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29 December 2014

Sisodia Rani Garden - Jaipur

Istana & Taman Sisodia - Jaipur

Sisodia Rani Garden

Taman dan Istana Sisodia adalah obyek wisata yang terletak 10km dari kota Jaipur, di Rajahstan. Dibangun pada 1779 oleh Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, istana ini terdiri dari beberapa kebun banyak tingkat yang dihiasi air mancur, jalur air dan paviliun cantik.
Istana bertingkat dua menempati puncak dari kompleks ini. Tempat ini memiliki banyak paviliun, galeri dan mural cantik yang menggambarkan kehidupan raja Krishna

Sisodia Rani Garden and Palace is a palace garden 10 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Jaipur city in of Rajasthan state in India. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1779. The place consists of tiered multi-level gardens with fountains, watercourses and painted pavilions. A double storeyed palace occupies the top terrace of the garden. The palace has many galleries, pavilions and beautiful murals depicting scenes from the life of lord Krishna. 



20 December 2014

Confit [Surabaya]

The Latest Semi Fine Dining Restaurant in Surabaya

Confit - Escargot
Tahun 2014 ini banyak resto-resto baru bermunculan sambil mengusung tema Casual Dining. Di penghujung tahun, ada satu establishment baru, Confit, yang berani tampil beda dengan memakai tema semi fine dining. 


This year in 2014, plenty of new eateries sprung up in Surabaya City. Most of them are casual dining type of establishment, so it's a bit of a same old - same old kind of situation. To break the mold, this December there's a new Semi fine dining restaurant, Confit.


17 December 2014

Taj Moti Mahal [Behror] & Indigo Airline

Our First Meal in India


Setelah mendarat di Kalkuta menggunakan Air Asia, kita melanjutkan penerbangan ke New Delhi menggunakan Indigo. Sesampainya di bandara Delhi, kita dijemput oleh driver dari RFWD (Rajdhani Four Wheel Drive) dan bergegas menuju Jaipur, kota pertama yang dikunjungi selama wisata ke India. Dalam perjalanan dari Kalkuta ke Delhi, kita mencoba airline lokal, Indigo. Berhubung low cost carrier, selama penerbangan tidak disediakan complimentary food / beverage, kita harus memesan sendiri.



Having arrived in Calcutta using Air Asia, we continue our journey to New Delhi using Indigo. Upon Arrival in Delhi we were picked by a driver from RFWD (Rajdhani Four Wheel Drive) tour company, and continuing en route to Jaipur, which is the first city in our itenary. Indigo airline which we used were a low cost carrier, there weren't any complimentary food / beverage.

09 December 2014

Igor Bukit Darmo Golf

Surabaya's Famous Bakery

Igor Bakery - Chicken Meat Block
Minggu lalu saya mendapatkan kesempatan untuk menghadiri undangan food tasting dari Igor. Ini pertama kali saya mampir di Igor cabang Bukit Darmo Golf, berhubung ada cabang Biliton yang jauh lebih dekat dari kantor.


Last week I had the chance to attend Igor's food tasting event. It's the first time I went to their branch in Bukit Darmo Golf which is in the far western part of Surabaya, since there's the Biliton branch of Igor, which is much closer to where I work.



06 December 2014

Quizinn Foodcourt KLIA2

Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 - Food Court

Quizinn by Rasa Food Court - KLIA 2


Setelah biasanya menderita di bandara lama LCCT yang dipakai untuk layover air asia (baca di sini : LCCT Kuala Lumpur) , kali ini saya berkesempatan mencoba bandara baru yang sekaligus markasnya Air Asia, KLIA 2.
Dibanding LCCT, bandara baru ini jauh lebih nyaman, walaupun masih lebih nyaman Changi, tapi tetap peningkatan signifikan dari LCCT.


This pass 2 years on my backpack trip, I usually uses Air Asia, they usually have layover in LCCT airport, which were quite bad, and less comfortable then Surabaya's Juanda Airport
This time is the first time I experienced the new KLIA2 Airport which is also Air Asia's base. This new airport is quite nice, though still a far cry compared to the best in the region like Chap Lap Kok and Changi, it's still a great improvement over the derelict LCCT.


