26 January 2016

Noodle Time in Shiraku Soba

Ruko Elang Laut
Blok D / No. 39
Pantai Indah Kapuk
North Jakarta 

Shiraku Soba is a brand new restaurant in Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. Just around one month old. When I come to the premises of the restaurant, it is all in simple design. There is nothing fancy when I come there, just a room with a bunch of tables and chairs. If the restaurant is very simple, I bet there is something good about the restaurant that makes people come and stay there. 

From my recent visit, these are what I can find about the restaurant:      


As it is said by the name of the restaurant, they sell soba and its relatives. All the soba and everything else in your bowl in Shiraku Soba are freshly made by the restaurant itself. Very nice! 

For those who don't know what Soba is… Soba is thin noodle made from buckwheat flour, and in Japan can refer to any thin noodle (unlike thick wheat noodles, known as udon). There are a few noodle dishes named soba that are not made with buckwheat noodles. However, "soba" always refers to buckwheat noodles.

What so special about the bowl of soba in Shiraku Soba is that it is served dry, no soup at all. As I believe that I should not consume too much liquid during my meal time for a health reason, this is very good. The soba can be digest better and my belly is not filled too full with the soup. That means I can fill up the other side of my belly with some yummy drinks from this restaurant ;-))

I enjoy my dishes by using my chopsticks to lead the noodles into my mouth while making a slurping sound. Awesome! 
Note that the slurping enhances the flavors and helps cool down the hot noodles as they enter your mouth.

For those who are not friendly with the soba, Shiraku Soba serves dishes with rice and ramen too. 

Shiraku Soba serves 5 appetizers, 8 soba dishes, 6 donburi dishes, 5 additional food, 8 flavored green tea, and 7 drinks. The dishes are topped with chicken, ox, pork, or sirloin steak. Yummy!  


Shiraku Soba serves 8 flavored tea from Japan too. You can choose your favorite tea as follows: 

  • Genmaicha (Sencha Green Tea, Roasted Rice, Matcha Green Tea Powder)
  • Strawberry Field (Green Tea, Papaya Bits, Freeze Dried Strawberry)
  • Cherry Blossom (Green Tea, Rose Petal, Freeze Dried Pineapple)
  • Tropical Sunset (Green Tea, Pineapple, Mango, Calendula Petals)
  • Exotic Escape (Green Tea, Mango, Pineapple, Papaya Rose Petals, Calendula Petals, Blue Cornflower)
  • Peach Obsession (Green Tea, Freeze Dried Peach Bits, Blue Cornflower)
  • Pomegranate (Green Tea, Green Rooibos, Rosehip, Pomegranate)
  • Lychee Twist (Green Tea, Pineapple Bits, Pink Cornflower)

The best seller flavored tea in the restaurant is the Tropical Sunset. Don't forget to try it! 


Check the pictures of the desserts in Shiraku Soba and tell me if you are not drooling :-D

The best one is the third dessert. It is ice cream with Mochi around it. Nom! Nom! Nom! 


So how many restaurants in the world that sacrifice their taste by giving up their rooms to the bad smokers? Well, there are a lot of them. But not in Shiraku Soba. In the restaurant, smoking is not allowed. Oh yeah! This is nice for me who is allergic to the cigarette and the smoking people.

Excuse me, but I hate smokers. They are selfish aliens who spread disease to others and the nature! 

So, thank you, Shiraku Soba, for keeping your restaurant space safe from cigarettes for everybody. Good work! 


Shiraku Soba is owned by Chef Ridwan Kumala. Chef Ridwan has been dealing with the culinary world for a long time. He started his culinary experience when he lived in Australia some years ago. Now he is at home and bringing all he can to spice the culinary experience in Indonesia.

Usually, Chef Ridwan is busy cooking at the kitchen of Shiraku Soba. But if you stop by at the restaurant, just ask him to accompany you. He will be happy to talk about his food with you. Oh by the way, the wife of Chef Ridwan is around the restaurant to help him. She is a friendly woman. Ask her, and everything will be alright ;-)  

Chef Ridwan is also associated with Carnivor BBQ, Cut 'n Grill and Carnivor Sky Bar.

Enjoy your lunch, everyone!  

