Are you ready for another new restaurant at Pantai Indah Kapuk? Cause it's happening! Not only that, I also feel a new trend has arrived and that is Singapore's restaurant branch. Did you realize that most new restaurants are a branch from Singapore? For example Song Fa, Itacho, NamNam and now, Tim Ho Wan! Tim Ho Wan is famous for their delicious dimsum in Singapore and also Hongkong. This time, they decided to open a branch in Indonesia on 28th March 2015 at Pantai Indah Kapuk and I went there straight away! They were going to open at 11 am and I was thinking that most new restaurants that open at PIK will be crowded, so I decided to arrive earlier at 10:45 am and guess what...it's already SUPER crowded! Lucky me, my fellow foodie Eddy and Shelmi was already there and was first in line! Yeay!
Going off topic here but the grand opening bouquet of flowers were really beautiful, since it's their first day of opening, which means these were still very fresh! This was also my first time seeing valet parking service at PIK. Can you believe it? It's so crowded that they needed a valet parking service!
Anyways, there's a system here that I don't know whether it's only for the grand opening or will it last but to get your table, you'll need to put your name on the list and request the seat's quantity, then when your name is called, your group needs to be complete, so if you requested for 5 people, you can't sit until all 5 people is present! It means no saving place for someone who's late! Might sound harsh but it's for time efficiency, since there are a lot of others that's waiting to be seated as well!
They have 2 divided seating areas, 1 is in front near the glass window on the earlier photo and next is this, which is pretty spacey! The interior and everything is like the Chinese restaurants you see everyday, typical for a place of dimsum!
KUE LOBAK GORENG IDR 31,8K
Pan fried carrot cake.
Okay, I used to eat this whenever my mom or grandma would buy it in the traditional market and it's supposed to taste a bit salty and eaten with a yummy spicy sauce...but this is just too tasteless! Seeing as I usually ate the ones in the market with a very affordable price, I consider this very overpriced and not with a better taste, which is really too bad!
BAKPAU ISI BABI BBQ IDR 38,8K
Baked bun with BBQ pork.
Thank goodness the pork did not disappoint! This is the best dish I had here. Even though it's just a simple pork bun, the taste is amazing! Buns are really soft and there's like some icing sugar sprinkled on, so they taste a bit sweet with a combination of those tasty BBQ pork! Heaven!!
TIM KAKI AYAM DENGAN SAUS ABALONE IDR 33,8K
Braised chicken feet with Abalone sauce.
Not a big fan of chicken feet and this one is really plain! Usually, they're really soft and you can just slurp it up but not this one and it's also a bit tasteless..so nope!
TIM LUMPIA KULIT TAHU ISI BABI & UDANG IDR 33,8K
Beancurd skin roll with pork & shrimp.
Guess this one's okay..can't really see anything wrong with pork in it. Just that it's not that special as compared to the price, since I was expecting something much better with that price. Turns out, it's just like any others that has lower price than this!
PANGSIT GORENG UDANG DENGAN SAUS WASABI IDR 43,8K
Wasabi salad prawn dumpling.
Wow, seriously? IDR 43,8 for 3 pieces of little dumplings? What a rip off! At least it tastes good, the wasabi's not that strong though but it does look paler compared to the photo on the menu!
LUMPIA GORENG ISI PUTIH TELUR IDR 29,8K
Spring roll with egg white.
Another tasteless dish! I'm guessing this is because Singaporeans do not like strong flavors unlike Indonesians but they should probably consider adding a bit more flavor for Indonesia's branch cause the problem is literally just in the flavors, the texture is perfectly fine and crunchy, so please fix the flavors!
BOLU KUKUS IDR 28,8K
Steamed egg cake.
Don't know why I'm suddenly jumping to desserts but there are no rules in dimsum! At least, not for me! Well, it's obvious that this cake uses brown sugar hence the brown color, so it's faintly sweet and fragrant! What I love most is the super soft texture!! I just love soft textured cakes!
LUMPIA GORENG UDANG KULIT TAHU IDR 38,8K
Beancurd skin roll with shrimp.
This is wayyy better than the egg white ones! I'm guessing cause they use beancurd skin and shrimp, so it has more taste. I'd definitely choose this one rather than the egg white anytime!
HAKAU ISI UDANG IDR 38,8K
I love Hakau, but this one's really not my favorite! For me, the skin is way too thick, which from experience will taste worse after it gets cold, since the skin will become stiff and tasteless!
SIUMAI BABI ISI UDANG IDR 36,8K
Pork dumpling with shrimp.
Truthfully, this tastes good but it's really ordinary. No offense..but you can find better tasting ones with lower prices in other restaurants. 'Nuff said!
NASI DENGAN SAPI & TELUR GORENG IDR 46,8K
Rice with beef & fried egg.
It's really cute how they uses a stainless-steel glass plating! So basically, there's rice and beef below that egg, you'll be given a cheong-fun sauce to go with it as well. Tastes unique with a strong herb scent! Not saying I love it but I don't dislike it either!
TIM BAKSO SAPI DENGAN KULIT TAHU IDR 33,8K
Beef ball with beancurd skin.
Well, this is disappointing..not only that the beef ball's texture too crumbly, which might be unfair being said by someone who likes bouncy textured meatballs, but it's also tasteless! So I'd have to say no for this one!
TIM PAIKUT DENGAN SAUS TAUSI IDR 29,8K
Pork rib with black bean sauce.
This is YUMMY!! Not just because it's pork but it's really good overall, it's a really proper Paikut even if the black bean sauce is not that strong. Though I'm a bit upset by the foods here, I'm really thankful that this one turned out great!
CHEONG FUN ISI BABI BBQ IDR 36,8K
Vermicelli roll with BBQ pork.
The BBQ pork used here is the same as the ones in the pork buns but here they wrap it in cheong fun. Everything here is perfect, the pork, the sauce, there's just 1 flaw...the cheong fun skin is too thick!! It's sooo close to perfect! Darn it!
CHEONG FUN ISI SAUS WIJEN MANIS IDR 28K
Vermicelli roll with sweet and sesame sauce.
No, this is not a dessert, though it's somehow like eating cheong fun with skippy..so it's just plain cheong fun with lots of sauce! Warning; it will stick to your hard palate, if you don't know what that is, it's the upper part of your mouth!
CHEONG FUN ISI UDANG IDR 38,8K
Vermicelli roll with prawn.
Same problem as the one with BBQ pork, perfect with a slight flaw! The prawn is huge and generous and goes perfectly with the sauce! I just can't get enough of that sauce! Yum!
The photo below is just a few of what we ordered, since we had 2 or 3 plates per dish and we even ran out of space on the table! Guess we really went overboard, especially since the price is not too friendly. I don't want to repeat my disappointment but I do want to again, say that the BBQ pork bun is the BEST!! I'd definitely take some home on my next visit! And when that day comes, I do hope that they would've improved then!
Tim Ho Wan Indonesia
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Jakarta Utara, Indonesia