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The Holy Crab Swims its Way to Bali, with New Menu Exclusive to #TheHolyIsland

Our table affair with The Holy Crab began almost a year ago. The first time was a treat. The second a feast. And at tonight’s tasting, we were in for a surprise! Ushering in the new year, The Holy Crab is swimming its way to the holy island of Bali this week, specifically to the Petitenget, Seminyak area. And with a new outlet comes a new menu, of course. So for all you crustacean fanciers in Bali, the wait is over! So what have we to look forward to with the new carte? You’ve guessed it: rolls! Here we have the classic Lobster Roll (180K), Crab Roll (50K), and Shrimp Roll (35K), with the optional topping of The Holy Crab’s Original Sauce. The rolls were pre-toasted with butter (thank goodness, as it should) and the meat toppings were liberal. You don’t see very many seafood rolls being served in town, so I’d say these ones are a pretty good bet. Next, crab cakes. Something I hardly get to eat in Jakarta, but a classic that I love. These …

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. …

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 …

Le Café Gourmand

I know I’m a little late on the train to Le Café Gourmand, despite having passed by it countless times. This Saturday morning I finally decided to temporarily brush aside my qualms about cute, fancy places. The first thing that surprised me was the size of the café. Somehow I always pictured it to be bigger and with more seating capacity. What caught my eye next were the art-filled walls illustrating a busy restaurant/bistro with bartenders and saxophonists diligently doing their thing. The ambience was calming and pleasant, garnished with bright hues here and there. But the interior aside, does the food hold up? We shall see. Matcha Latte (Iced/Hot) | 40K Japanese green tea made with shade-grown tea leaves. Rose Cronut Even though a cronut is both a donut and croissant, this rose flavored one passes for neither. The problem? Dryness and lack of flakiness. Sad tale. Croque Madame | 65K Smoked beef and cheese sandwich topped with a fried egg, served with a spinach salad and fries. To be frank and blunt, many homemade sandwiches fare much much better than …

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 …

Island Creamery Celebrates a Month of Sweet and Savory Desserts

Calling all ice cream lovers, sweet toothers, whatever you call yourselves – Island Creamery offers unique concoctions blending the sweet and savory to challenge your palate to a whole lot of happiness! Get your taste buds ready for some fun!  Today, we are sampling 3 different desserts: The Lightning Rod Sundae, Secret Pop! Sundae, and The Elvis Milkshake. All 3 were individually cooked up to create a unique flavor, crunch, and interpretation. Drooling? We won’t judge. The Lightning Rod Sundae Island Creamery’s signature walnut brownie topped off with a scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream, chocolate fudge, and salted pretzel sticks. I enjoy the blend opposites of hot and cold in desserts. So it’s no surprise that the marriage of sweet and savory made me happy. The 2 sundaes, albeit different, shared a parallel character in that there is not only creaminess involved, but a whole lot of different texture, crunch, and aroma. The brownie, nuts, and pretzel sticks in the Lightning Rod Sundae paired well with the rich chocolate ice cream, as did the caramel popcorn and bacon …

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 …

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 …

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, …