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This is cole_lense living in Cengkareng. I am a Purchaser, work in Menteng. I like to hang out in Sudirman, Slipi, Kelapa Gading. Jepang, Amerika, Again, all kind of cuisine! are my favorite cuisines. I also love Kafe, Theme Restaurant with unique interior! and Steak & Grills, Pizza & Pasta, Sushi, All Food! :D.
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Delicious Ramen! Seriously! Smile Sep 24, 2012   
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Categories : Jepang | Restaurant | Ramen | Kumpul Keluarga

People! Good news for Ramen Lovers! If you are really into Ramen, there is a new one in Kelapa Gading. I bet you have seen it for a couple of times since it has this big tall signboard with a cook and a bowl of ramen on it. Yeah right! It's called Tabushi, or Tokyo Ramen Tabushi. You can see it very clear if you often pass Jalan Boulevard Kelapa Gading.

 
Since I was so eager to find restaurants that people haven't reviewed yet, I finally went to this new Ramen House which is just located across MKG. It's quite close to Kyo Dai ramen too. Well, that Friday night, I decided to go there and try their food first. I saw it a few times before and I thought that there were not many visitors there. But when I came that day around 8, there were quite a lot of customers too. Anyway, I saw there was a discount too, about 20% for F & B. Horay for myself, then I walked in and got a seat.

The place seemed to be very different compared to other Ramen Restaurants. the place looked very clean and plain. The signboard on the outside is mostly black and white, and the inside interior is white and brown (comes from woody paneling). The lighting is very simple too, all white. That's why the dining area looks kinda plain in the first place, and kinda 'honest' too. After seeing a couple of colourful Ramen Restaurant, I think I eventually got tired of them and this is certainly a breath of fresh air.
You can find their typical Japanese 'kitchen' on the right side of the room, with some very busy cooks in it. The dining area of course is full Air-Con, so don't worry about being sweaty while eating hot delicious ramen. I once went to a very famous Ramen Restaurant, and they have Air-Con in the room too. But the thing is, the indoor area was still so hot and eventually ended up all sweaty (literally). It might have been the crowd, but still they should anticipate this right? Anyway, back to our topic, the environment is good overall.

The service here was marvelous. The waiters and waitresses were very kind and nice. As usual, when we came inside, they shouted something like 'welcome' in Japanese. Then we were seated and the menu lists were given to us. I asked about their recommendation for the Ramen and she pointed that their Tabushi Ramen (48k) is their signature dish and it is recommended. The serving time was kinda short too. Just in 10 minutes, everything we ordered were already served on our table. When I looked confused about the seasoning stuff on our table, the waiter also came and told us about it without me asking. They have Vinegar, Fried garlic, Sesame oil ready on the table. The service here was really good, and I hope that they can always keep it up for the sake of customers. lol I always love a place with kind and nice waiters and waitresses. Sometimes for me, service comes first, then taste! If you offer a lot of good food, but serving the food with bad attitude, it usually will be a big zero and I won't even bother to come back no matter how good your food is. lol

Besides Tabushi Ramen, there are several other choices too, like Syouyu Ramen (38k) with soy sauce taste, Miso Ramen (52k) with Miso taste, or maybe for spicy food lovers, Karami Ramen (48k). For those who love Chicken Ramen, they have Tokusei Chukasoba (45k) or known as Chicken Soup Ramen. Every Ramen can be upgraded (with special toppings) in addition for extra IDR 20 k.
They don't just sell Ramen here. In case if you don't like ramen, they also offer a lot of other dishes, like Appetizers, Tsukemen (Dipping Noodles), Aburasoba and even Rice Dishes.
For appetizers, they have Grilled Gyoza (28k), Fried Chicken (25k), Croquette (10k) etc.
The food's price range is IDR 10 k - IDR 52 k.
For drinks, they have few choices. From Mineral water (5k), Green Tea (8k), Coke (15k), Sprite(15k) and Beer (25k).
Overall, I think the prices are still reasonable.

 

 
Let's go and see what we had that day!
~ Tabushi Ramen ~
Price: IDR 48 k
As their signature Ramen, this dish actually looked very appealing. The broth looked kinda red, but don't worry, it's not spicy. In the bowl, I got Ramen Noodle (obviously), Seaweed, a slice of Pork Meat, soft-boiled Egg, and of course broth with Bonito flavour. Don't ask me about Bonito, cause I have no idea. It's just written on the menu that Tabushi Ramen is actually Tonkatsu Ramen of the Bonito Flavour. For me, personally I love this ramen! The Ramen was very good that it could make me say "ahh.." while enjoying the broth. Yes, the broth was very flavorful, and I added more sesame oil plus fried garlic. It was so good I just kept eating during the 5 minutes. Too bad the pork was only given 1 slice, but it was so good. The soft-boiled egg was perfectly cooked and the yolk was exactly as I liked it. Please note it that the Ramen Noodle is different than most of other Ramen Restaurants' noodles. The noodles here were yellow, kinda thick and not curly. It's similar too mie kuning, but of course this one is so much better. And I honestly have no idea which one is the right one. But I just like this one! The noodle and the broth were just simply delicious till the last drop!

 
~ Gappao ~
Price: IDR 28 k
The Gappao here is a rice dish with minced spicy pork on it, plus sunny side up with shredded seaweed on top. But my cousin requested the egg to be cooked evently, so they did what he asked. It honestly looked very simple, but once I tried, I could say this one was another goodness here. The minced meat was so good, it's rather spicy, savoury and flavorful. I dunno how they do it, but this simple rice dish was really good. My cousin couldn't agree more about it. Not to mention that their steamed rice was so good too (of course not about the flavour, but about the texture!). That's probably why 1 portion of steamed rice will cost you IDR 15 k. For the minced meat, they even gave us quite a lot on the rice. The price is very reasonable. Anyway, You should really try this one if you visit Tabashi!

