Say Hi To KLTR Coffee Roasters!

Finally the owner of Koultoura, which has been one of my favorite coffee shop, decided to bring their coffee madness to the center of Jakarta! With a nicely revamped concept, they introduced a different name, KLTR Coffee Roasters, which was opened for public in August 9th. While Koultoura has always been a nice casual brunch & coffee spots for family and friends, KLTR embodies a more serious, classy and exclusive ambience that is suitable for the business people working around the area.

Located at Apartment Pavilion Retail Arcade, Jl KH Mas Mansyur Kav 24, Jakarta, KLTR Coffee Roasters is ready to welcome you with their fine selection of great foods and coffee! I got to try most of their menu during the soft-opening and the highlights for me are: the Beef Yakimeshi (with poached egg and truffle essence), Pork Ragout, Pork Ham (with scrambled egg croissant), and the French Toast (maple pork bacon with whisky ice cream)!

If you’re looking for a nice spot for lunch meeting, or you happen to work around Sudirman area, visiting KLTR Coffee Roasters this week should be a priority!

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Pan Seared Barramundi

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Crab Cake

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Beef Yakimeshi

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Pork Ragout

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Pork Ham

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Salmon Iberico

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Two Stack Pancakes

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French Toast

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Strawberry Yoghurt

 

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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Congrats, Joe!

The Flat White Culture

Hello everyone! This is going to be my very first post on this blog and let’s talk about coffee, specifically the flat whites! What can I say about Aussie’s flat white, except that it is the most amazing 6.5 ounce cup of coffee.

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Posin’ in front of Single O

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Bonnie Coffee Shop

I just recently came back from Aussie, I went to Melbourne and Sydney. Naturally when I’m in Aussie, all that I drink was their coffee. I myself love pour over coffee, whether it’s a batch brew or freshly made over V60. But then, when in Aussie, flat white is a must have. Why is that? Because it’s the best! Here’s the thing, you should know that in order to brew a good cup of coffee, there are many factors to consider.

From the altitude of where the beans were planted, the moment the beans were picked out in the farm, to the drying process, roasting and whose the roaster, then to the grinder which is actually more important than the espresso machine, then of course to the hand of the barista who pull the shots from the espresso machine, and also how the barista froth the milk.

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Patricia Coffee

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Kingswood Coffee Shop

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Reuben Hills Coffee Shop

Now, in between these important process, other factors that can produce a nice velvety cup of coffee are both water and milk.

Water and milk in Aussie are just different than the ones we have here in Indonesia, well actually the beans as well, but we can always buy the better beans. You see water and milk are something we can’t just bring back here. They delicately filtered their tap water into their machine. I heard they even do cupping for water, isn’t that extreme? LOL. Their milk contain different protein level, fat percentage, and consistency than ours here, so it gives out a different kind of sweetness in your cup of coffee. Because of all this, their flat white has unique taste. I know for sure that you can’t find it anywhere else in the world except in Aussie. Even the flat whites in Melbourne and Sydney tasted differently.

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Market Lane Coffee

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Duke’s Roaster

Let me describe the taste; first when you sip that velvety thick brown coffee it will surprise you with a nice aroma of either yummy bread or floral scent. As you swirl it in your mouth the taste will start to dance in your taste palette. Either it’s very sweet like biscuits or it’s very fruity and juicy. Then as it finishes, the after taste is clean and satisfying. Imagine that!

Not all coffee shop there serve this kind of flat whites, but here’s a few of good places where you can try for a good cup of flat white. When in Melbourne, go to: Bonnie Coffee, Duke Roasters, Proud Mary, Patricia, and Market Lane. When in Sydney you can try Single O, Reuben Hills, Paramount, Campos, and Kingswood.

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Melbourne Finest Art

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The quiet side of Sydney

I’m guessing ever people’s experience on their cup of coffee is different. For me coffee is life, I can hardly function without it and I so happen to own a coffee shop with my husband. We try our best everyday to serve the best out of what we have and we invite people to experience coffee through our coffee shop. We try to educate each customer that come into our place by giving them selections to what they want to experience that day.