26 November 2014

Bakmi Anglo [Solo]

Noodles Cooked with Traditional Brazier

Bakmi Anglo Solo

 Malam pertama di kota Solo, kita memutuskan untuk mencoba makan Tengkleng, hidangan semacam sop / gulai kambing yang khas kota Solo. Karena belum tahu jalan, kita mengandalkan peta Garmin dan Google Maaps untuk mencari lokasi makan Tengkleng yang ok. Ada cerita lucu dari awalnya rencana menikmati tengkleng hingga berganti mie anglo.


One of the famous dish in Solo is Tengkleng, which is a kind of Mutton soup dish. We were new to the town, and had to rely on google maps & garmin gps to navigate the city. This made for a funny story how we switched from wanting Tengkleng to eating Noodles



21 November 2014

Carl's Jr Kertajaya Opening [Surabaya]

Eat It Like You Mean It

Carl's Jr Surabaya
 Setelah sempat membuat heboh dengan membuka gerai pertamanya di bandara Juanda T2, kali ini Carl's Jr membuka cabang keduanya di jalan Kertajaya Indah.
Pada pembukaan hari pertama mereka hanya mengkhususkan acara untuk undangan, belum melayani umum. Walau demikian, sudah sukses membuat daerah Kertajaya Indah padat merambat, dan keesokan harinya saat pembukaan untuk umum, malah macet luar biasa karena tingginya animo masyarakat.


Carl's Jr was all over the social media when it opened shop in Terminal 2 Juanda Airport, and now they are doing it again with a new branch in East Surabaya area, Kertajaya Indah street.
This time around it's much closer to the city center, whereas Juanda is in Sidoarjo.
With it soft opening, they're only inviting some press and bloggers, but it already causes traffic jams along the street, which shows how much people are enthuzed about this burger joint.


14 November 2014

Rumah Makan Sederhana [Caruban]

The Famous Padang Cuisine

RM Sederhana Caruban - Gulai Kepala Ikan

Penggemar masakan Padang tentu tahu dengan rumah makan satu ini. Rumah Makan Sederhana adalah chain resto dari Jakarta yang mungkin adalah salah satu chain yang paling besar. Rasanya biasanya seragam antara satu cabang dan lainnya, kadang ada yang notably great, seperti yang saya temui di Caruban ini.
Dalam perjalanan ke Solo untuk menghadiri acara notaris, saya beserta teman mampir ke resto satu ini. 


One of the most popular dish in Indonesia is the Padang Cuisine. It's usually served in abundance, the taste are amazing and price-wise it's quite cheap. One of the biggest chain that serves Padang Cuisine is Sederhana Restaurant. It originated in Jakarta and now open up shop in the whole country, including here in Caruban.
I went here on a way to Notary summit in Solo, we went here to have a quick lunch expecting it to be just that.


05 November 2014

Caribbean Restaurant [Surabaya]

The Lobster Specialist

Caribbean Restaurant - Grilled Lobster

Setelah beberapa kali mencoba hidangan-hidangan seafood yang 'serupa tapi tak sama' di daerah Manyar Kertoarjo, malam ini saya  mendapat undangan spesial dari Caribbean Restaurant untuk mencoba hidangan seafood yang cukup berbeda dengan kebanyakan resto seafood di Surabaya :)
Caribbean restaurant menyajikan hidangan yang kebanyakan bergaya western dan Perancis, serta beberapa pilihan menu fusion.


After a few consecutive times trying out the plain old seafood in Manyar Kertoarjo area, tonight I got a chance to taste a seafood restaurant that's a cut from different cloth. Caribbean Restaurant, an outdoorsy restaurant with Caribbean and nautical theme, serving up western, french and fusion cuisine.

