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Five Juiciest Steakhouses in Jakarta (Hang Out Jakarta, May 2012)

Steak! Who doesn’t love it? Steak adalah esensi paling murni dari kenikmatan menyantap daging. You can make any kind of dishes from meat but nothing can beat the simplicity of enjoying it as in steak! Make it medium-rare, medium-well or even well-done from any juicy parts of the cow, semuanya pasti masih asyik untuk disantap.

So without further due, note these joints and check ‘em all out!

1.       HOLYCOW STEAK

Easily one of the most famous steakhouses in Jakarta. Memulai usahanya dengan sederhana di Radio Dalam, namun berkat racikan steak-nya yang sedap dan popularitasnya kini Holycow kini telah memiliki cabang hingga di Singapura. Menu favoritnya tentu Buddy’s Combo yang tidak hanya lezat tapi juga affordable for your date. And the rest? All those ‘wagyulicious’ stuffs!

–          Jl. Bakti no. 15 // (021) 527 0673

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2.       MIRANDA (D/H TAN GOEI)

Miranda may not really be a steakhouse but it’s a ‘bestik’ legend in Jakarta. Restoran yang sudah berdekade-dekade bertahan ini tetap memertahankan suasana jadul yang kental dengan iringan organ solonya dan restoran berinterior gaya film-film yang biasa kita tonton dari dekade 1980an. Menunya berkisar antara bestik sapi, ayam, udang, hingga beef schnitzel yang menggunakan saus rahasia warisan turun-temurun yang khas dan gurih!

Jl. Besuki 1A // (021) 314 0829

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3.       Q SMOKEHOUSE

Cukup jarang untuk pemain lokal bermain di arena smoked meat and grills at the same time. Meskipun pemain lama, Q Smokehouse adalah your one-stop spot yang paling cocok untuk menikmati smoked and grilled beef brisket yang lembut, lumer, dan gurih dengan imbasan nikmat pedas dari cabe jalapeño. Jangan lupa juga untuk mencoba Mexican parade di Q Smokehouse dengan trio grills of beef, chicken and shrimps bersama sour cream, guacamole, dan salsa sebagai isian fajitas kamu. Holy smoky!

–          Setiabudi One, Unit I – 156, Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 62 // (021) 520 7078

–          Jl. Suryo no. 20 // (021) 723 5728

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4.       SINOU STEAK

We vouch for Sinou Steak in one of our past editions dan tidak ada alasan untuk mengecualikannya juga di sini. Affordable, juicy, and no fuss. Get your short ribs, rump steak or bolar blade steak done, pilih sidedishes yang seru, dan jangan lupa tambah Sinou sauce yang legendaris untuk steak kamu. Seperti apa rasanya? You gotta find it out by yourself.

Jl. Senopati Raya no. 35 // 021 – 521 3011

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5.       SUPER STEAK

Sebelum go public ke Living World keberadaan Super Steak benar-benar seperti mitos yang diceritakan mouth-to-mouth saja. Selain menggunakan daging Black Angus yang prima, Super Steak juga berinovasi dengan menciptakan saus-saus baru seperti butter & garlic, lemon herbs, beer, dan lain-lain. That does intriguing, right?

–          Jl. Dempo I no. 76 // 0817 639 6255

–          Living World, Alam Sutera Boulevard Kav. 21 (will soon move to Senayan City, TBA)

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-Featured in HANG OUT JAKARTA May 2012 edition-

Jakarta’s Coolest Hang Out Joints (Hang Out Jakarta, April 2012)

Looking for cool hang out spots? No worries, HOJ mengumpulkan beberapa tempat seru buat kamu nongkrong, makan, minum, have fun, more laughs, dan pulang dengan senyum tersungging di bibir.

Kali ini HOJ memperkenalkan tempat-tempat baru yang seru dan juga beberapa spot lama yang sebetulnya punya potensi tetapi banyak yang belum tahu or even forgotten. As for the latest trend, Jakarta juga belakangan mulai akrab dengan rooftop lounge atau tempat hang out yang bertemakan eco friendly.

So without further due, here are some fine spots, usual and unusual, that you should try no matter what!

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OTEL LOBBY

WHY:

Dark and stylish, Otel Lobby adalah fenomena baru yang sukses dengan hidangan fusion yang seru ala Chef Raj dan surprising drinks courtesy of master mixologist, Mr. Ben Browning. Eat and be merry dengan suasana resto seperti lobi hotel dengan lounge-nya yang memikat and enjoy chill out R&Bs played by the DJ.

