Brown sugar milk drink has got to be the most happening drink trend at the moment. Period. More and more foreign brands are opening in town, and from what I see they have successfully captured the hearts of Jakartans from the long long daily queue! I, myself haven't had the chance to try Tiger Sugar Indonesia (hopefully soon), but recently I was invited to the opening of Xing Fu Tang Indonesia in Lippo Mall Puri and I felt lucky that day because I didn't need to queue and they were very generous in providing us with their drinks, I managed to try most of them and I am going to review them in this blog post!
Xing Fu Tang is a relatively fresh brand, originated and established in Taiwan, in just a short span of existence, they have managed to open branches all over the world, including Jakarta now! I met the owner of the brand on the opening night but forgot to have any picture together, but he was nice, outgoing and friendly! Xing Fu Tang Lippo Mal Puri is located at the LG level of the mall, not too far from Momoiro!
As soon as I reached the store, I noticed one thing that captivated me instantly: THEY MAKE THEIR OWN BOBA, and I do appreciate that because then you'll have fresh bubbles, and if they know how to perfectly cook them they will turn out to be perfect texture wise! I heard people waited 2-3 hours just for the drinks so I did have quite an expectation towards this one!
The main reason why I love brown sugar drinks is probably because this kind of drink is not overly sweet, and here you can experience the overall making process from scratch and all live. The bubble's made from the mixture of prepped dry batter, brown sugar and water, molded and cut into small pieces (PS: their bubble is slightly smaller compared to the common bobas you find on the market right now), followed by the cooking process, chilling and further cooking process together with the brown sugar! After that they will start marking the glass with the brown sugar bubble, mix the milk and cream in, topped with brown sugar brulee (torched) and ready to serve! Check out this video to match the visual you had in mind.
topped with brown sugar, then torched brulee style!
My verdict: They are very good with the balance of the drink BUT you have to stir everything properly so each ingredient blend well together (they have this 18 stirs rule FYI but a formality because they believe 18 is a lucky number), the overall taste doesn't feel overly milky and sweet, but a tad less creamy that I expected, the brown sugar's properly given and gotta give it to the bubble because the texture, moisture and firmness was just SPOT ON! I tried their Grass Jelly Brown Sugar Milk and apparently I like that better than the Brown Sugar Boba Milk, not sure why but I felt the balance was just better with this combo.
If you ask me whether it's worth the queue, well I don't queue for food (or drinks), I am the "okay next time" type and willing to wait for the moment to fade a bit then jump in, so three hours for a drink feels non-sense, but if you are willing to do so that's 100% your right LOL, and if you ask me to name my favorite, my number one is still R&B Tea in Singapore and Kokumi's different compared to the other ones.
This unicorn sparkling drink was basically Sprite with colored glitter and jelly topping for me, too pleasing for the eye but in terms of flavor, just flavored fresh soda.
I don't think there are a lot of Spanish restaurants in Jakarta and to narrow it down even more: good Spanish restaurants in Jakarta! Plan B, Javanegra & Por Que No are some of the good ones that pop in my head if you spontaneously bring the topic, anyway recently I was invited to have lunch at this restaurant that I've been wanting to go but haven't got the chance (and now finally did!) called Tapas Club, this franchise is originated from Singapore (and they also have one in Malaysia) and their Jakarta branch is located at Setiabudi One precisely next to St. Ali! PS: you know the drill, just because I got invited to the event doesn't mean that I would give positive reviews, review is always going to be based on my personal experience, and honest.
Let's start with the gorgeous interior, I love it! It's classy while still keeping it homey and overall simple, the brick wall gave this warm vibe that I love, not sure whether it's a Spanish restaurant thing or to built the homey vibe, but the red bricks, I mean, just fits the concept so well, and the other details on the leather sofa, the orange seats and all just screams class!
Rack of good Spanish wines!
I feel like I need to explain you guys a little bit about Tapas, let's just put Tapas as the Spanish version of Japanese Izakaya, normally dishes that's served in small portions and meant to be shared, the key is SHARING and normally people enjoy Tapas with some alcohol: cocktails, wines, Sangria, but if you don't drink alcohol you can absolutely drink it with whatever you want, no rules, feel free.
Sangria - IDR 125k/glass, IDR 440k/jug
OMG when it comes to staple Spanish drink, nothing is more Spanish than Sangria, it's basically red wine mixed with juice (normally orange juice) with various chopped fruits (apple, orange, berries), it might sound simple to create but to be honest, out of the ones that I've tried, the amount of wine and juice just has to be right, but Tapas Club's is actually pretty good!