So… I hope you can experience good coffee and have an awesome day!

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Meet the backside of my husband, Alfred. LOL.

Talk to you later,

SC. (@callistasarah)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sumibi Restaurant: A Delightful Japanese Luncheon Experience.

Have I told you that 2017 has been one of the best year so far simply because it has plenty of public holidays? Yeap. After exploring Dieng and Belitung during the last two public holidays in April and May, I decided to spend this one (in June) to have a quality time with my two best friends.

Now, to complete this particular day off, my friends and I decided to have our all-time comfort foods (read: sushi and other Japanese cuisines) for lunch. Normally, Sushi Tei or Genki Sushi would be enough for us. But, since it was a holiday, we decided to try something new. And so we picked Sumibi Restaurant!

Located at the Ground Floor of One Park Residence, Gandaria, this Japanese restaurant offers wide range of authentic Japanese foods and other fusion dishes as well. Many people who have visited Sumibi testified that they always visit this restaurant when they miss visiting Japan. The foods taste pretty similar to the ones you can find in Japan, probably because the owner and executive chef (Yusuke Tsuchiya) is a Japanese.

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I had a hard time deciding what to order. Every single page of the menu looks so seducing. After flipping the menu pages back and forth we ordered Yaki Tomorokoshi Ama Sho-Yu Parmezan Cheese (grilled sweet corn, soy sauce, parmezan cheese) and Takoyaki Croquette for appetizer. While for the main course we ordered Crispy Salmon Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, California Roll and Chicken Nanban. Out of those, the highlight was the grilled sweet corn, takoyaki, and crispy salmon roll, and chicken nanban!

Honestly, we would order and try more food. But, since there were only the three of us, it would not be wise to order more foods as it would be wasted. Once we finished them all, we even had no more room for desserts. Sigh. I would definitely come back to try the other dishes.

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Isn’t this little guy adorable?

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I didn’t get to roam around the restaurant to capture its ambience, mostly because I was so bloated to move. Besides, I prefer to play with one of my favorite nephews, Joel and took some good photos with him. If you’re a real Japanese foods aficionado, this weekend you must put Sumibi in your go-to list! Who knows we might bump into each other, right?

Write to you later!

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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Kopi Nalar: It’s Been A While.

Does anyone agree with me that no matter where we are right now in life, there’s this tiny curiosity that keeps on popping out (whether from within, or from our surroundings) and asks us about “What’s Next?” It seems like people are so expectant with the progress you make that by the time you stop or seem to show no progress in life, you’ll be considered a misfit.

Is it true that life is only about moving forward and transitioning from one “what’s next” to another? Is it true that people tend to applaud those people who jump into one opportunity to another simply because they look courageous, while at the same time they are actually careless and unprepared?

The over–glorified concept of having something “new”, being a “new” person, or anything that has the word “NEW” can actually be something dangerous for us if we are not wise enough to discern. Once we are attracted to whatever “new” that comes our way, we tend to move with the highest speed without maximum protection and preparation simply because we are a sucker for excitement.

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Speaking of new, meet one of the newest coffee in town.

What about hitting the brakes? What about moving just a little bit slower? What about saying no for a better “new” that we ultimately want instead of what we temporarily want?

Sorry for the long intro. I guess it’s just been a while since I poured out my (sometimes) too complex thoughts into one of my posts. Just like the fact that it’s been a while for both of us to spend one weekend only to go explore and try out new places in this city.

Just last weekend, we stumbled upon this new coffee shop in South Jakarta, along with some of friends. The name is Kopi Nalar (reasoning), and it was having a soft opening. The place was a 25 percent alfresco area, 25 percent smoking room with glass rooftops and large window panes, and 50 percent of a indoor seating with white walls and modern interior.

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Kopi Nalar, Jalan Prof Joko Sutono SH No. 7, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta

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One of their plus points: Plugs. Everywhere.

When we got there, the smoking room was empty (none of us smokes though haha), so we invaded it like its a lounge reserved exclusively just for us. The room was filled with two cozy couches and plenty of bean bags!

