Kamakura (Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta)

by 1:23:00 PM

Kamakura is a Japanese cafe and restaurant which was located right beside Fat Straw at Pantai Indah Kapuk area. Kamakura is definitely not a new player in F&B scene in Jakarta, but apparently they just launched new menu with huge selection of Japanese main course and dessert. Their specialty food are Japanese-style pasta with a modern twist and Japanese-style soft and fluffy pancake.








The restaurant itself is pretty eye-catching with unique exterior and the interior was beautiful with wooden and blue color dominating the whole scene. The restaurant itself is not really big, but it was nicely spacious and I reckon they could accommodate up to 40 people. It's not really crowded during my visit and I could really feel the Japanese-vibe inside the restaurant.

Let's get started with their food!

Seafood Style Mentaiko Pasta (IDR 108k)
Seafood Style Mentaiko Pasta

Seafood Style Mentaiko Pasta consists of al dente spaghetti topped with salmon roe, prawn, mussels, squid and seaweed. I tried the clear version of their mentaiko pasta, but you can opt for the creamy one with the same price. It tasted unexpectedly delicious with generous amount of seafood and I could really tell the freshness of their ingredients.

Seafood Style Mentaiko Pasta
Seafood Style Mentaiko Pasta

Aburi Salmon Don
Aburi Salmon Don

Aburi Salmon Don is basically a rice topped with slices of baked salmon, salmon roe, scallions and shredded nori. It tasted pretty delicious even for non-seafood lover like me, the salmon flavor was mild yet not overwhelming.

Aburi Salmon Don
Aburi Salmon Don

Spicy Salmon Roll
Spicy Salmon Roll

Spicy Salmon Roll ought to be my favorite dishes of all as I really love the slightly spicy sauce that drenched the sushi. There's a salmon on the top of the sushi and I could spot crab stick as the filling of the sushi. Oh and can you see those toothpaste-like wasabi packaging? It's so cute!

Kamakura Style Matcha Pancake (IDR 53k)
Kamakura Style Matcha Pancake

Kamakura Style Matcha Pancake is one of their specialty dishes and it definitely live up to my expectation. The fluffy matcha pancake was topped with azuki, sweet potato paste and vanilla ice cream. It had a perfect texture and I love the idea to put the sweet potato paste as the topping. Keep in mind that this dish might take up to 20 minutes before it can be served.

Kamakura Style Matcha Pancake

Matcha Ice Cube (IDR 38k) / Thai Tea Ice Cube (IDR 38k)
Matcha Ice Cube

(looking for an instagram material? lol!)

These Matcha Ice Cube and Thai Tea Ice Cube was definitely an instagram material as it was prettily shaped and served along with fresh milk. Watching the ice cube melts as you pour the milk is definitely a fun thing to do! Oh and you can adjust the sweetness level by yourself as they serve the syrup separately, I prefer mine to be less sweet though.

Thai Tea Ice Cube

Overall, I had a great lunch at Kamakura, the food tasted pretty authentic and delicious, the service was nice and the place was great. It's great to see that they keep innovating because you know, people these days tend to be bored easily and you have to come up with new idea to attract those people. I hope they maintain the consistency of their food and best of luck, Kamakura!

Kamakura
Ruko Garden House, Blok A No. 10, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
0815 8354707

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 11.00 - 22.00

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Rasa Restaurant (AYANA Midplaza, Jakarta)

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Rasa Restaurant is one of the hotel buffet restaurant(s) located at AYANA Jakarta (formerly known as InterContinental Jakarta). During the holy month of Ramadan, from 27 May – 25 June 2017, Rasa Restaurant invites guests to break their fast with a colorful feast inspired by traditional family recipes. There will be several special menu to accompany your breakfasting moment during the upcoming Ramadan.





The restaurant itself is quite big with dim lighting that gives off elegant yet homey vibe. The special Ramadan buffet will features delightful sweets such as umali, es teler, fresh fruit soup and many intriguing dessert aside the diverse main course selection. There are Indonesian, Western, Indian, Japanese and Chinese cuisine available. It is priced at IDR 388k per person during period of 27 May – 3 June 2017 and 18 June – 25 June 2017. During 4 June – 17 June 2017 your Ramadan dining pleasure is priced at IDR 450k per person.

Let's get started with their food!
Fresh Seafood

Seafood lovers will be spoiled by many selections of fresh seafood such as crayfish, mussels, crabs and clams. Oh, and if you love sashimi and fresh salmon, it's available here as well. I'm not a big fan of seafood as you might already know, but strangely, I could eat the sashimi without any problems!

Fresh Salmon

The noodle corner was pretty good as you can customize your own noodle dish by selecting the type of the noodles, toppings and condiments. I had mine with prawn, spring roll, crackers, perkedel and a little bit of veggies. It tasted pretty decent and I love their perkedel which tasted flavorful and nice. Oh and did you noice the signature "mangkok ayam" that brings up memories? (so nostalgic!)

Noodle
Bread Corner

For bread lovers, you can try many selection of bread available including variants of cheese and butter. If you love Indonesian food, you might want to try these gado-gado which is basically veggies, fried tofu, fried tempeh mixed with sweet peanut sauce. 

Gado Gado
Dessert Corner

For sweet tooth, you won't want to miss these pretty dessert corner and I have to say that they had super intriguing and unique dessert. Just look at those coconut-shaped and bamboo-shaped things!

Coconut Mango Pudding

The coconut-shaped dessert was actually a mango pudding, it tasted pretty delicious with a hint of mango flavor topped with jelly. Oh and you can eat those coconut-shaped chocolate as well if you want to.




