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Eid al-Fitri Dinner at Le Gran

Lontong (rice cake). opor ayam (Javanese chicken curry), dendeng balado (crispy sliced meat), sambal goreng ati (liver in spicy coconut milk), egg and chayote

Idul Fitri was not complete without  a dish of “Lontong and Opor Ayam” (rice cake and Javanese chicken curry). As long as I could remember, my mom and my sisters in Yogya always prepared this dish to celebrate the holiday.  Since my mom had passed away earlier this year, and I had travelled to Yogya so many times within the last three months,  I decided to celebrate the holiday in Jakarta.  Without forsaking Lontong and Opor, of course. 

After calling several hotels and asking them if they had lontong and opor ayam in their restaurants’ menu, finally I, Maga, Junior,  Meina, and Widya went to Hotel Gran Mahakam’s coffee shop, known as Le Gran.  The Lontong Mahakam that we had, although it was different from what we normally had in our big family’s home in Yogya, was excellent.  In addition, we also had a chance to taste other dishes too, such as seafood steamboat, sushi, prata and curry and the delicious melted chocolate cake.  I would like also to mention here, that the waitress who served us was really helpful.  Seldom we met such a dedicated buffet restaurant attendant who would go a long way to offer you a dish and get it for you.  Good Job.

Categories:

Indonesian, International Food

Address:

Le Gran

Hotel Gran Mahakam

Jl. Mahakam I  No. 6.

Blok M

Jakarta – 12130

Telp: +62 21 720 9966

E-mail: info@granmahakam.com

Ambience:

Attire:

Casual

Price Range:

Rp 250.000,-  –  Rp 400.000,-/person

Date of   Visit:

August 19, 2012.  Dinner with Maga, Junior, Meina and Widya.

Our Orders and the Prices:

Dinner Eid al-Fitri Buffet              Rp.  258.000,-/person

Lychee Ice Tea                                 Rp.     45.000,-

Fresh Orange Juice                         Rp.     65.000,-

Fresh Lime Juice                             Rp.     55.000,-

Aqua                                                   Rp      25.000,-

Jun Njan: Always Remember The Roots

To break the last day of fasting, I, Maga, Junior, Meina & Widya went to Jun Njan Seafood Restaurant at Gandaria City.  The place was rather packed with families missing their maids who had gone home to their villages for “Lebaran”.  In spite of the long wait for the food to be served, and the absent of garnishes, the food remained delicious as usual.  The oyster sauced crab was still the best.  So was the hot and salted fried squit.  The third generation who managed several Jun Njan restaurants seemed doing very well in maintaining the old recipes and family’s value of  Always Remember the Roots.

Categories:

Chinese, Seafood

Address:

Ambience:

Typical Chinese Indonesian Restaurant

Attire:

Casual

Price Range:

Rp 100.000,-  –  Rp 150.000,- / person

Date of   Visit:

August 18, 2012.  Dinner with Maga, Junior, Meina and Widya

Our Orders and the Prices:

Iced Tea                          Rp.  10.000,-

Mineral Water               Rp.   8.000,-

Stean Rice                      Rp.   6.000,-

Water Melon Juice       Rp.  20.000,-

Oyster sauced crabs

Hot and salty fried calamary

Small fried mantao

Pocai with four kind of eggs

Prawn mayonaise

Fried pigeons

Talaga Sampireun: A Culinary Experience By The Lake

Salah satu alasan mengapa Talaga Sampireun menjadi salah satu restoran favoritku adalah pelayanannya yang cepat.  Tidak peduli seberapa banyak pesanan kita dan tidak peduli seberapa ramai pengunjugnya, pesanan kita akan siap santap dalam waktu kurang dari 15 menit. 

Sebagai catatan, however, pada kunjungan kami yang terakhir, rasa masakannya tidaklah seenak saat kunjungan-kunjungan kami yang lalu.  Apakah Chef-nya ganti atau suatu kebetulan saja.

Categories:

Indonesian, Sundanese

Address:

Bintaro Jaya

Tangerang

Telp: +62 21

Ambience:

Outdoor.  Minimal Consumption of Rp 700.00 ++ if you want a Saung

Attire:

Casual

Price Range:

Rp 75.000,-  –  Rp 100.000,-

Date of   Visit:

November 5, 2011, lunch with Maga, Meina, Widya and Ipunk

Our Orders and the Prices:

Gurami Goreng Kering                  Rp.

