Monday, October 29, 2012

Fook Yew

Seeing the Fook Yew stand at JCF weeks ago got me really curious to try it at the place, so last week I asked David (read: I force him) to go to Gandaria City to try the food. Fook Yew is the newest restaurant from Ismaya Group, and I always love to try their restaurants. 

The place was not hard to find. Located in the ground floor near the entrance, the place was really catchy with a huge waving fortune cat at the front, very shanghai-looking colorful interior, and the Fook Yew wallpaper to convince you. It was crowded that night but luckily they still got one table for two, so we got seated immediately. 

Fook Yew was turned out to be a Chicken Siew Mai (IDR. 19.000) in the menu, so we ordered it. It comes in a cute rectangle bamboo plate, but it tasted just ordinary.

For the main course, David ordered a Macau Fried Seafood Noodle with Egg Sauce (IDR. 49.000). For me the egg sauce was kinda tasteless, and the portion of the noodle was too small for David.

This was my main course, Beef Hor Fun with XO Sauce (IDR 49.000). This one was not a disappointment, I really like it. Perfect chewiness and seasoning. The bottom part was a little bit too oily, but still, love the XO sauce seasoning so much! :)

By the way, Fook Yew was having a twitter promo. If you follow and mention them, you'll get a free item! That night we got an Avocado Pudding with Chocolate Ice Cream. I usually don't like avocado, but I love this one. The pudding texture was soft, and it melts perfectly with the chocolate ice cream. Satisfying dessert for the night :)

By the way, the also sell bubble tea, but I didn't try them last week, so I'm looking forward for my next visit to try their bubble tea!

Fook Yew
Gandaria City, Main street Ground Flr
Jl. KH. M. Syafii Hadzami No.8
Kebayoran Lama
Ph. +6221 29007897

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Muffin House and Manila Connexion

Weeks ago, I had a meeting with some friends and my ex-lecturer at FX Sudirman. It's my third tme being there, but the first two was a loooong time ago, I think it was about four years ago, when the cinema just opened there and still cheap ;p. So when we got there, we didn't have any idea where to go.

After wandering around a little bit, we found this place down in the lower ground floor. The place got two brands in one place, The Muffin House and Manila Connexion. Tempted by the muffins on the display, we decided to sit and have our lunch there.

The Muffin House serves various kinds of muffins, with the price starts from IDR. 9.000. Affordable, isn't it? The picture below was our muffins, Marble Cream Cheese Muffin (Top Left), Caramel Muffin (Top Right), Choco Lover Muffin (Bottom Left), and Blueberry Muffin (Bottom Right). We tasted all the muffins. All of them were good, but the hero of the day was the Choco Lover!

Here, take a closer look of our hero. The chocolate glaze on the top combined with the moist texture of the warm muffin was bringing a real delicacy to our tounge. But wait, there's more surprise! It got warm melted chocolate inside, and it was really delicious. I'm actually craving for it as I write it down right now :9

By the way, we also ordered the lunch menu in Manila Connexion, but I don't want to write long about them, since none of them was outstanding. Even worse, my Lasagna (Top Left) was terrible. It doesn't look like a lasagna, it's too creamy, and I could barely taste the beef. Dissapointing. I think it's kinda our fault though, ordering Italian food in Philiphine's restaurant. The Philiphine's cuisine (Top Right, I forgot the name) was okay according to my friend, but not special. 

In conclusion, I think their muffins really worth to try. I heard they also got another store at Pacific Place and Plaza Senayan. Run and grab your muffins, sweet tooth! :)

The Muffin House - fX Lifestyle X'nter
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman
Pintu Satu Senayan
Jakarta 10270
Telp : 021-25554268

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Downtown Bistro

I've heard about this place since the opening months ago, but never had the time to try it. So two weeks ago, I was so excited when a friend of mine told me that he's going to throw his birthday dinner there. 

It was saturday night, so we did a reservation before we came, presuming that the place will be crowded, but we were wrong. The place was kinda empty for saturday night. They've got indoor and outdoor area, and only a few table were occupied in both sides that night. 

The interior was set to look like a library, there are bookshelves in one side of the wall, and they've got reading table like in the library. We got the table near the bookshelves. Actually, the bookshelves really reminds me of the graduation photo background :p

For the appetizer, we ordered the Boston Red Sox (IDR 49.000) and a bowl of Seafood Chowder (IDR. 39.000). The Boston Red Sox was a plate of calamari served with BBQ sauce. The sauce was good, but the calamari was too dry. As for the Seafood Chowder, I really like the creamy texture. :9 

For my main course, I ordered Teriyaki Glazed Short Rib (IDR. 85.000). I really love their overall presentation, but the rib looked really burned. I don't know whether they grilled it too long, or this is how they usually presented their ribs: scorched. But unexpectedly, it tasted delicious, the most delicious dish of the night, if we override the burned part. I'll definitely order it again next time, but I'll ask them not too grill the ribs too long.

These were my friend's main course, Glazed Salmon (IDR. 89.000) and Purple Pig (IDR. 78.000). I tasted a litlle bit of the salmon, and it was also good, tender and juicy. Didn't tasted the purple pig since I can't handle the pork lard, but it also looked tempting.

As for the end of the night, we ordered Molten Chocolate Souffle (IDR. 46.000) as the dessert, and as my friend's birthday cake. It took 25 minutes for the cake to came out, and it tasted okay.

By the way, Downtown Bistro serves different menus for lunch and dinner. Since I've tried the dinner menu and it's not dissapointing, maybe I'll go next time to taste the lunch menu ;)

Downtown Bistro 

The Landmark Building GF
Jl. Jend Sudirman No.1
Ph. +6221 52960064
Opening hours: 7am - 9.30pm

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

[Bandung] Mie Naripan

The first time I visited this noodle place was about two years ago with my ex-highschool friends, and ever since then, I always visit it whenever I go to Bandung.

Located in the corner of Naripan Street, the place is so catchy. You'll see only one colonial-style house with "MIE NARIPAN" written on the front wall. And also the number of parking cars around the house will make you sure you're not in the wrong place.

The place is humble and quite spacious, but on holiday season, you might have to wait to get seated. For the menu, they've got only one kind of noodles, but various toppings. You can have it sweet or salty, and they have various toppings as meatballs, dumplings, and also CHEESE!

For me, my favourite menu is Yamien Manis Baso Goreng (Sweet Yamien with Fried Meatballs). The noodle texture is soft and it taste quite delicious, but it's not the noodle that makes it special for me, it's the fried meatballs. The fried meatballs is crunchy, chewy and delicious, and I love how they always serves it hot.

This is another choice, it's Yamien Asin Spesial (Special Salty Yamien). It comes with the fried meatballs, meatballs, and dumplings. I prefer the Sweet Yamien though, this one is kinda tasteless for me, and they put the fried meatballs in the soup, so it's not crunchy anymore.

By the way, the noodles come in an a quite expensive price. I forgot the excact price, but you have to pay more than IDR 30.000 for a bowl of Yamien with fried meatballs, and around IDR 40.000 for the Special Yamien. I think it's a bit too pricey, since they use minced chicken. But anyway, I love the fried meatballs and the old-colonial ambience inside, so I think I'll continue revisiting the place next time :)

Mie Naripan
Jl. Naripan No. 108, Braga, Bandung
Ph: 022 - 4205516
Also available in: 
Jl. Bulevar Barat, Komp. Ruko Kelapa Gading Square, Italian Walk Blok B No. 48B
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