What’s with 7 Eleven? It’s only a mini mart! Yeah, I know that. But this one is special. Just opened recently in Jakarta. I heard we got one here back then, but this one’s probably the whole different story. Located on the intersection of Mahakam St., this place getting a bit packed with teens who would hang out around that place in weekends. One of the attendants also said to me that they’ll open one in Kemang next, so I guess that the next one would be in Sabang St. That’s a businessman acumen. Haha..
What’s so special then? Unlike those smaller 7 Eleven marts I saw in Singapore, KL, or Bangkok, this one got everything inside! Mostly they only got the Slurpee and Big Gulp right? Here, they of course got those too, but they also installed the brewed coffee machine and a machine for teh tarik, cappuccino, and latte for any size! Add your favorite syrups for free! I had 4 shots of caramel for my hot cappuccino for excellent taste.
They also got counters for ready food like the hotdogs, fresh pizza, fried rice, Japanese croquettes, and others! For the hotdogs, you can add anything you like inside plus add the cheese from the machine for free!!! Now that’s what I call heaven!
They also provide seats so that you can sip your coffee or have your hotdogs peacefully. Plus the instant photo box machine and the copier for your other needs. Though what I didn’t like was that they put so much lamps on the ceilings so it gets too bright and definitely energy unfriendly. Well, don’t expect to get pampered a lot in a mini mart like that, but at least they really provide many interesting things for us to see for the first time in Jakarta. Enjoy your visit there! ^^
Yaay! The bargain foods are back! The last one was months ago. Wait… Wasn’t such remark usually came from someone who read the blog and left a note? Haha.. Even the writer’s getting excited about this. Today’s edition is about food bargains from Pi-Ma Mini Market! First of all, everybody must’ve known about Papaya Supermarket right? Famous for the imported goods that mostly came from Japan and the loyal patrons are of course Japanese. Pi-Ma is like the mini version of Papaya and of course came from the same owner but with different management. Anyway, it’s located in the basement level of Midplaza I Building on Sudirman St., Jakarta.
But among the goodies they sell, only some that I’m taking a huge interest in. It’s the food bargains! Unfortunately, the bargains start after 8 PM for 50% discount. Since I work in the same building and when I’m overwhelmed with late works, 8 PM wouldn’t be so bad though actually I was hoping that they’d move the time earlier which is a bit impossible since they actually managed to sell most of their bargain foods everyday. I expect that Papaya also applies food bargains though I’ve never been there at night.
The bargain foods consist of Sandwich, Donburi, and Onigiri. There are plenty types of onigiri such as salmon, shaved bonito, my favorite tuna mayo, and others. As for the donburi, you can pick the chicken katsu, ebi katsu, tempura, and pork. The onigiri goes down until IDR 4,500 each and the donburi around IDR 15,000after discount. They used to sell bento though, but it’s more expensive and people seem to prefer the smaller donburi. The taste was quite decent and they also provide microwave in case you wanna eat it right away. I recommend a fresh one though, but since Japanese foods are considered a bit of a luxury treat, then this one might come in handy for a substitute. ^^
Location : Midplaza Building I BF, Jakarta and KIIC, Karawang
One thing about this place that’s either distracting, despising, hindering, yet disgusting. It’s very dirty!!!!!!!!! Plus they got flies everywhere!! Jeez.. Good thing I only took away the food back home. The very thought of eating there makes my stomach turns upside down! So why the hell am I still buying the food there? It’s because that the place has become extremely popular due to the amount of daily patrons there. Distasteful patrons I must say. They’d rather eat with flies for a cheap price rather than finding a more decent place!
Okay, so this place offer the usual seafood with plenty of options for the sauce and the way they cook it. I picked Udang Saos Padang (Prawns fried with chili Padangnese style sauce) for IDR 35,000. Then a very big Kakap Goreng Tepung (Panfried snapper) for IDR 70,000. I always balance my meal with veggies, so I chose Sapo Tahu Komplit (Beancurd Sapo with Seafood and Veggies) for IDR 35,000.
I gotta admit that they do serve large portions for cheap price, but the taste was thoroughly bland! Surprisingly though, the prawns managed to save the humiliation. The rest was totally disappointing! The fish might be big and the sapo might seem delicious with all the stuffs, but it’s deceiving! I don’t recommend such place. Unless you wanna fill in the guts, play yourself with flies, plus saving your pocket instead of your health, so be it! I risked mine for writing this, but that’s my job. LOL
For the past few weeks, I traveled early on Saturday mornings to Bandung. Everybody knows that if they wanna go to Bandung, just go straight to this Blora Street, Jakarta. It’s where most of the travel shuttle providers reside. In one fine morning, since I had arrived earlier, I decided to have some breakfast first.
