Yet again, Sarirasa group has made another invention to boost our local cuisine! This time it's a peranakan cuisine, which is a mix of Indonesian and Chinese cuisine. The place is called Gopek and it's in Grand Indonesia's Sky Bridge, on the 5th floor!
31 July 2017
Yay to Birdman!! Even before coming here, I've already seen their interesting foods on Instagram! It's all pretty simple, yet attractive but the type that you have to order a lot, if you want to be full..lol! It's inside the Tower B of Parc18, in the same area as Bistecca & Dutch. Find them on your GPS if you're confused!
A chain restaurant from the foreign country that serves Thai food has arrived in Indonesia! Though the owner is actually from Malaysia. It's called Boat Noodle and located at Gandaria City's Main Street Dining, across of BCA!
A super gorge place has landed itself at Pluit Village! Well, we don't go to this mall often, so we don't really know if this is new or not but we're guessing it's new..lol! The place is called Le Diliel and it's another one owned by the owner of Commune Space. Yes, everything in Commune Space here is literally owned by the same owner, except for The Onnie Studio, which is owned by Julie Taslim!
Yeap, if you've know about the coffee hype in Jakarta, you'd definitely be familiar with this one. It's the one and only Anomali Coffee! With a lot of their branch opening here and there, this particular coffee shop is definitely a reliable place to grab your caffeine needs before work! This time, we went to the one at Menteng!
Not only known for their coffee, Anomali also serves up some pretty hardcore foods and now they've decided to change their whole food menu into something more local with a special theme, Street Heritage! As it is their goal to introduce Indonesia through their finest coffee, they also decided to suit their foods to the same goal, hence how the theme is born!
This is a place that would be very familiar if you often visit Kemang. A place that has been there for 9 years, it's Ecology! Though it's a pretty old place, they've just finished renovated last May. They've changed their concept into more of a bistro now. Fyi, they've used to open from dusk to dawn but now, they only open 'till midnight!
28 July 2017
Okay, I admit, Indonesia is super good in terms of plagiarism..lol! Once they see 1 business doing amazing, I bet there will be similar business appearing, not just one but a few! Don't really know if you can call this creative or cunning! Well, there's no doubt that when people ask you about fish and chips in Jakarta, the answer would mostly be Fish n Co., right? Later on, because Fish n Co. is considered pricey, Fish Streat was born and has become very popular because of the cheap price, it even has 6 branches now! Wow, right?
It's not everyday we hang out not at our hometown and in a new place no less! The cafe is called La Costilla and they opened in the middle of June, so it's only a month old! They are the type of a hits cafe with a photo spot, which is at their backyard with a Mexican theme! There's like cactus and stuff, like those cafes you'd found in Bali. Let's check'em out!
So we finally got the chance to try this hits Indonesian restaurant that we've been seeing around social medias, it's KAUM everybody! Actually we're not really someone who'd search for Indonesian food when it comes to high end places. We're more like 'Indonesian foods are best when it's traditionally made' kind of people, so if we're looking for a good Indonesian comfort food, we'd usually just go to a small shop or even those small stands!
Back to nature!! Yeah! This time it's a more reachable location and wallet friendly! Only IDR 15K for entrance fee (which will become a meal coupon anyways!). The name is Tafso Barn and it's just in Bandung, Punclut area. It's about 30 minutes from Pasteur (without traffic jam) and I went there at 9 AM because any later and you'll be stuck in traffic, especially since the road is pretty small and not a one way. The morning I went there, the road is still pretty clear, I guess it's also because it's still Lebaran, where they also open earlier!
30 June 2017
Sunday is almost here! Time to plan your Sunday Brunch! This is my first time trying Ritz Carlton PP's brunch and even first time being here I guess? Usually I went to the one at Kuningan. The Sunday Brunch here costs IDR 398K++ per pax but don't be surprised, since the food's variety is super wide, you can almost find anything here! Let's see what's inside!
