All posts tagged: kemang

Baconerie: Praise the Lord, Bacon Be Thy Name

Praise the Lord. It is Christmas season after all. Bacon Be Thy Name. Christmas. Bacon. Christmas and Bacon. Why not? Bacon goes with Christmas. Bacon goes with everything! And what say we but Amen to this neighborhood café dedicated to everyone’s favorite protein? Baconerie, despite being the new kid on the block, has quickly become a favorite of many. Especially hunters and seekers of pork. And then the rest of the bacon-loving world population. Am I being presumptuous saying that everyone loves bacon? Perhaps. But you know I’m right. Hosted within The Grove @ Kemang, right by Moe’s Place, Baconerie serves all-day breakfast grub including coffee, scones, cookies, cinnamon buns, pretzels, and sandwiches and burgers, within which their bits of bacon are incorporated. On a Saturday noon, the place was bustling with locals and expats, diners you can tell are morning people. The atmosphere is casual, so feel free to come in your flip flops and last night’s t-shirt (and hair). We kicked off our late brunch with a bite of the chocolate orange scone and a sip of lemonade. …

Escape Hunt Jakarta: Escape The Daily Grind!

No more excuses for the weekend. No more saying you’re out of ideas. No more unwilling tile-counting at the mall. Now, there’s something for everyone – Escape Hunt Jakarta is officially saving you from china-shopping with mom or turning into a full-time sofa spud. Let’s go back 100 years in time. You are a famed detective from London by the name of Shylock Holmes and you’ve been sent to old Batavia to solve a mystery – a murder perhaps, but that’s for you to figure out. Walking in to the waiting area, the place feels oddly serene and quiet, as if entering a spa, a contrast to the swarming outdoors. The decor is wood-consumed, with a mix of Batavian and European paraphernalia. After first filling out a sign-up sheet, we were briefed by one of the staff with full-on Sherlock costume about the mystery case assignment (kidnapping! I knew it!). There were 3 different scenes from which to choose – kidnapping in the study, murder in the kitchen, and something else in the bedroom. We were handed the …

Feature on Trans7 Etalase with El Asador

Remember I was telling you about how seriously South Americans take their bbq-ing or asado? Well, that’s how things are at El Asador. Last Thursday, Trans7’s Etalase invited me back in for an interview and live review of El Asador’s grub and gulp. Our last collaboration was a similar project at The Holy Crab just several months back. Watch the last segment here: The last time I visited El Asador was almost a year go, so it was nice to have a little memory refresher. And this time, I had a taste of their specials! Can’t complain, won’t complain. So it’s just me doing the usual–snapping food from 50 different angles until finally eating–but with a fat lens enjoying (or more likely revolted by) the view.  This seemingly simple task may not be for everyone. It demands some patience (not that I have a whole lot of it), humor, and a whole lot of gut (literally and figuratively). If the camera needs to retake one cut of the chicken you’ve just slapped in your face, you just have to …

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 …

2Mad Eatery

Don’t worry, no one’s angry or crazy. “Mad” here stands for Madison, as in Madison Avenue in New York City. So “2Mad” is “to Madison.” While the first storey of 2Mad is an eatery, the top floor houses an interior design warehouse showcasing home goods such as chairs, tables, lights, and others, artistically and locally designed. A blend of wood with metal, slapped on with a potpourri of colors makes this warehouse a fun sight to see, an inspiring collection for lovers of unique crafts. The interior of 2Mad Eatery is decidedly New York City-inspired (what could be more telling than the yellow cab?). But interestingly, it also incorporates the local designs exhibited in the showroom upstairs. So, whatever furniture or artwotk you see while you dine, you can buy too. The idea behind “2Madison” is that the owner, having lived in NYC, has big plans to bring local Indonesian art to Madison Avenue (at least somewhere in NYC). It’s her way of saying, “hey, Indonesian products are worth a closer look.” And if the decor is consumed …

Antipodean

We’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And although we believe you when you say your mom or wife makes kick-ass scrambled eggs, we think it’s time to let her rest, step out of your comfort zone, and try someone else’s scrambled eggs. The only thing: you might want to consider changing out of your pajamas first. Here’s a public secret: my dad makes fantastic scrambled eggs and breakfasts! But when he’s on break (for reasons I can’t say), we head to Antipodean. This particular Sunday, we were all about the protein – eggs, eggs, and more eggs! If you like your scrambled eggs wet and runny, you’ve come to the right place. But if you don’t, you can probably ask for more well-done eggs.  Portion wise, they serve them pretty decently, although my dad made a point when he facetiously told the waitress that “The Big Breakfast” doesn’t quite deserve the tag “big.” I agreed – it could’ve been bigger. All in all, Antipodean’s dishes have proven to be consistent and quite delectable. …

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 …

El Asador

In the same way that Americans love and take pride in the BBQ tradition, South Americans take the equivalent–asado, meaning grill or barbecue, very seriously. An asado usually invovles an array of meats–steaks, sausages, chitterlings, ribs, and other cuts of beef, lamb or pork–consorted with a variation of salad, grilled corn, and other side dishes, along with a green chimichurri and other salsa. And last but not least, spirits including wine and beer always seem to keep everyone happy. El Asador made me think of Fogo de Chao, but in a smaller scale. The restaurant atmosphere was enjoyably laidback, made merry by the live music. The food, however, was very salty. And if you read my earlier posts, you would know my case against excessively salted food. Bland food isn’t ideal, but at least you can add to it. Overkill saltiness? Irredeemable. It’s not to say the food wasn’t well-cooked at all. It was pretty decent. Price wise, you’re looking at spending in the range of 120-160 per person. I’d recommend the place if you are around Kemang area, …

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 …