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Anomali Coffee: Bringing Up Local Flavours (mise en place, Vol 13 – 2015)

The first decade of the 21st century saw Jakarta heading its way to become one of the coffee culture capitals of the world. This period saw a major expansion of Starbucks as the proponent of second wave coffee movement in Indonesia, as followed also by The Coffee Bean and Gloria Jean’s Coffees.

However, it was also the time when Indonesians realize that coffee is more than Starbucks. The decade showed us the emergence of local coffee shops with one noble aim, and that is to promote the rich variety of Indonesian coffee beans.

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In 2007, Anomali Coffee was born from the hands of the two co-owners, Mr Irvan Helmi and Mr Muhammad Abgari (Agam). Their first shop back then at Jalan Senopati operated as both a roaster as well as brew bar. Since the beginning, it has received a warm welcome from the crowd but from what we see today, it was clear that Anomali never settles in with only selling beverages. It took more than just that to run an enduring, successful business.

As Irvan tells us, they started everything from a scratch for Anomali and he remembers the time when he utilized whatever opportunity he got out of his unrelated full time occupation for the business. He admits that he was purely only bringing his curiosity, as based on the memories of his grandmother’s habit of brewing coffee for the family from ground beans bought from oldest known stores in Jakarta.

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However over the years, the two owners have made a monumental groundwork by working with the farmers directly to share them what the future market needs. What they have done regularly aside from that is also buying the beans in coffee auctions and promoting fair trade.

Realizing it or not, the result of their hard work is what we actually see today in Indonesia’s coffee scene. “Back then our best seller was blended iced drinks, but now people are crazy over the classic choices. Indonesia now have better quality beans”, says Irvan. This trend is also promoted by the rising of gourmet coffee shops around the globe, or what people would call as ‘third wave coffee movement’.

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In addition to that, people are now becoming discerned over specifics and this is something that Anomali has prepared all this time. “To actually say that we were able to predict this would be an exaggeration. We are simply evolving to become better every time”, explains Irvan modestly.

“To ensure the quality, we have established a professional barista school for our staffs and public. We have regular examinations for our baristas and our company has also established a grading system so that everyone can have a career here”, Irvan further adds.

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Today, the coffee shop competition became fiercer than ever. The appearance of the slick and stylish third wave coffee bars all over Jakarta does not worry Anomali Coffee at all. Whatever the hipster market dictates now, Anomali Coffee is ready. Its Indonesian coffee beans quality is at its peak, the baristas well-trained, and they are also up with the popular use of manual brewing techniques.

Lastly, more than that, the wholesale division of Anomali Coffee is now serving the needs of hundreds of companies around Indonesia and abroad. Anomali Coffee has also become the sole distributor of the famous Synesso espresso machines and Hario manual brewing gadgets.

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Being thankful at what Anomali Coffee has achieved so far, Irvan in modesty says, “This is all part of our learning process. We are simply evolving to become better and better.”



Jalan Senopati no. 9, Jakarta
Jalan Teuku Cik Ditiro no. 52, Jakarta
Setiabudi One, Jakarta
Jalan Kemang Raya no. 72G, Jakarta
Bali White House, Jalan Dewi Sri no. 23, Kuta – Bali
Jalan Raya Ubud no. 88, Ubud – Bali

Opening hours: Daily, 8am – 12am


PLAY: Pantry Magic (JAX, Oct 2015)

A kitchenware specialty store that starts your culinary conquest.

Who would have thought that ramekins were the cause behind one important element that defines Jakarta’s culinary scene of today?

That particular element, of course, is Pantry Magic. Since it was inaugurated in 2008, Pantry Magic has helped countless of home cooks and professional chefs on their quest for perfection.

So, why ramekins you might ask? Back then, ramekin was a rare commodity in Jakarta. Rianto Hidajat and Chindy Lie, the current proprietors of Pantry Magic Jakarta and Bali, were able to find what they’re looking for at this famous kitchenware shop’s Singaporean outlet.

Originating from Hong Kong, Pantry Magic features a concept that inspired both Rianto and Chindy. From the store’s beautiful appearance and up to the abundance of its kitchenware, the couple decided that Jakarta should have this share of happiness as well. Long story short, Kemang was chosen as the signature location for the shop, and a couple of years later, Pantry Magic opened its doors in Bali.

Pantry Magic has a very extensive product lines to meet your culinary needs.
Pantry Magic offers  an extensive line of products to meet your culinary needs.
The selections and quality of the products Pantry Magic carry has earned trust from celebrity chefs and trendsetting restaurants.
A display of high quality products that have earned trust from celebrity chefs.

The previous decade has seen the immense growth of interest in anything culinary, and Pantry Magic arrived among the emergence of celebrity chefs and trendsetting restaurants. While the expatriates dominate Pantry Magic’s market share since the day it opened its doors, there’s a rising trend that Indonesians are now beginning to spend more for their cooking needs.