I couldn't remember the name of the dessert which looks like a bird nest with egg yolk in the middle. But it tasted super amazing and I love how their dessert was not overly sweet, but still manage to satisfy my taste bud!



Overall, I had a good dinner at Rasa Restaurant, the food tasted pretty delicious, the service was nice and the place is great. I guess I have to highlight this one again, but I personally would like to give kudos for the pastry chef as their dessert creation was super unique and tasted super delicious as well. You know that it's not easy to create those unique idea and maintain the consistency, right?

Last but not least, thanks for having me and I wish best of luck for Rasa Restaurant!

Rasa Restaurant
AYANA Midplaza JAKARTA, Jl. Jend. Sudirman 10-11, Sudirman, Jakarta 10220
(021) 2510888

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 5h 30m - 11h, 11h 30m - 15h, 18h - 23h

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Nocturnal (Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta)

by 11:02:00 AM

Nocturnal is coffee, bar and kitchen that server various fusion and international cuisine. It is strategically located across PIK Avenue mall and the exterior is pretty nice and definitely my style. (I love dark colored interior with decent lighting) As the name might suggest, the place perhaps would be better at night time, but I came on day time and it's pretty great as well!






The interior looks pretty nice with dark colored decoration, dim lighting and decent  natural lighting filling the restaurant. Apparently, the best lighting in the restaurant is in the smoking area which was a shame, but thankfully there was no one smoking during my visit. (phew!) 

Let's get started with their food, shall we?

Chicken Sambal Matah (IDR 70k)
Chicken Sambal Matah
Chicken Sambal Matah consists of rice served with shredded chicken, sunny side up, green beans, and Balinese sambal matah. I have to admit that this one was beyond my expectation, I didn't expect that they could serve super delicious sambal matah and it can even be compared with the one that I had at Bali. I love how they make the rice super fragrant with a hint of pandan smell.

Chicken Sambal Matah
Chicken Sambal Matah

Nocturnal Sampler (IDR 120k)
Nocturnal Sampler

Nocturnal Samples consists of aioli salad, spam & fries, potato & cassava, and barbecued chicken wings. One of the best selection of appetizer to be shared among 3-4 people as you can try most of appetizer available in the restaurant. It was served along with three kinds of sauce which was barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce and sesame sauce. I personally love the fried cassava as it had unique flavor.

Nocturnal Sampler
Nocturnal Sampler

Overall, I had a great meal at Nocturnal, the food tasted pretty delicious, the service was good and the place is super nice. It's great to see that there are still good cafe with good local food around. I wish best of luck for Nocturnal and thanks for having me!

Nocturnal
Ruko Crown Golf, Blok B 57-58, Bukit Golf Mediterania, Jl. Marina Indah Raya, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
(021) 50116433

Opening Hours:
Sun - Thu : 08.00 - 23.00
Fri - Sat : 08.00 - 01.00

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Ramadan Iftar at La Moda (Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta)

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La Moda is a a modern brasserie prominently located on the ground floor of Plaza Indonesia’s atrium and apparently they will launch a new Ramadan Iftar set menu real soon to complete your breakfasting moment. The Ramada Iftar set menu will includes sweet appetizer buffet, (also known as Ta'jil), stir-fry gai lan with garlic sauce, Taliwang grilled chicken, snapper head curry, rice and drinks.

Kitchen
Buffet Selection

This scrumptious Iftar offerings will be available from 25 May to 23 June 2017 at IDR 388,000++ for two persons including free flow iced tea and signature lemongrass tea. Additional person will be charged at IDR 128,000++ and keep in mind that all prices are subject to 21% service charge and government tax.

Let's get started with their food!

Ta'jil Buffet

No doubt that everyone will loves the idea of buffet, especially those sweet ones. Oh, and did you know that people usually eat sweet thing first during breakfasting before moving on to the savory one?

Fritters

There were various fritters served on the buffet table and that means unlimited fritters! (how good is that?) There's a selection of corn fritters, fried tofu, fried tempeh and fried sweet potato. As a fried food lovers, I found all of the fritters tasted pretty delicious! 

Fritters
Baklava

On the sweet section, there's a signature middle-eastern pastry called Baklava, a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. It tasted super sweet and you might want to share one pieces among 2-3 people unless you can stand super sweet food by yourself.

Sweet Pastry

Let's get started with their main menu!

Grilled Taliwang Chicken
Grilled Taliwang Chicken

Grilled Taliwang Chicken is basically grilled chicken with Taliwang spices, it tasted a little bit spicy and had distinct appetizing aroma. Overall, this one tasted pretty delicious and the portion was real huge for 2 people! Maybe you can even share this for 3-4 people in my opinion.

Grilles Taliwang Chicken

Stir-Fry Gai Lan with Garlic Sauce
Stir-Fry Gai Lan with Garlic Sauce

Not a big fan of veggies as you might know already, but I did try this one and it tasted pretty mediocre and still delicious for non-veggies lovers like me!

Snapper Head Curry
Snapper Head Curry

Snapper Head Curry might be the star among those dishes and it tasted super delicious with mild curry flavor. I love as it didn't smells or taste fishy at all and everything was just perfectly blended inside the bowl. The curry itself was super addicting that makes you craving for more!

Snapper Head Curry

Overall, I had a great dinner at La Moda, I love the consistency of their food, the service was great and the place is nice. It's good to see that they keep innovating by creating new menu while maintaining the consistency of their food. Last but not least, thanks for having me and best of luck for La Moda!

La Moda
Plaza Indonesia, Lantai 1, Jl. MH. Thamrin, Thamrin, Jakarta
(021) 29924217

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 22.00

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