31 May 2015

KUSHIYA MONOGATARI

Yet another new Japanese restaurant has arrived! But this particular one is actually different than the usual, a never-before-seen, called Kushiya Monogatari. Now, I do think it's a bit hard to spell and remember, since it's not those usual catchy name but I guess they're confident that people will remember them for their distinct style! Located inside AEON Mall, a new mall in BSD City, which opens in 30th May 2015 and we feel honored to be invited to try this before that date! :D

A bit about AEON Mall, the owner is actually Japanese, so you'll find that most restaurants here are Japanese. The mall ain't that tall, just 3 floors but it's a really wide one, like Mall @ Alam Sutera. We actually got to try 2 of their restaurants, Kushiya Monogatari and another one is Uchino Shokudo. They're both located right next to each other and even from the same group! You can find them at the ground floor of this mall!

Uchino Shokudo is your usual Japanese restaurant but the way they cooked the rice is different, while Kushiya Monogatari is an all-you -an-eat restaurant! If you're curious then you just have to try it! :p


Can you guest what type of food they're serving? No, it's not the usual all-you-can-eat dishes, like shabu-shabu or bbq, this one offers a buffet of FRIED FOODS! The price is also really affordable, maybe it's because they're located at BSD, only IDR 128K on weekdays and IDR 148K on weekends!


So what we'll do here is first, choose the skewers you want, there're sweet and savory types, whichever you prefer! Then, just fry it or you can even wrap it with flour first! More details below, keep on reading everyone! :p


These here are the sauce and dressings! Look at all the varieties that you can choose from! There're some for the salads and for the fried foods. I've tried the ones for the fried foods and they taste amazing!!


A complete set of courses are all available here! From salads, main courses, even desserts! Interesting, huh? Though the taste of salad can't really get anywhere, as long as it's fresh, I'm good! I also appreciate that they at least, provided something healthy in the middle of all those fried foods!


For the salad, they even have decent varieties, like this Potato Salad here!


Out of all the salads, this is my favorite! It's broccoli, cauliflower, and the best part, CRAB-STICK! Simple, healthy, and delicious!


The famous Macaroni Salad that you could also find in various restaurants that offer salad menus! It's a classic, I guess?



Moving to the main course, they have this yummy Curry Rice! Can you believe it? A curry rice buffet! All you can eat curry! Sorry, but I love curry, so this is something for me! It's not an à la carte, so you can take the rice and curry separately and as much as you like!


Chicken Karaage, not my favorite though! I guess it's just because I've had better ones!


Is it just me or is the Yakisoba here a bit sour? Or is yakisoba is normally like that? I don't really think so though. Well, all I know is I don't really like this!


Don't really know why there's Croquet and Spring Roll but it's good, so I don't mind! Lol! It's seriously good, especially while it's still warm!



DESSERT TIME!


The skewer goods to be dipped in the chocolate goodness was only this choux, which is the crispy kind. There're no fruits or other things like usual Chocolate Fondue but the chocolate was really yummy, so it's forgiven!



Other than chocolate fondue, they also have 2 kinds of small cakes, Cheese Cake and Chocolate Cake! I loveee how fluffy and soft the texture was, especially the cheese cake, since I'm the kind of person who likes lighter food than heavy ones! It's like they just melt in your mouth!


I think this is a chocolate cake, though it does slightly look like tiramisu!


Now it's time for some DIY (do it yourself)!!
So they'll provide bread crumbs and sticky flour to cover the skewers before frying or you can also leave them out if you want!


Here're some of the super yummy dipping sauces! This is a MUST, trust me! It's what made everything good!


Some of my pick for the skewers!


For the skewers, they have 2 signatures here! This taiyaki and takoyaki! I know it sounds strange, I mean, where else do you find fried taiyaki and takoyaki, right? Well, that's what made them unique!! Inside the taiyaki is the usual red bean, though I first thought it was chocolate..lol! My bad!


Though their special is fried takoyaki and it's good, I still prefer the normal takoyaki though..sorry!


Ta-da!! This was our fried goodies! In the middle of all tables, there's this frying thingy and don't worry about the oil splashing everywhere, cause they also comes with a lid! Each frying machine has 2 sections and each section can hold a total maximum of 5 skewers!


The place is pretty simple but the foods are amazing! I still can't forget how good the dipping sauce was, though it's kinda of weird to be so attached only to a dipping sauce but that's just how good it was! Be careful of sore throat though, since it is an all-you-can-eat fried foods, be sure to drink lot's of water everyone! For their first day of opening, they already did a great job! Congratulations!!



