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October 2019

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This October is a moment where many event organizers hold events before welcoming Halloween or preparing for Christmas events which not so long anymore. Here I want to present a new blog concept where I will be updated with articles containing the events I attend and the latest product updates at the restaurant. This update will be periodic as time goes by, every week I will be presenting new information so you can get more up to date information.

1. Le Meridien Coffee Week

No doubt this moment provides an interesting story for the coffee fan. Indonesia itself is one of the biggest coffee producers in the world. I stopped by at Le Meridien Jakarta to enjoy a cup of quality coffee by Illy, light meals and a bunch of chats. Le Rendevouz is a lobby lounge indeed comfortable with a calm open area. In the afternoon it's quite crowded by office people.

2. Gala Dinner opening JCF 2019

At the opening Jakarta Culinary Feastival 2019 was welcomed with a gala dinner at SKYE Jakarta with the collaboration of 4 chefs from Indonesia, Singapore & Philippines. A variety of dishes with reliable techniques are served along with selected drinks from Martell Indonesia.

3. OctoberFest Bunk Lobby, Pullman CP

When talking about October, it is always attracted to OctoberFest. This typical German festival indeed provides inspiration for the Jakarta community. This mont Bunk Lobby presents the sensation of enjoying Germany beer along with typical foods such as the pretzel, sausages and many more.

4. Jakarta Culinary Feastival 2019

This annual event has always been the long-awaited event, held from 3-6 October 2019. It is presenting various tenants both local or international. Equipped with a Go-Food Festival which also available with a variety of famous and affordable local meals.

5. Bae by Society

This modern Western specialty restaurant always brings Crab Night every year. Enjoying crab does sound pretty normal, but how about eating crab at a classy restaurant, it is quite unique, isn't it?!

6. Lyon & MO Bar Invasion
A special event where a chef from the Michelin Star restaurant in Singapore came to Lyon, Mandarin Oriental Jakarta. Chef Ivan Brehm from Nouri in Singapore presents an elegant set menu with inspiration from Latin, French, and Asian cuisine to produces a variety of modern and delicious dishes. Accompanied by a cocktail from a Hong Kong mixologist, Ajit Gurung from Stockton Bar is listed on Asia's 50 Best Bar 2019.

7. Apero, Institut Fran├žaise Indonesia
A culinary workshop with a French chef, Simon Boudain who is active as a chef-owner in Apero restaurant, Bandung. Taking place at IFI Jakarta, we learned the simple technique of processing French specialties with the theme of Apero which means enjoying light meals while having drinks, chats and enjoying the time together. Accompanied by Debryna, a doctor who has a high passion for good bread from the ingredients to process good and right bread.

8. Roti O, Kota Kasablanka
The opening of new branch Roti O number 391 at Kota Kasablanka Mall, on an opening day then even presented a Buy 1 Get 1 promotion. This coffee bun specialist is indeed popular and has become one of the Jakarta community's favorite bread.

9. 3rd Anniversary Flow Jakarta
It does not feel one of my favorite lounge at the age of 3 years now. As in previous years, the event was enlivened by various popular DJs, free-flow drinks for VIP guests and of course the neat photo booth.

10. Milano Pizza

The newest variant of this month is Primo BBQ pizza, a slice of pizza with pepperoni, grounded meat and tempting cheese. As a typical Italian pizza specialist with the concept of grab & go, this is very interesting. I've tried some pizzas that should be consumed while it's warm, and they also provide spicy chilies.

11. New Menu People's Cafe

Almost every season, they tend to come out with new menus. Still with the Asian menu concept but more diverse. There are Seafood Fried Rice Noodles, Braised Tofu, Sauteed Bean Szechuan style, Chicken Steak and many more. In addition to food, they also reveal anew selection of drinks.

12. Re-opening Fish & Co Grand Indonesia

Good news, Fish & Co Grand Indonesia mall has reopened with a new concept. More colorful, bright and even decorated with attractive LED lights. New menus come out with the theme of Indonesian fusion to attract the Jakarta community such as Sayur Lodeh with salmon, Paella Fried Rice with seafood, Nasi Bakar and many others.

13. New Menu Union Mall Kelapa Gading

This October, Union Mall Kelapa Gading also presents a new menu. Inspired by various Asian dishes that are indeed suitable for the Jakarta community. There are 4 menu choices here such as Lamb Kebuli Fried Rice, Japanese Curry Fried Chicken Fried Rice, Beef Tongue Fried Rice, and Tom Yum Fried Rice.

14. New Open - Kokali Lippo Mall Puri

Trending drinks are easier to find now around Jakarta. Don't miss, a new brand, Kokali reveals their first shop at Lippo Mall Puri. With shades of turquoise color all over the place that looks diverse among the general coffee shops. The menu presented is also unique and following the demand for Millenials. For examples such as Korans (Coffee, Milk and Palm Sugar) or non-coffee drinks like an Es Telepon (milk, palm sugar, coconut milk, coconut cream, and pandan).

