Sorry for my lateness in reviewing this restaurant. I visited this place about a month ago, and almost forgot to write the review here. It's Fook Yew
, the newest restaurant in Gandaria City that caught my eyes at that time. So, I was so eager to try, I just decided to drop by that day for lunch. I was with my family, consisting of my mom, dad, sister, and niece (about 1 years old). Since, we have no clue about their food at all (and at that time, I found no review yet about this restaurant), we decided to try a few dishes first.
The place is kinda unique and that's exactly what drove me here in the first place. The interior is dominated with red color, and some sort of graffiti painting, with some texts on it. The oriental ambiance is striking, plus It has the urban yet traditional feeling too. I could say some people might love it, but some people might not. As for my family, they kinda dislike it, but I do like it. Really, it's just a matter of preferences.
For seating area, there are two area, Smoking area and Non-Smoking area. So, it's quite convenient for both parties. If you ask me, I will say that the Smoking Area looks more oriental than the Non-Smoking Area. It's more private too, since it is like a different room.
The waiters and waitresses here were nice and seemed very friendly and that's a good thing to know. Anyway, we got an extra free stuff too just by tweeting and mentioning @fook_yew and the offer is different per day. For example, since we came there on Saturday, we got Avocado Pudding with Chocolate Ice Cream.
Fook Yew is a Shanghai Bistro and Bubble Tea lab, and of course by the name, it speaks for itself. You can find Chinese Food here and the happening Bubble Tea fever too here. Just to warn you, Fook Yew doesn't sell your ordinary Chinese Food, cause most of the stuff they offer, is unique in its own way. The same thing with their Bubble Tea, it's not called Bubble Tea Lab for no reason. Fook Yew offers a mix of several stuff with unique name to differ itself from other bubble teas. For example, "Once Upon A Time in China" which is actually a mix of Green Tea and Kum Quat with Nata de Coco and Tapioca Balls as the toppings. There is also the other unique one called "The Return of The Condor Heroes" which is a mix of Strawberry and Black Tea with Strawberry Jelly, Sea Weed, and Tapioca Balls as the toppings.
If you love something with alcohol, Fook Yew has a surprise for ya. They have these alcoholic Bubble Teas which they named the drinks after 12 Chinese Zodiacs. For example, There's this unique one called "The Dancing Pig" which is a mix of Cranberry Juice, Creme de Cassis, Fresh Lemon Juice, Absolut Vodka with Tapioca Balls and Aloe Vera, or if you like simplicity, there is "The Shiny Rat" which is a mix of Thai Tea and Brandy with Tapioca Balls and Grass Jelly as the toppings.
For the non-alcoholic Bubble Tea Lab choices, it will cost you IDR 35 k each. As for the alcoholic Bubble Tea Lab choices, it will cost you IDR 65 k each. Expensive? Yes! But you get what you pay for! ;)
Just FYI, Fook Yew is one of the restaurants under Ismaya Group Management. That's why it's uniquely different. Ismaya Group is often known for their unique concept.
Let's see the food and beverages I ordered that day.~ Crispy Rice with Dory & Broccoli in Sweet Corn Sauce ~
Price: IDR 52 k
Okay, this was my choice, and It's one of the recommended dishes. I honestly didn't exactly understand the Crispy Rice part at first. But then, when it was served, I just knew that the Crispy Rice is a literal name for it. It's really a crunchy crispy rice, as what we called "Kerupuk Beras". Thus, I had a mixed feeling about it. But it didn't matter, since like it or not, it would be my lunch (afterall, it's IDR 52 k!). After a spoonful of crispy rice with some sweet corn sauce, I could really say it's not my "cup of tea". It's really crispy, and it's weird eating crispy stuff instead of normal rice. The Sweet Corn Sauce was okay, but just okay at best. I was glad anyway, that the Dory was really good. It's delicious in fact, but unfortunately, the crispy rice ruined the whole dish. If I could have a say, I would rather have this delicious dory with some fried rice or even flavoured rice (as long as it's steamed).~ Chicken Fillet & Tomato Sauce Baked Rice ~
Price : IDR 59 k
Okay, this is another recommended dish and my sis ordered this for herself. She was always into baked rice, and she was confused at first, having to choose between this dish or Chicken Fillet Baked Rice A La Mongkok. But after asking the waiter who served us, he said that the recommended Baked Rice was the one with the tomato sauce. So, we went with it. It turned out to be quite huge when it came to our table. It was covered in melted cheese. My sister said it was not good since it was so full of tomato sauce which of course as the result, this baked rice was pretty sweet in a tomato way of sweetness. Then I had a try too. It turned out that I liked it! I like the chicken fillet and the melted cheese, and the tomato sauce didn't spoil the taste in my opinion. Well, honestly, it was a bit too much, but since I like sweet stuff, it didn't bother me. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed eating it after having to eat my own bland Crispy Rice before.~ Shaolin Soccer ~
Price: IDR 35 k
Shaolin Soccer is actually a mix of Coffee Caramel Milk with Coffee Jelly, Tapioca Balls and Grass Jelly for the toppings. For me and my family, after a first sip, we just loved it! It's very good and the blend of the Coffee, Caramel and Milk was perfect. The coffee was quite rich but not overwhelming. The tapioca balls (or better known as Bubble/Pearl) were perfect too, with chewy texture which will keep you chewing them till it eventually vanishes into your mouth. The coffee jelly and grass jelly were nice too, and they made the drink more 'alive'.~ Guan Yin Tea ~
Price: IDR 7 k
Guan Yin Tea is a very standard type of tea. We ordered this because, well, it could work as a 'detox' right?
It's a part of important customs in China for health issue.~ Avocado Pudding with Chocolate Ice Cream~
Price: IDR 23 k (Free)
Well, this is the free stuff if you mention Fook Yew on twitter, on Saturdays! And guess what, we love this dessert. This is a bunch of Avocado Pudding slices, with chocolate ice cream. When it was served on our table, the chocolate ice cream had completely melted, it ruined the appearance, but it DIDN'T ruin the taste! As a matter of fact, it became much better since the chocolate ice cream turned into some sort of chocolate creamy sauce. The avocado pudding was sooo good with real avocado, and the texture was so smooth and soft it could dissolve in your mouth just in a matter of seconds. The melted chocolate ice cream played a good part in sweetening the pudding and made this chill sensation inside your mouth. Every bite is a taste of heaven (my heaven!) ;)
Well, it was certainly a roller coaster ride experience here, with some ups and downs for several dishes. But to conclude, I think I could say that Fook Yew is very nice restaurant with bold Chinese Bistro concept and unique Bubble Tea Lab stuff. It certainly made a mark in saying, "We are not your ORDINARY chinese food bistro!" and of course we "hear" that crystal clear. Fook Yew really is a refreshing newcomer and one of the newest restaurant from Ismaya Group.
All I could say is that the heavy meal seemed to be a bit too different for my taste (and my family's), but the dessert was so good, and the Bubble Tea I had was really one of a kind. I'd definitely come back for more desserts and bubble teas. As for the light meal, such as Dimsum, Sheng Jian Bao, Shanghai Sandwich and Uncle Zheng Easy Bites, I think they will be much better than the heavy meals. The Sheng Jian Bao looks really good, and I should have tried that. But next time, I will!
Well, how about you OpenRicers and your family try coming and have a good nice visit here at Fook Yew?
Fook Yew | Shanghai Bistro and Bubble Tea Lab
Gandaria City, Mainstreet Dining, Ground Floor, South Jakarta
Facebook: Fook Yew