Croquetas De Pollo - IDR 55k
THE MUST ORDER HERE! This one was so good that my table decided to order another portion (well not in a shameless way but after gladly offered by the restaurant's manager)! Their take of chicken croquette is different compared to others, apparently NO POTATO is involved in the cooking process, they use thick cooking cream and chicken, slowly cooked everything together until they turn pretty solid, shaped and deep fried! I don't get how the coating can be crunchy or how the shape is maintained when it's cooked (instead of breaking apart or melt), but anyway this one is MUST ORDER: you got the flavor (properly seasoned for me), the texture and the addiction later!
Creamy but not overly thick for my liking!
Tortilla da Patatas - IDR 55k
Japanese style omelette with generous potato chunks, it was good but not out of the world good.
Gambas Al Ajillo - IDR 110k
TAKE NOTE, another favorite of mine from the lunch! Another Spanish staple: garlic prawns! Oh my goodness this one's SUPER GOOD but really it's all in the prawns, if they're not fresh in the first place then the dish is failing! The prawns were so fresh that it's so crunchy and naturally sweet but cooked with garlic, olive oil and seasoned just beautifully that it's just spot on savory, salty and aromatic, I literally forgot the breads were there (heard supposed to be combined but I didn't need them! LOL)
I suppose, how you should eat it?
Huevo, Patata Y Jamon - IDR 80k
I notice that the lunch that day was pretty heavy on potatoes, which is a good thing ;), anyway this one is delicious, probably another favorite, consist of bed of moist potatoes topped with ham, soft boiled egg and truffle oil dressing! All in the ham baby, so fresh and so good!
Torreznos Con Trinxat - IDR 90k
Wanted to like this more but apparently I am not the biggest fan of sour cabbage, but the grilled pork belly was good tho!
Paella Mixta - event special size, but normally IDR 190k
I will put the review on what should be good in a Spanish restaurant: PAELLA! Paella is one of my favorite Spanish food and if it's done right, my fond level towards a restaurant just raises a few points LOL! The chef showed us the making of the giant paella, a lot enough to feed 50-ish people that were on the event that day! Speaking of Paella, it's a Spanish rice-dish with various toppings (normally seafood), cooked with stock and seasoned with mainly salt and pepper.
Their version of paella is... I think I am going to use the word "original" because it did taste like the one that I had in Spain, very lightly seasoned, maybe not THAT savory as how you would expect, but they cook it perfectly, the rice was nicely done, seafood's fresh and if you ask me, and since I appreciate originality and authenticity, I like it!
My concern is that maybe most of you would expect more seasoning.
Churros Con Chocolate - IDR 40k
Sweet closure to end the lunch that day and talk about Spanish dessert... CHURROS aka Spanish long fried bread! I absolutely love their churros OMG it has this gorgeous thickness and consistency, not oily (which is important to steal my heart), the chocolate dipping might not be as thick as I imagined but that's not a big problem for me, the churros alone was among the best ones in Jakarta. Period.
Pampered with food and friends, thank you for having me, last notes: Tapas Club is a serious restaurant (not like expensively serious), AND oh I was surprised by the pricing, it's just okay for Jakarta's hip restaurant standard, and they serve good authentic Spanish food! Oh fuck I am thinking about their chicken croquette now okay byeee!
Good news everyone! Tiger Sugar is opening SOON in Mal Kelapa Gading 2, by the time this post is written, it's exactly ONE WEEK AWAY from the scheduled opening!
I think I haven't really given my two cents about Tiger Sugar's Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse, aside from the one I did on Instagram, so here you go: firstly, Tiger Sugar doesn't have complicated menus, so it's technically they are mostly milk based drinks (NO MILK TEA HERE), you CAN NOT customize your sugar level, amount of ice or toppings! This particular drink is priced at S$5.3, they have the no-topping version with the same price!
Anyway don't get confused as they also have the Brown Sugar Milk with Pearls and Cream Mousse, if you wonder the difference between Boba and Pearls, the Boba is the larger tapioca pearls, while the Pearls are the smaller ones, and you can choose to have it mixed :)! If you ask me my favorite, to be frank with you, for this kind of drink I would opt for the Boba: I just need something larger with this enjoyable mouthful chewiness to balance the creaminess of this drink!
