Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bittersweet Corner

After resting at Ismaya Catering Cafe, we went shopping again in Grand Indonesia, then moved to Plaza Indonesia. I sometimes wonder how come most girls (well, at least me :p) have so much power when it comes to go shopping, yet have minimum ability to endure gym session. Anyway, we were tired, again, and felt the need to recharge our "energy." It was dinner time, but since we did not feel hungry whatsoever, we decided to grab some snacks or desserts instead.

My friend suggested to go to Bittersweet Corner. It was located at the corner of the 3rd floor of The Plaza/ PI extension. It shared a store with Perennials, a fancy tableware and cookware store. I initially thought that Bittersweet Corner was more like a high tea place, like the one that was just closed and located in the same spot. It turned out they just offered a la carte menu.

Green Tea Macaroon - Rp 10k & Caramel Macaroon - Rp 12k
I had been more than curious about their macaroons since I read Ruby's post about it. Note that he took waaaayyy better picture than me, if you have not kown about it already :p Anyway, I ordered the green tea and caramel macaroons. The macaroons shell looked a bit rough. The caramel macaroon was sweet and it smells sooo nice! The shells were a bit crunchy and hollow inside. Meanwhile, the shells of the green tea macaroon were more gooey and not that hollow, I hope it makes sense :s. It has strong matcha green tea aroma in a good way. Now, I found it a bit weird, but what I like the most about the macaroons here is the SMELL! they smell really nice!

Red Velvet Cupcake - Rp 27k
My friend ordered a cupcake, again, right after the cupcake in Ismaya Catering Cafe! I thought she was struck by the cupcake craze :p It was basically red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting topped with red colored sugar and red heart shaped confetti sprinkles. It tasted so much better than the one we had in Ismaya Catering Cafe. The cake was moist but a bit sticky. The cream cheese frosting complimented it perfectly. I usually do not like cream cheese, but I like this one.

Ice Thai Tea & Ice Tea - Rp 27k ea
I ordered Ice Thai Tea, and my friend got Ice Tea. I wonder how come they were priced the same. However, I really like the ice Thai tea! It was sweet and refreshing. Overall, Bittersweet Corner was such a sweet ending to our shopping day :)

Bittersweet Corner
Plaza Indonesia
Level 2, #E318
Jl. MH Thamrin Kav 28-30
Jakarta Pusat
Ph: (021) 2992-3661

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ismaya Catering Cafe

After having lunch at The Manhattan Fish Market, my friend and I continued shopping in Grand Indonesia. After a while, we were thirsty and tired of walking, so we decided to stop for a while. We were at Level One, so we stopped by at Ismaya Catering Cafe.

It was located in the middle of Level One shopping area. It was divided into 2 zoning area, smoking and non smoking. The smoking area was inside the restaurant, while the non smoking one was outside, near the Level One cash register. Inside, there was also an office for Ismaya Catering Co. Anyway, even though we were seated at the non smoking area, we could somehow smell the smoke X(

Choco Loco Cupcake - Rp 25k
My friend decided to ordered Choco Loco Cupcake. Well, she actually preferred the royal velvet one, but they ran out of it. The Choco Loco Cupcake was just an ordinary chocolate cupcake, chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, nothing fancy. Furthermore, it was rather dry. We didn't like it.

Ice Tea - Rp 15k
Lychee Refresher - Rp 30k
My friend ordered ice tea, while I, feeling a bit adventurous, ordered Lychee Refresher. The waitress who served us was newly hired, so she didn't know the description of anything on the menu. When I asked her what's in the lychee refresher, and her answer was: "It is um...lychee drink" duuhhh..-.- I expected her to continue her explanation, but she just stood there looking at me staring at her blankly, so she continued,"Well, I don't know. I'm new here *giggle*" And that's it -.-' I understood since she was new, but I could not accept her lack of initiative to find out the answer.