After ordering our choices of drinks and desserts, we settled in comfortably and spent about 3-4 hours there talking. It felt like crashing into one of your friends’ house during holidays where you got nothing to do for the whole day, accompanied by bowls of chips and boxes of pizza. It was priceless! As someone who has Quality Time for his love language, this kind of hangout day with friends is a total heart-filling moment.

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Almond and Honey

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DR got a bit too comfy.

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Pardon my too obvious tan line. Got it from my Belitung trip, which I will share soon!

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Some of my favorite Sunday crew.

What’s interesting about their coffee menu is that they have this so-called “healthy choice” of coffee. The “A Cup of Sense” menu is a mixture of coffee latte with healthy ingredients like granola, walnuts, almond, and honey. Surely I went for the new one and picked the almond and honey to complete my coffee o’clock.

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

Grills Gone Wild at AB Steak by Chef Akira Back!

Jakarta people, “meat” the newest creation of Chef Akira Back, AB Steak! Located in the Mezzanine Floor of MD Place Building, AB Steak brings a revolutionary modern Korean Steakhouse that incorporates American style steakhouse. This innovative steakhouse has been developed by Chef Back for quite some times and we are lucky to be chosen as the first city to have AB Steak. TODAY (April 23rd), this restaurants opens its doors for the first time and ready to bring you a whole ‘notha level of luncheon/dining experience!

Big thanks to Astrid Suryatenggara (our favorite super bubbly “Cici”) for giving us the preview of AB Steak’s wide range of menu along with several other bloggers and media friends. DR & I were lucky enough to taste some of their highlighted menus a week before the official opening.

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AB Steak by Chef Akira Back, MD Place Building Mezzanine floor, Jalan Setiabudi Selatan No.7, Jakarta

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Unlike its “brother”, the Akira Back, AB Steak offers a dim-lighted ambience with black and grey dominated the interior. Size-wise, it’s less spacious compared to Akira Back however it provides a comfortable “private” atmosphere for me. The moment a waiter opened its wooden front door for me, I was greeted by a window glass on my right side, which shows three refrigerators where they dry-aged the beef.

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Chef Andri Dionysius was being interviewed by one of the media.

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Paper Cranes on the wall as a symbol of luck, and also a catchy wall decoration.

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Honestly, I came with no expectation. Wait, on a second thought, I came with one and only expectation. Every time Astrid invites me to one of her events, I’d go home in a food comma condition. So that’s kinda my expectation. To get bloated with huge portions of meats, and glorified grilled wagyu. Apparently, that’s not the scenario.

The whole luncheon experience was like a well-scripted action slash sci-fi movie, where you get a lot of teasing introduction that somehow drags you into wanting for the climax point of the whole story to be revealed. Yet, the director decides to keep you waiting, just for a little longer. That’s how AB Steak created the momentum on this luncheon. They served like 7 appetizers, only to tickle our tastebuds, before finally releasing the main course to our tables.

Let’s get started!

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Scallop Crudo. 135k.

Our luncheon was opened with a bowl of fresh scallop (crudo means raw in Spanish), served with chive & kimchee gel, jicama (read: hee-cama, a Mexican yam bean), truffled yuja (citrus) soy. If you’re into a sour & tangy flavor, this one is definitely for you.

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Amberjack “Carpaccio”. 195k.

Carpaccio, according to Mr. Wiki, is a dish of raw meat or fish, thinly sliced or pounded thin and served mainly as an appetizer. In AB Steak, they serve delightful pink Amberjack meats, with blood orange soy, slices of oranges, plus roasted Jalapeno salsa! The flavor was simply as exotic as the presentation.

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Shitake Croquette. 225k.

This is my favorite! And probably, everyone else’s on my table. Deep fried croquette placed on top of smoked potato foam, topped with sweet shrimp gejang, sea urchin, and caviar!

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Black Mussels. 135k.

This one is also my favorite. In AB Steak, they served this bowl of delicious black mussels with little meatballs, and what makes it unique is they serve it with crispy rice cake (tteobokki) and kochujang butter sauce. I completely forgot about tasting the tteobokki and meatballs because I was too hooked with the mussels!