In addition to Pantry Magic’s personal brand lineup of products, the shop is also working closely with the world’s premiere cookware producers such as for instance Kenwood for the toasters, KitchenAid for the mixers, the cookware from Cuisinart, and many more.

DēLonghi cappuccino maker.
DēLonghi Icona Vintage.
kMix Toaster by Kenwood.
Kenwood mixer.

Pantry Magic is designed to cater even the most specific needs. In addition from providing the common wares such as pans and pots or the grills and the knives, Pantry Magic also serves the niche market. From butcher’s knots, salad spinners, fondues, or raclettes; the store also provides molecular gastronomy ingredients and stoves.

A Pottery for your perfect stew.
Honey Dipper
Premium quality Chef’s Knife from Friedr Dick.
Typhoon vintage kitchen scale.

To further entice the market, Pantry Magic holds cooking demo events regularly up to several times in a month. Here, the customers can participate on specific courses designed to introduce the cuisines of the world as well as our regional delicacies, tutored directly by professional chefs and experienced people in the industry.

Currently, Pantry Magic is preparing to open its latest store in Grand Indonesia. Attached inside the Seibu Department Store, Pantry Magic is more than ready to serve the markets outside of South Jakarta.

Be sure to give it a visit soon.


Jalan Kemang Raya 14B, Jakarta
Ruko Lotus, Blok 6, Jalan Dewi Sri, Kuta – Bali


Opening hours: Daily, 9am – 6pm


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Halal Facts: The Jakarta Post Travel’s pick of halal food in Bali

Searching for a halal restaurant in Bali can be a tricky situation. Pork is common in Balinese cuisine — be it grilled or roasted meat, lard used for frying, or additions to salads.

However, halal food is not a rare commodity in Bali, as the island also welcomes a steady stream of Muslim tourists from neighboring cities, other Southeast Asian countries, and even the Middle East.

There are plenty of choices if you want to try something outside the halal-guaranteed popular fast food chains.

Here is a general overview of the halal culinary scene in southern Bali.


The busiest tourist scene in Bali includes halal food establishments in its range of available restaurants. The food courts in shopping complexes like Beachwalk and Discovery Mall consist of mostly halal-certified food outlets.

The available Balinese warung (food stalls), on the other hand, can be rather tricky.

Notable halal restaurants in the area include:
Queen’s of India on Jl. Kartika Plaza for Indian cuisine;
Bho Bho Thai on Jl. Dewi Sri for Thai food;
Madania Restaurant on Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai for Indonesian meals; Warung Bunana on Jl. Kerobokan for Malaysian and Indian food; Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika on Jl. Raya Kuta for spicy Indonesian food;
RM Taliwang Bersaudara on Jl. Raya Kuta for spicy Lombok chicken.


The provincial capital is one of the easiest areas to find halal food due to the abundance of local food chains and Javanese warung in the area. Most of the Indonesian franchised restaurants apply halal certificates as standard.

The halal culinary scene has grown steadily as Denpasar is home to around 40 percent of the total number of Muslims staying in Bali, according to the 2010 national census.

You can find halal restaurants lining the streets in the Renon area. During the fasting month of Ramadhan, these already-crowded streets are even more packed at sundown by Muslims who are looking to break the fast.

Notable halal restaurants in the area are:
Restoran Renon on Jl. Cok Agung Tresna;
Warung Bendega on Jl. Cok Agung Tresna;
Warung Be Pasih on Jl. Bedahulu;
Tan’s Kitchen on Jl. Teuku Umar;
Warung Mak Beng on Jl. Segara Ayu.


The area is famous for its seafood scene, with a long line of restaurants along the beach that open up right before sunset. We recommend these seafood restaurants for your fix of halal food.

The restaurants rarely claim to be halal, but their menus are strictly seafood-based, with vegetables as side dishes. Locals and Malaysian tourists can often be found eating here, so hopefully that can put your mind at ease on the halal issue.

You can choose any of the restaurants on the beach; there is no significant difference in terms of quality between one establishment and another. The area is divided into three sections: Muaya beach, which borders the Four Seasons resort; the Kedonganan area, which is also crowded at night; and Kelan, which is separated from the other two by a fish market.


“Most of the other restaurants that do not label themselves as organic or vegetarian are likely to serve pork — even Ubud’s famous duck restaurant.”



The culinary scene in Ubud is an interesting one when it comes to the halal issue. With healthy lifestyles becoming a trend in the area, plenty of organic and vegetarian restaurants have sprung up.

Theoretically, vegetarian menus have more chance of being halal, but it would still be better if you inquire about whether they used any pork-based products.

Most of the other restaurants that do not label themselves as organic or vegetarian are likely to serve pork — even Ubud’s famous duck restaurant.

One notable restaurant that has the halal label is Indian Delites on Jl. Campuhan. Other than that, your safest bet is the Padang food (Padang being a city in West Sumatra with a strong Muslim culture) that is available at several spots across Ubud, such as Warung Padang Putri Minang on Jl. Raya Ubud.