The name's Pacific Restaurant and honestly, it's my first time hearing the name. I guess they rarely have promos or so? Located on the 6th floor. Fyi, I don't really know if it's an everyday buffet or if the buffet is just on Sundays but hotels usually offers everyday buffet, right? Anyways, for more detail I guess you can just ring the Ritz Carlton PP personally, we'll include a phone number belo!
To those who thought Bottega Ristorante has closed down, here's the truth! They didn't, they just moved to Fairgrounds, SCBD! After moving they also changed a few things to make the place look more approachable and casual to suit their reasonably priced foods. Did you think they achieved their goal? Let's take a look!
29 June 2017
The competition for sushi restaurants has been pretty tough lately. All are trying their best to appeal on a glance, from Sushi Hiro's sushi on stairs, Sushi Sen's sushi house, Sushi Teishoku with its sushi ferris wheel, Sushi Taka's sushi tree, and now Kintaro Sushi with its bridge! Hopefully the taste will be as appealing as the looks!
Located right next to Cake A Boo at Pantai Indah Kapuk! Came here on its opening day, so the ones that came are mostly family or business partner but it's still a full house!
Sure nowadays there's been a lot of new Korean BBQ restaurants that are far more photogenic and modern but actually, not all those new ones are good in taste. Usually people flock those places only because it's a new 'hit' place and only a few that is truly good. That however, cause these old-yet-still-standing-strong ones, like HanYang here to be forgotten! Now, we just went to dine at HanYang Garden Senopati here on impulse and pretty random if you ask me..lol! It's probably because we didn't know where else to try some Korean BBQ and we need something new, as we pretty much have tried all. Not trying to boast here but it's really true!
The place is actually pretty big! Though it's a Korean BBQ, it's not the type where the meat is grilled at our table like most Korean BBQ. It will be served to us once it's cooked and because I wanted to take some shots, I asked them to put hold the raw meats on our table before cooking it. Sorry for the hassle!
25 June 2017
Yeap, after the second soba Kabuto Mazesoba at PIK, here's another one, Kokoro Mazesoba! Please don't tell me that this will be the next trend, tho I don't really mind.. Kokoro here is located in the 5th floor of Grand Indonesia's West Mall. Wow, it's been a long time since there's anything interesting there, huh? Went there on a weekend and it's a full house, making me more curious of how it tastes!
Yes, the most awaited Sensory Lab from Melb has finally arrived in Jakarta at Mall Kelapa Gading 3 to be exact! Very close to the lobby and right across Starbucks, so it's pretty easy to spot. If you came from a different lobby however and if you're not familiar with this mall like me, you'd get pretty confused..it's embarrassing to admit but I almost got lost here. Plus, the security is very hard to find!
Hermitage Hotel here is actually an old building but it was renovated to suit the modern era, though they still kept the Indonesian cultures. I get this feeling that they've been here even before Indonesia's independence day, so I can't really tell if I'm more amazed or more creep out..lol! Don't worry though, I didn't feel any haunting aura while being here and it's all super fine other than the fact that the hotel is super quite and there's almost nobody there! Too bad I didn't take any photos of the corridors to show you their cool antiquity, it's as if we went back in time to the English era. Do try googling it!
What we're gonna talk about is their restaurant called L'Avenue. So during these fasting season, they have a buffet of Indonesian food for IDR 325K++ per person and truth be told, this is my first experience with a local food buffet in a hotel!
24 June 2017
There's a flower market in Grand Indonesia!! Yuhuu, this time Lewis and Carroll have once again catches our eyes with a new scenery. What's once was only tea, now their new branch have a flower haven! All these gorgeous petals are from @summerpetals and I don't really know if it's just sharing the same spot or a collaboration but these beauties are for sale!
The second hot soba shop that has entered Jakarta after Yamatoten, here's Kabuto Mazesoba! Located in line with Warung Mevvah at Pantai Indah Kapuk. I personally find this yummy! The savory salty type of soba, just the way I like it and suits my taste better than Kokoro!
