All posts tagged: kemang village

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 …

Mon Viet

The first taste of Vietnamese cuisine I ever had was in the US, where I learned that pho is pronounced not as “foe,” but more like “fuh.” Since then, I’ve always enjoyed it, especially during times when I crave something different, and in the case of pho, something warm and soupy.  When I traveled to Ho Chi Minh City early this year, a major part of the trip was the culinary ventures, most notably Pho Hoa, one of the most popular and oldest pho establishments in the city. Since then, I’ve discovered a whole new level of appreciation for Vietnamese cuisine–which is a good thing. But at the same time, it makes for a more picky and selective eater in me.  Fortunately, Mon Viet turned out to be a pleasant suprise. The springrolls were cooked to crisp perfection, and the beef noodles soups tasty as well. But as for the meatball pho, it was just okay. Price wise, you’re looking at spending in the range of 55-70K per person. Of course, once you’ve had the real deal in …

Manhattan Fish Market

I don’t usually go for chain restaurants unless it’s McDonald’s or the like because I know what I’d be getting into. But fish and chips are a craving I cannot deny and instead of the customary Fish & Co., I decided on Manhattan Fish Market. I have a thing with chain restaurants, which I know you may too. There are people who tend to avoid chain restaurants because, well they are chain restaurants. With the exception of some, I admit to avoiding them. But guess what? Not all of them are bad. I’ve decided to have a more open mind about them. Good things can come from an open mind. You might consider doing the same. First things first–I love their menu! It’s clear they put a lof of thought into it. The fonts are fun and crazy, and the photos are glossy. I just couldn’t get over sliding my finger over the glossy areas. Weird, I know, whatever. My second thought: it was either going to be really good or really bad. It turned out …

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 …