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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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Get Me! Smile Sep 13, 2012   
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Okay, here's next. It's been months since I ate in this place. Well, almost every week I went to Mall Artha Gading, so I always try to find some food that is quite new there. I knew that several cafes had opened in the Basement, so I decided to try one of the new cafes. And I happened to find Get Me, which is a cafe (not exactly) that offers Noodles as their specialty. So Get Me actually focuses on making different noodles based on the original places. So for example, from Singapore, they have Mie Udang, and from China, they have Ta Lu Mien. So they are actually more like a chameleon, offering customers based on the type of noodle the customers like. Quite smart I think for the concept, but will they actually make customers happy with diversity? Well, let's not go too far. Just check what I have to say first. lol

The place itself was pretty small, and sure it's not a big place since it only has a couple of small tables there. I couldn't exactly call this cafe, but I dunno what to call it. It has no private space, and it is just there. The chairs and tables are pretty simple too, and I think the tables and chairs aren't that inviting. I probably should say that nice interior and ambiance are not their priority. So, well, don't expect much. I just sat on any seat since it didn't make any difference though. Well, after we both sat, we got the menu from the waitress, and we decided to try some food there. The prices are quite cheap, as reflected from the place, maybe. But the noodles variant is quite fascinating. They have almost all popular noodles, for instance, from Taiwan, Korea, HongKong, China, Thai, Tse Zhuan etc.

For the food price range, it starts from IDR 10 k - IDR 27 k and for the beverages, thought not that many, it starts from IDR 4 k - IDR 35 k. Okay, you must be wondering about the IDR 35 k drink right? Well, it is actually two cups of Phoenix Tea (and please don't ask me what it is cause I am C-L-U-E-L-E-S-S). I'm curious as well what is Phoenix Tea, and my best guess is some sort of Chinese Tea. But who knows! I didn't ask at all, precisely, I forgot to ask. lol

For the service, I didn't interact with the waitress and waiter a lot. But from the short interaction we had, the waitress seemed quite nice, with an okay attitude. Well, they certainly were generous at smiling, and that was a good thing. And for the serving time, it was quite short too. Our orders came out pretty fast. First, my Teh Tarik came, and followed by Mini Cups which was the side dish we ordered for snacking before having the noodle. And not too long after that, our noodle came. Tada! Let's eat and eat!

 
Just FYI, I remember that on the menu, they actually had this tagline, "Spesialis Mie Asia Pertama di Indonesia" and I think it might be true since usually restaurants or noodle houses are just focusing on one type of noodles. And Get Me beg to differ, so it makes a difference and they serve more than a few types of noodles! smile

~ Mini Cups ~
Price: IDR 16 k
Mini Cups is actually quite simple. Since I am from Medan, I've seen this food quite often. My mom used to make it too and usually it's called "Selat Pokpia" in Medan or something similar. lol It really is pretty easy to make. It just consists of thin crispy tartlet, and vegetables. The filling may vary since it's actually up to the one who makes it. But anyway, cooking lesson is over! So let's have a bite of these.
The mini cup was quite good, and the crispy tartlet was really nice. But I didn't really like the filling since it's quite bland. But with some chili sauce, the mini cup became much better. It became spicier and I like spicy stuff. Well, in one portion, you will get 8 mini cups, and that makes 1 mini cup IDR 2 k. So I guess it is still reasonable.

 
~ Ta Lu Mien ~
Price: IDR 24 k
I initially asked the waitress for her recommendation, and after a brief moment of pauses, she recommended us two of the dishes. I forgot the other one, but one of the recommendation is Ta Lu Mien ala China (Oh I really hope I remembered it right). So we had it. And after it was served to us, we tried it. It looked very similar to Lo mee though. The noodle was kinda thick and it was quite curly. But the noodle was quite good and unique. The noodle was showered with thick soup, and somehow it kinda looked like the soup in Kwetiaw Siram. The chicken was generous and the chicken was quite nice. From the thick soup, you can taste the chicken and garlic flavour which made it good. Well, I should say that this is not your ordinary noodle. After all, it was China-kind-of-noodle. lol