03 November 2014

Yungho - Taiwanese Porridge

Bubur Yungho

Yungho Porridge


Di Surabaya ada dua tempat yang terkenal dengan buburnya, Happy Garden (http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/04/happy-garden-resto-cina-bubur_30.html) dan Yungho. Keduanya pertama buka bersebelahan di Andika Plasa, dengan beriring waktu, Yungho akhirnya tutup dan membuka cabang lain, sedangkan Happy Garden tetap di sana dan memperluas restonya


There's two place famous for it's porridge in Surabaya, one is Happy Garden (http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/04/happy-garden-resto-cina-bubur_30.html) and the other is Yungho.
They both have their first restaurant opened in Andika Plasa building about 20 years ago. With the passing of time, Yungho decided to close their first shop there, while Happy Garden stick around and expand their restaurant.

30 October 2014

Istana Berkat [Surabaya]

Istana Berkat Seafood Restaurant

Istana Berkat

Kali ini kita mengunjungi satu lagi resto Seafood di sekitaran jalan Manyar Kertoarjo setelah minggu lalu mencoba Puang Oca, Istana Berkat.
Letak resto ini di seberang Supermarket Casa, satu deretan dengan Resto Layar dan Terminal.
Serupa dengan resto-resto seafood lain di sini, disediakan ikan segar yang bisa dipilih hidup-hidup, dan disajikan berbagai pilihan sambal.


Another visit to one of the seafood restaurant in the Manyar Kertoarjo street after  Puang Oca, Istana Berkat. It's located along Layar and Terminal.
Just like their similar counterparts, here they serves live seafoods, accompanied with a selection of sambal / chilli sauces.


23 October 2014

Puang Oca [Surabaya]

Makassar Style Seafood

Puang Oca - Udang Sito  (Rp 112.500)
 Puang Oca yang terletak di Manyar Kertoarjo adalah salah satu dari banyak pilihan restoran di sini, yang mayoritas menyajikan hidangan seafood. Daerah Manyar ini memang sudah cukup lama dikenal sebagai tempat yang menyajikan hidangan laut. Beberapa yang pernah ditampilkan di blog ini adalah  Terminal Seafood dan Resto Pantai
Puang sendiri adalah gelar kehormatan untuk raja yang berasal dari Makassar / Bugis, menandakan tempat ini menyajikan masakan dengan olahan khas Makassar.


Puang Oca is a Seafood Restaurant along Manyar Kertoarjo street. Along this strip there are plenty of seafood restaurant, offering dishes with some interesting variations, albeit not too much of a difference. A few of them that I already posted were  Terminal Seafood and Resto Pantai. 
Puang itself is a salutation for king in Makassar / Bugis ethnicity, signifying they're prowess in Makassar Cuisine.

18 October 2014

Imperial Ballroom [Surabaya]

a Memorable Feast

Imperial Ballroom - Longetivity Bun

Perayaan pernikahan di Surabaya, biasanya merupakan acara spesial yang cukup menarik untuk dibahas. Diadakan dengan persiapan yang mewah dan detail, sambil mengundang artis maupun orkestra untuk mengisi acaranya, menjadikannya jamuan yang mengesankan.



Weddings in Surabaya is usually a great undertaking. From it's elaborate plannings and with tremendous effort. Usually accompanied with artist performance or orchestra, making it a feast worthy of Royals.



11 October 2014

Marugame Udon [Surabaya]

Fast & Delicious Udon


Marugame Udon, resto ini adalah chain resto yang mengkhususkan diri pada udon - sejenis mie Jepang.  Salah satu tujuannya cukup sederhana, untuk mempopulerkan Sanuki Udon pada pasar Jepang dan di luar jepang.


Marugame Udon is a chain of restaurant serving udon noodle as it main menu, this chain is owned by Marugame Seimen of Japan. Upon it's establishment in 2005, they have quite a simple goal, to bring Sanuki Udon to a wider audience, both in Japan and abroad.


Marugame Udon

30 September 2014

Excelso - East Coast Mall [Surabaya]

Popular Indonesian Cafe

Excelso Dates Frappio


Excelso sudah lama menjadi café paling populer di Surabaya, ulasan sebelumnya ada di :
Excelso TP IV
Excelso Galaxy Mall 2
Akhir-akhir ini karena semakin banyaknya promo di kafe ini, menunya pun semakin tipis. Hal ini sebetulnya saya apresiasi, karena dengan menu yang stream-lined akan mengakibatkan efisiensi harga dan kendali rasanya lebih baik.


