20 November 2014

Crematology Coffee Roasters Jakarta

I've known about Crematology because I pretty often passed through infront of it when I want to find dining. Crematology placed in Senopati area. So many coffee hipster lately around Jakarta that offer great coffee with simple dish. Well, I gues we need though. Considering Jakarta traffic lately, and start entering raining season, I think we need something warm and decent. One day, I had an appointment at 3 Wise Monkeys. And it placed just across from the Crematology. Since I came way to early, me and friends decided waiting here at Crematology.

Crematology already looked chic from the front. With wooden exterior and interior, it makes Crematology so earthy, warm and cozy. Outside the Crematology is provided for smokers. But if you want to sit here also ok, since the big table makes you feel like in terrace. Sipping coffee and watch the Senopati busy road. While inside of the Crematology, you'll a find a nice cozy sofa, big table and bench,

Say cheese ^^

Too bad I already have my coffee earlier in the morning. So i decided to passe the coffee here. Instead of coffee, I straight to order their meal menu.

Selection of Muffin and Brownies that looked tempting
Zesty Mac N’ Cheese
Cheddar, Parmesan and Mozzarella with a hint of Chilli
I usually got the mac 'n cheese with full loaded of cheese that make the texture creamy and gooey. But Crematology's mac 'n cheese texture not too creamy. The cheese a bit crisp, which is good. It make the mac 'n cheese taste light but still good. Specially they serve it when it still hot. So the cheese still a bit creamy.


With Oreo Cheesecake and Vanilla Ice Cream
Crazy about their waffles. Its so fluffy, smooth and damn yummy. It also smells good. Like the texture of the waffles. So far I still failed make my own batter to get the fatty and fluffy like that. And the combination between the oreo cheese cake and the vanilla ice cream is really a perfect match. All the taste is balance. Not too sweet and overwhelmed. This one really blown away my palate. Next time I'll try their other waffle fosho!

With a great place and a great service, I bet Crematology has a promising business in the future. Curious still with their others menu.

Crematology Coffee Roasters
Jl. Suryo No. 25, Senopati
Jakarta Selatan 12180
021 - 7278 0012

Email: watashi_waoct4@yahoo.com
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19 November 2014

IKEA Alam Sutera Indonesia

Been know about IKEA since long time ago. First I know about IKEA is their store that located in Singapore. And I always feel overwhelmed and excited when I see their stuff. So so happy when I heard that IKEA open their store in Indonesia. The thing is.... to get there is not an easy thing. It quite far from my house and I heard from my friend that IKE is so crowded. Specially during weekend. OH NO!!

IKEA located at Alam Sutera near to Alam Sutera toll ring road exit / entrance and I just found out that I can reach this toll road from my house at through TB.Simatupang. Wow... so I don't have to face traffic to  get to Alam Sutera. IKEA also close to Alam Sutera Mall. And they have shuttle bus that can connect you from IKEA to the Mall. Just in-case the parking lot is full packed. But I guess you don't have to be worry. IKEA have a very huge parking lot, and it's FREE!! Finally, one day, me and hubby have free day on Monday (yep... we off from work for a week) we decided to visit IKEA, just because we to  afraid if we visit IKEA during weekend it will be crowded. So here we are at 11.30am arrived at IKEA and still got parking. woohooo!!


We decided  to go straight to the canteen. Since its already lunch hour. And our tummy already screaming out loud.

IKEA's Cafeteria is like a big huge hall. full packed with chairs and gigantic windows. So it looks bright at the afternoon. Most of the furniture are made from wooden and it have IKEA's signature style, fun and simple. There's also playground house in the middle of the room for kids. Not big, but enough to make kids stay still when parents feed them.

IKEA menu and price
IKEA have a canteen concept for their food court. Every thing you doing by your self or self service except for the main course. To take your meal, just take the trolley at the beginning of the line. Then put your tray upon it. Since I came here with mom, dad, sister and hubby, it took 2 trolley for us. And here what we ate.

Mom, Me & Sis Cart - Full Packed ^^
Salmon Salad
Cold poached salmon, mix lettuce, sour cream, lemon twist, tomato wedges, carrot julienne.
Can't expect much when I look at this salmon salad. But I took it anyway. Just because, I can get the salmon for only IDR 30.000. It reasonable though. since I don't want to have rice, so I replace it with salad. The salmon also fresh and not fishy. So this salmon salad could be your choice.
Mixed Green Salad
Mixed Lettuce, Cucumber, Shredded Corn, Onion with Thousand Island
This salad actually also a decent salad with the basic green salad. But all vegetables served fresh and still crisp, which is good. Great for side dish.
Mushroom Soup
A warm mushroom soup with the right consistency of texture. The taste a bit bland so I have to give a bit of pepper in to it. My dad dipped his croissant that we bought earlier at the stall, and I join him doing that, and it turn to be pretty good.

