Thursday, October 30, 2014

Flawless Lunch Buffet at Huize van Wely

I was so glad when I knew that I won the Food Selfie Competition held by Qraved and The Papilion. Why? Of course because the gift was a Lunch Buffet at Huize van Wely! Who didn’t want it? I’ve once dined in its Pacific Place outlet. However, it was only a dessert time and I definitely would not forget the heavenly taste of the cakes! Thus, I was so excited for this lunch.

First time visiting Huize van Wely’s Kemang outlet, I immediately fell in love with the interior design. Bringing the classic and elegant theme, every single corner looked impressive. My most favorite one was shown in the first picture. The ambience felt as if you were sitting at open-air space, while you’re actually sitting at the indoor area. I actually did not sit there as I came with several friends so we needed bigger table. But, I did love my place as it was so cozy and the light was very supportive to get wonderful pictures :p. 



Not only was the venue, the service was also delightful. I wanted to throw a birthday surprise for one of my friends, and the waiter and waitress were really helpful when I requested for their assistance. Though this was a buffet, the waiter/waitress did not mind to take the dishes for you and serve them on your table.

Today’s theme was Japanese, including for some of the desserts.

Mixture of Various Salads


I started my lunch with their salads. Yes, they did serve several choices for their salads. You also could mix them with various dressings. The most unique was the one in the glass, Japanese Rice Salad (if I remembered the name correctly), which was basically the combination of steamed rice, veggies, and smoked beef. Combining spicy and refreshing taste, this salad was certainly distinctive.


This was basically soup with meatballs and various vegetables, including pumpkin, carrot, and cabbage. It was a quite simple yet scrumptious dish. The taste was balanced as some of the ingredients were sweet, while some were savory.

Prawn & Vegetable Tempura

I was sure that this golden-brown dish did not need much explanation. Anything deep-fried was always exquisite! Moreover, there were plus points coming from the fresh ingredients and tasty sauce.

Beef Sogayaki, Grilled Chicken, and Salmon Teriyaki

These 3 were the main dishes of today’s lunch buffet. Actually for the chicken one, I forgot what the dish’s name was. Before explaining about the dishes, I wanted to give credit to my sister for the plating, and of course standing ovation to the chef for the impressive taste! All the dishes were perfectly cooked and the meat was so tender. The star of the plate was the Salmon Teriyaki, which was ultimately delicious! It was served with super smooth and luscious mashed potato with broccoli, which impeccably complemented the salmon’s sweet taste. Once it went into your mouth, you couldn’t stop to have more and more of it.

Red Bean Dorayaki, Mochi, Black Sesame Panna Cotta, Matcha Puff, Strawberry Shortcake

This was my first round for dessert. When it came to dessert, everything was a must-try! Luckily they all came in small size so I could try all choices provided. To answer your curiosity, I would try to explain each of them. Starting with Dorayaki, the texture was moist and the red bean paste was great. Besides it was the chewy mochi, whose taste was quite good. The one in front was Matcha Puff, whose matcha filling was pleasant though the puff was a bit too dry and hard. The Strawberry Shortcake was my sister’s favorite. The cake was indeed so moist and the strawberry filling was refreshing. The Black Sesame Panna Cotta was my most favorite from this plate. The texture was so smooth and the taste was not too creamy. I actually did not really fancy black sesame. However, as the sesame taste was not that strong in this panna cotta, I really really loved it!


All the three flavors were enjoyable, but the chocolate one had the strongest taste for me. If you were the type of person who didn’t like too sweet desserts, these eclairs might be perfect for you.  

Various Cakes


Honestly, I did not know the name of these cakes. What I knew were just they looked appealing and they pampered my taste bud :p. They were actually the petite version of the cakes sold here. From the top-left plate, I loved the apple pie the most. The crust was crunchy and the small apple cuts were sweet and refreshing. The top-right ones were the cakes that delivered balanced mixture of sweet and sour. If I didn’t mistakenly taste them, they were cheesecakes. The two cakes in the bottom-left plate were both chocolate-based, the ones any chocolate lovers would have to go for.

Hot Cappuccino (IDR 55k)

Since the lunch buffet hasn’t included any drink yet, so we have to order the beverage separately. This hot cappuccino was my sister’s. Served on a board, the presentation was quite lovely. I did love the coffee as well as the aroma was strong but the acidity level was balanced.

Rose with French Vanilla (IDR 45k)

Though I rarely chose tea for my drink, this time I decided to try something different. My choice went to this Rose with French Vanilla tea. Unexpectedly, I loved it so much. The rose scent was delightful and the vanilla flavor perfectly matched it. And did you spot that little almond cracker? For me it was surely a perfect bonus.

In a nutshell, I was beyond satisfied with my lunch today. This was one of the best buffets I’ve ever had in my entire life. Usually, there were only few dishes which were exceptional from a buffet. However, this time almost all the dishes were must-try!

Taste: 9.5/10
Place: 9.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Price: 8/10

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Huize Van Wely
Address: Jl. Kemang Raya No. 45AA / Pacific Place Mall GF
Phone: (021) 719 1975, +62 811 950 3345 / (021) 5797 3645
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun 10am – 10pm
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pleasant Korean Lunch at Gomawo

Located at Ruko Crown Golf at Pantai Indah Kapuk, this restaurant is one of the abundant Korean restaurants available in the area. Similar to common Korean restaurants, Gomawo also brings Korean theme for its design. The venue itself consists of two separated areas, the smoking and non-smoking ones. If you sit in the non-smoking one, you will have your food grilled on your table. Whilst at the smoking one, they have dedicated grilling space.

