Saturday, October 15, 2011

De Luca

Italian Restorante has been mushroomed in all over Jakarta lately. De Luca is one of them. As it has a lot of competitor, a bit hard for them to stand out from others. Sooner or later, the unqualified ones will be eliminated from the race area. Well, to be honest, I went to Plaza Senayan, planning to try Union. So bad there were a long long queue. I had to wait for 19 queues and I was in a huge hunger. Alright then, lets move on and try another one. I saw De Luca just right in front of Monolog, quiet crowded, but good for me as I didn't have to wait any longer and got a seat immediately, as I needed. Not bad, I thought. 

Almost full-seated that time, the waiters looked busy serving customers. The furniture and dim light reminded us of Italian bistro. Nice. :3

This is their bread compliment. A basket of bread. Yeah, they were wheat bread, and yummy when it was warm, but getting dry when it was cold. 

Spinach Canneloni (58K). 2 big rolled pasta with minced beef inside and melted cheese on the top plus tomato sauce. Once I ate this, reminded me of spaghetti bolognese. The difference is the pasta. Anyway, love the balance of thick cheese and sour tomato sauce. The pasta was al dente. But I thought I would much more in love if they put a bit sugar in the tomato sauce. :p

Linguine Minced Beef (68K). Whooooah, this was my fave. Well, as it was spinach, the color became green-ish. Minced beef and small cube of tomato, with grated cheese on the top. I was in love. I even drooling now while typing this. lol. 
It tasted very balance for every taste it had. The dish wasn't too dry like aglio olio, but also had moist side. And all spices mix well. 

FYI, just like another (most of) fancy restaurants, they took 10% service charge. :)

De Luca 
Plaza Senayan CP 01, Jakarta 
Ph. 021-5725170
Fax. 021- 5725171

Hakata Ikkousha

Heyho Readers! Who loves ramen? Me! Me! Me! 
As a big fan of ramen, it is a must to me to try the most happening ramen in Jakarta nowadays: Hakata Ikkousha! After the big hit of Ramen 38 spreaded throughout Jakarta and being calmed down already lately, now it's time for Ikkousha to be the next kicking point. 
Located in Muara Karang Raya, which is a food-crowded-place, Ikkousha has never been lack of customer. There's always a bunch of people queuing in the line waiting for their turn to taste the famous dishes. The place really reminds us of Japanese food stall, which is narrow and compact.
Dominated with wooden interior, they also have open kitchen where we could see the chefs working. 
As I saw some of the pictures hanging there, Ikkousha is based in Japan, and brought here by Japanese. 

This is their signature ramen.  Available with chicken and pork (38K).  I chose pork one. You know what makes Ikkousha different with another ramen? Their broth. As I overheard, it needed two days of cooking to make a perfect broth. The broth was not too thick but very taste and rich.
The portion was quiet big, enough to full my feast, but I was still like wanting more more and more. ;p
So bad there was only 1 pork slice served on the top. 

Tan Tan Ramen (46K). Just the same with the ramen, but it was a bit more spicy. You could see from the color, it looks more red-orange-ish. I thought they put some additional spicy broth. Oh, and tan tan ramen had half-cooked egg! Yippie! I was extremely in love. lol.

Gyoza. The gyoza was nice. Tasty and juicy. 

Chicken Karaage. Came in 5 pieces, and pretty big if compared to common karaage. Anyway. it tasted juicy, and crunchy outside. They spread peeper and salt on the top, and everything went well to me. 

Fried gyoza. just the same with the gyoza, but this one is the deep fried one. I prefer the other one. Although the crunchy skin was nice. :)

Hakata Ikkousha 
Jl. Muara Karang Raya No.85
North Jakarta
ph. +62 21 66600255
fx. +62 21 66670588

Sate Khas Senayan

Indonesian food is one of the best cuisine in the world. Yeiy to us! I'm a proud Indonesian. :))
In the middle of foreign-restaurant-crowd, Sate Khas Senayan is one of Indonesian restaurant which not lose in battle of between restaurants. Served Indonesian traditional cuisine, its name has been big, and even getting bigger nowadays. Sate Khas Senayan has became a promising name though. 

Sate Blora. Me lovey. Consist of 10 pricks. The chicken was tender, soft, and juicy. Very well-grilled.Served on a mini pan with a hot coal below, in order to keep the satay warm. I asked the waiter, what's the difference between Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay) and Sate Blora (Blora Satay), and he answered, The Blora one was more spicy. But when I tried, it wasn't spicy at all. :p
Anyway, the peanut sauce was nice. Not too thick. Exact balance between sweet and savory.

Perkedel. It's fried mashed potato. I love perkedel so much. Tasted savory. Came in 3 pieces; medium size.

Err.. As I lost the bill, actually I didn't remember the exact name for this dish. Pardon me if I'm wrong, as far as I remember, this was Soto Betawi or Soto Ayam. Anyway, it tasted nice. The broth had saffron in it. That's why the color became yellow. This soto contains egg, chicken, bihoon, scallion, etc.   It wasn't too salty, enough for my taste.

Nasi Ulam . A bit different with the kind of nasi ulam that I like. This one has no broth. The rice tasted just like long grain rice, which nothing special in it. Well, they mixed some tiny peanut flakes with the rice, but I guess nothing changed. :p
This Nasi Ulam served with kikil (cow's skin), fried bihoon, half boiled egg, a perkedel, sambal, and crackers. 

Overall, I loved the dishes. They had various Indonesian menu that made me drooling. But, so bad, they didn't have separator between smoking area and non-smoking area, so the entire room became full of smoke and it bothered me. A lot.

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