All posts tagged: scbd

Ippudo Indonesia First Blogger Gathering

Ramen, lamian, pasta, bakmi, noodles…call it what you may. The Italians have it, as do the Chinese, Indonesians, Americans (question mark, question mark), and of course the Japanese! And even though I love them all, and dare I say equally, the Japanese ramen holds a special place in my heart (and in my gut). It’s one of those viands that’s almost impossible to get sick of. A comfort antidote to a flu as well as the perfect company for those late-night television-binging sessions, I cannot not can say, to ramen, I will never say never. Today’s ramen chow down was brought to us by international chain Ippudo, whose stores you’ll find all over Japan and in 10 countries all over the world and major cities including New York, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Sydney, Bangkok, London, and now Jakarta! Can we all just take a moment to acknowledge the craze, fad, and frenzy over ramen in Jakarta over the last few years? Ippudo has been around since 1985, and so we believe they know a thing or two about serving ramen. And we …

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 …

Wilshire

Wilshire, inspired by the famous boulevard in Los Angeles, is housed within Foundry No. 8 in Jakarta’s swarming SCBD. The restaurant brings a taste of the city, a place to reminisce, and a spot for gastronomical sighting. Owned by the young and fab Dolly Chia, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu with an apparent love for good food and drinks, the attention to detail is palpable in Wilshire’s cooking and interior. The lovely decor (love the flower mosaics!) and the creative use of raw metals as drop decoratives (these remind me of organ pipes at church) render a rustic yet elegant feel. Wilshire is a great place not only for lunch and dinner, but its private area also makes for a fitting nook for special occasions–arisan, dates, birthdays, and gatherings. And of course, the setting makes for a neat background for those who love taking pictures over, over, and over again (no judgment there). The lengthy menu is consumed by a little bit of everything, East meets West, and more. The starter croissant sticks were perfectly flaky, savory at every bite. In fact, …

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 …

A Valentine Soirée

Valentine’s Day—the most romantic day of the year (we’ve heard). Perhaps you’re picking this day to do something grand and unconventional, or you’ve decided on something simple that won’t require a parachute or oxygen tank. Regardless of how and with whom you decide to spend the day, make sure it involves something scrumptious traveling through your palate! With a passion for quality and artistic food, Chefs Francis and Shane are bringing in something special on this occasion. Using a variety of ingredients that uniquely represent the marvelous marriage between Japanese and French cuisines, the chefs also wanted to incorporate unique ingredients such as chili, pomegranate, chocolate, etc. that are known to have aphrodisiac properties. Read my recent review. Here’s a preview of the menu: For bookings and enquiries, please contact: NOUVELLE Equity Tower GF, Unit B2 SCBD Lot 9 Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53 Jakarta, Indonesia 12190 (021) 515 1356 www.nouvelle.co.id Enjoy! DISCLAIMER: Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

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 …

Puerto Bello

Keep calm and eat a taco. Puerto Bello is dishing up Mexican favorites in their unbelievably teeny kitchen–you’ll know what I mean when you see it. Tucked on the back wall of the Foundry 8, here’s one other Mexican alternative to Caliente, Taco Local, and Amigos, although it depends on what you’re looking for. One thing stood out: all the dishes were excessively sweet. And if they weren’t, they were intensely salted. The overall flavors were actually decent, as were the portions, but the overpowering sweetness just completely took over. But I’d take a wild guess that they mean to cater to the local palate. Price wise, you are looking at spending in the range of 40-60 per person–affordably priced in my book. Give Puerto Bello a try if you’re curious, like me, and feel the need to sample every possibly Mexican restaurant there is in town. More welcome! Enjoy! Burrito Machaca Especial | 43K Soft toasted flour tortilla filled with shredded sirloin, mexican rice, guacamole, salsa fresca, red bean, and melted cheese Burrito Chili Con Carne | 37K Soft toasted flour …

Potato Head Garage

Potato Head Garage, located at Fairgrounds, just recently opened its doors, populating the ever sprouting SCBD area. The interior design is undeniably magnificent–a clever mix of the old and new, luxurious and rustic, fine and casual. While the hundreds of chandeliers hanging off the ceiling are most likely the first things that catch your eyes, the bar, with a Moroccan/Arabic touch, also makes for a statement piece. In addition, the lofty maroon curtains remind me of those you’d find in opera theaters. I decided to host a reunion dinner at this restaurant, even though I wasn’t expecting much of the food (fancy interior rarely entails a good, satisfying meal). The first hurdle in the experience was our 15-pax entourage was arranged to be seated separately at two tables. Earlier in the week I had called to make reservations, and restaurants would usually give you a heads-up if they were going to split your group into different tables, which they didn’t. So because I couldn’t have 8 of us laughing about one joke, and the other 7 laughing …

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 …