Swedish Meatballs with Cream Sauce
10 PCS IDR 40.000  || 15 PCS IDR 50.000  || 20 PCS IDR 60.000

Swedish meatballs, mashed potato, creamy gravy sauce.
This is it, the Swedish Meatballs what been peoples buzzing around. Many of friends who have been to IKEA (from other country) before, said you should add this Swedish Meatballs on your top list. So when we go to IKEA, this meatballs surely landed in our cart. Since I never had a Swedish Meatballs from other IKEA, so I don't have any comparison. But I think, Meatballs from IKEA Indonesia pretty decent. The texture of the meatballs is just like the regular meatballs, with a dense texture but softer. The size also like regular meatballs. Not too big like Swedish meatballs that I had before in other restaurant. But I like the gravy. It has the right consistency. Not too thick or too runny. And I like the mashed potato also. Lucky me to have this mashed potato. Because from what I heard, this mashed potato sold out most of time. The texture not as smooth as it used to be. But it taste wise.

Baked Chicken Leg with Dill Sauce
Chicken Leg, Boiled Potato, Mashed Potato served with Dill Sauce
The chicken leg is so tender and ripped of easily from the bone. Also it marinated well. The dill sauce probably a bit strong and overpowering. I paired it with the salad I bought simply just to reduce the dill. Served with the mashed potato.

Pasta with Tomato Sauce
Penne pasta that cooked aldente enough. Served with plain tomato sauce. The portion is big enough for the price IDR 20.000. Add a bit pepper to give a more kick taste into it.

Shrimp Cutlet & Siomay Chicken
The shrimp cutlet taste like nugget like we used to buy in supermarket. So no need to describe for further taste aight. You know exactly what it taste.
As for the siomay chicken, it fried siomay. And its pretty good. Still tender and not taste burnt. Quiet good.

Actually, I ordered Swedish Poached Salmon with Chives Sauce (IDR 60.000) for my Dad but I forget to capture it. For the taste, I think it a little bit to bland. In the other hand, I like the salmon though. It cooked perfectly. But still you have to seasoned it by yourself if you want your Salmon more tasty.

For drink, just take the mug at the counter next to the tray when you 1st queuing.  Then fill it in the drink stall in front of the cashier.

Across the cafeteria, we can find the showroom. To get an inspiration on what you are going to built, you can get the inspiration from the IKEA's showroom. They built each room with their products. It really make me and hubby overwhelmed at that time. And plus we had a plan to buy our dining table. We still can't find the perfect size for our dining table. Considering our petite space.






The more you look at the sample of the room model, the more you get dizzy and feel like want to grab all. Because all stuff that IKEA have really fascinating and user friendly. OMG! OMG! And when you decided and already has a picture in your mind what do you want to buy, write it down in order paper (IKEA put it in every corner of the showroom), or simply asked the IKEA officer if you still confuse. When it's done, bring it to Self-Serve Furniture Center and take your stuff that you want to buy here.

And if you need decoration for your house, just go downstairs to 1st Floor where you can find the MARKET HALL. From paintings, flowers, curtains, rugs, dolls, kitchen appliance you mentioned it, they have it. Just beware of over budget. Because once you here, you'll get drowned and feel want to buy this and that (well... that just me I guess hehehe...) In front of the Market Hall there's also a Bistro where you can buy fast food and Ice Cream. Beside Bistro there's also Swedish Market, where you can buy Swedish product from jam to snacks. Too bad I forget to picture it, since I already overwhelmed bring my stuff. And oh yaa... IKEA DON'T PREPARE A SHOPPING BAG FOR YOUR GOODIES. But don't worry, they have it for sale. Less plastic, for go green I guess.

Other facilities, they have BCA ATM  on the left side of the main entrance, along with the lockers that IKEA provide for visitors. And pleasee... leave your heels at home. Just wear slippers, fit flop, sandals, flat shoes or anything. You don't want to keep your legs save fosho!

IKEA Indonesia
Jl. Jalur Sutera Boulevard No. 45
Alam Sutera, Serpong, Tangerang, 15320 Indonesia
Phone: (+6221) 29853900

Opening Hours:
Store: 10.00 – 22.00
Restaurant: 09.30 – 21.30

Email: watashi_waoct4@yahoo.com

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17 November 2014


A weeks ago I was invited to the newly join of restaurant at Senopati Area. The place is right across of Crematology. Senopati recently has full packed with many kind of restaurants. you can find any kind of food here. And they all look promising. Like this 3 Wise Monkeys. A cute and very ear catching name.

From the front side, I already capturing my eyes with their design. The parking lot not too big enough,  and it become full packed during dinner. Love how they put the little pond infront of the entrance. it look more greeny and calm. Entering the restaurant area, we'll find the sleek and simple interior with industrial theme. Wooden furniture dominated this restaurant. On the 1st floor we'll the more intimate and sophisticated area where you can find the Sushi Bar. And smokers is not allowed here.

