Sunday, June 30, 2013

[NEW] GRAND OPENING : ALOHA TERRACE

Another invitation I've got through an email, they invited me to come for their Grand Opening of Aloha Terrace on the last of June 2013. Yeay, it's time to be a Hawaiian? Hehe.

Aloha Terrace's Invitation

Here I come! Just saw a big typo 'ALOHA TERRACE' in front of the restaurant with a big boat! Catchy!


Okay, now I'll tell a little story about Aloha Terrace : Aloha is the most Hawaiian word and a Hawaiian symbol, it can mean hello or goodbye and also means love and affection. Aloha Terrace was opened in May 2013, is the first authentic Hawaiian cuisine restaurant in Indonesia. They offer so many varieties of Hawaiian and healthy American dishes as well as attractive new foods. "Aloha Terrace" is where style of service comes straight from heart and where any occasion becomes an unforgettable moment.



Hawaiian Lei is ready to be put on your neck!
This is the most popular concept of a lei in Hawaiian culture is a wreath of flowers draped around the neck presented upon arriving or leaving as a symbol of affection. 


ALOHA! Welcome to Aloha Terrace!
You'll found it when you walked into the restaurant with Hawaiian stuffs and decoration on each side, so you can imagine a beautiful Hawaii here.


A beautiful place with a beautiful and sweet decoration, they put some flower (it looks like frangipani/kamboja flowers) in yellow and deep pink color. You'll feel comfortable when you are here.

When we came here, we're given a fresh drink, looks so Hawaiian with a little-sweet flower on each glass. Okay, I'll introduce to you about Aloha Non-Alcohol Cocktail! Refresher drinks in the hottest day, haha.

Tropical Panchi - Blue Hawaii - Mango Chichi

Tropical Panchi (left), Blue Hawaii (right), Mango Chichi (behind) - all of them only IDR 33.000, so grab one and chill! They will make your day so fresh, but three of that are sugarless, should added more vanilla syrup or something sweet liquid, like sugar - maybe, eh? From all of them, I've choose Blue Hawaii as my favorite - fresh enough and I got the strong pineapple taste on it!

Mango Frappuccino - Blackcurrant - Lychee Latte - Blue Hawaii

Mango Frappuccino, Blackcurrant, Lychee Latte and Blue Hawaii, another unique drinks from Aloha Terrace. I thought for Mango Frappucino, Blackcurrant and Lychee Latte, you'll never found it in the menu book or maybe it was some special treats for us on their Grand Opening? Idk for sure, hehe. But, all of them are quite good for chilling out!

Hawaiian Poke Combo

And after we've tasted some drinks, it's the time to taste the food, start from the fresh dish - Hawaiian Cold Seafood! What do you think about that? Totally fresh! It was a Hawaiian Poke Combo (IDR 38.000) which consist of Ahi Poke, Lomi Lomi Salmon and Tako Poke. Are you familiar with that name? If you don't, I'll explain it for you. 
  • Ahi Poke, was a tuna salad with avocado, mixed with nori and topped with sesame seeds. But when I tasted it, I can't found the avocado taste, but it was good enough and fresh, especially it wasn't smell fishy.
  • Lomi Lomi Salmon, was a salmon salad and also served with diced cucumber. FYI, the name lomi-lomi salmon is taken from the method of preparation, dicing and mixing of the salmon (massaging the salted fish with the ingredients by hand, lomi-lomi is Hawaiian for "to massage").
  • Tako Poke, was an octopus salad with kimchi sauce and also served with diced cucumber, real good but but I think this dish is a bit tough/hard to chew it.


And now, I will let you know about Hawaiian Pupus. Here we go, the next dishes!

Mochiko Chicken

Mochiko Chicken (IDR 35.000), it was a chicken which is fried with rice flour. The name of mochiko is from Mochigomeko (in Japan), that's why this little starter called Mochiko Chicken. It has a soft-meat  texture, crunchy and very tasty!

Calamari

Calamari (IDR 38.000), should be explained? You already know about this, for sure! But okay, I'll tell you a little about the best calamari I ever found, hehe. Idk why, this squid is really soft and easy when I chew it but still crunch for the outside! 

Mahi Mahi Style Fritto

Mahi Mahi Style Fritto (IDR 40.000), was another starter! It was a fillet fish and fried with flour. Guess what? I thought it was a dory fish, but it wasn't! In fact, mahi-mahi is a name of fish, haha! It has a really soft texture and not smell fishy. FYI, mahi-mahi or can be called common dolphinfish, a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters. The name of mahi-mahi means very strong in Hawaiian!