Excelso had been one of the most popular coffee in Surabaya, I’ve frequently reviewed it in this blog. Here are some of that posts :
Excelso TP IV
Excelso Galaxy Mall 2
Lately theire menu have been minimalized to about half it former menu, which I assume was due to many promotions that they have. I find it as a good solution to streamline the kitchen, which usually equates to better quality control and pricing.


24 September 2014

[Pasuruan] Nasi Punel Hj. Dahlia

Nasi Punel

Nasi Punel Hj Dahlia


Bulan puasa lalu, saya bersama 3 orang teman mengunjungi Pasuruan dalam perjalanan ke proyek villa di Tretes. Karena bulan puasa, banyak tempat makan yang tutup, rencana awal kita mencoba nasi punel Hajah Lin yang letaknya sebelum Hj Dahlia kalau dari arah Surabaya.
Sayangnya saat sampai di tempat tujuan, ternyata tujuan pertama kita tutup, untungnya ada hidangan serupa yang buka saat bulan puasa, Nasi Punel Hj Lin.


Few month ago on fasting month, we went to Pasuruan while en route to Tretes, on a business trip. Having come at fasting time, a lot of eatery were closed, and unfortunately so is the Hj Lin, our first choice for Nasi Punel. A few minute down the road, we found a Nasi Punel eatery that's open, named Hj Dahlia's Nasi Punel.


15 September 2014

Depot Serri - Medanese Horfun & Porridge

Depot Serry - Surabaya

Kwetiau Goreng Spesial - Rp 28.000



Kwetiau Medan termasuk populer di Surabaya, yang paling populer saat ini masih Kwetiau Apeng yang terletak di daerah Kedungdoro, tapi semakin banyak resto serupa di seaentaro Surabaya, dan masing-masing memiliki penggemarnya sendiri.

Medanese Hor Fun is quite a popular cuisine in Surabaya, with the most popular being Kwetiau Apeng which is located in Kedungdoro. Other restaurants serving same dishes have sprung open lately and each have their own following.


10 September 2014

Naked Crab - Seafood without Fuss

Naked Crab Surabaya

Naked Crab - Surabaya


Kota Surabaya sekarang menjadi jujugan untuk penggemar hidangan laut, di jalan Manyar Kertoarjo sendiri ada lebih setengah lusin resto yang menyajikan seafood. Berhubung sudah demikian banyak, pendatang baru yang juga mengusung seafood berusaha menyajikan sensasi makan yang berbeda dengan kebanyakan resto seafood lain.

Surabaya City is a city for seafood lovers, along the Manyar Kertoarjo Street alone there are more than a dozen restaurant that serves seafood. Since there's plenty of eateries serving seafood already, newcomers had to do something innovative for their service.

03 September 2014

Dante Coffee - Zoom Hotel Surabaya

  Popular Taiwanese Cafe

Dante Coffee

Setelah lama tidak kelihatan geliatnya di Surabaya, Dante Cafe muncul lagi di
Hotel Zoom yang terletak di jalan Raya Jemurasi. Dahulu kafenya menjamur di setiap mall menengah ke atas di Surabaya, beberapa di antaranya Tunjungan Plaza, Galaxy Mall dan Ciputra World.
http://www.foodgrapher.com/2012/10/gecko-cafe-ciputra-world.html.
Kali ini cabang barunya dibuka di luar mall, bersebelahan dengan zoom Hotel.