12 January 2016

Christmas Joy at the Park Lane Hotel

The Park Lane Hotel
Jalan Casablanca Kav. 18,
Menteng Dalam,
Jakarta 12870
Phone: (021) 828-2000

These are some of the joys that happen in my Christmas 2015. Enjoy my happiness!


Christmas is always special in my heart. How much I love the moment of Christmas, the Christmas songs, the Christmas gifts, the Christmas tree and the visit to the church.

In Indonesia, no one has the real Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is always from plastic or any artificial ones. But hey, my friend tells me that there is a Christmas tree that is made from pastries.
What? Pastries? Wow, it must be a yummy Christmas Tree. LOL!

My high school friend, Desiree Merlina, tells me that the Park Lane Hotel where she works has the tallest Christmas Tree from pastries in its lobby. As she knows that I celebrate Christmas, she invites me to come and enjoy the Christmas tree.

On my way to the Park Lane Hotel, my mind is blurred as I don't know what kind of Christmas Tree the hotel make. But my mind becomes clear when I arrive at the lobby of the hotel and discover the Christmas Tree with my own eyes.

Tallest Christmas Tree from Choux Pastries

Wow! It is a very tall Christmas Tree from pastries. Choux Pastries! But how do they make it?

Turns out that the Christmas Tree is made by making a 9 meter high iron frame in Christmas Tree shape first before they place around 18,000 Choux Pastries around it. Cool!

With Desiree Merlina from the Park Lane Hotel and the World Tallest Christmas Tree Award

Knowing that they have worked on this Christmas Tree for 15 days, it is not a surprise that the hard works are paid with the award from Indonesian Record Museum (Musium Rekor Indonesia - MURI). The Christmas Tree is awarded as the World Tallest Choux Pastry Christmas Tree! Congratulation, the Park Lane Hotel!      


During the lunch celebration for the awarding moment for this tallest Christmas Tree, they serve many food and wine. But my heart falls in love with the Croquembouche on the table. They taste very delicious for me. They come in various flavors, such as Green Tea and Coffee. As a person who doesn't like too much sweet things, the Croquembouche tastes just right for my throat. Not too sweet, just nice and chewable. This is my most favorite pastry in the Park Lane Hotel.


The Christmas celebration still continues to the next week when I receive another invitation for Christmas Lunch at Riva Grill Bar and Terrace at the Park Lane Hotel. This is a very awesome Christmas Lunch!

Let's join my happiness by enjoying the food pictures I take from the lunch :-))

Zuppa Soup

The Zuppa Soup is a perfect one to open the throat channel, so the next food can be delivered in a yummy way :-)

Stone Heart Wood Oven BBQ Spring Chicken

Oh this Spring Chicken is delicious! It is rich in spices. Name your flavors! Spicy, hot, sweet, salty and savory! This dish is perfect for Indonesian people who like many spices on their plates. Its size is enough for one to be happy.

Green Salad

This Green Salad is my perfect choice. Yes, before hitting all those fat and calories, this salad really calms my hunger, so that I don't eat too much :-D

Grilled Australian Lamb Chop

The Australian Lamb is something good for those who like heavy weight dish. The sauce is a perfect match with the crispy lamb.

Slow Roast Pork Belly

Pork! Pork! Pork! What can I say? The pork belly has its special taste that you know it is a pork belly although your eyes are closed when you eat this. Fatty and thick! You can expect the richness of its texture and taste. This dish is not for everyone. Only the legal ones who can eat this. LOL!

Tenderloin Steak Rossini

The steak is perfect for a romantic dinner. There is a deep taste of intimacy when I eat it. The richness of its sauce cover all aspects of the steak.

Seared Norwegian Salmon Medallion

The Norwegian Salmon Medallion is the winner! It is not a surprise as I always like anything in fish. The crispiness of the fish matches with the creamy sauce on the side. You might want to double the portion of the sauce as it is very die die yum yum!

Well, Christmas day is over, but its joy and happiness stay forever in my heart. I always love Christmas as much as I love Jesus and the happiness that come with them.

It is always not too late to say this....

Merry Christmas, everyone!
May peace be with you all the time!
May God bless you and me!