WHERE:

Bakrie Tower – South Gate Entrance, Jl. Epicentrum Tengah // 021 – 2994 1324

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UNION BRASSERIE, BAR AND BAKERY

WHY:

Easily one of the hottest spots since last year di Jakarta, Union tidak hanya memenuhi kebutuhan dining experience kamu dengan menu-menu handal ala Chef Adhika Maxi, tetapi juga terdapat bakery dengan berbagai panganan kue modern lezat ala Chef Karen Carlotta and most of all the bar, a great place for drinks and hang outs overseeing fountains and vast courtyard. Feel the breeze!

WHERE:

Plaza Senayan, Jl. Asia-Afrika no. 8 // 021 – 5790 5861

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LUCY IN THE SKY

WHY:

Suasana hehijauan, udara terbuka and awesome skyscrapers view menjadi daya tarik tersendiri dari Lucy in the Sky yang menjadi simbol baru SCBD. Dengan sederetan menu makanan dan minuman yang kreatif serta cool ambiance-nya, Lucy in the Sky adalah tempat menikmati city lights dengan suasana baru yang asyik.

WHERE:

Fairgrounds (ex-Bengkel) SCBD Lot 14, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53 // 021 – 5152 308

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SHELTER

WHY:

You got a cool French bistrot downstairs to fill up your palate and head next upstairs for rooftop lounging experience. Dengan pemandangan ke seluruh kota dan suasana Kemang yang santai, Shelter is  a relaxing hang out spots also fueled with cool live music.

WHERE:

Kemang 89, Jl. Kemang no. 89 // 021 – 7179 4538

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FACEBAR

WHY:

Although it’s a covert lair great for chilling out and foreign atmosphere, Facebar sebetulnya bukan nama baru tapi justru lokasinya yang terbilang sentral ternyata masih terbilang misterius. Once inside it’s a different world, bar yang santai, dan dua restoran otentik lengkap dengan native chef of Thai and Indian cuisine.

WHERE:

Jl. Kusuma Atmaja no. 85 // 021 – 3192 5037

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TAPAS MOVIDA

WHY:

Tired of spending your hang out time just drinking with only the usual snacks? How about variety of Spanish tapas and a jug full of sangria? Tapas Movida sebagai salah satu restoran anyar dan terkenal dengan menu-menu khas Spanyol ini memang menyuguhkan sesuatu yang masih jarang di Jakarta.

WHERE:

Jl. Cipete Raya no. 66 // 021 – 751 0851

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CAFÉ ARIA

WHY:

Café Aria is easily a place to satisfy your palate dengang suguhan makanannya yang lezat tapi tapas bar yang buka di sore hari hingga malam menjadi pilihan asyik di tengah kota untuk menikmati bersama minuman-minuman kesukaan kamu. Check out this hip, new establishment right away!

WHERE:

Panin Bank Building, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1 // 021 – 739 5828

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-Featured in HANG OUT JAKARTA April 2012 edition- (unedited)

Jakarta’s Best New Openings in 2011 (Hang Out Jakarta, December 2011)

Jakarta is indeed never running short of cool, new places. Therefore, HOJ memilih 10 di antaranya dari sekian banyak pilihan keren untuk tempat nongkrong seru dengan keluarga atau teman-teman kamu. Have fun hanging out there!

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Monolog Coffee

Berduet dengan saudaranya De Luca di seberangnya yang berspesialisasi Italian, Monolog Coffee membuat trend ngopi menuju ranah yang lebih elegan, berkelas dan diiringi hidangan big breakfast and most of all, great pastries. It’s cool to hang out here for a cup of Jo!

Plaza Senayan CP 101B Palm Gate Entrance, Jl. Asia-Afrika no. 8, Jakarta // 021 – 575 2144 // http://monolog-coffee.com // @MonologCoffee // FB: Monolog-Coffee

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Liberica Coffee

Berbeda dengan Monolog, Liberica yang datang membawa produk kopi lokal dan siap bersaing dengan berbagai coffee shops lainnya yang berhaluan nasionalis. Not only that, Liberica juga turut serta menjual produk biji kopi lokal. The similar thing with the former? Good coffee and enticing desserts!

