Sunday, December 21, 2008


Dessert time now… Ragusa Italian Ice Cream, quite a well-known oldies ice creams stall in Jakarta since 1932 and still exist today. Most people visit Ragusa Stall to bring up their childhood memories.

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ this idiom suits for this old-fashioned ice cream stall. From its old-fashioned place you will not have an idea how good their ice cream tasted. Ragusa ice cream seemed comparable to nowadays ice cream. The founders of Ragusa Ice Cream store were Italians, they create their ice cream from good quality Australian milk, so no wonder their price is slightly higher for just an ice cream. But still, its worth to try.

First we ordered their best seller Spaghetti Ice Cream. Hmm weird? Is not spaghetti pasta, is a vanilla ice cream in spaghetti shaped sprinkled with chopped nuts, mixed dry fruits, and chocolate sauce.

Spaghetti Ice Cream

Next is a typical Banana Split, three flavors of ice cream; vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate served with slices banana, chocolate sauce, and sprinkled with chopped nuts and mixed dry fruits.

Banana Split

Tutti Fruity Ice Cream, served in sliced ice cream.

Tutty Fruity

Nougat Ice Cream sprinkled with nougat.


Lastly for chocolate lover, Chocolate Ice Cream with chocolate sauce and sprinkled with chopped nuts.


With an old ancient building located at Central Jakarta, and the oldies interior you can experience old Jakarta ambiance. My fren said we can also enjoy several typical Indonesian foods and tidbits there. Sadly we visited Ragusa at nite so we run out of it, next time we'll get there earlier. For the price Ragusa Ice Creams go from Rp.7.000 to Rp.21.000

Ragusa - Italian Ice Cream
Jl. Veteran I no.10

Central Jakarta 10110

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Crystal Jade La Mian

I was craving for La Mian (Hand-Pulled Noodle) lately, so we headed up to Crystal Jade La Mian @ Grand Indonesia. Not only La Mian you can find here, they also serve Dimsum and Shanghai Delicacies.

Their cute and unique dinnerware.

The moment you are seated, they serve you this Peanut (5K). Its not a compliment..

Jasmine Chinese Tea (10K)

I ordered La Mian Soup with Prawn Dumplings (40K). Looked like an ordinary noodle soup, surprisingly the noodles were springy, the soup was clear yet rich and not overly salty. Served with five prawn dumplings which are fresh and big enough, the broth here is reasonably good and the dumplings are tasty. This is still worth a try.

Hot and Sour Soup La Mian (38K) for E, we found this soup quite appetizing with the thick and flavourful hot and sour soup.

I love this Chicken Xiao Long Bao (18K)! Picking up a dumpling, placing it onto porcelain spoon, then using chopsticks to poke a little hole in the skin of dumpling to let the soup flow out onto the spoon. We ordered one steamer of five dumplings, its wise, the skin was perfectly textured, each dumpling held a generous amount of delicious soup.

Overall, it is a modern style restaurant with a rich and diverse menu. Great food with great ambience...

Crystal Jade La Mian
Grand Indonesia Unit WM-LG-01

Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1
Central Jakarta
Tel. (62 21) 23580748

Friday, December 05, 2008


Pan-O.. Another pancake stall opened @ Jakarta, seems pancake stall has became a trend since pancake is very popular nowadays. Pan-O just opened recently @ FX and their other branch @ Pacific Place. So on Saturday we tried Pan-O @ FX.

The interior... Cozy and comfortable.. nice place to hang out with family and friends to enjoy some good food...

Their elegant menu book shows they very creative with their foods like Pannekoek Nachos, Pancake Burger, and Russian style pancake. They very unique in serving pancake. Sooo many to choose from that you get spoilt with choices not knowing which one to pick hehe..

Strawberry Nut

E tried their sweet pancake – Strawberry Nut (38K), came with three stacks of medium pancakes sprinkled with chopped nuts and powder sugar served with vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce on top and also dished up with peanut butter. And maple syrup to pour over pancakes. The pancake had a fluffy interior, it went perfectly with the peanut butter and fresh cut strawberries.

New York

And I tried something new here, their savoury crepes - New York (50K), came with one pan fried dory fish fillet topped with tomato sauce and two veggies crepe wraps, served with mashed potato topped with gravy sauce and salads as side dishes.

