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Ngana Jo (Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta)

by 10:57:00 AM


Ngana Jo is a Indonesian restaurant that specialized in serving Manadonese food which is located at Bendungan Hilir area. To be honest, I can recall how many times I have had Manadonese food before and I guess it's around 2-3 times? It's not like I don't like Manadonese food, but I just haven't got the chance to experience it more. (all I remember about Manadonese food is their super good and appetizing corn fritters!)

Food

As for the interior, I have to say that it's pretty humble and looked like common restaurant where family have their lunch or dinner. But that's not a problem as we are not talking about dining at fancy cafe, right? 

Let's get started with their food!

Bunga Pepaya (IDR 35k)
Center: Bunga Pepaya; Upper Left: Kakap Bakar Rica

Have you ever tried a food called Papaya Flower? I know it might sound weird to some people, but it's quite a common food in Indonesia. The only problem is, the taste might turned out to be super bitter if you made a mistake in processing it. I had to say that they did a great job in removing the bitter taste although I don't really like it as I'm not into veggies.

Cakalang Woku (IDR 45k)
Cakalang Woku

Cakalang Woku is basically a kind of fish that is served in a special soup which was made from various spices. I'm going to warn you that the soup might be too spicy for those who can't handle spicy food, but trust me, it was super good that it made me crave for more!

Ayam Woku (IDR 45k)
Ayam Woku

Ayam Woku is basically chicken meat served with the same soup as Cakalang Woku as mentioned above. As a non-seafood lover, I personally prefer this one although this one also had those "addicting" spicy kick!

Woku

Chicken Satay
Chicken Satay

It doesn't feel like Indonesian food if there's no satay, don't you agree? The chicken meat was skewered and marinated with herbs and chili and then grilled to perfection. Delicious!

Perkedel Jagung - 5 pcs (IDR 30k)
Perkedel Jagung

This is it, the legendary corn fritters that everyone loves! One thing that I love from Manadonese corn fritters is their generous amount of corn kernels and it was fried to golden brown with perfect level of crispness!

Overall, I had a great lunch at Ngana Jo, the food tasted delicious, the place is okay and the service was nice. It's such a great experience for me to try various kind of Manadonese food and I guess I'm start liking it despite its spiciness. (as I love spicy food, but I couldn't really handle it if it's too spicy) Best of luck and thanks for having me!

Ngana Jo
Jl. Bendungan Hilir Raya No. 10A, Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta
(021) 5731932

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 10.00 - 22.00

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Seafood Party at Satoo (Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta)

by 10:25:00 AM


Satoo is one of the most-popular hotel restaurant in Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta. I bet most of you might have visited this restaurant or at least hear about it. Satoo serves various International cuisine such as Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Indian cuisine. Not to mention that they currently have their brand new "Seafood Party" every Friday that covers all of those aforementioned cuisine selection plus the selection of fresh seafood from different region!

Norwegian Salmon Section
Norwegian Salmon Section

The restaurant itself is really huge but I do recommend you to make reservation before you came here. Because trust me, it's going to be packed and crowded especially during the "Seafood Party" at Friday. The price for the "Seafood Party" is IDR 458k++ per person, which is considered pretty affordable considering all of those high quality seafood. (and the other selection of International cuisine!)

Here are the sneak peek of fresh seafood selection available at the "Seafood Party"!
Canadian Oyster
Crayfish
Crayfish
Clams
Seafood Bar

As you might already know, I'm not a sucker for seafood but I have to tell you that their seafood was really fresh and it doesn't have fishy smell at at all! I didn't realize that I have devoured more seafood than what I expected. (I'm serious, lol!) Oh and I personally love the Russian crab as it had plump and firm meat and it goes really well with the Russian dressing!

Shall I introduce you to the International cuisine stall?

Sushi Bar
Sushi Bar

The Sushi Bar is undoubtedly one of the most popular stall as I could see there were a lot of people coming back to this place to take more sushi!

Lamian Stall
Lamian Stall
The Lamian stall serves premium quality Lamian which had great quality as the chef will make the Lamian in front of you when you place the order. Oh, I have to tell you that the chef is the same chef as in Jia, so you could expect great and authentic Lamian!

