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Taiyo Sushi - OpenRice Gathering OK Sep 28, 2012   
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Categories : Jepang | Restaurant | Sushi | Kencan / Berpasangan | Kumpul Keluarga

 
http://goodfoodgoodlife.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/taiyo-sushi

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend an OpenRice gathering at Taiyo Sushi, a recently renovated sushi joint located in Pluit, North Jakarta area. There were several other food bloggers appearing and we had a chance to savor some of Taiyo Sushi’s signature sushi and other Japanese dishes. The restaurant spots a wood-dominated interior, typical of a Japanese-inspired place. Most of the sushi rolls served for us were fusion sushi, although I was quite curious to try their traditional menu as well.

 
We began the lunch gathering with a bowl of chawan mushi. I always love a good chawan mushi and this one passed my bar. Then, after watching the sushi making and blow-torching show by Taiyo Sushi chefs, we tasted five sushi creation – tempura maki floss, Taiyo special roll, unagi salmon special, aburi mozzarella roll and spicy salmon fry. All were enjoyable with highlights on the unagi salmon special and aburi mozzarella roll. I actually had higher expectations for the first one because I’m an avid unagi lover, however I could barely taste the unagi there, probably because of all the drizzled mayonnaise. As for the latter, I would just say that I have a love hate situation with fusion sushi that uses cheese because sometimes the cheese flavor just overpowers everything else.

 
We also got to try one pasta dish, the kare pasta which tasted quite nice with hints of curry sweetness and spiciness. All in all, Taiyo Sushi would be perfect if you like aburi stuffs, mayo, floss and other fusion ingredients on your sushi rolls. I personally am more excited to see raw fish as my sushi topping. Thank you OpenRice and Taiyo Sushi for the lovely gathering.

ごちそうさま。 Gochisōsama!

http://goodfoodgoodlife.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/taiyo-sushi
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Date of Visit: Sep 17, 2012 

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Categories : Barat | Restaurant | Kencan / Berpasangan | Kumpul Keluarga

Fancy fighting vampires in your leisure time? Then you might want to visit Mad for Garlic on a regular basis and use the garlic breath to scare off those neck-biting immortals. This Korean-franchised Italian garlic and wine restaurant, located on ground floor West Mall Grand Indonesia, surely lives up to its name by offering various garlicky menu, from starters, salad, pasta, to pizza and other specialties. Even the decor in the rustic medieval brick-walled dim-lighted dining area, like the chandelier, is made of garlic, or something that looks like garlic.

Last Friday evening, my friend and I decided to try out this place. Upon entering, we were greeted by the friendly waitress but were immediately put off when we weren’t allowed to sit at the red-velvety comfy sofa table albeit there were several of them empty because they were meant for a group of four to six. We were a bit dismayed and that meant one less star on the service rating, but we quickly brushed it off and turned our attention to the menu. After long pondering, we finally ordered a dracula killer starter, a mushroom risotto, and a garlicpeno pasta. We were feeling kind of rich (or is it stressful?) that we also ordered a bottle of houghton sauvignon blanc.

The dracula killer appeared first, thank heavens I’m not Edward Cullen. The waiter grated some cheese on top of the still-hot olive-oil cooked garlic while telling us that the garlic should be enjoyed sandwiched inside the soft bread. The killer tasted quite unique although the garlic flavor might be too much for some people because it was literally like eating whole garlic cloves. I still found it to be quite enjoyable, however I couldn’t really taste the anchovy that was mentioned in the menu description. Next one appearing was the mushroom risotto and it was the star of the evening. My friend and I pretty much loved this rice menu with a perfect blending of mushroom, spinach, and garlic. Whole garlic was existent in the risotto but somehow its flavor was not overwhelming the others. The grilled chicken leg on top of it was also quite delicious. Add a dash of grated parmesan and chili flake to the risotto and it was divine.

The garlicpeno pasta was served next and it tasted a bit ordinary, probably because it was meatless. The pasta was similar to aglio olio but with Mexican jalapeno pepper and sprinkles of fried garlic slices. I didn’t really get the jalapeno taste, maybe because the garlic flavor was much stronger. Even so, the dinner was fun and enjoyable and the wine was pretty nice considering it was the cheapest on the white wine list. Not yet a wine connoisseur, I would probably drink anything that could make me gleeful and tipsy.