Kushiya Monogatari
AEON Mall, BSD City
Unit G 21
Jl. BSD Raya Utama
Tangerang
021-29168236

Price :
Adults :
Weekday : IDR 128K++ (70 minutes)
Weekend : IDR 148K++ (90 minutes)

Children (under 10 y.o) :
Everyday : IDR 98K++

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

30 May 2015

MIYAGI GANDARIA CITY


This is newest restaurant by Arena Group called Miyagi. Does anyone else realize that Arena Group's restaurants are mostly in Gandaria City? Well, here's another one I guess? This time it's a Japanese restaurant with premium quality, yet very affordable!! At least, that's what the PR said..lol!


In this place, there're 3 almost separated rooms! 1 right after the entrance and is somewhat like an alleyway, where you can also see the busy streets in front. Next is the middle room (interior shots can be seen on the last part of this post). Last is the inner part of the room and my favorite, since it's where the sushi bar is!


As usual, we sat near the window in the inner part of the room. I love how each room is super separated!


There's actually no table with white sheet like this one below but they generously provided us with it because they understand about photo quality! How cool is that?




MIYAGI MAKI
Egg omelette, cheese homemade sauce.

This maki is like a tamago sushi, since it's not only wrapped in eggs but also filled with eggs, so all you'll taste is egg. Not saying it's bad, it's quite the opposite even! There's also a bit of abon and kani, you could also taste the premium quality of it! So I could say that I like this, since I like eggs!



SPICY BAKED SALMON MAKI
Salmon, crunchy tempura, chili oil & mayonnaise.

This colorful maki has the same filling, so it doesn't matter whether you choose the orange one or the green one. Inside it is baked salmon with crunchy tempura, so it's really standard but I love how simple, yet pretty the plating is!



WAGYU FRIED RICE
Premium wagyu beef fried rice.

It's really too bad that the taste was really nothing special, since the name is really attractive! I can't really find any significant difference between this and other common fried rice. I guess the difference is that this is a Japanese fried rice that is cooked using teppanyaki style, which means it uses an iron griddle to cook food!


SASHIMI SHAKE
Salmon

Their sashimi is really super duper fresh!! You can really see the quality and how fresh it is just by looking at it!


SASHIMI MAGURO
Tuna

Fresh maguro anybody? Maguro is what tuna is called in Japan by the way. Love that healthy pretty pink color! I can get enough of this premium quality sashimi!


GYUNIKU ABURI MAKI
Half grilled beef roll, onion & tonkatsu sauce.

The beef tasted AMAZING, especially when combined with the spicy mayo! Can't really taste the tonkatsu though and too bad the veggies inside it kinda disturbed it or it could've been perfect but that's only coming from someone who's not a veggie fan!



GINDARA MENTAIYAKI
Grilled cod fish with cod roe sauce.

At first, I thought this was salmon or is it? Sorry, I'm not an expert when it comes to fishes. I really don't know but on the menu list, it said Gindara Mentaiyaki, so I'll just go with that..lol! This was still half cooked, the meat inside still has that pretty pink color and very moist!


HAMACHI KAMA SHIO
Yellow tail grilled with salt.

Super yummy!! I'd never imagine that grilled fish could taste this good, especially since it's only seasoned with salt! The meat's really soft and since they didn't use any strong seasoning other than salt, you can really taste the natural sweetness of the yellow tail!


SALMON CHEESE ABURI MAKI
Half grilled salmon & cheese with mayonnaise.

Salmon aburi has always been my favorite and I'm reminded again why with this one, especially since they included cheese in it! This is hands down the best maki here, pretty too! What else could you ask for? Perfection!



TEMPURA MORIAWASE
Mix of tempura: prawn, seafood & assorted vegetables.

Unlike any other tempura, this one has a thin layer of flour, so it's all prawn there, or any other filling! It's less guilty and more pleasure! The tempura flour also had a good texture, just the right level of crispiness!


SASHIMI CHIRASI DON
Assorted sashimi.

After all those premium quality and fresh ingredients, you don't need to doubt this one! This sashimi comes with rice, so there's sliced salmon, prawn, tuna, crab stick, and mushroom. Perfect for those who'd love to enjoy their sashimi but thinks that sashimi isn't filling!



Here's the middle part of the restaurant!! I saw a lot of businessmen sitting here, all looked very professional! (The shot was taken before any other guests arrived.)


I just love those lamps!! It looks like an arrow or something! Very artsy and unique!



It's amazing how everything here looks so simple, yet creative and also elegant! This would be a perfect place for any occasion, from just hanging out with friends to a workers gathering! "Deliciously affordable" is what they say!


Miyagi
Gandaria City
G Floor, MG-43
Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda
Jakarta Selatan 12240
021-29236809

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