Saturday, April 7, 2012

OMO! Chicken

Since last year, my sister had familiarized me with the word "omo." Omo is a Korean word, it means oh my gosh, or OMG, kind of. So when my friend told me that there was a restaurant in Central Park called Omo Chicken, I was thrilled to try it. It was just last Sunday that I had the chance to try it out with my two cousins.

Korean Chicken in Hot and Soya 12 pieces - Rp 68.181

We ordered the 12 pieces Korean Chicken Wings. There were 3 types of sauce; hot, soya, and tomato. The hot one was the most popular. We can have 2 different sauces for the 12 pieces, so we got 6 with hot sauce, and the other 6 with soya sauce. The one with hot sauce tasted super hot to me! I could not finish even just one chicken wing.  However, my cousins loved it. Honestly, I could not taste anything else other than hot hot hot. I liked the soya one better (obviously, since I cannot eat spicy food). The soya one was sweet. Both skin was crispy. Unfortunately, I think it was not marinated long enough that the meat tasted a bit bland.

Anchovy & Seaweed Riceball - Rp 18.182

We LOVED the rice ball. They were in bite size and came with a generous amount of seaweed, which I really really like. We could not have enough of these cute rice balls.

Yuza Sensation and Passion Fruit - Rp 13.636 ea

I ordered the Passion Fruit drink, and my cousins got the Yuza drink. Both tasted sweet and they tasted almost identical. The yuza was a little bit sour, but you can barely tell the different between those two.

The outdoor area

I just knew that there was an outdoor seating area for the restaurants in the third floor in Central Park. I really like the neat idea of it. And to my surprise, the outdoor area was more crowded than the air-con indoor.

As for OMO! Chicken, I really like the catchy name. I also love the cute chicken logo. I like that the skin of the chicken wing was crispy, but the bland meat turned me off a little bit. I might be come back again for snacking there as I like the rice ball and drink, and I believe some chicken wings would not hurt ;)

 OMO! Chicken
Central Park L3-121
Jl. Let. Jend. S. Parman Kav. 38
Jakarta Barat
ph: (021) 5698 5776

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monolog Quality Coffee Co.

First of all I want to say sorryyyy for being absent for the longest time. Life had been super busy. I got to travel around so much that I had to work day and night to make it up *sobbing...* Other than that, I broke my camera, which is the second most important instrument in writing this blog, other than my laptop, of course. Anyway, I got a new camera, so let's start again :D

Last weekend, my friend and I once again tried to get a table at Union, and as usual they were full! So we were headed to the parking space. The furniture rows had been transformed into 2 unique restaurants. They were Monolog and De Luca. Both of them are under the same management; they even share the phone number.


Since we were not really hungry, we decided to go to Monolog instead. We also found its brighter lighting more attractive. So we walked up to the nearest waitress who was standing in the front and asked for a table for two. However, the waitress was so rude, she basically told us that the only seats left were the ones at the bar. Looking at our hesitation, she just gave us the cold shoulder without saying anything else. I was not surprised at all, since that was my third visit to Monolog, and I can tell you that the waiters there were not really friendly. But my friend was a bit taken aback.

Luckily though, the owner greeted us friendly and told us that there was a small group of people who were leaving. I am not sure what's the deal with the waiters at the front, since a different waiter was also rude at me during my first visit. And just like that time, the owner attentively found us a seat.

Macho Nachos - Rp 63k

Once we were inside, the atmosphere of the service was completely different, the incident before was easily forgotten. The waiter who took our order was super friendly. Oddly enough, I roughly remembered that he was the one who basically turned his shoulder on me during my first visit.

Anyway, I was in torn between the nachos and escargot for the appetizer, and he said that the nachos was more popular. So we went with his recommendation. The nachos was sooooo good! We had not had good nachos lately, so we were really happy to find a good one. The chips themselves were already tasty. They also gave enough salsa and melted cheese, and just a little avocado. We literally could not stop munching our nachos while chitchatting. The portion was huge that we were almost full when the entree came out.

Monolog Croque Madame - Rp 68k

I ordered the Croque Madame since I just had a super good one in Social House. Unfortunately, I did not bring my camera that time so I could not write the review :( Croque Madame is basically French grilled sandwich with egg on top. The one in Monolog was plastered with pesto, which made it unique and aromatic. However, the pesto also made the grilled wheat bread a bit soggy. It came with generous amount of grilled mushroom and melted cheese. The portion was big that I stopped halfway and decided to finished off the nachos :p This one was good but to be honest I like the one in Social House better.

Monolog Egg Cheese Burger - Rp 78k

My friend got the Egg Cheese Burger. Well, it was self explanatory; the burger came with fried egg and melted cheese. I got to try it a little bit, and I could tell that it was good. The beef patty was thick and yet it was full of flavor.

Monolog Sweet Thai Iced Tea  and
Lychee Iced Tea - Rp 32k ea

For drink, I got the Sweet Thai Ice Tea. I love it! I am not a tea expert, but to me it did not taste like a regular Thai tea. In fact, it was similar to London fog latte, which is earl grey with milk and vanilla. The composition was perfect. It was enough for you to tell that there was milk in it but not overpowering. Correct me if I'm wrong. My friend got the Lychee Iced Tea. I love its aroma but it was not sweet enough for me.

De Luca (left) and Monolog (right)
Overall, I really like Monolog. There was a lot of room for improvement on service. But, the food was good, the price was okay, and the ambiance was cozy and welcoming. I can assure you that I'll be back despite the rude front door staff :p

Oh, I should have mentioned that I tried to call them earlier in the evening and they said that they did not take any reservation.

Monolog Quality Coffee Co.
Plaza Senayan
Palm Gate Entrance Unit CP 101 B
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 8
Jakarta Selatan
Ph: (021) 572-5144

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pizza Hut, Singapore

Back to my Singapore trip review. One day my mom had a sudden crave for Pizza Hut. how funny is that. So we went to the branch in Lucky Plaza for early lunch. The place was almost empty when we arrived, but it was full as we finished eating.

Fruitti Salad - S$5.80

Pizza Hut menu in Singapore is slightly different to the one in Indonesia. For example, my mom loves the salad bar in Pizza Hut Indonesia, but the one in Singapore did not have that. Therefore, she ordered the fruit salad instead. It was a toss of lettuce, diced green apple, mangoes, pineapple bits and fresh strawberries drizzled with mayonnaise. It was supposed to come with raisin too, but they ran out of it. The salad was just okay. However, I have to mention that the pineapple was a bit different than normal pineapple we have in Indonesia, and it was great (and I actually do not like pineapple). It was soft and sweet.

Bruschetta with Mushroom - S$5.50

We also ordered the bruschetta with mushroom as appetizer, but the food did not look appetizing at all! The description said it was baked baguette flavored with garlic spread, topped with marinated button mushroom and chopped parsley. However, the claimed button mushroom was super small and chopped! The parsley was minimal in sight, not that I cared about it. We could not taste the mushroom at all since it was tiny, but overall it surprisingly tasted good.

9" Regular Super Supreme Pan Pizza - S$17.50

We also ordered the medium size of super supreme pan pizza. It came with ground beef, cabanossi sausages, beef pepperoni, chicken ham, capsicums, onions, olives, mushroom and pineapple chucks. I kind of like that the pizza was pillowy.

Mango Tango and Strawberry Paradise - S$4.60 ea

For drinks my mom ordered the Strawberry Paradise and I got the Mango Tango. Both were actually similar. It was tea mixed with passion fruit syrup and strawberry puree for Strawberry Paradise, and mango puree for Mango Tango. It was supposed to come with aloe vera bits but we did not get any. Both drinks were refreshing.

Pizza Hut
Lucky Plaza #01-67-9/71-72
304 Orchard Rd
Ph: (65) 6735 0674

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 2011/2012

Last week, a friend of mine got invited to Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter Fashion Show, and she asked me to accompany her. The event was held in Qi Lounge in Hotel Sultan on October 25, 2011. It's also the soft opening of the lounge. 

Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 Collection
Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 Collection
Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 Collection 
click pictures to enlarge

I'm terribly sorry for the crappy pictures -.-' It was very dark inside and it's hard to keep the focus on the walking models.

You'd see models with grey beehives hair wore layers of clothes and then took the cardigan or blazer off one by one as they passed by. However, I a bit felt like the clothes were for old ladies. It might because of the grey hair. It could be the sweater or the longer skirt hem (it was fall/winter collection after all). The collection was dominated with black and red, even though I saw a hint of grey and white here and there. The collection was pretty basic to me.

Even though it wasn't as expected, I was still able to spot a few exciting items. I love the neat tight fitting dresses. They were sexy and the longer hem made them classy. However, I love the dress pictured above the most. Initially it looked like an ordinary navy stripes dress with oatmeat color cardigan. However, it was actually one piece of clothing! If you unbutton the cardigan and kind of let it fall, it became a pretty casual yet elegant long dress. Isn't it interesting?

Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 Collection 

Anyway, I was hoping to see out-of-the-world pieces of clothing in the fashion show. I knew it was not the haute couture collection, but it was Jean Paul Gaultier, so I expect at least a pop of the extraordinary. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I believe, it was the most wearable collection of JPG to date.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Jackrabbit - Halloween, 2nd review

Since Halloween falls on weekday this year, my friends and I decided to celebrate it on Last Saturday instead. We went to Jackrabbit since they had a Halloween event.