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http://goodfoodgoodlife.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/mad-for-garlic
mad for garlic

mad for garlic

 
garlic chandelier

garlic chandelier

 
dracula killer

dracula killer

 
a glass of houghton sauvignon blanc

a glass of houghton sauvignon blanc

 
mushroom risotto

mushroom risotto

 
garlicpeno pasta

garlicpeno pasta

 
 
Spending per head: Approximately Rp330000(Dinner)

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Categories : Meksiko | Restaurant | Kencan / Berpasangan

It was a public holiday on a Wednesday and I already planned on redeeming a voucher for Hacienda. So I invited my favorite couple to join me for a Mexican lunch and maybe a margarita or two. Unlike Japanese restaurants which you can probably find just about anywhere in Jakarta, Mexican establishments are scarcely existent in this crowded metropolitan. Hacienda is one of them and it has been on my to-visit list for quite some time. Located on the ground floor of Plaza Senayan Arcadia, with literal translation from Spanish as ‘home’ or ‘estate’, Hacienda provides a homey, albeit a bit chilly, snapshot of a classy Mexican estate. Upon entering, we were greeted by the friendly waitress, who escorted us through a small bar area with high stools and tables, into a bright glass-enclosed garden-overlooking dining area with wooden furnishings, orange-pillowed sofas, and some green plants on the glass perimeters providing a fresh eye-pleasing scenery.

There are plenty to choose from the menu – traditional Mexican favorites such as tacos, nachos, quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas, and chimichangas; main courses from steak, seafood, to poultry; Mexican appetizers, ensaladas (salads), soups, and postres (dessert); and last but not least, Hacienda’s margaritas and signature tequila cocktails. After contemplating upon the menu book, we finally decided to order the antojitos platter, tacos al pastor, and fajitas de rez. To drink, we ordered a jug of orange juice and a frozen mango margarita. A bit different from a French or Italian restaurant where you are served a complimentary bread basket, here they gave us a tortilla chips basket with spicy salsa sauce which warmed us a bit against the freezing air con.

The antojitos platter was simply delightful and quite filling for a starter. It featured a sampler of cheese quesadillas (pancake made from tortilla), bean and cheese nachos, beef taquitos (small tortilla rolls), chimichangitas (deep-fried mini burritos with beef chorizo/sausage and potatoes), and jalapeno poppers. I particularly liked the quesadillas (loved this, so cheesy), the delicious chimichangitas, and the surprisingly hot but tasty jalapeno poppers with yummy cream cheese stuffing.

The tacos al pastor were the highlight of the lunch – soft tacos with fresh diced onion, cilantro, pineapple, and pork cubes accompanied by beans and salsa on the side. We especially enjoyed the herb-and-spice-flavored pork as we bit into the taco. The fajitas de rez were also quite enjoyable though not that memorable. The dish came with two pieces of tortilla but plenty of sliced sirloin and the beef was not served in a pan or hotplate like they usually do in other places.

The frozen mangorita was the perfect accompaniment to the lunch. It was sweet, refreshing, cooling from the ice, and warming from the tequila. Overall, we only ate three Mexican dishes but the food was probably enough to feed another person. Service was also quite excellent and the waiting staff were friendly, helpful, and attentive. My friend even suggested that we revisit Hacienda, should there be other voucher deals or promos.

Read and see more about this post and others at my blog:
http://goodfoodgoodlife.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/hacienda
hacienda favorites

hacienda favorites

 
complimentary tortilla chips and salsa

complimentary tortilla chips and salsa

 
a view into the bar

a view into the bar

 
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antojitos platter

antojitos platter

 
hacienda dining area

hacienda dining area

 
tacos al pastor

tacos al pastor

 
fajitas de rez

fajitas de rez

 
 
Date of Visit: Jun 29, 2011 

Spending per head: Approximately Rp210000(Lunch)

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Luna Negra Oh Fabuloso Smile Jul 10, 2011   
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It is always exciting to write a post about a new hip, fancy restaurant and Luna Negra is one of them. Because of all the built up excitement, I decided to move this review to the top of my to-write list. I had heard and read rave reviews about the ‘black moon’ (translated from Spanish… or is it Italian?) restaurant-slash-bar, so I was quite excited when my friends finally agreed to go there. This was after much rescheduling and long BBM contemplation. Fortunately, another friend who couldn’t go with us that evening (you were missed) reminded us about making a reservation beforehand. Without this we probably would have ended up on the waiting list!

