Back to @bebinigelati , now with the 3 VIPs from Malang, who were very excited to have a staycation at Surabaya. Not saying that a city is better than another, but we all can't deny that sometimes a city seems like they have everything yet still lack a small stuff that we're looking for right?
I tried the Chocolate Affogato, thinking that it was a normal affogato with chocolate ice cream. Upon reading the description clearer, it said (1 scoop gelato + dark chocolate shot), no mention of espresso shot whatsoever. I asked the barista to scoop me the best gelato flavour for my affogato, and boy. It did come without any espresso/coffee, pure chocolate and chocolate.
The gelato is very chocolatey, love the flavour and texture. We already knew gelatos are lovely, and Bebini took their gelatos seriously, but I wish I discovered this flavour earlier. The dark chocolate shot, on its own, taste very chocolatey and strong, not overly sweet. Even slightly bitter, just the way I like my hot chocolates. Pour the shot onto the gelato and let them elevate each other up, it's like Yin and Yang in a cup, only no colour combo here, just the combo of texture and flavour. Imagine chocolate gelato with a soup of dark chocolate liquid, Chocolate bliss. Now this is a drink I'd happily pay IDR 40k for. Worth every single dime spent. No more words needed. You gotta try it yourself, the sensation of cold gelato and the warmth of concentrated hot chocolate, the cold and warm sensation tingling in your mouth, pure bliss.
Bebini actually have some more interesting items such as sorbet-tea, original affogato, coffee float, basically drinks + sorbet/gelato combined into a single glass/cup to brighten your gloomy day up. If you need more options, go to their display fridge and try to have all of their gelato flavours, I'd say you won't grow sick of them.
The Malang folks would love to satisfy their craving of authentic Nasi Padang by Rumah Makan Padang Sederhana. So tricky finding the appropriate IG account of this restaurant, I'll just leave the pinpoint for you guys then. Gotta tell you, this is the best Padang Sederhana in town. Plenty of other Sederhana franchise in town, but the one in Jl. Kertajaya is the best tasting Sederhana I've had.
You can go 2 ways here while you're having your meal: order everything on the display and have the server stack those plates on their arms (we are talking about 7-10 plates in a go, kinda embarassed me and my 4 plates-carrying skill) and serve them all on your table. Before pandemic, this is the norm. Even before you decided to choose what you'd like to have, the server will serve you a buffet of gorgeous yummy menu items for you to get hypnotized and trying each and everyone of them. After pandemic, now, they cling wrapped every single dish plates so no contaminations. Good move.
The second way was to go directly and order Nasi Campur, as in steamed rice and a dish of your choice, veggies included. I went for Nasi Rendang, since my favourite Nasi Kikil (kikil = tendon-y part of the feet of a beef/cow. Gelatinous and delicious, again, not everyone's cup of tea). We didn't go the buffet way simply because it's too late (around 8.30 pm) and we just want to eat what we have in our minds.
Don't forget the mandatory side dish: beef cracklings/beef skin puff(crackers) smothered in curry sauce. Looks simple yet it has such a complex flavour and ability to elevate your overall dining experience. If you haven't tried this combo then you're missing out a chunk of happiness in your life. Seriously, have a go at it and thank universe for allowing someone to craft such a genius combo.
The mix veggie curry and poached cassava leaves + sambal are there for you regular fibre intake. Enjoy 😉
The first day of the end of the week would normally be spent by lying around on your bed and do nothing. Some of you who are fortunate enough to have partner(s) or that someone (or two) with romantical interests looked forward to the weekends to spend some times together. Not for me and these folks: @lisabethcorry @itswinnyslife @ovaldosanjaya
Despite all the hustle bustle of life, failed moving on process, simp, and so on (the list got longer and longer), we accepted our fate that as of today, the universe pulled the 4 of us together to just enjoy the presence and not overthink about stuff we can't control. What's better to enjoy this quality time with, if not a cup (or glass) of coffee?
@thirty3brew is well known for their transparent-canned iced coffee with choice of Rum, Baileys, or Aren (palm sugar) flavour. Me personally would love to try the Baileys but damn they ran out of it the time we got there. It was a rainy day and the place was pretty crowded, so I guess we'll try our better luck next time.
You get a can of your iced coffee and a separate cup full of ice if you'd like to enjoy it in the cafe, on the rocks. Sure it dillutes the consistency of your coffee a bit, but it makes it cooler and, for me, it balances out the sweetness of the coffee and worked well for my tastebuds.
Since I believe this is the most recent outlet of @thirty3brew , the one in Dharmahusada, some hiccups are still tolerable for me altho a bit disappointing. They ran out of the Snack Platter due to they don't stock up enough fries/chips, and the POS system encountered a trouble of not syncing up or something, resulting in the EDC/EFTPOS machine become unusable.