21 June 2017
Hope you're ready for some classy high quality Japanese dining, cause we got an amazing chance to try a Japanese restaurant at JW Marriott called Asuka Japanese Dining! Asuka here used to only serve a la carte but just this month, they've created a buffet Sunday sake lunch called Nichi Yobi and that is what we're going to try!
31 May 2017
Yeap, you read right, we got to attend the press conference of the Iron Chef Indonesia! Does anyone know what Iron Chef is? If you don't, we'll share a little here. It's a cooking face off type of TV program. First appearance made in Japan in 1993 to 1999 and spread like a wildfire to other countries like America, Australia, to England..and now, RCTI has successfully brought the program to Indonesia! Whoop whoop!
In Iron Chef Indonesia, they're going to bring together the pros in culinary world to challenge on 1 of the 3 Iron Chefs! Yes, all the famous chefs that you might heard of will most probably stand here to face the Iron Chefs, sounds exciting, huh? Well, actually the program has aired since 22nd of April 2017 and how blessed are we to be able to personally meet the 3 Iron Chefs and even get a taste of their special creations! Let's meet these Iron Chefs, shall we?
30 May 2017
Hello from Tambolaka!! What's that you might ask? Well, it's a city in the Southwest of Sumba, which is also the name of the airport here. Sumba is a pretty small island but they have 2 airports here. 1 is the Tambolaka here and another in East Sumba. The biggest is the East Sumba, which city is called Waingapu, also the name of the airport!
This time, I only went on a 4 days 3 nights trip but I've explored almost all of west to east Sumba! Both are a definite opposite of the other. East Sumba, Waingapu is definitely a way more modern city-like than Tambolaka, which is a more country-side with more nature. Can't wait to explore the beauty of this East Nusa Tenggara? Let's go!
I chose to go to Tambolaka from Bali and went back from Waingapu to Bali. The ticket costed me about IDR 2 mio and that's excluding my ticket from Jakarta to Bali. I guess in total it costed me IDR 3,5 mio or so, as expected since the east side of Indonesia is known to be expensive. :')
If you want to stay updated, be sure to use Telkomsel, as it's the only operator with a signal. When it comes to islands, Telkomsel has always been the best, though when you get into the deep Sumba, nothing will get you connected!
Welcome to paradise! Bali is definitely a paradise island that people will keep visiting! It's not only a tourist spot but also a place to just sit back and relax, from nature to cuisines, they have it best! Personally, though Bali is a quite small island in map, it definitely won't be enough to explore all with just a month because it is just so rich of everything! Probably the reason why so many decided to live in this paradise island!
Though we often went to Bali, we never reviewed anything about Bali in Lulabyspoon, so this time we decided to share something, this is called La Joya, Biu Biu! Why? Cause this place is super amazing! This is gonna be picture-y post cause we just want you to see how beautiful this place and picture speaks louder than words, so enjoy the view!
It's located a bit far from the city, in Balangan area and it'll take an hour to get here from Kuta. The road is very deserted with no signal what-so-ever. I went here using an online driver (but it's actually not allowed, so keep quite, kay?) and got a local as my driver, so we didn't get lost at all. Some of my friends came here using Waze and they totally got lost, so be sure to always ask around whenever you can if you're going here by yourself!
This babi guling is said to be superb, so we just can't not try it after hearing that, right? Even if it is so far, which is at Serpong! It's not that hard to find by the way. Just find the Paramount's roundabout, turn left and there'll be these shops on your left, this is one of those shops! For exact spot just look it up on your gps. Anyways, after coming this far just for this Babi Guling O'an, I saw some posts from fellow foodies that they've opened a branch at PIK!! Darn! But good news to PIK-ers!
29 May 2017
Who's ready for the new face of Ritz Carlton's Asia Restaurant? We know we are! The Ritz we're talking about is the one at Mega Kuningan, kay! And why new face? Cause Asia has been here a long time but it went through a 3 weeks shut down for this improvement, so let's see how they did!