 
~ Teh Tarik ~
Price: IDR 10 k
Teh Tarik here was pretty simple. It was served in a plastic glass with vulnerable plastic lid. But let's not judge by the cover and have a sip. One sip and I knew that the Teh Tarik was only an okay. The Teh Tarik cost us IDR 10 k, which is pretty pricy for this kind of place, and yet the Teh Tarik wasn't made right. The combination of the milk and Tea was kinda off, and it made the drink more like Tea with small amount of milk. Yes, the tea was too much, it made it too bitter somehow, and the milk didn't compliment well since it was too little and it couldn't fight the strong tea flavour. But well, it's still quite entertaining for the day though. lol

 
Well, for facility, of course they don't have a lot to offer. No wifi, simple tables and seats and literally no ambiance for you to enjoy. But of course, this type of eatery doesn't focus on that. So I really urge you to keep your expectation as low as possible. But remember, I really think that the concept is nice, and the noodle that I have tried was really quite good. I will come back again to try some other noodles and perhaps, there are other good stuff again for me next time.
For OpenRicers, I think if you love noodles and if you happen to be in Kelapa Gading, wanti to find food with cheaper prices, I think Get Me can be a good choice. I cost me only about IDR 35 k something for 1 noodle and 1 drink. The side dish is an extra, so if you're on a tight budget, you have to economize and should only order the main food and drink. #Tips lol haha.

So at last, I could actually say that Get Me has a unique concept, nice noodles, and reasonable prices. You might want to check it out if you visit Mall Artha Gading. But remember, don't judge the book firts, by the cover. ;)

Other outlets:
* Lippo Karawaci, Jalan Boulevard Eropa no.23, Ruko Palais de Europe, Tangerang
* Mall Kelapa Gading 5, Eat & Eat Food Court Level 3
* Mangga Dua Square Level B1 Block A no.43 - 49
* Summarecon Mall Serpong 2, Eat & Eat Food Court no.9

Thanks for reading, and see ya!

Best regard,
cole_lense | FoodVenturer.me
 
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Hanamasa with friends! Smile Sep 13, 2012   
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Categories : Jepang | Buffet | Shabu Shabu | Rombongan | Kumpul Keluarga

Hi OpenRicers! lol A few weeks ago, I had dinner with some good friends of mine (freshly found lol ) at Hanamasa. Actually there are 8 of us, but then again, for that dinner, only 5 of us could attend there (plus another one, who is Vina’s boyfriend). So, there were Yuli (Baloon Ambassador) and Buby (Bakmoy Ambassador) the first comers that day. Then, Vina (Rainbow Cake Ambassador) and her boyfriend, Apo (Shabu-Shabu Ambassador). after that, me myself (just a commoner) tongue and lastly, our Soccer Ambassador, Verdi! The others who couldn’t come are Novi, the Socialite Ambassador, and Tikka, our personal Japanese and Lace Ambassador, and last but not least, Lina Martana, the Typo Fairy and most favourite OpenRice crew!! Yuhuu! lol

Anyway, we started out dinner at around 6.20 and finished sharply at 10 (till it was closed). It was such a fun night, hanging out with them, “cooking” our own dinner, talking non-stop (in fact, we never ran out of topic to talk about), and mostly laughing all the time (laughing was actually the only thing that made my stomach full!) lol

Our topic varied from FOOD, OpenRice, FOOD, celebrity, FOOD, movies, FOOD, strangers, and FOOD! =))))

Okay then, enough about us! It’s about Hanamasa.

Actually that visit wasn’t our first visit to Hanamasa (obviously). And Hanamasa isn’t our most favourite place for All-You-Can-Eat dinner too. But eventually, this became our choice because it was the nearest place we could gather. And we love AYCE! That’s the reason why we ended up there.

