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Kaihomaru: Crispy Baby Shrimps for Lunch

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The ground floor and the first floor of our office building – Citiloft/Citiwalk Sudirman – are dedicated for cafes and restaurants.  More than  twenty eating places serving lunch everyday.  But every day we are still struggling in deciding which restaurant to eat.

Kaihomaru, a Japanese Restaurant, on the 1st floor is the solution that we always take, when we don’t know which one to go.  The dishes are light, yet satisfying.    My favorites are shibaebi karaage (crispy baby shrimps) and sake onigiri (salmon rice ball)

Categories:

Japanese

Address:

Citiwalk Sudirman

Jl. KH Mas Mansyur No. 121

1st floor.  Unit 11

Jakarta

Telp: +62 21 2991 8916

Ambience:

Typical Japanese diner

Attire:

Semi formal, office attire

Our Order and Price Range:

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Date of   Visit:

April 21, 2014.  Lunch with Maga.

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Bale Raos: Royal Cuisine ala Kraton Yogyakarta

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A few times I had dinner with my family in Bale Raos Yogyakarta, which was located inside the Kraton (Palace).  I really loved the ambiance of the restaurant. Very Javanese and very royal.  As for the dishes, not so much that I could remember.

Bale Raos had opened its branch in Jakarta in Kebayoran Baru area.  The atmosphere was different than that in Yogya. Very ordinary.  And still, there was nothing special about the main dishes, although it was written in the menu, that this dish was the favorite of this Sultan and that dish was the favorite of other Sultan.   However,  the traditional desserts were very very very good.  Will be back for the desserts.

 

Categories:

Javanese, Traditional

Address:

Jl. Suryo No. 15

Kebayoran Baru

Jakarta Selatan

Telp: +62 739 5785

Ambience:

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Attire:

Casual

Our Order and Price Range:

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Date of   Visit:

April 19, 2014.  Dinner with Maga and Andy Jamie

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Kedai Pelangi: Offers Sop Konro and Buras

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Kedai Pelangi, located on the congested street of Jalan Sabang, serves a variety of   traditional  foods of Makassar such as Coto Makassar and Sop Konro, the famous rib soup, complete with buras (rice cake similar to lontong or ketupat, the Javanese rice cakes).   Kedai Pelangi  also offers traditional desserts such as ‘palu butung’ and ‘es pisang ijo’.

If you are in Jakarta and  are longing for Makassar food, Kedai Pelangi is one of the few places you should visit.  A bit of advice. though, if you order Sop Konro remind the server to bring you a very hot soup .  Mine was not as hot as it was  supposed to be.  

Categories:

Makassar Dishes

Address:

Jl. H Agus Salim no 18 A

Jakarta Pusat

Telp: +62 21 315 1999

Ambience:

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Attire:

Casual

Our Order and Price Range:

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Date of   Visit:

April 14, 2014.  Dinner with Maga and Andy Jamie

Sushi Zushi: The Joy Of Sushi

Will add photos later.

Categories:

Japanese, Sushi

Address:

1611 W 5th Street

Austin, TX 78703

Telp: +1 512 474 7000

Ambience:

Attire:

Casual

Price Range:

Sushi zushi

Date of   Visit:

January 12, 2014.  Late Lunch with Maga and Junior


Cafe du Monde Stands Tall Since 1862

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Since 1862, Cafe du Monde has been serving breakfast to residents and visitors of New Orleans.  To this day, people are willing to endure the long queue to enjoy their beignets, the only food that they offer.

Categories:

French, Breakfast

Address:

800 Decatur Street

New Orleans

Louisiana 70116

Telp: +1 504 525-4544

Open:  24 hours

Ambience:

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Attire:

Casual

Price Range:

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The menu is printed on the box on the paper holder

Date of   Visit:

December 26, 2013.  Breakfast with Maga and Junior

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Eat New Orleans: Tasty Local Dishes

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Based on our friends’ must go recommendation, while in New Orleans we went to ‘Eat New Orleans’ for dinner.  The restaurant – located in French Quarters, not far from the famous Bourbon Street – was so small and somewhat overcrowded.  Fortunately, we had made reservation in advance and we got cozy table in the corner.  

The selection of dishes that they offered was limited, but all of our orders tasted great.   

Categories:

Louisiana Dish

Address:

900 Dumaine Street

New Orleans

Louisiana 70116

Telp: +1 504 522-7222

Ambience:

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Attire:

Casual

Price Range:

US $: 20.00 – 25.00

Date of   Visit:

December 26, 2013,  Dinner with Maga and Junior

Our Orders and the Prices:

Fried Catfish                 $ 18.00

Crawfist Boullettes

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The Ambiente: L’autentica cucina italiana

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If you crave for Italian cuisine with authentic flavors, Ambiente, one of  Aryaduta’s restaurants is the answer.   Very tasty and the portion is perfect.  

Categories:

Italian

Address:

Hotel Aryaduta Jakarta

Jl. Prapatan 44 – 48

Jakarta – 10110

Telp: +62 21 2352 1234

Ambience:

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Attire:

Semi Formal to Formal

Price Range:

Rp 200.000,- – Rp 300.000

Date of   Visit:

December 6, 2011, lunch with Maga

Our Orders and the Prices:

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Coffee Late                     Rp.   46.000,-

Iced  Tea                        Rp.    47.000,-

Ketoprak Ciragil

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Karena tempatnya yang relatif sempit dan susah untuk mencari tempat parkir, saya belum pernah makan di warung Ketoprak Ciragil ini.   Biasanya saya meminta sopir saya untuk membelinya dan makan di rumah.  Ketoprak paling enak yang pernah saya makan hingga hari ini.

Categories:

Betawi food, Street Hawker.

Address:

Jl. Ciragil II No 24

Blok Q.  Kebayoran Baru

Jakarta

Price Range:

Rp 13.000,- – Rp 15.000,-

Date of   Visit:

Never, only bought for to go

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Ray’s Boathouse: Breathtaking Waterfront View of Puget Sound

Seattle is well-known for its excellent seafood.  Ray’s Boathouse is  one of those restaurants that offer  ultimate seafood experience and breathtaking  waterfront view of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, especially when the sun is setting and the boats are coming home through the Ballard Lock.

Category:

Seafood

Address:

6049 Seaview Ave NW

Seattle, WA 98107

Telp: +1 (206) 789-3770

Ambience:

Attire:

Smart Casual

Price Range:

$ 40.00 –  $ 70.00

Date of   Visit:

September 5, 2012,  dinner with Maga

Our Orders and the Prices:


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,-