The last time I saw Dante Coffee chain was at 2012 where their cafe was still sprawling all over Surabaya's upscale malls. It was abruptly closed down and changed to Gekko Cafe, which perplexed me, since I found Dante Coffee was had a brisk business and almost always packed with visitor. which have it's branches in Tunjungan Plaza, Galaxy Mall and Ciputra World to name a few. Now They're opening a new chain in Hotel Zoom


Dante Coffee - Spaghetti Roasted Vegetables (Rp 39.000)


Di bawah ini petikan sejarah Dante Cafe diambil dari websitenya :
Dante Coffee berasal dari Taiwan yang didirikan oleh Ibu Sophie Fang pada tanggal 12 November 1993 di kota Taipei, Taiwan. Pada saat itu kopi bukanlah hal yang umum dikonsumsi masyarakat Taiwan dikarenakan harga yang tinggi. Dengan mendirikan Dante coffee shop ibu Sophie Fang berharap Dante dapat menyediakan kopi yang berkwalitas namun dapat terjangkau oleh masyarat luas.

28 August 2014

Bakwan Koko

Bakwan Koko


Bakwan Campur - Bakwan Koko


Beberapa saat lalu saya berkesempatan mengunjungi depot Bakwan ini untuk photo shot, tempatnya ada di daerah Kutisari Selatan, dekat dengan UK Petra.


This time I got to shot food photo for a client. It's a nifty place near UK. Petra which sells meatballs and noodles, called Bakwan, which is meatball in clear soup and Pangsit Mie or Wonton Noodle.


16 August 2014

Night Time in Tretes

Dugem di Tretes (Dunia Gembul)

Street Food in Tretes

Di depan Hotel Surya, sepanjang jalan utama Tretes, menjelang malam banyak ditemui pedagang kaki lima yang berjajar menjajakan dagangannya. Biasanya berupa sate ayam, bakso, jagung bakar serta duet Angsle & Ronde.


Along the main road of Tretes, just in front of Surya Hotel, you'll find assortment of street foods, ranging from chicken satay, bakso and the hot & sweet desserts, Angsle and Ronde.


09 August 2014

Tretes - Surabaya's Quick-Getaway Destination

Depot Sari Rasa - Tretes


Menjelang Lebaran, saya diajak mengunjungi proyek villa salah seorang teman, sekaligus rehat sejenak dari hiruk pikuk Surabaya.


Just before Eid holiday, I came with my friend to Tretes, on a work & leisure activity rolled into one. Which is a good chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of Surabaya.

04 August 2014

Resto Kapin - Surabaya

The Old-Fashioned Cantonese Restaurant



Resto Kapin ini sudah lama terkenal di Surabaya, dengan salah satu resto pertamanya di daerah Pasar Besar Wetan yang merupakan daerah Pecinan di Surabaya. Resto satu ini sama bersejarahnya dengan  Halim Restaurant yang lokasinya juga berdekatan, di Raya Kertajaya. Salah satu hidangan spesial yang diadopsi menjadi logo restoran adalah sirip ikan hiu.


This is one of of the restaurant that have a long history in Surabaya. It opened it first restaurant decades ago in the Pasar Besar Wetan, a Chinatown area in Surabaya. Comparable to Halim Restaurant nearby in Raya Kertajaya street. It serves Cantonese Cuisine and having shark fin as it's specialty.




23 July 2014

Moi Village - Surabaya

Hakka Cuisine in Western Surabaya

Moi Village - Salad
Salah satu cabang pertama dari resto Moi Garden, setelah membuka resto pertama di daerah Surabaya Timur, Moi Garden membuka resto baru di Surabaya Barat, dan dinamakan Moi Village. Bagus juga restonya diberi judul yang sedikit berbeda, jadi bisa dengan mudah membedakan antara satu resto dan lainnya.


This is one of the branch of the Moi Garden Restaurant, which serves Chinese food, Hakka Cuisine to be specific. After their first restaurant was opened in Eastern Surabaya, their branch is located in the western part of Surabaya. I like how they used a different name from the Moi Garden, here they substitute the Garden part with Village, naming it Moi Village.

17 July 2014

Depot BMW - Bar Mangan Wareg

Porky Goodness

BMW - Mie Goreng Kwantong Kering (Rp 40.000)

Nama Resto satu ini cukup unik, singkatan BMW, yang kepanjangannya Bar Mangan Wareg. Berhubung namanya demikian, porsinya tentu berkebalikan dengan fine dining yang imut.
Menu babi termasuk dominan di resto ini, jadi tidak disarankan untuk teman-teman yang dietnya halal.


