Category Archives: Tangerang

Quikskoop™: Ootoya Gohandokoro (Farrago Indonesia & Plaza Indonesia – Nov 1, 2013)

http://www.farragoindonesia.com/c/eatwell
http://www.farragoindonesia.com/read/1167/ootoya

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Masakan Jepang otentik adalah salah satu pilihan yang sebetulnya cukup berlimpah di Jakarta namun tidak selalu mudah untuk ditemukan. Para ekspat Jepang biasanya lebih tertarik untuk mencari masakan rumahan mereka di restoran-restoran yang terdapat di area perkantoran yang berisi banyak tenant perusahaan Jepang, area terkonsentrasi seperti Little Tokyo di Blok M, restoran di dekat apartemen mereka, serta ramen house asli asal Jepang yang mulai masuk ke ibukota.

Beruntung sejak beberapa tahun lalu, Ootoya sebagai restoran franchise dengan kualitas ketat asal Jepang dengan berani masuk untuk bersaing di dalam mall – sebuah medan pertarungan yang jarang diincar banyak restoran otentik Jepang lainnya. Ootoya di Plaza Indonesia tampil penuh cahaya dengan pemandangan menghadap Jalan MH Thamrin serta Kedutaan Besar Jepang. Rasanya sudah tidak sabar saya ingin menikmati berbagai paket makan siang ekonomis namun lezat yang selalu bisa ditemui di restoran Jepang.

Torikurozu
Torikurozu

Sebagai pendahuluan, saya menikmati semacam salad yang berisikan ayam goreng dan potongan sayuran yang kesemuanya dilumuri saus kurozu khas Ootoya. Menu Mini Torikurozu ini tampil memukau terlebih karena kualitas sayurannya yang prima serta rasa nikmat yang meliputi ayam dan sausnya yang asam manis dan kental ini. Betapa menggiurkan!

Hokke
Hokke
Saba
Saba

Ikan menjadi bintang utama santap siang saya saat itu dan beruntung saya berhasil mencicipi ikan hokke bakar yang stoknya selalu langka di Ootoya karena berbagai tantangan logistik dalam pengadaannya. Terlebih lagi, saya juga membandingkan kelezatan ikan ini dengan pilihan ikan khas Jepang lainnya yaitu ikan saba. Bila dibandingkan, ikan hokke berukuran lebih besar dan memiliki keseimbangan yang lebih bersahabat seperti rasa yang cukup gurih, kelembaban yang tepat, dan tekstur yang lembut. Namun ikan saba ternyata lebih saya sukai karena rasanya yang lebih gurih lagi secara alami namun memiliki sedikit bau khas ikan. Meskipun demikian di lain kesempatan, saya lebih tertarik menggali lagi kelezatan ikan hokke karena faktor eksotiknya serta keseimbangan yang dimilikinya.

Selain itu, ikan-ikan yang lezat ini juga didampingi oleh rumput laut jenis hijiki yang lezat dan diberi kacang-kacangan serta sederet rekan-rekannya seperti miso shiru dengan tahu tipis goreng kesukaan saya, acar lobak, dan tentunya racikan beras khas Ootoya yang ternyata sangat lezat! Alih-alih menikmati nasi putih yang lazim, saya ternyata lebih menikmati gokoku rice yang terdiri dari 5 jenis elemen seperti brown rice, barley, black sesame, white sesame, serta jagung. Semuanya berpadu pas dan menjadikan santap siang saya saat itu terasa sangat sehat dan seimbang secara gizi.

Maccha Parfait
Maccha Parfait

Parfait menjadi sang penutup santap siang saya. Es krim teh hijau menjadi andalannya dan dalam satu gelas sajian itu juga terdapat kacang merah, krim, serta mochi. Bayangkan begitu kayanya tekstur hanya dalam satu jenis dessert saja dan saya melahap semuanya hingga tuntas! Ini merupakan kunjungan pertama yang begitu mengesankan dan setelah pengalaman indah seperti ini, rasanya kedatangan berikutnya adalah suatu hal yang pasti saya lakukan segera!