The place itself is pretty good. The most important thing is that the room is clean and comfortable. The ambiance is kinda nice, and it is perfect for friends to gather up and chitchatting while eating. You can always burst up laughing without really worrying that you might disturbing the “neighbourhood”. tongue

For the price, we had to pay for around IDR 120 k per person for dining in Hanamasa Sports Mall, Kelapa Gading. It’s quite a fair price though for all we could get that night, especially since we could sit there and kept eating for almost about 4 hours. We were very satisfied, even though we hope we could sit for an extra one hour. My stomach wasn’t quite full that night despite all the food. I cooked a lot of meat and stuff, but since I always talked (sorry for my big mouth!), my food was all gone right after I decided to eat. So I kept taking meat and kept cooking it and they thought I had this insatiable desire of eating! lol (and I blame them for snatching my food!) HAHA!

The facility we got there were Yakiniku and Shabu-Shabu, and that means one Shabu-Shabu Pot and one Grilling Pan. Luckily I sat near the grilling pan. I dislike Shabu-Shabu, so I didn’t touch a single drop of it. Apo, on the other hand, was suprisingly good at eating! I bet he likes almost everything, and has a very good appetite, from the yakiniku to shabu-shabu. For your information, the shabu pot was on the whole other side of the table where Apo and I sat that night. So Apo had to stand up, and walk to the other table where the shabu pot was on. To cut it short, the winner of that day for eating the most food is Apo!! \(^^,)/ lol

For the Yakiniku, I love it. There were a lot of meat provided for us, a lot of variant either. I especially love the beef. They served several kinds of beef, and I happened to ask the waitress the name. There were kebab beef and bulgogi beef (only if I'm not mistaken! lol). Both of the beef was very flavorful and it had the right texture without being too chewy and at the same time, it wasn't succulent. The chicken stuff was okay, but I didn't take much. While the fish was kinda nice too. I took some and grilled it there. Here are some of the pictures. From several types of Beef, Chicken to Rollade. Too bad they didn’t provide the name or description next to each meat or food on the food bar in the middle of the room, that’s why I have no idea what they were exactly.

 

 

 
For Shabu-Shabu, they have a lot of choices. Here are some of the stuff you can put in your Shabu-Shabu Pot. Japanese Tofu, Seafood, Fish Ball, to several types of Meatballs. I don't really like shabu-shabu (it burns people's tongues and I always consider that the soup is bland (tasteless). But anyway those are only my excuses to not getting all sweaty and feeling hot eating it tongue).

 

 
Oh yeah, you can always order the chef around teppanyaki corner to cook something for you. Perdi (our favourite nickname for him) ordered several stuff, like Grilled Sausage with Beef Wrapping (Okay, I made up the name) and Chicken Skewers. Both of them tasted good! The chicken skewers were very delicious and they were cooked perfectly without being overburnt. While the sausages with beef wrappinge were equally great. I ate a lot of those. :9

 

 
Since drinks are included, we didn’t have to order any drink at all. We could just get ourselves the beverages provided there, varied from Thai Tea, Cappuccino, Tea, and stuff. I love the Iced Thai Tea! It’s a great drink.

 
Overall, I could say that I really enjoyed the night at Hanamasa. Partly because of the friends who accompanied me there too! The food was good (not awesome though), the service was quite okay, the place is nice, and all we got that night, worth the price we paid. (however, if there’s a discount, we will be much more happier too lol )

One thing we learned that night is that we can always ask the waitress to change the grilling pan. This information was provided by Apo! =)) And he proved it that night! The waitress changed our grilling pan (though with a very long face)! XD

Anyway, here’s the price list for Hanamasa as quoted from its website.

Hanamasa All You Can Eat (Drinks excluded) :
Adults
Yakiniku Rp. 104.500,-
Syabu-syabu Rp. 104.500,-
Children
Yakiniku Rp. 83.500,-
Syabu-syabu Rp. 83.500,-

* All prices are subject to 10% Tax

Only Valid at :
- Hanamasa Mahakam ( Jakarta Selatan )
- Hanamasa Bogor
- Hanamasa Artha Gading ( Jakarta Utara )
- Hanamasa Margo City ( Depok)
- Hanamasa Tamini Square ( Jakarta Timur )
- Hanamasa Poins Square ( Jakarta Selatan )

