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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.

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