Tuesday, May 15, 2018

After You Dessert Cafe [BANGKOK]

Just like its name, when I was writing this post I felt like it’s already running after me for another dining session there. Still couldn’t move on from the sinful delicacy regardless I just had it like few days ago LOL. 




I could bet most of you have seen the pictures of their dishes as most people visiting Bangkok did pay a visit here. Yep, it’s been so well-known for it’s signature desserts, which might be not all traditional Thailand ingredients or flavors, though some indeed were. If you just thought you’re not familiar with it, please wait till you saw the pictures of what I had, then you might nod your head and found your ‘AHA!’ moment. 

Having several branches already, spread all around Bangkok, I preferred going to the head outlet, pre-reading some recommendations that it’s less crowded, and most of the time didn’t require any queue unlike the ones mostly in shopping malls. Besides, I did little research on it and found the space was comfy enough for short afternoon chilling time. 





Such a coincidence that it’s actually located quite close to the hotel I stayed, taking around 10-15 minutes car ride depending on the traffic. I felt like going back to Jakarta having to pass such heavy jam just to move between very short distance. OK never mind, it’s holiday and nothing had to be in a rush ;)

The venue seemed to be located around alleys of cafes and restaurants, quite crowded space despite the road was actually pretty narrow. It might look quite small if you just looked at your surrounding, but if you tried combining the three separated spaces located just next to one another, it’s a quite huge cafe. 



The design might be not like the most outstanding, but the ambiance was homey enough. At least, for me it could deliver the calming feeling and most importantly it provided mountains of sweet companions for the guests to enjoy. 

The giant menu showed so many choices of flavors for each of their signature desserts, including Shibuya honey toast, flavored-shaved ice or kakigori, warm soft-baked cookie with ice cream, mille crepes, and many more. You could imagine how complicated my dilemma was, having to choose among the dish variants then the flavors. Thai tea and mango as Thailand’s signature ones were absolutely there and for me were indeed the most tempting despite the others like Nutella, banana, matcha, and cream cheese were also appealing. 

Seemed to understand my deep confusion, the attendant tried offering me their most favorite ones and I ended up being very obedient customer. 

Warm Chocolate Chip Panookie (THB 175)


I followed the majority, ordering the chocolate one instead of banana. This type of dessert was always my weakness, and I even had it almost every day in the office, buying the soft-baked cookie and reheated it myself before enjoying it. Having the special one served in hot plate, freshly made to order, then even added by additional happiness of chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream, it’s MINDBLOWING!


My taste bud did tell me it’s slightly too sweet yet it didn’t reduce even a bit my enjoyment towards each spoonful I took. Such an awesome mix of texture and exciting party of hot and cold temperature melt in my mouth! 

Baby Mango Sticky Rice Kakigori (THB 185)


Next turn belonged to the shiny yellow tropical fruit of Thailand, Mr. Mango! Well yeah, who on earth went to Thailand without having their mango. Nevertheless, I couldn’t deny that I initially thought this particular dessert was just over exaggerated by those having tried it, and perhaps it’s just cute in appearance but so-so in taste. 

Guess what? It got my jaw broken when I took my first spoon. WOOWW! Super good and I was deeply in love!! Those fresh and sweet diced-cut mango as well as those chewy and succulent sticky rice, all hidden under the mango-flavored shaved ice, together had me astonished and right away transformed into a BIG FAN! Not to mention the extra toppings of coconut milk and mango sauce, UHLALAAA~~need to hold myself from drooling.


Being a solo traveler was always quite tough as you had limited tummy capacity to afford all you wanna try :( . But yeah no choice as this was indeed impromptu business trip. I felt kinda lucky as After You seemed to understand its customers too well, serving Baby-size for almost all their menu, just like the kakigori I had. Despite it might be bit pricey having each dish ranged from THB 175 to THB 250, the taste worth the price paid. One more thing, if you’re not into trying the sweet drinks or liquid desserts, you could have their free-flow tea. Would surely be back <3


Taste: 8/10
Place: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Price: 7/10


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AFTER YOU DESSERT CAFE
Address: J Avenue Thong Lor 13, Bangkok, Thailand
Phone: (+66) 02 712 9266
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 11am - 0am


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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Fedwell, Another Healthy One in Senopati

Fed well??!? Meaning lots of foods to keep your tummy get overflowing supply? Well, somewhat true, but not 100% accurate as the name ‘Fedwell’ didn’t only talk about the quantity, but also the quality of your intake as they served good supplements for your body. 






The moderate-size cafe occupied a space  at Senopati, right next to Monty’s. The ambiance made you feel summer enough, having bright tone dominated by the soft amber color, mixed with green from the plants put at different corners. The back side seemed to be the semi-private space as it’s not that visible from the front one, though physically the two weren’t separated by any door. No wonder it’s targeted for group reservation, including at my time of visit, making me unable to sit there even if I wished to. 


Hot Cappuccino (IDR 35k)


Having the flamingo-print on the to-go cup captured my interest, I opted for the hot cap, though I actually ended up having it on the glass cup anyway LOL. The beans were slightly acidic, causing the after-taste wasn’t that smooth, yet I guessed the quite-heavy milk content making it not too bold. In case you were a fan of soy latte, you had the option to go for it. Almond milk could be your other alternative, but with extra charge of IDR 20k. 

Fedwell Iced Tea (IDR 25k)


I wasn’t sure what’s mixed in the glass and I just chose it as I wanted something refreshing. The color turned out pretty pale, almost alike to mineral water. I could taste mint in it, but I could barely taste the tea. Lesson learnt, prolly next time I should’ve asked prior to placing my order. 

Do-it-yourself Bowl (IDR 75k)


In spite of going for the signature bowls, offering combinations of components crafted by the house, I tried to test my creativity in doing mix-and-match on the ingredients called out on the menu. Yep, my sense of invention seemed to go higher than normal today and I simply wanted to have something anti-mainstream. I picked the regular D-I-Y bowl, for which I was entitled to 1 base, 1 protein, 3 toppings, 1 dressing, and 1 crunch. The other option offered more protein at higher price (just FYR). 



For my base, which was basically the carbs, I picked ube mixed, for which they’re combining both the yellow and purple ones. I had love-hate relationship with this dish as apparently the diced-cut yam wasn’t standardized, some were undercooked so hard to bite while others were moist, sweet, and just yummy. 

As the week was quite packed with beef on weekdays, I kinda missed fish quite too much and decided to go for Salmon Gravlax, which was also the one looking most tempting on the showcase. If you had no idea what it looked like, just imagined raw salmon in sugar, salt, and dill seasoning; indeed lighter and fresher type of protein. No worries if you neither liked something raw nor liked fish, because you had bunch of other selections to pick, either cooked or marinated in different spices. My pick wasn’t bad, serving the fresh Nordic-originated dish in lovely soft texture which literally melted in my mouth. 

For toppings, I combined the chewy and the shiny ingredients provided - onsen egg, mushroom party, and charred corn. I could enjoy the party of textures in one chew as I got everything from soft to crunchy. The yolk flawlessly bursted out from the moist whites at the first slice as it’s perfectly poached. I wished slightly stronger flavor-kick from the mushroom, but overall it tasted okay. The sweet corn played nice role as healthy yet scrumptious veggie with its natural sweet flavor. In a nutshell, the trio might be only toppings but did play important roles in the mix. 


For sure the earlier mentioned components didn’t go on-stage by themselves and did need extra dressings to make them going to the better level of taste. My bowl came with honey mustard sauce, one of my favorites and I could feel it worked well with the gravlax. Appearance wise it might be no the champion, but the taste was flavorful enough. The extra crunch made the bowl to be even richer. My furikake (Japanese traditional crunch made of dried fish, sesame seeds, and chopped seaweed) well-complemented the salmon and did make it look Japanese enough, which I initially wasn’t really aware of till I was about to enjoy it. Together all the components finally crafted healthy and luscious food to enjoy. 

Honey Cake (IDR 38k)



Who said places like this wouldn’t sell sweet? I was sooo happy, finding my sweet tooth would also get satisfied as they did offer couple of desserts. Opting for the Honey Cake, I was proven wrong as I in prior did judge the cake from its appearance. Once it landed on the table I directly had the thought that it must be pretty dry and just so-so. Nonetheless, it was surprisingly succulent as the sponge cake was neither too light nor too dense, the honey (and I guessed caramel?) layers in between impeccably gave the ‘sparks’ into the cake with its delectable and not overly sweet flavor, and the crumbles covering the cake which I guessed composed of oats simply tasted great! Not to mention the raisins mixed in it which added extra delicacy especially for raisin-lover like me <3. 

Despite I did have my other favorite place to go for similar kind of food, Fedwell was worthy to try overall ;). Even in my view, the latest hype in this particular market did offer similar things but all of ‘em had their own distinctive points.


Taste: 6.5/10
Place: 7/10
Service: 6.5/10
Price: 6.5/10


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FEDWELL
Address: Jl. Senopati No. 82, Jakarta
Phone: (+62) 822 1110 0059
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 10am - 9pm


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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Poach'D Brunch & Coffee House

Sounds ‘eggy’ enough? Well I believed it’s a nod there when you heard people mentioned poach especially at breakie time. Spotting the sneak peak of some of their menus, I couldn’t deny how it right away got myself excited to try. Those gigantic plates with rich combination of ingredients on it, served in wonderful presentation via mix of colors. Feeling much like a champion, huh?!






The spacious place was in Kemang, yup one of the centers for awesome breakfast, seemed to try challenging the other long-standing players. The venue was pretty obvious as it was there at the main road, exactly the peak of the crowd. If you’re early birds, throw away all your worries as they opened their doors as early as 6am (yeah you heard me right guys!! Now you’d better be cheerful ;) ). That might in turn have impact as they closed earlier too at the same time in pm zone. Well, I believed not a big deal as most of you must be having this type of dishes around breakfast to lunch time, right?



Having quite big space, the venue carried out kind of contemporary concept, not too much into simple coffee shop but more to a bistro-alike design. Having the coffee bar and showcase right at the center of the venue, the seats were placed at their surroundings. Individual ones were mostly facing the outdoor area which actually didn’t really give you any special scenery, but did give more chance to enjoy your own ‘namaste’ time. 


The interior itself wasn’t focusing on anything specific in my view as it had kind of cherry blossom tree at one corner, another green tree at different corner, and some murals on the walls whose pictures weren’t all in one theme IMHO. Nonetheless, bringing all of them together wasn’t a bad idea and overall the place was a quite cozy one for having my morning tummy booster. The fact that they had high ceiling and utilized it well by making more spaces through the mezzanine was creative one, also being the chance giving the view of the overall cafe ambiance. 

Hot Cappuccino (IDR 37k)


Yeay! It’s finally time for morning caffeine sip and weekend one was always the most awaited, not because of the coffee but just the feeling of able to refresh the mind and sit in relax. The coffee wasn’t bad with aromatic fragrance and medium body. Great one that the after-taste was smooth, playing its role as great starter. 

Hot Rainbow Sprinkles Latte (IDR 37k)


This one might be not mentioned on the menu, but as I saw the pictures, it captured my interest and I believed so would you. Basically it’s the same with the common coffee, just that it’s served in the paper cup with rainbow sprinkles stuck on the edge, making the presentation looked peculiar. For me, I enjoyed having the rainbow sprinkles molten together on the palate with my coffee <3. 

Texan (IDR 117k)



The breakie menu selections wanted to capture different likings; offering Aussie, French, Indian, many more even Indonesian! My pick was Texan, offering slices brisket as the owner of the spotlight, cooked lusciously in bbq sauce. The meat was juicy and tender, flavorful in every bites, though I needed to get rid of the fats as the meat did contain quite lots of the fats parts. 


To give more taste, it was complemented with marinated capsicum, jalapeno, and veggies; which basically were healthy elements but indeed seasoned very well. As the cafe’s name indicated, most menus did have eggs and this one were serving two pieces half-done sunny-side-up; whose shiny yolk were flawlessly runny! I wished the bacons added extra delicacy to the dish, but unfortunately they had a certain smell which was pretty distracting. I wasn’t sure what was it, but my sister who did taste it also felt the same. Perhaps problem with the storage I guessed, which was kinda pity as the texture was actually so good. Fortunately I still had the cheddar cheese, which I did save a bit to be enjoyed the last since I knew it wouldn’t fail me. All in all, I guessed you could’ve imagined how exciting it was to have such royal mix in a single dish!


Despite my big desire to have something sweet to end my course, sadly the only cake available in the display was only Carrot Cake. No desserts were also called out on the menu, so having solo option, I preferred not to go for it as I was also not that much into carrot cake in general. I wished I could try more of the dishes, and hopefully could get more options for the desserts as well in my following visits ;). That statement did mean see you again (hopefully real soon).



Taste: 7/10
Place: 6.5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Price: 6.5/10


Poach'D Brunch & Coffee House
Address: Jl. Kemang Raya No. 11, Jakarta
Phone: (+62 21) 719 0706
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 6am - 6pm


Friday, April 27, 2018

Shakespreare

Please shoo away the thoughts that I’m going to write the review of Shakespeare’s books as I definitely found them pretty heavy to spend my weekend. I wouldn’t also write a poem since I simply wasn’t that talented to craft one. Then if you started to wonder what Shakespeare meant, sit down, relax, and enjoy the easy-reading paragraphs I was going to get you exposed to. 







Even prior to entering the venue, I was caught already by the glass door decoration and door handle which was in classic and elegant S shape. Opening the door, the game went strong, looking at the wall paintings, hanging lamps, order counter, and miniatures; everything seemed to complement each other in giving the impression of palace-style dining in the middle of a forest. The point to highlight was prolly the not-so-new yet still smart idea to use mirror at one of the corners, making the venue looked much bigger than it really was, giving the spacious impression at a glimpse. 


Monsieur Caramello (IDR 27k)


The one behind the menu was indeed Shakespeare-alike in crafting beautiful phrases, able to craft wonderful names for each of the foods and beverages. All  just a simple example was this Caramel Latte, which was transformed into the beverage which seemed to be originated from France. Despite the taste was fine, sorry but I had to rate it overpriced as it seemed to be similar to powder coffee I could easily find elsewhere. 

Cowabunga! (IDR 22.5k)
That shouldn’t get you discouraged though, since you still had much more to satisfy the palate. Pretty unique that they served no other dish than Gyeran-Bbang, Korean egg bread! Apparently the owner of Shakespeare was also the one having this brand, used to sell the infamous winter street food whose name was exactly the same with the brand, in several malls. Again here, this snack was served in both savory and sweet versions; and to make it complete, my friends and I went for the double strike! 
  

Starting with savory for sure, we has the combination of pepperoni, mushroom, and mozzarella stuffed together into our egg bread. I was surprised that the taste was similar to bolognaise, yet I was happy that it suited my liking very well. Each ingredient was flavorful and being mixed together, they jointly created pleasant taste to enjoy! Well yeah, the trip didn’t seem to be new combination to come together, did they?

Kitten’s Trap (IDR 22.5k)


Let’s continue with the sweet one! I was having Ovomaltine and Cheese in my mind, while sadly they only had either Kitkat and cheese or Ovomaltine and Banana. Having only those options, I finally ended up with the first. Well, still thinking it’s slightly pricey as the stuffings weren’t that abundant, but the taste was actually decent. I loved the batter best as it had the pleasant buttery flavor and the sweetness level was just precisely right. 

Kaya (IDR 18k)
If you were more into something simpler and classier, you might wanna go with their signature kaya filling. Briefly said, it’s just like those foods which could easily be everyone’s all-time favorite. Surely a new way to enjoy Kaya spread when you’re too bored to keep having it with toast. 



Just by having the quick snacking session, the place could get me hitched particularly by its interior and ambiance; classic and elegant, the dynamic duo which could hardly make you get bored. It would be awesome if they could enrich the selections of tummy companions to be served on the table :).


Taste: 7/10 (food), 6/10 (drink)
Place: 7/10
Service: 7.5/10
Price: 7/10



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SHAKESPEARE
Address: Ruko Golden 8 H6, Gading Serpong, Tangerang
Operating Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat - Sun 11am - 8pm


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