Monday, February 19, 2018

Hayati Specialty Coffee

Remember the trend of the phrase ‘hayati lelah’? Well, I wouldn’t tell you anything about that, just a coincidence that I recalled that hype when I was about to share about this coffee shop in Jogja. 

I had spotted it for multiple times, shared by different people earlier, and I did admit the place was indeed Instagenic, and that’s why it tickled my curiosity to pay a visit. The place wasn’t that visible as it occupied a space in quite narrow road. Nonetheless, it’s surely not a silent corner as I could see quite many stores nearby. 

From the outer appearance you might not recognize it’s big enough as the cover made it look like a simple shophouse. Nevertheless, coming inside and going to the backyard, you would get exposed to the wide spaces with many seating provided, especially in the outdoor area. 


The monochrome corner was bit wet as it had been continuously raining since early morning. It didn’t stop the guests to utilize the place for taking photogenic snaps though. Grey walls, cement tiles, hexagonal mirrors, were only few of the great spots to be called out. A hint of green brought by the hanging plants as well as flower pots made it simply feel lively. 

Just in case you’re indoor-seater, your need was also accommodated as I did love the space nearby the coffee bar; not that ‘special special’, but just feeling cozy to kill long hours. The concept of long joint table did work, especially during the busy hours, just sat together and enjoyed your caffeine-sip. For girls, you could even spoil yourself with the window-shopping as there’s female apparel store next door, separated with this coffee shop by a glass window (Wow! I saw that love-struck already)

Honey Cappuccino (IDR 30k)
Honey and coffee? I could spot some rolling eyes wondering hot the taste would be. Well, I was exactly in the same boat when my sight fell on the name of the beverage mentioned on the menu. Feeling curious, the drink finally ended up being there on my order. 

Presentation wise it had nothing different, exactly similar to the common cappuccino with gorgeous latte art on top. Taking my first sip, I was bit astonished by the sweetness as it’s kinda too much for my palate. As the coffee’s actually quite bold and pretty acidic, my palate just felt the honey couldn’t blend in well; might be the matter of preference, but this wasn’t my kind of cup :(

Hot Cappuccino (IDR 25k)

My second cup saved the moment, with general cappuccino taste, though I did think I would love it better if it could be less sour. For you who might love strong coffee flavor in your cup and you loved it to be acidic as well, this would fit you flawlessly. 

Oreo Cheese Pancake (IDR 29k)

Just wanted to let my coffee cups not feeling lonely, I ordered this pancake, picturing in my mind that it would be a petite one looking at the affordable price. Giving me a delightful surprise, it’s actually a gigantic one, and to note it’s even double stacks! Even the single layer was already thick and this came in ‘twinnie’ portion. 

Nevertheless, I was silently dancing in the heart, knowing that I had excuses to take this sinful indulgence *big grin*. Giving me extra happiness, it didn’t stop at spoiling me via the quantity, but the quality as well, serving scrumptious and fluffy pancake with generous vanilla ice cream, abundant Oreo, and mountainous grated cheese. You could imagine my non-stop exciting munching moments. Somehow it reminded me of ricotta hotcakes, the signature brunch I missed the most from Sydney. Well, if only I had this in Jakarta, at least it could cure a bit my longing towards the one in that Harbour-Bridge city. 

Serving comfort food and cozy place at very affordable price, I bet those who’re in Jogja or prolly going to Jogja soon would be interested to stop-by and give it a try. I myself would surely be back for its pancake if I could have another chance visiting this city. 

Taste: Food (7.5/10) Coffee (6.5/10)
Place: 7.5/10
Service: 8/10
Price: 7.5/10

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Address: Jl. Demangan Baru No. 6-7, Sleman - Yogyakarta 
Phone: (+62) 8311 6769 363
Operating hours: Mon - Sun 8.30am - 0.00am

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

On Three, Coffee in between The Skyscrapers

Nope, I wasn’t in a basketball court for a three-on-three with anyone guys. I was in a gorgeously styled coffee shop located at the third floor of Senopati Suites apartment in South Jakarta. Built in monochromatic style, it looked so classy and chic, making you feel like dining in a glass house, with the scenery of skyscrapers around you. 

Coming here when the day was kinda gloomy and cloudy was like the one of the best timing as the weather’s neither dry nor humid, enjoying you to enjoy breathing the fresh air sitting under the blue sky without getting burnt by the sun heat. 

As the apartment itself was quite a luxurious one, you could felt that top-class ambiance since entering the gate for the first time. Warm service, beautiful entrance, and amusing design were just few points to name. 

Going up to the third floor where the cafe resided, you might feel like entering a totally different space, which was simply another one to get your jaw broken by the wonderful interior. I myself felt like jumping into an art gallery, only that it didn’t have those beautiful masterpieces on the walls to display. Nonetheless, the simplicity and plainness made it just a perfect cozy place to spend long hours either killing time or also enjoying the seconds. 

