27 September 2013

TSURUKAMEDOU Ramen

Many friends said that Tsurukamedou have the best Ramen. Well... since the location is far from my crib, so I never get a chance to try it. But luckily, I've an invitation to attend to one of Bubble Drink Cafe at Go Cha (see my previous Post). And Tsurukamedou placed next to Go Cha, still in GreenVille area.

Since me and some friends just have a short time, so I only take not too many picture of Tsurukamedou. but don't worry, you still can sneak peek.

Entering Tsurukamedou restaurant, the ambiance really took Japan interior. With a wooden chairs and tables and some of petite decoration. Pretty convy to eat.


Tsurukamedou only use 2 kind of meat for their Ramen, chicken and pork. Since I don't eat pork, so I only order chicken menu like this one below...

Tori Shisen Ramen - IDR 45.000
It come in a big bowl. The smell of the spicy already make me mouthwatering. The consistency of the spicy broth make want to finish it till the last drop. The chicken is so tender. Noddle cooked not oveercooked and soggy. Hot and spicy... you should try this.

Tonkotsu Ramen - IDR 45.000
Consist of 3 slices of pork, Nori (seaweed) sheet, Half Boiled Tamago (Egg) and Kikurage (mushroom). Since I don't eat pork, you can peek on my friend blog to more clear information Yenny & Hans :)


Tori (Chicken) Chahan – IDR 32.000
Also served Buta (pork) & Ebi (prawn)
Never underestimate the presentation and the appearance. Even though it not look good, but the taste is amazing. The secret sauce from Japan make this chahan (fried rice) taste savory and yummy. The texture of the rice also good. Cook to the perfection.
 
Ebi (prawn) Gyoza Grill – IDR 32.000
Also served Buta (pork) & Tori (Chicken)
You can order this gyoza in grill or deep fried. But as for me I prefer cooked it in grill. The gyoza skin really smooth and the tori (chicken) is so tender. Dip it in to the shoyu (soy sauce) to make it more great.

Spicy Tori Karage - IDR 32.000
Another yummy snack from Tsurukamedou. Spicy Tori Karage. The tori (chicken) is so tender inside and crispy outside. The skin is so good. Not overpowering in seasoning.

Overall, Tsurukamedou had succeed bring the authentic Japanese Ramen. Nice place and nice hospitality is a plus from Tsurukamedou.

Tsurukamedou
JL. Ratu Kemuning Raya blok A2 No. 8A
Taman Ratu- Greenville
West Jakarta
Ph: +6221 5694 0712
FB Fan Page: Tsurukamedou
twitter: @TsurukamedouJak
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Go Cha - Taiwan Delight

Got an invitation to attend the new Bubble Tea and milk Tea cafe, Go Cha. At first i have a doubt to come here. It's because the location is way to far from my cribs. And I'm totally blind with this area.But when I heard there several blogger mates who join, then I asked them to lead me there hehehe...


Go Cha placed in Greenville, West Jakarta. Since this is my 1st time come to Greenville area, I was pretty amazed with so many restaurant and cafe around the street. And when I 1st entering the facade of Go Cha, it already looked cute and greeny. With a little garden and welcome sign.


Go Cha split in to two area. down stairs, where we can find some cute chairs and tables also the bar and kitchen or you can go upstairs for indoor area and outdoor area. Both nice to be seat. And that day we seated in 2nd Floor indoor. Many smiling icon that look so so cute. And they have lil' doll for every icon. I want it all... hahaha

Sitting Area at 1st Floor
Outdoor Area at 2nd Floor

Enough discuss about their environment. Let's move with what they served. Curious huh? Let's find out what make them different from bubble drink and milk tea in other place.

Lychee Flavour Heineken - IDR 30.000
Wooww... heineken in a bubble drink? This is something new. The bittersweet Heineken mixed with the sweetness from the lychee make this drink  taste so great. And the heineken not just a highlight. Because both heineken and lychee have it's own role. Must try!!

Soursop Strawberry Yakult - IDR 20.000
Really great for a hot day like these days. I like the freshness and the sour taste from soursop and strawberry. Yakult blend it all together and ended with a freshening drink.

