Sunday, October 22, 2017

Papiri, The Kinfolk Baby of South Jakarta

Another baby born in South? Wow wow wow! It’s like being back to the baby-boomers era, just that now it’s not human but coffee shops! Yeah, I believe it’s not only me but all of you definitely agree with me that lately it’s like never ending birth of cafes. 

Trying to find one around South area, I luckily found Papiri, one of the latest comer residing in Kemang area, precisely at Jl. Benda. A beautifully designed cafe dominated by white color. The wooden furniture and the green plants placed around the corners made it a totally Kinfolk-ish space, a signature theme that’s been flourishing lately. Nevertheless, regardless how often I saw such scenery in any coffee shops nowadays, I honestly admitted that it’s still and (I guessed) would always be lovely, giving such pampering view for the eyes. 

Opening at 12pm, exactly when the noon started, I would call it quite a late-opened coffee shop especially considering that people usually preferred to have such drink early in the morning. Yeah, I was just guesstimating that they might want to target different group of people, but for me personally I always loved the early-bird ones. 

Standing in front of the entrance door, I somehow had Brood en Boter suddenly popped-up in my mind. The exterior and interior of the two had something similar, which I might not be able to immediately recall in points, yet I could still sense. 

What's so special here in Papiri would absolutely be the smoking room, which was fully air-conditioned and elegantly designed like a semi-outdoor space with the glass windows. The end-corner was my favorite, looking so cozy like a private library, regardless I definitely wouldn't be able to stay long there as I hated the smoke. 

Not only being spoiled by the homey ambiance, I was also given the warm welcome and responsive service by the barista. She assisted me to find my seat and place my order, and it didn’t take long to have them ready on my dining table. 

The choices of heavy meals were still very limited, dominated by pasta-based dishes. I finally ended up with the pastries mentioned on the menu, as well as displayed there at the showcase. Again not much options, yet the general ones were indeed available there :)

Hot Piccolo (IDR 35k)

Would the tiny cup satisfy my coffee palate? Let’s give it a sip. Oops! (Lips sealed) It’s too sour for my taste bud. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take it as it’s overly acidic. I didn’t mind the strong coffee flavor, yet the bitterness left on my palate wasn’t tolerable for me. Perhaps this would suit those who loved this type of bold coffee, yet it’s not my kind of cup. 

Chicken Puff (IDR 35k)

OK, not taking it too seriously and avoiding too much complications, I went for one savory and one sweet pastry. Appearance wise I had to honestly admit that it’s not the most gorgeous one that could immediately make that appetite jump to its top. It looked pretty much like common pastry and I couldn’t highlight something distinctive, so I just put my bet on the taste. 

Taking my first bite, I found it okay, coming with flaky skin and tasty filling. The stuffing combined diced-cut chicken with veggies. It’s flavorful enough, but with this price it might be said as quite expensive. 

Cinnamon Danish (IDR 25k)

Then came the sweet part with cinnamon as the main toppings featured. I initially expected the icing on top would melt once it’s re-heated but unfortunately it’s not. Well, again it didn’t taste bad, but honestly I expected something more from this danish; more buttery fragrance and stronger flavor perhaps?

In a nutshell, I fell in love with the place right at the first sight. But I did expect much improvement on the foods and drinks so that it’s not only the eyes getting spoiled, but also the tummy getting prosperous.

Taste: 6.5/10
Place: 8/10
Service: 7.5/10
Price: 6.5/10

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Address: Jl. Benda No. 10, Jakarta
Phone: (+62 21) 782 7218
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 12pm - 10pm 

Kullerfull Coffee

OK let’s begin with a simple game. Could you kindly help me to pronounce the coffee shop name? *kələrfəl*, isn’t it? Then the next question will be, please pronounce colorful. OK I can spot the wrinkling forehead reflecting confusing faces from here LOL. For me both of them do sound the same, yet perhaps the brains behind Kullerfull name simply want to make it look outstanding, conquering the mainstream. Nonetheless, name is name, but most importantly and definitely the one that’s never be able to lie is the taste. 

Standing in the middle of shop houses nearby the Jakarta-Serpong toll entrance, this area’s always extremely busy with many people pass-by even in early morning in the weekend. Occupying a two-level building, Kullerfull doesn’t waste any single space, having coffee shop at the first floor and hairdresser at the second. Yeah, could also be another strategy to capture the people who’re going for hair cuts to be the consumers of the cafe, or even the opposite, serving those in the hairdresser a cup of happiness to enjoy. 

