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27 December 2013

Warung Sekar Sari Mojokerto

Simple Indonesian Dishes


Warung Sekarsari - Oseng Campursari (Rp 4.000)

Mojokerto adalah salah satu tempat yang saya jarang kunjungi, tapi beberapa teman cukup banyak yang menyanjung tempat makan di sini, salah satunya depot Anda yang juga buka cabang di Surabaya
Kesempatan mampir kali ini datang karena ada keperluan kerja setelah dari Lamongan, lanjut ke Mojokerto dan makan siang di jalan Empu Nala ini.


I seldom goes to Mojokerto, which is quite adjacent to  Lamongan where my office resides.
This time around we got a chance to go there on a business trip, afterwards from Lamongan, we went to Mojokerto to have lunch



23 December 2013

Kopitiam 88 - Surabaya

Traditional Coffee Shop in the China Town of Surabaya - Jagalan



Kopitiam yang berlokasi di daerah pecinan Surabaya, jalan Jagalan. Mengusung nuansa kuno khas Surabaya, nuansanya warna warni dengan warna yang bertabrakan.

This traditional Cafe is located in the old Chinese district in Surabaya, Jagalan street.
In case you're wondering what's a Kopitiam, here's a line from Wikipedia : 

Kopitiams (kedai kopi) in Riau Islands, Indonesia are very similar to those in Singapore or Malaysia. Originally run by local Chinese people, they can be found in many residential areas. An old-fashioned kopitiams are usually located at shop houses, and often have a quite run-down appearance. There are a lot of food choices, such as wanton mee, char siew bao, bee hoon, laksa, char kway teow, bak kut teh, teochew porridge, chicken rice, and even Indian-Malay food like roti prata and nasi lemak may be available. More modern kopitiams have more recently emerged, and can be found in many shopping malls.


18 December 2013

The Rock Underground - Grand City

The Rock - Beef Parma - Rp 150.000 (Rp 75.000 after discount)

The Rock Underground, resto yang serupa tapi tak sama dengan The Rock GM Suasananya menarik, memang sedikit terasa makan tempat dan masif tatanan kursinya, tapi memberikan nuansa yang nyaman dan private.


A restaurant with nice ambiance in the heart of the city, Grand City Mall. It's the same restaurant with this one : The Rock GM but with a different twist. Here the ambiance is nicer and more plush.


16 December 2013

Piazza Italia - Lenmarc Surabaya

Quaint Italian Restaurant

Piazza Italia
Piazza Italia, restoran Italia yang bertempat di Lenmarc, lokasinya cukup luas, apalagi untuk ukuran tenant mall.

Piazza Italia is a unique italian restaurant, in a western part of Surabaya, Lenmarc Mall. It's quite spacious, specially for a mall's tenant.

13 December 2013

Platinum Grill Event

Thanksgiving Dinner

Platinum Grill Thanksgiving Turkey

Bulan November lalu saat perayaan Thanksgiving, Platinum Grill mengadakan acara makan malam dengan tema buffet. Berikut saya post beberapa foto menu yang dihidangkan

Last month on November, Platinum Grill had a thanksgiving dinner event, with a buffet style menus. Here are some photos from the delicious feast.

11 December 2013

Pancious - additional photos

The Pancake Specialist

Pancious

Ulasan sebelumnya bisa dilihat di : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/06/pancious-pancake-house-surabaya.html
Ulasan pertama itu pengalaman dari saat Pancious pertama kali buka, Desember 2012, dan saat itu saya tidak terlalu cocok dengan hidangannya, tapi setelah beberapa kali lagi mencoba, rasanya perlu ada update terhadap ulasan pertama, karena ada peningkatan rasa dan kualitas pelayanan yang cukup signifikan di Pancious.

Updated review : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/06/pancious-pancake-house-surabaya.html
The snippet  taken in the first review are from their early opening days in December 2012, and since then I've been a few time here and feel that there were quite significant improvement that another review is imminent.


09 December 2013

Depot Bedjo

Simple Chinese Dish

Depot Bedjo - Salah satu depot yang menjadi favorit beberapa teman saya. Lokasinya di jalan Dharmahusada / Prof Dr Moestopo, satu jalan dengan nasi udang Bu Rudy.