Homemade Ice Coconut Jelly Yakult - IDR 20.000
Well... this is also something new. Coconut in bubble drink. Especially when it mixed with yakult. Add more sour taste in this drink. For my palate the taste is decent.

Ice Blended Bubble Gum - IDR 20.000
Cute presentation from Bubble Gum Blended. With a colorful cookies on top. But this bubble gum was too sweet to my palate. That's why maybe they put bland cookies on top. To make it balance.

Lychee Flavour Tea - IDR 17.000
For more lite drink, you can try this lychee tea. More great if you pair it with popping pearl.

Oreo Ice Cream Milk Tea - IDR 25.000 with topping Black Pearl IDR 3.000
In Go Cha, this drink known as Cuki Cream Milk Tea. This can be a choice for you who like cookies and chocolate. This drink pretty make me full. Maybe because cookies blend with milk...

Beside Milk Tea and Bubble Drink, Go Cha also served some main course and snacks. These are some of them...

Hot Plate Seafood Tofu with Rice - IDR 35.000
Savory dish taste is decent. The tofu is smooth, seafood not smell and fishy.More good if you eat it when it still warm. the seasoning more tasty.

Hot Plate Chicken Tofu with Rice - IDR 29.000
There's an omelet egg in the bottom of tofu and with generous amount of minced chicken. I taste it sweet and savory. Like topping in chicken noodle. But I like this one than seafood. 
 
Salted Egg Dory with Rice and Vegetable - IDR 33.000
Taste wise from this dish. Quite unique. They succeed bring the salted egg to this menu. Make the dory more rich flavor. The dory is tender and crispy. The capcay (vegetable) also good, not overcooked. Less salt a bit. Maybe to make it balance with the salted egg. You should try it.

Braised Beef Shank Noodle - IDR 32.000
Braised Beef Shank Noodle came when it still hot. I like this noodle consistency. Beef texture really tender. Veggies and noodle not overcooked. And the savory from the soup is really good.

Spice mix BBQ Popcorn Chicken - IDR 23.000
From all menu that Go Cha served that day, for this dish a lil' bit failed. At least for my palate. Why? Because they add too many... even over powering seasoning. It ends a salty and a bit weird taste after it. Go Cha you really need improvement with this menu. I bet kids loves it.

Overall, Go Cha really great place to go. Specially when you bring your kids here. The interior is so cute and cozy. Not too spacious, but still can make us comfortable. For drink, I guess they can beat other bubble drink that already exist. Their improvement and unique drink make Go Cha different from other. Just go here and try'em all...

Go Cha Taiwan Delights
Jl. Ratu Kemuning A2 No. 8B
GreenVille
Jakarta Barat
Telp: 021-98244590
FB Fan Page: Go Cha
twitter: @gochacafe
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24 September 2013

Scoop Bar Ice Cream

One more a place for a dessert lover. Invited to the opening of ice cream and cookies store in Kota Kasablanka made so exciting. Curious because, I'd like to find out what make it different than other ice cream store. So here I go with some several mates at Lower Ground Kota Kasablanka Mall.


The place is not too spacious. They just have a view seat. Well, since it's dessert with hand size, you can just take away your order. Dominated with black and white, Scoop Bar want to take all different market, woman and man. The place pretty eye-catching though. With many cute cartoon picture.


In Scoop Bar, they allowed us to build our own Sandwich Ice Cream based on cookies and ice cream that we like. You just need to pay IDR 30,000 and you can get Ice Cream sandwich that you build. How fun is that huh??  Just follow below step...


Scoop Bar guaranty that they only served fresh baked cookies every day. No wonder, when I ate that, it feel crunchy and yummy. I want to loaded my jar with it... Here are some cookies that served in Scoop Bar:
Daily Cookies : Candy, Chocolate Chip, Matcha, S'mores, Peanut Butter
Special Cookies: Funfetti, Oreo, Almost Red Velvet
Also served Original Waffles
When you visit Scoop Bar, you have to try Almost Red Velvet, Matcha, S'mores (marshmallow on top). the taste is heaven. Makes me grab it for several times hehehe....