I won’t call the space as gigantic, yet it’s not that tiny to be called as petite as well. With its middling size, the venue’s able to accommodate 20-25 people in my guesstimate. The design’s a simple one with some wall deco that brings the theme of either studying or chilling area. It serves books to read, board games to play, and comfy sofas to sit in relax. 

The dishes freshly handcrafted-to-order from the kitchen are mainly simple comfort foods, which can be commonly found anywhere else. Yeah, that’s actually nice idea since the coffee shop offers a space to spend time for everyone, with casual ambiance, not requiring the guests to dress up and to ‘dig their pocket’ overly deep. 

I could spot that it’s already quite packed in early Saturday, and even getting more crowded approaching lunch time, showing positive sign that what’s served would probably be good. 

Hot Piccolo (IDR 25k)

I started with my morning caffeine doze, having this little buddy to kick-start my day. Thanks to the barista, cute and neat latte art was served there on top of my coffee. Taking my initial sip from the cup, I found myself quite confused with what I felt on my taste bud. Somehow the coffee was neither bitter nor acidic, and it’s also serving bold coffee flavor in it, yet the after taste wasn’t as smooth as expected. If I could have this cup being delivered with more aromatic fragrance and cleaner finishing, I guessed it would be an awesome one.

Two-Toppings Toast (IDR 18k) 

Back to the old-school one for breakie! Well, some people might say so, yet for me I’d prefer calling it all-time favorite; the one that I prolly would never get bored of. For this simple toast, my favorite would always the classic one, chocolate and cheese! In Kullerfull version, they featured butter spread on the toast and extra condensed milk to give the full satisfaction. 

Priced under 20k, I thought this dish was surely affordable as you would get double happiness in your toast with the chocolate and cheese weren’t only abundantly served as the stuffing, but also additional toppings! 

Lemon Cake (IDR 16k)

Looking at what’re displayed next to the order station, the Lemon Cake attracted me best. Actually I was expecting to have the New York Crumble Cake, Nastar Cake, or any similar ones; yet I sadly had to say none of them were there. However, I wouldn’t go to deep into my disappointment and I would even call it blessing in disguise. This impromptu order turned out so yummy being very moist and dense at the same time. It’s perfect for those who might be not that much intp sweets as nothing went too much with this cake. Normal sweetness level with a hint of refreshing lemon flavor, which was simply lovely. 

Final sayings, the place did worth to try as they served much more drinks included the inventive blended ones I haven’t tried. Moreover, the ambiance’s quite pleasant, the foods are delectable, and amusingly everything come at highly affordable price!

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

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Address: Ruko Tol Boulevard Blok C/10, BSD, Tangerang
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 8am - 9pm

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kayu Kayu by Kosenda Hotel

Named as Kayu Kayu, it wasn’t without any intention behind. The concept of the restaurant itself merely contained wood; wooden ceiling, wooden furniture, some wooden tiles, and many more. It was a gigantic space that wowed me at my very first footstep. The interior was beyond amazing, different complicated details at different spots. The combination of green and brown, yeps those two military colors, made the spot looked so fresh for the eyes, a totally different ambiance from the ones often being offered lately. 

Semi-outdoor area, meaning an indoor spot with glass ceiling and full air-conditioned, was also available in a quite spacious size which was able to accommodate several groups of people. Besides, there were other private room as well next to it with more dimmed lightings. Some other spaces were separated by racks and walls, entertaining those who prolly demanded their ‘own spaces’. 

The giant twinnie staircases standing magnificently around the trees at the center of the venue, carried you to the gigantic upper level. Not many tables were settled there yet, as I believed even the first storey was huge enough to accommodate tons of guests. I could imagine having private events with big group of people here would be something awesome. Nice place, high capacity. 

Firstly arriving at the resto, I was actually quite bothered by the fact that some of the waitresses were not that responsive. Yeah perhaps they were busy preparing the opening, yet I guessed serving a cup of ice tea wouldn’t take you 50 minutes, so why didn’t you just spared that few seconds to quench the thirst of this ‘dying’ customer?

Luckily, some others (better trained ones I guessed?) were very welcome and deeply regretting that priorly miserable attitude. Such warm gesture shown there, along with offering the menu for my friends and I to place the order. 

What came first were the breakie menus, which would all be ready early in the morning starting 8am by end Oct (Yes, they would start serve all the early birds by then!). Another great news for those whose tummy wanted nothing but rice, they did serve Indonesian menu which was mostly rice-based for sure; so there you were with the heavy breakie to satisfy the hunger. 

Avocado with Eggs

Nonetheless, for the ones in the same boat as me who’s not that much into rice early in the morning, you could opt for this first dish I was trying. It might look super healthy and some might mistakenly think it’s only good in appearance but not the same in taste. Nonetheless, let me tell you that I’d proven you wrong when I took my first spoon. 