Written by: Raditya Margi


Cover Feature: Craving For Crustaceans – The Manhattan Fish Market (The Foodie Magazine, May 2014)


As a Singapore franchise, Manhattan Fish Market was launched in Jakarta a few years ago. Since their restaurant concept was all about serving the diversity of seafood and having the freshest catch of the day, their name is inspired by New York’s famed Fulton Fish Market.


Seafood has always been known to be colorful in presentation and they should always be. That’s why one should not dare to miss the seafood platters that have become the signature dishes at MFM.


With so many combinations of the platters, the flaming lobster set for us is the biggest treat, complete with fish fingers, garlic herb mussels, and fried calamari, it will definitely end the hunt for great seafood lovers. Another MFM delight is the Manhattan Flaming Prawns which made us fall in love instantly. The fancy dish is all about perfectly grilled tiger prawns and fries blanketed with a rich and special mayonnaise sauce, flamed with the torch, you can enjoy sweetness from the caramelization. Even before that, MFM will make you excited with the whole torching process. Surely you can imagine what happens to the dish after thoroughly served to you? Squeaky clean!


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Staycation: Aston Kuta Hotel & Residence – Kuta, Bali (Aston International)

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Awkwardly designed, half-hearted service, and left isolated. Those were perhaps my impressions from Aston Kuta. If it wasn’t because that I had to choose the place, then I’d be happy to pick somewhere better.

As a part of my trip, I had been designated to stay at this particular Aston that’s located way far in the southern part of Kuta. Though it boasts its proximity with airport but somehow what I had originally wanted would be a place nearby public attractions or restaurants. Besides, Bali’s traffic nowadays has grown infamously jammed so wherever I stay then I would automatically allocate a safe margin of time just to reach the airport or just simply booked a convenient time. A close proximity would be a small bonus in Bali.

We arrived after a ‘long’ trip that cost us around IDR 60,000 – IDR 70,000 taxi fare from Seminyak. The hotel’s facade was indeed awkward as the lobby appeared sideways because perhaps they didn’t manage to acquire the whole land in front of the establishment as some buildings still exist there and hinder the true view of the hotel from the street. Only if they properly secured the land then most definitely, Aston Kuta would look better.

The lobby was very open and windy owing to the awkward nature of the design. We did a direct check-in since the tour organizer was careless enough not to book online first so we had to chip in first before getting ourselves a fat reimbursements. Before heading here, I had noticed that the rate for a Superior room was around IDR 700,000 through the internet but since I did a direct check-in (considering the administration break for the tour organizer) the price for the room skyrocketed to around IDR 1,400,000!

Knowing that it’ll be reimbursed then we had no objection and head straight to the room immediately. It was a long walk through the business center first on the 3rd floor of the hotel just to get ourselves to the room corridor. All we found there was a dark alley and another long walk to our room. A door was installed to separate the rooms with outside corridor and barricaded by a magnetic card lock, but that time it appeared that it was no longer used. Therefore, the room corridor was exposed to public.

Our room was neat and clean but tastelessly designed. Apart from too many cabinets, too many empty spaces, and no carpets nor wooden flooring to make it feel warmer, the room doesn’t have any complimentary internet access (unlike Aston Braga, Bandung) and proper hot water. We later complained about this but all they can say was, ‘Give it a try for awhile and the water will be hot soon’. Hell no, it didn’t get any farther than that after an hour. After all the fatigue, we were forced to take a shower with lukewarm water and what a waste of a good bath tub!

Next morning when we thought that they have finally figured it out, the water was still not getting any hotter. It’s just a waste of breath to complain again as they can actually honestly told us last night that they’re having difficulty to solve that matter so soon. On other occasion, we also requested a proper laundry bag and instead they sent a shopping bag, saying that if we don’t intend to launder here then they cannot give us a laundry bag. What an insult to us as the patrons who notably want to receive good service after the hefty price that we had paid!

Later that night, we also went out to seek good attractions outside and realized that the hotel’s a bit far from the entertainment constellation. So renting a car or motorcycle is a must unless you have a guide to help you travel. Otherwise you’ll have to use taxi and doing it every time may prove costly and unnecessary. The nearest attraction would be the Discovery Mall and would require quite a walk just to get you there. Bicycles are for rent there but who would do that late at night?

So, why not just dine at the hotel? I was a bit skeptical with the dishes especially during our breakfast. After all the price we paid, we could have better options for our breakfast but instead for the cheese platters only, they only served cheddar cheese and a limited choice of cold cuts. That’s an easy benchmarking right?

While the hotel seemed quite famous with Japanese travelers, but it’s definitely my last visit there. Not only that the service was shabby, but overall the hotel was a total boredom for me. I’d be sure to recommend somewhere else more exciting, affordable, and honest.



Jl. Wana Segara no. 2-5, Kuta – Bali, Indonesia