Sunday, June 29, 2014

Firenze Cafe, Kemang

Last Thursday evening, I was invited to have a food tasting at Firenze Cafe, located in Kemang, South Jakarta. I met the owner of Firenze Kemang, Mr. Andreas Diantoro and Mr. Eddi Mak. They told me this Cafe has just opened for about two months and is using a Triattoria concept (a place less formal than restaurant). The chef who is behind the delicious food in Firenze Kemang is Chef Luigi P. Palandri from Florence, Italy.

1st floor.

The Stone-Oven where the authentic thin crust Italian pizza are baked.
It took 5 minutes to bake a thin crust pizza and if you want a really crispy thin crust pizza, just ask them to bake your pizza for 7 minutes.

Outdoor on the 2nd floor (smoking area).

The air-conditioner room on the 2nd floor.

A relaxed ambiance with unique Einstein light bulbs inside the bird cages that are hanging on the ceiling.


Rustica - Rp. 60.000
Mushroom, beef salami, Mozzarella. My favorite one!

Napoletana - Rp. 50.000
Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, Anchovies, Capers and Oregano.

You can ask for your pasta cooking preference, Al dente (3/4 cooked or Scotta (fully cooked).

Farfalle al Salmone - Rp. 45.000(R), Rp. 65.000(L)
Farfalle (bow tie shaped pasta) with Salmon sauce.

Penne Al Pesto - Rp. 50.000
Pasta Penne, Green sauce, Basilic with pine nut, olive oil, cheese, and garlic.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pepperoncino - Rp. 40.000 (R), Rp. 50.000 (L)
This Spaghetti with olive oil, garlic, red pepper and chili is everyone's favorite.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio ala Tonno
Same as Spaghetti Aglio Olio Pepperoncino but added with Tuna and less chili.

Spaghetti Bolognese - Rp. 55.000(R), Rp. 65.000(L)
With minced beef sauce, tomato, onion and herbs.

Spaghetti Carbonara - Rp. 50.000(R), Rp. 72.000(L)
Spaghetti cooked with smoked ham, egg and cream based sauce.


Panna Cotta - Rp. 28.000

Creme Brulee - Rp. 28.000

Cheese Cake - Rp. 38.000


Avocado Paste alla Marco - Rp. 36.000
The Firenze Cafe's signature drink. Cold, creamy and not too sweet. Totally delicious!

Firenze Espresso - Rp. 18.000
Freshly brewed coffee. 
You can also buy the Firenze coffee beans in package.

By the way, I had a chance to try Limoncello - the Southern Italian lemon liqueur. It tasted pretty sweet, crisp with citrus fragrance. My friend loves it. This drink is not on the menu nor for sale.

Current currency:
1 USD = Rp. 12.035

Firenze Kemang
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 12F
South Jakarta
Tel: 021-718 3999

Direction to Firenze Kemang:
Turn right into a small alley, 10 meters after La Codefin/Happy Puppies in Kemang Raya. Firenze Kemang is in front of Miyabi Sushi, beside the Kemang Laser Game.

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 3:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun: 11:00 am - 1:00 am

Friday, June 27, 2014

Seasonal Ramadhan Ice Cream Cakes from Cold Stone Creamery Indonesia (20 June - 31 July 2014)

Cold Stone Creamery Indonesia has launched the Seasonal Ramadhan Ice Cream Cakes which will be available during the Ramadhan month starting 20 June to 31 July 2014 at all outlets in Jakarta and Bali. 

The price is Rp. 480.000 per ice cream cake. Customers need to order three (3) days in advance before pick up/delivery day. Special promo for BCA card holder is Rp. 360.000 per cake and for BNI Debit/Credit card is 20% discount.

Mubarak Festival
Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Oreo, luxuriously covered with elaborately designed colored chocolate ganache.

Ramadhan Miracle
Decadent Chocolate Ice Cream with dark chocolate shavings, covered with elegant purple chocolate ganache with fruit and cream topping.