This small eatery sells Chinese Food, some of my friends are avid fans of the place. It's located in the Dharmahusada / Prof Dr Moestopo street

06 December 2013

Tahu Tek Pak Jayen - Surabaya

The Most Popular Tofu in Town

Tahu Tek Pak Jayen
Salah satu tahu Tek paling laris di Surabaya adalah Tahu Tek pak Jayen ini. Lokasinya ada di daerah Surabaya Timur, tidak jauh dari Galaxy Mall dan Manyar Kertoarjo yang rame sekali sebagai jujugan wisata kuliner seafood di Surabaya. Salah satu saingannya adalah Tahu Tek Pak Gendut, yang lokasinya berdekatan dengan tempat ini.
http://www.foodgrapher.com/2012/11/tahu-tek-pak-gendut-surabaya.html


This is one of the most popular street dish in Surabaya, Tahu Tek which is mainly a tofu based dish, with peanut sauce. This location is in East Surabaya, nearby Galaxy Mall and Manyar Kertoarjo which is quite popular as seafood mecca. Another same vendor selling a similar dish is Tahu Tek Pak Gendut, which is located nearby.
http://www.foodgrapher.com/2012/11/tahu-tek-pak-gendut-surabaya.html


04 December 2013

Warung Sego Sambal SS

Delicious, Spicy, Hot & Cheap

Sego Sambal SS - Surabaya (Sambal Terong - Rp 3.000)
Salah satu hidangan favorit di Surabaya adalah penyetan, berhubung banyak pecinta sambal dan daging di kota ini. Saya dahulu bertemu dengan Sego Sambal SS ini di kota Yogyakarta sekitar tahun 2009 lalu. Setelah cukup lama tidak mencicipinya, ternyata warung satu ini membuka cabang di Surabaya.


One of the most popular dish in Surabaya is Penyetan which usually consists of some protein and spicy chilli sauce called Sambal. This particular restaurant is all about the Sambal and aptly named Sego Sambal (SS). The first time I encountered the restaurant is in Yogyakarta city around 2009. It's been a while since the last time I tried them, so I'm quite excited when they open up branch in Surabaya.


02 December 2013

Roppongi Hills - Tokyo Japan

Interesting Shopping Center in Tokyo


Mall in Roponggi Hills - Mori Tower
Setelah dari Pasar Ikan Tsukiji, tujuan berikutnya di Tokyo adalah Roponggi Hills, lokasinya tidak begitu jauh dari daerah Ginza, di mana pasar ikan tersebut berada.


Soon after leaving Tsukiji Fish Market, our next destination in Tokyo is the Roponggi Hills. Located not far from Ginza, the district where Tsukiji fish market is located.



29 November 2013

Fish and Co - Sutos

Fish & Co - Surabaya Town Square


Fish & Co - Surabaya Town Square

Setelah setahun lalu menghadiri pesta ultah teman di Fish & Co Tunjungan Plasa, kali ini saya menghadiri undangan lagi di Fish & Co di Sutos. Kali ini bukan untuk menghadiri undangan ultah lagi, tapi untuk memenuhi undangan gathering food blogger.

After a year ago attending a birthday party in Tunjungan Plasa's Fish & Co this time I'm sampling the Fish & CO Sutos branch. Unlike the last time, it's not on birthday invitation again, this time the event is a food blogger gathering.


27 November 2013

Golden Safron - Lenmarc Mall Surabaya

Posh Indian Food

Golden Safron - Lenmarc
Golden Safron adalah salah satu dari dua resto India populer di Surabaya, satu resto lainnya ada di Sitara yang lokasinya ada di jalan Hayam Wuruk, dekat dengan Surabaya Town Square.
Di Surabaya keberadaan resto India cukup jarang, sehingga tidak terlalu banyak pembandingnya. 



Golden Safron is one out of two popular -if not the only two- Indian restaurant in Surabaya, the other restaurant is Sitara which is located near Surabaya Town Square.
In Surabaya there isn't many option for Indian restaurant, so there aren't many to compare.


22 November 2013

Excelso Galaxy Mall 2

The Ever-Popular Cafe

Excelso - Galaxy Mall 2
Excelso, salah satu kafe paling populer di Surabaya, salah satu franchise asli Indonesia yang cukup sukses. Walau sudah lebih dari satu dekade berusaha, kafe satu ini tidak pernah lengkang oleh jaman.


Excelso, the prominent cafe in Surabaya, which franchise originated locally from Indonesia. Time have been quite kind to this cafe, after being around for more than a decade, it's still going strong with a lot of following.


20 November 2013

Carpentier Kitchen - Surabaya

Casual Cafe Ambiance

Carpentier Kitchen
Carpentier ini terletak di dekat hotel Artotel, di jalan Polisi Istimewa, tinggal belok di persimpangannya, tidak lama bakal bertemu dnegan kafe - distro ini.

Carpentier is a quaint looking cafe, located near the city center. Just turn left upon seing this hotel Artotel in the corner and you'll find this cafe which doubles as a clothing store.


18 November 2013

Dome Cafe - Sutos

What's Left of The Once Popular Cafe

Dome Cafe Sutos
Dome - nama satu ini biasanya selalu menghiasi mall-mall terkemuka di Surabaya, termasuk Galaxy Mall, TP, Sutos, Supermall Pakuwon dan banyak lagi. Kafe ini adalah franchise dari Australia dan termasuk

Dome Cafe, a Cafe chain that's been open for quite some time, with over a decade of experience opening shop in Surabaya. A Franchise originating from Australia, and have been quite popular in Indonesia.

