29 December 2014

NORTHPOLE CAFE PIK


Hola! I'm counting days away 'till saying goodbye to 2014! How was the year people? I'd love to hear you're part of stories! The year has been pretty eventful for us, since it's also the year where we've first started blogging, so I'd say 2014 was a good one, filled with unforgettable memories! Now, to add another chapter of 2014 just before it ends, here's North Pole; located at Pantai Indah Kapuk and in line with Shirokuma! If you still can't find them, try looking for a picture of three cute Husky heads, which is their logo. I love Huskies! :D


Such an ADORABLE cafe, that I can't help but be filled with glee as I enter and even now while I'm writing about it! A lot of people has been buzzing about this place and even though they planned on soft opening on December 26, there're already so many urging to try their treats before the set date until the owner finally gave up and decided to have a trial opening on December 23! How cool is that?!


Presenting a gelato galore! I can see those drool just waiting to fall! Anyways, they have some really rare flavors there, don't they? I especially loved the Thai Iced Tea and Forest Berry!


FRUIT LOOPS CONE IDR 15K
A fruit-loops covered cone to complete the wonderful gelato experience, why not? The fruit-loops is sticked with melted marshmallow!! The flavor that is most suitable for this cone, in my opinion, is this Mango sorbet! A very refreshing taste in a hot day with it's slightly sweet tangy flavor!


OREO CONE IDR 15K
Not a fan of fruit-loops? Not a problem, as there's also the Oreo cone and who doesn't like Oreo? And what better combination other than Oreo and Ferrero?? Two of my favorite snack combined into one perfect treat!! I think I'm seeing bits of heaven!


Filled with colors of white and blue with wooden furniture adorning the room, giving the atmosphere of a north pole! There's also a wall where the owners themselves painted a cute drawing but since the place was too crowded, I didn't get the chance to take a shot of it!


BABYCCINO IDR 27K
On rainy days such as these days, having a cup of this hot babyccino is a perfect way to go! Though it might not be as perfect as coffee for those who can take their caffeine, it's much more universal, since it's much like a hot chocolate or maybe it is? What do you think?


ICED FERRERO ROCHER IDR 39K
A famous luxurious chocolate snack made into a beverage! Who wouldn't be interested in trying that? It was most unfortunate that I didn't try it because it was my friend's, but that just means I'm so gonna come back to try it next time!


WHITE CHOCO MINT FREEZE IDR 34K
Said to be their signature drink aaand it's a combination of things I don't like; I don't like white chocolate and freeze or any kind of ice blended drinks, it feels like trying to suck ice cubes from a straw! I'm okay with mint but my toleration is that they must come with dark chocolates! So this is a no for me!


MOZZARELLA CHICKEN BALLS IDR 32K
Not only filled with desserts, North Pole also offers 2 kinds of snacks and few pastas! One of the snacks is this, which I think is necessary! After all the desserts and other sweet stuff I went through, this was like a breeze of fresh air! Though it's not really that special, I still appreciate the mozzarella inside that melts inside your mouth after a bite!


FRIES IDR 20K
Of course, if it's snack we're talking about, then fries are bound to be found! Still, I'm glad the fries here tasted good and with a fair amount as well, since there're a lot of place where the fries are too expensive or tasted awful or even too small of a portion!


Slight intervention; Rainbow spoon!


ENJOY YOUR BEER IDR 39K
Two small scoops of beer gelato in a small beer glass with a side of peanuts.

A new and entirely different way to have beer! A similar one can also be found at Playroom, yet the beer taste here is not as strong as Playroom's, which is a good thing for me! Don't underestimate this cause it really is as if you're tasting beer! Though I may not be a beer fan, this is a beer I can enjoy!



CHICK AFFOGATO / AFFOGATEA IDR 35K
This is so CUTE!! My gosh, I could seriously died by it's cuteness!! Not only is it cute, it's yummy as well and I can't believe they have a tea version of affogato, using their thai tea! Definitely my favorite dessert! You just have to try it, you won't be able to resist it!


Twin chicks ready for a sweet bath!



WAFFLE POP (FERRERO) IDR 42,5K
Waffle, corn flakes, vanilla ice cream, chocolate, crushed Ferrero Rocher.

Another one that contains the delicious Ferrero! This place just keeps on making me happy! This waffle pop is like parfait with a waffle, which is very delightful! Waffles were nice with a perfect crispy outer and soft inside, dipped in a clash of wonderful toppings, and enjoyed to the last bite. The highlight of this dish is the chocolate sauce or mousse or whatever, but it's definitely the bomb!


