Friday, April 28, 2017

MIKO by Eighteen Pies

Miko?? Sounds familiar guys?? Well, some of you might have this cute little girl with bangs in your head. Yes, that infamous cartoon character which most of you might get to know from comics when you're still in elementary. Wooowww, how many years have passed already! OK, back to the topic, no it's not that cute petite school girl. 

Or perhaps for some Youtubers, Miko might mean the character of Raditya Dika, who shared the story of his Saturday nights and all the funny stuffs related to them. However, sorry to say but neither of them were correct guys, as Miko here wasn't a character. It wasn't a Japanese-originated name here as well, since it didn't refer to the maiden of Japanese shrine, which was actually the real meaning of this word in Japanese. Miko simply stood for 'Minum Kopi', or translated into English was 'Drinking Coffee'; an ear-catchy and simultaneously easy-to-remember jargon chosen there. 

Initially, the one behind Miko, Eighteen Pies, was an online-based made-to-order pie producer who initially flourished its business through social media. Capturing the opportunity really well, it then came up with Miko, having the physical outlet where the guests could enjoy their choice of pies with coffee, as well as trying the selections of heavy meals provided. 

I didn't know if there's any specific reason behind it, but the mini coffee shop and pie house looked like a florist to me as the decoration was carrying flowers as its main theme. It gave me that girly impression, which somehow successfully delivered that ambiance of elegant dessert time, such a perfect match to the signature dishes offered by them!

Funny stuff I found, the ones serving the guests in the cafe were are all waiters instead of waitresses. Nonetheless, you'd better not underestimate  the power of males' talk as well since I thought they were very good in making you ended up get tempted to try more of the dishes. Yet I was captivated and really appreciated how detailed they could explain each of the dishes, even calling out detailed ingredients of all their pies, just like a pie encyclopedia.

The guests were actually given the options to go for individual pie, or a set of either 6 or 12. For sure, going for set ones would be cheaper compared to the individual purchase. Considering the size of each pie was actually quite petite, and furthermore, the options provided were quite rich, it was such a great deal when you opted for the sets. They were even available for take-away and could also be nice gifts, since they were packed in gorgeous boxes.

Regardless that I kept mentioning that ordering the sets would be more favorable, at my visit, I went for the individual option. It happened as I wanted to save space in my tummy for other dishes I wanted to have in the following places I visited afterwards. Yeah, I didn't want to miss the chance to try as much as I could when I was around Gading area, simply because it's quite 'a pluto' for me. For this premiere visit to MIKO, I made it a trio for the initial trial on the pies :) 

Pulled Pork

I loved how the pie was served thin that it flawlessly delivered that indulging crispy texture and it didn't overwhelm the flavors from the toppings which indeed supposed to be the main actor of the dish. As the base, I would say the pie crust was also flavorful, adding extra spoiler for my palate. 

Exactly like its name, this first pie coming into my tummy was merely topped by pulled pork, ok revised, perhaps I needed to add 'generous portion of' prior to the 'pulled pork' phrase there. Despite that the texture was unfortunately slightly too dry for my palate, yet the taste itself was actually not bad, being well-seasoned. It somehow reminded me of pork floss, which I used to love so much yet I haven't had for long long time. 

Sloppy Joes

This pie carried out the US-originated mixture for sandwich consisting mainly ground beef and tomato sauce. What's special from Eighteen Pies' version, was they marinated the beef with their in-house honey barbeque sauce, then they gave the final touch of melted cheese and fried quail egg on top. I was proven totally wrong when I in prior expected that this one was only gorgeous-looking yet wouldn't be that good. In fact, I was mesmerized by the pie that it could still taste this scrumptious with rich combination of ingredients and flavors, regardless that the size was pretty tiny. 

Creamy Chicken Mushroom with Pork Bacon

I intentionally put this one as the last as I indeed wanted to highlight it as my most favorite among the three! The creaminess level was just right and the combination of chicken and mushroom was indeed a classic one, which for me was all-time favorite. Not to mention, the pork bacon on top which did give the peak sensation for the whole pie, adding extra happiness to the taste bud. Just one additional note, if you wanted the halal version, they did have the one without the bacon so you needn't worry. 