15 November 2013

Platinum Grill Surabaya - Menu Makan Pagi

Posh Fine Dining Restaurant - Now Serving Breakfast 




Platinum Grill adalah salah satu resto jujugan untuk acara istimewa, baik untuk ultah, ultah perkawinan, atau proposing. Baik proposing untuk menjadi pacar maupun sampai ke pelaminan :p

Platinum Grill is one of the posh fine dining restaurant that is a prominent place for special occasion, weather it's anniversary, proposing and such.


13 November 2013

King Pancake - Makassar

Nice Ambiance, Mediocre Spaghetti

King Pancake Makassar

Dalam kunjungan perdana saya ke Makassar untuk menghadiri Pesta Pernikahan Teman, kita sempat mencoba mengunjungi salah satu mall-nya. Mall Panakkunang ini terlihat cukup menarik dengan banyak tempat makan yang menarik. Salah satu yang sempat kita coba di sini adalah King Pancake.


On my first time going to Makassar to attend a friend's Wedding Party, we tried going to one of Makassar's Mall, Panakkukang Mal. The place is quite nice with plenty of dining selections on the mall. We tried King Pancake here.


11 November 2013

08 November 2013

Seng Fatt Singapore - Loop

Peculiar Steamboat

Seng Fatt - Loop
Kesempatan kali ini saya mencoba ke Loop, setelah menghadiri acara di Universitas Ciputra yang lokasinya berdekatan dengan lokasi tempat makan satu ini. Berhubung sudah pernah mencoba beatus, luigi dan beberapa tempat makan populer lain, kali ini mencoba yang agak unik, Seng Fatt.

Loop is quite far in the western part of Surabaya, which will take about 1 - 1.5 hour from where I work and live. So on this occasion where I was attending an event in Ciputra University, I took the chance to also dine in Loop, which is near each other. Our Choice ends up in this cute little diner, Seng Fatt.

06 November 2013

Terminal Seafood Restaurant - Surabaya

The Latest Addition in the Seafood Avenue

Terminal Seafood Restaurant.
Kalau ditanya jujugan lokasi wisata kuliner dengan kepadatan resto seafood paling tinggi, pasti teman-teman di Surabaya merujuk ke Manyar Kertoarjo. Ya di jalan yang satu ini terdapat banyak resto spesialis seafood. Mulai dari Layar, Dermaga, Pantai, Puang Oca, Istana Berkat. Dan inilah salah satu tambahan terbaru di jalan ini, Terminal Seafood.


Are you a seafood lover? than you must go to this street while in Surabaya. You can find the biggest selection of restaurants serving seafood as their main dish. There's Layar, Dermaga, Pantai, Puang Oca, Istana Berkat, to name a few of them, and here is the latest addition that's also an instant hit, Terminal Seafood.

04 November 2013

Hoi An di Malam Hari - bagian 3

Beautiful City of Hoi An in the Night

Tourists taking a boat ride in Hoi An river


Menyambung tulisan tentang kota Hoi An (http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/02/hoi-vietnam-kota-kuno-bagian-1.html) & Pasar Malam-nya (ini link yang bag 1, ada foto sate khas vietnam), berikut beberapa foto-foto di sekitar kota Hoi An pada malam hari. 


Following my previous post about Hoi An (http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/02/hoi-vietnam-kota-kuno-bagian-1.html) and the Night Market (ini link yang bag 1, ada foto sate khas vietnam) here is the night scenes of what I consider the best city in Vietnam.

01 November 2013

Mie Ujung Pandang - Arif Rahman Hakim Surabaya

Makassar Noodle - Pork & Chicken Chinese Style Noodle



Mie Ujung Pandang - Arif Rahman Hakim, Surabaya


Mie Ujung Pandang, mie haram nan lezat ini adalah salah satu menu favorit untuk masyarakat Surabaya. Kali ini saya beramai-ramai ke sini setelah kopdar dengan teman-teman UK Petra di Kopi O Sutos. 


Ujung Panjang Noodle is a chinese style pork and chicken noodle. It's an egg based, yellow noodle, with loads of chopped red pork and white chicken meat, along with soup.



30 October 2013

Hoi An, Pasar Malam - bagian 2

Hoi An Night Market - Vietnam Trip

Hoi An Night Market
Di kota satu ini, ternyata ada pasar malam yang menarik, bisa membeli beragam macam souvenir dari gantungan kunci berbentuk makanan khas, hingga lampion.


This beautiful city have a lively night market that sells many souvenirs, from key chain designed as traditional Vietnamese food, to vendor selling traditional lanterns.