I stumbled upon two hawkers, Mie Ayam (Noodles topped with chickens and veggies) or a Bubur Ayam (Chicken congee) hawkers. Since the chicken congee hawker was cleaner and seemed nice, I decided to pick this one. One bowl only costs me IDR 6,000. To be honest, the taste was so-so. It’s like most porridges I found in Jakarta but a bit more decent and promising actually. The owner said that he’s still looking for the ultimate recipe for the best taste for the congee. Not bad for a 7-month-old business. He also added 2 types of crackers for the dish.
So what makes it special aside from the crackers? It is the horseradish! At first, I felt a bit strange when chewing this juicy crunchy thing, then I asked the owner and he said that he added horseradish into the porridge. Waw! A good innovation because it fits through right away with the congee. A rare combination I must say.
Still unfortunate though that he don’t provide eggs or other chicken parts for the porridge but I trust that his porridge will get better and better. He’s already had a good start and good future. I can assure that!
This place… this place…. this very place is very old school! If you see Warkop DKI movies in their glorious days with scenes having meals in a somewhat 80s kinda restaurant, then you gonna get that feeling. Formerly called Tan Goei for decades. Thanks to my friend’s recommendation who notably a Bandungnese (not a Jakartan? Jeez! How shameful that would be if you found out how this place can offer a delicious dish!) who found this place.
Well, if you see what its like, it seems that this place detach itself from the dining place list for this era or people nowadays. It’s conservative, filled with elders even for the waiters, smells like old building, and no signs of revival. Although they now provide free wi-fi! That’s a bit strange eh? Judging that people will most likely linger in a much more comfortable place but this place doesn’t actually provide that indulgence. But there’s one thing actually that would make you linger, the solo keyboard show just outside the indoor section! Hahaha.. You can also join the jam by showing off your ability in singing! And that’s the time for me to come inside and avoid it if you insist on singing like that.
Basically, the menu was all about Chinese food for family and Bestik (our style of defining ‘steaks’). I haven’t tried the Chinese foods but you can see that the utensils they use to serve really go way back to the 80s. While some people said that the place is legendary of its Bestik and in this case, the Bestik Lidah Sapi or Ox Tongue Steak (if you must do it in English), so then I picked it. Plus on my next visit, I even picked the other Bestik variants in chicken and a wiener schnitzel.
For this time, I’d only discuss the steak. There are basically five bestik there, Tenderloin (Bestik Haas), Chicken (Bestik Ayam), Ox Tongue (Bestik Lidah), King Prawns (Bestik Udang), and Wiener Schnitzel. I seem to forgot one more type but that’s okay. So in both occasions I managed to taste three of them. The Bestik Lidah (IDR 44,500), Bestik Ayam (IDR 36,500), and Wiener Schnitzel (IDR 44,500) in which all three of them are the recommended dishes in the Bestik section. With a very calm and exacting experience, the waiters were able to deliver us good service (perhaps it’s because the restaurant has become so vacant most of times, you can imagine how busy they were decades ago) to our satisfaction.
For the judgment in taste, all three of them are fantastic! The ox tongue and the chicken were accompanied with decent fries, cauliflower in mayo, stir fried beans, and sweet carrots. No need for extra salt and pepper. It’s already delicious! The best thing of the steaks was actually the sauce, the culinary heritage sauce from colonial times and according to the present owner, this goes back to the days of her elders. Waw! That’s classic and the sauce was indeed one of the best tasting gravy sauce you can get! It’s dominating, it’s magical, and no words could match the greatness of it! Once again, you ain’t gonna need chili sauce, tabasco, white pepper, black pepper if available, and even salt! The original taste was already… flawless and perfect! You should taste this indeed.
This long time heritage though has been forgotten. Even my friends who are notably Jakartans didn’t even know of its existence. Thanks to my Bandungnese friend who has informed me this. You wouldn’t even possibly recognize the place anymore unless you got in your family an elder who still reminisce of the days when the earth was still young about the beauty of this place or if you are somebody like me.
The Judgment (based on scale of 10 score plus the comments):
That is so adorable! Though if they can keep the steak price tags around IDR 30 thousands, that’ll be cooler.
2. INTERIOR (4/10)
It’s too old. They need to revive it back to their glorious days. I’m worry about their capability to defend themselves in the middle of the emergence of many well-funded competitors. Because what they have is the classic, flawless taste in their dishes. I heard that Hema (a famous Dutch resto) in Jakarta has taken over the management. Let’s hope that they’ll do something constructive.
3. SERVICE (6/10)
The elders seem to have done great service for us. I am content.
4. TASTE (9/10)
Magical!!! As you can read above.
5. OVERALL (6.5/10)
Location : Jalan Besuki no. 1A, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat.