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This is d_golem living in Kelapa Gading. I work in Slipi. I like to hang out in Kelapa Gading. Makassar, Jepang, Itali, Anything that's wholesome, healthy, and tingly my tonguey are my favorite cuisines. I also love , If I can sit there for more than 30 mins without frowning, thumbs up!, Anything that pleases my senses.
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Not Quite Molto Bene OK Nov 19, 2011   
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Categories : Itali | Restaurant | Pizza & Pasta | Halal | Kencan / Berpasangan | Kumpul Keluarga

Mi Piace Il Cucina Italiano! I love Italian food! I love the atmosphere of a good, homely Italian ristorante, complete with wood-fired oven and Italian waiters/waitresses. Having lived in OZ is a plus, as I've probably been exposed to proper, honest, hearty Italian cuisine more than most.

 
With 50% discount using BNI, Pizza Marzano Kelapa Gading is always and there are always people lining up outside. I sat down with my family expectant and with palpable anticipation.

 
First thing I noticed is the relaxed atmosphere of the ristorante. The blue-themed decor does not really takes you back to Italy, but it does contribute to the feel-good feeling of the place. A good start to the evening.

 
Second thing I noticed is the attractive-looking menu. So far so good, I thought. However, I felt there was something missing in the menu, something important. Then it hit me: there's no Secondo menu! I could see antipasto, contorno, primo &pizza, but no meat dish whatsoever. No fish, no beef, no lamb, no nothing. What a bummer! I guess it makes sense as it's a pasta/pizza establishment, and cooking meat requires a whole different set of skills than plopping ingredients on top of a dough and chucking it in the oven, but again, what a let down...

Having gotten over the disappointment, we proceeded to order the food and drinks. Besides, the pizza & pasta selection does look good, and the free refill drinks is always welcome.

We ordered two starters, the Caesar Salad and the Bruschetta Con Funghi. The salad came out first, so that's good. The presentation however, is a little sloppy. The absence of red-leaved veggies is also doing nothing to increase the our appetite. The taste however is good, fresh & honest, with a nice dressing that complements the dish well. The croutons though are a little bland not crunchy enough.
Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

 
While we were digging into on the salad, the next one to come was not the bruschetta, but one of the two pizzas we ordered, the Salmone Bianche Pizza.
Salmone Bianche Pizza

Salmone Bianche Pizza

 
That's ok, we thought, maybe the kitchen's lagging a bit and the bruschetta will come next. So we started on the pizza. Bianche means "white", and so this one does not have a tomato sauce base, but a white bechamel base. I thought the taste is ok. Subtle maybe a better way to describe it. The salmon is the saviour though,maybe 'cause I like salmon a lot.

Still waiting on the "supposedly-starter" bruschetta, the next dish that came was the other pizza we ordered, the Pollo Pancetta Romana Pizza.
Pollp Pancetta Romana Pizza

Pollp Pancetta Romana Pizza

 
Hmmm, halfway through the mains and still no bruschetta. Anyway, this is a better pizza than the previous one. Much more flavourful and the sauce base is a little different than the usual. This pizza uses a capsicum-based (bell pepper for those of you who's more American-inclined) sauce and that offers a different dimension to the more mainstream pizza taste.

By now we were all waiting anxiously for the non-existent bruschetta, and maybe contemplating whether the kitchen had forgotten to make it, so we asked one of the waiters to check on it. While he jogged off to the kitchen, our next order came which was the Penne Pollo Pesto.
Penne Pollo Pesto

Penne Pollo Pesto

 
This means that the "starter" bruschetta is gonna come last, which is a bit of a black mark to the service. Anyway, the pasta looks good, and tastes alright. It's been baked to form a crunchy cheesy crust on the top which is nice, but can hardly taste the pesto. An okay-ish dish and quite frankly not up to expectations.

Now with bellies almost full, the long-awaited bruschetta finally made it's debut.
Bruschetta Con Funghi

Bruschetta Con Funghi

 
First impression was that it looks appealing, but there's a bit of "Huh!? Is this really a bruschetta?". My imagery of bruschetta is a piece of thick-sliced bread topped with a generous amount of roughly chopped tomato, onion and herbs, drizzled with olive oil. This one is a loaf of bread drenched in white bechamel sauce with sauteed onions and mushrooms. What the hey, let's give it a try. Turns out that it was the best dish of the lot. The taste is surprisingly good. The combination of bechamel sauce and balsamic vinegar with the golden, crusty bread is a winner. It's the kind of food that brings a smile to your face. Too bad that it was served last.