Pacific Place 4th Fl, Unit 4-40 & 41, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Jakarta // 021 – 5797 3375 // http://libericacoffee.com // @libericacoffee // FB: Liberica-Coffee

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Madeleine Bistro/Shelter

We have seen sprawling French cuisine establishments all over Jakarta tapi Madeleine Bistro datang menbawa masakan Perancis dengan cara santai, rustic, tapi juga affordable. How about a plate full of sinful Duck Confit over an orange salad or delicious lamb chops with perfect ratatouille? Afterwards, feels like hanging out a bit longer? Shelter is the answer upstairs.

Kemang 89, Jl. Kemang Raya no. 89, Jakarta // 021 – 7179 4538 // http://madeleinebistro.co.id // @madbistrojkt // @sheltersky // FB: Madeleine-Bistro

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Michelin Starlights at Lyon, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Jakarta

Lyon memang bukan tempat baru tapi proyek ambisius Mandarin Oriental Jakarta inilah yang anyar. Tahun ini Mandarin Oriental telah sukses mengundang dua chef ternama yaitu Chef Fabien Lefebvre dan Chef Jerome Laurent, yang telah restoran-restorannya telah memperoleh gelar prestisius Michelin Star, untuk memasak di Lyon dalam waktu singkat saja. As for you, anticipate 2012 for another extravagant dine out and a bit of classy hang out there.

Mandarin Oriental, Jl. MH Thamrin, Jakarta // 021 – 2993 8888 // http://mandarinoriental.com // @MO_JAKARTA

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Ocha & Bella

Secantik namanya, Ocha & Bella memang berpenampilan menarik juga. Dengan desain yang stylish dan bagian outdoor-nya yang keren, Ocha & Bella dengan mudah menarik perhatian banyak orang. Temanya adalah menggabungkan izakaya dan ristorante, hasilnya bisa jadi beragam namun yang terenak adalah minuman racikan yang terbuat dari ocha. Give it a try!

Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim no. 70, Jakarta // 021 – 3105 7770 // http://ochaandbella.com // @Ocha_and_Bella // FB: OchaandBellaJakarta

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Turkuaz

Turkuaz wakil terbaru dari ranah Asia Kecil dengan sang kapten Sezai Zorlu di Jakarta. Dengan pengalaman panjang sang  chef dan disertai pilihan makanan khas Turki yang berwarna, berbumbu, wangi, dan suasana restoran yang unik, Turkuaz adalah pilihan yang sulit diabaikan apalagi baklava sebagai penutup klasiknya. Luscious!

Jl. Gunawarman no. 32, Jakarta // 021 – 7279 5846

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Magnum Café

The place has seen long, queuing crowds and still crowded at times but it’s the ice cream that matters! Dengan sejumlah pilihan makanan yang menarik serta paduan dessert yang menggoda tentu tidak sulit untuk lebih berlama-lama lagi di sini.

Grand Indonesia West Mall Level 5, Jl. MH Thamrin No. 1 // http://mymagnum.co.id/index.php/page/cafe  // @mymagnumID // FB: magnumcafe

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The Butcher

While steakhouses tend to be rustic and good for brief dine in only, The Butcher tampil dengan serta tempat yang nyaman untuk makan santai dan dilengkapi kekayaan saus serta berbagai jenis steak. Not just the entrées tapi justru hidangan pembukanya yang lezat jugalah yang akan membawa senyum untuk semua!

Gandaria City Mall, South Main St. Lobby, Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Jakarta // http://culinaryconcepts.asia // 021 – 2900 8038 // @Th_Butcher // FB: TheButcherIndonesia

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The Goods Cafe

What’s better than one stop shopping slash hanging out at the same time? Jawabannya adalah The Goods Dept. dan The Goods Café. What a cool place! And drinks? Cobain saja Baileys Milkshake khas The Goods Café that will keep you glued there.

Plaza Indonesia L4 #14, Jl. MH Thamrin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta // 021 – 2992 3628 // http://thegoodsdept.com // @thegoodscafe // FB: The-Goods-Department

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The 3 House

Al fresco dining, cool place to hang out, live music, and most of all, great view? The 3 House adalah jawaban terbaru dari Kuningan Village. Selain itu dengan suasana serba hijau dan dipenuhi tetumbuhan, The 3 House adalah pilihan nyaman bersantai di antara concrete jungle of Jakarta.

Jl. Karbela Timur No. 1, Jakarta // 021 – 5290 3131 // http://kuninganvillage.com // @KunVill // FB: kuninganvillage

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-Featured in HANG OUT JAKARTA December 2011 edition (unedited)-

Martabak Hunting in Jakarta (Morning Calm – Korean Air, July 2011)

As featured in Morning Calm (Korean Air inflight magazine) on July 2011 edition (page 98) – unedited
http://morningcalm.koreanair.com/issues/201107/

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A feast for the eyes and a delectable treat for snack time, Martabak can simply be found anywhere within the vastness of Jakarta. Rian Farisa is there to explore the infinite possibilities.