28 October 2013

24 October 2013

Foodcourt Total Buah - Tunjungan City (Ex Siola)

Food Court in the Under Appreciated City Center



Soto Banjarmasin Pak Nyo - Tunjungan City

23 October 2013

Bambuden Makassar - Pesta Pernikahan

A Trip to Makassar, Attending Friend's Wedding Reception



Bambuden - Double Fish Lips  Soup with Crab


21 October 2013

Zenbu House of Mozaru - Surabaya

Japanese Cuisine made with Mozzarella Cheese?

Zenbu House of Mozaru - Surabaya


16 October 2013

Depot Siantar Mulyosari

  Simple Genuine Chinese Cuisine

Depot Siantar Mulyosari - Surabaya



Daerah Medan dan sekitarnya termasuk daerah dengan banyak populasi etnis Tionghoa, dan pusat kuliner Cina yang terkenal.
Banyak perantauan dari pulau Sumatra membuka depot / resto bertema Medan dan Siantar di Surabaya, salah satunya yang baru saya coba adalah depot siantar ini.
Walaupun sama Masakan Cina, tapi ada ciri khas rasa yang tidak bisa ditemui di resto Cina standard Surabaya.


Medan is a city in Sumatra Island, it's one of those rare city that's populated by ethnic Chinese, along with other ethnicity such as Batak and Javanese. They have a long culinary history, which are quite influential to the Chinese cooking style in Surabaya and the whole country.
This cooking style divert much from the Javanese Island where peranakan


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pematangsiantar
Most of Pematangsiantar's food styles are inherited from Batak and Chinese traditional food. Foods such as saksang (pork cooked in its own blood), roasted pork, and tuak (an alcoholic beverage made from sugar palm and sometimes from coconut) from the Batak people are very popular.
Chinese food restaurants can also be found across the city. One of the very popular local delicacies inherited from Chinese food is "Mie Pangsit" (Wonton Noodle).
Some food from West Sumatera is also quite popular, especially nasi padang (various dishes with rice), and sate padang (spicy satay, usually eaten with rice-cake).

15 October 2013

Halim Restaurant - Kertajaya



Old Style Chinese Restaurant With Loads of Following

Halim Restaurant

Ketika makan di Meat Shop & Gourmet, salah satu teman saya yang fans Halim resto sempat menanyakan ke saya "kok blog-nya belum masukin resto Halim?"
Akhirnya beberapa minggu kemudian kita sempatkan berempat ke resto favoritnya ini, ternyata cukup ramai tempatnya. Saat itu hari Rabu malam, kalau biasanya pada hari biasa tempat makan serupa sepi, di sini tetap ramai.


A few weeks ago while dining with a group of friends at Meat Shop & Gourmet, one of my friends blurted out asking why my blog haven't reviewed this restaurant. Turns out he was an avid fan, and he'd love to have his favorite restaurant reviewed.
So we did, here we are 4 guys eating in Halim Restaurant. It was Wednesday night, and the place was packed


11 October 2013

Meat Shop & Gourmet Surabaya

Upscale Steak House With Matching Quality

Meat Shop & Gourmet Surabaya
Di resto steak premium lain, biasanya kelas steak hanya dibedakan berdasar asal dan kelasnya, seperti Wagyu, US Grain fed dsb.
Untuk resto meat shop ini, pelanggan bisa memilih hingga jenis potongan steak yang diminati.
Untuk yang tidak terlalu mengerti beda kualitas antar potongan steak, berikut ada daftar harga dari www.3sisterbeef.com untuk panduan



A steakhouse in Surabaya usually defines their steak quality in accordance to it's origin, such as local, US grain fed and Wagyu for examples. Here they go all the way, giving patron options of selecting the cuts they like.
For those of you who are a steak novice (like myself) here is a list of steak cut prices, taken from the site www.3sisterbeef.com



09 October 2013

Simply Dessert - Food Festival Laguna

Dessert Station & Cafe Bar


Simply Dessert - Food Festival Surabaya

Simply Dessert ini adalah salah satu kafe yang mengkhususkan diri di menu makanan penutup, banyak piilihan menu minuman manis seperti es Snow Ice Taiwan yang tatanannya mirip es campur / es shanghai, tapi menggunakan bahan es berasa dan lebih lembut serutannya dibanding es campur. Selain itu ada juga pilihan banyak smoothies dan blended ice yang menarik.


Food Festival is one of the happening place east of Galaxy Mall, it's in East Coast Mall. One of them is Simply Dessert which is owned by a friend of mine from Petra University.
This place emphazise on simple Chinese Desserts, with loads selections of Taiwanese Snow Ice, Smoothies and blended drinks.