 
~ Green Tea ~
Price: IDR 8 k
Green Tea or Ocha over here was pretty good, It's not your ordinary plain ocha. The green tea substance was thicker, and it tasted nice!

 
I dunno about you guys, but for me, I really love the Ramen here! All the food we tried were so good, delicious and just worth every penny we paid. Not to mention the discount we got. The portion for both dishes we had were quite big too. Like I said, for the taste, I really love it. But remember that there are several different perception for Ramen. So you can't really expect one Ramen to be the same to the others. Each of them has their own appeals, while apparently, I prefer the one in Tabashi Ramen. The Ramen Noodle was so good and the borth was so flavourful and thick. I simply love it without really knowing why!
Just FYI, when I visited Tabashi, the place was crawling with Japanese people as customers. We kept hearing customers speaking Japanese and stuff. So I assume that this place is pretty favorable for the Japanese. Maybe because of the originality, or maybe because of the environment. But I guess I'll never know unless I go and ask them directly, and that if I can ever speak Japanese I guess. lol
Well, I'd really love to recommend this place for OpenRicers if you guys are into Ramen. Perhaps you'll find their Ramen favorable too. And don't forget, they offer customers 20% discount for F & B till the end of this month! So, this might be the best time for you to have a try. don't miss the chance guys! Now I'm sounding like the inside man. lol So, before it creeps you out, I have to go now. Feel free to check the place out! ;)

See ya OpenRicers and thanks for reading my reviews!
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Bakmi Ko 'Ndoet! OK Sep 24, 2012   
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Bakmi/Kwetiau | Kumpul Keluarga

Setelah sebelumnya beberapa minggu lalu saya membeli sebuah voucher untuk Bakmi Ko 'Ndoet di Kelapa Gading, hari minggu yang lalu saya pun segera meluncur kesana. Terus terang saya tidak tau apapun tentang Bakmi Ko 'Ndoet karna saya memang jarang melewati Jalan Hibrida Raya di Kelapa Gading, makanya di area tersebut, saya tidak terlalu tau soal tempat makannya. Kebetulan setau saya, daerah situ tidak terlalu banyak tempat makannya yah. Setelah liat di website soal promo voucher, saya membayangkan (entah apa penyebabnya) bahwa Bakmi Ko 'Ndoet itu seperti sebuah Noodle House yang berupa cafe kecil. Mungkin penyebab saya berpikiran begitu dari logo mereka yah yang cukup lucu (engko-engko gemuk yang sedang makan bakmi) atau karna harga normalnya yang tidak terlalu murah juga. Alhasil ketika kemarin tersebut mencari tempatnya, saya pun awalnya agak kecewa. Ternyata Bakmi Ko 'Ndoet itu berupa rumahan saja. Tapi itu tidak lantas membuat saya gimana2 yah. Saya pun masuk saja ke dalam.

 
Tempat dari Bakmi Ko 'Ndoet ini itu cukup sederhana, berupa sebuah ruko rumah gt yang tidak terlalu besar, dan tempatnya itu tdk tertutup. Jadi yah kayak typikal noodle house biasa, hanya saja interior dari ruangan di buat lebih bagus saja. Seperti pada dindingnya yang di cat warna merah serta penggunaan meja kursinya yang agak lumayan. Boleh dibilang dibandingkan noodle house sederhana lainnya, ini menang sedikit yah. Disini itu tentunya nga ada AC karna memang terbuka yah tempatnya. Area 'dapur' pembuatn mie itu Open-Kitchen alias terletak di bagian depan ruangan. Makanya kita bisa melihat kesibukan mereka memasak bakmi untuk kita. Ada juga meja kecil kasir tempat mereka menuliskan bill buat customers. Tempatnya pokoknya cukup sedeerhana yah.

Btw, pas saya datang itu sekitar jam 7.40 sehabis gerejaan dan kebetulan kita customers pertama yang tiba di pagi tersebut. Mereka juga lagi siap-siap keliatannya dengan segala peralatan "perang" mereka. Kita pun duduk dan menunggu bentar dan akhirnya disamperin satu waitress yang saya suruh untuk mengkonfirmasi voucher kita dulu. Setelah beberapa saat, waitressnya kembali dan menanyakan kita mau memesan apa saja. Kita sih kebetulan membeli voucher berdua untuk bakmi non-halal atau menggunakan pork, dan kita bisa memilih diantara Bakmie/ Bihun/ Kwetiau Babi Cincang, Bakmie/ Bihun/ Kwetiau Babi Cincang Merah/ Chasio, Bakmie/ Bihun/ Kwetiau Babi Campur, Bakmie/ Bihun/ Kwetiau Babi Campur dan Jamur atau Bakmie/ Bihun/ Kwetiau Babi Special Ko 'Ndoet, dan juga kita bisa memilih dua porsi Pangsit/Baso. Kita akhirnya memesan Bakmi Spesial Ko 'Ndoet satu porsi dan Bakmi Campur satu porsi. Untuk 2 porsi baso/pangsit, awalnya kita memilih pangsit, namun berhubung kata waitressnya mereka belum membuat pangsitnya karna masih kepagian, makanya kita akhirnya memilih satu porsi bakso ikan dan satu porsi bakso sapi. Masing-masing porsi itu isi 4 pcs. Pelayanannya sih okeh banget ya, meski sederhana, mereka ramah. Cumanya pas ramai, mereka agak keteteran sih. Mgkn kurang bantuan tenaga aja yah.

