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!

Price of Passion.

I still vividly remember my parents’ disappointed face when I told them I wanted to pursue my passion in writing for my college major instead of business major.

It was not a pretty sight.

The loneliness of being the only Asian among Australians in the class because Art degree, let alone Creative Writing major, was far from popular among my peers. Oh the frustration, when I had to quit my writing job in a magazine that I actually loved doing because the paycheque was far from ideal and had to look for other career opportunity instead.

I buried my writing dream since then for five years, as I started to work purely for good money by running my own business in fashion.

I thought I was fine living with a dead dream.

Until not too long ago I found myself completely, utterly, broken.
I was hopeless.  I was helpless.
My soul was weary.
The future is nothing but a fog.
Unfathomable dead of night that this small mind failed to comprehend.

Pursuing a passion has its price to pay.

As for me, it was depression.
Not the “OMG my boyfriend broke up with me, I feel sooo depressed” kind, but diagnosed-by-psychiatrist-and-she-prescribed-me-with-an anti-depressants-so-I-won’t-turn-suicidal-kind.

There were days when I had to swallow that tiny pill just to give me the strength, to get me out of the bed and go to work. When I woke up I wished the day would end already, so tomorrow will come and I will finally be done feeling this empty.

In that state of mind, I kept telling the universe,

“I know I’m not a child anymore and I need to grow up,
but don’t make me a dreamer if you’re just gonna crush it with harsh reality.”

I was artistically heart broken, because the creator in me wasn’t able to create.
I had some success in my business, but I was far from being genuinely happy.
People who just knew me recently, would never know the wordsmith side of me.
Because I never show them.

Now more than ever, the world tells you to pursue your passion.
“Do what you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life,” they said.

But guess what, you actually have to.

Maybe your true passion isn’t making a lot of money, but the bill needs to be paid.
Last time I checked, groceries can’t be exchanged by passion nor big dreams.
Traveling and taking Insta-worthy pictures costs you.

Pursuing a passion is hard work.

Working your arse off day and night, doing everything you can, chasing every opportunities like you chase the wind, while waiting, for that door to finally come bursting open, for your teenage dream to finally come true, it can get mind-numbingly discouraging.

But after being molded for so long in darkness, imprisoned by the uncertainty, when the time is right, the light in you will shine bright.

If you prove yourself to be FAITHFUL in LOVING what you were entrusted to DO, even if it wasn’t the ideal job that you had in mind growing up, soon enough the universe will reward you with

the right people, 
right place, 
right time,

and you will be able to DO what you LOVE.

Start with a small step.
Start with what you currently have in your hands.
Dare to hope again.
Dare to feel again.
If you’re like me, dare to write again.

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Dream on my dearest,

S. (@sashatjie)

 

 

An Interview With Greys Polii: The Admirable Story of Pursuing Passion with Perseverance.

The girl who will be leaving 20something season in the next few weeks have been a friend of mine probably since 2009 or 2010. Sharing the same pride of being heirs of Minahasan (one of the tribes in Indonesia, located in North Sulawesi) blood, was one of the things that made our friendship flows quite naturally.

Greys Polii (Gel) has always been kind-hearted, easy going and very humble person, even though she was already a star in the national sports field, when we first became friends. From the first hang out to following each other on Twitter, and even until she finally won her first Gold Medal and ranked Number 2 in the Badminton Women’s Doubles World Rank, Gel remains as humble as ever. Nothing has changed except now that she is more mature and wise in handling challenges. That is why I decided to feature her and get some worth-sharing insights that hopefully could enrich your twenty-something journey.

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TPOB20: Who is Greys Polii in your own eyes?
Gel: 
Greys Polii career-wise she is a very ambitious and strong-willed woman who will give 200% focus and energy to make sure she got what she wants. But at the same time, she knows when and how to rest. For her, working and resting  must go hand-in-hand. In daily life, she’s a very sociable person, easy to make new friends and have high level of curiosity. She loves to learn from other people’s stories.