04 October 2013

De Mandailing Cafe - Surabaya

Another Cafe along Klampis Street


de Mandailing Cafe

Kalau di sepanjang jalan Manyar Kertoarjo banyak bertebaran resto seafood, di jalan Klampis yang berjarak 5 menit darinya berjajar kafe-kafe.
Salah satu yang terbaru adalah kafe De Mandailing ini, lokasinya sedikit ujung, mendekati lokasi resto Ayam Goreng Pemuda yang ada di tikungan.


When visiting Eastern Surabaya area, you'd see in Manyar Kertoarjo street there are numerous seafood eatery in the area, five minutes from it, there;s also another concentrated area of cafes sprawled along Klampis street.
One of them is the De Mandailing Cafe, which is located in the far ned, close to Ayam Goreng Pemuda's restaurant located in the corner.


02 October 2013

Antica Osteria Surabaya

For The Pasta Lovers


Antica Osteria - Surabaya


Lokasi resto ini terletak di jalan Sriwijaya, di antara pasar Keputran dan jalan Polisi Istimewa. Di lokasi yang sama dengan kafe Cangkir Sawunggaling. Untuk yang sekedar lewat mungkin tidak melihat resto satu ini, karena posisinya tusuk sate dan dekat dengan belokan ke arah jalan Keputran. Saya setiap minggu beberapa kali melewati tempat ini, tapi tidak menyadari ada resto, baru setelah diajak teman berkunjung ke sini dan mulai mencari baru sadar ada resto menarik di tempat ini.

Berikut ada review yang lebih baru di sini  : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2014/04/antica-osteria-2014.html

This restaurant is located in Sriwijaya street, near Sriwijaya Fried Chicken, in a road near Polisi Istimewa street and Keputran Market. If you're not paying particular attention while passing by, most likely you'll miss the place, since it's in the intersection and right on the turn of the road, so it would be hard to look around.

Here's the lastes review of the restaurant : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2014/04/antica-osteria-2014.html

30 September 2013

Singosari Lounge - Bandara Juanda Surabaya

Singosari Lounge in Domestic Terminal Surabaya Airport


Singosari Lounge Juanda

Singosari Lounge adalah salah satu di antara dua airport lounge di terminal domestik Juanda, satunya adalah blue sky lounge. Berhubung sudah sering ke Blue Sky Lounge, kali ini saya mencoba ke lounge satu ini. Menu Airport lounge sendiri kadang juga berganti, tapi sering kali variasinya sedikit, hanya berkisar beberapa hidangan kue, yang berkuah seperti soto, rawon sup, aneka gorengan dan mie / nasi goreng.


Singosari Lounge is one of the two airport lounge in Juanda domestic airport. The other one is blue sky lounge, which I've frequently visited before. This airport lounge usually change their menus, but after a few times going there, you'd know the usual variants. There's the multitudes of kueh (indonesian cake), soups and their traditional counterpart, rawon & soto, assortment of fried snacks and the usual fried rice / noodle.


27 September 2013

Restoran Pantai - Surabaya

Seafood Restaurant in the ever crowded strip

Pantai Restoran - Cumi

Cocoklah kalau Surabaya disebut kota maritim, dermaganya selalu ramai dan restoran seafood juga tidak mau kalah, bermunculan bak jamur di musim hujan.
Salah satu lokasi makan dengan populasi resto seafood terbanyak bisa ditemukan di jalan Manyar Kertoarjo, di sini ada resto Nusantara, Layar, Istana Berkat, Puang Oca, hingga yang paling baru, Terminal, ada lagi Sushi Hana kalau dimasukkan olahan Sushi + Sashimi dalam kriteria hidangan seafood.
Entah apa karena posisi daerah Manyar Kertoarjo yang dekat dengan pantai Kenjeran, di sini resto seafood tumbuh subur.


Surabaya is called a maritime city, which is fitting since apart from the busy ports, we got plenty of seafood restaurants.
You'll find the largest concentration of seafood eateries on the Manyar Kertoarjo street. There's plenty of them stacking side by side on this road, to name a few Nusantara, Layar,  Istana Berkat, Puang Oca, and the latest addition, Terminal. If you count sushi and sashimi, there's also the Sushi Hana restaurant.
This particular restaurant is named Pantai, which translates as beach. Don't expect to see any beache though, the closest beach is half an hour drive away in Kenjeran.


25 September 2013

Kafe Java Dancer - Malang

Coffee Done The Right Way



Kota tetangga Surabaya ini memiliki banyak tempat yang menarik dikunjungi untuk wisata kuliner. Setelah sempat agak kecewa dengan kualitas minuman kopi di salah satu kafe, malamnya saya mampir ke kedai kopi satu ini.
Pengalaman kecewa dengan kafe sebelumnya langsung sirna, di sini tempatnya menarik walaupun suasana outdoor dan tanpa AC. Salah satu resiko dengan suasana makan outdoor adalah serangan nyamuk, andai ke sini lebih baik tidak menggunakan celana pendek dan sejenis, karena meja sebelah yang pakai baju terbuka kelihatan cukup heboh dalam perburuan nyamuk.




