30 June 2014

ICHIRO JAKARTA


I'm craving for Japanese!! The first thing that comes to mind is to try this new Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood of West Jakarta, Pesanggrahan. There's been a major movement in West Jakarta lately, especially around Puri Indah and its surroundings (remember our review for the FCTRY bistro and bar?). The growth in demand and cultural development have driven more F&B business to open, and despite having worse traffic congestion, it's still an interesting thing to have as more restaurants and places are expecting to open for business!


The both of us came here for lunch and the interior concept is quite interesting! Wooden interior is a classic traditional element of Japan, although the execution, in my opinion, wasn't really well-paired with adequate flooring and ornaments, such as the lamps and their pick of material for the tables.




This place is actually really spacious! Since we came at non-peak hour, we don't know how crowded this place could turn into! Seems interesting as this is a pretty potential restaurant, don't you agree?





The 2nd floor wasn't used though, maybe because there wasn't much crowd when we came. But let's not take the interior too seriously, despite my interest in architecture and interior design, taste is still the main thing in a food blog and I want to keep it at that, especially that I'm soon going to blow your mind in the tasting phase!






I like how they provide a complete set of condiments with descriptions to each one. Some people might not know what they are and detailed information like these should be appreciated.




Moving on to the tasting parade! We tried 2 of 3 ramen types they offer: the soup ramen and the yaki ramen. The other one is tsukemen, where you dip the noodle into a thick soup.

AKAO RAMEN IDR 54K
First up is ramen! You can tell how spicy it is just by looking! The taste was so good as you can see how perfect the noodle texture is made. However, the half-boiled egg yolk is just a little bit overcooked. So close! The broth and the toppings: minced pork, charsiu, and the mushroom were great, I really liked the overall taste as the grilled chili aroma was so good and spicy! By the way, the broth didn't use any sort of milk so the soup is just clear and spicy. The shortcoming is that it might taste too oily.





KARE YAKI RAMEN IDR 54.5K
Sizzled CURRY ramen in a teppan! The slight disappointment for the boiled egg before just vanished right after seeing the melting red yolk! The choice of meat I ordered was chicken and they also have vegetables, which emanated a great aroma when the dish arrived on our table. The taste of this one is super delicious, and I'm telling you that I'm not exaggerating at all! Fantastic work!



Up close: THE melting yolk I was talking about. My saliva gland is reacting again as my mind replays the taste of it while I'm writing...my goodness!





YAKI BUTA CHARSIU IDR 50K
We didn't have enough charsiu so we ordered another plate! Let me tell you that their charsiu is SO good! Really, they're so soft, and the spice was so perfectly complimenting the aromatic grilled charsiu that was undoubtedly dealt with adequate cooking skill. Respect to the cook! 



NABEYAKI UDON IDR 59.5 K
Another great dish. Nabe-style udon in a hotpot with prawn and pork. I can't actually describe how nabe tastes: nabemono is a direct translation of "hotpot dish", which makes this a hotpot of many ingredients, where all of their essence is absorbed by the soup of broth: a combined aroma of meat, seafood, vegetables, and spices. It takes you to a warm paradise where you can taste a full orchestra of ingredients!




MEAT LOVER CURRY RICE IDR 56.5 K

Now it's curry time! I'm a big fan of Japanese curry rice, and this one comes in a complete package! Comes with chicken katsu, grilled sausages, fried chicken, and pork charsiu slices! I don't have to confirm to you that this dish, despite its simple display, was actually really good as well! Gosh, there wasn't any dish of this place that disappointed me! The curry was rich in flavor and the topping was fried in a proper way. Perfect.



Oh, I remember one unpleasant thing though: since I was having too much fun taking the photos, the rice was a bit hardened when I start eating it. I'm not sure whether they didn't cook it properly or it was just me taking too long to finish.






ICHIRO ROLL IDR 59.5 K

Not particularly satisfied yet with all those dishes, especially because all of them were really delicious, we decided to order their sushi rolls! Starting with the signature dish, Ichiro Roll, where they put their own brand at stake to this one: it's an original creation where the sushi rice is battered and deep fried into golden perfection, filled with cucumber and raw salmon, topped with grilled salmon WITH mentai sauce and sesame! Needless to say, the idea and concept of the ingredients itself were already genius. Wonderful!





ANACONDA ROLL IDR 89.5 K

I've got to admit that we went binge eating to a frenzy level! Introducing you the anaconda roll, the longest serve of sushi roll I've ever tried! It's got a combination of taste in itself as you could see multiple toppings here: unagi, tuna belly, and avocado on each piece, combined with different types of fish eggs such as ebiko, wasabi-caviar, and tobiko! The filling were the same though, crabsticks and tempura crunch. Delishhh!







There's this one thing that caught my curiosity: this Mame Do! They haven't had anything to sell though: so I'm expecting a new upcoming brand to launch in this place anytime soon!



So, do you need a finalization here? This place was so impressive in term of taste. Perfect place for having a meal at anytime of the day! This place is highly recommended for its taste and fair price. Expecting to come here again some other time!


Ichiro Jakarta

JL Pesanggrahan Raya no 9
Meruya/ Kebun Jeruk, Jakarta Barat
(021) 58903684

Opening Hours :

Everyday : 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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LOCANDA FOOD VOYAGER


Yesterday we had a small get-together with fellow foodies at this cozy place, located at Panin Bank building. This place was once Tony Roma's, so you won't find it here anymore, instead, you'll see this beautiful place! We are very thankful for the generous invitation as we are served in a very well mannered service.

So, are you ready to embark on yet another culinary voyage? Aye aye, cap'n!


As a replacement for Tony Roma's, I'd say this place meets up the standard! High taste of interior design as they make a conceptual bistro. This contemporary concept is already a bit mainstream, but good design and good execution never fails!


Impressively, they have both bar stools and dining tables here! The bar was empty when we came though, because we came in the afternoon at lunch time. I wonder how the ambiance would shift once the sun sets and they also have two bars in this place!





They do have a great taste for greens. I love how they combine the earthy color of brick red, brown wooden pot and chairs, combined with the green plants!



Kinda looks like a greenhouse, don't you think? I love it when there are so many windows, as they let natural light comes into the room and makes a comfortable vibe inside the room! Furthermore, all the plants here are real plants! The sunlight that comes from the window makes all the plants live in good condition. Go nature!




See? The plants are so lively and beautiful! Good execution as they don't only design the place, but also in maintaining the living decorations!



Cute wall paintings! This is the first time I'm interested in interior as they have such a big space and many things that won't bore you out!



Looking at this Thai God statue, you should already be expecting some Thai heritage culinary, and yep, you're gonna get one soon!



Metallic chairs, bar stool, and now for a comfy sofa attack! You'd want to sit and chat here all day, wouldn't you?









And here's the 2nd bar I'm talking about! A bit different from the one above, isn't it?




This is a good gag! Sip happens, so just drink it off and be happy ;)



We can say that this place has truly good taste after seeing all of this: a good poet and good interior designer are what we think they do have. Motivational!




By the way, in case you're wondering, this is the VIP room. So yes, you can book this place for your special events with the loved ones, or for business purposes as well!


CHOCO DARK MILKSHAKE IDR 45K

Dark choco powder and milk
This is a good glass of dark chocolate milkshake: creamy bittersweet chocolate in a chilled temperature! I love dark chocolate's taste, and having it in a milkshake doesn't make any difference. It's very rich in flavor!



LOCANDA PUNCH IDR 40K

Fresh orange juice, mango juice, almond, and grenadine
This is a signature punch of Locanda! The combination of sweet almond mango and sour orange-grenadine duo has such a perfectly refreshing balance!



APPLE  VS LEMONGRASS IDR 40K

Red apple fruit, fresh of mint leaves, lime, lemongrass, and soda
Another refreshing creation! We have a bomb of aroma to the palate as mint and lemongrass are involved! What happens if you taste it with a duo of apple and lime? But wait, they also put sparkling soda in it... Shocking. Surprising. Superb.




LOCANDA TWISTER IDR 40K
Fresh of mint leaves, lime, brown sugar, ginger, and ginger ale
Time for a change of wind in the voyage! Storm ahead! Twist of mixture in double ginger vs. cool mint and lime, blended in one harmonious orchestra with the role of brown sugar. What a fresh and interesting idea!



COCONUTHIES IDR 45K

Combination of great taste coming from coconut
Coconut made into smoothies. If you're a big fan of the classic and fresh coconut, you gotta love this one!



LOCANDA GOES TO HOLLYWOOD IDR 40K

Orange Sunkist fruit, cranberry juice, lime, and sprite
Sun-kist skin of a sweet cranberry dear! Get the taste of Hollywood's sparkling life of American dream in a glass of sweet orange and cranberry with a downturn of sparkling sprite and sour lime! Life is an exciting ride of roller coaster and you gotta agree with me!



