When first D’Cost opened less than a decade ago, many people were amazed at how affordable they made seafood even if it was served in a restaurant. This has made them extremely popular and as a testament to that, you may always have to queue to eat at one of their branches, now found in most cities in Indonesia. Yes, they have grown so huge!
Probably it’s just a personal soft spot but I suppose everybody will agree when it comes to the prawns at D’Cost. Be it my favorite grilled variety served with sweet soy sauce, the salted egg prawns or the fusion kind that involves mayonnaise and Indonesians’ favorite with saos Padang (Padangnese-style spicy sauce). The price gap of D’Cost compared with hawker stalls is very small, making it a reasonable option, plus the portions are also bountifully fulfilling.
Other crustaceans on the menu include bamboo crabs and the sought after soft shell crabs. You might not find lobsters or crawfishes, but certainly you will satiate your crustacean cravings. Be sure also to utilize D’Cost’s crazy promotions for your benefit, from their pay-as-you-like promotion to wedding promotion where you will only need to pay when the wife’s get pregnant! Fun and affordable!
D’COST Halal-certified Unsuitable for vegetarians
Cities across Java, Sumatra, Bali, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi
You know, it’s quite rare for me to actually like Western animated feature films. Most of them, especially from the USA, are all about fantasy and stuffed animals brought to life. In exception to the one and only case called Ratatouille, this one from France finely added itself into the rarity list.
Ernest and Celestine is not solely dedicated food like Ratatouille or Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, for example. It’s about a friendship between two different races that consider each other as enemy. That’s something that you will have to discover further in this lighthearted and heartwarming film.
It’s as traditional as you can get from how they develop it, unlike the splurging done by Disney or Pixar for the CG or sophistication with everything, and also less driven by the modern-day hidden messages. Ernest and Celestine, well, I have to be honest that it has its own way on conveying the message on the importance to coexist peacefully but it is something that I can safely recommend for the kids to watch. Except for the fact that Ernest and Celestine live together for the whole winter. Yeah, just put it as bear and mice, not as us as humans.
So behind of those fuzzy feelings, laughters, all that chanson and French jazz music; here we have also an affair with French sweets. You will encounter marshmallows, chocolates, cotton candies, toffees, nougats, lollipops, and many others here and the affair they have with the sweet tooth Ernest. It’s just fun to see all those sweet things, described colorfully and as appetizing as you can get from cartoon.
It’s not much from my review here, but for certain, Ernest and Celestine should have been the winner of 2013 Oscar, if it were up to me. Not just about the fun, but of course, the food as well!
ERNEST & CELESTINE (Ernest et Célestine) (2012)
Drool Level: **** (gimme gimme!)
Director: Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
Producer: Didier Brunner, Henri Magalon, Vincent Tavier
Probably what I missed a lot during those sunny days scouring my hometown for its ever-enticing street foods was this one and only Bandung’s lontong kari sapi.
It is clearly nonexistent here in Jakarta, like lumpiah basah also,and differs itself from the usual lontong sayur or even Padangnese lontong cubadak.
Lontong kari sapi when found in street pushcarts may seem too simple and sometimes bland, so you gotta put more soy sauce or sambal into it.
But for the one in Kebon Karet, it’s perfection and gorgeousness on each bowl of it.
Savor through the fluffy rice cakes one by one, the juicy yet crisp slices of beef, the crunchiness of fried peanuts and emping, and the most delightful savory and sweet soup ever. A squeeze of leprous lime will do the trick and your lontong kari experience will never be the same again.
LONTONG KARI SAPI KEBON KARET Address:Jalan Otto Iskandardinata, Gang Kebon Karet no. 28C (in front of Hotel Guntur), Bandung – Indonesia
Please note that some of the events may serve alcohol or non-halal ingredients.
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MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL, JAKARTA
Jalan M.H. Thamrin, Jakarta- Indonesia
BOXES OF JOY
To share the joy of the annual Moon Festival, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta offers a selection of delicious homemade baked mooncakes in contemporary packaging.
Celebrating one of the biggest traditional Chinese celebrations that falls on 8 September, Executive Chinese Chef, Jeff Lee and his talented team at Xin Hwa have prepared homemade baked mooncake selections with beautifully crafted with the Mandarin Oriental trademark fan logo in four flavors – traditional Red Bean and White Lotus, contemporary Salted Egg Yolk with White Lotus and Macademia with Red Lotus.
This year, the chef is proud to introduce a brand new mooncake flavor, The Mini Egg Custard. In addition, Executive Chef Thierry Le Queau, has created a special chocolate-based mooncake available in the Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. The chocolate mooncakes are available in three flavors including caramel, passion fruit and pu-erh tea, priced at IDR118,000+ per piece.
Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta’s mooncakes are packaged in a contemporary elegant box of auspicious red and gold, with a touch of vibrant color inside – making it the perfect gift.
Mooncakes are available for purchase from the Cake Shop from 25 July to 10 September 2014 with prices ranging from IDR 418,000+ for the mini mooncakes (box of 6) to IDR 438,000+ for large mooncakes (box of four) or individual traditional mooncake for IDR 108,000+. For bulk purchase orders of a minimum of 100 boxes, customized gift boxes with personalized logos can be arranged.
For more information or reservations, please call Xin Hwa on
+62.21.2993.8888 or email email@example.com.
SWISS-BELHOTEL MANGGA BESAR, JAKARTA
Jl. Kartini Raya No. 57, Jakarta – Indonesia
Swiss-Café mempersembahkan menu istimewa, Nasi Tumpeng, ikon masakan Indonesia yang biasa disajikan saat perayaan peristiwa penting. Nasi berwarna kuning dilengkapi dengan bermacam lauk pauk lezat ini bisa dinikmati sepanjang bulan Agustus hanya dengan membayar Rp 80,000++.
Jangan ketinggalan juga untuk mencicipi mocktail dari campuran buah segar seperti Independence dan Shine of Freedom yang mengusung tema hari kemerdekaan dengan warna merah putihnya. Kedua pilihan minuman ini tersedia baik di Swiss-Café, Joe’s Grill dan Silver Lounge seharga Rp 38,000++ per gelas.
Nikmati juga menu istimewa lainnya seperti Organic Rice Clay Beef with Ginger Soy yang terbuat dari beras organik dan bahan-bahan segar pilihan. Olahan nasi dengan daging sapi dan saus jahe kedelai kami adalah pilihan sempurna untuk menuntaskan rasa lapar anda. Tersedia setiap hari di Swiss-Cafe dan juga layanan kamar seharga Rp 80,000++. Sementara di Joe’s Grill, anda bisa juga menikmati hidangan pasta linguine yang dipadukan dengan rasa ringan filet ikan cod dan manisnya lobster segar. Linguine with Cod Fillet & Creamy Lobster ini terhidang selama bulan Agustus dengan membayar Rp 180,000++.
Bagi anda yang membutuhkan kudapan cepat, mudah serta sehat, datanglah ke Silver Lounge di area lobi untuk menikmati sajian Delicioso Beef Fajita Burritos. Hidangan Beef Fajita Burrito yang terkenal kelezatannya akan dimasak langsung dari live cooking station dengan hanya membayar Rp 65,000++ saja.
Sambil bersantai di Silver Lounge, anda juga bisa mencoba Cake of the Month, Bensky Purptatonut Cake seharga Rp 207,000++ yang bisa dinikmati ditempat ataupun dibawa pulang untuk orang-orang terkasih. Jangan lewatkan potongan harga sebesar 50% untuk pembelian semua produk di Cake Shop mulai pukul 18.00 WIB sampai 21.00 WIB dengan syarat dan ketentuan yang berlaku.