Malang city is a nice place for culinary lovers, their dining scene is quite different compared to Surabaya. The best options here are usually not the upscale eatery, where you'd find Surabaya's best, rather it's the place offering genuine, spartan eatery with reasonable price that gets top credit.
The same hold true for the cafes, earlier on the same day, I visited a cafe in the city center of Malang, and was unsatisfied with the quality of the coffee they serve, luckily I took my chances on the evening and tried this little gem of a cafe here.

It's an outdoor cafe, with many interesting tit bits for decor and cozy ambiance. Though quite cozy, you'd best wear a cloth with good covering to avoid mosquito bites. I noticed few scantily clad visitors frantically hunting for the pesky parasites.



23 September 2013

Nav Nav Karaoke - Bima Garden

Good Food in Karaoke Joint?

Nav-Nav Karaoke Bima Garden

Biasanya kalau diajak Karaoke saya lumayan malas, bukannya tidak suka musik, termasuk penggemar musik bahkan sempat belajar piano dan sejenis. Hanya saja kalau masalah karaoke, saya termasuk ngga demen...
Kebetulan Karaoke kali ini diajak sahabat yang lama ngga bersua, jadi separuh memaksakan diri untuk ikut, lokasinya ada di ruko RMI yang terletak dalam satu gedung dengan resto Bima Garden.


Though being a music fan and a piano player, I kinda hate karaoke joint. In this place, every attendant usually gets a singing slot weather you like it or not, which means many off tune singing and such :D
This time around I was invited by my best friend which I haven't seen in a while, so like it or not, I'm going to Karaoke.


20 September 2013

Arum Manis Bumi Hotel (Ex Hyatt)

Bumi Hotel Coffee Shop

Nasi Goreng - Bumi Hyatt Hotel

Setelah sempat mencoba lunch buffet di Arum Manis dan Kizahashi tempo hari (http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/06/bumi-hotel-surabayade-lunch-buffet.html) kali ini saya mencoba hidangan ala carte di resto satu ini.
Saat ke sini masih ada hidangan lunch buffet nya, jadi saya sempatkan berkeliling untuk mengambil beberapa foto hidangan buffet nya.



After trying out their lunch buffet offer (http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/06/bumi-hotel-surabayade-lunch-buffet.html) this time I try their ala carte dishes.
Since the buffet was still available during my visit here, I took the chance to took some photos of their buffet.


18 September 2013

Pengalaman dengan Cathay Pacific - Hongkong Chek Lap Kok Airport

Cathay Pacific Economy Cabin & Hongkong Airport


Cathay Pacific Economy Cabin


Walaupun selama ini hanya pernah mengulas kabin kelas ekonomi di pesawat terbang, kali ini dengan harapan cukup besar kalau suatu saat ada dana lebih untuk naik kelas bisnis (ceilehhh...) saya coba memberi judul review berdasar kelas kabin.
Saya cukup beruntung semenjak kecil sering diajak orang tua bertamasya ke beberapa negara, dan salah satu highlight dari perjalanan itu adalah saat-saat di pesawat terbang.



Though I only travelled using Coach / Economy class, this time I optimistically posted the title by cabin class, hoping someday I'll get enough courage and dough to book Business Class.
I'm quite lucky because I've been travelling abroad since childhood, and one of the highlight of such trip for me is the airline travel.


16 September 2013

Resto Jaly-Jaly - Stasiun Blok M Jakarta

Aceh style Fried Rice, Spicy Goodness


Rujak / Rojak Aceh maker


Jakarta, kota yang paling macet se Indonesia Raya. Biasanya kalau saya berkunjung ke sini, untuk menyelesaikan urusan pekerjaan dan langsung Pulang-Pergi dari Surabaya. Berhubung menjleang siang biasanya urusan sudah selesai dan tidak hobi ke mall, acapkali saya mencobai rute-rute busway / Transjakarta dari daerah Jakarta Selatan.
Setelah beberapa kali terdampar di kawasan blok M (terminal terakhir di rute busway jakSel) akhirnya saya penasaran dengan tempat satu ini dan memutuskan untuk mencoba melihat-lihat.


Jakarta, the capital city and the gridlock capital of Indonesia. Usually I go here for business and seldom stay more than a day. Most of the time all errands are done before sundown, and I took the free time to stroll around Jakarta using Busway / Transjakarta bus.
After a few time getting stranded in Blok M terminal (the last stop for the South Jakarta route) I decided to check out this place and have a late lunch.


