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Harum Manis, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta

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Indonesian restaurants remain excellent and a top choice for the Jakarta community, although with the appearance of many new restaurants both local and international brands. Harum manis is one restaurant that maintains their concept with a variety of authentic Indonesian cuisines. Restaurant with a spacious area and full of Indonesian ornaments make this restaurant very traditional. But of course, the elegant and luxurious side is clearly like a big house with charming local decorations.
In this month, I visited Harum Manis to taste a new dish called Kenduri Keraton. Menu with a variety of dishes from Javanese culture that used to be a favorite for the Royal Family. This menu is complete with a choice of 4 types of rice such as white rice, yellow rice, nasi uduk, and brown rice. Then 3 kinds of soup choices such as soto ayam, soto betawi and spicy sour rib eye soup. Then the menu is added by so many dishes consisting of Solo sausages, Kemayu shrimp balls, Loempia Warisan…

Vaango, Le Méridien Jakarta

Bahasa l EnglishGood news for culinary lovers, this month Le Meridien Jakarta presents a new concept with the theme The Gastronomic Heritage of India. As the name implies, there will be 3 chefs directly from India ready to serve authentic dishes that are unusual for the Jakarta community. Located in La Brasserie restaurant, "Vaango" which comes from the Tamil language with the meaning "Come In". Here guests will be invited to taste the best dishes from 3 regions in India (North, Goa, and South) starting from July 15 - August 25, 2019.
In this season, Le Meridien Jakarta brings 3 professional chefs from the Marriot International hotel chain in India. Aswani Mall from The Westin Pune Koregaon Park, Gurudas Shataram Mandekar from W Goa, and Satya Narayana Chari from Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield and Convention Center. With the expert's skill, the dishes served are famous Indian gastronomic culinary heritage.
Each chef will be present in 3 different periods. F…

Hakkasan Jakarta

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An exclusive modern Cantonese restaurant, not just a common Chinese restaurant we see around or in a shopping center in Jakarta. Hakkasan comes from London which is very popular and been awarded by Michelin Star since 2003. This restaurant spread to several parts of the world, from London, New York, Vegas, Shanghai to Indonesia. Here even Hakkasan is the only in Southeast Asia, amazing!
In accordance with the information from people around Jakarta, Hakkasan clearly visible from the entrance indeed elegant dining lounge with modern touches and a combination of classic Chinese ornaments that characterize this restaurant throughout the world. On this occasion, I tasted a special lunch menu offered at a more affordable price. This menu is intended for those of you who want to have a simple and fast lunch but still with an exclusive meal and experience.
This menu is called Yum Cha which is Chinese tradition of enjoying tea with various dim sum dishes consisting of 6 types in …

Imperial Steam Pot, Senayan City, Jakarta Selatan

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Restoran hotpot sekarang menjadi sebuah pilihan dining yang populer bagi Jakarta community. Restoran yang identik dengan konsep Chinese ini memang diminati banyak orang karena familiar dan memang menarik menjadi pilihan kuliner besama dengan keluarga. Imperial Steam Pot ini baru beroperasi di Februari 2019. Namun dengan di bawah naungan Imperial Group yang memang sudah berpengalaman di bisnis kuliner, tentunya Imperial Steam Pot menawarkan sensasi Chinese dining yang berkualitas.
Beroperasi di Senayan City dengan area yang luas kapasitas 166 orang, lalu tersedia 3 ruang private yang memuat sekitar 10 orang. Pada dasarnya konsep yang ditawarkan cukup similar dengan restoran Chinese lainnya, namun Imperial Steam Pot, sesuai dengan namanya menyajikan aneka hidangan yang di steam langsung di atas meja makan dan memang belum pernah ada di Jakarta. Beberapa menu Steam seperti Shitake Mushroom with Quail Egg & Asparagus, Lettuce White Shimeji Stuffed with Chicken Paste, da…

Gram Cafe & Pancake, Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta Pusat

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The presence of the Japanese brand has always been a breath of fresh air for the culinary enthusiast in Jakarta. There are always new innovations and interesting trends to follow and certainly become social media demands, especially for millennials. Gram Cafe & Pancake is a brand originating from Osaka, famous for its soft and fluffy premium pancakes. Basically many people from Indonesia have been known this which people used to add on Gram Cafe as a must-visit place while in Japan. Now, there is no need to go far to Japan, you can enjoy these pancakes at Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta.
On the grand opening event, I had the opportunity to taste some of their popular menus. The concept of a modern cafe with an elegant white theme, decorated with synthetic plants that give a touch of bright colors. The area is not a large one, considering it is a cafe with a variety of desserts, not a full gourmet dining. 3 pancakes that I tried the following:
1. Premium Pancake This is a sta…

La moda, Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta Pusat

Bahasa l English For the past few weeks, my activity was quite dense so I took a break writing articles this month. When I'm busy, finding a comfortable hangout is indeed a necessity where I can get inspiration in a different and comfortable place. La Moda is one of the premium restaurants with an open area location. It is right in the middle of Mall Plaza Indonesia, so it always attracts attention when walking around here.
La Moda now has on a Chope, so it's easier to book at this restaurant. The area is quite spacious with luxurious shades, clean white colors give a charming touch. On certain days there is usually live music on the stage. The menu offered is in the form of international dishes from Western to Indonesian.
One of the mainstay dishes is Buntut Mercon, you could say indeed a dish will be perfect from the quality of the ingredients used. Tender oxtail and the spicy aroma of chili mixture and spices that match provide authentic Indonesian flavors. Besides following…

Pullman Ciawi Vimala Hills, Bogor, West Java

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Green expanse, views of mountain, clean and cool air, that's the nuance that describes the resort that recently operated at the Puncak area, West Java. Pullman Ciawi Vimala Hills is one of the recommended stay that is ready to give you a pleasant short getaway experience. My visit on the weekend was certainly marked by traffic jams which become a routine in this area with the open-closed road system for vehicles to the direction up to the peak and otherwise to Jakarta at certain time.
But it doesn's take long to drive compare to normal gridlock that we used to at Jakarta. My advice might be to go there early, it would be better. The resort is located in the Vimala Hills, an area of residential and villa. About 5 minutes go inside by car, you will arrive at this resort. Once inside, you will be greeted by staff who use unique attire safari-style uniform. Resort with typical Indonesian nuances, ornaments and a touch of art in several angles combine with modern con…