Love the "coma" table. Where we can hang out or who come with a groups.
Move to 2nd floor, the ambiance is more relaxing. We can find a big sofa big big window. Also there's a Sake bar for you who want just have a drink and snacking. Smokers allowed here.

3 Wise Monkeys have total capacity for around 100 peoples. And become full packed during dinner time.

I found that cute little wooden statue in Sushi Bar table. It has it own meaning and become a philosophy from restaurant. Those 3 characters above are:
Iwazaru : the monkey who shut the mouth that have meaning "speaks  no evil"
Kikazaru : the monkey who shut the ears that have meaning "hears no evil"
Mizaru :  the monkey who shut the eyes that have meaning "sees no evil"

As for the menus, 3 Wise Monkeys have many selection Japanese signature menu. Like sushi, sashimi, udon tempura and Kagoshima Wagyu Beef. And if you want a set combination menu, 3 Wise Monkeys have it also, that you can have start from IDR 59.000.

That night we served they set menu which is Kaiseki Set for IDR 350.000++ that already known as traditional Japanese set menu. Other version of Kaiseki Set there's also available in price IDR 550.000++ And below what we have for Kaiseki Set.

3 kind of Appetizers
Zensai consist of a fragrant garlic pickles, seaweed salad and salmon wrap that filled with fresh avocado and cucumber. Like the freshness of those ingredients. Even the garlic not stingy at all.

3 kind of Seasonal Sashimi
Really loved with what they served in Mukozuke set. It has the very fresh and not smell fishy sashimi. It contain salmon, tuna, and octopus. I might be can eat tons of this. The one that you should order when you visit 3 Wise Monkeys. Served with soyu and wasabi.

Chawan Mushi is a egg custard dish that served warm in a bowl. Usually it served with mirin or soyu. I like Chawan Mushi that 3 Wise Monkey served. It have the right consistency. There's a mushroom in it and edamame beans on top of it. It really play in my mouth since it has many texture in one bowl.

Fried Dish - Assorted Tempura
Agemono comes with a plate of fried dish. It consist of shrimp tempura, like the batter. It so crisp. Fried sushi, rolled with nori, good rice texture, but I forget what's in it. The fish ( I guess it's shisamo fish) also good. Not stinky smell. As for the mushroom, it still juicy inside and crisp from the batter outside.

Steamed Tofu wuth Vegetables, Fish / Meat
Like this dish much. It so light. The steamed tofu is really smooth, filled with unagi (eel) in it. Poured with soyu and slice of mushroom. And topped with slice of spring onion. 

Last Served, Usually it can be Rice, Udon or Ramen
Tome Wan is a main course when served the last of the menu set. That night we served Gyutan (beef tongue) with salad. Like the gyutan. It so tender and marinated well. Served with butter garlic rice that too bad I think that its too dry and a bit bland. Meanwhile the miso soup is delicious and it still warm when it served.

After that there's also a dessert called Mizumono. Too bad I didn't get a chance to try it due to some things came up I have to leave site early huhuu...

Meanwhile for beverages, 3 Wise Monkeys have many selection of drinks. From Sake, Mocktail, Cocktail even just for coffee or tea they have it.

Sake Sangria with Fruity Red Wine Taste and Aromatic Peach Flavored
Me love the Sake Sangria. Its fragrant, full of fruity flavor. The sake and the red wine blend together without one of it dominating.

Monkey shoulder Whiskey & Dry Sake with Sweet Vermouth
A really ear catching name from the cocktails selection. Never think that whiskey and sake can be work as a fantastic cocktail drink. With a blend of sweet vermouth, we can taste a hint of orange taste in it. So refreshing. 

Sake, Kahlua, Vodka & Espresso Coffee
Can't decide between coffee and liqueur? Why don't you have both? A blend of sake, kahlua, vodka and espresso coffee has become an amazing mix of cocktails. If you buy this cocktails, surely you;ll get the martini glass, not a sloki glass like above.

Fresh Kiwi Muddled with Lemon Juice, Monin Kiwi Shaken Hard and Charge with Sprite
If you want something non-alcohol, then maybe this Kiwi Mocktail can be you preference. But I think, the kiwi taste a bit lost, dunno because it to much ice or maybe it just added a little sip of it.

At the end, it been so much great experience to had a chance try the Japan traditional menu. Even though the taste not too bold, but all menu they served really fascinating and really worth to try. A variety of food and price make 3 Wise Monkeys must visit place. Thanks so much 3 Wise Monkey for having us and for the goodie bags. Loved the Chum-Churum Sake.

3 Wise Monkeys
Jalan Suryo No. (Across Crematology Coffee Roasters)
Senopati, Jakarta Selatan 12180
Phone: +62-21-29126528, +62-21-96304795
Opening Hours: 11 AM - 10 PM (Daily) - CURRENTLY
Pricing: $$, Range from IDR 30.000 - IDR 550.000

Email: watashi_waoct4@yahoo.com

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