02 December 2016

Lunch at Patio Venue - Trattoria and Pizzeria - Jakarta

Jl. Wijaya XIII / No. 45
Kebayoran Baru
South Jakarta
Tel: +6221-7241362 – 63
Email: reservation@patiojakarta.com 

I am a romantic girl, so I always search for cozy and comfortable place to sit and have a romance with someone special or even just with myself. I guess there is nothing wrong about having a romantic moment with myself.
One of the searches takes me to Patio Venue - Trattoria & Pizzeria, an Italian Restaurant in Jakarta. But wait… Italian? Why the word Italian sounds more yummy than romantic? Okay, let's see what happens to me. LOL!

Patio Venue - Trattoria & Pizzeria is located in a neighborhood where there are more houses than business buildings. It is a bit far away from all the noises, not in a crowded place. The location itself tells me that Patio is calm and relax place.

When I walk into Patio, I am greeted by so many green plants and trees. Suddenly, I am falling in love with the garden around the restaurant. So cool, fresh and peaceful. This is a unique thing, because I rarely see a restaurant in Jakarta that is surrounded by a beautiful garden like this.

Inside Patio, I can see that the interior design is very rich and classic. Some warm colors take a bigger part in the restaurant, and big sofas give comfortable atmosphere like the one in our home. A few of antiques give an elegant touch to the area. The ambience is awesome and beautiful. I think it is a perfect place to have both lunch and romantic dinner.

As I sit in Patio near the outside garden, I hear jazz and instrumental music around the restaurant. The dimmed lights over my head add more romantic ambience. Yes, the restaurant is a very perfect place for a romantic dinner.

In one corner of the restaurant, I can see clearly a representation of an Italian authenticity. It is the oven to cook Italian pizza! Wow! Suddenly I imagine of a thin crisp bread inside the oven that creates the aroma of pizza. Yum! Yum! Yum! 

Patio has private rooms for special meetings and occasions. The private rooms have fish ponds on the outside. This is awesome!

Okay, enough for that! Let’s eat!

When I want to make an order, the Waiter suggests me to take the Lunch Set Menu that has a complete package to satisfy my hunger. Well, I appreciate the suggestion, and that is what I take. Let's go and get them!   

Starter: Tomato Soup

I choose Tomato Soup because its red color always attracts my eyes :-D
The taste of the Tomato Soup is balance between its sourness and its sweetness. The texture of the Tomato Soup is rich and thick. A good one to start everything! 

Main Course: Grilled Barramundi 

I pick Grilled Barramundi because I am a big fan of fish and seafood.
The Grilled Barramundi is delicious. I can taste that the fish is fresh. It is cooked perfectly. The Potato with Spinach add more flavor to the Barramundi. Yum!  

Dessert: Creme Caramel, Panna Cotta & Sorbet

To end the lunch, I get a very special treatment! I get the chance to taste all the desserts! Woho! This is great!
My favorite ones are the Sorbet for its sourness, and the Creme Caramel for its bitter-sweetness and the richness of its texture. The taste of the Panna Cotta is quite light, perfect for those people who like light sweet dessert.    

When I look outside at the garden, I see something cute there. Hey! Patio has a red bird! It is a Red Cockatoo! The bird is friendly. She keeps looking at my camera as I take a lot of pictures of her. She knows that she is the center of attention and she knows how to pose. She might be a beautiful model in her previous life. Hahaha!

I end the lunch with a peaceful feeling. I feel a little bit romantic too. So the next time I want to have a wonderful romantic lunch or dinner with a back to nature atmosphere, I will definitely go to Patio Venue - Trattoria & Pizzeria. Yes, I will be back. 

Have an awesome lunch, folks!  

27 November 2016

Hoshino Tea Time

Sunken Plaza 
BTPN Tower
Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung Kav. 55 – 56
Jakarta 12950
Mega Kuningan
South Jakarta

I have heard about the art of making tea, but I have never experienced it in real. I am so glad that I have the chance to do it at Hoshino Tea, a place where I can experience the tea from Taiwan called Ten Ren. Hoshino Tea itself is the first Taiwanese Tea House in Jakarta.  

Inside Hoshino Tea, I can hear the sound of Taiwanese music. I also feel like sitting in a Taiwanese house. I don’t feel like living in Jakarta. LOL!

They have private rooms too. 

Hoshino Tea sells tens of tea. Name what you like. They have them!

The tea sets are very unique. They are made in any shapes. Very interesting.

In Hoshino Tea, I can choose their best tea selections, such as Jasmine Green Tea, Oolong Tea, and Green Tea.

Hoshino Tea also serves some good food, snack and desserts. Yum!  

Their best food are Lu Wei Beef Set, Lu Wei Chicken Set, Dumpling, Popcorn Chicken, Fried Mantouw, Fried Chicken Wing, etc.

TEA CEREMONY - The Art of Making Tea

The Tea Ceremony is held because drinking tea is taken as a way of socializing, an art, and a part of culture. Some people conduct the Tea Ceremony to show their appreciation and adoration to their good life. The Tea Ceremony is also a way to make sure that the tea is treated properly, so the people can enjoy the best taste of the tea. In the Tea Ceremony, they use unique and ethnic Tea Tray, Tea Pot Set, Tea Maker, etc. So traditional! I love it!
The duration to conduct the Tea Ceremony is around 1 to 2 hours.