13 September 2013

XO Chinese Cuisine - Tunjungan Plasa

Popular Chinese Restaurant in Tunjungan Plasa

XO Cuisine Surabaya

XO Cuisine adalah salah satu resto yang cukup terkenal di Surabaya, awalnya yang populer terlebih dahulu adalah XO Suki. Suki adalah masakan berkuah mirip dengan Shabu-shabu. 
Baru-baru ini XO Cuisine Grand City juga memberikan promo lunch buffet yang cukup menarik juga.
Lokasi restoran Cina ini ada di lantai dasar Tunjungan Plasa 3, cukup strategis, di samping atrium pameran TP3. Di lokasi sama juga ada penyedia hidangan serupa, Duck King TP (http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/04/duck-king-tunjungan-plasa.html). Kedua tempat ini sama ramainya dan memiliki penggemar sendiri.


XO Cuisine is one of a popular Chinese restaurant in Surabaya, this group was first famous for their Suki dish at XO Suki, Suki is a dish similar to the Japanese Shabu-Shabu, whereas the XO Cuisine restaurant serve Chinese dishes. Another branch of XO Cuisine also recently launch a new lunch buffet promotion on XO Cuisine Grand City.
This Chinese Restaurant is located in Tunjungan Plaza 3



11 September 2013

Swike Gris - Ruko Mega Galaxy

Swike - Purwodadi City's Frog Leg Dish

Swike Gris - Surabaya, Ruko Mega Galaxy


Swike alias hidangan kodok adalah salah satu jenis makanan yang cukup populer di Surabaya.
Hidangan Swike di sini cukup sederhana tapi enak, ada dua pilihan cara masak, swike goreng tepung, dan swike kuah.
Swike kuahnya sendiri biasanya menggunakan kuah dengan tauco, dibubuhi potongan bawang putih dan jeruk nipis yang disajikan terpisah, jadi bisa diatur sendiri tingkat keasaman yang diinginkan.


Swike is what people here called frog meats, cooked with chinese cuisine style. Usually there's two popular choice, either made as soup, or batter fried.
Batter fried is quite self explanatory, it's just like chicken drum stick but made with frog leg.
The soup frog is made with "tauco" which is a sauce made with fermented soy bean, along with sliced garlic. They usually also provides slices of lime, where you can juice it to add sourness to suit your own taste.


09 September 2013

Fujiya - Papaya Supermarket Surabaya

Good Italian Food in Japanese Restaurant?


Fujiya Restaurant


Biasanya salah satu ciri restoran yang rawan gagal adalah tidak fokus, nah ini salah satunya yang cukup unik. Namanya menandakan restoran Jepang, tapi sebagian menunya hidangan Italia dan digabung dengan kafe Rolaas. TIdak lupa, lokasinya ada di dalam area supermarket Papaya.
Walaupun demikian, resto ini tidak buruk sama sekali, rasa masakannya cukup enak, suasananya nyaman dan menarik.

Usually one of the trait of a restaurant waiting to fail, is they lack focus, but there are always exception.
This one restaurant is one such example, named as Japanese Restaurant while also serving Italian food and doubles as a Rolaas Cafe, not to mention they're located in Papaya Supermarket.
Despite this facts, the restaurant isn't bad at all, the food is quite tasty, with nice ambiance and decent service.



06 September 2013

Supermall - Takoyaki Hachan & Kwetiauw Lina

Quick bite at the Pakuwon Trade Center Mall


Takoyaki Hachan

Di Surabaya makanan Jepang sejak beberapa tahun ini sudah menjadi makanan yang ngetrend, salah satu variannya adalah Takoyaki.
Berhubung Takoyaki tidak terlalu susah membuatnya, kebanyakan hidangan ini dijual di Food Stall, salah satu penjualnya adalah Takoyaki Hachan di Pakuwon Trade Center / Supermall.

Japanese Food have been all the craze in Surabaya this past few year, and Takoyaki is one of the popular Japanese snack here.
Since making Takoyaki is not to hard, most of them are sold in food stall around the mall, here, Takoyaki Hachan open shop in PTC / Supermall.

03 September 2013

XO Cuisine Lunch Buffet - Grand City Surabaya

All You Can Eat - Chinese Cuisine

XO Cuisine Grand City

Di Surabaya banyak penggemar all you can eat. Ada AYCE Jepang, seperti Hanamasa & Cocari, masakan Italia di Pronto. Sebelum ada trio ini, untuk menikmati sajian all you can eat, orang Surabaya perlu mengunjungi hotel bintan 4-5 seperti Jamoo dan Kizahashi.
Semua memiliki penggemar masing-masingnya, namun tiga pilihan di atas itu harganya di kisaran Rp 100.000 ke atas. Untuk all you can eat dengan harga relatif lebih ekonomis, alternatifnya ada Dim Sum, yang dipopulerkan oleh Fu Yuan dan juga disediakan XO Chinese Cuisine.
Dulu ada juga resto Samudra yang menyediakan AYCE Yamcha / Dim Sum, tapi sekarang sudah tutup dan di lokasi sama berdiri Ramen Nozomi. Ketiganya menyediakan hidangan ini dengan harga di kisaran Rp 50.000 per orang.