I recommend taking photo AS SOON AS POSSIBLE because I didn't expect the brown sugar to mix and disappear that fast, as suggested by the staff there, shake the cup 15-20 times to have everything mixed evenly!
I think I didn't mix the drink evenly the first time that my first sip wasn't exactly the most enjoyable, I think I had mainly the cream mousse on that first sip and it felt so milky and too sweet and I almost didn't like this drink, but after I stirred everything with my straw (hoping it's even enough), fortunately it wasn't as sweet as that first sip and after each sip I gradually liking this drink more and more! I believe the milk is thick and more to the heavier side but the brown sugar was certainly the highlight of the drink: aromatic, rich, caramelized but not the kind that would make you go bloated and my bubbles were moist and chewy enough. Safe to say I ended up liking Tiger Sugar!
Can't wait for it to open in Jakarta soon. I hope everything goes well for the opening and I won't have to review them to filth! LOL!
The brown sugar milk drink is by far THE MOST happening F&B trend this year, more and more foreign brands are opening (and I heard more, soon) and to be frank, I am excited HAHA!
One of the many foreign brands that are opening here is One Zo, a bubble tea drink brand that's originated from Taiwan and they emphasize their brown sugar milk tea as the main star here! They open their first outlet in Aeon Mall BSD and located inside the Food Culture area (Aeon's food court on G floor).
Left: Dirty Brown Sugar Milk Tea - IDR 39k (L), Right: Dirty Brown Sugar Milk- IDR 48k (L)
Call me lucky because apparently on the precise time of my visit the bubble master from Taiwan was there and he did this live bubble making process so all the passing guests can experience with their own eyes the behind the scenes of their iconic boba production! Everything's made from scratch, they use only natural ingredients for coloring (from real fruits) and the process below was the MARVEL inspired bubble as by the time this post is written, the Avengers End Game is coming real soon on theatres!
Wrapped before adapting to the room temperature and chilled for a bit..
The bubble machine!
...if I'm not mistaken I think the overall process took around 20-30 minutes, it's the cooking process that took longer because they want to make sure the bubble had the right moisture and texture! One thing for sure I HIGHLY APPRECIATE the fact that they make their own bubble, I just think it's cool!
Anyway talk about bubbles they have four kinds of bubbles here, yes FOUR kinds and each made from different ingredient: Brown Sugar (IDR 7k), Black Sesame (IDR 7k), Crystal (IDR 5k), and Mango Bubble (IDR 7k)!
Clockwise:Mango Milkshake, Wintermelon-Lemon, Brown Sugar Milk Tea, Brown Sugar Milk
If you ask me to name my favorite, before that let me tell you that I love both of the drinks (milk tea/milk version), I found them to be equally nice and enjoyable, and DELICIOUS! The milk version is of course creamier without being overly milky, but since I am more of a milk tea guy, I like the milk tea better, because I just love when milk and tea meet together, there's this beautiful balance of milk & tea and really they make good couple! I did a bit of experiment and actually ordered one more Dirty Brown Sugar Milk Tea with 50% sugar and here's my take: the normal sugar (100%) has this wonderful balance and gave this "creamier" texture that I find entertaining to my palate, but the 50% has the amount of sugar that I like but not as creamy as the standard serving, so really it's your call! Both are good in my opinion.
The Wintermelon-Lemon drink (IDR 39k - L) is lacking this lemon flavor and I only got the sweet Wintermelon and I found it a bit too sweet so I might pass on that one, however the Mango Milkshake is DELICIOUS, again a tad too sweet (and believe me I have passed what I feel about it to the staffs there and the owner happened to be there asking for my two cents) but spot on creaminess and mango flavor!
They gave me two more drinks for me to try: Italian Cocoa Latte (IDR 44k - L), Taro Milk Tea (IDR 33k - L), I love the chocolate drink! I don't myself hard to be entertained by chocolate drinks, just please avoid cheap tasting chocolate and business owners should be sensitive about that! If you can't differentiate cheap and premium chocolate then I can't do much to help you really, and theirs defo don't taste cheap with smooth aftertaste (not gritty), the Taro Milk Tea is also enjoyable, but tastes just common, like ones you can find elsewhere, it's exactly the same.
