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Restaurant Review: Giggle Box

Being perhaps the second most advanced city in Indonesia for emerging modern culinary concepts, Bandung, as I said before in my Daisy’s Steak & Grill post, is a melting pot of ‘culinization‘. The latest trend in Jakarta and Bandung besides the fro-yo fever, which has now gradually subsided, would be the everlasting pancake madness. Most likely started from Pancious in Jakarta, Bandung recently also owns Nanny’s Pavillon which I have posted also before. Bandung  now also introduces her ‘Nanny Wannabe’ (credit for a friend of mine) diners. Either they’re aligned with Pancious/Nanny’s Pavillon or not, the thing is Western style diner is now officially ravaging my country.

That morning, I was picking up my girlfriend at the train station and we were looking for a good place for breakfast. I had been thinking about several good local places but instead, I was suddenly remembered that we got this new diner in Progo St. and since it’s in my nature to try something new, therefore I decided to make a visit.

Giggle Box is the name, looks strikingly similar with Nanny’s Pavillon but somehow we felt more comfort, with a relaxing music and less crowd, also not to mention the Bandung chilly breeze upon a nice neighborhood like Progo St., it was indeed a pleasant morning for us.

Hot Caramel Latte

Not to worry about the capacity. Despite the looks, Giggle Box also has seats on the second floor. You might be worry because in weekends especially at dinner time, this once silent and empty road will be full of cars. Mostly to Kopi Progo, but several competitors such as Toko Coklat, The Strudels, and this Giggle Box also join in and everybody seem to have their shares in one of those establishments.

Also, Giggle Box boasts itself with good variety of food and especially drinks in one single tier of cheap price. This price tier suitable for citizen of Bandung usually still around IDR 5,000 to IDR 10,000 for hawkers, but with a nice place and the commodities Giggle Box has to offer, they’re indeed still generous with the pricing. Ranging from around of IDR 10,000 to IDR 30,000 you can get almost everything you want from Western style food. Beverages? Even more considerate and you can pick from hot coffee, iced coffee, blended coffee, blended drinks with Rhum, soda based homamade drinks, Frappe, jelly drinks, juices, smoothies and so on.

Since the Western theme that seems to dominate the place, it would be a good idea to order any Western dishes that seem to be abundant here. From the starters to the mains, pasta, or there’s always choices for you who want local delicacies as well.

Fish and Chips

Beef Schnitzel (IDR 19,000) and Fish & Chips (IDR 25,000) were our picks for the breakfast. Drinks? Hot Caramel Latte (IDR 14,000) and Strawberry Smoothie (IDR 14,000) were the choices for the morning.

As the dishes came in, they did not really arise my interest. The size of the schnitzel and the fish may be adequate, which was good, but from those who accompanied them, that’s the real problem came. First of all, the supermarket French fries! No matter you say how good it is, but still, it’s only a frozen potatoes ready to be fried! I was even unsure about the freshness, the quality, and most likely fried without salt or any strengthening condiments.

Next would be the vegetables. It’s like Hoka Hoka Bento julienned carrots and cabbages added with mayo. It’s not special really and it works well if with HHB so-called Japanese dishes but not here. For the fish and chips maybe but for the schnitzel? Not a chance! They can actually use sauteed vegetables like in steakhouses. It’s easy and more decent. I guess with a pricing like this, even that shouldn’t be a problem.

Strawberry Smoothie

So how are the fish and the schnitzel? In terms of size, very adequate especially the fish. Quite intimidating for a city like Bandung though if you compare it directly with Fish & Co., well.. it’s gonna be a joke. First of all, it was thin but luckily, the fish still in there. The schnitzel was okay too though my girlfriend said that the fish was better. At any rate, it’s still worth the try. Not a very satisfying breakfast for me but it was for my girlfriend.

The drinks were okay. The smoothie was made also out of yogurt so it tasted sour and fresh. Topped with ice cream to make it even better. I liked it and it was only for a bargain! The coffee was not bad either. The caramel can cover the weaknesses and it’s a prudent choice I know, however, it was a good ending from the so so dish.

Nevertheless, it was a cozy place. You have to experience the cool morning of Bandung there. Or is it possibly that you want to lounge a bit on the sofa or even spend a warm atmospheric dinner with your close friends and the teen society of Bandung? Elders and kids are also encouraged to be shared with this joyous time for families. From breakfast to brunch, or for lunch and dinner, or even for just a cup of coffee and Frappe, Giggle Box has the answer for it. Quite satisfactorily though, not up to my standard I’m a afraid.

GIGGLE BOX

Jl. Progo No. 33, Bandung

RSVP : TBA

New locations are also available now (updates TBA)

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Dishes and Drinks: Pancake, Beef Schnitzel, Fish & Chips, Pasta, Coffee, Smoothies

Recommended Dishes: Won’t recommend anything for now.

Reservation: Recommended for dinner and especially on weekends

Operating Hours: TBA (assume normal operation hours)

Methods of Payment: Cash, Debit Cards, Credit Cards

THE JUDGMENT:

1. PRICE (8/10)

Appetizers from IDR 9,000 to IDR 15,000. Main dishes from IDR 12,000 to IDR 40, 000. Beverages starting from IDR 7,000 to IDR 20,000.

For two people the total was IDR 84,000. Not too satisfied with the food but judging from the variety in food and beverages and still within the considerate price, it’s worth the try.

2. INTERIOR (6/10)

Not that impressive. But if you combine it with Bandung’s fresh breeze, the relaxed neighborhood, the semi open air concept although with benches and few sofas, nevertheless they do offer a nice place for afternoon coffee or breakfast.

