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?
Who won't get attracted by this regular promotion from Carl's Jr? It is surely one excellent strategy to keep patrons coming to their fast food chain. And this time, I got the chance to get a free Charbroiled Chicken Burger if I bought Double Western Beef Bac Cheeseburger.
Both burgers were absolutely heavenly! The chicken was just so tender and juicy with its well-absorbed barbeque sauce. And of course, as the most expensive one, Double Western Beef Bac was too great to miss in Carl's Jr. Stacked between the buns are two succulent beef patties, bacon, onion rings and of course not to mention, melting cheddar cheese. Just a perfect combination!
All in all, one can say that Carl's Jr has perhaps outsmarted its notable competitors, BK for its burgers. Disagree with this? Prove it yourselves, 😉
Korean restaurants are no doubt already widespread in Jakarta, and Jong Ga can be one recommended alternative to enjoy scrumptious Korean dishes with big portion at good prices. It is located in one building with Gandy Steakhouse on Hayam Wuruk, so it won't be difficult to locate this restaurant. Dimly lit and not so crowded, it is also a cozy place for casual or formal gathering.
As to the barbeque selection, we tried its Sam Gyeop Sal (Pork Belly) & Dak Galbi (Marinated Chicken). Both were succulent and delicious, especially when eaten along with other complimentary fixings (e.g. Kimchi, Mini Potato, Fish Cakes, Turnip, etc) in a wrapped lettuce. Enriching our Korean culinary experience even more is the tteobbeoki, rice cakes simmered in sweet Korean gravy. Don't forget as well your free tofu soup and steamed egg. And last but not least, some assorted fruits were also served again for free.
Praises have to be given as well to the excellent service. Servers are friendly and responsive, and drinks (again, free tea) are constantly refilled without us asking them to do so.
Knowing this restaurant has actually been around for quite some time, I finally had the chance to have a taste of its Mie Celor. And without much doubt, I'd say this can be one decent place if you're craving for this authentic Palembang dish around Jakarta---which, as far as I know, is not so easy to find.
Mie Celor per se is a noodle dish simmered in shrimp-based broth and coconut milk and served with bean sprouts & boiled eggs. The noodles has the typical thick texture--akin to Mie Aceh--and its base is quite dense and strong in taste. The strong flavor becomes perfectly mild with a tinge of sourness from the limes. One thing that you may find not so pleasing is the price: Rp30.000 for a normal portion.
Despite the price, it's no doubt that Abdoel Razak can quench my curiosity. And plus points can be granted for the friendly waiters and comfy place--when it's NOT crowded though.