Their Dirty Brown Sugar series is definitely one of the best that I've had in town! I had zero complaint about that, I love the sweetness, the creaminess and on top of all, the chewiness of the bubble!!! Other drinks that I recommend would be the Mango Milkshake, the Italian Cocoa Drink and maybe you can explore more as they have quite a few options! Price wise they're above their peers, but if they promise to keep up with the quality, I would be very glad, especially since people have been tagging me NON-STOP, literally and I mean LITERALLY every single day since I first posted about this! That makes me happy and I love you!
Thank you for reading, I am counting the days to Tiger Sugar's opening!
I am a firm believer that most health problems are related to our digestive system, this is stemmed from two years ago when I had the worst case of gastric pain, I literally took all the blood test that a lab could possibly handle, cost me millions, all that to know that my gastric acid was in a pretty terrible state that I need to stop consuming certain food, work out (and work less so that I'm not stressed out), and from that I believe that our digestive system and gastric are almost like the door to what you're feeling about your body, if you don't treat them well they can fight you back, but if you take very good care they will help you get through the day, or even your life.
I am recently introduced by this new product, long story short hooked and now it's me turn to introduce you guys to this new healthy indulgence that's not only practical, contains a lot of health benefits but also very tasty: GREENFIELDS YOGURT DRINK!
Prior the launching of Greenfields Yogurt Drink, I had the privilege to attend the launching of Greenfields Yogurt two years ago (you can read more HERE) and I treasure more behind Greenfields and the AustAsia Group as a whole and the ventures they have in store: from realizing the fact that they have 80.000 cows bred in China alone (and 10.000 in Indonesia - Holstein & Jersey breed) and from that they can produce 930 tons of milk every single day and that milk becomes the base of their products: milk, yogurt, cheese, whipped cream, butter and now... yogurt drink!
One of the things that I am fond of Greenfields Yogurt Drink is that they don't include any antibiotics and made from 100% real milk (along with the bacteria to convert the milk to yogurt), beware of the fake ones with tons of artificial ingredients and sugar! Yogurt is the kind of drink that we consume to help us with our digestive system: most famous for naturally help easen up our digestive system, as well as awesome protein, calcium, & vitamin source, control our blood pressure, weight, and a 'friend' who helps us with our immune system!
Greenfields Yogurt Drink are currently available in 5 flavors: lychee, peach, blueberry, strawberry and mixed fruits! It's affordably priced at IDR 8.500/bottle!Their yogurt drink is not the overly sour kind, for me it's more dominated by sweet taste with a hint of sour, but overall quite balance. I have tried every one and if you ask me to name my favorite, it has to be the blueberry for the delicate yet tasty blueberry drink but my mind is always in the state of knowing "this also has health benefits", that's why in this entry I also want to share, well not a recipe, but how I implement my favorite blueberry drink to my breakfast!
You can definitely play with the other variants, while they're targeted more for "on-the-go" situation, to be a little creative won't hurt anybody right? :)
I found that the yogurt drink can be a good substitute to the milk, not only that it's tastier but also the fact that it's infused with flavor! Greenfields Blueberry Yogurt Drink + your favorite fruit + your favorite cereal and here's a hearty simple breakfast!
Have you guys tried this? Let me know your favorite flavor! As what's being said by Syahbanta Sembiring (Country Head Sales & Marketing PT AustAsia Food), Greenfields Yogurt Drink is made #BukanUntukYangSetengahMati, so if you're one of those people who deal with major everyday mobility, this one's for you! Stay healthy!
One of the most happening food trend at the very moment is Japanese pancakes, more and more brands start bringing this menu into their line-up and one of them is Pan & Co, a new cafe specializes in serving Japanese fluffy pancakes and they just recently opened in Mal Kelapa Gading! This happens to be their very first outlet and in case you wonder from the branding and such, this is a local brand, but they do get inspired by Japanese design and implemented that on their concept, branding and food!
If you love the color yellow then you might love this place, it POPS, bright, fun and just in time when the crowd gets packed, the vibe just feels even more enhances. Pan & Co is located at Mal Kelapa Gading 2 next to EZO Cheesecake, you can make the entrance via mall or the connecting path from the parking building.
The queue was pretty long at the time of my visit (around 1 PM) and there were about 5 queues ahead of me, such a usual phenomenon when it comes to new and hip places opening in town! As I told you earlier, Pan & Co emphasizes their Japanese fluffy pancakes as the main star, but they also have various non pancake menus like toasts, light bites, salads and bento, all that with decent line up of curated drinks! I am fully aware that the pancakes will take some time to make, but I notice not everyone are well prepared for that (or care), but yes, it will take at least 15-20 minutes to cook your pancakes because that's just how it goes, it needs more patience and requires more attention to cook this kind of pancake!