Complimentary Side Dishes

There were several side dishes served, including fish cake, kimchi, fried cucumber, eggplant, fried tofu, and corn. My most favorite was the fried cucumber, which had very unique taste. I somehow felt that it tasted like fried sliced potato. Besides that, I did love the fish cake as it was chewy and yummy. Not to forget, Gomawo also provided steamed egg, which was put on the grilled pan. I really really love its smooth texture!

8 Flavours of Samgyeopsal (Curry & Honey) – IDR 110k/200gr

Hearing that this was the signature dish of Gomawo, I then decided to order it. However, as I only dined with my sister, we couldn’t order too big portion. This sadly made us unable to try the whole 8 flavours. Instead, we could only have 2 of them as we only ordered 200gr of the Samgyeopsal (pork belly). We chose curry and honey. The portion was quite satisfying and the taste was not bad. Combining it with the fresh veggies and the various side dishes made it became more enjoyable. Just 1 thing, I actually couldn’t differentiate the curry one with the honey one as for me, the flavor was too mild, making the taste of these two to be almost similar.

Buldak (IDR 80k)

I firstly thought that Buldak was fried chicken covered in batter, then topped with melted mozzarella cheese and spicy sauce. Conversely, the chicken wasn’t covered by any batter. Luckily, the taste was luscious as the chicken perfectly absorbed the spicy sauce. Moreover, the abundantly given melted mozzarella cheese indeed came as an exceptional complement. I ordered zero spiciness level as when I wanted to order 5th, the waiter said that it was very spicy, even people ordering the 1st level found it super hot. Apparently, it was not right to listen to the waiter this time. For me, this Buldak tasted sweet instead of spicy. Though I still loved the taste so much, I guessed it would be more delightful if served spicier.

Tea (IDR 12k)

I actually wanted to order their tea of the day, which was the tea you commonly found in any Korean restaurant. However, the waiter mentioned that it was still being boiled. I was quite disappointed because it was already 1pm, which supposed to be lunch time, but they somehow looked not well-prepared yet. I then ordered tea, which I requested to be neither cold nor hot. The waiter had repeated the order, but then he wrongly brought me cold tea. Requesting the waiter to change it to the right one, I finally had my order. Unfortunately, the taste was quite weird. I guessed it’s because of the bad taste of the water used to make this tea :( . 
Overall, I think Gomawo’s foods are quite nice but still have room for improvement. The place is actually comfortable for spending quite long time. However, the service needs to be fixed to avoid any customer dissatisfaction.

Taste: 7.5/10
Place: 8/10
Service: 7.5/10
Price: 7.5/10

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Gomawo Korean Grill & Restaurant
Address: Ruko Crown Golf Blok B No. 32a-33, Pantai Indah Kapuk
Phone: (021) 2952 5858
Operating Hours: 11.30am – 11pm

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Experiencing the Best Jail Food At Bong Kopitown

What crime have I done? Of course none! I was not truly in jail, but I was in Bong Kopitown, the very first restaurant in Indonesia that brought out the concept of jail. Decorated with rails around your table and having the waiters/waitresses dressed in black and white stripes, you would feel as if you were dining in jail. The difference was the food was too good to become jail food, making you become the happiest prisoner on earth.

The service was very satisfying as the waiters/waitresses was very responsive and the food was quickly served. They even promised that they would not take more than 10 minutes to make your orders ready, when the restaurant was in normal condition. When it was in peak hours, your foods would be on your table in not more than 15 minutes.

Spicy Rendang Noodle (IDR 35k)

Basically, this restaurant mostly served Peranakan Food. One of their signature dishes was this Spicy Rendang Noodle, which was served with choice of spiciness level, ranging from 1 to 8. I picked 5 and my tongue was already burnt! It was undeniably very very hot as it contained so many chilies. The rending itself was tasty, perfectly suited the spicy noodle. This was surely a must-try here!

Curry Prata with Chicken (IDR 25k)

Another favorite dish from the restaurant was this Curry Prata. Same with other Curry Prata, it was a plate of Prata Bread, served with Chicken Curry. However, you had to beware of the spiciness as well! This dish didn’t provide choices for spiciness level, but it was certainly very spicy (even for the one who loved spicy food like me). Despite its spiciness, I really really love the taste, which was so rich! The soup was so thick and the chicken was so tender, definitely a flawless match to the moist prata bread.

Kopi Tarik (IDR 15k)

As you could see, the beverage was uniquely served in this little metal glass. Yeah, the glass might look small, but once you drank it, the portion was actually quite fulfilling. The taste was quite different from the common Kopi Tarik I usually had in any Kopitiam or other restaurants selling Peranakan food. For me, this one had stronger coffee taste and the coffee was more acidic. I was okay with the taste, but I personally preferred it to have lower acidity level.

Yin Yang (IDR 18k)

This cup was the distinctive mixture of coffee, tea, and milk. I was super in love with this beverage as it was a very balanced combination of all the elements in it, truly reflecting its name. The sweetness level was perfect as well. As I said in prior, I preferred the Kopi Tarik to be less acid. In this cup, as the Kopi Tarik was mixed with tea, my wish was realized!

Having had my first dining experience in this restaurant, I indeed agreed that I would be the happiest prisoner on earth when Jail foods could exactly be like this. The dishes was amazing, the service was superior, the place was cozy and unique, and most importantly the price was very pocket-friendly.

Taste: 8.5/10
Place: 8.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Price: 8.5/10

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Bong Kopitown
Address: Citywalk Sudirman GF
Other Location: Ruko Kelapa Gading Boulevard Raya Blok PD 1 No. 5-6, Plaza Semanggi 3rd Floor, Supermal Karawaci 1st Floor, Summarecon Bekasi 2nd Floor
Phone: (021) 25558497
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 10am - 10pm

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