For the drink E just ordered Ice Tea (15K) and Hot Chamomile Tea (15K) for me.

Plaza FX, F1 No. 08-09
Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Pintu 1 Senayan
South Jakarta
Tel. (62 21) 25554250

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sushi Tei

My frenz Ef, N, S and I finally went for our dinner to celebrate N Birthday on last Friday (21/11). This was planned a few weeks ago, but we were always not free. So that nite, we all made an effort to clear all appointments and met up @ Sushi Tei Mall Kelapa Gading 5.

The interior concept is not different from others branch, Japanese minimalist style with sushi bar in the centre. The ambiance that nite was crowd, usually we have to queue to be seated, especially on weekend. Luckily for S and I didn’t need to queue since N and Ef already get a seat for us, before we arrived. Hehe..sorry girls, traffic...

Japanese Ocha

Japanese Ocha for our drinks, its free of charge and refill, Cold Ocha for N and Hot Ocha for the rest of us.

Since we were not very hungry at the time, so we didn’t order single dish. My frenz just picked assorted sushi to share.

Salmon Maki

So many sushi we ordered, I can’t remember the exact name of the sushi, I just knew their price from its colour plate (^_^). Blue plate (11K), black plate (22K), and gold plate (37K)

Salmon Sashimi

Salmon Sashimi (37K), N's fave. She always order it when we dine @ Sushi Tei.

Special Unagi Roll

Special Unagi Roll (58K) is everyone fave, except me coz I don’t like unagi/eel.

Age Dashi Tofu

Since I’ve already had an early dinner at home and I’m not really into sushi that nite, so I just ordered the Age Dashi Tofu (22K) - a favourite of mine. This came topped with shaved bonito flakes and chopped spring onions. Taste wise, the fried batter around the tofu was nice while the soy sauce dip was not too salty.

Mabo Tofu Udon

And this additional photo and review from E. At the same nite, E also went to Sushi Tei with his friend, and he ordered Mabo Tofu Udon (45K), udon in gravy sauce with mushroom and tofu. He said the texture of udon is nice and chewy, but the sauce is less tasty for E.

Sushi Tei
Mall Kelapa Gading 5

Level 1 - 1#47

North Jakarta
Tel. (62 21) 45876410

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


TiAmo.. From its name you can easily guess that must be an Italian restaurant. We tried TiAmo @ Pacific Place, when we visited they had a 50% off promotion for all foods and beverages, it’s a good chance, isn’t it? (^_^)

The ambiance was so warm and cozy. Their interior concept is so Italian

Garlic Bread

The moment you are seated, they serve you a basket of Garlic Bread for free. How nice ya!

Ice Apple Tea

This is Ice Apple Tea (20K) for E, and I just ordered Aqua (15K).

Pizza Fransescana

That nite, I had the craving for pizza. They have several pizza selections, I ordered Pizza Fransescana (65K) in normal size upon the recommedation by the waiter as it one of their favorite pizzas. It’s a thin crust pizza type with beef bacon, mushroom and mozzarella cheese. I don’t really like this kind of thin crust pizza, its become hard if we don’t eat soon.

Spaghetti TiAmo

And E had Spaghetti TiAmo (70K), spaghetti cooked in al-dente style with garlic, olive oil, and smoked beef. For me the texture of spaghetti was slightly hard. E said its oily, but it must be an olive oil.

We really enjoyed our dinner with their great ambiance, but the food was just ok. In my opinion, their price is pricey enough for a normal Italian Restaurant we find in the mall. Luckily that nite we got 50% off.

Pacific Place Mall fl.5 #58 A-B
Sudirman Central Business Distric
Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Kav. 52-53
South Jakarta

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Kwang Tung Porridge

Porridge.. Simply dinner with a great taste. It was a cold nite and the warm porridge was what was needed to warm us up, so we ended up @ Kwang Tung.

Kerapu Fish Porridge

This is my Kerapu Fish Porridge (27.5K). The porridge is equally watery. In this photo you can’t see the fish, are all hidden inside. But they quite generous and the fish itself is fresh.

Sliced Beef Porridge

E ordered Sliced Beef Porridge (27.5K). All the porridge looks similar right? This photo E stirred it so you can see the beef.