3. SERVICE (6/10)

Not much to say about it. At least they’re quite helpful and knew what they’re doing.

4. TASTE (5/10)

Unimpressed with the food but perhaps you can challenge more from the drinks. The Strawberry Smoothie was good, the coffee was not bad, and you can explore more with the rest. As for the food, I wouldn’t recommend much but for commoners, surely they’ll be contented.

5. OVERALL (6.25/10)

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Restaurant Review: Nanny’s Pavillon (2009)

My only wish few months ago was to apply to manage a Pancious franchise for Bandung. Equipped well with the insights of how wonderfully this business will run in Bandung and disappointed utterly with the appearance of this similar concept due to the lack of fund!

Fresh from the oven. Lo and behold! The Nanny’s Pavillon in Bandung!!! This place offers almost the same as Pancious but with a friendlier price of course (the one in Jakarta is more expensive).

Since it has become one of the hippest place in town, on and on it’s crowded like almost everyday. Located in a fine premise, very strategic, integrated with a boutique outlet and a food court, Nanny’s Pavillon boastfully presents its existence. The name ‘Pavillon’ was indeed French but since it’s using Nanny’s than it’s a bit strange actually but does the knowledge of proper English matters here? What matters is indeed what this Nanny may offer us!

It was indeed literally located in a pavilion, the open air design will give you a more fresh kind of feeling if you compare it to other air-conditioned pancake parlors in Jakarta. They also cover the place with plants and making it feels like home because in reality it’s located just beside the busy street of Riau/Martadinata St.

The problem would be where to park your car because they don’t provide enough parking space inside so most likely you gonna need to park your car outside and if you happen to be unlucky in a situation where you’re really craving of pancake at a wrong time (i.e : weekends), then you might gonna need to walk a bit from where you park your car.

Luckily, for those who use public transportation, you can stop the angkot just outside the place. Very convenient, but judging from how Indonesians now prefer to flood the street with motorcycles and the fact that Bandung is lacking of parking lots, you gotta do what you gotta do then.

Butterscotch Coffee

That time, the air was still in the atmosphere of Lebaran holiday but it was the remaining days of it so many people already got back to work. We assumed that even Jakartans already return back to their bustling city, so we decided to have a lunch there. It was a misjudge, lucky for us that we had arrived earlier for the waiting list because less than 5 minutes later, tons of people flooded the waiting list right away. We’re welcomed by waitresses dressed like French maids in green stripes clothes. The Nanny thing also applied to the theme of the place, like the interiors, the benches, and the whole design. It is very fitting with the pancake, I’d say. When we browsed the menu, they also served pasta, sandwich, baked rice and coffee.

Peach Pancake with Maple Syrup and Vanilla Ice Cream

Since my mom wanted a pancake, then I should pick something else. I suggested her the Peach Pancake (IDR 29,000) and I picked myself a pasta dish of Beef Fettucines with Brown Sauce (IDR 29,000). For a price comparison, the pancake was in the same tier with Pancious but the pasta surely cheaper. You gonna get around IDR 40K in Pancious for the pasta.

For the drink, I picked the Auntie’s Butterscotch Coffee (IDR 18,000). I took the liberty to change the name from Aunt Butterscotch coz I forgot the Aunt’s name. Hahaha.. So, the peach pancake was great! It was big, warm, tender, it got peaches in it (the one in Pancious was different, they simply ‘pour’ the peaches with the sauce on top of the pancake), plus really fits well with the vanilla ice cream (too bad Nanny hasn’t provided other flavors besides vanilla that time). They also provide the maple syrup, which was a very important thing you can add to a pancake!

As for the pasta, it was quite okay. You may see it like small portion at first, but when you dig it, it’s quite deep. Perhaps it’s lacking in composition whereas they put only few meatballs to balance the portion and the sauce. Plus it lacked of herbs. European dishes use plenty of grassy herbs like oregano, rosemary, and friends. Luckily they provided parmesan cheese (unlike the stingy Pizza Hut).

Beef Fettucine with Brown Sauce

To wrap it up, it was a decent lunch after all and people indeed seem to like the place and the food. I got no objection in that. Since Nanny’s Pavillon is the first and the most decent pancake parlor Bandung ever got. Sooner or later, competitors for the same genre will join in for the fight and as usual Bandung will become even more indisputable as a culinary haven. The price we gotta pay would only be the heavy traffic.

One more thing, why pick Pancious for the comparison study? It’s because that it’s the most famous pancake parlor in Jakarta. That simple. Pancious surely owns more menu though but you can substitute it with Nanny’s when you’re in Bandung, no sweat! ^^

The Judgment (based on scale of 10 score plus the comments):

1. PRICE (7/10)

Since Bandungnese are price-sensitive people. This place would accommodate their wallet and their appetite. Though the price tags in Jakarta are several thousand rupiah more expensive.

2. INTERIOR (6/10)

Feels like home and far from the feeling that it’s located just beside a busy street. The waitresses are like French maids ready to serve you with good home dishes.

3. SERVICE (6/10)

Quite helpful but if it’s the rush hour, you might gonna get a bit difficulty asking for their prompt compliance.

4. TASTE (6.5/10)

So far so good. I still need to work on the other menu there.

5. OVERALL (6.375/10)

The pioneer of pancake parlor in Bandung. They gonna need to improve every time so that they can compete with potential competitors sooner or later. As for the rest, I feel quite contented.

Additional Information:

Location : Jl. R.E. Martadinata No. 112, Bandung

More locations in Jakarta have opened (updates TBA)