That one Saturday afternoon, I was doing some errands in Pondok Indah area when I found this restaurant, located almost hidden in Pondok Indah Plaza 2.
You can instantly tell that DON! DON! is a Japanese restaurant just by looking at its door. They placed a menu board outside the door so potential guests can have a peek at their menu, and that’s exactly what I did.
One of the things that me and my colleagues have in common is our love for food. Since I moved to this team of 9, I’ve had countless of culinary trips in between meetings or during lunchtime.. and we also like to order food to be eaten together during work 😀 Last Thursday, one of my friends discovered Dough Darlings on Instagram – an online bakery based in North Jakarta – and she quickly gathered some of us to order a dozen doughnuts together. Since not all of us are fond of doughnuts, only 6 decided to order it, hence each could get 2 kinds.
We went to their website to check their menu. They have a selection of flavours which looks very tempting, it felt like I want to buy them all! Really! Plus, their instagram feed is also as tempting. At first it was hard to decide.. but then I finally got a decision – I ordered 1 Red Velvet and 1 Nutella + Graham doughnuts. My friend organised the order to be delivered the next day – Friday.
With the help of Gojek, our order arrived safely at the office shortly after lunch, just in time for dessert. The packaging looks promising and I could not believe what I saw when I opened the box!
JUST. LOOK. AT. THOSE. GIANT. DOUGHNUTS!!!
Don’t you think they look tempting?Look at how big it is.. almost as big as my face! Lol :)))))
So how did it taste like? I had to wait a little bit longer before I got to try it.. because one of my colleague/fellow blogger – Redo wanted to take a picture first. He’s a better food reviewer than I am and unlike me, he takes his pictures very seriously.. just look at this picture I took on candid while he was directing us how to pose with the doughnuts! hahahaha. (P.S check out his blog here)
So yeah, after a while I finally got to try it. Verdict? It was really good!! I gave it 4.5 out of 5! It may not be that special if you compared it to doughnuts in the U.S, but it was the closest to U.S style doughnuts that you can get here in Jakarta. The dough were moist and fluffy, the toppings were delicious – I have to say I’m a satisfied consumer and will surely make a repeat order. Give it a try and let me know what you think! 🙂
That Tuesday was not an ordinary one. I had two meetings in two different locations; each far from each other. Knowing Jakarta and its traffic, you must imagine that it was not a pleasant day for me. At first. Not until I managed to reach Jl. Wolter Monginsidi despite its dreadful traffic to eat at this newly opened restaurant.
Yep, Holy Smokes is located at the corner of Jl.Wolter Monginsidi, very close to KFC. With the undergoing construction, that road is hell-ish during weekdays, especially dinner time. It took me 2,5 hours to get there from Gatot Subroto area. Crazy right?
So, I arrived there feeling cranky and very tired. I greeted my friend who have waited an hour for me (sorry!), and she told me to order at the cashier counter. I was then greeted by a friendly staff and browsed the menu.
My choice that night was Brisket and Ribs Dinner combo for IDR 150K. It includes 1 slice of brisket, 1 piece of rib bone and 2 sides. I chose Mac & Cheese and Homecut fries for the sides. I also ordered bottomless softdrinks for IDR 22. Overall it was a quite pricey dinner for just myself, but I decided to give my bank account (and tummy, of course) a break that night.
They told me to wait at my table and come back when my food’s ready, so I did, with high expectation. In between waiting an chatting with my friend, I managed to snap these pictures:
Finally, after around 15 minutes of waiting, my food was ready!! I was called using a remote buzzer and made my way to the pick up counter immediately after it buzzed. I was so excited! (mainly because I was hungry hahaha).
Judging only by the looks, the meal looked very promising. The meat looked tender and juicy. Even the sides looked appetising. Guess what, MY MEAL WAS BOMB. Sooooo goood! Like predicted the meat was juicy, perfectly smoked. The BBQ taste was apparent in the perfect amount. Not too heavy, not too soft. So far the best BBQ joint in Jakarta, a decent substitute to Phil’s BBQ in California.
Jl. Wolter Monginsidi No. 27
(021) 722 1795
I am currently sitting in Benedict – a newly opened restaurant located in Grand Indonesia. Yes, it is still working hours, and yes, it is a Wednesday. But my client had to postpone our meeting to later this afternoon and I suddenly found myself having an hour free time.. so I decided to sit down and have some “afternoon tea time” while waiting.
Last week I received an invitation through this post to visit a newly opened Cafe in Kemang area called Komunal 88 Cafe Market – to try their Croissant. Since I am a self-proclaimed Croissant enthusiast, I decided to visit the Cafe last Saturday!
When I arrived, I was greeted by a friendly waitress by the name of Agustina and she showed me around the cafe before I got seated. As you can see, Komunal 88 is still on Soft Opening period, she said that they still don’t have a complete menu. But since I came there for the Croissant, I did not give too much of attention to the menu.
I loved what I saw. The cafe looks sleek and modern but at the same time comfortable. I can imagine spending time here to work or simply hanging out with my family or friends. Since I came there for brunch at around 10 AM, I also saw that most guests besides myself were expat families.
