Whenever you invite your friends to Chinese restaurants, their responses might probably be "Boring!" or "C'mon, we are not having a family dinner right now!". This is so common that Chinese food is no longer considered a special type of cuisine by some. However, they might change their mind if they visit this particularly new restaurant at HXC, Harmoni.
As its name suggests, Phoenix has Shabu-shabu as its flagship menu, but I am not that into shabu-shabu, so I order its other menus. And gosh, I can say that the food is much better than expected.
One surprisingly tasty menu is its Sapo Tahu. Wait, you might come up with that typical round Japanese tofu, but here, they use the extra firm block tofu, which is a bit crumbly in texture, added by a variety of mushrooms and vegetables. And this texture is what makes the Sapo Tahu quite different yet still delicious.
If you need something crunchy, I'd recommend the salted-egg fried lotus. The combination of the mushy salted egg and crunch of the lotus is just on point.
We also ordered its Tom Yum soup, which is not a Chinese dish, but it is served hot and fresh to accompany your meal.
Service is likewise excellent, but how unfortunate it is to see the chairs so empty the two times I was here. Again, it's been a long time I haven't been impressed by Chinese delicacy, and Phoenix didn't fail to impress me.
Menu yang dipesan: Sapo Tahu, Salted-egg Fried Lotus, Tom Yum Soup
We were looking for 'light' snacks to keep our mouth munching, and eventually, we were rather intrigued to taste the so-called Banh Mi (aka Vietnamese Baguette Sandwich) in an American-Vietnamese small eatery in the LG of GI, Cali Deli. Just find 'K' bookstore and its open space restaurant is right across it.
Of course, not changing our initial plan, our eyes were immediately directed to the selection of banh mis, from which I placed my order of Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi (4.5/5). "Sandwich? What's so special?" some may pretentiously judge, but hold your words there.
This seemingly modest sandwich is not as 'modest' as it looks. There is this melange of savory, sweet and sour tang, coming from the fresh pickled veggies, juicy lemongrass chicken and crunchy baguette eaten altogether at the same time. Pricewise, it's far cheaper than many other 'exclusive' Vietnamese restaurants nearby.
This really should be in your to-go list if you are into sandwiches.
There are not many Japanese eateries serving soba as their flagship dishes, and Kokoro Mazesoba is among these few restaurants. It's conveniently located on the 5th floor of Grand Indonesia, and almost never does the restaurant look empty. My friend and I was going on a culinary 'binge' and Kokoro became our first stop.
I personally ordered the one with that chef-recommended badge: Tokyo Mazesoba with soft-boiled egg. It came with quite a decent bowl size though it is apparent how green it is due to the amount of spring onion and chives sprawling over half of the bowl surface. Even so, I still kept my expectations of the soba high.
Overall, I'd say that Kokoro's tasted not bad, but it failed to astound me to certain extent. In fact, with the same range of price, it couldn't overtake its older rival on the lowest floor (YA Soba) as my favorite soba. However, for first timers, there is no reason why you shouldn't go here, I can say.
Note: The waitress somewhat 'misheard' my order for Chicken (Not Pork) Soba, but I shrugged it off as I was fine with both back then.
It's been a long time I haven't tasted any bad burgers, but bummer, I wouldn't have thought that Fat Burger, located in one of the prestigious malls--Plaza Indonesia, was indeed a sheer disappointment, even from the look of the burger at a glance.
I had its 'signature' Fat Burger, and you know what, I am really wondering whether mine was really a signature. In fact, this was one of the worst patties ever served in the burger chains I have ever visited. The beef patty is dry and tastless, which is obvious from the look. Not to mention, what makes the burger has something 'tasty' is the chopped lettuce and onions. Buns couldn't also save this literally 'junk' food. My friend's black pepper burger was no doubt also pathetic.
And for all of such quality, we had to spend quite a lot more than usual burgers. I have to say that burgers couldn't probably be any worse than Fat Burger. I wish I could take cash back and go to BK/Carl's for better food.
Back to routines of writing reviews! And again, as it's always my penchant for amy types of curry, I think it wouldn't be complete if had never visited Go Curry!, an eatery serving at least three varieties of curry: Japanese, Thai, and Indian.
This time, I opted for its Rogan Josh served with Yellow Aromatic Rice and Chicken Tandoori. I would say that I had virtually no problems with all the components served on that one big plate. The flagship (i.e. the curry) had that sensation of how an Indian curry should be---piquant and strong in terms of its spices. The rice was indeed fragrant and could go hand in hand with the curry. And the tandoori was so tender you didn't need to bite it too hard. And choose your spiciness wisely as too much chilli may ruin the authentic curry taste.
However, one may agree that Go! Curry sets quite higher prices for its selection of menu, as I spent Rp110k++ (tax & serv incl.) for one plate along with a glass of refreshing drink.
But I'd say that its excellent curry can really compensate for the price you pay.
As I wrote in my last review, I really had a great Korean dining experience in Jong Ga. However, this time, I have to express my disappointment of Jong Ga considering a serious issue (at least for me and maybe not for others).
The problem is not about the food and the food, though somehow not as tasty as the one during my first visitation, we still enjoyed it. What held me bewildered is how a restaurant like Jong Ga could allow smoking in one single room and they did not try to provide a smoking room as well. My dinner with my friends was quite tarnished by the presence of smoke coming from some of the patrons. If it were a random street food stall, I wouldn't comment much, but this is NOT. We were too lazy to complain to the manager, but yes, I hope they can read this and give adequate clarification about this. This made me think twice to revisit this restaurant.
Anyone fond of sushi absolutely knows this one-of-a-kind ordering system applied in Genki Sushi. Just click on any menus on the provided iPad, and within a minute or two, your food is ready to be served.
Nonetheless, in spite of this particular distinction, there is nothing memorable of all menus that we had. We clicked on what we found appealing yet not so pricey: tamago, three-flavored salmon, baby octopus, california roll, tuna roll, and dynamite spicy roll. Sushi size tended to be smaller than others. Specifically regarding the last menu I mentioned, it was way too salty, to which my friends highly agreed. The complimentary Wakame Soup is not good enough, even seeing that it was served gratis.
Well, having that train serving us is quite a brilliant idea, but as to the food, what I can say is that they ended up being mere tidbits for us, not to mention the price range which is quite expensive, I'll say.
It seems that there is no doubt about how 'addicting' the Ovaltine Macchiato served by KOI café has been (at least for me) ever since it started plunging into the rivalry of tea cafes in Indonesia. However, let me this time frown upon one of the drinks--always displayed in every KOI store: Matcha Series.
Matcha Macchiato, though I thought was gonna be as great as Ovaltine, somehow fell far below what I expected. It tasted nothing but that bitterness of Matcha, and that's that. Quite disappointing indeed and I don't really consider giving it another try.
That said, I think I'm gonna spend my cash on Ovaltine M. again or bet on other types of drinks here.
I find it bizarre to know that Yamagoya Ramen, despite its long-lived expertise worldwide since 1970s, only establishes one single outlet in Jakarta in Baywalk Mall. That is to say, its ramen is not bad at all even though it may not be the best one.
I had its signature ramen of course, Yamagoya Ramen. A medley of thin ramen noodles, two tamagos with not-so-runny yolk, tender pork chashu, spring onion, nori and bamboo shoots (Menma) constitutes one big bowl of this Ramen. And let's break it down!
First, the broth. It has this mild taste, which those who love savory ('gurih') food may find a bit plain. I myself still like it though because it gives this lukewarm and pleasant feel to my tastebuds. I sense no problems with the noodles and chashu, and I need to take my hat off for the nicely done tamago. It is in fact the most outstanding one. Other fixings are just fine.
Well, just one note for the curry rice as it didn't really taste like how Japanese curry should be. It's way too strong and perhaps overwhelming for some customers.
Service is swift, place is okay and price is quite standard.
Anyone can guess that the comfy ambience and instragammable spots are a major selling point of Social Affair. No wonder visitors are constantly dominated by women taking pics here and there. Saying this, I am not implying that the food is not worth trying though. In fact, its array of menus presents quite some delectable dishes---although nothing outstanding in particular.
Some dishes we ordered included Croque Madame (4.5/5), Seafood Chowder (4/5), Crab Lasagna (3/5), Sweet Chilli Crispy Chicken, Seafood Linguine, Oxtail Fried Rice and some nibbles like truffled fries and sriracha Chicken Wings. I'd have my testimony only on those I tried to have a taste.
Croque Madame, my own order, was totally tempting from the outside with the yolk of the sunny-side up flowing slowly and the red bacon stacked in-between the bread. And yes, the look didn't disappoint me.
Seafood Chowder--the bread bowl is quite a unique thing for me, and the soup per se has this precise savory taste. However, as it purpots to have 'seafood', I barely see anything but some prawns and fish meat.
Crab Lasagna: My tastebud seemed not to get the grip of anything special with this Lasagna. It tended to be plain and way too soggy, I may say. I am sorry I don't recommend this one.
My other friends apparently didn't lament about the other food, but some may find the price rather high for certain menus. It's understandable, once again because its flagship is the cozy place.
So, consider bringing along your best camera, if you fancy so.