27 May 2017
Yes, this is the most talked about newly opened sushi shop as of now! Everything at IDR 15K, not a promo price! That price definitely drew in a lot of attention cause it seems very affordable, though I personally can't say it's cheap. It's reasonable..but not cheap. I got a few tips if you're thinking of dining here, be sure to keep on reading for it! Here's Sushi Go! at PIK Avenue!
Sushi Go! one price sushi here is actually located inside the Dotonburi food court of PIK Avenue, which is on the 2nd floor and I heard that this is actually a sister branch of Sushi Hiro? Can anyone tell me if it's the truth or just a rumor?
26 May 2017
Well, who doesn't know Nomz, right? That awesome place with the best of foods located at Grand Indonesia! They never cease to amaze us with their inventions and cuisine and now they've come up with some new menus! Let's check them out!
25 May 2017
Yes! You didn't read the title wrong. This "it" spot where people usually hang out for snack while enjoying quality time over beer has offered an all you can eat! It's known for a great place for beer, since it does open from 5 pm 'till midnight and the foods are pretty affordable. This buffet madness offer stands for every Tuesday at Shao Kao Pantai Indah Kapuk with a price of IDR 198K++! Yeap, you can eat anything here for that price. Tempting, huh?
22 May 2017
Yeap, almost all of you should probably know Union, so why do we need to talk about this famous place? Because there's gonna be some exciting new menus this month! Other than the main course, there're also gonna be new cakes! Let's go!
19 May 2017
Hello from the 67th floor! Did you know that The Westin Hotel here is currently the tallest building in Indonesia?! Yeap, not Jakarta only but the whole Indonesia! Cool, huh? Ranging to 69th floor, the restaurant we're going to talk about today is on the 67th. What's unique about this hotel is that the lobby is actually on the 52nd floor..why? Cause the 1st - 51st floor is an office tower named Gama Tower and if we count the hotel only, it actually has only 18 floors, so technically it's the tallest building with the help of the Gama Tower..lol!
30 April 2017
Tugu Kunstring here is a restaurant, hotel, art gallery, and bar, all made into one! Located at Menteng area on a hook of the road. It's been here for 2-3 years and is just simply gorgeous! The interior just screams royalty and a pretty detailed one at that! From the same group as Tugu hotel in Malang, Lombok, Bali, and Blitar, which also includes Lara Djonggrang, Dapur Babah, Shanghai Blue. Fyi, if you want to just go sight seeing without dining in, it's fine too, so don't be shy!
Are you ready to indulge yourself in some chocolatey goodness? This is a place where you'll be craving hard for chocolates, it's Moreau at Kemang! Saw this on a random post on Instagram and set our minds to come and try it! How can you not when you see these, just read on and you'll understand why!
The name Common Grounds is probably something you're already familiar with as it is to us. Yes, this is that Common Grounds from Citywalk and it has finally reached the West! Yay for us! They have step foot into the newly opened mall, Neo Soho, right across Central Park. Now I know where to get my proper coffee and brunch!
Most people in Jakarta loves a good Nasi Padang because of the strong flavors and very affordable price for a huge portion. You can also add more sauce for free, it's no wonder everyone loves it! Here's a newcomer in that area called Padang Merdeka and they've opened at Kota Tua. It's a newborn local brand, so you won't find it elsewhere. It's kind of too bad that they are not allowed to put a signage tho, since it's the general rule of Kota Tua. Got a bit of difficulties trying to promote the restaurant, so for you who has read this post, please do spread the word and location! They're located at Jl. Lada No. 1, right across of BNI Kota Tua before the station. Exact position is on the right side of the road and when you find a red gate that says "Lada No. 1", go straight in and you'll find Padang Merdeka there. Don't worry about parking lots, just go to the closed gate, if you said you're going to eat there, they'll gladly open them for you and let me tell you, the space inside is pretty huge!