Lamian with Beef Brisket

Chinese Cuisine Section



In case you are craving for Chinese cuisine, you can grab several authentic Chinese cuisine at this stall such as Peking duck, chicken rice and dimsum!

Grilled Seafood Stall
Grilled Fish and Shrimp

This particular stall might be missed by most of the customers as it is located quite remotely from another stall, but I do recommend you to visit this as their grilled prawn tasted so good! Aside the picture of cuisine selection above, there's also a Pasta stall, Indian cuisine section, (their Indian curry was super good!) Western cuisine section and Indonesian cuisine section. 

Dessert
Fruits Stall

As for the dessert, there are selections of fruit, ice cream and sweets. As a sweet-tooth person, I personally loving this corner so much especially those white chocolate and dark chocolate fondue.(picture below) Oh, and I super love their gelato especially the strawberry one because they use real strawberry and you can find the strawberry chunk inside the gelato. It tasted a little bit sour with refreshing flavor!

Fondue
Gelato

Overall, I had a wonderful "Seafood Party" at Satoo, their food tasted amazing as expected, the place was great and the service was great. Everything was perfect and if you are a seafood lover, I bet you will really love this place, so give it a try! Last but not least, thanks for having me and I wish best of luck for Satoo!

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Jia (Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta)

by 10:49:00 AM



Jia is a contemporary Chinese dining and one of the newest restaurant by Shangri-La Hotel. You might notice that there is one restaurant that went missing with the addition of Jia. (yes it's Shang Palace) They decided to create a brand new restaurant with varieties of new menu and cozy yet youthful interior that's suitable for every age.






The interior was pretty much indicates Chinese restaurant with red-colored decoration (because it's still in Chinese New Year vibe!) and round table. The light inside the restaurant was pretty dim with wooden interior dominating the restaurant. Despite being a newcomer in the industry, I could see that they managed to attract many people as it was fully booked during my visit (wow!)

Without further ado, let's get started with their food!

Signature Peking Duck (Whole - IDR 398k or Half - IDR 218k)
Signature Peking Duck

Signature Peking Duck is one of their specialty and please keep in mind that pre-order is required for this menu because it took around 45 minutes to serve this food. The duck skin was perfectly crispy and nicely flavored without nutty smell. Oh, and you can choose the second way to eat the remaining duck meat and I chose myself the "Wrapped in Lettuce" one and it tasted super good!

Crispy Fried Beef in Honey Sauce (IDR 58k)
Crispy Fried Beef in Honey Sauce

One of the best appetizer(s) that you really have to order! The crispy fried beef tasted like beef jerky with perfect crispness and the sweet honey sauce just made everything better!

Crispy Fried Beef in Honey Sauce

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings topped with Bird's Nest and Tobiko (IDR 98k)
Steamed Shrimp Dumplings topped with Bird's Nest and Tobiko

One of their premium dimsum selection with the so-called bird's nest that will definitely do a good thing for your health. It tasted pretty delicious and I'm loving the green-colored dumpling skin!

Dimsum

Steamed Custard Buns with Salted Egg Yolk (IDR 32k)
Steamed Custard Bun with Salted Egg Yolk

I just love how they make those cute eyes for the dimsum (lol!). It's basically a bun filled with gooey and heavenly delicious salted egg yolk paste, it's definitely one of the must-have menu for those who love salted egg.

Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling (IDR 32k)
Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling

Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling or also known as Xiao Long Bao is dimsum with soup inside the dumpling skin. You have to bite the corner of it and slurp the soup before you eat the whole dimsum to enjoy it at its best!

Steamed Soup Pork Dumpling

Crispy Roasted Pork (IDR 98k)
Crispy Roasted Pork

Crispy Roasted Pork is definitely a sinful treats that everyone loves. Their version was served in a pretty plating and I love the crispness of the skin.(imagine if you're eating it and it sounds like "crkk" when you bite it, lovely!)