You can watch my interview about the Art of Making Tea in Hoshino Tea Time here (in Indonesian Language):

Enjoy your tea, everybody!

17 November 2016

The Lobby Restaurant and Lounge - Mercure Jakarta Sabang

Mercure Jakarta Sabang 
Jl. H. Agus Salim No 11
Central Jakarta
Tel: +62213503066
Fax: +62213503067
Email: reservation@mercure-jakarta-sabang.com

To visit a restaurant in strategic place where I can find my happiness (which is food, food and food!) is such a good day. One of the good days happens when I came to Mercure Jakarta Sabang. The hotel is managed by Accor Group. It is a 4-stars international hotel. The location of the Mercure Jakarta Sabang is on Jl. Agus Salim, just side by side with the Sabang area. 

First, let me tell you about the Sabang area. It is not a new place for me. It is a place where I can find a different view of Jakarta and a place where I can satisfy my culinary hunger. It is located just behind Thamrin Street that is connected with Sudirman Street. Yes, it is right in the heart of Jakarta. The area is very strategic for business and foreign tourists as it has many access to business centers (like banks, office buildings, government offices and the US Embassy) and tourist destinations (like the National Monument and the Gambir Train Station). It is not a surprise if there are many hotels in the area.

Secondly, let’s have lunch, OK! 

I come to the restaurant in the Mercure Jakarta Sabang. The name of the restaurant is the Lobby Restaurant and Lounge. The interior of the restaurant is very homy and warm. I can feel that they combine modern design with the touch of Betawi (the ethnic group from Jakarta) and the old Jakarta. The restaurant has its own lounge area and its own restaurant area. The restaurant is also next to a lagoon style swimming pool with garden view.

The Lobby Restaurant and Lounge serves both traditional and international food menu. The restaurant also serves coffee, tea, range of wines, cocktails and mocktails.

When I visit the restaurant, the Lobby Restaurant and Lounge has fish promotion. All kind of fishes are cooked with traditional recipes that require various special spices from Indonesia. The fish dishes are delicious, especially when they are combined with Indonesian spices. This gives a joy to the culinary exploration. Yummy! 

Among the food that the Lobby Restaurant and Lounge in Mercure Jakarta Sabang has, these are the ones that you can choose:

  • Ikan Tuna Asam Padeh: the Tuna fish is cooked with spices from Padang, West Sumatra.
  • Pepes Nila dari Jawa Barat: the steamed fish is mixed with spices from West Java and it is wrapped with banana leaf. This cooking technique adds some aromas and flavors to the fish.
  • Makarel Dabu-dabu: the Mackerel Fish is combined with raw chili from Manado, North Sulawesi. The raw chili is made from chopped red chili peppers, bird's eye chili, shallots, red and green tomatoes, and a pinch of salt and sugar. All of the chopped and diced spices are mixed with fresh lemon juice.
  • Gurame Sambal Mangga: the Carp fish is cooked with the chili made from Mango. 

Don't forget to try their drinks and desserts! They are so delicious for your afternoon chit chat with your friends! 

Enjoy your meal, everybody!

With Dave Graciano, Burhan Abe, Yenny MakanMulu & Ika Ginting from Mercure Jakarta Sabang

27 October 2016

Dinner at Publik Markette - Grand Indonesia

Grand Indonesia Mall, 
East Mall, GF Floor,
Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 1
Central Jakarta
Tel: (021) 23581281

When you are really hungry and you want to eat a big portion of food, where do you usually go? Stop! You don’t have to think about it anymore. Just go to Publik Markette by Ismaya Group, one of the biggest food and beverages business group. It is located at the GF Floor of East Mall in the Grand Indonesia Mall.

As I go into the Publik Markette, the restaurant is big and has enough space for everybody. It has both non smoking and smoking areas. It is good for me, as I don’t like to sit with selfish smokers.
It is designed as a casual dining place where it is good to hang out in the restaurant with your family and your friends. Some plants, trees and flowers are placed to add more life to the dining area. So far, it is very comfortable.

After the waitress shows where my seat is, the waitress gives me a table number and guides me to the food gallery area where I can choose my own food from the counters. I can find various food to choose from the stations there. It has protein station (where I can see processed chicken, beef, pork, and fish), vegetables station, baked dish station (where I can choose quiche), dessert station and fresh juice station.
After I pick my own food and drink, I have to pay all things I order before the food and drink are served on my table. 

Wait! How come this concept reminds me of the canteens and food stalls on the street? Then I find out it is exactly the concept that Publik Markette offers. Canteen and food stall concept in bonafide place. LOL! 

Just like any other canteen and food stall, the option of food will be changed from time to time depends on the availability of the stock. So the food I eat today will be different from the food I will eat next week. For those who are easy to get bored eating the same food everyday, this restaurant is perfect. 

But hey, this is no ordinary canteen or food stall, because the price is expensive. The expensive price is nothing, because the portion of the food I order is quiet big. Woho! So if you are not that hungry, I suggest you to come to the restaurant with your family and friends, so all of you can share the food together. The more, the merrier! 

Enjoy your dinner! 

Dinner with Dave Graciano, Monica Liong, Burhan Abe and his friend