Despite they did serve main courses, the choices were quite limited. I guessed it’s because they did wanna focus more on the coffee and indeed the place was a flawless one for short stop for coffee. 

Hot Coconut Latte (IDR 40k)
Following the recommendation of the barista, I tried the one claimed as one of most wanted. A peculiar choice which I only found earlier in very limited places. Basically the coconut element cane from the coconut oil mixed into the hot latte. 

Perhaps it’s the matter of preference, but this cup unfortunately didn’t suit my palate well. I found it quite awkward to have my coffee being oily, though I could luckily say I enjoyed that touch of coconut flakes put on top. 

Hot Cappuccino (IDR 38k)
Great alternative that this cup was also there on the order list. The mainstream choice, without any ingredient that the taste bud might be not familiar with. 

For my coffee preference, this was kinda milky, and I thought I should’ve gone for double shot to get it my way. 

Hot Piccolo (IDR 35k)

The one suited me best from the three caffeine cups would be this last one, having the boldest coffee taste in the petite cup. I wouldn’t say it have anything distinctive that made it stood out compared to similar ones, but for sure not a bad one. 

Almond Choco Croissant (IDR 27k)

Something sweet to pair the caffeine? OK, I would go for the only option I had, being displayed next to the order point. I wasn’t sure how many choices were actually available as at that time this was the one and only. It’s quite disappointing that it’s not as expected as the pastry was quite dry and rubbery, perhaps due to not being freshly baked. But on the other side, the chocolate filling was also limited, kind of like trying to find the treasure inside the croissant. I hoped it’s just this time that they might be not that prepared yet, or it’s just my my unlucky coincidence. 

Smoked Beef Quiche (IDR 35k)

Being a sweet lover who tended to prefer anything sweet than savory one, this time I had to stand on the different side. Not getting my sweet tooth pleased yet, I got my order list lengthened by the savory light bite. Finally this last comer closed the afternoon coffee session well, with the crispy pie base and the flavorful mix of smoked beef, egg, and cheese on top of it.  For you who still wondered what to go for in this newly established cafe, you could start note down this one. 

Those with explorative soul and did have the ‘radar’ around South Jakarta area, you could have one additional to-go list now :)

Taste: 6/10
Place: 7.5/10
Service: 7/10
Price: 6.5/10

Address: Senopati Suites 3rd floor, Jl. Senopati Raya 41, Jakarta
Phone: (+62 21) 2753 3333
Operating hours: Mon - Sun 7am - 10pm

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Dodee Paidang, The Next Level of Thai Noodle and Tom Yum Soup

Recently I felt like Jakarta citizens had been getting more creative and more opportunist at the same time, where people competed to bring in the food chains and restaurant brands which had been proven successful in other cities and even other countries. Tons of them could be called out and I would probably not be able to stop when I mentioned all the brands one by one. Dodee Paidang was just one of them, being carried all the way from Sydney to our beloved capital city. Having gotten the chance to try the original one right at the headquarter and fell in love with it at the first trial, you could imagine how my heart skipped a beat hearing it’s now available here! No more freezing queue in the middle of the cold and extremely windy spring days in Sydney (yep, that’s exactly my premiere experience stuck in the long queue in front of the outlet!). 

I was at first like ‘ohhh why West Jakarta, the area I wouldn’t touch except there’s something particular I was looking for, simply because I hated the traffic’. Nonetheless Dodee apparently gave me no option as they only had one outlet for now. I finally managed going to Puri to fulfill my long-unsatisfied craving.  

Looking at the outer appearance, it might look more like a Chinese than a Thai restaurant, with red-dominated theme and all the busy ornaments. Except if you recognized that the characters written on the walls were in Thai, you might not notice this was a Thai resto. My friend even initially misread the name as Padang and mistakenly thought it’s a restaurant from West Sumatera, before I finally told him it’s this infamous Dodee I’d been sharing earlier. 

The capacity’s just like typical restaurant in Puri Indah mall, and thus with the crowd due to both weekend and its recent opening, we had to expect quite long queue before being able to get vacant seats. Being into the struggle, I hoped it’s as good as I wished. 

Thai Milk Coffee (IDR 20k)

Quenching the thirst as well as melting the  irritation due to the waiting time, we started with the signature cold drinks, giving a try on both the coffee and the tea. Requesting the coffee to come with less ice, it’s surprisingly turned out too sweet. Fortunately the taste was okay, with medium-bodied beans, giving not too milky flavor. 

Red Thai Tea (IDR 20k)
The second was surely a better one, though I wouldn’t nominate it as the best of a kind. But at least, it came as a cure to the disappointment on the first one with right sweetness level. 