Oh ya, karna saya nga melihat menu mereka (atau jangan-jangan mereka nga punya buku menu), saya juga ngak tau pasti mereka menawarkan apa aja. Mungkin saja mereka cuma menawarkan Bakmi/Bihun/Kwetiau aja denga ragam topping. Jangan kuatir soal halal nga halal, karna mereka juga nyediakan yang halal kok. smile
Saya sempat nanya soal harga bakminya, dan dari yang saya tau, Bakmi Spesial Ko 'Ndoet itu harganya IDR 23 k, sedangkan Bakmi Campur katanya sih IDR 20 k. Yang lain, saya no clue karna nga enakkan kalau saya berkesan interogasi harganya semua. lol
Okay, langsung ke bahasan makanan yah. ;)

~ Bakmi Spesial Ko 'Ndoet ~
Price: IDR 23 k
Okay, Bakmi satu ini memang adalah yang paling superior diantara semua jenis bakmi disini yah, secara namanya saja sudah spesial plus nama noodle house ini. Beda bakmi ini dari bakmi lainnya adalah soal kekomplitannya yang meliputi babi cincang, babi chasiu, jamur, serta telur. Kalau nga salah, dari website promonya itu ada udangnya deh, tapi kemarin sih nga dikasi udangnya yah. Nga tau deh sebenarnya gimana. Kalau soal porsi, kebetulan porsinya cukup gede yah dalam semangkuk. Malahan pacarku gak habis setengahnya sih. Masalahnya adalah bakminya itu kurang bagus yah kalau menurut kita. Teksturnya agak terlalu padat dan keras, serta tidak kenyal seperti beberapa bakmi lainnya. Dagingnya dikasi sih cukup generous juga, dan ada setengah potong telurnya yang cukup lumayan. Babi cincangnya itu yang paling enak diantara semuanya. Rasanya manis-manis ala kecap. Untuk chasiunya sih nga terlalu wah, dan jamurnya juga bisa aja. Bakmi ini tipe bakmi yang cenderung manis. Oh ya, rasanya juga kuah bakminya itu kurang greget juga. Hampir boleh dibilang rada plain dan kurang berasa apa-apa.

 
~ Bakmi Campur ~
Price: IDR 20 k
Kalau yang satu ini, sebenarnya sih sama aja yah dengan Bakmi diatas ini. Tapi hanya minus telurnya saja. Saya ampe bingung kenapa jarak harganya bisa beda IDR 3 k yah. Karna ini pesanan saya, saya campurin banyak cabe sih, dan setelah nambahin banyak cabe giling mereka, rasanya lebih enak. untung cabe giling mereka itu enak loh. Kalau soal daging babi cincang, babi chasiu dan jamurnya sih sama aja. Bakminya juga tetap agak keras gitu, dan kurang kenyal. Sayang aja sih, kalau mereka bisa membuat bakmi yang lebih bagus, mungkin bakmi ini akan jadi jauh lebih enak yah. Toppingnya sudah lumayan sih.

 
~ Bakso Ikan (4pcs) ~
Bakso Ikan ini kita dapat seporsi 4 pcs yah, dan ketika datang dan saya cicipi, bakso ikan ini ternyata enak bagi saya! Yap, kenapa saya bilang enak? Karna Bakso Ikan ini tingkat kekenyalannya pas dan wangi ikan yah. Berasa fishy sih, tapi in a good way. Kalau bakso ikan nga fishy sama sekali kan juga nga enak yah. Justru daya tarik bakso ikan itu adalah fishynya (yang nga berlebihan atau bau) yang pas. Dimakan dengan cabe gilingnya, rasanya enak juga. Sayangnya kuahnya itu yah agak plain aja sih. Untuk harga dari seporsi bakso ikan ini, saya nga tanyakan lagi ya.

 
~ Bakso Sapi (4pcs) ~
Dibandingkan baksi ikan diatas, bakso sapi ini lebih kurang enak ya. Bakso Sapi disini rasanya agak kebanyakan tepung, jadinya kerasa agak "soggy" gitu. Wangi beefnya sih terasa kok, tapi masi kurang aja menurut kita. Lebih enak bakso ikannya, atau kemungkinan lebih enak lagi pangsit disini. lol

 
~ Es Teh ~
Price: IDR 2 k
Es teh disini itu biasa aja pastinya. Cumanya gelasnya agak kecil. lol

 
Secara general sih Bakmi Ko 'Ndoet ini merupakan Noodle House yang biasa-biasa aja yah. Kita tidak terlalu gimana sih makannya disini. Boleh dikatakan agak forgettable bakminya dan kurang menonjol dibandingkan dengan banyak bakmi-bakmi lainnya di Kelapa Gading. Noted that setiap sabtu minggu, saya selalu sarapan bakmi dimana aja, dan di Ko 'Ndoet ini rasanya agak standard aja, apalagi mendengar harga normalnya yang cukup tinggi yah menurut saya, banyak alternatif lainnya yang lebih worth it. Tapi lagi-lagi saya harus tekankan bahwa ini adalah menurut pendapat saya, dan selera saya. Lagipula dalam hal makanan, kadang tidak setiap kali bisa sama yah rasanya. Mgkn saja saya yang pas dapatnya kurang greget atau gimana. But this is my honest opinion. Untunglah saya menggunakan voucher yah, dan untuk semua makanan diatas (minuman bayar terpisah), saya hanya perlu membayar IDR 33 k. Makanya boleh dibilang cukup worth it yah.
After all, semua ini berbalik lagi pada OpenRicers. Buat pecinta bakmi dan yang curious dengan bakmi disini, silahkan datang ke jalan hibrida ini buat nyobain bakmi disini. Mungkin saja rasanya bakal cocok dengan lidah anda.
Pelayanannya disini sih baik yah, dan tempatnya cukup lah untuk sebuah noodle house. Boleh dibilang kalau Bakmi Ko 'Ndoet ini cocok yah buat sarapan pagi atau lunch bagi para keluarga-keluarga. Biasanya sarapan pagi bakmi kan merupakan sebuah tradisi juga yah. lol
Input saya bagi Bakmi Ko 'Ndoet sih adalah soal bakminya aja, kalau bisa dibuat lebih baik lagi. Saya nga tau sih bakminya home-made atau nga yah, tapi tekstur bakmi itu biasanya sangat penting yah dalam sajian Bakmi seperti ini. Dengan Bakmi yang tepat, sebuah Noodle House bisa sangat terkenal dan laku. smile
Feel free to check it out yah terutama yang tinggal didaerah Kelapa Gading dan buat yang suka main ke daerah ini. lol