Cumi Bakar Madu                           Rp.

Cumi Goreng Asam Manis            Rp.

Kangkung Balacan                          Rp.

Tumis Bunga Papaya                      Rp.

Sate Udang                                       Rp.

Es Kopyor                                         Rp.

Ebaya: For a Special Occasion

To celebrate our 22nd anniversary on 11-11-11,  I and my husband – just the two of us – had dinner at Ebaya at the Ritz Carlton, Pacific Place.  As recommended by our waitress, we chose Cattleya Dinner Set, consisted of  many beautiful dishes cooked directly in front of us. Watching our cook’s performance, I understood why cooking was considered as art.

Categories:

Japanese, Teppanyaki

Address:

The Ritz Carlton Hotel – Pacific Place

Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 52-53

Jakarta

Telp: +62 21 5797 3661

Ambience:

Attire:

Semi Formal

Price Range:

Dinner Sets:   Rp 1.500.00,- – Rp 2.000.000,- + Service and Tax

Date of   Visit:

November 11, 2011, Anniversary dinner with Maga

Our Orders and the Prices:

Cattleya Dinner Set                   Rp 1.440.000,-

Consisted of the following dishes

 

 

Kampoeng Bangka: Pas di Lidah

Pengalamanku tentang masakan Bangka sebenarnya hanya sebatas mie Bangka dan Martabak Bangka.  Jadi kunjungan ke Kampoeng Bangka ini penting untuk pembelajaran mengenai kuliner Pulau Bangka.  Tidak banyak yang kuharapkan saat masuk ke restoran ini.  Eh, ternyata makanannya sangat khas dan sesuai dengan lidah.  Lempah Iga Daun Dondongnya mampu untuk menggugah selera.  Porsinya kecil, pas  untuk bersantap 2 orang. 

Categories:

Indonesian, Bangka, Seafood

Address:

Jl. Panglima Polim No. 102

Jakarta

Telp: +62 21 739 2344

Ambience:

Typical Indonesian Restaurant

Attire:

Casual

Price Range:

Rp 50.000,-  –  Rp 150.000,-

Date of   Visit:

November 10, 2011, lunch with Maga

Our Orders and the Prices:

Es Kelapa Muda           Rp.  17.900,-

Es Rumput Laut           Rp.   17.900,-

Teri Campur                  Rp.   22.500,-

Wajik                                Rp.    14.000,-

Convivium: Home Made Italian Restaurant

Sudah setahun Convivium memanjakan masyarakat Jakarta dengan hidangan Italia-nya di sebuah rumah yang disulap menjadi sebuah bistro di kawasan Kebayoran Baru. Rasanya benar-benar rasa Italia klasik, dengan porsi yang pas untuk ukuran perut kita.    Boun Appetito!!

Categories:

Italian

Address:

Jl. Panglima Polim IX No 1

Kebayoran Baru

Jakarta

Telp: +62 21 726 9963

Ambience:

Attire:

Casual

Price Range:

Rp 75.000,-  –  Rp 150.000,-

Date of   Visit:

November 8, 2011, lunch with Maga

Our Orders and the Prices:

Iced Lychee Tea           Rp.   25.000,-

Lasagna                         Rp.   60.000,-

Bengawan Solo: Kala Rindu Masakan Tradisional

Kala rindu makanan tradisioanal – apalagi masakan Jawa Tengah – Bengawan Solo di  Hotel Grand Sahid Jaya ini bisa dijadikan salah satu pilihan.  Walaupun menurut lidahku yang sudah terlatih masakan jawa, tongseng di restoran ini terlalu manis.  Kalah jauh dibanding dengan tongsengnya Mas Edi di emperan jalan antara Mid Plaza dan Nugra Santana.

Categories:

Indonesian, Javanese

Address:

Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel

Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 86

Jakarta 10220

Telp: +62 21 570 4444

Ambience:

Attire:

Casual

Price Range:

Rp 75.000,-  –  Rp 150.000,-

Date of   Visit:

October 19, 2011, lunch with Maga, Samsju, Kris, Andy and Dipha

Our Orders and the Prices:

Sop Buntut                   Rp.   90.000,-

Iga Asem Pedas           Rp.   60.000,-

Tongseng                      Rp.   65.000,-

Fruit Juices                  Rp.   45.000,-

Iced Tea                         Rp.   34.000,-

Pisang Bakar                Rp.   35.000,-

Air Mineral                   Rp.   28.000,-