The name of this restaurant is quite amusing, a short initials of BMW, where it stands for Bar Mangan Wareg which is translated to Full After Eating. This would hint the portion of dishes here, which is quite abundant.
Pork is one of the prominent meat used in this eatery, so for those on kosher / halal diet, best to skip this one.


10 July 2014

Steak Hotel by Holycow Surabaya

Sapi Kudus?

Holycow - Holysteak Part 2 (400gram) - Rp 129.000
Holycow ini adalah Steak-House yang lebih dahulu terkenal di Jakarta. Saat pertama kali mendengar ada Holycow buka di Surabaya, saya mencoba cek googling tentang resto satu ini dan ternyata ada dua resto Holycow di Jakarta. Yang pertama Holycow Steak Hotel, yang kedua Holycow by Chef Alit. Entah mana yang lebih dahulu memakai nama Holycow, tapi yang dibuka di Surabaya ini adalah cabang yang Steak Hotel


Holycow is a popular Steak-House in Jakarta, and now it's opening it's first branch in Surabaya. Upon hearing of Holycow new restaurant, I googled it for a while, and ended up noticing that there's actually two Holycow restaurants, and both are equally famous. The first one is Holycow Steak Hotel and the other one is Holycow by Chef Afit. This restaurant is a branch of the former.




07 July 2014

Kwetiau Ahua - Mulyosari

Medanese Horfun & Chinese Dishes

Mie Tomat Medan - Kwetiau Ahua

Buat fans Kwetiauw Medan, di daerah Surabaya Timur tentu sudah kenal dengan Golden Yen yang ada di FoodFest dan Babatan Pantai, nah kalau agak ke Timur sedikit, di daerah Mulyosari ada juga Kwetiau Medan yang sudah lama buka dan cukup populer, Kwetiau Ahua


Another place to get the famous Medanese Horfun / Kwetiau. Aside from  Golden Yen, which is one of my favourite, here's another diner that serves the same fare. The namesake of this restaurant is horfun (Kwetiau), due to it being simple, affordably priced, and filling dish, which makes it popular.




01 July 2014

Ria Indonesian Bistro - Grand City

Indonesian Restaurant With a Nice Ambiance

Tahu Telur - Rp 28.000



Kesempatan kali ini saya mencoba mencicipi resto Ria Indonesian Bistro di Grand City, kebetulan mendapat voucher potongan harga dari kompetisi foto tempo hari. Lokasi restonya di lantai atas, berdekatan dengan bioskop 21.


On this lunch occasion we went to Ria Indonesian Bistro in Grand City, as it happen I got a discount voucher from a photo competition the other day. The venue is located in the top floor of the mall, nearby the cinema. 


24 June 2014

Carl's Jr - Juanda Surabaya

Size Matters

Carl's Jr - Tex Mex Chicken Burger

Setelah mencoba Burger King di bagian keberangkatan T2 Juanda, kali ini gilirannya Carl's Jr.
Kalau menilik feed social media dari teman-teman saya, tampaknya Carl's Jr yang menang lomba popularitas. Walau lebih populer, bukan berarti pasti lebih enak, karenanya kali ini saya coba bandingkan keduanya.


Surabaya City have quite some time been off the big fast food companies radar, this year the first Burger King and Carl's Jr open shop in the city Airport. I've tried the BK a few time in Jakarta, but this is my first time trying the Carls Jr Burger. From my friend's feed on social media, CJ (Carl's Jr) seems to be the winner of the popularity contest, nevertheless, popularity doesn't equate to good taste, so let the tasting commence :D


17 June 2014

Depot Cak Win - Porsi Besar, Harga Mini

Big on Portions, Small on Bill

Ayam Goreng Mentega (Cak Win) - Saus Mentega dan Saus Koloke

Depot Cak win ini letaknya di gang gubeng kertajaya, yang paling ujung, berdekatan dengan belokan ke jalan Menur. Lokasi jalannya sedikit sempit, jadi perlu sedikit berhati-hati.
Walaupun lokasinya demikian, depot satu ini cukup tersohor, tidak hanya di kalangan mahasiswa Unair / ITS yang berdekatan dengan lokasinya, yang dari ujung Surabaya, di UK Petra pun banyak yang tahu dengan depot satu ini.


