Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Located just right at the opposite of Otel Lobby, Bluegrass succeed to attract my attention. Moreover, one of my friend highly recommend this place.  So I came by and tried some of their menus. Hope I wouldn't disappointed. 

Texas Beef Ribs (150K). It came in a big size, way from my expectation, and it looked good. So first impression was 10. Lets see if this dish could kicked my buds. They have 3 variants of sauce: original, BBQ, and gentlemen jack rare tennessee whiskey. I chose gentlemen jack, and I didn't have any regret. It tasted so good. The meat (beef) was so tender and juicy. Chewing it even seemed effortless. The spices really well-absorbed. It came with mashed potato which also tasted good and went very well with the tasty meat. For the matter of size, this dish could be shared for 2-4 persons.

Asparagus Bacon Puff Pastry (60K). As I ever said, I love puff pastry. Interested with this one, so I dared myself to try. And I loved it! Savory puff pastry and salty bacon, plus half done egg yolks combined with crunchy asparagus could bring heaven to me. 

Granny's Apple Pie (55K). Yup, it's double crust pie with apple and spices filling. The crust was (of course) crispy and the filling has soft texture and strong cinnamon taste. Came with a bowl of vanilla ice cream which went well with the pie. This wasn't my favorite, but I was quiet satisfied with it. 

Bluegrass Bar & Grill
Komp. Epicentrum
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said
Kuningan, Jakarta
Phone : 021-29941660

Twitter : @BluegrassBnG

Friday, March 16, 2012

Otel Lobby

Jakarta has a lot of new restaurants lately. It's even impossible for me to try them all in a month. That's why I am so excited to try new restaurant, because it means one more material to publish in this blog. lol. Anyway, this time I went Otel Lobby. Yup, the most hip new comer in Jakarta. Many people talking about it. Never hear any disappointment about it, I thought I should make a visit as soon as I could. 

Located in one of biggest business area in Jakarta, Otel Lobby easily climbing their name up into the list of 'must-try' restaurants. The signage reminds me about classic hotel which usually found in classic movie. When you enter the door, you'll find a hotel lobby. Literally, hotel lobby. Yes, I lied, it's not a hotel lobby, it's only hotel lobby-look-alike, complete with all hotel lobby decoration. There's a front desk where you can ask for tables. If you feel like going to the bar, it will be right on your left. if you feel like having dinner or lunch, your table will be in right area. The dim light, actually it was almost dark, made me harder to take much pictures even tough I went there in the afternoon.

Beef Wellington - 135K IDR. The size was not too big, approximately as big as my fist. But the taste spoke louder than its size. I got nothing to complain. The pastry outside was crispy, the beef was tender, juicy, and perfectly half-done. The sauce was light enough to balance the high tensed wellington.  

OTL Meatballs - 55K IDR.  Of course you shouldn't hoping for Chinese or Indonesian meatballs. Otel Lobby claims itself as a fusion restaurant and here's one of their creation. Italian meatball with emping (melinjo cracker). Well, it seemed awkward to me at first, but apparently they went well together. The meatballs made from minced beef that seasoned and be rounded. The beef was not dry. Actually they cooked it just like bolognaise. The difference was the shape of the meat. They put grated cheese on top, which a bit melted and fused with the sauce. The sauce tastes salty. Even for a salty lover like me, it tasted salty. But fortunately, it went really well with the emping. 

Lemon & Pear Souffle - 35K IDR. I am a souffle adorer. So I decided to order one.  This time, I chose lemon & pear souffle, as this was my first time saw this kind of souffle on the menu. Unfortunately it was too runny. Away from my expectation and imagination that souffle is thick and rich. Anyway, i couldn't find any hint of lemon, maybe it was not a main ingredients, but why they put it as the name. There's the sauce which I found hints of vanilla and ginger. Yup, ginger to be combined with souffle. Yes, this was my first time seeing this too. Well, it was not that bad. It was pretty nice anyway. But I just prefer chocolate souffle, a safe choice, which they do not have. 

Otel Lobby
Jl.Epicentrum Tengah
South Gate Entrance
The Annex Building of Bakrie Tower – Kuningan
Jakarta Selatan 12940
Phone : 021-29941324
Website : http://www.otellobby.com

The Strudels Factory

This time I was in Bandung. Felt so good after long time no visit. :D
Bandung has many many many concept restaurants. It was even hard for me to choose which one to visit first, since I only have one day there. Looking around Riau area, I saw The Strudels Factory. Ah, I used to want it so bad few months ago, and since it was justs in front of my eyes, I didn't hesitate to come in. 

Blueberry Strudels. What else you should order at The Strudels Factory? Of course I ordered their strudels. And apparently it was good. There's sugar on top. The strudels was crispy but soft enough to enjoy. The size wasn't too big, but that's not a big deal. It cost me about 18-20K IDR. I forgot the exact number. The blueberry sauce was a bit sour and the white sauce (I forgot what's that, maybe it was yogurt) was sweet. Sweet and sour in strudels? Perfect. 

Black and White Hot Cake. Yes, it is chocolate melted cake. I didn't know what took it so long, they spent almost 1 hour to bake it. I even asked to cancel because I still had other places to go, but they insisted that they were baking the cake so I couldn't cancel the order. Okay, in the middle of disappointment, I just sat and took pictures of my friends. After about 50 minutes, finally 'the king' arrived. I took some photos of it quickly then  grabbed a spoon, ready to prey it. :p  Well, the chocolate in the middle was melted, but not as good as I desired. It was a too thick and not generous. The outside part also not special, the cake was puffy but just okay. Nothing special here. The vanilla ice cream, I assume, was not a home made. But it went pretty well with the cake. 

House & Cafe
Jl. Progo 13 A
Ph : 022.424.1075

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Lately, name "kopitiam" has something. You could find it everywhere. This is the first kopitiam I saw in malls; Kopitiam. 


Fried Carrot Cake (36K). When it's warm, there's a little crispiness in the carrot cake's skin. Unfortunately, it went away after it became cold. The taste was nice, sweet and savory. Just like another fried carrot cake, like what I expected. 

French Toast Kaya (28K). Actually I was hoping for toasted bread with kaya jam in the middle. But apparently they had some surprise. The bread was dipped into egg and been fried pan, it tasted not bad at all. the bread was puffy, and no egg smell. The kaya jam was a big surprise to me. Looks like thousand island mayo, but it tasted lighter and not thick. So bad I couldn't find any hint of kaya. :( 
Another surprise is, it came with french fries! Yes, french fries. To be honest, when I ordered french kaya toast, I was hoping for something to tickle my buds and sweet tooth. No wonder I got french fries. Well, not that I didn't like french fries, it was just......unsual. :)

Ice Cappucino (27.5K).  A glass of coffee is good to start the day. As it was a hot day, so I prefer iced coffee. Turned out it was good, and the coffee was not too strong, so I have no problem with my stomach. :)

Earl grey Tea (16K). Tea is coffee's direct competitor. I chose earl grey tea. They had Dilmah's. :)

Alam Sutra Boulevard Kav 21
Living World, Serpong G27, 
021- 9969 5522

Grand Indonesia, West Mall LG - 15, 
Jl. MH. Thamrin No.1
(021) 23581862

Central Park, LG, 
Jl. Letjen. S. Parman Kav. 28

Mall Taman Anggrek, Ground Floor #G78, 
Jl. Letjen. S. Parman Kav. 21
(021) 5609732

The East Building, Lobby Fl, 
Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan

Pondok Indah Mall 1, First Floor #FC06 Area 51 (Food Lounge), 
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah Blok 3 B,

The Playground

What do you think when you hear "playground" ? Kid, child, play, fun, etc. 
Remembering when I was a kid, I loved to eat while sitting on a swing. Yes, it could happen again now, at The Playground. The Playground presents the concept of playground ambiance, with grassy floor, swing seat, bench, and other playground's material. Cool, isn't it? 

Pepperoni Pizza. I was excited when I knew it was square pizza. Well, it's just a matter of shape, but tried something unique is always exciting, right? ;p
The pizza was crispy on the edge side. The tomato sauce was a bit sour, but balance enough with the cheese. Just for tips, you'd better eat this while still warm. :)

Katsutti (65K) - is a fusion pasta. Spaghetti with cream sauce and chicken katsu, covered up with egg. As good as it looked, it tasted superb. Me very loved it. The portion wasn't big, but I found myself full enough because it's creamy and sweet. Anyway, I want it again now. *drooling*

Aglio Olio (45K). I'm not expecting much about this dish. I thought, as I was in major hunger, it would be better if I ordered safe menu. And turned out it was good! Well, a bit oily, but it tasted nice. The spaghetty was al dente, not too spicy, smelled very tempting, and really well-seasoned. 

Ice tea, lemon squash, and strawberry ice tea. (@20K) 

Zabaglione (35K). The waiter said, there's Bailey hint in it. But I tasted was milk and rum. Yeah, I was disappointed. 

Peanut butter and jelly. Actually, I was just curious, how this thing could be very famous among western people, so I ordered one. Apparently it was toasted breads with peanut and strawberry jelly in the middle. I couldn't taste the peanut jam. I forgot how much it cost, but I'm sure, it wasn't worth it. I prefer toasted bread sold in hawker stall; cheaper and yummier. 

The Playground
Plaza Indonesia Extension - Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28 - 30, Jakarta - (021) 3199-0221 

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