Entering Scoop Bar, we served with so many cute and colorful cookies. All made me drooling. It felt like, I'm a little kids with their toys hohoho...

Scoop Bar's Menu

They also have Nutella in this September. So blew in my mouth. Beside Nutella, there are also Blueberry Jam, Strawberry Jam, Peanut Butter & Jam, Penutastic, Choco banana, and Kaya. So here are some creativity from me and friends

Funfetti Cookies – Banana Ice Cream – Matcha Cookies
My creation on Ice Cream. I like the cookies. But the banana not too pop-out in the ice cream
Smores Cookies – Rum Raisin Ice Cream – Almost Red Velvet Cookies
Me like this creation. S'mores Cookies that topped with marshmallow is so yummy and also the almost red velvet cookies. All that combine with rum raisin ice cream. Love it!
And if you to confuse and too hard make decision, don't worry... Scoop Bar have some fun selection that you can choose

The Classic - Chocolate Chips Cookies with vanilla Ice Cream

A simple thing comes from the ordinary things too. A simple vanilla ice cream combine with the chocolate chip cookies.
The Green Experiment - Matcha Cookies with Banana Ice Cream
I forgot that I already build my own sandwich with the same taste hohooho... The different is the cookies whole from matcha. Well, I don't mind. Since I love their matcha cookies.
Very Fun Stuff - Funfetti Cookies with Strawberry Ice Cream
The appearance is really girly aight? Like it's name, colorful sprinkle cookies with strawberry ice cream that I think the taste was just okay.
The Gentlemen's Breakfast - Waffles with Mocha Ice Cream
From the appearance, the waffle looks so tough. Well, it pictures it's name, The Gentlemen. But, when we eat it, it's like blend with the ice cream. It become soft, a bit chewy but good in mouth. Perfect pair with the mocha.
Its Dalmatian - Oreo Cookies with Cookies n' Cream Ice Cream
Cookies meet cookies. It's good together. Cookies 'n Cream ice cream taste not too sweet, which is good. So it good when it paired with the bittersweet oreo cookies.
Scoop Bar's Floats
7th Heaven: Sprite with Frambozen scoop
Brown Spider: Sarsapilla with chocolate Scoop
Royal Blush: Fanta with vanilla scoop.

This Floats like other Floats that you often seen in many restaurants. But for me, the Royal Blush taste more freshening. The presentation not as pretty as their ice cream.

The Gangs - Who make Scoop Bar exist
Cute Bags for you to take away your Cookies
1 bag of 5 cookies - IDR 35,000
3 Bags - IDR 100,000

Thanks a bunch Scoop Bar for invited me. Such  a great time building our own dessert. So, we never get bored with only 1 kind of type of Ice Cream. Hope in your next project is creating another variant of ice cream. Have a dessert day y'll

Scoop Bar
Mal Kota Kasablanka
Lower Ground Island Unit #28
Jl Casablanca Raya Kav 88
Jakarta
Telp: (021) 29488758
FB Fan Page: Scoop Bar
twitter: @ScoopBarID


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23 September 2013

C's Steak & Seafood Restaurant - THE ASIAN WOK at Grand Hyatt Hotel Jakarta

So excited when I got invitation from C's Steak & Seafood Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Jakarta. Entering C's Restaurant, we welcome with  a 3000 bottle of wine that display in a big and wide walt-through cellar. Wooww... I guess this is somekind a heaven for wine lover. So you can pair your dishes with C's fine wine.


Located in 4th Floor in Grand Hyatt Hotel Jakarta, C's interior looked so casual, chic and eclectic. Many cute interior that C's use.  C's offered an intimate and casual dining. Usually peoples feel too serious while dining in a hotel. Well, I guess C's want to erase that stigma. When me and several bloggers mates was seated in outdoor area, I can feel the cozy and intimate lunch session. With a wall waterfalls as a backdrop and a small pond, our lunch feel more exciting.


A little pond at outside area
3000 of Wine Bottles
After we seated, there's already name tag with my name on it. It was so nice when I saw several Bloggers mates that I've known. Kinda miss them.