Chocolate Eid
Glorious Coffee Ice Cream with sliced almonds and caramel sauce with dark and white chocolate coating nestled with ketupat icing fondant and fruits.
Current currency:
1 USD = Rp. 12.000
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Twitter: @ColdStoneIndo

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Locanda Jakarta * Food Voyager

Today, I had a wonderful lunch at a new restaurant that has just opened for a month in Panin Building named Locanda * Food Voyager. Locanda means "Inn" in Italian. The name came from Marco Polo who would stop at an Inn or Locanda on his journey from Italy to Asia.

Locanda offers a unique palate of cuisines against the backdrop of a heady lounge music and chic atmosphere.


The selection of food are Italian and Pan Asian (mostly Thai) dishes.

Tom Yam Kung - Rp. 65.000
I enjoyed this spicy and sour prawn soup.

Sinchos - Rp. 55.000
What a unique appetizer! A resemble of nachos but instead of using tortillas chips, they use traditional "singkong" crackers with yellow cheddar sauce and truffle oil as the cover.

White Truffle Pizza - Rp. 85.000
A delicious pizza topped with mozzarella, celery stick, wild mushroom and truffle oil.

Cigar Prawn - Rp. 60.000
This is so good! Light and crunchy. Dipped with mayonnaise.

Angel Hair - Rp. 120.000
Capellini with tiger prawn on the top. The garlic and chili olive oil were perfect for this dish.

Kai Pad Prik Klea - Rp. 60.000
A delightful dish! Thai chicken black pepper and garlic.

Grilled Spring Chicken - Rp. 120.000
with mashed potatoes and spiced tomato sauce. The chicken was very tender.

Udon Goreng Jawa - Rp. 70.000
I really like the idea of using Japanese noodle (Udon) for this Javanese style noodle, known as Mie Goreng Jawa.

Thai Desserts
Luk Chup - Rp. 50.000
Thai sweet mashed mung bean on 'agar-agar'.
The best Luk Chup I've eaten so far in Jakarta! 

Manciam - Rp. 50.000
This Thai cassava cake with coconut milk tasted so delicious.

Western Desserts
Melted Choco Cake - Rp. 60.000
with wild berry and rum raisin ice cream. Lovely!

Castangel Mollica - Rp. 55.000
A totally irresistible cheese cake.
All prices are subjected to tax and service.
 Current currency:
1 USD = Rp. 11.950
LOCANDA Food Voyager
Panin Bank Building
Ground Floor
Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav. 1
Jakarta 10270
P: +62 21 5727 981

Operation hours:
Weekdays (Sunday - Thursday) 10am to 12am
Weekend (Friday - Saturday) 10am to 1am

Friday, June 20, 2014

A night and a day in Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia

Last Sunday evening, my colleagues and I arrived in Melaka, Malaysia. We stayed there only for a night then the next day, we headed to Kuala Lumpur.

Dinner at Restoran Gulai Wangi, located in Alor Gajah, Melaka. 
Served Malay and Chinese food.

Meehoon Soup - RM 4.50 
The tasted reminded me to Indomie rasa kari.

Kue Tew Goreng - RM 4.50
Very sweet.

Rice with oyster and fried chicken - RM 5.00
Tasted bland.

The next day, we had lunch at Jonker88 on Jonker Street, now known as Jalan Hang Jebat. 

It's really crowded.

 Baba Laksa - RM 6.00
Beehoon, shrimp, tofu in spicy coconut sauce. Nice!!!

Fish Fillet Soup - RM 5.00
It's good.

Baba Laksa Kahwin Nyonya Asam Laksa - RM 7.00
Totally delicious!!!

Fish Fillet Noodle - RM 5.50

Ah Mah Fish Cake

Baba Goreng-goreng - RM 10.00
Home-made fresh fish cake, tofu, and slices of cucumber and mango, dipped into sweet sauce.

Jonker 88 dessert

Baba Chendol - RM 4.00
Passion Fruit - RM 5.00
Mango Ice Kacang - RM 5.00

Taste Better
1 pcs = RM 2.00
3 pcs = RM 5.00
If you like durian then this durian puff is a MUST! So YUMMY!!!

Fruit Tea.
Buy 1 = RM4
Buy 3 = RM10
A refreshing drink on a hot day!
Current currency:
1 Ringgit Malaysia = Rp. 3.720
1 USD = RM 3.22
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