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Do you still remember about Chef Ken from the Top Three of Master Chef Indonesia 2?
He's finally openning his cafe in Surabaya!
It has an American - country design, which is very cool. There are also some songs played so that you can enjoy the ambiance and food more.
Let's go to the food & beverages review!
Food
Cheese Fries (IDR 22,000)

 
Drooling... yes? Hahahaha! This cheesy cheese fries is one of my favorite french fries ever! Especially the cheese on top of it. Oh my, can't stop picking it! Warning : addiction!
Honey Chicken Rice (IDR 35,000)

 
Doesn't like american or fast food? Relax, you can enjoy the Honey Chicken Rice special from Pipe & Barrel. It taste delicious, the chicken meat is so tender, and it's healthy!
Barrel Beef Burger (IDR 75,000)

 
Tadaa! The most wanted food in Pipe & Barrel is the Barrel Beef Burger. Just take a look at the size of this burger. So huge right? Love the texture of the meat, it's perfect! A perfect balance between the vegetables, buns, fries, and meats.
P.S : You can request for medium rare, medium, medium well, or well cook meat.
Beverages

 
Left - Green Tea Frappe (IDR 30,000)
Honestly, I really hate green tea back then. Yes, I super duper hate it. But because of my surroundings keep eating green tea and I was being push to eat it all over again, I unconsciously fall in love with green tea *edisi curhat*
And yes, I can tell you that this one is one of my favorite green tea frappe! The green tea taste strong yet balance with the milk and other things inside it. Slurp! I want more!!
Right - Lemon Italian Soda (IDR 22,000)
Nothing is more refreshing than Lemon Italian Soda. Unfortunately, I can't drink it a lot because I have a gastric problem recently. My doctor said that I can't eat Soda, Sour, and Chilli. :'(
Center - Lychee Soda + Ice cream (IDR 24,000)
Again, another refreshing + yummy drink (it has an ice cream on top of it OMG OMG). As you know, I'm an ice cream maniac... but again, can't drink it a lot because of this gastric. *sigh*
Overall, super love the food & beverages served here ! Affordable and it satisfy me!
Service:
You’ll need to order your food & beverages at the cashier, and then wait your order at your own table. Not for long, a waiter will deliver the food & beverages to you.
Ambiance

 
The sitting are is super cool and divided into 2 parts. 1 located in inside the bar, and the other one is outside, at the back of the restaurant.
Will I come back? Sure, I'm licking my finger right now, missing the taste of the delicious French Fries and also can't resist to drink that milky Green Tea Frappe!
--Megan Faustine
Instagram & Twitter : @meganfaustine
Blog : borntobite.blogspot.com

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  french fries,honey chicken rice
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately Rp80000(Lunch)

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 5  |  
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 4  |  
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 4  |  
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Nomz : Nom Nom Nom! Smile Aug 31, 2015   
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Categories : Barat | Restaurant | Kencan / Berpasangan | Hang Out

Nomz is a restaurant in Grand Indonesia that belongs to Chef Arnold, one of the judges at Masterchef Indonesia.
I always become a fan of Chef Arnold, so I’m really happy to visit this place!

 
(Brunch Menu) Braised pork belly with sunny side up, pickled carrot, cucumber, coriander, sambal, and sourdough - IDR 85,000

 
The dressing / salad:
It’s so refreshing! It will balance all the taste inside the plate. Even though I’m not a fan of vegetables and I don’t finish eating the whole salad, but I can eat all the carrot inside it. Yes, I’m too in love with the taste.
The bread
Honestly I don’t really know the name for this kind of bread. The colour is yellow in the middle because of the butter, and I really like it! Well, as you know I’m kind of dessert person, I definitely love butter.
The sunny side up / egg:
It taste great! I love the fact that the yellow part still juicy. Well cook, but some of the side burns, becomes a bit black, and taste bitter.
The pork belly:
Well, this is worth a try! I really love the pork belly. It’s so tender, well cook, well seasoning, and the most important thing it has this layer of pork fat that I really love! Too bad it’s only 2 slices :’(
I crave for more!
Fish and Chips

 
Taste super crispy and the fish meat is super tender. I don’t really like the plating though, because it’s somehow looks “cheap” - I don’t know -. The french fries also really has a great flavour!
Beverages - Apple Juice IDR 55,000
Actually, I want to try their Salted Caramel Milkshake. But it was sold out and they haven’t restock it yet sad(
My second choice was actually soda, but I’m not allowed to drink soda because of several reasons this time, that’s why I choose their apple juice.
When the drink come, I ask the waiter whether it’s really Apple juice or not. It’s because the color is green. A bit weird, right? I bet they’re using green apple to make the apple juice.
Honestly, it can taste better if the apple taste sweet. At that time, the apple is a bit sour.
Service:

 
Even though the place is always crowded, the waiter manage to serve us really well.
Ambiance:

 
I believe this restaurant is a Western concept, looking at the furnitures and also the ambiance that they would like to emphasize. What I love the most, I could see Chef Arnold in the kitchen, working! OH MY GOD How lucky I am!!
--Megan Faustine
Instagram & Twitter : @meganfaustine
Blog : borntobite.blogspot.com

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  fish and chips,dessert
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately Rp150000(Lunch)

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 4  |  
Lingkungan
 4  |  
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 4  |  
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 4  |  
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PorQueNo : A True Spanish Dish! Smile Aug 31, 2015   
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Categories : Eropa | Restaurant | Hang Out

As I arrived on the 5th Floor, I’m really surprised to see how fancy Por.Que.No is! They have a superb view of their surroundings – tall buildings and the night lights. It’s has a different atmosphere up here. They have an outdoor bar and table too, which is super nice! I can say that this place is so artsy ;)
I think it’ll be better for them to have the Por.Que.No sign so people know there’s a fancy restaurant up there! Let’s go to the Food Review!
Appetizers
A Tree Arbol de Aceitunas Alinadas (Olives Tree) – IDR 30,000

 
Disguise as a tree, this is actually an Appetizer – yes, can you believe that? Consists of green and a black olives, you can eat this while waiting for the other food, or even when you want to take a photo around the place.
Trilogia de Gazpacho (Trilogy of Cold Soups) – IDR 60,000

 
If you see the cold soup, do you remember about chemistry subject? (#deritaanakIPA , I know) I suspect this is a drink, because they have a fruit in the top of it. Surprise-surprise, it’s actually a cold soup! The white one is Almond Soup, and the Orange one is Tomato Soup. I taste both, and I like the Tomato Soup more. The soup taste like cold mayonnaise somehow – maybe because of the texture – but of course with a Tomato and Almond taste. So unique!
Cucurucho de Foei con Jamon (Cone of Foei Gras Mousse Topped with Serrano Ham) – IDR 55,000
This looks like an ice cream cone, isn’t it? Topped with ham (pork meat) I could finish this one in just two bites (Even 1 bite!) It’s so creamy but I wish I could get more ham, hahaha!
Ensaladas - IDR 50,000

 
Served in a transparent jar, they offer two kinds of Salad, one with the strawberries, and one with the avocado. Each has a sauce, and you can pour the sauce inside the jar, then shake it off (Shake it off, shake it off – I don’t know why I’m singing Taylor Swift song while writing this. Hahahaha). As I don’t eat avocado, I choose the Strawberry Salad. Believe me, you might find it awkward to eat the leaves, because it’s literally taste like a fresh leaves from the tree! Refreshing!
Surtido de Croquetas (Platter of assorted croquettes beef, seafood, mushroom) – IDR 75,000
Put inside a stainless glass, this appetizer is definitely for share. You could found three kinds of croquetas: Seafood, mushroom, and beef. Taste great, especially the seafood. It’s rich and kinda creamy inside.
Albondigas (Beef Meatballs in sweet tomato sauce) – IDR 60,000
The beef is tender (feels like beef nugget), and blends well with the tomato sauce. However, I think it’ll be better if it’s served with teriyaki sauce! (But it’ll be fattier and not healthy, of course hahaha)
Berenjenas Fritas (Fried Eggplant Chips with Honey Truffle) – IDR 40,000
The eggplants may not look fancy, but the taste won’t fail you! It’s not crispy; the texture is soft, but delicious! I can’t stop eating this one over and over again. I don’t like eggplants, but this one is an exception.
Calameres en su Tinta (Squid in its Own Ink) – IDR 60,000

