Who would not have known of BMC if you live in Bandung. It’s a very classical place, even elders recognize it better than us. Since of course, it’s owned by the government then we can always assume that they don’t really care about it anymore after one point. For example, after the renovation finished (after many decades of ignorance) or other jokes they made. Ah enough politics, let us instead enjoy the milk products BMC has to offer.
Established in 1928 and famous during the colonial days back then, BMC specialty was indeed in milk and yogurt. They also offer local cuisine, a bit of Western and snacks. It’s been awhile since I last visited the place and I had enjoyed the milk and the yogurt of course. But this time, I’d like to taste the kefir. What is kefir anyway? We already knew that yogurt is a fermented milk, and kefir is next cycle of it, meaning that it’s a fermented yogurt. Recommended mostly for diabetic people or people in health treatment but it’s still healthy anyway of course.
So then I picked Mocha Kefir and proven not to be that sour. Perhaps the plain one would be quite ‘devastating’ for weak stomach but of course you can pick the strawberry version of it too. Cost for only IDR 10,000. For friendlier picks, there’s always milk, yogurt, and ice cream with all their assortments and ‘accessory’. Have a try!
Location : Jl. Aceh (nearby Masjid Al-Ukhuwwah and Sawios), Bandung
Kopitiam Oey is a business venture owned by a famous culinary TV personality, ‘Om’ Bondan Winarno. With all his extensive knowledge and experience regarding food, he utilized it all to create this kopitiam business venture. Kopitiam itself defined like the usual coffee shop and Mr. Oey himself designed it truly like Chinese style. Oh by the way, if you don’t know about it, ‘Oey’ is actually pronounced ‘Wi’ that stands for the first syllable for the surname of the guru. So what I meant as Mr. Oey at the beginning that means it’s for Mr. Winarno.
At first, I didn’t notice that this belongs actually to him but you can see pictures of him all over the place. I knew it later from the internet. As for the interior, it’s Chinese old school with old style wooden seats and tables so that means no cushion at all. Pictures can be seen everywhere on the walls, old advertisements, newspaper/magazine articles, the menu in big pictures, and you can laugh at the funny ones. The place was not that big so you can see the kitchen right away further back. Overall, the place possess a warm and cozy atmosphere, be it in the afternoon or night.
The menu itself was extensive, Mr. Oey seems to be utilizing his knowledge fully and recreating famous dishes from specific areas all around Indonesia. FYI, the drinks are for all day but the dishes are differentiated for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Starting from the drinks you can find many kinds of coffee such as the originally brewed coffee up to Vietnamese coffee drinking style and not to forget, the best thing from this place, it’s the Wiener Melange (IDR 15,000). Wiener Melange is actually a coffee topped with vanilla ice cream. You gonna need a good ice cream for this and once it all got mixed up, it’ll become a great coffee!
You can find also tea in all its forms. You can have the original Javanese pot tea, Moroccan mint tea, and of course the star of the show, Teh Taloe(IDR 12,000). I forgot whether they have the coffee version of this too, but anyway it’s a mixture of tea with milk and raw egg(s). The taste was quite okay, it’s almost like Teh Tarik but you can feel the egg aftertaste which I doubt most people can stand it. It’s not particularly hard to find this drink as you can find it almost anywhere in a Padangnese restaurants. As for the rest, I think you should try Es Cincau Cikini made with milk and ginger and best served for hot afternoon and for only IDR 10,000! So as you can see, the price range for the drinks were quite okay and you can even find drinks below IDR 10,000.
Now here comes the food. I’ve been there until this day around 4 times and for the first time I only tried the Spring Roll for the snack and it wasn’t that good. The second time, we were only having the coffee. Then the third time was when I tried Mie Kepiting Pontianak(IDR 23,000) and it was quite okay, I took a sip for the Nasi Goreng (IDR 23,000) and it’s just okay but certainly has its distinctive taste. Then the last time I visited the joint was at the lunch time, we immediately picked the most inviting among the few available lunch dishes.
I picked Lontong Cap Gomeh (IDR 26,000) and my partner picked Nasi Rames (IDR 26,000). I need to confirm again later for the prices. The portion for the dishes were just fine for me (perhaps Mr. Oey already took careful measure for this). So it was okay for me and certainly too many for my partner. Haha..However, at the first taste for the Lontong Cap Gomeh, the broth was cold so I immediately asked for a warmer one. I was a bit disappointed because of that but lucky for them that the taste was just great. I had a clean slate for that. As for the Nasi Rames, it was good too and I was indeed satisfied. Closed by Wiener Melange, that made the whole lunch very worthwhile!
Indeed, I have to agree to what Mr. Oey said about his place, ‘Koffie Mantep, Harganja Djoejoer’. Though Kopitiam Oey still need for improvements but for this I trust on Mr. Oey high capability and even so, this place still attain one of the most recommended place among such in my heart. Give it a try!
The Judgment (based on scale of 10 score plus the comments):
1. PRICE (9/10)
Koffie Mantep, Harganja Djoejoer!