It’s surprisingly so good being so flavorful, both the avo and the eggs as well. Somehow it reminded me of Scottish Eggs just that this wasn’t fried and most of the elements were healthy ones. So for those who might be having extreme health concern, this was simply the perfect choice, adding those fresh veggies on the side as well. 

Bubur Ayam

Looking familiar? Yeah, it’s indeed a bowl of chicken porridge but brought to the upper level being served in nice presentation. Nonetheless, it was quite lovely having several ‘mandatory chicken porridge ingredients’ like nuts, fried shallots, fried wonton skin, and many more brought together in one tray. The porridge texture itself was smooth and the chicken was tender and coming in satisfying portion. 

Nasi Uduk

Colorful! Perhaps that represented my impression well when first looking at the dish. Surely the next level of Nasi Uduk in appearance and it did turn out delectable. With rich blend of spices and elements, the dish served a portion of spoiler for the palate to kickstart the day. It might be quite pricey being priced over IDR 40k, but luckily the quality showed comparable pay-off. 

Martabak Telor (IDR 38k)

When the breakie was completed, it didn’t mean the dining session ended as we had another round of lunch jaw-break. To begin, the curtain of the stage was opened by the appetizer, serving something deeply loved by almost all Indonesians, Martabak! This crunchy egg-based snack was yummy as it did feature minced beef to give extra delicacy on the plate. 

Fried Gyoza

Though the martabak was okay, the I loved the fried gyoza more, being less oily and lighter version of opening meals. The flavor itself suited my palate better with more ‘kicking’ taste from more variety of seasonings. 

Nasi Goreng NKRI (IDR 158k)

Another signature ingredient of our beloved country, shrimp paste, which was now blended into one of the dish we have been always proud of, fried rice! I had a kind of love-hate relationship with this dish as the taste wasn’t standardized throughout the whole plate. Some part was pretty bland, while the other went a bit too salty. Luckily the companions, 3 kinds of satay and fried chicken, were scrumptious and tender, coming as the savior!

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Another chicken and rice pair, being served in different style than the prior dish. As I wasn’t a fan of Hainanese Chicken Rice, I would let you know my friends’ comments on it since they loved it. For them this dish was in the same quality with the one served in the places specializing in the dish. Great job done there by Kayu Kayu, able to serve juicy and smooth chicken slices, complemented with full-of-herbs rice and soup. 

Laksa Peranakan (IDR 48k)

Called out as one of the must-try, my friend had it on our order list just in a blink. Like common laksa, it served udon as the carbo, with additional ‘happiness’ from bean sprout, egg, fried tofu, and eggplant. For the protein, you could add other toppings of chicken/tiger prawn by paying another IDR 20k for each. Yep, quite pricey yet the quality and size did worth the pennies spent. Though some of us thought the coconut broth was slightly salty, for me it was precisely seasoned. All the flavors mixed were strong and it’s awesome that the broth itself was pretty light in texture so it didn’t result to nauseated feeling. From all the carbo-based dishes served, I agreed with the crowd that this deserved the try especially if you’re first timer to Kayu Kayu. 

Bandeng Bakar Sambal Matah (IDR 95k)

You could spot a jaw-break on my face when this dish was landed on the table. It’s quite sizable and looked tempting with the colorful spicy sauce on top of the fish. As expected, the fish was indeed fresh and the sauce was scrumptiously burning the tongue!

Sate Maranggi (IDR 68k for 6)

Saving the best for the last, I intentionally put this satay as the final one to mention. My number one from all the meals I had at Kayu Kayu at my first visit. Presenting grilled marinated beef served with oncom and chopped tomato, not only the enticing beef got me but also the overall sauce accompanied it. The peanut one was flawless and the oncom was absolutely peculiar yet spoiling!

Iced Lemongrass

When it came to drinks and you asked me what go have, I guessed I would come up with Iced Lemongrass, something not too traditional, refreshing enough, and having the taste that’s friendly to most palate; my kind of comfort drink. As I did love this drink, I was kinda picky on the flavor and Kayu Kayu’s successfully got me hitched. 

Having mountains of foods on my dining table and passing multiple rounds of meals, I got happily bloated upon the session. I was pampered as well by the amusing ambiance and design. Overall I would say it could be considered as one of the choices when you’re trying to find resto serving mainly Indonesian and Peranakan cuisines, which didn’t only focus on delivering delicious foods but also enchanting interior.

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

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Address: Jl. Jalur Sutera No. 28A, Tangerang
Phone: (+62 21) 8082 1338 / (+62) 813 1800 2828
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 11.30am - 10pm

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