Enough yakking, let's just dive into what they have in store!!!
Ginza Galaxy - IDR 35k
This is simply MUST TRY! Not only that it comes in this gorgeous presentation and color, but taste wise, this is also very good and refreshing! Passionfruit base with blue pea tea soda, lemon and strawberries!
French Fries Takoyaki Style - IDR 32k
The light bite that you can munch on while waiting for your pancakes to be done, simple but pleasant: moist shoestring fries (not the super dry and crunchy type) topped with mayonnaise, bonito flakes, nori and served with this tasty takoyaki sauce, the takoyaki sauce has this hint of spicy that I found enjoyable!
Strawberry Miss You - IDR 59k
Two pieces of Japanese fluffy pancakes with homemade honey whipped cream, fresh strawberries, strawberry jam and ice cream on the side! The moment I knew I love their pancakes was when I realized their pancakes were FRESH without this overpowering eggy/fishy smell! Texture wise, indeed super fluffy but still pretty much cake-like texture, the pancakes are also not sweet (if not, perfect sweetness) so that when you have them together with the toppings, everything feels balance! The strawberry jam is made fresh and it's refreshing, I don't know if they imported the strawberries, but they were also fresh, overall almost like this strawberry compote!
Chizu Boba - IDR 59k
When Japanese pancake meets boba! I found the texture of the pancake the same (I understand they come from the same kitchen but keep reading) and this one's actually very simple: pancakes with cream cheese topping and chewy boba (black pearls), and oh, served with vanilla ice cream too, but really I barely touched the ice cream, I even forgot it's there and I can live without it. The cream cheese has got to be the highlight for me as I love the mix of sweet and salty flavor without being overly cheesy in the same time! The bobas are moist and chewy, very enjoyable!
If you ask me, I still prefer the Strawberry Miss You way better!
Teriyaki Chicken and Egg - IDR 65k
The reason why I said the texture of the pancake might be different is because they are! For savory menus, the wheat pancakes are used, hence the drier texture, more cakey, but still pretty much moist! I think the fact that the pancake is drier & more airy is the reason why I love this dish, because when you have it together with the savories, they match better! Anyway it's just my opinion, but since the toppings are already quite fulfilling, I found one pancake should do better for me, but when they give you two instead of one maybe it's just best to be grateful LOL!
Pancake with egg, teriyaki chicken, sauteed mushroom and salad, my problem with this is probably the lack of sauce...and the egg! I expected the fluffy saltier egg but it was plain, the teriyaki chicken is seasoned very well tho, the sauteed mushroom didn't do much, oh, I think sausage would do very well with the pancake!
Texture close up!
At the very moment, Pan & Co's pancakes are legit, the best one in town, it's close to the Japan's very own Happy Pancake (only I found Happy Pancake's more golden in terms of color). I hope they keep up with the quality!
Japanese cuisine will always have a special place in my heart, and just for so many reasons, but out of the many, one has got to be how the best things are best enjoyed raw and sometimes they're so raw and fresh they just speak for themselves! Out of the many Japanese restaurants opening in Jakarta, one of my top favorites at the moment has got to be Sushi Matsu, they recently opened their second outlet, following the elder, existing and successful first outlet in Menteng!
Their second outlet is located at Jalan Suryo, precisely next to Okuzono restaurant! The interior is very simple, neat and just proper, overall still with touches of Japanese details here and there.
I was invited to come to the bloggers gathering event some time ago, but I have to be frank and tell you guys that I didn't manage to try everything because there were many bloggers coming that day, so I am just going to highlight some of my personal favorites that I managed to dig in! As the name suggests, SUSHI Matsu definitely focuses in serving sushi creations and fresh sashimi, but they also have a lot of non-sushi & sashimi menus like teppanyaki, donburi, noodles (ramen/udon), gyukatsu and more!
Ika Mentaiyaki - IDR 98k
Grilled squid with mentai sauce, might be a simple appetizer but it's actually packed with flavors, the generous mentai sauce was bold and tasty, enhancing but balancing in the same time.