Depot Cak Win is a simple eatery located in eastern part of Surabaya city. It's quite secluded, located in a narrow alleyway near Airlangga University. Despite that, it's quite popular, especially amongst college students.





10 June 2014

O Jamur - Sidoarjo

For The Mushroom Lovers


O Jamur Surabaya - Kakap Asam Manis Rp 24.000

Trend hidup sehat akhir-akhir ini semakin  nge-trend di kalangan penikmat kuliner di Surabaya, semakin banyak resto vegetarian dan resto organic yang bermunculan di Surabaya. Salah satunya adalah resto baru yang terletak di perbatasan Sidoarjo dan Surabaya, O Jamur.
Restorannya satu lokasi dengant empat budidaya jamur, tempatnya cukup luas dan suasananya asri, walaupun masih sedikit panas karena masih di daerah kota.



Healthy eating is getting quite a buzz lately in Surabaya, some vegetarian and organic restaurants are opening up, and one of them is located right in the border of Surabaya and Sidoarjo, in Waru Area. It’s about 10 minutes away from the Juanda Airport.
In the same area with the restaurant, they have a mushroom plantatation, which makes the place have those breezy garden feel, though it's still quite hot.




02 June 2014

Chengdu & Jiuzhaigo Cuisines

Dishes we tried on Jiuzhaigou Trip


Buffalo on the side of road - Jiuzhaigou
Perjalanan ke Jiuzhaigou ini kita tempuh dengan pesawat terbang setelah transit di kota Chengdu, dengan masakan yang terinspirasi dari masakan Tibet yang simple dan tidak memakai banyak bahan, digabungkan dengan masakan Sichuan yang pedas dan kompleks.



Jiuzhaigou is reachable by air from Chengdu City, it has quite a peculiar cuisine, with a mix of Tibetan influenced dish, which are mostly simple along with Sichuan cuisine which is elaborate and uses a lot of spices.


28 May 2014

Madame Chang - Surabaya

Fresh & Simple

Madame Chang - asinan magga
Madame Chang adalah tempat makan yang nyaman dan sederhana, lokasinya ada di daerah Barat Surabaya Menu yang ditawarkan terdiri dari manisan dan asinan, beragam pilihan dessert dan sedikit makanan berat.


Madame Chang is a comfortable place, they serves some simple menus such as pickled vegetables, fruits, with a wide selection of desserts and a small choice asian cuisine.


26 May 2014

Kukus Resto - Surabaya

Steam Away

Kukus Resto
Kukus Restaurant, this is the place for easy meals that's simple and affordable. One of the signature here is using a claypot for cooking and presentation. Aside for the rice, you can have noodle, hor fun and glass noodle. Another notable dish is the cheesy baked rice, which has similarity with the Mozaru in Zenbu (http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/11/zenbu-surabaya.html)


Kukus Restaurant, this is the place for easy meals that's simple and affordable. One of the signature here is using a claypot for cooking and presentation. Aside for the rice, you can have noodle, hor fun and glass noodle. Another notable dish is the cheesy baked rice, which has similarity with the Mozaru in Zenbu (http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/11/zenbu-surabaya.html)


21 May 2014

Jiuzhaigo National Park - China

Huanglong Valley - Jiuzhaigo

Jiuzhaigo Haulongjiang Park

Jiuzhaigo adalah salah satu tempat destinasi wisata yang populer di RRC, banyak obyek wisata alam dan budaya yang bisa dilihat di sini.  Namanya sendiri berarti Lembah Sembilan Desa, yang menandakan sembilan desa suku Tibet yang ada di sepanjang lintasannya.

Jiuzhaigo is one of the most popular destination in China, there are many beautiful scenes here that you can savor, and the Tibetan culture counts as a great addition. The name Jiuzhaigo itself means Nine Vilage Valey, taking account that there's nine Tibetan village around the valley.