 
My foodie friends Mark & Bianca told me that this dish is the same with a Philiphine dish, so of course they love it! So the squid is covered with (saus hitam).The squid is tender, however the black sauce is having too much garlic for my taste.
Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelette) – IDR 35,000
Looks like a cake, this dish is actually like a mash potato combined with onion. You can eat it with the Spanish Mayonnaise (the different with ordinary mayonnaise is that, this mayo doesn’t use cream, so it’s healthier). Taste great, I think it’s perfect for a lunch appetizer ;)
Gambas al Ajillo (Sauteed prawns in garlic, chili, and white wine) – IDR 85,000
As a seafood lover, I believe you will love this! Just dip it with the sauce and yum, I could feel the oil spread through my mouth!
Salmorejo (Andalucian tomato dip with crumbles of serrano ham, apples, and eggs) – IDR 80,000
You can eat the crispy bread together with the tomato sauce, and give some toppings of ham, apples and eggs on the top. I think the Tomato Sauce taste like mayonnaise I suggest you put a lot of toppings so you could get the yummy taste of it.
Main Course
Paella Ciega LARGE (Blind Seafood Paella) – IDR 660,000

 
The waiter will mix the rice and the shrimp in front of you, then squeeze some Lemon on top of it. The portion is super huge, and it’s really perfect for sharing!
The taste is almost the same with Nasi Goreng, but with a stickier texture. It tastes better when you combined it with the Spanish Mayonnaise.
Dessert
Natillas ( lemon custard with meringue, roasted almonds and caramel) - IDR 40,000

 
I love the texture, love the presentation, and I love it because it’s super smooth and melts in the mouth.
Chocolate con chile - IDR 50,000

 
Looks like a cronut with chocolate-chilli sauce, and served with ice cream, this dish has a unique taste. In the first bite, you will feel that the dark-comforting chocolate all over your mouth. After that, the chilli taste will strike through and surprise you! At first, I find it weird, but after the second bite with the vanilla ice cream, it’s yummy!
Churros - IDR 20,000

 
Who doesn’t love churros? I bet everyone loves it. The cinnamon smells great, and it’s so crunchy! I will never get bored eating the churros ;)
As dessert lovers, I really love their desserts and crave for some more! I wonder if Spanish has a traditional ice cream or not… hahahaha. Dessert is always a great choice to end the day, right? ;)
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice - IDR 40,000

 
The orange juice is refreshing, and it’s a perfect choice if you want to eat a lot in Por.Que.No However if you just hanging out with friends and chit-chat, I recommend you to open the wine bottle and just enjoy the scenery or drink beer together, admiring the city view!

Service

 
You could see how they works because the kitchen to make the drink is somehow an open area. The waiter and the owner are also friendly too and will explain their favorite dish to you.

Ambiance

 
Overall, I can say that PorQueNo has a really strong taste of Spanish. If you’re Indonesian that wants to feel Spanish and know how the food tastes like, you should go here! If you’re Spanish who miss your hometown while pursuing your study / career in Jakarta, you can feel your hometown through food at Por.Que.No!
--Megan Faustine
Instagram & Twitter : @meganfaustine
Blog : borntobite.blogspot.com

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  natillas,berenjenas Fritas
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately Rp300000(Dinner)

Other Ratings:
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 3  |  
Lingkungan
 4  |  
Pelayanan
 4  |  
Higienis
 4  |  
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Curry House : Delicious Curry! Smile Aug 31, 2015   
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Categories : Jepang | Restaurant | Halal | Kumpul Keluarga

I’ve heard about this restaurant before, and finally I got a chance to try Curry House when I was visiting Raya Darmo Permai Selatan for a Creative Contributor interview in the area.

 

 
Located on the 2nd Floor of Papaya Fresh Gallery (A supermarket), you’ll see a big sign of curry house in the entrance of Papaya (just turn your head to the left near the entrance door).
At first, I thought it was just a small restaurant. It turns out that Curry House is super spacious.
To my surprise, they have 2 places and they are connected through a corridor.
That day was Monday, so there are not so many visitors in the restaurant.
At first, I thought their menu is printed on a wooden menu (so lovely!). But it’s actually their old menu. Their new menus are just printed on three pieces of regular, thick carton. You could see the full menus in the end of this post ;)
Let’s go to the foods & beverages review, shall we?
FOOD
Pork Cutlet Curry Rice - start from IDR 62,000

 

 
Why I said “start”, which means not a fix price?
Because you could choose your own favourite curry in Curry House.
So, starting from the beginning where you could choose from noodles, rice, or even sticky rice for the carbo, and then moving on to the portion, there’s Small - Extra Large, then choose the chilli level, choose the toppings (chicken, dory, nugget, karage, pork, and so on) and finally the curry sauce.
What did I choose?
I choose rice - small - no chilli - pork cultet - pork curry sauce. So who’s with me? XD XD
I need to wait for about 7 minutes before I got my pork curry, which is kinda fast. On the first bite, I can feel the crunchiness of the deep fried pork, combined with the pork sauce, yummy!! I could eat this curry all day long, hahaha! Even though I order the small portion, but it’s big enough & makes you full, especially for girls ;)
Anchovy Potato - IDR 32,000