Ootoya (PI) - Interior

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OOTOYA GOHANDOKORO

Halal-friendly

Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Ciputra World, Jakarta – Indonesia
Lippo Kemang Village, Jakarta – Indonesia
Pacific Place, Jakarta – Indonesia
Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta – Indonesia
Pondok Indah Mall, Jakarta – Indonesia
Puri Indah Mall, Jakarta – Indonesia
The Breeze – BSD City, Tangerang, Indonesia

Opening hours:
Everyday, mall opening hours

RSVP:
Ciputra World: +62.21.2988.9393
Lippo Kemang Village: +62.21.2905.6842
Pacific Place: +62.21.5797.3858
Plaza Indonesia: +62.21.3983.8252
Pondok Indah Mall: +62.21.7590.0673
Puri Indah Mall: +62.21.582.3212
The Breeze – BSD City: +62.21.5038.5566

Website: http://ootoya.com
Facebook: 
OotoyaIndonesia

Spend: IDR 100,000 – IDR 150,000 / person

Flavor Updates: Rendang Burger (Burger King Indonesia)

BK Indonesia - Rendang Burgers

Leading the fast food franchise industry with its strong forte in beef patties and buns, the pace Burger King has so far appears unstoppable and it has been amassing so many fans already! New outlets are popping up and new burger recipes are following as well. Of course, it’s not new to see the Indonesianized versions of American fast food recipes and this time, BK incorporates its burgers with proud Minangnese heritage recipe of rendang.

Burgers with either beef patty or crispy chicken are applied with the rendang sauce alongside the usual vegetables and juicy beef bacons. So it’s pretty much the good standard package you will receive from BK. After tasting both of the burgers, I came to a conclusion that the beef version is definitely the most suitable one with the rendang sauce. As for its chicken counterpart, I prefer to have the original Tendercrisp recipe much better as I think that crispy chicken doesn’t suit too well with this particular sauce. I simply like the chicken plain and simple.

As for the rendang sauce itself, it’s not exactly the same in terms of the distinctive flavor nor the texture that we usually recognize from rendang that came from Padangnese restaurants, but you will still get the idea anyway. For me personally, it’s something that I may want again to eat in the future as the rendang sauce works so well with double beef patties.

For this, I had my second just a few hours after I tasted the first one. Although it’s already cold but I still liked it and there’s no need to reheat it or even dip it in our usual chili sauce as it’s already packed up with heat and decent taste. Hopefully, BK will want to consider extending the beef rendang burger promotion or even sell it for our beloved Tuesday buy one get one promotion!

Limited time promotion only.

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BURGER KING (INDONESIA)

Halal certification under process (per Sept 2013)

Delivery only

BK outlets in Indonesia

  • North Jakarta: Mall Kelapa Gading 5, Emporium Pluit, Sunter, Mall of Indonesia, Pantai Indah Kapuk
  • Central Jakarta: Skyline (Sarinah), Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, Atrium Senen, Thamrin City, Citywalk Sudirman
  • East Jakarta: Cibubur Square, Rest Area Km. 10.5, Duren Sawit,
  • West Jakarta: Central Park, Hayam Wuruk, Citraland, Puri Indah
  • South Jakarta: Plaza Semanggi, Senayan City, Cilandak Town Square, Blok M Plaza, Tebet Green, Kota Kasablanka, Plaza Festival, Pasaraya Grande, Kuningan City, Bellagio, Setiabudi, Cilandak Mall, Lotte Shopping Ave
  • Bogor: Cibubur Transyogi, Botani Square
  • Bekasi: Rest Area Tol Jakarta – Cikampek Km 19, Mega Bekasi Hypermall
  • Tangerang: Super Mall Karawaci, Giant Bintaro Sektor VII, Tol Jakarta – Merak Km 13.5, Tol Jakarta – Tangerang KM 14
  • BSD Serpong: Giant Bumi Serpong Damai, Paramount Serpong
  • Bandung: Paris Van Java Mall
  • Bali: Discovery Shopping Mall, Benoa Square, Sunset Point, Kuta Beachwalk , Kuta Square, Airport Ngurah Rai

Delivery: +62.21.5000.25

Twitter : @BurgerKing_ID

Restaurant Review: Sunny Side Up

Egg Benedict

Bringing out the same old story with better quality is what we usually do, but taking it to the next level and inventing new things are what we all are yearning for. Sunny Side Up is apparently inventing a new trend of eating this particular ingredient without worries! After all the fuss about froyo, pancake, and other things, now the tide has turned in favor of this very basic ingredient. Eggs.

I thought it’s all about brekkie dishes a la Anglais like those we see in TV or your typical American diner with all the bacon, baked beans, tomatoes, potatoes, and you know what else. Probably it’s the design of the place that’s different since I rarely or even have not seen diners like those in America here with the 60s cushions, bar stools, and waitresses bringing out black coffee straight for you.