SINCHOS IDR 55K

Traditional "singkong" crackers, yellow cheddar sauce and truffle oil
Sin-chos! Sinful nachos, as I'd like to make a pun of it! Cassava is one of Indonesian's favorite, and imagine if it's served nachos style: spicy bell peppers with melted cheddar cheese and tomato sauce! Oh man, this is the true definition of a guilty pleasure!






CIGAR PRAWN IDR 60K
With sweet sour chili
A true sailor smokes cigar, and if you're not a fan of tobacco, you might be interested in this! Rich taste of minced prawn dipped in sweet and sour chili sauce. Unique, I might say. But as a cigarette does to your blood: weird at first, addicting till the end.



WHITE TRUFFLE PIZZA IDR 85K

Mozzarella, celery stick, wild mushroom and truffle oil
Oh, this is just so unfair. As I'm a big fan of the aromatic truffle oil and mushroom, my nose has led me to another positive judgement. What happens if a thin, crispy dough is eaten with rich, soft melted mozzarella in such a fragrant aroma? Out of this world.







TOM YAM KUNG IDR 65K
Spicy and sour prawn soup
..and yet another classic dish of Thailand. I am a big fan of this one but at the same time have not much things to comment on. Only that this is made well and proper with a good mix of spice. Best eaten with rice, in my opinion!




KAI PAD PRIK KLEA IDR 60K
Thai chicken black pepper and garlic
The main difference between thai chicken is that it's cooked with a good amount of spice that most of them are aromatic and tender! Plus black pepper and garlic, it's an aroma festival! This is my favorite dish by the way... Excluding the desserts of course..




GRILLED SPRING CHICKEN IDR 120K

With mashed potatoes and spiced tomato sauce
As a home-cooking enthusiast, I love this grilled chicken as it's a simply grilled chicken thigh with a spiced tomato sauce. Tender, sweet, sour, and spicy. Simplicity at its best. Too bad the mashed potato was so bland, though.








ANGEL HAIR IDR 120K
with tiger prawn, garlic, and chili olive oil
It's a classic aglio olio pasta using angel hair and topped with tiger prawns. Then again, who doesn't like a simple dish made perfect? Unfortunately, the indulging aroma of this dish didn't meet up to my expectation of taste. It was a little bit bland and under-spiced.



UDON GORENG JAWA IDR 70K

Japanese noodle, beef, vegetables in Javanese style
Directly translated as Javanese fried udon, it's Japanese big noodles made in Indonesian-Javanese style! It's stir-fried with sweet soy sauce and topped with bokchoy, beef, beansprouts, and eggs. If you're up for an oriental dining experience, you might love this one! However, the texture of Japanese udon is a bit different from traditional Indonesian noodles, but if you asked me about it; they still match!







LUK CHUP IDR 50K

Thai sweet mashed mung bean on "agar-agar"
Well, this one is a traditional Thai desserts made of gelatin with mung bean filling. It's chewy with sweet flavor, but you've got to like mung bean to love this one, because some people don't like them.




MELTED CHOCO CAKE IDR 60K

With wild berry and rum raisin ice cream
Now time for another popular dessert menu! Reintroducing the chocolate volcano mud pie: where a mountain-like chocolate cake is filled with hot, molten chocolate! It's a mix of hot and cold desserts where the bittersweet chocolate is combined with the unusual rum and raisin ice cream (instead of the commonly used vanilla flavor) and fresh strawberry. Sweet heaven!







MANCIAM IDR 50K
Thai cassava cake with coconut milk
Now for a classic Thai desserts: it's boiled cassava simmered with coconut milk based sauce and sweet syrup. A warm type of desserts that is quite sinful as it contains both carbohydrates and coconut milk, not to mention the sweet syrup. But does it offer pleasure? Of course it does!




CASTANGEL MOLLICA IDR 55K

Mama's cookie crumbles on house special's cake
It's a yummy castangel cake that combines savory, crispy, and sweets! Topped with crunchy cookie crumbles as well as blueberry sauce and fresh strawberry, this is quite a lovely dish that combines a lot of texture and flavor!








Phew, what a delightful voyage that was! It's a tasty galore of flavor and we can't wait for another adventure in this vessel! Thank you Locanda for the fun and relaxing getaway!

Locanda Food Voyager
Panin Bank Building, Ground Floor 
Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav. 1
Jakarta Selatan 10270
021-5727981

Opening Hours :
Sunday - Thursday : 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday - Saturday : 10:00 am - 01:00 am