Thanks for reading and see ya later people! ;)
 
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New Noodle House! Smile Sep 24, 2012   
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Categories : Stand / Kios | Bakmi/Kwetiau | Kumpul Keluarga

Barusan pagi ini saya hendak ke McDonald's yang baru saja dibuka di belakang kompleks alias Citra Garden 6 untuk meramaikan suasana Opening pertama mereka, dan ternyata, mereka sudah ramai sekali. Pada jam 9an saja antrian sudah super ramai karna memang lagi ada promo giveaway souvenirs buat 100 pembeli pertama. Gak nyangka saja separah itu keramaiannya, makanya saya langsung mengurungkan niatku untuk bersilahturami dengan McDonald's. Ujung-ujungnya, keluarga saya mengajak saya untuk menyantap Bakmi di salah satu Noodle House yang baru buka tak lama ini di dekat kompleks. Dan tanpa tahu menahu, saya pun ikut meluncur kesana dan melihat sendiri Noodle House bernama Bakmi Halleluya yang cukup ramai saat itu. Bakmi Halleluya juga tidak seperti yang saya bayangkan sih tempatnya, karna saya pikir dia hanya merupakan toko bakmi biasa.

 

 

 
Saya share tentang tempatnya dulu yah. Nah, Bakmi Halleluya ini itu berupa Noodle House yang berupa satu rumah di pojok jalan (huk), dan rumahnya sendiri cukup luas. Dari luar saja, kita sudah bisa melihat ada signboard berupa banner yang cukup besar bertuliskan namanya yang digantung di sekitar pagar rumahnya. Tempat 'operasi' Noodle House ini ada di halaman rumah tersebut. Tempatnya boleh dibilang bagus yah karna mereka membuat konsep tersendiri yang lebih mirip cafe outdoor (semi-cafe) dengan kemeriahan dedaunan dan sebagainya. Temanya malah menjadi sebuah Garden Cafe yang padahal menjual Bakmi saja. Kita bisa melihat 'dapur' pembuatan bakmi yang berupa stand khas bakmi dan serta stand pembuatan minum. Untuk 'dapur'nya sih terbilang sederhana yah. Nga muluk-muluk tapi efisien. Meja makan dan kursi tersedia cukup banyak dan pas saat kita datang, tempatnya hampir penuh juga. Kebetulan waktu itu, meski sekitar jam 10.30, cuaca sangat bersahabat, tanpa terik matahari. Angin sepoi-sepoi yang berhembus sangat mendukung konsep gardennya, sehingga pas duduk dan menunggu juga sangat terasa nyaman. Karna letak dining areanya di halaman rumah, mereka juga menambahkan kanopi untuk berjaga-jaga bila hujan atau panas membandel. Untuk penanganan interior, boleh dibilang yah mereka sangat bagus dan solid soal konsepnya, meski cuma sebuah Noodle House.

Pelayanannya disini seperti Noodle House biasanya yah, banyak sekali waiters yang sibuk sana sini (berhubung ramai) dengan ada yang sibuk memberreskan piring dan gelas bekas customers sebelumnya, membersihkan meja, dan ada yang sibuk mengantarkan pesanan ke customers2 yang sudah menunggu. Karna belom ada waiters yang available, saya sendiri yang pergi mengambil buku menunya. Setelah menunggu sekitar 5 menit, akhirnya ada satu waiter yang dtang menghampiri dan siap mencatat pesanan. Ternyata disini jualannya bener-bener murni bakmi saja, dan ada empat jenis bakmi yang tersedia. Mulai dari spesialis mereka Bakmi Lo, dan kemudian ada Bakmi Rica-Rica, Bakmi Chasiu dan Bakmi Babi Cincang. Otomatis, mama langsung memesan Bakmi Lo karna memang itu yang ditonjolkan mereka. Saya pun bingung hendak memesan apa, dan akhirnya bertanya pada waiter tersebut dan dengan polosnya bertanya, "Mas, yang enak Bakmi yang mana ya?" dan kontan masnya menjawab, "Oh, saya kurang tau, ngak pernah coba sih soalnya..." Saya langsung ngeh kalau tentunya mas disini itu nga boleh makan bakmi disini yah karna nga halal. Hahaha. Padahal sebenarnya maksudku juga awalnya bertanya rekomendasi dari restonya sih, bukan dari mas pribadi. Maap yah mas pertanyaannya serasa ngawur jadinya. lol Generally disini waitersnya baik-baik kok dan ramah. Pas saya iseng liat-liat kebelakang proses membuat mienya, malah ada satu waiter yang sigap bertanya "Ada yang bisa saya bantu?" lol Bener-bener attentive. ;)