28 April 2017
A celebration for all carnivores out there! AB Steak has finally opened in Jakarta, on 23rd April 2017 to be exact and it was only for dinner (06:30 pm - 10:30 pm) and you need to book your seat. I don't really know if it's going to be like that permanently or just for the time being. Sorry all.. anyways, this place is NOT an all you can eat as there are some who asked about that. It's an ala carte just like Akira Back, the chef is also from Akira Back and even on the same building as Akira Back, at MD Building, Kuningan, Mezzanine floor (just 1 floor away from the lobby)!
AB Steak here is a modern steakhouse with Korean accent!
Calling all Singaporeans, those who have been to Singapore, or just a big fan of Singapore cuisine, this kind of food is something you might be very familiar with! It's something that could be called as Hawker dish, the name is Bak Chor Mee or Mee Pok, which literally means Minced Meat Noodle!
Before this Ming Fa Bak Chor Mee that we are going to talk about, we've reviewed another Bak Chor Mee stand in Jakarta before called Yong He Noodles making this our second Bak Chor Mee in Jakarta review! Ming Fa here is located at PIK's Fresh Market, the ones that are just right outside the market, in line with other noodle shops there!
27 April 2017
My first visit to Porto Bistreau is to the one at Central Park, which is actually their 2nd branch. The first one is at Serpong. Porto here is from Altima Group, so it's the same as Nanny's Pavilion, Karnivor, Wild Grass in Bandung, and others. Went here for a breakfast, which is pretty rare and weird, even for me. Who am I kidding? Central Park is not exactly a type of breakfast kind of mall and yet here I am..lol! No, we don't live in the hotel or apartment near here if that's what you're thinking, guess we're just that random!
Porto Bistreau here opens from 8 in the morning, which is why they have a breakfast menu and there're 6 of them, available only till 11 am, so it's not an all day breakfast. Be sure to keep that mind!
25 April 2017
It's mid 2017 and yet coffee game still going strong here in Jakarta! Here's another new coffee shop appearing in Dharmawangsa Square called Maoki Coffee. It's inside Barber Club in the back corner and I start to wonder why are there so many coffee shops that is inside a barber shop!
23 April 2017
Well after the coffee hype, now comes the new hype; Cheesecake! This isn't exactly a new place but since cheesecake shops have been appearing here and there nowadays, this one is a must to come into the spotlight, it's Cheesess!
13 April 2017
Hey everyone! How's April treating you? Good I hope. Did you know about The Cheesecake Factory? Nope, this is not the old cheesecake factory but it's the real one that is imported right from the US! Well, if I'm not mistaken, I think the old one even changed it's name to Almond Tree now? Is it? Well, let's just continue about this one!
31 March 2017
Maybe some of you saw that one of us went to Derawan Island on this early March from Instagram, especially since it's a bit of a spam..lol! It's just because the place is just so beautiful that I want to show you all of them! Show that our Indonesia is actually gorgeous! Land nor underwater, all of them are pretty and after sharing them, a lot of you also ask some questions about this, so here's all the answers you need! Let's tour!!
It's a bit of a tiring trip if you're from Jakarta though, as it's from Jakarta to Balikpapan to Berau to Tanjung Batu, and then to Derawan. From Berau to Tanjung Batu, you'd have to ride a car for about 150-180 minutes drive, depends on your driver..lol! The road is far from smooth and you'd be going into the woods (playing that TS song..lol!), from then on going to Derawan will be taken by a speed boat with about 25 minutes of travel. Other alternative if you don't want to go through Berau, is going through Tarakan, though if I'm not mistaken, you'd be going on a long journey by boat. I'd much prefer a long way by car than boat, you see!