Hanamasa All You Can Eat and Drink :

Adults
Yakiniku Rp. 113.500,-
Syabu-syabu Rp. 113.500,-
Children
Yakiniku Rp. 91.500,-
Syabu-syabu Rp. 91.500,-

* All prices are subject to 10% Tax

Only Valid at :
Hanamasa Mal Taman Anggrek (Jakarta Barat)
Hanamasa Gajah Mada Plaza ( Jakarta Barat )
Hanamasa Sports Mall Kelapa Gading ( Jakarta Utara )
Hanamasa Istana Plaza ( Bandung )
Hanamasa Supermal Karawaci ( Tangerang )
Hanamasa Gubeng ( Surabaya )
Hanamasa Bintaro PLaza ( Tangerang )
Hanamasa Pluit Village ( Jakarta Utara )
Hanamasa Mal Puri Indah ( Jakarta Barat )
Hanamasa Metropolitan Mal ( Bekasi )
Hanamasa Dago ( Bandung )
Hanamasa Mal Pondok Indah I ( Jakarta Selatan )
Hanamasa Tunjungan Plaza IV ( Surabaya )
Hanamasa Cibubur ( Depok )
Hanamasa Kartini ( Surabaya )
Hanamasa Mangga Dua Square ( Jakarta Barat )
Hanamasa Plaza Semanggi (Jakarta Selatan)
Hanamasa Serpong Plaza ( Tangerang )
Hanamasa Bali

Hanamasa really is a good place for people to gather around. It has the togetherness atmosphere, and the right AYCE concept especially in the outlets which have included drinks with the package. It is quite cheap if you are a good eater, but for those who eat less, well, you might consider it pricy. Anyway, I really recommend OpenRicers to eat here in this Outlet (Sports Mall). I love the place and the food. lol

Lastly, though it’s irrelevant, I would like to say that it’s always nice when you meet a certain friends that suited you well, with differences, some same interests and same craziness. Ones who care, and ones that are always there for you. It’s always nice to know that you belong there, with them. smile So here we are! Though in this picture, there are only 6 of us. The complete us will be on the next round, which is going to be pretty soon.
 
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My Great Noodle Breakfast! Smile Sep 13, 2012   
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Well, OpenRicers! I'm going to review some restaurants that I have visited in the past. I'm now going to review about a place which is located in Kelapa Gading area and it's called Fajar Hijau. Well, actually I'm pretty surprise that people haven't even started reviewing this place since in my opinion, this spot really is quite a good one. But that's my opinion only anyway. smile

 
I first decided to visit this place about two months ago, and I actually knew that it wasn't new at all, but I was still curious, despite my lateness. lol And eventually that morning, at about 8 am, my cousin dropped me there before he went to work. Yes, I dined alone! haha, and I am used to it! smile I enjoy dining alone sometimes, and for the best part, I won't have to share food with others! All the food and drink are going to be all mine. *evil smirk* lol
I went in and eventually met the waiter there in the kitchen. I also found out that they had just opened since all the tables were still empty and all clean. Of course I was the first guest there, so I decided to sit wherever I wanted. And not long after that, the waiter approached me and gave me the menu. Well,I could see that they actually sell a lot of food, including noodles, nasi campur, nasi goreng ayam, sapo tahu, and even seafood!
Oh yeah, have I mentioned that Fajar Hijau is actually related to Nasi Campur Kenanga? It was written there on their menu paper too. No wonder they offer Nasi Campur too, and honestly even though in Kenanga, they don't exactly offer Medanese Nasi Campur, I still love it.
The price range is from IDR 15 k (for vegetables) to IDR 37 (and that even for Jumbo-sized Nasi Hainam Campur Pilihan). To sum up, they actually offer quite reasonable prices. Some dishes like Nasi Campur and Noodles, are offered with several sizes, from small, regular and jumbo. For those who have stomach like mine, Jumbo is the right choice. tongue

The place itself is pretty okay. It is comofortable, and the place is not hot at all. It has the oriental feeling due to its decoration. But the room itself isn't big at all. It could only handle about 3 or 4 tables there. Maybe they didn't expect to have a lot of people coming there. But it's actually possible too if they have another floor filled with tables just in case a lot of people coming in. And anyway, back to the topic. The kitchen is an open-kitchen, so yeah, you can actually see them doing their kitchen stuff, like boiling the soup, noodles, or maybe cutting/slicing meat. Chinese restaurants usually like to have an open-kitchen.