TPOB20: The question “What do you do” would be irrelevant to you, as most people, especially Indonesians must have heard about your astonishing achievements in Badminton. So, why don’t you share the story of how did you get into this career path.
Gel: 
Haha.. yea, there’s nothing interesting about “What I do” because I spend my days practicing and traveling for championship. I don’t have much time flexibility to do anything else outside of badminton. I’ve spent my whole life living at the dormitory with other badminton athletes, and only got to meet my family and friends during weekend or holiday.

I started playing badminton since I was only a 5-year-old kid. My mom, who was a tennis player, started to introduce me to both sports, but then I loved badminton more than tennis. We even moved from Manado (the capital city of North Sulawesi) to Jakarta when I was 8 to join a club. I remember she challenged the 8-year-old me whether I want to be a badminton player or not, if yes then we have to move to Jakarta so that I can get more serious in preparing myself to be an athlete.

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Three years later, when I was 11, I decided to get more serious in badminton and started to live in the dormitory. It was a total game-changer for me when I got separated from my Mom, which forced me to grow up independently. For me it was like the real moment where I said to myself, “This is it…” When I was 14, I started to wonder about my true calling and purpose. I realized that my life and talent is not only about being a world champion, but there’s gotta be something bigger, which is to be the best at what I do in order to inspire and bless other people.

At that moment I also had to choose which category (Singles, Doubles, or Mixed Doubles) of badminton that I want to focus on. Everyone I know (friends, family, coach) encouraged me to play in Singles or Mixed Doubles category, yet I was so convinced that I’m meant for Women’s Doubles category. When I told them that I chose to focus on Women’s Doubles, they considered my decision as foolish because Indonesia’s Women’s Doubles team haven’t won anything. China have been dominating the Women’s Doubles category for 20 to 30 years. It would be a lot easier and faster for me to become successful to play at Singles or Mixed Doubles. Although everyone I know was against my decision, I decided to continue and believed that I could make a history in this particular category.

TPOB20: How did it go? Did you ever change your mind or regret your decision?
Gel: Although the process and journey was really tough and challenging, I had never regretted or changed my mind about it.

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TPOB20: Tell us more about it. What was your biggest challenge, or your lowest point in pursuing your dream?
Gel: 
Well, 2012 was the lowest point in my life. I was 25 at that time. After 11 years of working hard and longing for a breakthrough, which is to be the first in Women’s Doubles, life decided to turn its back on me. I was disqualified at the Olympic Games for something that my partner and I didn’t do. We were accused of playing dirty in the Olympic Games and the saddest part was that we had to submit to the International Olympic Committee. The government apologized to us for not being able to help us out of the situation despite of the fact that we were not guilty. The IOC insisted that we had to bear the consequences otherwise Indonesia, particularly Badminton won’t be included in the next Olympic Games.

It was an utterly devastating experience. I felt like I’ve climbed way too high for 11 years only to be dragged down and hit the solid bottom. Somehow I lost focus and felt like the dream that I’ve been pursuing with high hopes and perseverance was totally unreachable. As disappointed as it was, I decided to quickly move on. I refused to give up and lose hope, and kept on trying until the promotion finally came in 2014, which has changed my life forever. Together with my partner, Nitya Krishinda Maheswari, won the Gold Medal at Asian Games in Korea, and we ranked number two in World Women’s Double.

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TPOB20: What are your work values that brought you here?
Gel: Perseverance and strong determination. I’ve made so many mistakes, but that shouldn’t stop me from getting back up every time I stumbled.

TPOB20: What kind of thing disturbs or angers you the most?
Gel: Dishonesty. Every one has a problem and past that they have to deal with, but as humans we need to learn how to be bold. Once we live freely in the open, being honest and transparent about our lives we gain freedom. Fear could not conquer us. People who are dishonest can’t enjoy a free live, because fear will sooner or later haunt them.

