Sunday, September 22, 2013

C's Steak : Asian Wok do the Talk

The number one hit list playing non-stop in my brain when it comes to Sunday is : (Damn, tomorrow is Monday and i have to figure it out what are good reasons to skip classes tomorrow?) Ha! kidding..


Although i didn't want skip any classes at the moment BUT that temptation came in my mail, one of them was from C's Steak (Grand Hyatt) to attend bloggers lunch date, precisely to tried their Asian Wok promotion which already started from 16-29 September 2013. Just grab it while its hot. 

A bit worrisome as i came out last that afternoon because i missed out big times including their Amuse Bouche. Luckily, i managed catching up with the others and tried (a spoon or two spoons) every of the dishes. Our lunch date remind me of how a group of friends sharing one same passion having delicious lunch together in an upscale Chinese restaurant. 

C's also dedicating on providing more or bit less than 3000 wine collections with special kind of wine machine that lives those bottles of good way much longer. 

Without any further ado, here what Asian Wok was all about.

Kway Teow Seafood black bean sauce IDR 115.000

White and chewy textured kway teow with thick black bean sauce bombarded with generous seafood toppings and tofus. This one is delicious moreover they cooked the tofus into perfection where the tofus were smooth and tasted bold. All the components were just beautifully synch. 

Cauliflower with  Shrimp, ginger and garlic IDR 100.000

Healthy and delicious, the flavors were there soaked into the prawns and broccoli. I ate quite a lot of the broccoli simply because it's healthy. They cooked the shrimps beautifully, juicy and tender while that clear broth tasted nice and savory with quite strong gingerly scent. 

Proudly present : C's Lamb fried rice IDR 486.000

I know what you are thinking right now!! And, here i am answered your wondering thoughts of why, why and WHY.. Why a mere lamb fried rice cost half a million including tax? Because, it really worth the tag.. 

To sum it up

why #1 
Because it tasted out of this world, means super delicious thats enough to really turned on that gluttonous button inside of me. Mean to be shared with 3 peoples, but no thanks.. I don't want to.

why #2
Generous amounts of lamb cooked into perfection ; tender, flavorful and orgasmic.

WHY #3
That feeling when you eat something so scrumptious enough to dare you to state, okay, this is the most delicious fried rice i ever had in my whole existence (so far..)

Really, i hope they will reconsider on reducing the price though.. 

Organic spinach noodles with vegetables IDR 100.000

Healthier version of your everyday fried noodles, made from the mixture from flour and organic spinach. I musy say this one was quite decent but definitely my less favorite. Dear healthier person aim to be : this one is a perfect alternative upon enjoying both tasty and healthy hearty meal. 

Frog legs Sichuan style IDR 100.000

Frog legs or better known as Swikee is an ingredient that (most likely) would turned into something dashing if it handled by the right hands. My last time stumbled upon this swikee thing was about many years ago. Lucky, i can tasted it once more... Hmm, soft swikee accompanied by delicious poured sweet, bit spicy and savory Sichuan sauce. It would be more delicious if eaten by bare hands but no..

Organic chili noodles with minced beefs, spicy garlic and oyster sauce IDR 115.000

Crispy textured noodles resembles ifumie in every possible way (ofc, it is an ifumie) with yummy toppings. Now, some of the attendance said it was spicy whereas it didn't that spicy for me. I love that rich sensation when it happened to be eaten with that bit soupy toppings. 

Spicy Tofu with vegetables, chinese cabbage and chili IDR 95.000

Another satisfying tofu menu, nicely fried on the outside while soft and smooth on the inside. That chili definitely giving an additional kick toward the dish.

Nothing fancy? I second that on appearance.. but, keep reading..

Didn't expect all of those ice creams would turned out great! All of them were enjoyable with distinctive differences. 

My heart went to Mango ice cream because i was in the mood for something cold and refreshing. Lovely mango ice cream with vivid mango taste and right level of sourness. The others were also really satisfying especially their chocolate ice cream which tasted so chocolaty and milky plus it wasn't too sweet. But, i really couldn't chose between chocolate or strawberry, surprisingly their strawberry ice cream as milky as well and really soft. I bet coffee lovers will tip their hats off for the coffee ice cream, strong coffee taste and aroma. While truffle is more like a peanut-y chocolate taste. As for you who seeks another refreshing sensation, just dig that raspberry ice cream out. Fantabulous.  All of those goods came along with too sweet tuile

Thank you C's for having me, it was such a lovable luncheon. All the foods were pretty amazing though. Man, i just crave for their lamb fried rice right now.. 