Yet another pork specialist has landed in Jakarta, more precisely in Pluit! Yay! Can't be denied that North Jakarta is the heaven of non-halal foods, either it's PIK, Gading, or Pluit. Probably because of the market is perfect for it. This place is called The Fat Pig and it's one with a carwash, though I don't remember the name of the carwash, sorry! :(
Hey there Glosis Steak lovers or if you're not, at least you must've heard of this brand. It's pretty popular among family in the old times. Now, we'll just introduce you a bit about this new branch called Glosis Restaurant at La Maison Barito apartment in South Jakarta. This is the only Glosis branch that has a breakfast menu and coffee from Common Grounds! Of course their opening hours is also different starting from 7 am to 11 pm. Wow, huh? Aren't they just full of surprises?
CupBop here is actually an international brand that has landed itself in Jakarta, more exactly at Gandaria City on the lower ground. I think they also have a branch at Living World but I just haven't got the chance to visit there. It's Korean cuisine and the type that is put into a cup hence the name!
Yeah! Gelato!! Who doesn't love good gelato? From kids to adults, everyone just loves their gelato, right? Eating gelato always gives me this happy feeling and hearing that the famous Gaya Gelato from Bali coming to Jakarta, I think I'm in heaven! Gaya Gelato in Bali is located at Ubud and Uluwatu and last month they've opened their first Jakarta branch at Pantai Indah Kapuk (again)!!
So happy that there's yet another brunch spot in Jakarta! When people talk about brunch, the first place that came up in my mind is definitely Maple & Oak but then after giving it some thought, I guess Jakarta has quite a lot of brunch spots like St. Ali, Toby's Estate, and Common Grounds, which are all connected by the way..lol! It's usually coffee shops tho and Hardware Lane here is no different. Don't really know whether they want to focus on the coffee or brunch but all I know is the presentation of their brunch is very interesting! Like always, I did some stalking on their Instagram before visiting and it's obvious that they're an Australian type of brunch and lucky me, cause that's exactly what I love!
Located at Pluit and you can locate it with GPS, cause that's how I found it too..lol! Signage is pretty big, so it's easy to find and the parking lot is huge. You won't miss it!
30 March 2017
Usually when I went to Bali, there's already a default list of places that I'd visit, like Babi Guling, Warung Cahaya, Gusto, etc (you can check them out on Instagram by searching #lulabyspoonbali). After a certain times of going to the same routines, you'd get sick of it, so you can't imagine how psyched I am when I found this new favorite spot! It's called Pork Star and yes, when in Bali, of course the jewels would be pork..lol!
Pork Star here is pretty close to Warung Cahaya, only in different alley. From the front you'd immediately see a hot pink container truck with a picture of a pig on it, that's how you know it's Pork Star! Don't worry, even though only the truck is visible, they actually have a proper table to dine in, the container is just their kitchen, the restaurant itself even have 2 floors!
Don't really remember what this place was before, the location is right across of PIK Avenue. The place is called Wheat & Wit and it's more of a bakery sourcing from Malaysia!
12 March 2017
Today we're sharing about something different. It's not the usual restaurant review but a chocolate brand! Yay for chocolates! The brand is from PT. Sukanda Djaya, called Cacao Barry and it has been here since 1842. Their strength lies in sourcing origin countries' cocoa beans, working intimately with cocoa producers and selecting the best & appropriate beans for chocolate recipes and now, they're launching a "new generation" chocolate with a pure and intense taste of cocoa, the 3 purity from nature couverture chocolate; Ocoa, Alunga, and Inaya!
11 March 2017
It's finally March! Why are we excited you ask? Well, because in this month, we'll be going on a lot of vacations! Yes, not just one trip, but several, check out our instagram if you're interested in following us on our holidays. No, we won't be going together but on a separate trip, so if you wanna know each of our trips, find us on each of our own instagrams!
That's our quick heads-up, so now let's get back to business. Today we'll be sharing about Ginzamaru, which used to be where Sumibian was at Pantai Indah Kapuk. Don't really know if the owner is still the same or not but they both have grills and Ginzamaru here has more Japanese foods. If you still have no idea where this is, it's in line with PIK's market!