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Steamed Bun. 150k.

Next one on my table was this set of three buns, topped with well-seasoned bbq duck, which was so tender, and seared foie gras that literally melts in my mouth. The scrumptious bun was gone in a single bite!

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Steak Tartare. 185k.

I’m not really a fan of bone marrow, not that I don’t like it but I’m always worried with the cholesterol level (haha). However, when this plate of raw wagyu was placed before me, I couldn’t resist not to taste it. The freshness of raw beef mixed with the buttery bone marrow was indeed a sinful indulgence!

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AB’s Caesar. 110k.

Look at that fat salmon, served with grilled romaine, herbed yoghurt caesar dressing and those tiny caramel macadamia. A plate of healthy foods balanced with tiny sweet treats!

Okay, after 7 various starter menus, I was more than ready to experience the real “Grill Gone Wild”!

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Chef Andri Dionysius, ready to grill the meats live in front of the guests.

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Flat Iron Australian Wagyu 225k/100g.

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Wagyu See, Wagyu Get!

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The first one on the list was three juicy slices of Flat Iron Australian Wagyu  225k. Other than this mouth-watering goodness, they also have other Premium Wagyu selections, like Hokkaido “Snow” Rib Eye A5, Hokkaido “Snow NY Strip A4, Chuck Eye Steak A4, Rump A4, Knuckle A4, ranging from 185k to 850k per 100 grams.

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The dipping sauces.

What made the whole Grills Gone Wild experience was even more delightful was their five different kinds of salt and dipping sauce. My favorite was the truffle salt and garlic salt! As for the dipping sauce, I love the bulgogi and soy sauce.

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45 Days Porterhouse 200 Days Grain Fed 185k/100g (500g minimum).

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Next up, they spoiled us with two selections of their House Aged Beef: the 45 days Porterhouse and 45 Days Bone-in Ribeye. From this category, you can also order other various selections like the 60 days Whiskey Aged Bone-in Wagyu Ribeye MBS +6, 45 Days T-bone, 21 Days Kiwami Wagyu Top Sirloin 9+, and 15 Days Belgian White Tongue, ranging from 123k – 199k per 100grams.

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45 Days Bone-in RIbeye 200 Days Grain Fed 199k/100g (300g minimum).

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Those three selections of meats were all equally delicious and juicy, especially because they served it medium rare, just the way I like it. One of the things that makes this steak house unique is the fact that you can have your meats exactly how you like it, because the grilling machine is right in front of you. However, with such advanced technology, you don’t have to worry about getting that smell of smoke on your hair and clothes.

By the way, if you asked me which one is my favorite, I’d answer the Flat Iron Australian Wagyu! I would definitely come back for more, perhaps on a special occasion like a romantic dinner? Uhm, sadly not in anytime soon.

Anyways, after 7 starters and 3 main course menus, AB Steak continued to pamper us with 3 desserts!

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Coconut Mochi Cake. 60k.

Love the moist texture and chewy mochi cake, plus the salted caramel popcorn and macadamia! DR was already back to his office by the time they served the desserts. My new foodies friend, @yennymakanmulu was being super kind as she let me finish the whole plate. After the cake, they also let us have a taste of the super yummy Molten Chocolate Souffle, which was to die for! And, they close the whole luncheon experience by having a live cooking of their Brandy & Maple Crepes!

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Molten Chocolate Souffle. 150k.

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The ingredients.

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Brandy & Maple with Nashi & Crepé Flambe. 150k.

Thank you again AB Steak for the warm and delightful preview! We wish you all the best of luck on your first day of opening today. Cheers!

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All the best of luck, AB Steak!

Write to you later,

 

HG. (@gersonhenry)

Twelve Hours in Surabaya

We’re always in the search of happiness. Some people find it through social interaction, some through building networks. Some through relationships, some through achievements. I, myself, often find happiness through exploring new places and getting lost in between. This is why traveling seems to be one of the primary tools that would keep me refreshed. Just like what DR said in his latest post, travel is essential. If I may add, it’s essential to keep me sane.