 
Anyway, after ordering what I wanted to try, the waiter just went to the kitchen directly to prepare it. The drink came very soon, and I actually ordered Iced Tea, and apparently the Iced Tea here is Green Tea, so there I had it, a glass of Iced Green Tea. The food was served 3-5 minutes after my drink, and since I ordered Mie Campur Babi, I got an extra stick of pork satay which hadn't been prepared yet, but the waiter kindly told me to wait a couple of minutes. He was polite and it was good! And after a few minutes, when I was enjoying my noodles, the satay came. The service really didn't disappoint me. Keep it up for that!

Let's just dive in to my food review!
~ Mie Campur Babi ~
Price: IDR 29 k
This noodle was simply delicious. Yes, I didn't make that up! For me, the noodle was great, at the right doneness, with slightly elastic texture, and really went easy in the mouth. Actually I could choose the noodle since they provided 3 types of noodles, from Mie Kecil, Mie Lebar, and Mie Hijau. But since I forgot to choose, they assumed I wanted the regular one, and there I had it. But anyway, this noodle was great. Not to mention the taste, which was very good and flavorful. The pork I got was very generous, with some chasio, roasted pork, somay, and some others. For the fried pangsit, it didn't do much though. The soup itself was very nice, with rich flavour. For meat lovers, this will be a good breakfast for ya! *it might be too much though!* smile

 
Oh yeah, and the Pork Satay! Did I mention how good it was. The pork was thick, but yet tender. When you chew it, it won't resist, and it will slowly blend in your mouth with a very typical pork flavour. The sweetness was perfect! I couldn't ask for more. If you want to purchase this satay, you can actually have it per stick. It cost you IDR 6 k/stick. Worth it!

 
~ Iced Green Tea ~
Price: IDR 3.5 k
Well, at first I actually thought that for this kind of place, IDR 3.5 k for Tea was kinda expensive. But actually I was completely wrong. The Green Tea was served in a massive glass, and I'm sure it could quench the thirst of two people! And the green tea, it's really good and refreshing at the same time! I wondered why they served Green Tea instead of Regular Tea, but then again I thought of the name of this place, Fajar Hijau. So, oh, now I know. lol

 
Well, those were all I had for the morning, and since I came alone, of course I couldn't order much (partly because I need to economize too tongue). I really wanted to say that this place hides a lot of potential. I wonder why it looked quite "dry" there every time I passed by, cause for me, Fajar Hijau really served me good food and drink with decent prices.
For OpenRicers, you really have to come and try their food here if you happen to pass by or maybe when you visit Gading. It's quite easy to find, with the green big banner. If you know the location of Harvest, then Fajar Hijau is just a couple of houses away. You should really check it out.
If you ask me, whether I will be back or not, then I should say that I definitely will! It is now on the top of my favourite noodle houses list. lol

See ya OpenRicers, and Thanks for reading!

 
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Hi OpenRicers! I'm pushing myself to write currently since I really have a lot of pending materials to write about too. Well, this time I would like to share about a new restaurant nearby. It's Cabe Ulek which you probably recognize from somewhere else (FYI, their first outlet is in Pantai Indah Kapuk). Well, Taman Palem Lestari is really getting merrier now. lol

 
Cabe Ulek is a restaurant which like the name suggested, focuses on Indonesian Cuisine, with chili specialty. They serve seafood, gourami, boneless bandeng, chicken, ribs, and vegetables. However, the specialty is actually the diverse choices of pounded chili or better known as "sambal". For those who love hot stuff, this might be what you are looking for. You can find sambal dadak, sambal goang and sambal penyet for free. Or if you wish for more, you can order sambal cobek, sambal hijau for additional IDR 2.5 k and sambal mangga for additional IDR 3.5 k.