C's Steak & Seafood Restaurant
Hours :
Lunch - 12.00 pm to 15.00 pm daily
Dinner - 18.00 pm to 22.10 pm daily

4th floor Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Jl.M.H Thamrin Kav 28-30
Jakarta 10350
(021) 2992 1234


Thursday, September 19, 2013


No matter how much times has passed or many restaurants keeps popping. My heart always stays for this one. Been here once, it was like 1-2 years ago when i wasn't a food blogger and finally! i went there just yesterday and decided to make the review a.s.a.p because by far, their red velvet still ranked as the best red velvet in town (at least for me) and as long as i remember if memory don't failed me, Union was the first one whose red velvet booming in no time.

Full house during lunch hour, well.. i've expected this much and so, i put my name on their waiting list. Not long after that, they called me to informed me that my non-smoking seat was ready. I think this place needs no introduction further more since i seriously think everyone already knows it, good or bad.

Talking about the interior, nothing changes much or maybe at all.. I love how the sunlight naturally illuminate through the black glass windows. It was packed and quite noisy but the services are still first class. Despite the hustle, the waiter took our orders in no time, the foods were fast enough to reached our table, and their waiter could explained the foods in detail, friendly and at the end of the day, he took two good shots of me and my friend.

Pardon this narcissistic selfie 
and.. yes.. this timing rule still applied even on this very hour.
this is what i called complimentary bread. warm, fluffy, fresh baked bread with good quality of butter. 

It took a while for us to figured it out, what to order.. our choices went to

Tropic Berry IDR 55.000

Life is Good IDR 55.000

Both of us chose something which hopefully turned out to be refreshing beverages. Not too impressed with their Tropical Berry because it wasn't too refreshing, almost tasteless for me. Not sweet, not sour. Just where this berry was? But.. Life is Good surely remind me why life has been good lately and drinking something so fresh like this one is another one of the reasons why. It was sweet and really refreshing with all of those clicking mixtures in one glass. The only thing i could complained was.. too much ices. 

Braised Osso Buco ((braised beef shank) IDR 130.000

A generous portion of scrumptious beef shank served with delicate mashed potato below and sauce. The sauce was a bit oily if you ask me but seriously, i love this dish. For me, the components were completed each others. The beef shank was soft and tender. The sauce was also delicious. What's not to love? My friend also love this very much. I'm glad i made a right choice. Fulfilling dish.

Crispy Pork Belly IDR 130.000

My friend felt a big time guilty but don't left the pleasure behind ; because for her, it was too fatty then she afraid she will gain kilos after eating it. For me, yes.. it was fatty and thick but tasted wonderful! I really really love it especially when eaten with their sauce. Honestly, i don't know what was the sauce they used below the porks or even that shiny and oily brown-ish sauce. What i know is : it tasted superb and that's all i need to know. Literally one of the best pork bellies i've ever eaten. Ah.. and that crunchies on top deserves no other word beside : magnifique.

Red Velvet IDR 55.000
Union Made is Well Made ; IKR! that clean plate of red velvet is definitely one authentic proof

Back then it was only IDR 50.000 if i'm not mistaken. And.. yes, here i am proudly stating Union's red velvet still ranked as #1 in my heart. While Mad For Garlic's ranked as #2 bearing the same price tag as Union's. What made Union different from the others, i think it is the crispy peanuts topping covering the cake which giving that addictive crunch crunch while enjoying the delicacy delivered from the cream cheese and the moist beetroot-y textured cake. I LOVE (yes, with capitals) it. Moreover, the portion is huge.. Ladies, to dodge that guilty pleasure syndrome later on. Please, share it with me =P. I even ordered another of it for take away.

the take away appearance. yes.. after a really full lunch at Union. We were waiting for my friend and happened to be sat again at Momi's & Toys which served Japanese cold creepes. Been twice here and their creepes were superb! 

