. This little nook–quiet and secluded–is also perfect for meetings, casual gatherings, and most practically for men, paper-reading and coffee-drinking while the women exercise their version of liberté! It’s worth noting that Liberté is not a fine dining concept, but instead, a casual bistro with “easy” comfort food. So, don’t feel like you need to dress up. Come in your jeans. We promise no one is standing at the door to take your jacket. Within the restaurant, Liberté also has its own boulangerie, responsible for their restaurant-made breads and pastries. Salmon Gravlax | 70K Smoked salmon served with a honey mustard sauce, with a side of salad. – Tomatoes were very fresh. I normally would leave them aside, but I …

Junkyard

A junkyard is a place where scrap is collected before being discarded, reused, or recycled, a place where you can buy, sell, or leave junk. True to its name, this particular Junkyard is full of all things recycled, upcycled, and refurbished (you’ll see). Pretty much everything here you’ll find is what most would deem junk but has been cleverly and creatively transformed into furniture and other functional items. I say everything, except for its food! Junkyard is secretly located on Jl. Birah Raya, around the bustling Senopati area, and is neighbors with a barbershop, a clothing store, and a tattoo parlor. Take the stairs shown above to get to Junkyard. Originally intended purely as a bar, Junkyard now serves lunch and dinner everyday except Mondays. If you are one to appreciate vintage paraphernalia, you’ll love Junkyard’s interior. Min Ki Kang, owner of Junkyard, tells us everything displayed at the joint is a result of his love for vintage goods and upcycling old items. Everything you see–from the couches, chairs, and tables, to the lighting, television, and plates–come from Min …

The Holy Crab

What could better than crab? A holy crab! Just kidding, I’d still be here if it were “The Vile Crab.” The Holy Crab is perhaps the single hottest joint in town these days. Everyone seems to be competitively posting Instagram after Instagram of the obligatory “check out this fat crab claw I have in my hand” or “here’s me wearing a holy crab bib” (that’s me, by the way). Having just opened its doors about 2 weeks ago, The Holy Crab has impressively attracted a considerable amount of buzz and crowd. And it’s all thanks to Willy, the friendly PR guy you’ll see roving around the restaurant. And of course, it’s also thanks to the ever-smiling Chef Albert who is clearly passionate about his crustacean and serving it up warm and saucy. We’ll get into the warm and saucy part in a minute. The Holy Crab is managed by Ersons Group, the same guys behind other popular joints including Grandma’s Suki, Grandma’s Thai, and Hokkaido Ramen Santouka. The restaurant carries a mix of a warehouse/industrial feel and a touch of the ocean with seaside …

Soup Restaurant

Do not be alarmed or turned off by the name. I, too, assumed Soup Restaurant served only soup. But it turned out to be a Chinese restaurant offering, yes, soup, among others, as well as other bites you’d find at other similar joints. You’ll find this chain restaurant in several spots around Jakarta, and all over Singapore and Malaysia. Overall, the food was decent, although I have to mention they are quite MSG-generous (from what it tasted like) while the portions are modest.  One other dish I’d recommend (picture not shown here) is the claypot beef rice which reminded me of the Thai beef basil rice, just not as spicy. When ordering your tea, feel free to ask for a blend of two kinds of teas. We had the pu-er mixed with oolong – just for a little something extra. Enjoy! Selada Saus Tiram | 40K Fried Lettuce with oyster sauce. Tahu Claypot | 38K Claypot tofu (using Japanese tofu). Mee Suah Goreng Penang | 45K Penang fried mee suah with egg, bean sprouts, chicken, and mushroom. Ayam Jahe Ala Samsui | 90K (Small) 180 …

Nouvelle: A Unique French Feast

Quality and taste trump ambience and atmosphere for me. Every time. I’d enjoy little of a beautifully and lavishly designed restaurant with detestable food. I go for the taste. Always. Not for how dim a place is lit, or how exotic a leather sofa on which my derriere is resting. But if a place serves great food and comes schemed with an admirable interior, that’s just a plus! And even though I don’t go crazy over how a dish looks, I command Nouvelle for its colorful, delightful, delicate, and almost-too-pretty-to-eat presentations.  Recently opened in November 2013, Nouvelle, although named a fine dining concept, is suitable for semi-formal, or even casual dining. The ambient feels clean and bright, and the high ceiling effects the grandeur of an open space. This diner would also be proper for meetings, gatherings, birthdays, or any other celebratory occasions.  The restaurant serves fresh homemade baguette with a side of butter–an appetizing way to start any meal! All dishes are thoughtfully and beautifully prepared, with a unique taste not quite like anything I’ve tasted. Escargots are served on a bed …