Perhaps it’s the millennials part of me, I don’t mind spending some of my savings for a little break from the daily routines and crazy schedules. Some people argue that our generation don’t really care about settling down, let alone buying a house for our future family. All we care for is making memories through a series of adventures. Is this really becoming a dangerous trait for our generation? Well, everyone can have their own thought about this. Let’s have a convo over coffee if you’re interested to have a further discussion about this. But for now, I’m not here for that subject.

I’m here to share one of the exploration I had during my last visit to the capital of East Java. Some of you have already asked me to share the complete itinerary via Instagram’s message, pardon me for the delay, but it’ll be up in the blog soon.

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12 hours train ride to the east of Java.

So after spending two days in Banyuwangi for a hike to Ijen Crater and a motor-ride to Baluran National Park, I took a train ride to Surabaya and had about 12 hours to kill before my flight back to Jakarta. All I could think about the moment my train arrived in Gubeng Station (Surabaya’s train station) was to immediately order online transportation and go to Depot Bali (Jalan Makam Peneleh 30). If you’re in Surabaya, their Nasi Babi Peneleh is A MUST! Tripadvisor even put it as Surabaya’s Best Balinese Nasi Babi. Good news is, they-re available in Go-Food so you can easily order and have it delivered to your front door.

I’ll let the picture tickle your curiosity even more.

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You can forget about any other things I put in this post, but NOT this one!

Basically, it’s a plate of freshly cooked rice with tender-crisp pork belly, pork satay, a bowl of tasty broth soup and three different type of Sambal. I’ve fallen in love with this one since the first time I gave it a try a year ago, and have been craving for it ever since. Who could resist a huge portion of greatly tasted meal that comes in a very affordable price?

Next on my list was to put my bag in the airport, and then go to Madura by crossing the Suramadu Bridge. I was in the spirit of exploring those beautiful beaches that I stumbled upon in Google. Sadly, I had not enough time to do all that. It would take about an hour from my breakfast spot to the airport, and it would take another 1,5 hour to go back to the city, plus it would take another 1 hour from Suramadu Bridge to the center of Madura. After a lot of consideration, I settled on just crossing the bridge for the sake of experience, spent about 30 minutes there, and went back to the city.

The details of my short visit to Madura will be up in another post. As for now, let’s focus on this city that is known as “Kota Pahlawan” (the City of Heroes). So, it was almost 11am when I finished exploring a tiny part of Madura. I haven’t even showered, and I was still carrying my 60L carrier. Those yummy porks from Depot Bali were already gone untraceable. My tummy was once again empty. My eyes were pretty tired and needed to rest. My back was started to ache due to carrying the heavy backpack for hours.

The super kind Gojek driver, Mas Adit (I’ll share about him on the next post), suggested me to rent a cheap room at a homestay located in the downtown area so I could shower and have some rest. He even helped me search for the most strategic place that has best price on Google (yeap, on Google through his smartphone!) as I told him that my budget was only about 100k or even lower than that.

Long story short, I picked a homestay, thank God there was still one empty room left. After a much needed showers and power nap, I was all ready to be back on the road again. But first, I needed to have a lunch. A friend of mine recommended me to try the famous Kwetiau Medan Apeng at Jl. Kedungdoro No.267, which was only within a walking distance from my rented room.

I forgot what I ordered, but it tasted good!

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Kwetiaw Goreng Apeng Medan

Next up on the list was to visit House of Sampoerna, a museum, café & gift shop located at Taman Sampoerna No. 6. What’s so appealing about this place? You can take a bus tour around Surabaya’s most historical and touristy spots with a professional tour guide. The best part is, it’s free! All you have to do is register yourself at the front desk and wait for the next bus (ready every 2 hours if I’m not mistaken) to take you around. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to wait for the bus. So, although I had the bus ticket in my hands, I decided to skip it and chose to explore the city by foot.

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The Bus Ticket.

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Captured by the super helpful front desk receptionist.

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Lovin my handy wooden card holder from @_projectkristal

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The guys from my childhood. Anyone knows who they are?

