02 August 2016

Sailendra Restaurant and CakeBox Deli at JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta

JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta
Jl. DR Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung  
Kav. E.1.2 No. 1 & 2, 
Mega Kuningan, 
Jakarta 12950, 

These are my experience at two nicest corners in the JW Marriott Jakarta Hotel. Breakfasting experience in Sailendra Restaurant and coffee experience in CakeBox Deli. Enjoy! 

Middle Eastern Breakfasting

I have visited the Sailendra Restaurant for so many times. The last one is when there is a friendly Break Fasting Gathering event there. The restaurant is located in a huge area, and there are many food for everybody. You can find many food stations, and some open kitchens. Sounds good!   

At the event, the main theme is about the food from the Middle East, starting from Moroccan, Turkish, Lebanese, to Egypt. But don't worry, I still see the food from Indonesia, Japanese, European and America, starting from Tandoori Chicken, Oxtail Soup, Sushi, Sashimi to Wood-fired Oven Pizza. Happy!

On the table, there are many finger food from the Middle East that have so many spices in them. They taste very aromatic and generous in my tongue. There are too many spices in them that I can't guess which spices in each food. LOL!

I also see Indonesian dessert food that is used for breaking the fasting called Kolak Pisang (Banana cooked in Coconut Milk and Brown Sugar).

Among all the food in Sailendra, my favorite ones are Sushi and Sashimi corner, and Pasta corner! As usual!

Don't forget to stop by at the Gelato Ice Cream corner. You will go crazy with the varieties of ice cream they have!    

In the event, there is an Arabian live music performance with Sufi dance performance. This is very interesting! The dancer dances by spinning around his body following the music at the background. How can he do it without feeling dizzy? How can he do it without falling on the floor at all? Very amazing! Very good dancer! 


Reopening event

Sitting at a nice coffee shop is fine for me, but sitting in a coffee shop in front of the lobby of a hotel is more than fine for me. And I have this more than fine feeling when I visit the Re-Opening event of CakeBox, the coffee corner in front of the lobby of JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta. 

Astrid Amalia is in front of the closed CakeBox Deli

Going to a hotel always gives me an attitude to be very official, but the CakeBox can bring up a casual atmosphere to me. CakeBox is an outdoor coffee cafe located just right in front of the lobby of the JW Marriot Hotel Jakarta. There are chairs to sit down alone or with friends while you enjoy what they serve. I can really enjoy the al fresco environment here. I feel like sitting right in front of the front yard of my home.  

It is a good place for the guests of the hotel to spend their coffee break in the morning and in the late afternoon. It is also a good meeting place for both the guests of the hotel and the outsiders. 

So, what is the re-opening all about? Well, the hotel replaces the glass display case with a unique and cool store that looks like a big box that has one door and two windows. It is like its name. CakeBox! A box with full of cakes. Very cute! LOL!

At the reopening event, I meet Arief Budiman - the National Barista Trainer, Pramudya Bevan - the Associate Professor Universita del Caffee, and Chef Indra - JW Marriott Jakarta Executive Pastry Chef.
So basically I meet with all the masters and experts in their special areas. I am so glad to learn a lot from them and get the insights from the experts.   

Arief Budiman - the National Barista Trainer

Astrid Amalia is with Pramudya Bevan -
the Associate Professor Universita del Caffee

Astrid Amalia is with Chef Indra -
JW Marriott Jakarta Executive Pastry Chef

CakeBox is famous for its freshly baked gourmet pastries, cakes, cookies, pralines, sandwiches, and other sweet treats. It is also known for its selected quality gourmet coffee, tea, premium ice creams and other refreshing drinks.

It is not a problem if you want to take away your coffee, cookies and cakes from the CakeBox. The staff will be so happy to wrap them for you.


I really enjoy my time at Sailendra Restaurant and CakeBox Deli in the Marriott Hotel Jakarta! I hope you feel the same way too!

Have a great day!

Astrid Amalia is brewing coffee inside CakeBox Deli

03 June 2016

Robata Jinya - Jakarta

Robata Jinya
Ruko Emerald No. 27-28, 
Bukit Golf Mediterania,
Pantai Indah Kapuk,
North Jakarta 
Tel: 021-29033051 / 29033052

In the Japanese cuisine dictionary, Robatayaki or Robata is the technique of "cooking with a fireplace on a fire". The technique is almost like the barbecue one, grilled over hot coals. The technique is adapted from the way the fishermen in Northern Japan cook their meals above the burning coals and stone.

To experience the Robatayaki in Indonesia, you can go to Robata Jinya in Pantai Indah Kapuk area. The name refers to a dish Robata or Robatayaki or grilled dishes, while the Japanese Jinya means palace. Robata Jinya in Jakarta blends the modern lifestyle typical of Hollywood with an authentic Japanese traditions.


The restaurant is dominated by the color of black and red. I can see some Japanese warrior dolls in the corners. The guests can choose to sit at the usual table or at the bar. If you sit at the bar, you can see the chefs cooking right in front of you. The bar is also the place where you can see the process to cook Robatayaki. Yep, it is an open kitchen too where you can find the burning coals and stone there. 
When I look up, I can see a small miniature of garden on the ceiling. The reverse garden! Interesting!


To maintain the quality and taste of the food, all the recipes are imported directly from the United States and Japan. Some of the most favorite menus are Robatayaki, Sashimi, Tapas, Rice and Soup, and also Sushi. For Ramen lovers, you can try the legendary Ramen Jinya. The Robatayaki Ramen itself is formulated by the original Japanese chef to ensure the flavor.
As for the meat selections, you can choose from processed chicken, beef, and pork. And the choice of sauce is miso sauce, teriyaki, and pecan.


The sashimi in Robata Jinya is fresh. You can choose to eat the sashimi only, or choose the ones that is paired with vegetables and avocado. Very creative way to present the dishes!  


The sushi comes in many variations. As a sushi lover, this is the dishes that I call heaven! Just like the sashimi, the sushi itself is fresh. The spicy sauce and wasabi truly increased the taste. Go ahead and try their Soft Shell Crab Roll, Chirashi, and Tiradit.


I must admit that this is the first time I eat Robatayaki. And the Robatayaki in Robata Jinya taste so good. They are not overcooked and easy to chew. The sauce has added the taste to a higher level. Perfect!

The Tebasayaki (a chicken wing section with a splash of black pepper sauce) is very delicious. Don't forget to taste the Tsukune (chicken meatballs with herbs). Some menu items such as Sunagimo, Chicken Tail, Sasami, and Chicken Breast could be an alternative delights.

For pork lovers, Miso Marinated Pork Belly is the best one. The taste of the Pork Belly is crunchy and yummy. The main point is to always try their beef and pork. All of them are awesomely delicious! 


Well, Ramen is one of my favorite food, especially when I get flu or when I am in a cold weather. The Ramen in Robata Jinya is tasty. The good taste of noodle, egg, meat, vegetables and broth completes each other to make a bowl of happiness. Nice one!  


The chef behind all the delicious Japanese food is Chef Makoto Kamiyama. Meet him at the open kitchen and ask him about any Japanese food you like. He will be happy to discuss them with you.


Officially, the first restaurant of Robata Jinya opened in 2006 in Tokyo, Japan by Takahashi who learned cooking techniques of Japanese cuisine through his father who owned Kappo Mushashi restaurant. Then Robata Jinya opened branches in several cities in the United States. Today, you can find Robata Jinya in Japan, the United State of America, and Indonesia.

In addition, for Sake lovers, you can always drink Sake in Robata Jinya too!

Enjoy your Japanese food, happy people!