The lights were more dimmed than usual. They also put a bunch of scary decorations. I was surprised when I was greeted by a scary looking nurse with fake blood and creepy make-up. I was literally stunned for a few seconds before I realized that the waiters and waitresses dressed up as scary nurses, doctors, and surgeons. Coooolllll.....

Free bread

The bread came with two different types of butter. I did not really pay attention to them tho'

 Fried Oxtail Soup - Rp98k

When ordering for food, I mentioned to the waitress that I was having a sore throat and asked for a recommendation. She suggested me to get the oxtail soup. It was actually quite tasty. The seasoning was not too strong, but it was good for my sore throat. I did not eat the crackers, off course. Well, I put some in the soup. Soggy crackers won't do much to my sore throat, right? right? lol

Earl Grey Tea - Rp21k

Again, since I was having sore throat I could not order fun drink or any drink with alcohol :( but the earl grey came in such a cute teapot, so no complain here :p

They managed to give us free drinks! Even though I had sore throat, I could not just pass on free booze, and it was only little. Wrong! I did not bother to ask what was that, but it worsened my sore throat in an instant =( The drink was sweet tho'.

Chocolate in the Oven - Rp 55k

They had Halloween special menu, and I was curious to try the dessert, which was the chocolate in the oven. When I asked the waitress what it was, she said it was actually their baked lava cake. I found the difference was probably in the RIP written cookie.The baked lava cake was supposed to come with caramel ice cream, but it tasted like vanilla ice cream instead. I was not sure tho'. Anyway, the baked lava cake itself was heavenly! My friend and I loved it. It was thick and super chocolatey. However, some of my friends thought it was a tad too thick. The RIP cookie was soggy tho'. And I did not try the cute rabbit shaped chocolate, since I thought it was not good for (again) my sore throat.

"Babies" and scary nurse

Its private room still looked cool and elegant!

I really enjoyed my time there. The service was great! The staff were really accommodating, and the free drink got them extra credit ;) I also love the thought they put on the decorations and costumes. The haunted-mansion-like music was a bit turn-off though.

Anyway, HAPPY HALLOWEEN GUYS! Hope you have/had a great time too :D

You can read my first review here.

Cyber 2 Tower
Ground Floor
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Blok X-5 No. 13
Jakarta Selatan
Ph: (021) 2902 1357 the Patissier, Singapore

Since I could not finish up the fried carrot cake, I still felt somewhat hungry so I went straight to dessert! There are a lot of interesting kiosk in Takashimaya Food Hall, and I decided to try Smitten by the Patissier. Well, it was actually my dad who was really really curious about the cake. He had wanted to try it from a few week ago.

First Kiss - S$7.00

They claimed the first kiss as their best seller, so that's what we ordered. The meringue roulade was basically meringue shell filled with passionfruit mousse, and fresh mangoes and strawberries. The meringue was soft and somewhat chewy topped with powdered sugar. The passionfruit mousse filling had nice fruity aroma. I expected the cake to be sour (passionfruit and strawberry? duh). However, it was actually sweet, even thought the sweetness was soft, not too sweet. The diced mangoes and strawberries were not sour either. The cake was light and airy. I got to admit that the cake is not photogenic, but it was really delicious!

On a side note, I found it cute that a whole roulade was called hug, and the slice was called kiss. Furthermore, they also included a small ice pack in the package to keep it cold. the Patissier booth the Patissier
Takashimaya Food Hall 
Ngee Ann City #B2
391 Orchard Rd

Friday, October 28, 2011

Food Gallery Fried Carrot Cake, Food Village, Singapore

One day, it struck me that I had never tried Singapore's fried carrot cake. I saw the picture everywhere, yet I had never had the urge to order one. Suddenly, I got so curious and decided to try it. Luckily, that night my parents decided to have dinner at Food Village, the food court at the basement floor of Ngee Ann City. The food court was always super packed during lunch and dinner time. Getting a table was like a war! lol

Sweet Black Sauce Carrot Cake - S$4.00 and
Ice Lime Juice - S$1.80

The stall also offered other things, such as char kway teow, but I believed their specialty is fried carrot cake, since they put it as the stall name/title/whatever. There are 2 types of fried carrot cake, salty and sweet one. I later one.

The color of it was soooo dark. I guess they put a lot of sweet black sauce, and indeed they did, since it was too sweet, even for me. It was okay, but I could not finish it off because it got sweeter as I was eating it.

Overall, the fried carrot cake was failed to impress me. Maybe I should try the salty one next time.

Food Gallery Fried Carrot Cake
at Food Village
Takashimaya Shopping Center
Ngee Ann City #B2
391 Orchard Road
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