Sunny Side Up apart from the fact that it’s located far, far away in a different universe of Gading Serpong, is actually a pleasant place. Currently located just across the biggest mall there on an resident-office (ruko) complex and soon expanding itself right into the heart of the mall after only 5 months being in the business. When asked, the proprietor Ms. Vanessa answered that ‘We need to diversify as the market here in the ruko usually serves for office workers looking for lunch and mothers waiting for their kids in nearby school but in mall, everybody’s simply coming especially during weekend’.

I was actually already in awe with the egg concept but the owner even rises the stakes with bountiful menu of various techniques of Western dishes, Japanese dishes, and a halal certification. To make it safe and healthy, Sunny Side Up uses eggs from the special breed of Ayam Arab or to be exact, the descendants from Belgian Brakel chickens brought via a hajj pilgrim to be bred here. In the end, this breed produces egg in small size, notably because it’s a kampung type or known more as organic-bred chicken, and the egg itself is different from others.

Apart from the small size, the egg possess redder yolk owing from the high level of beta-carotene and also high in Omega 3. The owner even assured me not to worry about getting caught with abscess. So it’s pretty much the healthier kind of egg but the color of the yolk when applied to dishes is surely very inviting.

A very ‘eggy’ lineup of dishes

It was a very hot day at Gading Serpong and I thought a cold drink will do the trick. There’s the star of the beverages which is the eggnog but it’s best served hot. Thought I save it for another day and then came an idea to just try instead the white yolk juice, said to be the best choice there for protein supplement. Intriguing! And it’s the cappuccino flavor that I chose.

White Yolk Juice

It came with a huge glass and a handle describing a circling arm full of muscle! A bit curious about the use of egg whites there and it tasted good after all. I feel like I’m not being tricked by cheap coffee shops that sell cappuccino but tastes actually more like water infused with cappuccino flavoring.

Not this one here of course! I was a bit surprised when they say that they had used six egg whites for the drink and no wonder it was huge! There’s no sign of egg smell at all and it just tasted sweet and refreshing. A good choice!

Rambutan Quail Eggs

The menu itself is like a gold mine. Plenty to be chosen from appetizers such as the signature rambutan quail eggs, main dishes like eggs in forms of omelette, scrambled, baked, fried, boiled, salted, in soup, combined with rice, and finally the chef’s signature skills in Japanese dishes. Not just that, the fiesta continues with toast, sandwich, and sweets like pancakes, waffles, thus ended with special drinks that use eggs.

I could spend everyday to try new things here as the combinations seem unlimited and tempting. Not to forget that the price for every dishes appear very friendly.

Egg itself is actually one of my most favorite ingredients and I always remember why Simca, the co-writer of the famous French cookbook by Julia Child, used to say that one chapter should be dedicated only for eggs and eggs only!

A very ‘eggy’ lunch!

After a strange appetizer treat of rambutan quail eggs, wrapped with beef and haired with wonton skins shaped like sticks then fried, and also another one which was actually on the contrary wondrous. It was simply a thin bacon surrounded a runny egg with herbs. A great treat for appetizer and for that I continued to the main dish with full spirit!

Broccoli and Crab Sauce

And that would be the good but a different version of Egg Benedict. It’s pretty much the same in shape and order which is the egg, a patty, and a muffin. But the differences were the style of the egg and the sauce. While the original version uses Hollandaise sauce and poached egg but not here in Sunny Side Up. At least it’s still a bit runny and using a barbecue sauce which was too thick and still less sharper like the magical one made in The Butcher. The patty was however good  enough and they even added some salad and fries as the sides.

The other dish was the enigmatic broccoli with egg and crab sauce. It’s pretty promising judging from the looks but quite unfortunate that the sauce and the eggs didn’t mix well. As individuals, the sauce was superb but when mixed, it felt as if they negate each other and put the flavor to neutral position to the point of dissatisfaction. Perhaps it’s imperative to even overpower the crab sauce a bit just to make sure that it blends well with the eggs and the broccoli.

Quite admirable judging that they had daringly started a venture creating a new trend in consuming eggs and also put themselves in halal position which is actually quite rare especially related with a diner’s dishes. A remarkable feat and I’m pretty much hoping that they can open up more outlets soon closer to Jakarta.

Rise and shine, Sunny Side Up! The world’s bigger than just Serpong. Are you ready?

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SUNNY SIDE UP
Halal-certified

Address: Ruko Alexandrite Blok ALX3 no. 7, Serpong, Tangerang

RSVP: 021 – 542 206 13

Atmosphere: Cheerful and full of light though the AC may not be able to subdue the heat completely.

Ambiance: Conversational.

Service: Just fine.

Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm (daily)

Pricing: TBA

Twitter: @sunnysideup_gs