Crispy Roasted Pork

Si Chuan Dandan La Mian Noodle Soup with Pork (IDR 68k)
Si Chuan Dandan Noodle Soup with Pork

One of their selection of noodle soup(s) that consists of minced pork with spicy soup. It tasted pretty delicious although I didn't find the soup to be spicy at all which might be good for those who can't handle spicy food!

Deep Fried Swan with Almond Sauce (IDR 32k)
Deep Fried Swan with Almond Sauce

You just can't deny that presentation is one of the most important aspects in food these days. I mean, just look at those cute swan on the plate! The pastry was filled with generous amount of almond sauce which has perfect level of sweetness!

Dimsum

Overall, I had a wonderful lunch at Jia, the food tasted delicious, the service was amazing and the place is great. I have to say that I'm quite shocked when I saw that the price of their food was so affordable despite it's being a hotel restaurant. I could see that they will become very crowded in the near future so you'd better make reservation before you go there. Last but not least, best of luck for Jia and thanks for having me!

Jia 
Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Lantai 1, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Sudirman, Jakarta
(021) 29229999

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 11.30 - 14.30; 18.00 - 22.30

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Ming by Tunglok (Senayan City, Jakarta)

by 7:17:00 PM


Ming by Tunglok (or formerly known as Little Ming or Ming Dining) is a Chinese restaurant by Tunglok group (the same group that manages Dancing Crab) which is located at Senayan City. Apparently, they decided to change their name again to highlight their specialty as Chinese restaurant that's perfect to dine in with family, especially as the "Chinese New Year" is getting closer.

Interior
Interior
Interior
Red Pocket
Yu Shang

Interior-wise, the restaurant was simple yet cozy and I could see that the lighting gets better compared to their previous design. There are several VIP rooms for those who would like to experience private dining here. 

Let's get started with their food!

Yu Shang (IDR 388k (S) / IDR 488k (L))
Yu Shang

Yu Shang is an old Chinese traditions which symbolizing abundance, prosperity and vigor. It consists of various cold ingredients such as turnip, carrot, sesame seeds, parsley, jellyfish, ginger, etc. It was meant to be served cold as an appetizer. The interesting part is when the process of adding ingredients and mixing the ingredients begin, as new year wishes was also being told during these part.

Adding Salmon
Adding Gold Cracker

And here's the fun part, mixing all the ingredients and be prepared to have messy table!
Mixing Ingredients

Prawn Steak with Black Pepper Mayonnaise Sauce
Prawn Steak with Black Pepper Mayonnaise Sauce

Forget about the traditional plating for fried shrimp dumpling that you've seen before, because they definitely brought the prawn steak to the next level with pretty plating. The prawn steak might be small, but trust me, it was fully filled with plump and delicious prawn meat, not to mention the super good black pepper mayonnaise sauce!

Stir-Fried Pork with Zhen Jiang Style
Stir Fried Pork with Zhen Jiang Style

The Stir Fried Pork was marinated with traditional spices and black vinegar and it tasted heavenly delicious. The pork meat was super tender with right amount of fat and I love how the seasoning was pretty bold yet not too overwhelming. Seriously, you have to try this one if you happen to pay a visit here, because it's definitely worth it!

Black Pepper Beef
Black Pepper Beef

Their Black Pepper Beef tasted pretty delicious with a strong hint of black pepper flavor. It tasted pretty decent and plus point for the tenderness of the beef.

Noodle Soup with Smoked Duck Meat
Noodle Soup with Smoked Duck Meat

The Noodle Soup with Smoked Duck Meat tasted unexpectedly delicious despite it simple yet humble presentation. The broth was thick and rich although I found the smoked duck was a little bit tough.

Overall, I had a great early Chinese New Year lunch at Ming by Tunglok, the food tasted delicious, the service was great and the place is nice. It's great to see that they manage to keep the consistency of their food and I could see myself coming back to this restaurant in the future. Best of luck and thanks for having me, Ming by Tunglok!

Ming by Tunglok
Senayan City, Lantai 3, Jl. Asia Afrika, Senayan, Jakarta
(021) 72781627

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 10.00 - 22.00

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