The price range for food is IDR 2.5 k for lalapan to IDR 50 k for Gurame Ala Thai. There are package meals available for customers, and the price range is IDR 22.5 k - IDR 37.5 k. For instance, if you wish to have their Empal, they have the package too which will cost you about IDR 22.5 k (Steamed Rice, Fried Tofu, Tempe Bacem, Lalapan and Sayur Asem).

As for beverages, they offer you refreshing juices, coffee, tea, chocolate, and also beer with price ranging from IDR 4 to IDR 20 k.

For the interior, Cabe Ulek is pretty down to earth, with simple concept and it emphasizes more on the traditional ambiance but with a touch of modern needs (of course they need air-con!). ;D The lighting is a bit too yellow I guess. Well, for the service, since it was quite new, I wouldn't blame them for their awkwardness somehow. The serving time was a bit long too.

 

 
~ Nasi Timbel Bambu Bakar Ayam (Bakar) ~

Price: IDR 26.5 k

On the menu, this package actually includes your choice of Ayam (Grilled/Fried), Jambal, Tempe Bacem, Fried Tofu, Perkedel, Sayur Asem, Nasi Bambu Bakar and Lalapan, however, when it was served, I didn't notice the absence of the perkedel. sad But anyway, I should praise this dish anyway. I love the Grilled Chicken. Despite the small size, it was delicious, with great taste. When I asked for Sambal, the waitress told me that I could just go and take it myself on the table just behind me. Well, it's nice, since I love chili so much, I could just take as much as I want to. I tried all the 3 sambal and I could say I love Sambal Penyet and Sambal Goang, but Sambal Dadak was great too since it's the hottest one, but I didn't like the strong smell, probably from the rawness or something. The Sayur Asem was kinda bland and served cold. But the Fried Tofu and Tempe Bacem were good, and the Jambal (Salted Fish) was a great compliment. So to conclude, this dish is recommended.

 
~ Paket Ayam (Goreng) Bumbu Hijau ~

Price: IDR 35 k


This package includes Half-Fried-Chicken with Sambal Hijau, Nasi Bambu Bakar, and Sayur Asem. Since the chicken is half, it's actually a quite good offer. The thing is, the half-chicken they serve, wasn't that big anyway. But the taste was real good. The chicken was fried (but we can choose whether we want to have the chicken fried, grilled, or steamed), and the Sambal Hijau was showered on it. The Sambal Hijau was really nice, but wasn't really hot. And also, it was too little for the half-fried-chicken. Oh, I almost forgot. The Nasi Bambu Bakar was delicious too. It was kinda 'fragrant' since it's wrapped and grilled. The inside of the rice, we could find anchovies or better known as "ikan teri" which made it better. Indonesians will love this! ;)

 
~ Jus Kedondong ~

Price: IDR 12.5 k

Jus Kedondong is actually one of the most favourite drinks for Medanese (as far as I know), and apparently, people nowadays love it too, especially because of the fresh sourness flavour. But in Cabe Ulek, the juice wasn't that good, and it's kinda bland probably due to the unbalance blend of water and kedondong itself.

 
~ Es Kelapa Muda ~

Price: IDR 10 k

I ordered this and actually it was served the latest among all. It's very refreshing, and the coconut juice was really good. On the other hand, the coconut white flesh wasn't as soft as a young coco should be. Still, it was refreshing.

 
Well, those are all and I could say that Cabe Ulek is a fresh newcomer in Taman Palem Lestari. If you like Indonesian cuisine, you should come and try it yourself. The outlet here is twice the size the outlet in PIK, plus better interior. It's opened till 11 pm everyday, and there's no service charge here. Tipping will be a matter of your choice. But well, like I said before, the service might still be a little slow, and things aren't working as smooth as it supposed to be. But in time, I'm sure they will be better.
For spicy and hot food lovers, you just might want to check Cabe Ulek out yourself. Feel free to drop by and have a try. You can visit the outlet here in Taman Palem Lestari, or you can just visit the outlet in Pantai Indah Kapuk. I have no idea whether they have more outlets in some other places. smile

If you ask me whether I'll be back or not, I would just simply say I will. After all, it's just 3 minutes away from my house though. lol

See ya OpenRicers and thank you for reading!