Hot Cappuccino (IDR 30k)

Since the venue was named as 'Minum Kopi', then something's definitely going wrong if you didn't have any coffee there. My choice went to their Hot Cappuccino, featuring the house-blend which mixed the beans of Kintamani, Toraja, and Ciwidey as highlighted by the barista. The aroma was actually very strong and somehow gave that typical smell of acidic coffee. Nonetheless, it again brought me to another surprise as  the coffee was only slightly sour, still within the level that my palate could handle. Being medium bodied, it was a pretty decent cup of caffeine to accompany my trial session for the pies. 

Offering lots of flavor selections for their pies which I haven't tried, it would be an 'easy yes' for me to come back here and gave them a try.

Taste: 8/10
Place: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Price: 7.5/10

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Address: Jl. Boulevard Raya Blok WA2 No. 30, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta
Phone: (+62) 822 2596 0050 / (+62 21) 2245 4155
Operating Hours: Sun - Thu 9am - 10pm, Fri - Sat 9am - 11pm

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Trelatte, The Real Spot of Cups in Frame

Literally cups in frame!! Yeah, that's the very first thing coming into my mind when I saw that peculiar idea of having hanging glasses as the decoration. Not only at one spot, they gave two, which I guessed intentionally put there so both the guests entering from the front and the back doors could immediately notice them. 

Having brick walls painted in white and decorated with mainly black-and-yellow-colored drawings, the venue somehow reminded me of bees. The diverse pictures at every spot made you able to take various OOTD snaps as well. Not only that, the building design was further complemented by the various styles of furniture located all over the corners, with the colors and pattern trying to match the one brought out by the main theme of the building. 

It was surely a nice cafe to stop-by, especially as it fulfilled the needs of solo visitor, small-group guests as well as the large ones. Having two entrance doors as I called out in prior, the back one was basically an open-space to serve the smokers. They also had a dedicated space which was designated to be more of a private space which in my view would suit best those who wanted to hold event for small groups like private birthday party, bridal shower, or baby shower. Moreover, there's also the second level which could be rent for bigger events. 

Standing by the central coffee bar to place my order, I was kindly welcome by the owner herself. She's nicely describing in complete to me each of the pastries and desserts they provided as I mentioned that I was going for sweets to accompany my coffee. Having quite many choices, some of which were displayed there while some were only listed on the menu as they needed to be kept in the chiller, I let her gave me the recommended ones and opted for them. 

Nutella Cheesecake Brownie (IDR 35k)

Honestly speaking, this cake stole my attention the first when I looked at the selections. Yes as always, I was a lame when that Nutella name was mentioned there and I guessed some of you might have known that cheesecake was a part of 'my dessert soul' as well. So I apparently had no other reason to resist this cake. However, surprisingly it didn't turn out to be my favorite. 

That cheese layer was actually nice being moist and not overly sweet, yet unfortunately the brownie wasn't my favorite as I expected bold Nutella flavor in it but couldn't find it. Explained by the owner, I finally figured out the reason. In fact the Nutella's not mixed into the cake batter, but just became the swirls on top of the cheesecake. As the owner said, it's coming from the request of some guests since they thought having Nutella as main ingredient would turn the cake to be too sweet. Well yeah, couldn't blame it then as everyone did have preference. 

Avocado Cake (IDR 35k)

Said to be the most recommended and indeed holding the title of most guests' most favorite, this cake finally became my next order. This time, my taste bud seemed to agree with the majority as I did love it!  Coming in ice cream-alike texture, this cake has to be kept chilled to enjoy it at its best. These layers of avocado and chocolate mousse covered in chocolate glaze were unquestionably succulent with the avocado took the role as the balancer to the sweet taste from the chocolate. 

Hot Piccolo (IDR 30k)

This petite cup of caffeine was quite nice though it was actually more into Cappuccino than Piccolo for my coffee palate. I hadn't had a sip of the Cappuccino so I couldn't comment on it, yet in my opinion, generally Piccolo would be stronger than Cappuccino so you might want to try it first if you fancied bold coffee taste for your cup. 