Seperti yang saya bilang, disini itu menjual 4 jenis topping bakmi. Sedangkan untuk bakminya sendiri, ada 2 jenis, yang tebal dan yang halus. Bakmi Halleluya ini sangat mengandalkan tagline "home-made noodle" yang memang menekankan bahwa mereka membuat bakminya sendiri, makanya juga tertulis jelas bahwa bakmi disini "100% bebas formalin". Selain bakmi, dia juga menyediakan aneka pangsit dan bakso sebagai side dishesnya. Saya sih belum sempat nyoba yah untuk side dishnya. Anyway, harga masing-masing bakmi itu sama, IDR 14 k. Cukup murah loh yah untuk ukuran Noodle House seperti ini. Porsinya sendiri ngak kecil kok, makanya sangat worth it. Minuman juga ngak tersedia terlalu banyak. Cuma kita sempat memesan Teh Susu sih. smile

Langsung ke makanannya yah. lol

~ Bakmi Lo ~
Price: IDR 14 k
Bakmi Lo itu memang merupakan andalan Bakmi Halleluya. Di dalam bakmi Lo ini, isinya itu adalah Babi Kecap yang dislice buat kita. Berbeda yang dengan babi cincang kecap yah, karna yang satu ini lebih mirip dengan babi chasiu, hanya saja bewarna kecoklatan bukan kemerahan. Didalam mienya sendiri nga banyak topping lainnya. Cuma ada babi kecap tersebut serta sayuran. Setelah dicoba, ternyata rasanya enak! Saya sempat icip-icip yang satu ini, dan memang bakminya itu bagus banget teksturnya. Bakmi disini dibuat dengan tingkat kekenyalan yang pas, tanpa bau tepung sama sekali, dan cocok banget dengan toppingnya. Babi Kecap tersebut itu juga enak yah, dagingnya agak sedikit terasa kering, tapi wanginya sendiri tidak berkurang sama sekali. Bakmi ini cenderung manis yah, tapi nga berlebihan sama sekali. Rasanya yang mostly light banget itu bikin mienya anti-eneg. lol Recommended.

 
~ Bakmi Chasiu ~
Price: IDR 14 k
Bakmi Chasiu ini awalnya kita pesan dengan bayangan kalau Chasiu yang dimaksud itu lebih kayak Chasiu Garing. Ternyata setelah datang, Chasiunya itu bukan tipe yang garing madu, tapi lebih ke Chasiu Tradisional. Makanya ini gak jauh berbeda dengan Bakmi Lo yah yang diatas. Dagingnya berbeda soal warna dan rasa saja. Untuk Bakminya sih tetap sama enaknya yah, tapi kalau toppingnya saya masih harus akui kalau Topping di Bakmi Lo lebih enak. Chasiunya terasa agak plain rasanya, dan wangi chasiu hampir tidak terasa. Tapi overall yah, Bakmi Chasiu mirip secara general kok dengan Bakmi Lo, namun buat yang mau kepastian, Bakmi Lo aja yang lebih enak. lol

 
~ Bakmi Rica-Rica ~
Price: IDR 14 k
Bakmi Rica-Rica, pas dengernya saja sudah terasa dilidah soal pedasnya, makanya saya langsung semangat 45 yakin mau memesan ini. saya memang pecinta rica-rica yah, namun yah memang untuk nama rica-rica itu terbagi beberapa tipe yang saya sendiri nga tau mana yang bener. Intinya yang rica-rica, biasanya pedes aja. lol Dengan berbekal ketidak pastian soal rica-rica disini, saya pun memesan ini. Dan setelah datang, memang sih mirip dengan foto. Saya pun mencobanya dan ternyata... enak! Rasanya unik banget dan berbeda dibanding dua mie diatas. jangan tanya soal bakmi yah, karna bakminya masih sama, namun toppingnya ini yang rica-rica ini enak banget, berupa cincangan daging babi yang dibumbui dengan bumbu pedas khas rica-rica. Makanya kalau diaduk, bakmi ini berwarna kemerahan. Tapi kalau buat saya, bakminya masih kurang pedas sih, makaanya saya harus menambahkan banyak sambal giling mereka lagi. Bakmi Rica-Rica ini juga dominant manis yah dibanding asin, dan sedikit spicy saja. Wangi banget sih rica-ricanya. lol For me, I love it!

 
~ Es Teh dan Teh Susu ~
Price: IDR 2 k + IDR 8 k
Teh susunya sih saya kurang pasti harganya IDR 8 k atau bukan, tapi kalau total bayar kita sih IDR 52 k, untuk 3 porsi bakmi, 1 es teh dan 1 teh susu. Yang saya tau pas tantenya pencet kalkulator, saya sempat liat es tehnya IDR 2 k, tapi yang teh susu malah nga liat. Dalam buku menunya, tidak tertera harganya sih ya. lol
Kalau Es tehnya sih biasa aja ya, tapi Teh Susunya not bad kok. Teh Susunya ini sayangnya agak terlalu dikit susunya. Gulanya yang dikasi agak terlalu banyak sampai 3 sendok (keliatan pas buatnya karna 'dapur' minumannya itu disamping saya saja).