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Prawnche | cole_lense
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Fook Yew, New in Gancy! Smile Sep 05, 2012   
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Sorry for my lateness in reviewing this restaurant. I visited this place about a month ago, and almost forgot to write the review here. It's Fook Yew, the newest restaurant in Gandaria City that caught my eyes at that time. So, I was so eager to try, I just decided to drop by that day for lunch. I was with my family, consisting of my mom, dad, sister, and niece (about 1 years old). Since, we have no clue about their food at all (and at that time, I found no review yet about this restaurant), we decided to try a few dishes first.

 
The place is kinda unique and that's exactly what drove me here in the first place. The interior is dominated with red color, and some sort of graffiti painting, with some texts on it. The oriental ambiance is striking, plus It has the urban yet traditional feeling too. I could say some people might love it, but some people might not. As for my family, they kinda dislike it, but I do like it. Really, it's just a matter of preferences. lol

For seating area, there are two area, Smoking area and Non-Smoking area. So, it's quite convenient for both parties. If you ask me, I will say that the Smoking Area looks more oriental than the Non-Smoking Area. It's more private too, since it is like a different room.

 

 
The waiters and waitresses here were nice and seemed very friendly and that's a good thing to know. Anyway, we got an extra free stuff too just by tweeting and mentioning @fook_yew and the offer is different per day. For example, since we came there on Saturday, we got Avocado Pudding with Chocolate Ice Cream.



Fook Yew is a Shanghai Bistro and Bubble Tea lab, and of course by the name, it speaks for itself. You can find Chinese Food here and the happening Bubble Tea fever too here. Just to warn you, Fook Yew doesn't sell your ordinary Chinese Food, cause most of the stuff they offer, is unique in its own way. The same thing with their Bubble Tea, it's not called Bubble Tea Lab for no reason. Fook Yew offers a mix of several stuff with unique name to differ itself from other bubble teas. For example, "Once Upon A Time in China" which is actually a mix of Green Tea and Kum Quat with Nata de Coco and Tapioca Balls as the toppings. There is also the other unique one called "The Return of The Condor Heroes" which is a mix of Strawberry and Black Tea with Strawberry Jelly, Sea Weed, and Tapioca Balls as the toppings.

If you love something with alcohol, Fook Yew has a surprise for ya. They have these alcoholic Bubble Teas which they named the drinks after 12 Chinese Zodiacs. For example, There's this unique one called "The Dancing Pig" which is a mix of Cranberry Juice, Creme de Cassis, Fresh Lemon Juice, Absolut Vodka with Tapioca Balls and Aloe Vera, or if you like simplicity, there is "The Shiny Rat" which is a mix of Thai Tea and Brandy with Tapioca Balls and Grass Jelly as the toppings.

For the non-alcoholic Bubble Tea Lab choices, it will cost you IDR 35 k each. As for the alcoholic Bubble Tea Lab choices, it will cost you IDR 65 k each. Expensive? Yes! But you get what you pay for! ;)

Just FYI, Fook Yew is one of the restaurants under Ismaya Group Management. That's why it's uniquely different. Ismaya Group is often known for their unique concept.



Let's see the food and beverages I ordered that day.

~ Crispy Rice with Dory & Broccoli in Sweet Corn Sauce ~

Price: IDR 52 k


Okay, this was my choice, and It's one of the recommended dishes. I honestly didn't exactly understand the Crispy Rice part at first. But then, when it was served, I just knew that the Crispy Rice is a literal name for it. It's really a crunchy crispy rice, as what we called "Kerupuk Beras". Thus, I had a mixed feeling about it. But it didn't matter, since like it or not, it would be my lunch (afterall, it's IDR 52 k!). After a spoonful of crispy rice with some sweet corn sauce, I could really say it's not my "cup of tea". It's really crispy, and it's weird eating crispy stuff instead of normal rice. The Sweet Corn Sauce was okay, but just okay at best. I was glad anyway, that the Dory was really good. It's delicious in fact, but unfortunately, the crispy rice ruined the whole dish. If I could have a say, I would rather have this delicious dory with some fried rice or even flavoured rice (as long as it's steamed).