Pineapple Rice

Pineapple Rice (IDR 50.000) is a food that you often encounter as well. It was a pineapple fried rice which also served with shrimp and some vegetables. You can say this is an huge dish served on a plate on you, looks so beautiful but this dish a little tasteless, too plain. I thought added more salt, make it better - it's just opinion, everybody had a different taste, right?

Original Loco Moco

Original Loco Moco (IDR 48.000) is one kind of rice bowl categories, rice topped with burger patty, sunny egg and pineapple fritters with the original choice of sauce (tomato sauce) or teriyaki sauce. I guess, you already know that this is a traditional meal in Hawaii.

Lomo Lomo Salmon Bowl

Lomi Lomi Salmon Bowl (IDR 55.000) is just another rice bowl categories, another Hawaiian cuisine. It was served a bowl of rice, topped with salmon, slices of fresh tomatoes and diced cucumber. I really like and enjoy with this one!

Steak Bowl

Steak Bowl (IDR 50.000) is the most fragrant dish, because it was served a bowl of rice and topped with roasted beef, salad and fried garlic which made it so tempting, just smell it! 

Coconut Pudding - Mango Pudding

Dessert time! Coconut and Mango Pudding, because I didn't like mango, I've choose for the coconut pudding. It feels like in heaven, I really love the soft pudding which is topped with slices of pineapple and strawberries. It just another the best coconut pudding I ever found! Oh ya, this dessert served at their Grand Opening only and really thanks to Mr. Wataru Tahira as the chef, for making this beautiful dessert for us. 

with Mr. Wataru Tahira
Behind every delicious and beautiful dish, there was a good chef, especially for Mr. Wataru Tahira, as a food consulting for Aloha Terrace. Their excellent Hawaiian food is seasoned by Japanese Chef! Wanna know more about him? Here it is :
  • Working at Keio Plaza Hotel which is one of Japanese famous 5 star hotel in Tokyo as Assistant Executive Chef for 20 years then he moved to Indonesia and worked at Japanese famous restaurant Goemon at Sudirman as Executive Chef & General Manager for 12 years.
  • Now he established PT. Yumeta Tri Mitra which is Food Consulting Company. He is handling management of the restaurant, catering service, bento delivery service as well.
  • He was able to succeeded in the event of 40th year of ASEAN Japan Friendship and cooperation, COOL Japans food event sponsored by Ministry of Economy, trade and industry japan this year as well.


Monika Yulianti, the finalist of The Voice Indonesia (Glen's Team)

Monika Yulianti as the finalist of The Voice Indonesia was coming to perform on Aloha Terrace's Grand Opening. She's so beautiful who also has a great voice and sing some popular song to accompany our lunch.

Ms. Makiko San as a hula dancer

And we were also entertained by Ms. Makiko San performance as a hula dancer. She danced with gentle and graceful, as we really enjoy typical dances of Hawaii.

Are you curious about the typical food of Hawaii? You can come here to enjoy it! ALOHA!

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ALOHA TERRACE
Kawasan Niaga Ruko Arcade II B3 No. 32
Bintaro Jaya - Sector 7
Phone : (021) 2951 1823
Twitter : @ALOHATERRACE

Thursday, June 20, 2013

THE AUTHENTIC RAMEN IS FINALLY HERE!


THE LONG AWAITED AUTHENTIC RAMEN FROM HYOGO, JAPAN!

Did you already know about Kira Ramen? Kira Ramen has its own signature broth from Hyogo, Japan that differentiate them from another style of ramen. Kira Ramen brings you the only tonkotsu ramen with the freshest ingredients. 

Indulge yourself in various fresh and fragrant toppings creating the ultimate mouth filling effect. Perfectly runny soft-centered eggs and tender slices of char sui pork are surely not to be missed.


 The environment of Kira Ramen, comfort and cozy
with a little of Japanese style.


The decoration on the wall of Kira Ramen, looks like a comic, it will tell you the story of ramen.


Let's guess, who is she? She is one of the owner of Kira Ramen, Vea Septiana. She was very nice and friendly, she welcomed us well and also tell the history of the beginning of the Kira Ramen. Okay, I will tell you a little story about it : Kira Ramen has existed since September 2012, which was built by 5 friends who love ramen. Kira Ramen actually doesn't exist in Japan, the naming of "Kira" because one of them was really liked The Killers (band) and because of it, the name of Kira which means 'killers'.