ELECTRIC LEMON IDR 39K
Lemon sorbet, cheese cake, corn flakes, popping candy, crumbs.

Get ready to get struck by this lemon, literally! When it first reaches your tongue, all you'll be able to taste is an over the top sourness but after you get through that sensation, you'll meet a nice sweet aftertaste, which I seem to strangely enjoy! Anyway, do you remember popping candy from your childhood? Well, there's a bit of it on the side that you can add to this treat, hence where the 'electric' name came from! Eating it with all the ingredients mixed in one bite will give you the best flavor burst you'll ever get!


SALTED CARAMEL IDR 37K
Salted caramel ice cream, milk pudding, corn flakes, crumbs, caramel popcorn.

Personally, I prefer this one than the lemon, cause here they use most of my favorite things! Salted caramel, milk pudding, and caramel popcorn, all in one palate! YES! Totally content with everything here, no complaints!


SMOKY PAN (FOR 2) IDR 68K
6 flavors of our gelato, sorbet, and ice cream in a smoky pan with whipped cream and fruity pebbles on the side. A must try!

Now, we've reached North Pole's special! Really don't get how they expect this for 2 pax though, since the scoops of ice cream is sooo small! Okay, so they have 6 flavors but judging by the size, it's like 2 scoops of the usual sized gelato divided into 6 smaller scoop! Kind of a rip off but I guess they're putting a price on the presentation, which I admit is totally cool and brilliant, plus you get to try most of the various gelato flavors they have!


The pan comes in many different colors as well!


The 6 flavors of gelato are from the ones that was showed on the ice cream display above, they are Oreo (brown), Forest Berry (grayish purple), Thai Iced Tea (orange), Cherry (beige), Bubblegum (baby blue), Lemon (white).



I'm delighted to see so many unique stuffs they have! From the beer gelato to the uber cute affogatea! And saying they're cute is down right insulting cause they're not cute but totally endearing! This place is worth the try, I hardly believe you'll be disappointed! By the way, just a little unimportant fun fact, the 3 huskies' names are Coco, Waff, and Cream, so adorable!

Northpole Cafe 
Ruko Crown Golf Blok A 57
Pantai Indah Kapuk
Jakarta Pusat

Opening Hours :
Everyday : 11:00 am - 10:00 pm



28 December 2014

TRATTORIA CUCINA ITALIANA ST. MORITZ


Ho Ho Ho! Are you still in a Christmas spirit? Are you ready to end 2014? Are you excited or scared? Either way, let's enjoy our last moments in 2014 while we still could and what better ways to enjoy life than having a good food?! For me; nothing! With that in mind, I'm thrilled to tell you about this Italiano that is located near home! Pleased to introduce, Trattoria Cucina Italiana!


Trattoria isn't exactly a new restaurant, you can find them at BSD, Pondok Indah, and also Kuningan but they has just opened a new branch at St. Moritz last month on November! Yeah! Owned by 5 gentlemen, this place is located right next to The Fctry Bistro & Bar.



They're usually crowded with various types of group, from friends to families, the atmosphere is perfect for any kind of event! Don't worry about space though, cause they have 2 floors here even if the 2nd floor is a bit smaller, might only holds up to 20 people or so!


Below is a picture of Trattoria's menu! Looked familiar? Well, that's because it's really similar to PEPeNERO's menu, maybe this is how Italian menus supposed to look like? Inside it is mostly in Italian but relax, there's English in the description!


TOMATO BRUSCHETTA
I know you'll be happy to hear that this is a complimentary! Even though it's just a giveaway, they still taste pretty good, but you have to be lucky enough to get them will they're still available! Considering how crowded the place is, it's no wonder that they ran out so fast!


INSALATA DI FRUTTI DI MARE IDR 89K
Organic veggies, sauteed seafood, sliced pear, tomato, pepper, and lemon dressing. 

Total fail! I know having a seafood for salad is a dangerous move but I didn't expect them to fail this bad. The seafood just smelt so wrong and even though it's cold, you can't really say it's fresh. It was a disaster!


CAPRESE IDR 78K
Fresh mozzarrela with fresh sliced tomato served with basil infused oil.

Thank God that after that disastrous salad, this simple starter made everything all better! Now everything here is what I would call fresh! Yum!


GNOCCHI VERDI AI QUATTRO FORMAGGI IDR 81K
Potato and spinach gnocchi with 4 cheese sauce.

I love cheese, but this was slightly too much. Might be okay if it's shared though! The gnocchi's not that soft but rather bouncy and chewy, which I find really good! Be warned that you should finish it before it gets cold, otherwise the cheese sauce will become a gooey mess!