The first striking feature that caught our eyes upon entering was the elegantly-designed two-story wine cellar complete with a gold-accented spiraling staircase, the kind you wished you had in your own home, or at least I did. The next prominent feature, was the long overcrowded bar with lineups of black-metallic ceiling lights, which we had to pass through to get to the dining area. The drinking and dining crowd featured the “whose-who” of the Jakartan expatriate scene; mixed with Jakarta’s own label-wearing, cocktail-drinking, socialite-wanna-be ladies and gents alike. The dining area looked no less fabulous. The brick walls, the shiny giant light bulbs, the retro-looking wall hanging and decor, the ornamental-tiled floor, and the beat-pumping music in the background. All of this blended into a perfect atmospheric place for a fabulous night out.

Menu: Luna Negra offers a wide range of varieties, from tapas, starters, pizzas, pastas, to grilled meat, poultry, seafood, assorted Asian cuisines, tantalizing desserts and drinks. Of course cocktails, wines, and other merry-drinking substances were highlighted. Aaah, now for our orders — there were five of us and we decided to share one starter, one pizza, one pasta, and something from the grill menu. We were served the complimentary bread and sticks basket but strangely, this came together with all the food that we ordered.

For the starter; fried eggplant with mozzarella, zucchini, and tomato sauce – totally delicious. I’m not really a huge fan of eggplant but combined with the cheesy mozzarella and tangy tomato sauce, this one was definitely a tasty treat.

Pizza; prosciutto e funghi was quite large and looked very appetizing, however the taste was a bit mediocre.

Next; we all loved the thick beef fillet 210 gr (american black angus) with blue cheese walnut and honey sauce. It was the priciest item from the menu that we ordered, but surely worth every rupiah. The thick beef fillet was actually two stacked fillets, the meat was quite tender although I couldn’t help noticing that one part was a bit well-done and the other was a bit medium (maybe because we asked for a ‘medium-well’ steak). Nevertheless, the blue cheese walnut and honey sauce was über delectable. I loved the crunchy walnut on top and the delicate flavor combination of savory blue cheese and sweet honey. The fillet was also served with mashed potatoes, fried battered mushrooms and zucchini slices, and some bland-tasting potato-like triangles (couldn’t really figure out what this one was called OR made of).

Pasta; we pretty much enjoyed the pasta titled passatelli with italian sausages and creamy mushroom sauce (the passatelli looked a bit similar to spaghetti but much thicker and shorter with a rougher texture). Perhaps it was because it contained pork, which is why the pasta tasted so nice. The portion serving was quite generous and great for sharing.

Afterwards, we ordered one dessert, the melted chocolate cake, which turned out to be the perfect ending to our dinner. The cake literally melted when we cut into it and tasted scrumptious. A bit soft but also crisp, and of course… chocolaty. It was without a doubt the best molten chocolate cake I have ever had. As for drinks, we quenched our thirst with some mocktails and smoothies with cute names such as berry milky, fruity buster, cathy fruit, and shabadabadooo….

I conclude this post by saying that it was a fabulous dinner at a fabulous place and we had such a fabuloso time. The menu price range for a restaurant this fancy is also still reasonable. One regrettable criticism however, was the hostesses’ rude attitude (well, I would have used the ‘b’ word but it might come out as impolite), both the hostess at the door, as well as the table escorter. It was weird because they appeared to be very friendly to foreigner patrons. Another annoyance, the fact that they didn’t seem to have distinctive separate areas for smokers and non-smokers. Other than that, the male waiters and maîtres d’ were pretty friendly and helpful even though they seemed preoccupied all the time.

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http://goodfoodgoodlife.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/luna-negra
luna negra favorites

luna negra favorites

 
luna negra snazzy wine cellar

luna negra snazzy wine cellar

 
luna negra mocktails

luna negra mocktails

 
fried eggplant with mozzarella, zucchini, and tomato sauce

fried eggplant with mozzarella, zucchini, and tomato sauce

 
prosciutto e funghi

prosciutto e funghi

 
the thick beef fillet 210 gr (american black angus) with blue cheese walnut and honey sauce

the thick beef fillet 210 gr (american black angus) with blue cheese walnut and honey sauce

 
passatelli with italian sausages and creamy mushroom sauce

passatelli with italian sausages and creamy mushroom sauce

 
melted chocolate cake

melted chocolate cake

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  the fried eggplant, the beef fillet, the melted chocolate cake
 
Date of Visit: Jul 01, 2011 

Spending per head: Approximately Rp160000(Dinner)

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