Okay, let’s talk about the Croissant now.
The Croissant (70 gr), is priced at IDR 12.000. I think the price is reasonable, judging by the size. I was intrigued to have a bite the moment I saw this lovely bunch! Soooo tempting, right?
The croissant (and all bakery items, for that matter), are baked fresh daily. No wonder it looks so tempting. As much as I like that they take quality really serious, but I could not help but wonder about the taste. Is it the kind of food that’s only pretty but not that delicious to be eaten?
Of course not! I hope my pictures can do the justice, but the croissant is so good! It’s definitely one of the best croissants I’ve had in Jakarta. It has the prefect golden color, showing that it was perfectly baked. It’s crispy on the outside – that crispy, you know when you chew it, you can hear yourself crunching. BUT, it has a moist and fluffy filling inside, making it so chewy at the same time. OH-SO-GOOD! I give it 5 out of 5 stars for price, appearance, and of course – taste.
Moving on, I spent a good 2 hours in the cafe. While I was there I actually finished some blog post drafts, hehehe. Of course, I also got to try their other food and drinks in addition to the croissant. First, I had a portion of Parmigiano Puffs (IDR 15.000) and Flat White (IDR 40.000). While Flat White is self explanatory (it tasted good, for sure!), Parmigiano Puffs is a unique to me because that’s the first time I had one. Translated literally it is a cheese puff, a bit like choux, with apparent cheese taste. I think it’s the perfect nibbles.
Then as I was thirsty, I asked for another drink. My waiter recommended me to try their Black Lemon Coffee (IDR 35.000). It was described to have a strong lemon taste, making it fresh, but with a taste of coffee at the same time. Sounds interesting, right? When I tried it, the description I was told was true! It is a unique drink, giving you a fresh feeling plus a delicious taste of coffee. Perfect for a hot afternoon.
So far I’ve told you about the food and drinks that I had – all delicious and beyond my expectation. What I also love about Komunal 88 is that they are very serious in everything that they do. Like how they sell merchandise – but not ordinary ones. All are nicely designed, plus with a good cause. Like the tumblers, for example. It’s meant to reduce plastics, and every time you buy a drink with the tumbler for takeaway, the drink will be half-price.
Oh, another interesting fact – Komunal 88 also adapts an old Italian custom – Suspended Coffee. Whenever you feel like doing something good for others, buy a cup of suspended coffee (or water/bread) here and it will be given to an anonymous after you left.
Did I enjoy my visit? Will I come back? Of course 🙂
When you are in Kemang area, don’t forget to pay a visit! Have a great week and stay safe, fellow Jakartans!
Being an avid Korean BBQ lover, I am often disappointed by the fact that there are not many Korean BBQ restaurants in Jakarta that offer all you can eat. I know there are some good ones, in fact, Senopati area in South Jakarta is widely known for its Korean restaurants scene. But, I’ve never heard of one which serves all you can eat.
That’s why I’m very much excited when my Google quest lead me to this restaurant which opened mid 2014 – KogiKogi. It is conveniently located in Senopati area, so I quickly made the decision to take my family there for year end lunch last year.
Because I was too focused on the all you can eat menu, I did not really pay attention to the other menu. Their all you can eat offerings is simple – Weekdays Lunch is IDR 99.000 (++) while Dinner & Weekend is IDR 199.000 (++) per person. The weekend price also includes a plate of Wagyu meat. I did not really check the Wagyu grade but they were delicious enough for me! Yummm!
As an all you can eat restaurant, I have to admit that they don’t offer much variety from the bar. But I think that’s a plus since the guests can focus on one thing – THE MEAT. Hahaha. Yeap, if you are a meat eater and aiming for quantity, I can assure you that you will be very satisfied when coming here.
Now what about the quality? I find it good to my standards. I mean I’ve had better tasted meat, but this one is really not bad at all 🙂
So yeah, if you’re craving for meat and would like to have a meat party, this restaurant is truly for you! do come with your fellow meat eaters and you’ll have a happy tummy, for sure.
Located conveniently in Jalan Wijaya 1, Jakarta Selatan – Typology offers you not only a place to eat but also to work and have fun. This restaurant is considerably new, just opened mid 2014. I was there at the end of last year to meet with some friends, so this post is a bit overdue 😉
When I first got there, I was greeted by this long table which I’m going to call the meeting table. This area is perfect for having discussions, from silly discussions to discussing holiday itinerary to start up meeting.
Then there’s also the bar area with some tables if you prefer to be with smaller group.
My choice that day was the comfy sofa, where I spent the afternoon having lunch with my friends and followed by working some articles for the blog.
Now, let’s talk about the food! What do they serve? Well, they basically serve all kinds of comfort food, the easy one, nothing too fancy (but tastes good, of course!). They have a wide range of food, from the appetiser, snacks, until main course to satisfy your tummy. What did I order that time? Beef Tongue Rice with Teriyaki sauce. I’d prefer to not have the tomato sauce but it still tasted reaalllyy good. You know how Beef Tongue is sort of the trend in town and a lot of restaurants are serving it, but some don’t actually know how to serve proper Beef Tongue? No worries, Typology is the opposite. The dish may look simple but not the taste 🙂
For you sweet tooth out there, Typology also have a selection of desserts and drinks, all non – alcoholic. Rumor has it I have to try their Oreo and Beng – Beng Smoothies. Definitely will come back for that!
