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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.


23 August 2013

Soto & Bakso Geprak Mbah Djo - Pasar Burung Splendid Malang

Simple Luncheon on the Main Street of Malang

Soto Pegrak Mbah Djo


Hari sudah mulai siang saat saya ke Malang, dan sempat bingung mau cari makan di mana. Untungnya di deretan jalan utama ke arah Lawang, dekat dengan hotel Solaris  . Saya sempat bingung dengan nama depot satu ini, Soto Geprak. Saya kira tipe Soto yang kalau menyajikan makanan bakal geprak2 dahulu, tapi ternyata sepi-sepi saja tuh.


This Diner is located right in the main street from Malang to Lawang, along the same street where hotel Solaris  is located. I was perplexed upon seing the diner name, Soto with a bang, which is what "Geprak" means. There were some famous Soto vendor, where the cook usually bangs the soy sauce bottle when finishing an order. Though that was the case here, but I didn't hear any banging sound while I was here, which I thought was strange.

21 August 2013

Kenny Rogers - Surabaya


The Famous Singer's Chicken Restaurant


Kenny Rogers Roaster - Grilled Chicken Rotisserie


Kenny Rogers Roaster adalah salah satu franchise terkenal dari Amerika Serikat, hasil kolaborasi musisi Kenny Rogers dan mantan gubernur Kentucky John Y Brown Jr yang pernah memiliki KFC pada tahun 1964 sampai 1971. Menu andalannya adalah ayam panggang rotisserie.
Tahun 2012 lalu cabang terakhir di Amerika Serikat ditutup, dan saat ini Kenny Rogers Roaster hanya beroperasi di sekitar Asia


Kenny Rogers Roasters is a chain of chicken restaurants that was founded by country musician Kenny Rogers and former Kentucky governor John Y. Brown, Jr., who had also owned Kentucky Fried Chicken from 1964 to 1971. The menu was originally centered on wood-fired rotisserie chicken. After closing all of its US operations, Kenny Rogers Roasters now operates only in Asia. The last US based location was in Ontario Mills, California, which closed in 2012.


19 August 2013

Pangsit Mie Pekalongan - Malang

Cheap and Easy Chicken Noodle in Malang City

Pangsit Mie Ayam Pekalongan - Malang

Beberapa bulan yang lalu saya sempat sering ke kota Malang. Kebetulan saat ke sini ada teman yang tahu saya demen blogging tentang tempat makan, dan diapun merekomendasikan saya mencoba depot mie satu ini.

A few months ago I regularly commute from Surabaya to Malang. Coincidentally my friend knows that I like to blog about food, and he recommended me to try this small eatery along Pekalongan street.


16 August 2013

Tokyo Kabukicho & Ginza

Strolling around Ginza - Japan Day 1



Subway Metro Line in Tokyo


Transportasi masal di sekitar Tokyo termasuk maju dan beragam, bisa memilih untuk naik bis, maupun satu di antara banyak jalur subway (kereta api bawah tanah). Jalur Subway ini ada banyak, beberapa di antaranya Metro, Keikyu, JR dan Toei.
Untuk yang pertama kali ke sini, lebih baik hari pertama langsung beli tiket terusan harian, ada pilihannya yang Metro saja 800 Yen, atau Metro + Toei sekitar 1200 Yen.
Harga ini cukup murah mengingat untuk satu kali jalan dengan rute menengah saja butuh sekitar 250 Yen. Sehari jalan-jalan dari Ginza, Asakusa, Akihabara dan Shinjuku, muter-muter di situ saja bisa habis banyak kalau tidak pakai tiket terusan.