Surabaya is mecca for all you can eat lovers, the well known juggernaut is Hanamasa & Cocari, two of the first pioneer of binge eating, along with their Italian counterpart, Pronto . Before this trio, the only option for all you can eat is to go to a 4-5 star hotel such as Jamoo and Kizahashi.
This AYCE (All You Can Eat) options are priced starting around Rp 100.000, and beverages are usually included. For those seeking for a cheaper alternative, there are those Dim Sum AYCE options which are priced around Rp 50.000. Two of the prominent proprietors are XO and  Fu Yuan.


02 September 2013

Ria Galeria

Indonesian Classics




Resto Ria Galeria ini adalah salah satu resto yang lumayan laris di Surabaya. Seperti beberapa resto lama di Surabaya, resto satu ini ada terbagi menjadi dua, satu chain resto dengan nama restoran Ria, dan beberapa lagi dengan nama restoran Ria Galeria. Saat ke sini saya sempat menanyakan dan ternyata antara resto Ria Galeria dan Ria tidak berhubungan.

This Ria Galeria restaurant is a quite a famous eatery in Surabaya, like some other old restaurant chain in Surabaya, after being quite famous, usually there's a another similarly named restaurants. In this case it's Ria Galeria and Ria restaurant. I took the opportunity to ask if they are the same, turns out they're not related.

30 August 2013

Food Wave Ciputra World - Surabaya

Not Your Typical Food Court


Food Wave - Ciputra World


Dahulu, kalau seseorang menyebut foodcourt, yang terbersit di benak adalah tempat makan kaipang yang isinya gerai makanan siap saji, baik yang waralaba internasional maupun nasional. Sekarang sudah banyak berubah, tiap mall berusaha memberikan pilihan makanan yang berbeda dengan mall lain, seperti di Galaxy Mall yang memiliki dua tempat foodcourt, satu untuk makanan daerah Surabaya dan satu lagi yang bebas untuk waralaba internasional. Dua gerai yang pernah saya ulas di foodcourt GM adalah Babi Guling Murni dan Depot Anda
Yang lebih ekstrim lagi ada foodcourt mewah ala Food Channel - Lenmarc, walaupun terakhir agak menurun mutunya.



A while back, when you mention the word Foodcourt in Surabaya, what comes in mind is those flimsy eateries, with those same food franchises. Choosing a mall's foodcourt was a matter of distance rather than option back then. Nowadays things have change a lot, malls are differentiating themselves by offering unique food stalls on their foodcourt. One example is in Galaxy Mall where they have two sections of food courts. One is for the international franchise, while the other catered towards local food proprietor. Two of the local food stalls I've tried in Galaxy Mall is Babi Guling Murni and Depot Anda.
Another slightly over the top option, is Food Channel - Lenmarc, though it's been slipping in quality nowadays.

28 August 2013

My Kopi O - Grand City

Kopi O - Traditional Coffee in Mall



My Kopi-O

Sebelum demam Kopitiam melanda Surabaya, ada satu gerai warung kopi, My Kopi-O yang megawalinya dengan membuka gerai kopi nuansa tradisional, ala Kopitiam di mall-mall terkemuka Surabaya. Salah satunya yang pernah saya review sebelumnya adalah cabang di Kopi O - Ciputra World, yang mempopulerkan minuman Kopi Tarik.


Long before Bangli Kopitiam start opening shop, the Kopitiam craze in Surabaya already started. One of the pioneer is Kopi-O, which open it stalls in various popular malls in Surabaya. One of their branch that I've reviewed before is Kopi O - Ciputra World, they were quite popular for their Kopi Tarik.

26 August 2013

Tsukiji Market - Pasar Ikan Jepang

Famous Fish Market in Tokyo

Tsukiji Fish Market

Buat para penggemar Sushi, tentunya tahu dengan pasar ikan tersohor ini, Tsukiji (築地) Market, mekkah nya untuk para penggemar ikan dan seafood. Semua restaurant Sushi ternama, baik di Jepang sampai ke Amerika biasanya mengambil ikan dari pasar satu ini. Mengingat kualitasnya adalah no 1 di seantero dunia untuk kualitas dan kesegeran ikannya.


For the sushi and seafood lovers, Tsukiji (築地) Market is their mecca. Sushi and Sashimi made out the freshest fish would guarantee it's superior tastes and texture. That's why loads of famous Sushi restaurant, from Japan to US, usually sources their fish right out of this famous market.


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