 
Well, before I tell you how delicious their anchovy potato, first I’ll tell you that there are 3 kinds of potato finger food that they’re serving. Here are the differences:
1. Potato chips: It’s the usual french fries that you normally found in fast food restaurant.
2. Anchovy potato : There are two kinds, the first one is the thin, crispy potato (I ordered this) and the other one is like a potato wedges and have this flabby texture.
3. Ras potato : It’s almost like a regular french fries, but a very very very long version of the regular one.
So yes, because I love crispy snack, I order the anchovy potato, crispy one.
It’s really crispy and so crunchy, a perfect choice of finger food. They spread some other herbs & ingredients (I don’t know what they are, honestly) which makes it even better.
BEVERAGES
Milk Lassi - IDR 20,000

 
I order milk lassi because the waiter told me it’s one of the favourite beverages here. Milk lassi consists of milk and yoghurt. In my opinion, it taste a bit strange and confusing, because you don’t know which one is more dominant, the milk or the yoghurt. Plus, I think there’s too much water in it. I just wish they could add more milk or more yoghurt so the taste will come out nicely.
Coca Cola - IDR 15,000

 
For those who didn’t like Ocha or any other Japanese drink, then the best choice is Coca Cola. Served in a can, I think I don’t need to tell you how Coca cola tastes like, right ? Hahahaha!
SERVICE

 

 
If you follow my food post, I bet you know that I’m super chatty and ask so many questions about each menu, before deciding which one I would like to order. Well… that’s habit, sorry! *wink*
And the waitress there respond all my questions quite friendly and try to explain what she knows. So yes, the service was really nice.

Ambiance

 
I personally think that The Curry House is suitable for families with younger children, friends, families, or even business meeting is suitable here.
Overall, a very nice curry to try!
--Megan Faustine
Instagram & Twitter : @meganfaustine
Blog : borntobite.blogspot.com

 

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  pork cutlet
 
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately Rp75000(Lunch)

Other Ratings:
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Lingkungan
 4  |  
Pelayanan
 4  |  
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Ta Wan : Family Choices Smile Aug 31, 2015   
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Bubur | Seafood | Kumpul Keluarga

If I go to Tunjungan Plaza with my parents, most likely we’ll eat Ta Wan, because it’s one of my family favorite restaurant here. But, I bet everybody also loves Ta Wan. As the name implies, it’s specializing on Chinese food cuisine, but a HALAL one, means NO Pork.
If you want to eat here during lunch or dinner hour, then you need to be patient for a while, because the queue is kinda of long! So you need to get here just moments before dinner and lunchtime, to get a sit. My favorite is outside, because I could watch people pass by.
Bubur Ayam - IDR 22,000

 
It’s always been my family favorite menu in Ta Wan. With a large portion of porridge, the portion is really big. You could share this one with 4 - 6 person. Even more, depending on your food portion.
To add the richness of the flavour, don’t forget to ask for ‘Kecap asin & cabe potong’ to the waiter. Super yum!
S.O. Kakap Asam Manis - IDR 41,000

 
This one is my father’s favourite. With a tender snapper fish, combine with the freshness of the asam manis sauce, you could happily eat this dish with a warm bowl of rice.
Ikan Dory Telur Asin - IDR 45,500

 
I think everything with salted egg will taste awesome, including this Dorry Fish. The fish is tender and well cook, I can taste the cripy-ness of the skin, and the salted egg is really great!
Well, beware of the cholesterol though, hahaha!
Service
The waiter is attentive and she’s willing to explain the menu for us. We also don’t need to wait too long for our order, which is very nice – especially when you’re starving. They’re also smiling when we left Ta Wan and say thank you to us.
Ambiance

 
This is a true family restaurant, and you’ll find lots of families eat here in Ta Wan. The design also represents Chinese, with all the decoration and also the wall colors. They also prepare types of tables, for example family with 4 persons, 3 persons, 2 persons, until up to 8 persons.
--Megan Faustine
Instagram & Twitter : @meganfaustine
Blog : borntobite.blogspot.com

 
 
Recommended Dish(es):  bubur tawan
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Spending per head: Approximately Rp75000(Dinner)

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Pelayanan
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