And now, I wanna intoduce a man behind of the kitchen, Aris as the Kira Ramen's chef! He has specialty on Japanese food. If you want to know more about the food from Kira Ramen, you can directly ask to him. He will answer all of your question.


The menu book of Kira Ramen


The process of making and serving a bowl of ramen! And this ramen is also of my favorite beside Chin-Ma-Ya Ramen. Both of them has more light taste for the broth, it was more authentic from Japan.

Cream Kolokke

Cream Kolokke (IDR 38.000) was the first starter dish presented, the menu may look ordinary, like a potato ball? Maybe ya for its shape, but not the inside. Cream Kolokke was made from flour and fresh milk, butter, corn for the inside. Why they using a fresh milk? Because fresh milk will make it tasty and more, period!

Yaki Gyoza - Pan Fried Chicken Dumpling

Yaki Gyoza - Pan Fried Chicken Dumpling (IDR 25.000) is so yummy! You wanna know the ingredients of the dish? Let me tell you a little about it, this food was consist of minced chicken, cabbage, chives, celery and then wrapped with wonton skin.

BBQ Chicken Wings

BBQ Chicken Wings (IDR 25.000) this is another starter and also a recommendation dish by Kira Ramen. I think, you already know about this dish and it was easy to find or same as other chicken wings, only slightly different in its processing, this chicken was tasty and rich of seasonings, especially for the Kira BBQ sauce and and sesame seeds sprinkled on top.

Shiro Ramen

Shiro Ramen (IDR 48.000) was the favorite ramen from Kira Ramen, and especially for pork lovers, you should try this ramen. This ramen was consist of cashu, nitamago, ikurage, negi with pork bone flavor - so mouth watering! 

Energy Ramen

Energy Ramen (IDR 49.800) was a Shiro Ramen with spicy sauce powder and for those who like spicy and seafood, will surely love this ramen, which consist of shrimp, cuttlefish, nitamago, negi, ikurage, bombay and kucai. FYI, this basic soup was directly imported from Japan. 

Beef Hambaagaa

Beef Hambaagaa (IDR 48.000) was one of signature main course from Kira Ramen. Looks carefully, that burger isn't using bread, one of uniqueness! This burger was using Japanese rice with mushroom sauce and melted cheese. I think, you'll get fat easily when eat this delicacy course, haha. Why? Because this Beef Hambaaga was consist of butter and fresh milk, that's what makes this meal so delicious and very tempting.

Karaage Gohan

Karaage Gohan (IDR 35.000) is just another simple main course, it was a rice bowl topped with fried chicken with sesame seeds and slices of nori, also served with soup.

Honey Toast

Honey Toast (IDR 37.500) was my favorite dessert, probably many people are familiar with this dessert, perhaps as roppan? Hmm, This dessert is perfect as a dessert, maybe the picture isn't good enough (melted ice cream) because it was too long for the food in the photos session, haha. Oh ya, I wanna tell you that the dessert was perfect with honey toast bread, vanilla ice cream, strawberry with chocolate sauce.


And for the drinks, most perfectly accompanied by Japanese tea or commonly known simply as Ocha. For the first time, I saw Ocha in brown color, like a sweet iced tea, hehe. But it wasn't, it was really ocha! But I forgot for asking this to Kira Ramen, sorry.

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KIRA RAMEN
Rukan Crown Golf D No. 30
Bukit Golf Mediterania, Pantai Indah Kapuk
Business Hour : 11.00 - 21.00
Phone (021) 4991 6811
Email kira.ramen@gmail.com
Twitter : @KiraRamen

Friday, June 14, 2013

BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER : A GOOD PLACE TO CHILLAX

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner or perhaps often known as BLD, is one of popular and happening restaurant around Puri Indah. They had a good concept with a good environment. This place looks high, because this place is divided into two areas, lower level is for smokers and upper level for non-smokers.


The picture above shows you the atmosphere and environment at the upper level, which is dominated with wood and white ceramics.


And this picture will show you for the lower level, more cozy and comfort here. As I told before, the lower level is for smokers, but when we came here for having lunch, this place wasn't so crowded, so we chose to sit here. And at the corner you'll see racks of beer bottles, it was empty haha. They put it there as their decoration only.