Ticketing Machine in Subway Station - Tokyo

At First getting around Tokyo is pretty confusing, with all the different train network like Metro, Keikyu, JR and Toei Subway Line. But once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy to navigate around the lines. Suppose you get confused, you can always ask the nice officers around at the subway stations.
For first timer, you'd be better off getting the metro one day pass, or the Metro + Toei Pass. It's about 800 Yen and 1200 Yen, upon purchasing them, you can ride all you want all day, on the said network.Which is a bargain, considering one train ride can easily costs 250 yen.
No need to worry if you can't communicate with them, just need to ask them nicely, starting with 'Sumimasen" which means excuse me, and then state the location you're heading to, like "Ginza?" and they'll point you to the right lane.


14 August 2013

W Grill and Lounge

Cozy & Secluded Lounge

Home Office Area around W Grill & Lounge


W Grill & Lounge ini adalah salah satu tempat yang cukup nyaman dan menarik, tapi relatif jarang diketahui orang karena lokasinya di jalan relatif kecil di Nginden, dan masuk di dalam kompleks Ruko.
Pertama kali ke sini saya diajak oleh teman yang kampusnya ada di daerah Nginden ini, jadi ada GPS berjalan yang membantu menemukan tempatnya :)


W Grill & Lounge is quite a comfortable place to eat, though a bit hard to find because it's located not in the main roads, and the place is located inside a home-office area.
The first time I know this place is through recomendation of a friend. She study in university near the area, so she's quite accustomed with the surrounding area.


13 August 2013

Otak-Otak RY & Food Court Delta Plasa (Plaza Surabaya)

Otak-Otak Tanpa Utak-Atik


Otak-Otak Ikan Tenggiri RY


Kesempatan kali ini saya ingin mengulas tentang stand Otak-otak. Kebetulan Stand ini milik teman alumni UK Petra, tempat saya kuliah S1 ^_^
Berhubung pemiliknya alumni UKP, maka saat mengunjungi tempat ini, teman-teman dari UKP sekaligus mengadakan reuni kecil-kecilan.
Lokasi Stan Otak-otak ini ada di dekat Ace Hardware, Delta Plasa lantai 2, berdekatan dengan lokasi parkir.


Mengingat sekarang jamannya food safety awareness, salah satu keunggulan otak-otak ini adalah menggunakan bahan alami dan sehat, tanpa pengawet. Maka tidak perlu khawatir saat melihat liputan investigasi trans TV tentang makanan diberi bahan kimia, ada alternatif cemilan sehat. 


12 August 2013

Menginap di Airport Haneda (Tokyo - Jepang)

Spending The Night at Haneda Airport

Haneda Airport Tokyo


Di Tokyo ada dua Airport internasional, satu di Narita yang berada sekitar 60Km dari pusat kota Tokyo. Narita biasanya menjadi basis kedatangan Garuda Indonesia. Airport yang satu lagi adalah Haneda, airport yang lebih modern daripada Narita dan lokasinya relatif dekat kota. Airport Haneda ini menjadi airport jujugan untuk LCC Air Asia, Garuda biasanya mendarat di Narita (untuk cek bisa click link ini). Haneda sendiri relatif dekat dengan pusat kota, cukup membayar sekitar Rp 60.000 untuk tiket kereta monorail dari Haneda ke Asakusa, daerah di mana saya menginap.


Tokyo have two big and beautiful international airports, one in Narita, which is 60km from downtown Tokyo. Narita usually is used by Garuda Indonesia airline (you can check the flights here). The other one is Haneda Airport, which is just recently renovated, it's located adjacent to city center which is convenient. I was using Air Asia during this trip and the airport they used was Haneda airport. From Haneda to Asakusa, the area where I stayed, we only need to pay monorail ticket fare of 600 Yen or Rp 60.000.

09 August 2013

Sakura Teppanyaki - Surabaya

Teppanyaki With a Chinese Twist

Sakura Teppanyaki Surabaya

Seingat saya dahulu pernah ada resto tepanyaki serupa di Tunjungan Plasa II, menyajikan makanan cepat saji seperti Nasi Goreng, Kwetiauw dan sejenisnya dengan proses masak dengan tepanyaki.
Setelah bertahun-tahun tutup, sekarang ada tempat sejenis yang dibuka di East Coast mall yang berselebahan dengan Food Festival.