I spent the next 15 minutes exploring the museum and taking some photos before I moved to Zangrandi. Some of my friends told me to pay it a visit. Well, it was all sunny that day, so I thought a cone of ice cream would be great. The place was quite empty when I arrived, even though it is located in one of Surabaya’s busy streets. Then I remember, oh yeah it was weekdays; most people were still at their office. I ordered a combination of avocado and chocolate ice cream, which I finished in just about two minutes (or maybe less, haha). I kinda regret visiting Zangrandi, because apparently we have it here in North Jakarta! Oh well…

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Oldschool.

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It’s gone in less than a minute after this photo was taken.

The excitement of exploring new place while at the same time candidly capturing random people or scenery that I stumbled upon was uncontainable. After paying my Zangrandi bills, I stepped onto the side of the road, letting the sun pinching my skin. It was hot and dry, but my feet urged me to keep on walking.

I love how clean the city is. I love how organized and structured the city is. There’s a bit of Singapore that I kept on finding in some places. I must admit, the city major is doing her job excellently. People are crossing the street using the zebra cross and pedestrian bridge. They even have CCTV on each pedestrian bridge, so that people would feel safe when crossing the bridge at night. There were no homeless people using the bridge as shelters. Everything was so organized. If only this could happen in Jakarta.

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Brotherhood.

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One more people to go.

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Very clean indeed.

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The real urban hustler.

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Just Chillin’

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Taken by a super kind security guard.

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It does feel like Singapore.

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Pedestrians are well protected in this city.

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Hard Worker.

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On Duty.

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Well-Maintained.

After about an hour of strolling around, a text from one of my good friends, Aveline Gunawan, popped out on my phone screen. Apparently she was in town and was enjoying the afternoon at a newly opened coffee shop in Surabaya, Caturra Espresso (Sorry, but this is also for next post.)

It was quite a well-spent afternoon, because I didn’t expect to encounter some familiar faces during this trip, let alone having a good laughs over good coffee. As a real Surabayan, Ave recommended me, one of Surabaya’s classic restaurants that have been her favorite since she was a kid, Ayam Goreng Pemuda. It was located at Jalan Tidar, No 21, only two minutes away from Caturra! She wanted to order an Uber, but I was like, “Are you kidding? Let’s just walk!”

Two minutes later, we were already at Ayam Goreng Pemuda enjoying plates of Ayam Goreng (traditional deep fried chicken cooked with local herbs and spices), Sayur Asam, and the bomb for me was the Cumi Goreng (fried squid) – the one inside the pink bowl on the right. Indonesian foods, so far, have never failed to amuse me. This restaurant was also the last place I visited in Surabaya. And, within only about 3 hours, I was already sitting in the airport waiting for my plane to come.

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Ayam Goreng Pemuda

If you ever encounter the same situation like mine, where you have to wait about 10 hours before you catch your next flight, here are some few things you can do:

  1. Ask for some recommendations on what’s good to check. People nowadays are so keen in sharing their information. I, myself, got plenty of replies via Instagram story and Facebook.
  2. Use your time wisely. Choose to visit several places that take fewer hours to reach, rather than one place that would take hours to reach.
  3. Don’t be afraid to talk to local people as they could be the best guide to show you around.
  4. Always check on Google maps how far you are to your next destination, this will help you to explore effectively (with minimal risk of getting lost, and waste too much time on the road).
  5. Throw your pride away when you find a good ootd spot, then ask a stranger to capture your photo.

 

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Taste to Dine at Cassis Kitchen!

People think that the life of a blogger is only filled with attending events and going for a fun trip, but we can assure you, it’s not just about that. Well, it’s partly true, but it’s not the whole truth. Anyway, a few weeks ago, while I had a solo trip to East Java, which was filled with mostly clouds and mist, DR had the privilege of a tasteful luncheon experience at Cassis Kitchen. Last week, we kinda switched place. While he had a fun vacation to (also) East Java (we’ll share it to you about both version of the trip soon), I had the privilege to enjoy Cassis Kitchen’s  new 2-course menu, which was launched at the end of February.

I’m not gonna talk a lot about the foods or the menu, I’m just gonna let the photos speak to you and encourage you to quickly reserve a table at Cassis Kitchen to taste it yourself!