All those are well compensated by the professionalism and delightful manner of their operational team, kudos to all of them. All of them were polite, welcoming, and professional. As someone who used to run cafes and restaurants, I understand how much pressure they felt and the way they handled them was just perfect. Well trained and well played. Look forward for my next visit.
The coffee on the previous post was good and gave us enuf energy to went through a Saturday. Off to this mall we went, and guess where these quarter-century old fellas headed to? Timezone. You gotta keep your inner child alive, folks 😄
Now onto the culinary side of the trip. At the lowest level of Galaxy Mall 3 is a place called Gourmet or something, it's basically a place where you can choose your marinated meat and have them cook it for you, then serve it on your table. Sort of a steakhouse, for the poor (jk. Steakhouse for everybody). You can also buy some sides like frozen fries or anything and get them to cook it for you, so you can enjoy it while you're there. I ordered some beef kebab skewers and a piece of chicken thigh, they were served with a side of wedges and sauce of your choice. My sauce of choice was honey mustard.
To my surprise, the marinated meat tastes wayyy better than that popular indonesian-fusion restaurant in Surabaya, the one that got famous because of their spin on sauce for their steaks like chicken steak, gallantine or whatever. Their sweet brown sauce. The one called *** cafe, *** *mi, yeah that one. I personally don't find that place a must-visit, but everyone tastes and feels differently so choices are yours.
Meat are grilled and cooked perfectly, not under or overcooked. Still juicy on the inside, and the sauce completed them all, ensuring a party in your mouth. You can see on slide 3 that we did enjoy quite a big meal, and it's all worth the calories. For you who wants to have alternative dining experience with interesting concept, I'd encourage you to drop this place a visit. Trust me, you won't regret it.
It was a long overdue catch up time, and lunch time as well. Since we feel a tad fancy at that day, @theneighborscafe was the place of choice for us. The burgers and loaded fries are what made us decided that this is a perfect place to host our little reunion session.
The ultimate/combo burger that I ordered was exactly like what I expected, with both proteins that were cooked accordingly to perfection. I craved for proper beef patty burger since the day I left the Land Down Under and no burger places in my hometown come close. Burger is not a staple food here so looking for proper burger joint is a challenge of its own. That is, until I got introduced to this place.
Burgers were juicy, pleasant, and satisfying. The only thing they could improve was simply its sauce that they smothered on the burger, too sweet to my liking. Tastes like I had burger with thick syrup, covering up the original tastes of the perfectly cooked beef patty and breaded chicken. Apart from that, love it. Worth every penny.
The loaded fries was a must have too. They have heaps of variations, so pick your poison accordingly. We had the bolognese and the salted egg yolk with fried chicken pieces, and the golden one grabbed the trophy. The bolognese, again, problem with the sauce. Too sweet and heavy. The golden chicken fries? Simply delicious 👌
After a pleasant burger lunch on my previous post, we wanted to just hang out and chill for a while, a luxury privilege that we could rarely afford back in our days of being a hotelier. Well, @luckyhutama was the last to join our club of ex-hoteliers, no surprise that he's the most excited one to just sit around and do nothing on days off. Not weekend off, as there are no such thing for true hoteliers.
@tanameracoffee Surabaya was our place of choice and altho I personally have visited this place multiple times, it still feels inviting to me. Perhaps the homy interior, friendly service team, relaxing atmosphere, sweet memories with someone, or a combo of them? Heaven knows.
We ordered coffees and bites, mine being the Tangerine Latte, and a plate of Onion Rings together with Tahu Cireng for the nibbles. Onion rings were ok, the batter is thick, reminds me of beer battered fish n chips. Tahu Cireng was great. This basically is fried stuffed tofu, and deep fried until both the tofu and stuffing becomes crispy and chewy on the inside. Cireng means aci digoreng/fried tapioca (dough), is one of favourite fritter menu in my hometown. The chewiness of the dough combined with the crispiness of the tofu made them perfect couple of ingredients to entertain these hungry and exhausted souls.
Tangerine Latte, to me, is alright. Always a good idea to combine coffee drinks with citrus, and this is another example of that brilliancy. Sugar syrup was served separately, I don't need one as the drink itself is already sweet from the tangerine syrup (?) Cool to have it once in a while, but Tanamera's Cold White would always be my go-to chilled coffee option.
Kinda missing the authentic taste of this Geprek, so here I am (we are) again. Ayam Geprek (Fried Chicken smashed with House Special Chilli Sauce), swap the steamed white rice with red rice for a healthier me (that's what they said), and add deep fried egg omelette and cabbage on the side. Healthy enough? 😏
I chose the hot chilli sauce on purpose, as I need some party in my mouth at that time. Fried cabbage, well I love it. You guys should try it too, but not too much. Yes it absorbs the frying oil, but the taste and texture are worth the health risks. Spread it on top of a spoon of rice and smother it with the chilli sauce, heaven.