Actually it supposed to be still in promo period, where we could get free thai tea/coffee by following the IG account, posting photos and tag some friends. We expected this would be it, nevertheless the waitress mentioned that we couldn’t consider one of earlier orders as free one and had to order extra one as the free item. Well yeah, wouldn’t comment more. 

Keawza (IDR 48k)

Rather than falling too deep into the complaints, let’s enjoy the dish and get the tummy satisfied. Some might think this was appetizer while the rest got it as side dish. Describing it in easier way, it’s DoDee’s signature tom yum soup with flawlessly boiled wontons, an awesome choice if you opted for lighter dish, or you just wanted your main dish to have ‘merrier’ companions. The price might be similar to the main courses, but you needn’t worry as they’re quite generous in the portion. The fillings stuffed in the wontons were flavorful and the wontons skin was soft and literally melt in your mouth.

Crispy Pork with Prik Khing (IDR 59k)
This rice-based dish belonged to my friend who couldn't resist that glazing pork as shown in the picture put on the menu. Yes, those sinful yet indulging stir fried crispy pork belly, cooked together with green beans and chili in Thai dried red curry sauce called as Prik Khing. Some of you who might have the same perception as me, who previously saw this looked like sauteed green beans in X.O sauce. 

I had a spoon of the dish and for me the pork belly was well-executed as the bottom layer was juicy and tender, while the pork layer was deliciously crunchy; a combination that you would always demand for any stir fried pork belly. The sauce was scrumptious with pepper and chili flavors infused in it. If I could have the chance to give inputs, I would surely ask for softer and slightly mushier rice. 

Soft Boiled Rice with Combination of Pork (IDR 48k)

If the earlier rice-based dish was a dry one, this was the soupy one, with the rice and meat being soaked into the soup. Well, in the middle of cold rainy day this would be a perfect choice for sure. But as my visit time was a hot sunny day, that's why this order wasn't belong to me but my friend instead. However, as sharing is caring, I definitely tried this 'all-pork-in-one-bowl' dish as well. Yes, it literally mixed various components, which were all made of pork, including pork meatballs, minced pork, sliced  pork, and many more. If you're a hardcore pork lover, this bowl couldn't suit you better as you could have all you wish for, delivered in a single portion. You would have yourself spoiled by different taste and different texture, which you could enjoy in one chew. 

DoDee Lava (IDR 48k)
Woohoo! We’re now reaching the climax, DoDee’s most favorite selections, the first reason making me visit Dodee in Sydney and the top reason making me coming to the outlet in Jakarta, the Thai noodles!! If earlier I hadn’t explained much on the tom yum soup, yeah it’s basically the specialty of the house, which got the guests highly addicted. Despite that I still thought that the original one I tried earlier tasted better with richer spices and stronger flavor, this was surely not bad and was merit enough to fulfill my longing on this spicy and sour soup. For my palate it’s different to common tom yum as Dodee’s recipe had that extra kick with thicker flavor. It might hard for me to describe in words, so experiencing it yourself would be the best option; just one thing, trust me it's luscious till the very last drop.  

If you’re intolerant to spicy dishes, they did come in various levels and basically most of the variants called out on the menu were simply different levels of spiciness coming from the same base of tom-yum soup. My pick this time, the lava one, was a moderate version at level 3. I myself perceived this as the right level since I couldn’t hold the higher one, while lower version was quite too mild for my taste bud. Beware if at the first spoon you said it's not spicy as the more you ate, I thought the more you would feel the burnt on the tongue (for sure in a content way).

As for the noodles, the options given were quite various, starting from flat rice noodles, glass noodles, rice noodles, bee hoon, egg noodles, and instant noodles. My top pick would be flat rice noodles, kinda similar to kway teow but came in narrower shape, with soft and pleasantly chewy texture. Not stopping there, I was delighted by the fact that they're not niggard  in serving the toppings. I guessed from the picture you could also see that it's overflowing till you could barely spot the noodles :p. Last nice fact, it's not only the broth that's flavorful, but the toppings did enrich the overall taste of the dish. 

It's quite a pity that I had to tell you I had no chance to try the dynamic dessert duo of Dodee here, Fried Bread with Pandan Custard and Mango Sticky Rice as they were both sold out *deep deep deep frowned*!! I still could clearly remember my premiere visit to Dodee, where I could clearly see there's no single table having no Fried Bread. It seemed to be a mandatory finishing dish there and when I tried it, I could completely understand why. I'd already pictured in my mind having that golden brown bread with the sweet and moist pandan custard, yet I sadly had to finish my dining session with drinks only :(. Hopefully on my next visit I could get this heaven on earth :)

Taste: 7/10
Place: 6.5/10
Service: 6/10
Price: 7/10

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Address: Puri Indah Mall  GF #071, Jakarta
Phone: (+62 21) 582 2359
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 10am - 10pm