For those who spend most of your days around West Jakarta, you might stop by and give Trelatte a try. Who knows it will add your list of options for coffee time?

Taste: 7/10
Place: 7.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Price: 7.5/10

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Address: Rukan Kencana Niaga, Jl. Taman Aries Blok D1 No. 3c, 3d, 3u, Meruya Utara, Kembangan, Jakarta
Phone: (+62 21) 5857 376
Operating Hours: Mon - Fri 7am - 7pm, Sat 8am - 8pm, Sun closed

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Ravelle Jakarta

Wow, it felt like years already since the last time I went for cafe hoping around Gading area. Yes, since I moved to Serpong, the 'Gading' area I usually went was only Gading Serpong instead of Kelapa Gading LOL. OK, pardon my not-so-funny (or perhaps not-funny-at-all) jokes, and let's see where we're heading to. 

Ravelle, a newly opened cafe, offering combination of Western and Asian menu. Coming to the venue early in the morning just right after going to church, I guessed I became their very first guest on this day. I was beyond excited as I could take pictures at their Instagenic corners freely giggling. 

Talking about Instagenic, the place was basically carrying that recently hype monochromatic concept - white and grey combined with wooden brown. The spot at the back was unquestionably the one I picked, having transparent glass ceiling yet not warm at all; a cozy spot with perfect lighting!

The real outdoor one was located at the from yet could only be reached from the door inside the venue. It was all covered with green leaves, perhaps to give fresher air to beat the heat from the sun light. 

Ravelle Benedict (IDR 65k)

Say hello to my favorite brunch menu, Eggs Benedict! Well, I was already unable to count how many types of Eggs Bennie I've tried from different restaurants as I almost always went for it every time it came to the moment to choose which brunch menu to go for. Enough talking about my Eggs Bennie journey, so here it was, my savory dish finally landed on the dining table. The service was gladly pretty quick though I had to admit that the plating was not to that stunning level that could make you drooled. 

Do shoo away your imagination of seductive runny egg yolk as you wouldn't be able to meet it. I was quite disappointed with this fact yet I had to admit that the color of the yolk was alluring. The thick slices of honey glazed bacon were the happiness I found in this dish particularly because they're flavorful and they came in generous portion. If only the hollandaise sauce could be less thick and less sweet, I guessed the combination of ingredients brought out by this dish would turn out more tantalizing. Not to forget, the toast that became the base part where all other components lied on, which for me was the one to be highlighted as I loved how moist the texture was, and how indulging the aroma and the milk flavor it delivered in each bite. 

Banoffee (IDR 35k)

Following my rule of thumb, sweets should always come after savory ones, and that's what happened as the Banoffee came after the Eggs Benedict. This round-shaped biscuit crust, topped with salted caramel, banana, and whipped cream, was such simple delicacy. Being served quite thin, it was a relatively light dessert to refresh your palate upon having the salty dish. It flawlessly blended soft cream and fresh fruits with crunchy and yummy tart base. 

Cappuccino (IDR 30k)
Piccolo (IDR 30k)
I wasn't sure if the two cups were using same or different beans since I've had a sip from each and they did taste quite different, and what I meant here was the coffee flavor in it, nothing related with the milk composition. The Cappuccino was surprisingly more acidic than the Piccolo. When my taste bud called out that the Cappuccino wasn't my cup of coffee, the Piccolo spoke different language as it suited my liking very well. It successfully gave that tantalizing scent of freshly brewed coffee and was only slightly acidic; exactly the cup I'd been wishing for when I stepped into the venue. 

For a brand new comer, the brunch presented by Ravelle today was simply a pleasant one. In the end I could only say 'Never get bored of continuous improvement and I certainly wish you all the best' :).

Taste: 7.5/10
Place: 8.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Price: 7.5/10

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Address: Jl. Pelepah Elok I Blok QA2 No. 6, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta
Phone: (+62) 822 9818 8778
Operating Hours: Wed - Mon 8am - 9pm, Tue closed

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