LINGUINE ALLO SCOGLIO IDR 86K
Linguine with mix seafood in a light spicy tomato sauce.

Okay, so this one's not as bad as the seafood salad, which is probably because this dish doesn't rely on freshness. The seafood here is cooked better and the taste's kinda distorted by the tomato sauce, hence why the fishiness wasn't that bold. Other than the seafood problem, everything is all good!


4 FORMAGGI IDR 83K
Four mixed cheeses, tomato and rocket salad.

Honestly, I was kinda let down by the presentation at first cause of the burnt sides and green that kinda dominated the whole pizza. Turned out, it was good! Not as cheesy as the gnocchi, yet still very rich, the rocket salad's a good touch on making the whole dish a lighter taste and I love thin crusted Italian pizza!


BRANZINO AL FORNO IDR 134K
Oven baked seabass served with oven potatoes and salad.

I have never tasted fish this good! How the meat just melts into your mouth and add a beautiful seasoning on top, PERFECT! You can also choose chicken to replace the seabass but why would you ever do that??



FILLETO POERCELLINO IDR 127K
Roasted tenderloin pork served with crispy potatoes and broccoli.

Finally… PORK! They always made my day! Roasted to perfection that made the pork sooo tender and almost perfect, if it weren't for the lack of sauce, which caused them to be a bit tasteless! If only they seasoned the pork better and be more generous with the sauce, it would've been the best! Don't really get how this goes with broccoli, but I love them, so I'm not complaining!


TAGLIATA DI MANZO AI FERRI IDR 159K
Sliced grilled beef tenderloin served with rucola and shaved grana cheese.

Can't help but admire those beautiful red color of this medium cooked beef! For those who can't handle medium, that's just too bad cause you'll have to deal with the rubbery well cooked! So I highly suggest that you go with medium, since then you'll be able to enjoy a nice juicy and tender meat! The white slices of cheese is called grana cheese, from my slight research, grana and parmigiano (parmesan) are both really similar in texture but a bit different in taste, where the latter is more rich in milk! In this case however, grana might be more suitable as to not conflict with the simple taste of the beef!



The photo below is a shot I took on an event, showing how the place looks at night. Now, I would've showed you how the tables are normally arranged, since this is arranged differently for the event, but I never got the chance to take a shot with no people on it! That just shows how crowded they usually are!


Trattoria St. Moritz
PX Pavillion @ The St. Moritz
Jl. Puri Indah Boulevard
Blok U no.1 CBD
Kembangan - Jakarta
021-29111312

Opening Hours :
Sunday - Thursday : 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday - Saturday : 10:00 am - 00:00 am

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25 December 2014

THE TWIG CAFE


HAPPY HOLIDAYS & MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!! 
Whoops, sorry but I'm just in a really good mood with all the exciting atmosphere of Christmas and especially the holiday! Yeah! If you're also enjoying your holiday, how about visiting this cute cafe at Pantai Indah Kapuk, called The Twig Cafe!


First thing that caught my attention was the name itself, why would they name a cafe; Twig, but I guess that's what makes them unique! Love the cute signboard with that little bird hanging on the 'Twig'! :D


Anyways, I'm really in awe with the sweet and pretty interior and decoration! Do think that the indoor's a bit girlish and I'm sooo glad they didn't use pink as a dominant color, but since I am a girl, this suits me just fine! 


And of course, a little something to remind you where we're at!


Now that we've taken a peek at the indoors, it's time to step outside! But before that, here's a little photo spot that intrigued me!


The outdoors isn't really an actual outdoor, but more like a separate room with different concept, which is more suited for the weather in Jakarta, since not many would enjoy hanging out in the heat! The colors here are mostly black and more elegant with less 'girly', which I, myself, preferred to sit, cause of all the natural light this place has rather than the indoors that has dimmer lighting!


CAPUCINNO IDR 28/30K
Always a good way to start your day! A little doze of caffeine really helps me get through the day and being able to enjoy it in this beautiful place made it even better!


Now, I don't usually elaborate on beverages but these here just can't be left out!

COOKIE MONSTER IDR 32K
Amazed with how strong the Oreo taste is! Most Oreo blended beverages are lacking in Oreo but this here's really rich, as if they used a generous amount of the cookies in this! Totally recommended for all Oreo lovers and I bet there're plenty of you!


KIWI POP IDR 28K
Very refreshing! If you're looking for something fresh and not too heavily sweet then this is perfect for you! After all those huge lunch, this was the savior of the day, at least that was from my personal experience! Fyi, those orange bubbles are mango popping bubbles!! Another reason why I love this drink!