And there it goes..Union successfully spoiled my tummy and no.. this time our tummies happily.. We were really full since the portion was generously big.. Though some of my friends didn't like Union for some reasons.. But, for me. Union still strikes me back to come back anytime soon.. Maybe, their Cronut is another good reason why i have to? But.. no, this journey wasn't over yet.. Then we rushed to Potato Head Garage for early dinner with bloated tummies. Doh!

Plaza Senayan Ground Flr (inside Sogo)
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8
South Jakarta
Ph. +6221 57905861

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Koultoura: Brunch, Chocolates & Thunder Bolt (?)

Everyone was like.. "hey, have you been to Koultoura yet?" "let's go to Koultoura sometimes, been there before, done that blah-blah-blah and it was good" so, i arranged a quick met up with my girl who happened back in town for a while at this well-designed coffee shop.

To be honest, Koultoura sets a really high bar in term of concept and design especially when it's located in Greenville area, where not so much pretty and comfy places available to sip a glass of hot chocolate while doing your assignments with free and FAST wi-fi provided.

ps : again, i forgot to bring my camera. pictures taken with phone..

Careful dear, you have to queue first and let the workers knows your order before you finally took a seat. Starbucks or any other coffee joints ordering style. But, they will take your food orders to your seat since it will took some times.

I love it! aren't they just too cute?

I love how the design team turned this place out to be something to bragged about. Despite the furnitures or pictures hanging around, it's still has that really spacious space for doing moonwalk, somersault.. whatever.. movements. Moreover, the photo arts and maybe every little things placed on definitely captivated my attention.

Croque Madam (IDR 45.000) Whoaa.. Trust me, if love at the first sight is trully exist, then it must be my kind of first love in any sort. A perfect brunch dish which gets mushy in no time ; you have to enjoyed it after you photographed it (uh-oh) I cut it through and a perfect yolk just splashed out. Mine was big! even i got full after it. Do i have to explain how does it tasted? Though i think the word "perfect" should've explained it thoroughly. 

My hash and cornet beef was definitely perfect combo with the toast, poached eggs and topped with bechamel sauce plus cheese. On the sidelines of eating it, i love how they slipped a peppery kick inside. Served with homemade wedges. 

Read : Hotty Potty THE FAINT hearted 

Ice chocolate with vanilla ice cream (IDR 37.500 if not mistaken) and lychee ice tea (around IDR 20.000)

Truffle Fries IDR 50.000 

Lasagna IDR around 65-70.000

Pesto Spaghetti with Salmon IDR 80.000

While this Croque Madam gained its well-heard popularity from its fans. How about the main courses? take as an example.. Their Salmon Pesto Spaghetti? Honestly, it lacks of flavors. The pasta itself was bland almost tasteless but fragrant. For me, their salmon was bit overcooked but tasted quite nice. Moreover, the texture from the pasta itself which wasn't al-dente. A good pasta should've been cooked so as to be firm but not hard. Quite a disappointment for me otherwise it would a perfect afternoon where all the foods were almost superb. 

On the other hand, their lasagna was good! I love how their's was soft and like melted in my mouth.. However, i do think the taste from its tomato paste was bit overwhelming.. But, it really was a satisfying lasagna.. 

My Ice chocolate was a treat! i love how it tasted bold and chocolaty and not too sweet while its vanilla ice cream was the "it" right complement. I love their ice cream, sweet and milky made me wanting for another scoop of it. Appeared that their lychee ice tea was also nice with the right balance of sweetness. 

So, have you tried it? Some of you might wondering why a thunder bolt is necessary for this post's title? Look at their logo, a coffee mug with lightning strucked from above.. I marked this post as a MUST GO place to chillax or maybe doing your assignments with fast wi-fi provided. Well, like this.. "Where are you going to do your homework?" "Koultoura" now.. that sounds quite fancy.. 

Will i come back for revisit? YES! why? Because i'm a sucker for their Croque Madam and i really wanna try their other beverages and brunch menu.. So. See you again, anytime soon Koultoura!

Koultoura Coffee
Jl.Taman Ratu Raya Blok AA2/33
Taman Ratu, Jakarta Barat
Tweet them : @Koultoura