Aburi Sushi Mori Matsu - IDR 178k
This is the platter of some of their best-selling torched sushi, and in frame there are 8: Salmon, Salmon Mentai, Ika, Shimaaji, Otoro, Tuna, Ebi, Ebi Mentai & Unagi! Tried some of them and they were pretty much BOMBS! Again, the ingredient spoke for themselves, the sashimi was already fresh, they lightly glazed the surface with the homemade sauce, some with additional toppings and carefully torched!
Unagi & Otoro
Otoro (Fatty Tuna)
Shimaaji (White Trevally)
Hana Sushi - IDR 148k
Here you can also customize your own sushi stairs and sushi house (and they're famous for that), with minimum purchase of 4 sushis, but this time we got the Hana Sushi with 5 kinds of their beautiful sushi like the followings that you'll be seeing: there's one with aburi salmon and spicy mentai, beef sushi, and one with scallop! These are like burst of flavor and meant to be eaten as a whole!
Seafood Butter - IDR 138k
Another one that I found stood out from the crowd was their Seafood Butter, basically cooked seafood with butter sauce! First, the butter sauce: fragrant, savory, nicely salty just how I imagined it before digging in, secondly, the seafood: the shrimp was fresh, scallop was juicy and naturally sweet, squid was nicely tender and the cod was soft!
This is their non-seafood dish and this is almost like this staple menu that most Japanese restaurants in Jakarta needs to have, however, each restaurant delivers it quite differently, and Sushi Matsu's rendition of gyudon's pretty satisfying: proper seasoning, overall flavorful and aromatic, perfectly cooked beef (medium), mandatory runny egg and crispy garlic chips for texture. Nothing to hate really.
Dry Ramen with extra Salmon Topping - IDR 58k+30k, IDR 88k
I found the texture of the ramen pleasing, but a little more kick of savory and salty to it would make me love this even more, the salmon was fresh and juicy, mandatory to have that with the ramen! They also have other toppings like Scallop (IDR 35k), Gyuniku (beef - IDR 25k), Ebi (IDR 25k), Soft Shell Crab (IDR 30k), Mushrooms (IDR 20k)
Bara Chirasi - IDR 138k
As much as I wanted to love this, I didn't try this at all, just posting it because it looks so pretty! From what I saw the chirasi has toppings like unagi, cubed kani, tamago, raw salmon, tuna, white trevally, shrimp, with additional ebiko and tobiko topping!
Gyukatsu Matsuyaki - IDR 158k
I didn't expect much from this at first, somehow I didn't see any marbling from the beef, but as it's cooked and slowly appear to be super aromatic, it started to show its charm LOL, gotta appreciate the hot stone for distributing the nice amount of heat because I found that's the little detail that's missed by some restaurants, sometimes the pan can overheat that it started to smoke a lot and left this bitter flavor on the meat and my palate! Sushi Matsu's version of gyukatsu is enjoyable!
Shiok Maki (4 pcs - IDR 68k, 8 pcs - IDR 128k)
Indeed, it was a SHIOK moment for me because this was good! Wonderfully simple with unagi, avocado, cucumber, mentai and salmon tobiko mixed sauce! Flavor flavor flavor!!!
Their famous sushi house!
Update: came back here two days ago because I was craving for good Japanese dinner, particularly thought about Chirasi and I remember their Chirasi was so freaking good (intermezzo to the one that I had at their Menteng outlet), initially wanted to have the Chirasi only but ended up with 6 dishes LOL, some are ones that I posted above (so I didn't take any pic), but now showing you some of the menus that I never had before (or shown before) for the dinner!
Sashimi Mori Matsu - IDR 168k
5 kinds of sashimi, each served two so we had 10 on the platter! There were Salmon, Tuna, Hokkigai (Surf Clamp), Ika and Hamachi (Japanese Amberjack), everything was fresh and delightful!
Matsu Chirasi - IDR 178k
EXACTLY what I had imagined for dinner that night: assorted (9 kinds) sashimi on bed of rice! This was SO GOOD and fresh I'm gonna cryyy now typing this and freaking hungryyyyyyy!!! The cuts were even, the otoro was surely the bad ass BOMB, but overall, satisfying! I would actually pay more than IDR 178k to be frank with you.
Sushi Matsu has always been consistent with their performance, went here 4 times already and never left disappointed, easily one of my most favorite casual Japanese restaurants in town, and compared to their peers, one of the best for sure!