GHIRARDELLI COCOA IDR 32K
Out of all the drinks I had, this was my least favorite, not because it's bad, it's just the others were more extraordinary! Guess this is like a higher level of chocolate milk or something like that, still it was okay!



SKINNY POTATO IDR 37K
Skinny potato skins loaded with cream cheese, bacon bits, and leeks. Served with special dipping sauce.

I had ALWAYS loved potato skins! If you ever tried the ones from American Grill's salad bar, this is just like those taken to a whole new level with it's bacon and cheese! The perfect starter if you ask me, wonder why it's so rare to find this simple dish!


SPAGHETTI AGLIO OLIO IDR 48K
(Mushroom / Chicken / Prawn)
Healthier choice of Italian pasta dressed in extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chili pepper.

For a healthier choice, this aglio olio tasted delicious! Don't really know why there're both mushroom and prawn, since I thought we were supposed to choose between those 3 main toppings and not that excited about the prawns but the mushroom goes really well with the whole dish and there's just a hint of spiciness to complete a perfect aglio olio. Who says healthy always taste bad?


CHICKEN STEAK W/ BASIL CREAM SAUCE
Love how tender the chicken is, even though it's chicken breast! How many restaurants could make a perfectly tender chicken breast? This really impressed me and the basil cream sauce was a gorgeous finishing touch! The right amount of basil, just the way I like it! Anyways, there's no price in this dish cause it's a new menu, so sorry about that!


HICKORY BBQ BABY BACK RIBS IDR 130K
Grilled succulent St. Louis pork ribs with our Hickory BBQ sauce, choice of side dish: fries or butter garlic rice.

Oh, the joy of pork ribs! What can I say? I just love pork ribs and there's quite a low possibility that it'll taste bad. The sweet yet savory famous American Hickory bbq sauce was AMAZING by the way! And just so you know, this dish was the only plate that's clean, even when we're too full to finish every single dish here!


OXTAIL FRIED RICE
Another new menu!! Something traditional for a slight change of atmosphere! Whether it's Western or Asian, all of it tasted impressively good and really blows my mind how they could make a simple fried rice tastes so heavenly with a nice soup on the side for refreshments, the oxtail're exquisite as well!



CHICKEN FEAST IDR 66K
Breaded crispy chicken chunks, onion and mozarella cheese with our special BBQ sauce!

Was not my cup of tea, maybe cause I don't really like onions, but the taste were also a bit plain for me. The dough was more like a crispy puff rather than the usual pizza dough and it's actually good, just didn't really like the topping. Might come back to try their pizzas with other interesting toppings though!



Can you believe that all of these were a feast for 3?


GRYPHON ARTISAN TEA IDR 27K
(Served hot in a teapot, individual serving)
Nymph of The Nile
Organic white peony tea with Persian rose & Egyptian basil.

Now that we're in such an elegant place, why not do as the Romans do and enjoy a nice cup of tea like royalty? Even the tea bags're classy and it really produced a nice fragrant afternoon tea that soothed our too-full-tummy! Can anyone tell me where I could get one of those tea bags? :P


EARL GREY PANNA COTTA IDR 32K
Earl grey lavender tea infused panna cotta with caramel corn flakes topping. Served chilled.

Another classy food is this earl grey panna cotta! Really feels like royalty right now! The earl grey aroma's interestingly strong even though it's only infused! The caramel glazed corn flakes, raisins and almond are also a nice touch that boosted the whole dish! Really recommend that you try this one!


CUPCAKE (Cookies & Cream, Peanut Butter)
The Twig's signature homebaked cupcakes.
Each IDR 20K
Half dozen IDR 110K
One dozen IDR 200K

Don't know if I was unlucky or there's something wrong with the recipe, cause the cookies and cream topping was really bad! I think it has got to do with the butter cause the butter smelled awful! Only the cookies and cream ones though, seeing as there's no problem with the peanut butter and the cupcake itself had a good texture and taste. Hope that they've got it fixed now!


Another little tour to the second floor! Also cute and pretty and they only open the second floor when the first floor is full and the bathroom (which they kept really clean) is also on this floor!


The owner's sister also has a small boutique called Lost & Found that is also opened on the second floor, it sells a lot of cute, vintage outfits! Better check it out girls!


Appreciate how they don't turn on too many lights in the morning, even when the room is this dimly lit! Saving energy for the earth is always a good thing!



The Twig Cafe
Ruko Crown Golf Blok B No. 5
Pantai Indah Kapuk
North Jakarta
021-29424809

Opening Hours :
Tuesday - Friday : 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday : 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed on Monday