Pizza Marzano is a relative newcomer in the Kelapa Gading food scene, and I can say that it will probably do well in the long run. The food is good, if unremarkable. The service is commendable, and the atmosphere is enjoyable. It's not up there yet with the best I've tasted, but it's a good establishment and hey, what can go wrong with 50% off the bill? (as long as it's still on, of course)

Until then, keep those tongues happy tongue
 
Recommended Dish(es):  Bruschetta Con Funghi, the free refill lemon tea and bluberry drink
 
Date of Visit: Nov 13, 2011 

Spending per head: Approximately Rp55000

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Best. PisGor. Ever. Smile Nov 13, 2011   
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When I first left Jakarta for Perth back in 1997, there weren't a lot of establishments like Warung Kopi, or something like Alun2 Indonesia for that matter. It is very heartening to see that now many places are emerging that tries to preserve and uplift our traditional heritage from fashion, arts and crafts, and of course, food.

 
I've been to Warung Kopi twice now, and both times it never disappoints. This last time was with my wife and both my parents. Craving for something sweet after dinner (the previous review of Poke Sushi), we found ourselves invariably meander towards Alun2 Indonesia and found ourselves seated in this up-market version of the humble warung kopi, my dad attracted to the Singkong Goreng, and me the Pisang Goreng Gula Kering.

I'm probably risking the wrath of many fans of this iconic snack by saying that this version is probably the Best. PisGor. Ever. Period. Before you pelt me with expletives, take a look at the pics first.

 
They say that first impression is everything, and while I may not agree with that entirely, the sight of two great big hunks of golden brown fried bananas, served piping hot and covered in luscious, crispy caramel, is a great first impression indeed.

 
The thread of melted caramel that stretches when you cut into a piece. Yum! bowl shocked

I'm not sure what type of banana they use, but it's sweet and perfectly cooked. The contrast between the slightly bitter, toffee-ish, crunchy caramel on the outside to the smooth banana on the inside is a delight. Every mouthful is absolutely to die for. Simply irresistible!

 

 
The other snack we ordered was the Singkong Goreng. While I can't say it's the best I've tasted, it's a damn fine example of a supposedly very unassuming snack. Crunchy on the outside and soft as silk on the inside, and accompanied with a great sambal which is not overly spicy and with just the right amount of acidity from the lime leaves.

 

 
In addition to the two snacks, we ordered the Teh Tarik and Es Cendol. Again, these are fine examples of the traditional version, with thoughtful additions to accent and enhance the base flavours. With the Teh Tarik, the inclusion of cinnamon powder and cinnamon stick is a nice touch, and the drink itself is nicely balanced. The Es Cendol is usual fare and brought up a bit by the addition of jackfruit. The amount of palm sugar is just right.

To top things off, Warung Kopi's decor and layout makes for a very enjoyable place to just hang out, spend time with friends, and pretty much being contentedly content with life. Definitely a place I would come back to many, many times, and for me personally, the Pisang Goreng Gula Kering itself is reason enough to do so lol

Until then, keep those tongues happy! tongue
 
Date of Visit: Nov 05, 2011 

Spending per head: Approximately Rp30000(Night Snack)

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Sushi For All Seasons Smile Nov 12, 2011   
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Categories : Jepang | Restaurant | Sushi | Kencan / Berpasangan | Kumpul Keluarga

It felt a bit weird writing the title for this review as Jakarta only has two seasons where in "the land of the hopping macropod" where I was living there are four and with lovely clear demarcations between them. Each one brings their own energy, feeling, colours, and of course, flavours. It was one of the things I miss dearly, and it was good that Poke Sushi at The Food Louver Grand Indonesia gave me a brief glimpse back at them smile

 
Poke Sushi at The Food Louvre Grand Indonesia may look a bit ordinary venue-wise, being in a food court and all, however I thought the shop is well-done. No distracting logos or garish colours, just an overall feeling of "here we are, judge us from our sushi". For that I commend them. Plus I always prefer to see the cooks when they're working.

What I noticed is that Poke Sushi offered a lot of discounts on a number of different credit cards, so this may be one thing people can take advantage of.

 
First up was the Chef Special Salmon Salad. I liked it at first glance. The clean and attractive presentation was appealing, and it suited the taste, too. The dressing and garnish worked very well with the fresh salmon. The sesame seeds provided a subtle background flavour which makes this a great appetizer. It's the kind of dish you can just eat and eat during a hot, summer afternoon. Beautiful dish.