15. Restaurant Takeover, The Dining Room, Raffles Jakarta

The presence of a chef from a restaurant in France sure brings fresh air for gourmet enthusiasm in Jakarta. Thierry Drapeau manages a restaurant that has been awarded 1 Star Michelin in France. He here presents a set menu with a variety of French classics but served with a sophisticated modern presentation.

16. New Special Menu, Ling Ling Jakarta

Every few months, indeed Ling Ling always presents new menu choices. This time a little change from usually Chinese food, but they now more into international Asian cuisines. This menu is familiar, totally suitable for us and normally becomes a favorite list such as Sweet Sour Dori Fish, Black Pepper Beef, Giant Xiao Long Bao and several more. By taste, you could say it is right according to Indonesian. This menu is planned only for a few moments, probably in December they would have a new menu again.

17. Opening Goola & Mangkokku, Kota Kasablanka

Both of these brands are indeed being trending! Carried by two children of the President of Republic Indonesia, Gibran & Kaesang who are popular developing culinary businesses. This new branch is in Kota Kasablanka Mall, LG floor, one area with the Padang Merdeka restaurant. The place is quite large with a lot capacity of seating. Menus presented for Goola are still the same with previous branches such as Markiskis, Jerit, and many others. As for Mangkokku, there are several new menus such as Brisket with Sambal Korek Bawang Bone Marrow, Garlic Prawn and Endog with Curry Sauce.

18. New Special Menu - Argentinian Beef, Ambiente Ristorante

One of the favorite Italian restaurant in Jakarta. This time, it's quite different, they present a new seasonal menu with an Argentinian theme. Various of Beef dishes that are processed by good quality parts of beef. These interesting menus are available on the ala carte menu with wine pairing. So each menu order is including a glass of wine. 

-Costata di Manzo (Rp 140K ++)

Argentinian Premium OP Ribs steak with sweet potato fries dan grilled corn

-Controfiletto Alla Griglia (Rp 350K++)
Argentinian Sirloin (300g) served along with marinated capsicum and fried polenta is crunchy.
-Costolette di Manzo al BBQ (Rp 510K ++)
Argentinian beef ribs go through a long process to get a soft texture served with cauliflower mashed potato and grilled corn.
19. New Store Tiger Sugar TA
20. New Special Menu St. Ali Jakarta

19. New Store Tiger Sugar TA

Good news for boba lovers! Tiger Sugar opens its newest branch in Taman Anggrek Mall! For you who stay at West Jakarta, this is a new option for you to stop by to have a boba drink. With the mainstay drink, Brown Sugar Boba is certainly one of the trending drinks in Jakarta. This branch has more seating capacity compare to the other stores.

20. Grand Opening Ibis Styles Jakarta Tanah Abang

Looking for an instagramable and affordable hotel to stay? well, Ibis Styles Jakarta Tanah Abang has become the right choice. It has only been operating for a few months in an area that very close to the area of Tanah Abang market. From the outside, it looks like an office building, but once entering the hotel, I was amazed by the difference, modern, artistic and bright color of the Ibis concept. Each corner offering a unique and interesting phot area. Similarly, the room is giving a cheerful atmosphere as well.

21. New Menu St.Ali Jakarta

One of my favorite coffee shops in Jakarta, with the concept of Australian dining which is currently in demand by many Jakarta communities. Last weekend, they introduced several new menus to provide more diverse choices. Daniel Dobra, a chef from St Ali Melbourne was brought here to serve a variety of new dishes such as Birtcher Muesli, this typical Irish breakfast menu is quite unique for the people of Jakarta. A blend of pineapple, coconut, apple with kaffir lime powder provides a combination of fresh, sour and sweet flavors. It is really interesting. Then there's Brocolli and Rice. This one will be perfect for a vegetarian. There are still many other dishes that are show taste of Australian, unique, and will certainly provide a new experience for the Jakarta community.

22. Welcome New Year Eve 2019, JW Marriot Jakarta

In order to welcome the Christmas celebration coming up, on October 24th, 2019, I had the opportunity to attend the tradition of Cake Mixing at JW Marriot Jakarta. At the lobby hotel area with team management of the hotel, we mixed various ingredients such as raisins, nuts, fruits, and spices on a long table. Then combined with a sensation of spirit drinks so as to provide a fragrant aroma and sweet taste that is balanced. This mixture of ingredients will later be used to make the upcoming Christmas cake. This event is a sign of togetherness to welcome the holiday month. In the coming month, JW Marriot will also have Tree Lighting function on 29th Nov 2019. In addition, there will be a turkey available to delivered to your home to be special meal for celebrating the Christmas.


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