Fresh from the Chinese kitchen, C's bringing Asian's Wok delicacies to showcase the "other side" of C's Steak & Seafood Restaurant. If you want to taste this Asian Wok Experience from C's, just quick drag yourself come here. Because the Asian Wok only served from 16 - 29 September 2013.

Chef Muslim Haryanto - Trough his magic hands, these yummy dish created

Amuse Bouche
OMG!! The appearance from this Amuse Bouche is so gorgeous.  C's served it in a different variant of garnish. All looked pretty. Above it there's some petite snack to grab before we entering to the main course. Me personally like like the tuna wrapped and the Tomato cheese.

Frog Legs Sichuan Style - IDR 100.000
We usually known this frog legs as swikee. Found in many Chinese Restaurant. The taste was decent. I like the sauce. A bit spicy but sweet. The frog legs was tender and it seasoned well.

Asparagus with shredded beef and oyster sauce - IDR 125.000
A tender and juicy beef that served with a finger lickin' oyster sauce. I like the dense of the sauce. It really blend well with the beef. And the asparagus add another great taste to this dish.

Organic Spinach Noodles with mixed vegetables - IDR 100.000
For vegan, don't worry that you can't eat anything. Because C's have this yummy organic spinach noodles. It cooked well, so not feel to soggy.




Kway Teow Seafood with Black Bean Sauce - IDR 115.000
 Black Bean that covered all over the Kway Teow was so yummy. Plus it topped with the yummy scallop. OMG!! The scallop was melt in my mouth. Eventhough I felt that the kway Teow a bit mushy, but I guess the sauce can covered it all.


Organic Chili Noodles with Minced Beef, Spicy Garlic and Oyster Sauce - IDR 115.000
ALERT for spicy lover! This organic noodles really kick in your mouth. The texture of the noodle is crunchy. It's just like an Ifumie. Topped with tender minced beef. This menu is really worth to try.

C's Lamb Fried Rice with Chili Condiment and Kerupuk - IDR 485.000
The most expensive but most waiting. I guess this Fried Rice is the star of the day. Not because it's expensive. But the taste was insanely great. Even the Lamb more tender and juicy that the beef. When I asked the chef, what make it cost that much, he said because it came from the premium lambs from Australia and already through the cooking process. Okaayy Chef... no worries if you don't want to gimme more of the secret from this yummy fried rice. I'll keep dig in this fried rice then. 1 Portion can be fitted for 2 - 3 person. So you can enjoy this yummy lamb fried rice along with your family or friends. Trust me... you wont be sorry to pay more for this fried rice. I'm so lucky I can taste it in C's.

Cauliflower with shrimp, ginger and garlic - IDR 100.000
Another seafood menu from C's. The shrimp came with a great and juicy taste. Not smelly and fishy. The cauliflower also not overcooked. So it still have crunchy texture which I like.

Spicy Tofu with Vegetables, Chinese Cabbage, chili - IDR 95.000
Yum yum... again for spicy lover going to love love this spicy tofu. Even the spicy taste really soak into the tofu. The texture is so smooth. Topped with dry chilli and served with cabbage.

Steamed Mantou and Fried Mantou (Additional)
Steamed and Fried Mantou served with condense milk. The texture is so smooth. Even for the fried mantou, it still smooth inside eventhough they already fried it.

Ice Cream
C's really know how to spoiled our tongue. They end our lunch session with their yummy various selection of Ice Cream. Got a chance to taste all the ice cream. I like the sourness of the raspberry and mango. Although I think all ice cream is a must try. Love Love Love...

Overall.. It was so much fun to get a chance to taste the Asian Wok. It was a great Asian food adventure. Not too forget with a very warm and nice hospitality from C's and Grand Hyatt. So lunch felt run fast. Nice food with a nice peoples. Hope we can meet again some other time

Thanks a billion for the luncheon C's


C’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant
4th fl. Grand Hyatt Hotel Jakarta
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Jakarta 10350
Phone: 021-29921234
FB Fan Page: C’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant
twitter: @CsJakarta

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