TPOB20: What kind of activity do you do to refuel your creative tanks?
Gel: 
Uhmm.. I do a lot of stuff in my spare time because I have high level of curiosity so I keep wanting to try new things: reading books, learning how to play a guitar, keyboards, taking a diving lesson, mount climbing, learning about public speaking, and other languages like English and Mandarin.

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TPOB20: What would you do when you stop playing badminton? 
Gel: Being an athlete in Indonesia is not easy. Even though we have sacrificed and gave everything for our country, once we stop our duty we are on our own. We need to plan for our lives if we want to live a life with financial freedom once we retired. That’s where I want to involve myself in after retirement. I want to help educate the next generation of athletes how crucial it is for them to manage their income, to challenge their way of thinking so that they could plan ahead, and not only live for the moment.

TPOB20: Now that you have won a gold medal, what would be your next big dream to pursue?
Gel: Definitely winning gold medal on a higher level, for example at the Olympic and becoming a world champion. Or, perhaps getting the first rank, because currently my partner and I are in number 2 of world rank.

TPOB20: Lastly, now that you are about to leave 20s, what is the perks of being 20 to you?
Gel: Hmm.. what we do in our twenties will affect our lives in our thirties. What we do in our thirties will affect us in our forties. And so on… That’s why it’s important for us not to live carelessly, because what we do today will determine the quality of our lives in the next season. I’m grateful that I have found my purpose and passion long way before I hit 20. By discovering my purpose, I now have a fulfilled life and clear direction of where I’m going.

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She closed our conversation with a simple encouragement for you who is on the run of pursuing your passion, particularly in sports: “Give the best of you in every thing that you do, especially in sports. Give 1000% focus and energy. Don’t pursue your passion and dreams half-heartedly because you will never be able to achieve it.”

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

 

Hello Sunday, Til’ We Meet Again.

As someone who works 9-to-5 from Monday to Friday, letting go the warm embrace of Sunday and everything that it has to offer could be tough sometimes. But, I didn’t have much of an option, right? Unless I have this super power to freeze time or extend it just for a little bit longer, then leaving Sunday behind won’t be much of a problem.

That is why I always make sure I had the most recharging weekend, which is mostly spent either by sitting at a coffee shop and reading a book, or trying out new places while having tons of laughter, exchanging stories with my favorite bunch.

Just a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon this homey desserts place called Hello Sunday. Totally a love at first sight for me simply because it has alfresco area with white walls and big window panes! Every blogger would love this kind of place because it makes your “I gotta take photos for my blog post this week” MUCH easier.

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Located at Jalan Pangeran Diponegoro No. 21, Menteng, Center Jakarta, Hello Sunday is the place that makes you excited during the weekdays because you know Sunday is just around the corner! The name itself gives you this perspective that Sunday is no longer something that you waved goodbye, but something that you look forward to, like an old friend whom you can’t wait to see!

The beverages and appetizers taste surprisingly good. With plenty of new coffee shop, restaurant and desserts spots opening sporadically like every week, somehow not all new players could maintain the quality of their products. Sadly, most only offer comfy ambience with bad service and plain-tasted food and drinks.

What’s even more interesting about this place is that you can get local-flavored ice cream in cone or waffle with different toppings, and sauces with very cheap price, about IDR 30k.  So I ordered Es Teler mixed with Gula Malaka flavors ice-cream, with original-flavored cone, and on top of it all, I picked pistachio crackers and almond-cashew crackers as my topping. Yums!

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Iced Black Coffee

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Gula Malaka ice cream served with choco chips waffle and choco sauce, topped with almond cashew crackers and coconut jellies

And of course, with that “oh-so-instagenic” surroundings you just have to get a nice OOTD photo for your Instagram. Amen?

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Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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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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Glasses: Karamata.ID; Striped Shirt & Shorts: H&M; Tee: Uniqlo; Shoes: BNV; Watch: Hypergrand

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)