Sushi Matsu Senopati Jalan Suryo No. 2 Senopati, Kebayoran Baru Jakarta Selatan 12180 021 - 5203 062 Opening hours: 11 AM-3 PM (lunch) 6 PM-11 PM (dinner) Average spending for two: IDR 400k INSTAGRAM
If you ask me to name one of my favorite Indonesian restaurants in Jakarta, easily Warung MJS is the one I have in mind among others, and unconsciously my mind particularly directed itself to their Ayam Setan, super spicy yet so good! Incase you haven't read my review of Warung MJS, it's HERE.
Warung MJS is mostly packed during lunch and dinner, but the team came to a realization that not everyone has the privilege to actually dine out during their busiest moment of the day (or simply those who are too lazy to dine out), so to cater that particular market, they now launch Nyah Kunyah, a sister brand which caters deliveries, Nyah Kunyah's products are mostly the simplified version of Warung MJS' best selling products with a twist! They happen to send me ALL OF THEIR PRODUCTS and here I am giving my honest two cents since a lot of you guys have been asking for a full review of this, anyway thank you very much who tagged me on your stories, appreciate them always!!!
There are currently 10 menus available and TOTALLY HALAL, they only use chicken & beef for the protein base here, most of the food here are spicy and they leave the non-spicy menus to the Ayam Bakar & Daging Sapi Grundel! Price range for food here is from IDR 39,5k (chicken menus)-IDR 44,5k (beef menus), the serving includes extra "kremesan (savory fried crumb topping)" and iced tea!
Ayam Sambal Setan - IDR 39,5k
I just need to review this first because it's my favorite menu in Warung MJS that they put here, it's SUPER SPICY, totally aware of that but in the same time can't stop digging for more! Compared to the beef version, I prefer the chicken one's better, well both are good but it's the meatier texture of the chicken that I think carry this dish better, and somehow more satisfying!
Sapi Sambal Setan - IDR 44,5k
Ayam Gongso - IDR 39,5k
If you want an option that's mild spicy but still packed with flavor then I think you might like this one! It's overall this good balance of flavor with this subtle hint of sweetness (but like this soft hint), also available in chicken & beef base, yet again if you ask me, I am still #teamchicken, the deep fried chicken has this lovely texture and thickness that I found perfect for the serving, the beef slices are also pretty tender.
Ayam Sambal Wewe - IDR 39,5k
Deep fried chicken tossed in generous green chili, judging from the experience, I initially thought the green chili would be super spicy but turns out it's more like "medium" rather than overly spicy, but always take what I say with a grain of salt because each and every one of us has different take on spicy things, yet again, team chicken on this one!
Sapi Sambal Matah - IDR 44,5k
I expected more from their Sambal Matah creations, I just don't think that the sambal matah flavor is quite there yet, well I mean it's simple and easily enjoyable, and in this case I prefer their beef version as I think it absorbs the seasoning better on this one!
These are the non-spicy options for those of you who fancy one: Daging Sapi Grundel (left) and Ayam Bakar (right), the texture of the beef is very similar to Yoshinoya's beef bowl, only with this sweet and savory Indonesian seasoning that's rich and packed with flavors, as for the Ayam Bakar, the chicken's pretty tender too but maybe in this case, the Daging Sapi Grundel won me over, BIG TIME, as it's juicier and wrapped in gorgeous seasoning!
So is Nyah Kunyah the best rice bowl vendor in town? Well, it might be, can't seem to label them the best of the best because quite frankly A LOT OF RICE BOWL BRANDS that I need to explore, but their rice bowls are bold in terms of seasoning, beef & chicken are tender & juicy, very little miss here and there, and who knows they might come up with fish bowls, I think fish like dory can benefit and perform so much from their top seasoning, ok salivating now thanks for reading!
This has got to be one of the MOST happening drinks at the very moment! Ever since I posted this on my Instagram I have been getting at least 40-50 tags every single day *brb making invoice for Kopi Soe* - they need to start cutting me A CHECK, lol just kidding! Kopi Soe just opened their newest and probably the one with proper seating area in Muara Karang (precisely next to Delapan Gram cafe), the cafe's not the most spacious but inside there are a few tables for you to chill for a bit. My main purpose coming here is to check out & testify their highly raved Roegal for myself. In case you wonder, Roegal is basically fresh milk with rhum syrup and regal biscuits, so simple.
The interior is neat, simple and comfortable, nothing fancy and extraordinary, at the moment Kopi Soe focuses in serving coffee, but those who are for non-coffee drinkers, they also have selections like chocolate & matcha, and soya milk for non-dairy consumers! I opted for these followings on my visit Kopi Soe Goela Merah (18k), Es Coklat Rhum (25k), Roegal (23k), Yuzu SoeSoe(23k).