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Table situation.

So the 2-course menu is filled with several selection of starters and main courses menu. The first on the list was, Parsnip Soup, which is more like a bowl of comfort, showered with garlic croutons and chives as toppings.

The second one on the starter was one my favorite! The crab toast that serves as a perfect choice to open your meal. Imagine having an abundant portion of juicy crab meats as a spread for your toast. This is exactly why you should experience the unordinary brunch/luncheon/dinner at Cassis Kitchen as they are always on the road of creating new menu. And by the way, this is only the second menu. More photos of delicious meals will tease you as you scroll down through this post.

Now, for the last choice of the starter menu was the Churrasco Style Wagyu. This one is also a must have. Where else can you have a plate of rare wagyu beef, cooked with ponzu (citrun-based sauce) and chimicchurri sauce, topped with fried shallots as an appetizer?

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Parsnip Soup

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Crab Toast

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Churrasco Style Wagyu

While the starter consists of three different choices, the main course consists of 9 different delicacies served in a satisfying portion. First up, which is also one of the meals that I’m gonna recommend to you, is the Seafood Risotto, a plate of seafood (scallop, prawn, and squid) party with risotto as their host, cooked together with mascarpone and basil oil.

Second and third one is the Spaghetti Carbonara and Beef Bolognese. As you can see in the pictures, both are covered in a rich portion of grated parmesan cheese. The carbonara is topped with green peas and poached egg, while the bolognese is served with penne, spicy beef ragout and herbs. These two would definitely satisfy your craving of Italian foods!

Now if you’re more of a big bite kind of foodie, you should really try their huge portion of Fish and Chips (beer battered dory) served with french fries and tartare sauce, and also the CK Cheese Burger, which is a double beef patties, placed within sesame brioche buns, and also served with french fries. It’s finger-lickin’ good!

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Seafood Risotto

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Spaghetti Carbonara

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Beef Bolognese

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Fish and Chips

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CK Cheese Burger

The next three are all for you seafood freaks. The first one is Patagonian Tootfish, placed artistically on top of cauliflower puree and showered with exotic mango salsa that brings a an ultimate freshness to the flavor. Another “must try” in Cassis Kitchen’s new menu is the Steamed Monkfish, which was made of pancetta, braised short ribs, parsnip puree and port jus. This one does not only give you a great taste, but it also gives you an eye-pleasing plating. You surely want to snap it for your Instagram.

If you’re a Lobster lover, then the Roasted Lobster Tail is what you should order next. It’s cooked perfectly with truffle chicken cream baby cos and completed with sweet potato veloutte, which doesn’t only perfected the flavor but also the whole look of the plating as the yellow color pop ups beautifully in the midst of all the other colors.

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Patagonian Toothfish

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Steamed Monkfish

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Roasted Lobster Tail

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Last but  not least on the main course list is the Curry Chicken Kiev, the name says it all I suppose. However, when the food came out, I secretly wondered about the curry sauce. Where is it? I didn’t see any. Apparently you have to slice open the Curry Chicken Kiev to find the curry sauce!

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Chicken Curry Kiev

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Hello there curry sauce!

Now to complete the 2-course menu, you can order their newly launched fashion-inspired cocktails, which came in a very creative packaging. They have the Elyx Kits, (the pink cocktail) served inside an acrylic music box, the Mademoiselle which comes in a headless mini mannequin, Fashion Victim, that literally comes in a small leather bag! And, the Concoctioner, served in conditioner bottle. Be careful not to apply it on your hair.

Ladies, if you are looking for a good time chillin with your friends, these drinks are not only a great companion but also a good Instagram material indeed!

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Elyx Kits

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Fashion Victim, modeled by @yossicostephanie.

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Mademoiselle.

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Concoctioner

Now I totally got what DR put as title in our former post about Cassis Kitchen. Plus, I came home with a real food comma. Stop imagining how the food tastes like in Cassis Kitchen, and start the experience soon this week! It’s definitely worth your time and penny.

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Thank you for having us @CassisKitchen!

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)