For those of you accustomed with the authentic Japanese Tepanyaki, you might be taken a back by this particular restaurant. Unlike your regular Tepanyaki joint, this one also serves some simple Chinese fare such as fried noodle, fried rice, and flat noodle / kwetiaw, which is similar to Pad Thai.
Long ago there were similar place selling the same item at Tunjungan Plasa. It was quite popular back then, I don't really know why they ended up being closed.

07 August 2013

Depot 539 Manyar Kertoarjo

Diner / luncheonette Serving Traditional Food


Depot 539 - depan supermarket Bonet


Depot 539 ini sudah cukup lama buka di daerah dekat supermarket Bonet, semenjak saya ingat, sudah ada beberapa dasawarsa usianya. Sebelumnya sudah pernah mencoba makan di sini, tapi pada saat jaman masih kuliah dan belum blogging, ditambah lagi sudah lupa bagaimana kesannya saat itu hehe, jadi anggap saja ini kali pertama nyoba tempat ini.

When you see the word depot in Indonesia, it's usually describing a very different thing than the American / English counterpart. Depot here means a small diner, usually open air area, without air conditioning and catering to lower middle class clientele. Though a bit spartan, the food is by no mean bad, it's usually have decent selections of traditional cuisine, such as this place which specialize in Chinese & Indonesian dishes

05 August 2013

Solaris Hotel Malang

Budget Hotel with Decent Breakfast & Mediocre Room

Solaris Hotel - Malang



Solaris hotel ini lokasinya cukup unik, lokasinya berdekatan dengan toko bahan bangunan, tepat di pinggir jalan raya ke arah Lawang. Walau agak pinggir kota, tapi untuk ukuran kota Malang yang tidak terlampau besar, cukup mudah untuk berpergian dari sini ke pusat kota.
Hotel ini cukup nyaman untuk harga yang ditawarkan, desainnya menarik, sudah ada LCD TV, brankas dan kamar mandi yang ok. 
Keluhannya hanya satu, partisi dan jendelanya kurang memperhatikan kekedapan suara, jadi saat malam kadang masih terbangun karena suara klakson mobil.

This hotel is quite unique, it's located in one area with a big home depot like building material store, it's located near the main road to Lawang city.
Though the area is a bit on the edge of the city, Malang itself is not vast, so it's not a problem for me. A taxi ride to the city would costs about Rp 25.000, and there's some small restaurant and supermarket nearby.
This hotel is quite nice for the price, the design is minimalist, while still emphasizing on comfort, a 32" LCD TV is provided, and also a safe. The bathroom is also quite nice.
There's only one gripe I have, they didn't soundproof the room enough, so I was woken up a few times by the sound of moving vehicle outside.

02 August 2013

Pronto Surabaya

All You Can Eat Italian Cuisine

Pronto Surabaya - Pizza with mayo

Resto makan sepuasnya cenderung mempunyai tempat spesial di hati orang Surabaya. Beberapa yang populer adalah duo Japanese Cocari & Hanamasa, dan yang menyediakan Dim Sum / Yam Cha : Fu Yuan
Satu resto all you can eat bertema masakan barat lainnya adalah American Grill, tapi konsepnya berbeda di mana kita beli main menu, sedangkan yang disajikan all you can eat adalah Salad dan Dessert bar-nya.


All you can eat is one of the popular kind of restaurant in Surabaya. People tend to get excited on the prospect of binge eating, so much so the most popular eateris in my blogs are all you can eat restaurants. Some of them are the Japanese duo Cocari & Hanamasa, and the Dim Sum proprietor : Fu Yuan
Another similar themed restaurant is American Grill which also serves western cuisine, the difference is, here you get to dine freely from their salad & dessert bar, when you order a main menu.


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