I ordered it anyway. Turned out, it was lychee drink with soda, and I could feel ginger in it. So I think it was ginger ale mixed with lychee syrup served with lychees. Even though in the menu it was mentioned as their signature drink, I did not really like it. It tastes rather weird to me.

Ismaya Catering Cafe

Ismaya Catering Cafe
Grand Indonesia, East Mall
Level 1, Unit 19-20
Jl. MH Thamrin No.1
Jakarta Pusat

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Manhattan Fish Market

My friend and I was shopping in Grand Indonesia when we suddenly felt hungry. Being bored by Social House and the like, we decided to try something we had not. Then, we came across the Manhattan Fish Market. I heard good reviews about it, so we gave it a try

Fried Country Mushroom in Light size - Rp 26k
We ordered the fried mushroom for the appetizer. We noticed that most of the menu were offered in two different size, regular and light. Well, the Fried Country Mushroom was served with tomato ketchup, chili sauce, and the last one I believed was honey mustard, I could be wrong though. The whole dish was good, but the mushroom itself (without the batter) lacked of taste.

Manhattan Pacific Dory Fish n Chips in Regular - Rp 51k
Manhattan Pacific Cod Fish n Chips in Light - Rp 46k
Ok now, we ordered the same dish, which was Manhattan Fish n Chips, the only differences were the type of fish and the size (as in it isn't obvious!). My friend got the dory fish in regular size, while I went with cod fish as the waiter suggested, but in the light size. When the dish came out, I needed to remind myself why I ordered the light size to begin with -.-' Well, I thought the regular size would be similar to Fish & Co's serving size, which was usually huge! But oh boy, the light size was apparently just ONE thin fish strip! geez...Needless to say, I was still hungry after finishing the whole meal. Later on, the waitress told me that the light size was supposed to be kids' menu.

For the taste, both of them was actually great. Both fishes were tender. My friend and I really love them. However, I think the cod fish one was better seasoned. Well, it could be due to the fact that we ordered it in smaller size, hence, the strong flavor.

Ice Lemon Tea and Ice Tea (Bottomless) - Rp 22k ea
Both drinks are refillable, or bottomless, on their term. I love that more and more restaurants offered their tea to be refillable :D

Overall, I think the food is quite good. But compare to their direct opponent, which I believe is Fish & Co, they are a bit behind. However, they have a lot better price, since their fish & chips is about Rp 60k, while in Fish & Co, it can go for a little more than Rp 100k I believe.

The Manhattan Fish Market
Grand Indonesia
Level 3A, Unit FD 06-06A
Jl. MH Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta Pusat
Ph: (021) 2358-1055

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I'm sorry if I don't post anything lately. Life has never been busier, some things came up, and I'm just back from Bali XD. Well, anyway I'm back!! yippiee..

One day after work, a good friend of mine suddenly called me and asked me to accompany me grab some snack. He was craving for sushi, and since we were close to Mall Artha Gading at that time, we went there. There were a couple of restaurants that served sushi in the mall, but we picked Daisho.

My sister really like Daisho in Mall Kelapa Gading, so I thought why didn't we give the one in MAG a shot. I passed by this restaurant a lot of time, but never been there.

Back: New York Roll (Rp 31.5k) &
Front: Crunchy Unagi Roll (Rp 21.5k)
Since it was just for snack, we ordered the medium size (4 pieces, while the large size consists of 8 pieces) for both sushi. The waiter said that New York Roll was one of the favorites, and I also ordered Crunchy Unagi Roll just because I loveee unagi :p Well, they were actually quite good. We finished them up just by the blink of eyes. I think we were really

Cold & Hot Ocha (Rp 8k ea)
Overall, I think the sushi rolls are good, but whether it is better than Sushi Tei, well you guys decide ;)

Daisho Express
Mall Artha Gading
2nd Floor, Blok B2 No. 8-10
Jl. Boulevard Artha Gading Selatan No. 1
Jakarta Utara
Ph: (021) 4586-4204

Mall Kelapa Gading
MKG 3, Ground Floor
Food Hall, Food Court area
Jakarta Utara
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