 

 
Yap, itulah overall perjalanan makan pagi saya dengan Bakmi Halleluya yah. Bakmi Halleluya itu memang sebuah Noodle House yang memiliki prospect besar ke depannya. Sekarang aja juga uda rame banget sejak dibuka beberapa minggu lalu. Konsepnya sih ya yang saya bilang bagus, dengan tempat yang nyaman makanya para customers betah untuk dine in disana, dan juga dari segi harga bakminya itu cukup reasonable, makanya banyak yang cukup suka dengan Bakmi Halleluya. harga segitu sih worth it ya. ;) Saya sangat menanggapi kehadiran Bakmi Halleluya dengan sangat positif.
Mungkin lain kali kalau saya datang lagi, saya bakal memesan Bakmi Babi Cincangnya.
Buat para OpenRicers yang memang suka ke daerah Taman Palem atau bahkan tinggal di Taman Palem (tetangga saya tongue), boleh banget datang coba-coba bakmi ini. Saya nga iklan kok, tapi memang bakminya enak yah dengan harga kompetitif. Dan buat noodle mania, monggo datang ke Palem buat nyoba yah. lol It's recommended!

Thanks for reading guys, and see ya again OpenRicers! ;)
 
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Great Early Dinner! Smile Sep 24, 2012   
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The 3 House, located in Kuningan, specifically Kuningan Village, Jalan Karbela Timur No.1, is certainly a hidden gem for food hunters who rarely pay a visit to this area. Well, me myself, personally never knew that Kuningan Village existed, and okay, shame on me. But eventually I knew, and got a chance to visit a Lounge as well as a Bistro called The 3 House. For the name, the number "3" actually represents "tree" and there goes its symbol, a sort of tree with lots of twigs and branches. And now, perhaps you wonder about the tree. Oh, I'll try to explain.

The 3 House is certainly unique, like I said previously. It's a lounge and a bistro with something like Go-Green-Stuff (lol) since they have a whole bunch of trees on the outdoor area. Not big trees though, more like tall skinny trees, and certainly the outdoor looks like an open-garden. In the middle of the outdoor area, you can see a stage for live band. You can also find a small tree house (yeah, after all it's the definition of the venue's name) which is quite cute. For the lounge, the indoor area, I think it fits me better since it's with Air-Con and the place is very comfortable. The concept of the lounge is going back to the name of the place, the 3 House, or the small woody-made house on a big tree, but of course it's much bigger than the real one. lol I forgot to tell you too, The 3 House is on the second floor of Kuningan Village. thus, It sorts of creating a similar definition of a tree house, in a modern way. The bar in the lounge itself can be seen all woody-made with a big tree (of course this one is fake! lol) behind it, while some of the branches are all above it sparking an impression of shading the bar. Since it's a bar, there are stools around it. I could really say I was surprised with the concept they created. I didn't expect it this way when I was coming here to tell you the truth.

Before coming, we made an appointment the other week, since I wanted to use my voucher. But, apparently they said the place won't be available for public on Friday and Saturday this week, so since I could only manage to come here at the weekend, I asked them to try finding a solution. And eventually they called me and they asked us to come on Sunday evening (23th Sept and actually, 22nd Sept was supposed to be the last day for using the voucher). So, here I came, at 5 in the late afternoon! Have I told you that they are only open from 5:00 pm - 1:00 am every Sunday - Thursday and from 5:00 pm - 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday?
Anyway, It turned out when I came here, there were a couple of groups using the vouchers too.

 

 

 
Food varies from Western to Asian, from Soup, Salad, Pasta, Pizza, Steaks to Oxtail Soup and Rice Dishes. The price range is from IDR 25 k to IDR 323 k but most main courses are about IDR 58 k to IDR 75 k. For the desserts, it starts from IDR 30 k to IDR 60 k. Some of the desserts you might want to try are Deviled Chocolate Cake (60k), The3House D'Crepes (40k), and maybe Apple Caramel Pizza (55k).
For drinks, you can get Iced Tea or Iced Lemon Tea for about IDR 18 k, or maybe for a better pleasure, you can have a sip of their Mocktails for about IDR 30 k each.

Well, I'll just jump to the F & B first!
~ Iced Blended Cappuccino ~
Price: IDR 30 k
The Iced Blended Cappuccino was served after the food came out first. Fortunately, this drink was very good. It's a blend of more coffee and some milk with ice. The drink was kinda sweet, in a good way, and it tasted nice. It's not bitter at all somehow. You just can taste the coffee flavour and milk in cold icy sensation. The price is worth it anyway for a place like this.

 
~ Rosemary Chicken ~
Price: IDR 75 k
The Rosemary Chicken is a half roast baked spring chicken with rosemary. It was served with royal lyonese potatoes, salad with balsamic dressing, plus red wine au jus scented rosemary. Okay, to put it in a 'human' way, I will try to explain. The half chicken, including the breast and the thigh was roast baked with rosemary as the main spice. The taste was so good I kept wanting more and more. It's very fragrant with rosemary typical flavour, and the texture of the chicken was so tender, it could be easily shredded. It's not over yet! The dish was served with the sauce too, which apparently is made from rosemary and red wine. The sauce was so good it complimented the chicken very well. I really didn't expect it to be this good since I've gone to quite a lot of restaurants, and I had never eaten a better Rosemary Chicken than this one. I really recommend you to have a taste of this. For extra note, only if you love spiced food! While for the royal lyonnaise potatoes, it was great! It's more like baked baby potatoes fry. The potatoes were kinda crunchy in the outer layer, and a bit meaty in the inside. The green salad with Balsamic dressing suited my appetite well too. It's fragrant, sweet-ish and the slight acidity made it so much better! There's so much goodness in one plate.