Last but not least, never forget this dish when you eat porridge, Cakwe (4K). I really can’t enjoy porridge without cakwe. We ordered 2 portion of it.

For the drink, E ordered Ice Tea (3K), and Chinese Tea (9K/pot) for me

This porridge stall has several kind of porridge like chicken, scallop, and others except pork. They not only serve kinds of porridge, they also serve Halal (no pork) Chinese foods. Located at Pecenongan, this stall open 24 hours.

Kwang Tung
Jl. Pecenongan Raya No. 671
Central Jakarta
Tel. (62 21) 3865688/3458267

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Kiyadon Japanese Restaurant

Looking a place for a late dinner, FX should be a rite place to stop by. Last Saturday we stuck in traffic for one hour, we need to find restaurant that serve dinner till late so we no need to rush in having our dinner. I find out that FX on weekdays opens till 12am and on weekend they open till 3am. What a great place to hang out..

We attracted to try Kiyadon Japanese Restaurant, which just opened @ FX not long ago.

Kiyadon serves Japanese elegant foods and sushi in luxurious and modern atmosphere. We choosed to be seated on semi tatami table near the window, and we must leave on our shoes. This spot is really cozy, one table can only be seated max 6 person, and their air conditioner is so freezing.

Hot Ocha

That nite was so cold and rainy so we both ordered Hot Ocha, its free of charge. How nice yaa…(^_^)

Salmon Maki

So starving, E ordered Salmon Maki (12K) while waiting for his dinner.

Tori Karaage Set

E had Tori Karaage Set, (48K) it is one set of 4 pieces chicken karaage served with a bowl rice, japanese pickles, and miso soup. The karaage is crispy but the inside is moist and full of taste. Its tasty and he really enjoyed it.

Spicy Udon

I browsed their menu looking for something that can warm me. So I opted Spicy Udon (62K), it is a Japanese udon on hot spicy soup with minced chicken and mushroom. The udon is just so nice and its very spicy, it is so heart warming and filling.

We had a nice dining experience at Kiyadon. We really enjoyed our dinner with a great ambiance and good foods.

Kiyadon Japanese Restaurant
Plaza FX 4th floor

South Jakarta
Tel. (62 21) 25554067

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sagoo Kitchen

Back around to Mall Kelapa Gading for having a dinner, I get attracted to this old unique restaurant style.

In front the restaurant, they set a small old style stall (warung) sells diverse old tidbits and snacks which are very rare we can find now.

The restaurant is designed with an old concept structure, which woods and bricks are dominant in their interior concept.

Krupuk Banjoer

To start our dinner, I asked E to order Krupuk Banjoer (12.9K). It is a ‘kerupuk melarat’ drenched with sour peanut sauce. Questioning what is 'krupuk melarat'? It's called 'melarat' coz these crackers are fried using hot sand, not an oil. The crackers go well with peanut sauce, its really a good match. But they should give us more peanut sauce since the crackers are so big.

Mee Djawa (Nyemek)

E ordered Mee Djawa (18.9K). This dish came in two versions; nyemek – wet and fried. E get attracted to nyemek version. Its like an instant noodle, stir with tomatoes, vegetables, eggs, and spices in brown gravy sauce and garnished with fried onion. The sauce is really tasty.

Kway Tiau Nyemek

I tried their best seller, Kway Tiau Nyemek (23.9K) is a flat rice noodle (kwetiau) stir with chicken chunks, mushroom, and veggies in starchy sauce, served with fried crispy bee hoon. Turned out E’s Mie Djawa served more wet ‘nyemek’ and yummy than mine. But the kway tiau tasted not bad at all.

Es Katjang Singapore

For dessert E ordered Es Katjang Singapore (14.9K). Looked good but just a normal mixed ice (es campur), its a mixed of red bean, atap seed (kolang kaling), jelly, milk,syrup, and topped with coloured shaved ice. Tasted sweet but the ingredients is not generous at all, big only in ice shaved. Lastly, for the drink we just ordered Mineral Water (4.9K)

Miss your old childhood foods and snacks? This will be a right place to stop by. The foods is just ok, and their price is reasonable too. However, I keep wondering why they put their price always with 0.9K on it? Any idea?(^_^)

Sagoo Kitchen
Mal Kelapa Gading I, #G-196A
North jakarta