Oh btw, they have free high speed wi-fi and electrical sockets can be easily found in between tables. No need to worry if your gadgets need to be charged. Now I’m gonna close my short review with an inspiring mural on the wall I found there, nice isn’t it?
Jl. Wijaya 1 No. 5C
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12170
021 – 29126149
Instagram : @TypologyJkt
I have a new hobby lately. Well, not exactly a hobby but I’ve been doing this thing often nowadays. That is, visiting small coffee shops in Jakarta and try their latte. By all means I’m no expert in coffee art, I don’t understand most of the terms and I drink mostly only latte. But now that I’ve been going to coffee shops more often, I (kind of) can differentiate which latte is good and which is so – so and I’m getting more interested in trying different kinds of blends.
Through Instagram I got exposed to a lot of coffee shops in town. Some has been around for quite some time but a lot are new. That’s how I found out about Turning Point Coffee, which was just opened recently. Their feed looks very promising and I was tempted to try their coffee. One thing though, they are located in the outskirts of Jakarta – in Gading Serpong to be exact. While I’m curious to try their coffee, going there out of the blue seemed too much of effort for me. But then yesterday I had to accompany my Mum visiting a relative in Alam Sutera, a neighboring city. AHA! what I coincidence, I thought. I then asked my Mum to accompany me to a bit of detour to Gading Serpong in search for this coffee shop.
Turning Point Coffee is located not far from Summarecon Mall Serpong (Yes, that huge shopping mall), in a SOHO complex. It is, however, a bit hard to find because they haven’t put any signage anywhere in the building. They are present in Google listing though, so you can easily search for their name in Google Maps and just follow the direction. But still, a bit hard to find.
When I finally got there, my expectation increased when I was walking inside the store. I could smell the smell of coffee even from the outside! Mind you the door was closed when I was walking in, so I thought it’s a very good sign. The place was small, probably caters around 15 people comfortably inside and a little bit more outside. There were more than 15 people when I arrived though, it was very crowded. There was 1 group on the queue in front of me but I did not have to wait that long to be served and was given a warm welcome by the cashier/server. While making my order I told him that I came from far away (read: Jakarta haha) and he casually said “you’d want to come back!”
For my first order, I ordered a Latte from their House Blend. Mum had their Oolong tea, and we also ordered something sweet – A doughnut and a milk pie. Everything we ordered was very good! I loved my latte, smooth and just the right amount of sweetness. It’s definitely one of the best latte I’ve had in Jakarta (and it’s surroundings too – considering Serpong is not really Jakarta :p). I even made a second order and tried their Cloak&Dagger Blend which has a more fruity taste (until very recently I did not know that coffee could have a fruity taste! *amazed*). Both are reaaally good!
While I’m enjoying my coffee and mum enjoying her tea, I could not help but observing my surroundings. It looks like everyone was so passionate. It was a busy time but I could sense that all the employees are working passionately in serving delicious coffee. Right when I was observing, the cashier approached my table and we had a small chat. It turns out that he’s one of the owners, besides her wife – the barista, and some other friends. I told him how I loved my coffee and he told us a little bit of interesting story behind the coffee shop, how they aim for the coffee shop to be community based – they will serve other coffee shop’s blends periodically. Sounds good to me! 🙂
So me and mum stayed there until the shop’s almost closed at around 5PM. The visit was very enjoyable and I’d definitely come back. I mean, who would not want to enjoy good coffee and scrumptious nibbles in a cosy place where you can have small talks with other people?
Located in Ciumbuleuit area up north of Bandung, Miss Bee Providore offers you a homey and spacious place to dine. To me, this is one of the few places I’ve been that suits every dine out occasion that I can think of! Breakfast with family? I did that. Date with your significant other? of course, sit in the outdoor terrace area (facing the garden) and embrace Bandung’s cosy wind. Gathering with friends and family? sit in the indoor area. Don’t worry, it has a children’s playground as well!
I won’t say much about this place, the pictures below say it all. Enjoy! 🙂
Since it’s almost Halloween, they have creative decorations here and there..
Their indoor sitting area is also very nice, and they also have a small shop which sells cute stuffs (including the famous Kou Cuisine’s Jam from Bali!).
If you have kids, you’ll love this place even more as this place has a cute children’s playground 🙂
Now let’s talk about the food. Since we came there early in the morning (7 AM to be exact.. we were the first customer that day!), they only served breakfast menu.
We ordered different kinds of food – mine was Full English Breakfast. Everything was delicious! I love what I ordered, especially the fact that they don’t use canned baked beans and cooked their own. If you prefer sweet breakfast, try their pancakes! it’s soooo fluffy and buttery. Yummm.
That’s about it! do visit when you’re in Bandung. I heard that the restaurant is often full, so if you planned to have breakfast there, I would suggest to come as early as 7AM so you you can still enjoy the atmosphere before the restaurant gets crowded 🙂