 

~ Fish & Chips ~
Price: IDR 85 k
Fish & Chips is a very common dish and it's very well-known internationally. It's generally a deep-fried battered dory fish fillet with tartare sauce. But here, I should say it's slightly different. At The 3 House, the Fish and Chips was a thinly coated dory fish fillet, seasoned with Cajun seasoning, and served with cajun fries, a slice of lemon, tartar sauce, and salad with balsamic dressing. The dory itself was tender as a dory usually is. The fish fillet's outer layer was really crunchy and in addition, with the cajun seasoning, it became a bit spicy and it's just simply delicious. The fries were also very good, very crunchy and they weren't oily at all. The cajun seasoning made them delicious. The tartar cream was equally good. Frankly, I'd gotten quite tired of ordinary fish and chips before, and here came this fish and chips. It's outstanding!

 
~ Poffertjes ~
Price: IDR 30 k
My poffertjes were supposed to be good. Poffertjes with sugar icing, and chocolate sauce, served with Vanilla Ice Cream and cherry on top. Nothing could be better. The thing is the timing! The poffertjes were served, right after we started eating. So, as we ate, the ice cream was melting and the cute poffertjes were getting cold. In the end, since there were no ice cream left, the poffertjes didn't have a good companion to brighten its taste. Thus, for me, the poffertjes failed to become a 'happy ending'.

 
Actually, I had a couple of issues that I want to share and they might as well be good inputs for the venue. First, we actually made an appointment for 5pm, so we arrived there sharp, then we were welcomed, but we were asked to wait till about 6 pm since they hadn't prepared anything yet due to yesterday's late event. Well, I had a problem actually because I supposed to be at another restaurant in Kelapa Gading for my mom's birthday dinner at 7 pm, and that was why I made the appointment for 5 pm in the first place. But I didn't mind, since the waiter who told us was very nice and it's not entirely their fault. i just had to eat fast to make up the time. So, we waited till about 5.45 pm or something, then one of the waiter approached us to get our order. We supposed to be able to choose between 4 main courses, and it included Grilled Salmon, Rosemary Chicken, Fish & Chips and Grilled BBQ Half Chicken Steak. To go back in time, I initially bought this voucher for the Grilled Salmon. And then that day, the waiter told me innocently that it wasn't available at that time since they had changed their menu a long time ago and the Grilled Salmon was gone for good. From that moment, I disliked the attitude. I meant seriously, at least if that happened, you should be telling your customers nicely and simply apologize for the inconvenience, or maybe at least, you can put some sorry expression on your face right? I was disappointed, but I moved on and we ordered Rosemary Chicken and Fish & Chips plus a drink and a dessert.
We waited for quite some time again, and finally the food came first, after about 20 minutes. Where is our drink? The other groups who arrived later than us had got their drinks and I tried to understand again thinking maybe our drink was harder to make. FYI, we ordered Ice Blended Cappuccino. Well, to be positive, it's good that all the waiting part was not boring at all, since we got to go online, with their fast wireless internet connection. We waited for another 5 minutes, and the drink was there finally. While we just began to eat, unexpectedly, our dessert was served on our table. We were like, huh? With confused expression seeing our dessert (Poffertjes with Ice Cream) posing there for us. It's a dessert right? Isn't it supposed to be out after meal or at least, at the end of our meal? The Ice Cream was melting and the Poffertjes were getting cold! But then again, we were just quiet and we actually came to conclusion that this place might be lacking experiences with their service. I meant, I expected more from The 3 House about its service, since the place is awesome, with good solid concept, plus really really good food.

Still, problems aside, The 3 House is really really recommended for those who wants to find a nice cozy lounge and bistro with good food and good drinks. It suits very well for people who want to hang around, gather with friends, and perhaps drink some stuff with friends. I should say that I admire this place and the food. Oh yeah, I need to remind you that not all of the waiters here were bad. Some were very nice to us, and the only waitress there was friendly too. Maybe some of them just didn't have enough experiences about some stuff. I'm still rooting for The 3 House. lol

Curious about this place? Just come here and have a good time!

Facilities:
+ High Speed Wifi Connection
+ Outdoor and Indoor Seating Area
+ Live Bands
+ Bar

Nb. Here are the schedule for Live Bands and some other stuff.
* Live Bands every Friday and Saturday Night starting from 8:30 pm.
* Ladies Night every Wednesday with Live Performances starting from 8:00 pm.
* Beer Night every Thursday from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

The 3 House Bistro & Lounge
Jalan Karbela Timur No.1, Setiabudi
Kuningan, South Jakarta
Telp: 021-52903131
Website: http://www.kuninganvillage.com/
Twitter: @The3House
 
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After Meal at The Goods Cafe! Smile Sep 21, 2012   
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People! Just the day before, I was visiting Pacific Place to have dinner at Rakuzen, and after my early dinner, I walked around and finally stumbled across The Goods Cafe which is very well-known for it's cakes. Well, I had been salivating by reading people's review about their cakes, and before I even had a chance to try The Goods Cafe in PI, they had already closed down, and moved to Pacific Place. And here I was, in Pacific Place, and I wouldn't want to miss my encounter this time, so I just decided to have an 'after meal' with my cousin. lol

Yeah it's right that The Goods Cafe here is new, but the place yesterday was quite packed. People seemed to enjoy the cakes and stuff, and they were mostly hanging around with some friends. Oh, btw, do you know that they have The Goods Diner near this area too? It is more like a romantic american restaurant from what I heard. Some fellow food bloggers also said that the place is more romantic, and if you are looking for a romantic place to dine in, The Goods Diner can be your choice. But anyway, let's get back to The Goods Cafe first. One step at a time. ;)

This is their outward appearance.

 
This is their outward appearance for The Goods Dept.