The melting pot of cultures and culinary heritages, The Big Durian has become the home of endless creations for both local and international delicacies. You can find simply anything here, from the traditional native Betawis ketoprak – rice cakes with bean sprouts, vermicelli, tofu, and ground nut sauce –, to Padangnese nasi kapau – warm rice with Padangnese delights like beef rendang, ayam kalio, and dendeng balado –, or perhaps Sundanese, Javanese, Manadoan, then Balinese, Makassar, up Japanese, Chinese, Western and many more. 

For the famous and ubiquitous Martabak, I have taken these lengthy meditations, consultations and everything, just to pick the best from hundreds or even thousands of martabak vendors from all over the city.

There are two types. The sweet one, said to be made by Hokkien immigrants in the island of Bangka since decades ago and the savoury one, though with uncertain background, that was invented by a Indian immigrant in Java circa 1930s.

Well, there’s no relationship whatsoever between them but why do they use the same term? Nobody knows how it began but from easy guess, the vendors of each martabak probably agreed to help each other. Thus nowadays, most of the vendors can be found side by side.

The sweet martabak has undergone many creations and combinations especially for the toppings. Cooked over a customized circular pan using thin batter made from flour, sugar, milk, and eggs, the sweet martabak will remind you about pancakes but with different cooking method and toppings of course. Once done, the martabak is spread with butter and showered white with thick sweetened condensed milk.

Not stopping there, the next phase is the topping time where you can choose between grated cheddar cheese, fried ground nuts with chocolate sprinkles, banana, dates, raisins, gelatinous rice, almonds, beef/chicken floss or even durian!

Such indulgence also applies for its counterpart, the savoury martabak. Made simply from flour and salted water, the dough then swirled over and over again until it goes thin and wide and ready to be tossed into a flat frying pan.

Next a mixture of duck eggs, onions, scallions, meat and seasonings are poured over the fried martabak. As for the meat you can pick between cooked and spiced beef, chickens, muttons, shrimps, or tuna. Most vendors though only serve either beef and/or chicken. Afterwards the martabak are folded into a rectangular shape and then bathed with minyak samin or coconut oil until it becomes golden and crisp.

Finally, it is best served with pickles made from cucumbers, carrots, shallots, and bird’s-eye chillies. There are other versions that use beef rendang for the fillingand using curry as the dipping sauce.

A NEVER-ENDING QUEST

The journey takes me to several corners of Jakarta. First of all thanks to Novie, an expert in Northern Jakarta culinary map, who referred me to Pecenongan street where food vendors spawns at night with extensive choice from local to Chinese-influenced dishes.

‘You’ll find the most expensive martabak you have never seen in your entire life’, she boasts. Out of curiosity, I spring off instantly there. The street itself actually brings back some childhood memories when my father used to take me there for the exquisite shark fin soup and delicious Chinese food.

I scour the area and discover myself a vendor that offers many varieties of toppings, the newly opened Puspa, and successfully serves my purpose to find the most expensive martabak made by the Martabak 65 Bandung.

In general, the price of martabak is ranging from around IDR 15,000 up to around IDR 120,000. That also depends on the size and toppings/fillings of the martabak itself.

One curiosity leads to another. This time the vendor is located at Balai Pustaka street, famous for the fanfare of night hawkers in Eastern Jakarta. The owners Yudi and his wife Devina are hand in hand together to serve the unstoppable horde of martabak lovers.

‘This is the legacy from Yudi’s father who started the business since the 80s’’, Devina proudly says in-between her short breaks. ‘The freshness and the quality of the ingredients are of course important but the label ‘halal’ is what that matters’. Since Indonesia comprise mostly of Muslims, the ‘halal’ label is indeed vital.

Afterwards, there’s no stopping where I should go next because I hear great things from Fatmawati, Kelapa Gading, Pondok Gede and many other places in Jakarta.

Mia, a food enthusiast reminds me that this is not the end of the journey. She says, ‘Search all over the city, trail them by their reputations, go look if you must to streets unknown and within hidden boulevards but ultimately it’s just a never-ending quest. Knowing that it won’t end then being in the process should always be fun if you’re up to it’. For that I cannot agree more.