One can't agree more that Taj Mahal may look worn-out and not appealing at all from the outside. Entering the restaurant, my friends and I smelled something bizzare inside, which some people may find a little 'stuffy'. The interior design is just a house transformed to a restaurant---nothing particular. Nonetheless, at least, people will not be too disappointed with the food.
The food we ordered included three kinds of curry (Aloo Chicken, Chicken Masala and Paneer Bhaujia), Biryani Rice and some naans and rotis. Perhaps, due its lower price, the spices used were not so strong to my liking compared to the Indian cuisine I usually have. The Biryani Rice, predicted from its pale look, was not as richly flavorful as I expected. Naans are ok, though I don't really recommend the chapati. Despite this, we'll still enjoy the food for sure.
Again, I am not saying that the food is not tasty--they're still delicious for sure. It's just that it needs some improvement here and there. At least, change the banner, please!
Collage--as its name suggests--offers you a collage of high-quality food from all over the world: Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, European or even South American. I had a chance to taste its array of cuisine when I had a luncheon with my colleagues from my workplace. And yes, what you pay is quite worth what you eat.
I'll start with the station serving some Japanese food: sushi dish, seafood dish (like Maguro or sth), etc. They are all indeed freshly prepared and displayed. I am not a big fan of raw fish, but its salmon sushi is of no flaws. Some Chinese dimsums are also available and they are not for sure disappointing.
Then, heading to my favorite station (Indian cuisine) and I love everything about it. The seafood, lamb and chicken curries are simmered perfectly with typically strong Indian gravy, not to mention the chicken tikka and tandoori. Ahh, biryani rice is surely not to miss out on. Don't ask me about the taste--I simply fall for it. However, I still wish they served Naan though.
Equally fascinating are South American food station. I forgot the name, but I love the sauteed chicken with vegetables. It does give you thrill to your tongue. Don't forget as well the Italian station where a variety of pasta with various sauces is ready to be cooked by the chef in charge.
Don't forget as well the dessert and pastry station. They also provide arrays of sweet cakes which are just perfect to end your lunch session.
In addition, service of the waitresses is commendable; in fact, it must be--duh, it's a five-star hotel after all. But I somehow find the station chefs rather indifferent to their patrons and they do not show much cordiality. I don't know, perhaps that's not part of their job.
All in all, your expectation of Collage won't end up in dissatisfaction. Bravo!
Another review of Indian delicacy, guys! I do have a mission to spread my gusto for Indian cuisine to all my friends, and this time, I invited them to eat in Waytuki, an Indian vegetarian restaurant--located in Jalan Pintu Air Raya, an avenue right in front of Juanda Bus Station. And I can say, my mission is once again successfully accomplished.
Though it says vegetarian, you don't have to harbor any doubt about its taste. It's not like that plain vegetable dishes mundanely sauteed or steamed. It's Indian, so you can expect much spice used. And believe me, they are great.
We ordered biryani rice, aloo gobi (potato cubes served in Indian curry), mutton dry masala and garlic naan. Gotta say that all of them, despite its lower prices than many other Indian bistros, are just as great as them. Mutton Dry Masala was especially a recommended one--bear in mind it's not 'real' meat and yet you will feel like eating meat.
I do love the service and also the ambience with some fragrance diffusing around the room. For sure, another Indian 'jewel' to add to my list, 😆
It was my grandfather's birthday and one of my relatives brought a big cake--Red Velvet Nougat when I checked the menu--from Clairmont as well as some boxes of Cheese Brownies.
As to the birthday cake, the taste was just so good I forgot to take a picture of it. The sweet red velvet cake and the crunchy nougat are just impeccable. The texture was soft and not too dry and you won't feel you've had too much of it.
My astonishment didn't stop there. The cheese brownies (Rp80.000++) are likewise commendable. Tasting thin cheese layer on nicely moist brownies, you can't get enough with one or two bites.
However, prices, one needs to admit, are on the higher list, but it's totally worth it to add Clairmont to your to-go list of patisseries. Their claim of using top quality ingredients turns out not to be a mere slogan.
Doughnuts--what always comes up in our mind is a ring-shaped bread and some toppings. Isn't that true? But Mister Donut is gonna break the rules with its unique selection of Donuts.
One of my favorite is the French Cruller, a two-layer twister doughnut whose texture is nicely soft. If you're looking for a more crunchy and solid one, old fashion can be a good choice. Mochido, the beads doughnuts, is also recommended. The point is all of them are of good dough---not too hard nor too soft when you bite it.
So, it's time to come here and put aside your boring ring doughnuts, isn't it?
Offering more affordable arrays of seafood than its main competitor (F&C), Manhattan Fish Market does not fail to serve as delicious food as that of F&C. In fact, some may prefer to have a seafood feast here with many selections of sharing platter and flaming platters.
With my other 5 friends, we ordered Fried Giant and Superstar Line Up. Noteworthy to know is that one portion of sharing platter can cater for 2-3 patrons. This is not the case if you are a big eater. As to the taste, most of the fried items are nice, yet we found the mussels rather tangy and fishy--still edible though. The rice was also a bit overcooked--a bit mushy somehow. Despite this, one can't deny that the dipping sauces (especially the one with green colour) will be the main saving grace here.
But wait, a restaurant can't be good without cordial service. How I remember the foul and disinterested face of the waitress who took ur orders! Even when we tried to be friendly, she didn't even smile. Luckily, some servers were still better.
Kuliner daerah Krendang, Jembatan Lima memang gak ad habisnya dengan makanan khas Singkawang dan Pontianak dan salah satu yang selalu menarik perhatian adalah Roti Srikaya Tet Fai ini.
Roti Srikaya Tet Fai menawarkan tiga pilihan roti: dua yang digoreng dan satu berwarna putih polos. Rotinya renyah dan punya sedikit rasa manis. Namun, yang menjadi primadonna tentunya adalah selai srikaya khas berwarna agak kuning. Rasanya yang manis berbeda dengan rasa selai srikaya kalengan. Betul-betul merupakan comfort food karena keluarga juga sering membawa selai ini apabila ada yang datang dari kalimantan.
Pokoknya, jika sekali-kali melewati daerah Krendang, jangan lupa untuk mampir ke outlet Tet Fai ini.
I am always curious to try its naked ramen, but I always end up coming here only for the desserts after having meals somewhere else. So, here we are, ordering some bowls of Sumoboo dessert to 'sweeten' our tastebuds: kakigori (48k) & Bomb Ball (38k).
The syrup was way too sweet, I guess though any other additional toppings were just fine. My friend chose strawberry ice cream for the bomb ball which somehow doesn't look like a strawberry ice cream--look at the colour in the picture. Not a devotee of this 'trendy' es campur, I'd say I prefer to have it shared for such price.
But as the place was quite small but comfy, the desserts can be a good company while chattering and killing the time with your friends. Service was not to lament over as everyone responded swiftly to customers' needs.
Who doesn't know D'Cost with prices that they claim to be 'kaki lima'? This restaurant was quite a craze back then, but one can't deny that many things have changed, be it the quality, portion and for sure price.
This is quite apparent when I visited one of its outlets in Plaza Semanggi (It was at the farthest corner of 3A floor). Let me give a brief comment of each dish.
1. Tahu Jepang Telur Asin (Rp30.000): This is by far the best one ever since I tried D'cost for the first time. The salted egg coats well the tofu, but the portion was literally only from one tofu tube for such price.
2. Ikan Bakar Kerapu (Rp40.000): the taste is fine in that the fish is well-marinated, but yeah, the meat was quite thin as you see in the picture.
3. Kangkung Balacan (Rp22.000): the portion was fine, the taste was acceptable, but yeah, 20k++ for kale is not a cheap one.
And one good thing here: you can refill your tea and rice as much as you want. So, I still think that we deserve what we pay in this D'Cost.
One small patisserie located on the LG of Grand Indonesia right in front of the escalator--that is Bonjour Pastry. They do offer quite a range of breads and cakes and this time, I opted for its selection of bread: cheese, chocolate and corned beef (my favorite one).
Most of the bread looks small in size, but believe me, due to its quite thick & compact pastry, one piece is quite enough for snacking. The filling is also nicely generous, especially the chocolate one. The bread's quality is one reason why most of them are priced rather high. But yeah, it's still worth it.
So, once in a while, if you're looking for nice arrays of pastry, why not say 'bonjour' to Bonjour Pastry?