 
I'll start with their environment. The interior of this place is more like American-style cafe. It's simple, casual, but simply appealing.
In this new The Goods Cafe, there are two seating area, a smoking area, and a non-smoking area. The smoking area is in the back position which I didn't exactly see yesterday since the waitress who served us just pointed it back there. The non-smoking area is in the front position which you can directly see, I think sitting here can make me feel a little bit like 'naked' since passers by can directly see you munching, eating or doing whatever things you like doing. But if you enjoy munching while looking at passers by and vice versa, you might as well love the seats here. And also, there is also another extra near The Goods Dept. It's more private (I prefer private than 'naked') and it has this dark romantic ambiance. The lighting is perfect (and it's very nice taking pictures of their f&b here). Thus, I prefer the one near The Goods Dept, and we eventually had our seats there. Sitting here was very convenient since we could just go to the Dept and do sight seeing. I think the concept of having a cafe and a dept in one place is very nice. I forget to check whether they have wifi or not since both my smartphones (guess they're not so smart anymore) were dead, ehm not literally though. lol
This the area where I sat.

 
And I loved their table arrangement, with very simple stuff, such as a real flower and the vase, plus some seasonings.

 
And just behind me, there is a good picture.

 
The waitress was very nice, serving us in a good way, by not being over polite and still manage to be likeable. She's informative too, as we asked about the cake The Goods Cafe would recommend except for Red Velvet which was sold out (I's really love to try their Red Velvet since I heard some really good rumors about it), and she gave us a couple of choices. Anyway, they have new stuff too, it's carrot cake, and I was hesitant to try since I'd never heard anything about it. Later on, after being confused for quite some time, I decided to have their Double Chocolate Cake. I wanted to have the Rainbow Cake but for a while, I think I had enough Rainbow stuff in my stomach, so there it was, Double Chocolate Cake!
The drink I had is only Strawberry Lemonade. I thought that drinking lemon after my eating spree would be better for me.

And Tada! Just in several minutes, they were on my table.

~ Double Chocolate Cake ~
Price: IDR 60 k
Okay, don't be shocked yet with the price. At first, I have the same thought that it was quite pricey too, but the after seeing it for real, it wasn't so bad! One slice of the cake can actually be enjoyed by two people. Well, then again, like the name, this cake is just so chocolate! Of course, it's double right? Thus the cake inside and outside is just simply made from chocolate. The appearance of the cake was just simply beautiful, and I think it must have taken a lot of time decorating the cake. For the taste, other than being chocolaty, it's very good. It had this moist, smooth and not too soft texture. It could easily crumble and once you put it on your mouth, you could feel the cake melt in your mouth with this full chocolate sensation. The chocolate icing was simply outstanding, as I could feel the harsh sandy-like texture (it made it so good and unqiue), it just satisfied my craving for chocolate. Even though it's double chocolate, I don't think the chocolate was too much or overwhelming. Even my cousin who isn't too fond of chocolate, liked it.

 
After several bites! lol

 
~ Strawberry Lemonade ~
Price: IDR 25 k
This beverage is pretty simple, it made from fresh lemon juice and mixed with strawberry chunks. The lemonade was a bit sour, refreshing while the strawberry chunks made it fragrant. The amount of strawberry and lemon juice was perfect. It's more like mocktail somehow. It was simple, but good. If you like refreshing drinks, you might just like this beverage. if you'd like to have some other beverages, you can even try their Baileys Milkshake, or maybe Kahlua Milkshake. Both of them cost you about IDR 45 k, but I bet they're both very good. They have juice too, like Orange (40k), Red Cabbage Berry (40k) or maybe Apple Cucumber (30k). Green Tea Avocado sounds great too, and unique. You rarely find it elsewhere. lol If you like alcohol stuff, they have beer too.

 
Well, I guess, I had enough for that day. And just by that short visit, I got a good impression for the stuff in The Goods Cafe. Certainly the place is nice, comfortable, and I'd love to come back and enjoy some more cakes they have.
The food they have there is not just cakes though. you can find other stuff like Salads, Snacks, Mains, and Sweets.
If you like Salad, you can even try Beetroot Salad (roasted beef, blue cheese, pickled red onion, with sherry vinaigrette dressing), or if you like some snacks, you can have Spinach Dip & Pita Chips (beef bacon, mushroom, homemade pita chips) and Creamy Mushroom Soup.
For sweets, the have cute cupcakes and cakes of course.
For the mains, I'd love to try Coffee Rubbed Burger some other time as it sounds really unique, coffee and burger huh? lol The mains' prices vary from IDR 45 k to IDR 80 k.
While for the snacks, salads and sweets, the prices vary from IDR 20 k to IDR 60 k.
Beverages start from about IDR 20 k to IDR 50 k.

Btw, when I was taking pictures, I met a very nice woman, Chintia (pardon me if I mispelled the name lol), who is the owner of The Goods Cafe if I'm not mistaken. I didn't get her name card since she ran out of it. But we chatted a bit, and apparently she said that they're going to discontinue the Double Chocolate Cake. Too bad, really but they're going to do some R&D about it, and make a better one. Some recommended cakes that she told me are Chocolate Malt and Rainbow Cake, and I haven't tried both. I bet they are delicious since the Double Chocolate Cake was very good.
Well, I'll be coming back again of course some other time. Too bad Pacific Place is quite far, I guess I just have to make time to dine in there some other time! Maybe I should try going to the Goods Diner too. smile Well, either way, I guess we'll just have to see about it later!
And another thing, I heard that they're going to open another one in PIM. So, yeay for south Jakartans! lol

So, OpenRicers, you have to come here and have some cakes and stuff. They have great cakes and for cake lovers, it's a must for ya to try this place. Well, for people who enjoy a nice ambiance and good food, this is it. Visit here. smile

See ya OpenRicers! Real thanks for reading!
 
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