Chicken was fried perfectly, succulent meat and crispy skin + batter. Again, the chilli sauce elevated the dish and it does its job well. Be careful with the chicken bones as the smashed fried chickens here are bone-in, not boneless. The tamarind soup/Sayur Asem is there, ready anytime for you to sip on it and refresh your palate.
The fried omelette? Greasy, but good. Won't hurt to have it once in a while. Till next time 😉
Second day of the week, usually the most hectic day of the week. Since the nature of our work is interdimensional and international (put it simply: online-based), we decided to meet up somewhere and work together for a new atmosphere instead of sitting in the office, and The Library @thelibrary.sby was our pick of the day.
The coffee was alright, black coffee with condensed milk and palm sugar. Kinda tastes like Vietnamese Coffee, and the cup it was served in made me reminisce my childhood days. Good coffee and good ambient.
The pizza, on the other hand, was disappointing. Frozen ready to use dough, with the size of.... small. Small and not impressive. Will definitely go back for the coffee and ambient but not for the pizza.
PS: The owner or Manager, reached me out humbly to explain regarding the pizza and is taking my input very well. I love non pretentious owners/managers like her who are open for constructive criticism. I sincerely hope this place could draw more and more patrons to dine and chill instead of giving its business up =)
Now, we finally got the chance to enjoy the Live Music, well, live. I couldn't remember the name of the band, I could only remember one of its personnel is the one and only Mr. @raymond_johan . I was one of his student back in my high school time when he was teaching my extracurricular lesson (economics, if I'm not mistaken?) When he was a college student (cmiiw bro) with his light blue Honda Jazz. Who would've thought that 13 years later, he became one of Surabaya's well-known singer.
Believe it or not, the live music really did amp up the atmosphere of @kollabora.id . I really enjoyed the band's way of singing those song titles with the highlight for me being that in slide 2. I have no idea who the name of that singer, but please don't take him off your roster, folks 😂 the way he sang Waktu Yang Salah echoes to the soul of his listeners, according to @ovaldosanjaya
The drink that I ordered was a cold black coffee with some kinda lychee juice. At first the waiter brought me Lychee Tea because its name's pronounciation is similar to "Lychee Tea". After I explained that she brought me an incorrect item, without further ado she apologized, took the lychee tea back to the counter, and whipped me up my order. Appreciate it, mbak. Sorry I didn't manage to get your name. Kudos to @kollabora.id team for such a service.
While it sounds weird, apparently black coffee and lychee juice do complete each other nicely. Appreciate for the menu creator(s) in Kollabora for their creativity and courage in challenging the Status Quo, resulting in fresh and exciting menu items like no other. Keep it up. Considering to get your membership since lately you guys being one of our fave go-to place.
PS: I am by no means endorsed/getting paid by Kollabora to promote their restaurant. I'm just a customer who enjoys their place, ambient, have few drinks and snacks, and pay my share afterwards, to enable them to keep on opening their doors for us.
A long overdue date with my lil sis, like literally, i've been entertaining and went on dates with few (yeah few only not too greedy) sisters of others, yet I haven't taken my own sister, who always stood by my side all the time, out for some quality time in a while. If I can go head over heels, sacrificing parts of me for a lady that I hope would be my life-long partner in crime, and ended up being taken for granted, why not re-start everything and start it properly, from my own home? A flick of reminder for you guys who are on your path to finding your life partner. Use your logic as much as your heart.
My sister was craving for some Bakmi/dry noodle with pork toppings at that time, and it was quite a challenge to find a decent restaurant who has it in their menu. Long story short we went to this place, kinda by coincidence, but they do have what she wants, so off we went. Ordered the Bakmi, Kwetiau CapCay (rice noodle with stir fried veges), and Es Markisa for the drink.
Bakmi was good, in fact I regret and condemned myself to not have it too, instead I went for their unpopular dish. Noodles are springy, toppings are colourful and yummy, broth is provided but whether to flood your bowl or not, is 100% back to your personal taste. I like it dry, so no broth for me. Kwetiau CapCay was... not tailored to my taste. I had it simply because I need the Veg, and it was edible. That's it. Not gonna order it again. Plus on slide 5 there's a bonus stir-fried fly in my dish, unfortunately I was down to my last 5 spoon of finishing the dish so I can't really file a complain and ask them to do something about it.
Now the drink. Es Markisa (Passionfruit Juice, i suppose). Here in my hometown, it is a common thing to simply dilute a syrup with water and serve it with some ice cubes. Don't get me wrong, I love these drinks. However, this, in particular, was really really sweet, I couldn't even manage to finish it. I only had a quarter of the glass and left it to waste. Diabetes medication session will cost me way much than that glass of drink.