Kopi Susu Goela Merah (bottom right - IDR 18k), Es Coklat Rhum (bottom left - IDR 25k) if you like kopi susu/milk coffee that's stronger on coffee you might like this one, but if you ask me to name my ultimate favorite, nothing beats Tuku so far, I actually prefer their Kopi Susu Goela Merah with a hint of rhum for extra fragrance and this hint of flavor! If you want the stronger kick to your coffee they also have the 'Double Espresso' version! I have ZERO complaint and negative thing to say about their Es Coklat Rhum, it's absolutely delicious, sweet, doesn't taste like cheap ass chocolate drink, I think it's the best, easy & affordable chocolate drinks in town at the moment, a MUST TRY!
Anyway talk about the rhum, they claim that they use rhum syrup which is free from alcohol, but I can't guarantee that it's HALAL tho.
Roegal - IDR 23k I honestly didn't expect much from this because if you ask me, I am not the biggest fan of Regal biscuits, well I mean I like it but not crazy about it! BUUUT somehow they manage to measure the right portion of each ingredient, hence this good satisfying drink! The rhum and milk blends so well that it's almost like drinking this pudding sauce (fla). I think a lot of people agree with my "judgement" about this drink and I enjoy watching your story tags, thank you so much!
I ask the staff there and they said 32 grams of Regal biscuits for each serving, I kinda ask for more (with extra charge)
Yuzu Soesoe - IDR 23k
I also enjoy their Yuzu drink because when you mix the Yuzu syrup and the milk, they blend into this beverage with beautiful sweetness, a hint of sour from the Yuzu, fragrant and absolutely fresh, the slightly more unique product that you don't see often at kopi susu vendor stall, but one that's absolutely worth trying!
Trend comes and goes, but somehow I believe this will remain, it's a simple satisfying thrist quenchers for the day, for times when you just want to slurp something when you're so busy with your chores. Wish them luck!
I have been raving about this shabu-shabu restaurant A LOT and I guess it's no longer a secret that you guys know how much I LOVE Momo Paradise! Point of this blog post is to let you guys know that MOMO PARADISE is now expanding to the Central and now in PLAZA INDONESIA YAAAAY finally the closest to where I live.
A little background about Momo Paradise: it's an all you can eat shabu-shabu restaurant originated from Shinjuku, Japan! First opened in Japan back in 1993 then followed by the expansion all over Asia at countries like Thailand, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia! They're also in the USA and at the moment (and by the time this post is published), 70 is the amount of restaurants they have all over the world.
There's no difference from ingredient wise to basically everything, there are still 4 options for the beef here: US Chuck Eyeroll, US Short Plate, Wagyu Brisket and Wagyu Chuck Eyeroll and believe me even the cheapest beef option here is GOOD and when you compare Momo Paradise to ones alike, Momo Paradise is far ahead of them! For the Wagyu, I heard they're using Australian Wagyu hence the awesome marbling, but in the same time less in fat. Price range for the shabu-shabu here starts from IDR 200k++ to 500k++ (in the future price may vary).
You can choose between Shabu-Shabu (original), Mushroom, Kimchi (a hint of spicy), and Sukiyaki (soy-ish flavor, slightly bolder in flavor with beautiful blend of sweet and savory).
Go for their Mushroom soup and Shabu-Shabu, not the biggest fan of their original broth because it's a tad plain (and indeed the soup's meant to be for cooking and dipping), if you're a soup drinker then you have to go for their Kimchi soup!
If you're planning to have their Sukiyaki soup and willing to spend more, I highly recommend you to go for their Wagyu beef selections, and FYI if you order their Sukiyaki soup they will always provide you with additional soup and water incase it's reducing and you need to dilute it.
...also if you order their Sukiyaki soup they'll prepare you egg for some kind of "dipping sauce" for your beef, but it's your call!
My mandatory ala carte order here: RAMEN! Their homemade ramen is so GOOD! Spot on texture!
Anyway I believe you guys know this review is going to be all positive, but indeed they're very consistent with their quality and performance, even the service is very good (waiters have good product knowledge, they let us know the procedure and everything with such grace and patience), so I really have no other option than giving them positive review. MOMO PARADISE is definitely one of the most consistent restaurants in town at the very moment! Enjoy the remaining pictures!