2. INTERIOR (6/10)
A warm coffee shop with a Chinese Peranakan interior style. Though without cushioned seatings, you’ll enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of this place. Luckily it’s opened in the further side of the busy Jalan Sabang.
3. SERVICE (6/10)
4. TASTE (7/10)
If it’s about the culinary guru, Mr. Oey. You should not underestimate his measure for this one. Even so, the food still needs improvements however for the drinks, it’s an A-OK!
5. OVERALL (7/10)
Has the potentials indeed to become a famous place to dine.
Location : Jl. H. Agus Salim/Sabang no. 18, Jakarta Pusat.
It was the holy month of Ramadhan. Some of my colleagues, pursued by the spirit of devotion, routinely visit Masjid Al-Azhar for the Tarawih prayer, as for the rest of us including me were driven by the spirit of….. satisfying our growling stomaches! It’s 7 PM and we haven’t had any decent breakfasting menu so the idea about Nasi Kebuli seemed to be intriguing.
Just behind the Masjid, we found hawkers everywhere including the famous Roti Bakar Eddy, though I haven’t tried it myself. The stall that we’re looking for was Nasi Kebuli H. Ali. After we got seated, most of us ordered Nasi Kebuli Kambing and one of my colleagues had the one with chicken.
Just in case, if you’re not familiar with this dish, it’s actually a variant of the famous Biryani Rice. The essence of this cuisine was actually rice with many condiments and spice added with meat and pickles, but the combination of the ingredients and the name may vary between countries and in our case it’s become Nasi Kebuli. If it’s Middle Eastern or Indian/Pakistani, best to pick lamb/mutton as the meat.
For the moderate price of IDR 25,000 for lamb and IDR 20,000 for chicken, the taste was just ordinary. It’s not that spicy and fine for me though the humidity of Jakarta can be cruel even at night, so I got sweaty a bit but that’s okay like Chef Anthony Bourdain used to say while he’s eating, ‘I’m sweaty but I’m happy’. Anyhow, it’s a quite okay dinner and we all went away full but I was left unsatisfied.
Location : Jalan Raden Patah (nearby Roti Bakar Eddy and Al-Azhar University), Jakarta
Nowadays, we seem to be inflicted with some sort of disease, an infection, a plague, which most of us feel strangely comfortable in.
It’s the frozen yogurt addiction!!
Even I got myself caught in the strings of devilicious yogurt traps!
The frozen yogurt with assorted toppings were introduced convincingly by Sour Sally quite recently. Overwhelmingly successful, Sour Sally creates many rivals in this business. Notably, J.Co with its J.Cool yogurt for instance and other minor rivals.
But this one, Frozzio, was quite different. Instead of using a frozen yogurt machine, Frozzio serves their yogurt in ice cream containers. They serve 2 kinds of yogurt, Original and Signature. The difference was that the Signature yogurt was a bit sweeter than its counterpart and more expensive too, but both provide great, thick yogurt taste. Equip it with your favorite toppings and there you go, much better frozen yogurt than even Sour Sally’s. Frozzio itself was created just recently by Chef Felix, the owner of the prominent Wind Chime bistro in Bandung. A very idealistic person I’d must say, but everything he came out with was just great! I’ll tell you about his bistro next time.
The small size cup contains 5 small scoops of yogurt, if added with 2 toppings then the Original yogurt then it will cost you IDR 22,000 while the Signature yogurt will cost you IDR 28,000. Try it out at Istana Plaza Mall, Bandung and I guarantee that thou shalt not be disappointed. Yummy!!!
This place dates back from the colonial era as a famous cafe even until now, the waning days of it, for the ice cream. Though the number of the customer’s now severely dwindling, Braga Permai is still hanging on. Braga Street and its surrounding pose the real problem. The local government’s failure to create continuity of the developments to boost the business and preservation of the old district of Bandung after the silly cobblestone project for the road resulted in the ‘hidup segan mati tak mau’ condition for Braga old businesses and one of them of course is Braga Permai.
But let us discuss only about the ice cream here. Heavily taxed up until 20% though fortunately quite reasonably priced for the ice cream. The average price of each of the ice cream menu was around IDR 20,000. I instantly picked Sengasengana, a weird name for a great ice cream parfait. The impressive mixture between vanilla, chocolate, strawberry ice creams plus the whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and delicious thin chocolates that melt away created this awesome taste!
We also browsed through the pastries, marshmallows, and chocolates. The pastries were like the usual ones in bakery shops and the marshmallows, however eye-catching, failed to befriend themselves with the teeth. So my friend decided to buy a hundred grams of chocolates from every type available. Tagged for around IDR 35,000. Quite pricey and I forgot to try it by myself but I bet it was decent.
However uninviting Braga Street may be (cheers for the local government!), Braga Permai is still defending its dignity though I don’t know until when they’ll endure. But anyway, do come by anytime you want a good ice cream in Bandung.