Just another view from the lower level, is that good enough for chillax?



Chicken Pesto Pasta (IDR 38.000) is such a guilty pleasure when you look at it. It was a portion of fettucinne with pan-fried chicken thigh, cooked in delicate pesto sauce. Did you know about pesto sauce? Let me explain you a little : pesto is a sauce originating in Genoa in the Liguria region of northern Italy (pesto genovese) and traditionally consists of crushed garlic, basil, and European pine nuts blended with olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan cheese) and Fiore Sardo (cheese made from sheep's milk).


Penne with Pink Sauce (IDR 43.000) is one of pasta category, it served with fresh shrimps, delicious homemade pink sauce and melted cheese on top. I think this penne was spicy, but it wasn't spicy at all, maybe it can be said quite plain/tasteless for the sauce.


Rosemary Grilled Chicken (IDR 58.000) with its simply looks but good enough. As I know, it was using rosemary-herbed chicken breast with marinara sauce, home-cut fries and salad as the side dishes. And this dish isn't suitable for you who eat a lot, because the portions are quite small and less filling your belly. Hehe.


Parma Chicken (IDR 63.000) as another main course and also a signature dish from BLD. The dish looks so tempting and quite interesting with sunny egg on top. And it using breaded chicken fillet with marinara sauce, melted cheese (under the sunny egg), sweet fries and salad using balsamic vinegar as the side dishes.


Mozarella Sticks (IDR 28.000) is chosen for our snacks, a new light-bites from BLD. This is a fried mozzarella cheese until the cheese on the inside to melt, it is very tempting at all, period! And you can also dip the cheese sticks to the sauce that has been presented, marinara sauce.


And this is our drinks, Iced Tea (IDR 13.000) and Iced Milo (IDR 18.000), I think for these drinks need not be explained, you already recognize and very popular with this drink.



This is the menu for you, especially for beer and alcohol lovers! It was good to spend your little time here and chillax!

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BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER
Jl. Puri Indah Boulevard Blok U1
PX Pavilion @ The St. Moritz
Ground Floor #6E
Twitter : @BLDJakarta

Thursday, June 6, 2013

THE EDGE KEMANG BY ALILA

Another place to visit, The Edge Bistro - a sublime space overlooks the Jakarta skyline with tables alongside the infinity swimming pool or on top of the amphitheatre overlooking Kemang, The Edge raise casual dining to a new level, perfect for single diner or a party of twenty.


Chilling out on the Thursday night with one of my friends, called him - Andreas Hartanto. After we walked from the mall to mall, we finally took a little time to relax and enjoy for our dinner here.


This place is quite nice, romantic, memorable and private enough. Other than that, this place is also suitable for special occasions such as photo sessions, birthdays, engagement, and so on.


This place is located in the rooftop of Kemang Icon, because at the time when I came here, there're some areas that have been booked for an occation. So, if you come here and sat at the top, there could be a pretty good sight.


Australian Mulwara Black Angus Beef, Rib Eye 150 gr (IDR 185.000) is one of a la carte on the grill menu, this menu is chosen by Andreas Hartanto - he's also a food lover. 


This dish looks good when it served but when he ate it, he said that the meat is overcooked and a little bit hard to cut it. And for the salad, I loved it! Then if you wanna have a perfect, you can order for side dishes.


Baked Macaroni & Cheese (IDR 110.000) is one kind of pasta from The Edge. This dish is consist of gouda, cheddar and parmesan cheese, herbed panko, roasted cauliflower and truffle essence. The presentation is quite good, I can feel the roasted cauliflower, it was nice! But this dish is too salty, so I didn't finish it.


Our drinks, Lychee Tea and Passion Fruit Tea. Real fresh while waiting for the dishes out. 

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Side Dishes :
VEGETABLES (IDR 30.000)
- Seared mushrooms with fresh herbs
- Haricot verts with red onion
- Zucchini with grape tomato & tomato sauce
- Creamy braised spinach
- Roasted broccoli with toasted almonds

POTATO (IDR 35.000)
- French fries
- Baked with sour cream and spring onion
- Potato puree

GRAIN (IDR 35.000)
- Steamed jasmine rice with fried shallots

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THE EDGE
Kemang Icon by Alila, 5th Floor
Jl. Kemang Timur Raya
Opening Hours : 07.00 - 23.00 
Phone (021) 719 7989