 
Next dish up had the chefs put two orders in one plate, and I can see why. The Dharmawangsa Roll and Crunchy Salmon Roll were essentially the same thing, they just differed in the topping, one got scallops and one got salmon. Wrapped in the middle is crunch tempura filling. A textural experience foremost, it was the sort of dish that reminds you of autumn when your appetite is most voracious and you can just gulp them down no worries.

 
Why is it that us as family always order soft-shell crab? Well this time was no exception and was a bit disappointed with this version of Crispy Soft-Shell Crab. Weak flavours and not crispy at all.

 
We moved on to the Grilled Beef Roll, which was a good dish. The sauce however was too sweet, and I think I was bored with beef that time tongue

 
How perfect it was that the next one with a bit of a flavour punch, the Mini Dynamite Roll. Sushi with baked mayonnaise is always a good combination for me, and the tiny bit of spiciness is a welcome change. Just like the onset of spring where your taste buds are just itching for something just that little bit arousing.

 
Last but certainly not least, was the aptly named Volcano. This was the big brother of the Mini Dynamite Roll, with bolder flavours and was the spiciest of the lot. A very enjoyable dish. The salmon in particular was great. Clearly a dish that warms you up during a chilly winter evening.

I won't say that Poke Sushi rocked my world. There are so many similar establishment now with many offering the same dish, just with different name. However I will say that Poke Sushi is a good representation of this particular market segment. Whether it's hot, sweltering dry season or wet, drenched rainy season, Poke Sushi will have something for everybody.

Until then, keep those tongues happytongue
 
Date of Visit: Nov 05, 2011 

Spending per head: Approximately Rp500000(Dinner)

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Categories : Makassar | Restaurant | Soto/Rawon | Kumpul Keluarga

Having been away for more than a dozen long years from my home country was a great experience at the very least, however it did come with drawbacks. More than most was the longing for the wonderful food I was raised up with, and although Terra Australis Incognito is an absolute haven for food in its own right, there was always an irreplaceable void that can never be filled no matter how much Chunky Meat Pie or Lamb Chops I had.

Now back here in Jakarta to start a new life, I've decided to document at least part of my culinary journey since I'm lucky enough to be living in the food capital that is Kelapa Gading.

Just recently I've discovered that I'm not as Chinese as I was led to believe, having learned that my heritage actually included Ambon, Portuguese, and also Bugis Makassar. No wonder my dad has a more "bule" kind of nose, although that particular desirable feature evidently is not so prominent in memad. How fitting it is that my very first review here is of a particular restaurant that is in touch with my Bugis heritage, Rumah Makan Marannu Kelapa Gading.
Restaurant Sign

Restaurant Sign

 
Located in the main Boulevard, the restaurant nestles in a particular row of shops that boasts no less than 4 other Makassar cuisine restaurants. I've dined in some of them, but that is for another review.

The decor is usual "ruko restoran" fare, however it is spacious (having combined two rukos together) and most importantly, clean. What grabs your attention the most as you enter are the rows of humongous beef ribs (konro) lining the glass case, waiting to be grilled to served with soup.

It is no secret among my friends that I have a big appetite, and I ordered a suitably "big" dish and one of their specialties, Konro Bakar.

lolThe ginormous 20-cm long beef ribs with rice and soup

 
bowlAnother close up of the grilled ribs lathered with yummy peanut sauce

 
I have to admit, the sight of those big, long, charred beef ribs never ceased to amaze me. My appetite worked up, I dug straight into the dish. The meat (and fat) literally fell off the bone, and the peanut-based sauce sing together nicely with the konro. The side soup however is a surprise. Even though it's just plain soup, the taste of meat is palpable and they pull no punches with the spices, resulting in a wonderful accompaniment for the rice and konro.

You know it's been a good meal when every scrap of meat, every grain of rice, and every drop of soup is wiped clean off the plates

 
For those who have a sweet tooth, they also have a plethora of traditional Makassar sweets such as Roko Unti, Barongko, Cangkuning, and many more

 
All in all, a great lunch in a place I'd definitely come back. Marannu has filled the void considerably and promised of the richness of food culture my home country has, therefore made me realise that I still have so much to experience and hopefully have many more reviews to come!lol

Until then, keep your tongue happy!tongue
 
Date of Visit: Nov 05, 2011 

Spending per head: Approximately Rp40000(Lunch)

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