 
~ Chicken Fillet & Tomato Sauce Baked Rice ~

Price : IDR 59 k

Okay, this is another recommended dish and my sis ordered this for herself. She was always into baked rice, and she was confused at first, having to choose between this dish or Chicken Fillet Baked Rice A La Mongkok. But after asking the waiter who served us, he said that the recommended Baked Rice was the one with the tomato sauce. So, we went with it. It turned out to be quite huge when it came to our table. It was covered in melted cheese. My sister said it was not good since it was so full of tomato sauce which of course as the result, this baked rice was pretty sweet in a tomato way of sweetness. Then I had a try too. It turned out that I liked it! I like the chicken fillet and the melted cheese, and the tomato sauce didn't spoil the taste in my opinion. Well, honestly, it was a bit too much, but since I like sweet stuff, it didn't bother me. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed eating it after having to eat my own bland Crispy Rice before.

 
~ Shaolin Soccer ~

Price: IDR 35 k

Shaolin Soccer is actually a mix of Coffee Caramel Milk with Coffee Jelly, Tapioca Balls and Grass Jelly for the toppings. For me and my family, after a first sip, we just loved it! It's very good and the blend of the Coffee, Caramel and Milk was perfect. The coffee was quite rich but not overwhelming. The tapioca balls (or better known as Bubble/Pearl) were perfect too, with chewy texture which will keep you chewing them till it eventually vanishes into your mouth. The coffee jelly and grass jelly were nice too, and they made the drink more 'alive'.

 
~ Guan Yin Tea ~

Price: IDR 7 k


Guan Yin Tea is a very standard type of tea. We ordered this because, well, it could work as a 'detox' right? lol It's a part of important customs in China for health issue.

 
~ Avocado Pudding with Chocolate Ice Cream~

Price: IDR 23 k (Free)


Well, this is the free stuff if you mention Fook Yew on twitter, on Saturdays! And guess what, we love this dessert. This is a bunch of Avocado Pudding slices, with chocolate ice cream. When it was served on our table, the chocolate ice cream had completely melted, it ruined the appearance, but it DIDN'T ruin the taste! As a matter of fact, it became much better since the chocolate ice cream turned into some sort of chocolate creamy sauce. The avocado pudding was sooo good with real avocado, and the texture was so smooth and soft it could dissolve in your mouth just in a matter of seconds. The melted chocolate ice cream played a good part in sweetening the pudding and made this chill sensation inside your mouth. Every bite is a taste of heaven (my heaven!) ;)

 
Well, it was certainly a roller coaster ride experience here, with some ups and downs for several dishes. But to conclude, I think I could say that Fook Yew is very nice restaurant with bold Chinese Bistro concept and unique Bubble Tea Lab stuff. It certainly made a mark in saying, "We are not your ORDINARY chinese food bistro!" and of course we "hear" that crystal clear. Fook Yew really is a refreshing newcomer and one of the newest restaurant from Ismaya Group.

All I could say is that the heavy meal seemed to be a bit too different for my taste (and my family's), but the dessert was so good, and the Bubble Tea I had was really one of a kind. I'd definitely come back for more desserts and bubble teas. As for the light meal, such as Dimsum, Sheng Jian Bao, Shanghai Sandwich and Uncle Zheng Easy Bites, I think they will be much better than the heavy meals. The Sheng Jian Bao looks really good, and I should have tried that. But next time, I will!

Well, how about you OpenRicers and your family try coming and have a good nice visit here at Fook Yew?

Be foodventurous!



Fook Yew | Shanghai Bistro and Bubble Tea Lab

Gandaria City, Mainstreet Dining, Ground Floor, South Jakarta
Phone: +6229007897
Facebook: Fook Yew
Twitter: @fook_yew
 
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