19 May 2014

Angus House - WTC Surabaya

Favorite Charcoal Steak House


Angus House WTC - Rib Eye Steak

 Angus House adalah salah satu tempat yang sering dijadikan jujugan  bagi orang Surabaya kalau ditanya mana tempat makan steak paling enak. Olahan steaknya sendiri menggunakan hot plate dan saus, sausnya sendiri berbahan dasar kaldu, bukan olahan saus A1 yang populer di resto steak lain. Saus yang digunakan pun ringan jadi tidak menutupi rasa asli steak.

Angus House is one of the prominent steak house in Surabaya, when asked about the best steak, lots of my friend refer this place as their choice. Their steak are served using round hotplate which have been their signature for some time, the sauce used are usually based on reduced stocks, and kept at minimum so they don't mask the taste of the meat.


14 May 2014

New Burger in The Block

Burger King - Terminal 2 Juanda

Burger King - T2 Juanda
Terminal dua tahun ini baru asja dibuka di bandara udara Juanda, lokasinya di bandara Juanda lama yang sedikit lebih jauh dari pusat kota Surabaya. Yang mengejutkan adalah dibukanya beberapa gerai fast food terkemuka, di antaranya Burger King dan Carls Jr yang membuka dua gerai pertamanya di Surabaya.


Surabaya just had a new airport terminal opened, which is Terminal 2. It's located in the old airport area, which is completely rebuilt to this new terminal. The sweet surprise here is that a couple of famous fast food restaurant, Burger King & Carls Jr, decided to open their first shop here, in the airport instead of malls.


12 May 2014

Ravioli - Halo Surabaya

Ravioli Italian Restaurant

Ravioli - Halo Surabaya


Ravioli ini adalah resto Italia yang berlokasi di Halo Surabaya, yang terletak di jalan Bubutan. Ravioli sendiri baru sekitar satu tahun buka di Halo Surabaya, sedangkan sebelumnya di kompleks ini biasanya menyediakan makanan indonesia.

Ravioli is an Italian Restaurant located in Halo Surabaya, which is located in Bubutan street. It opened shop here for about a year, before that the Halo Surabaya restaurant just serves Indonesian food.


09 May 2014

Traveling Cafe & Bar

Mt Takao After Party

Travelling Cafe & Bar - Tokyo
Ini cerita lanjutan dari pengalaman tour ke Mt Takao, yang pernah dibahas di sini : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2014/04/views-around-mt-takao-japan.html 
dan di situ : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2014/04/enjoying-mt-takao-foothill.html.
Dari pagi hingga sore kita meluangkan waktu di gunung Takao, malamnya disediakan acara opsional untuk ramah tamah di Traveling Cafe and Bar di kota Tokyo.



This is the follow up of my day-tour to Mt Takao, which I've posted here : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2014/04/views-around-mt-takao-japan.html 
and there : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2014/04/enjoying-mt-takao-foothill.html
After spending the day hiking around Mt Takao, they have an optional after party event, which were held in Traveling Cafe and Bar, located in Tokyo.

05 May 2014

de Soematra 1910

Classy Eatery in The City Center


De Soematra Chocolate Trilogy (de Soematra)

De Soematra adalah salah satu tempat makan yang mewah dan berlokasi di jalan Sumatra, beberapa tempat ternama juga buka di sini. Di jalan yang sama Domicile dan Isola, dua tempat makan yang tidak kalah beken. Berbeda dengan dua resto tersebut, De Soematra menyajikan menu fine dining.


De Soematra is one of the upscale restaurant in Surabaya, it's located in Sumatra street, where some notable dining options are also available. On the same street you'll find Domicile and Isola.
Compared to those two which are casual dining option, Isola is more upscale, with fine dining menu accompanied by a very exquisitely designed place.

02 May 2014

Historica Coffee & Pastry - A Glance at The New Cafe

Historica & Society Complex Surabaya

Croque Monsieur - Historica
Satu lagi yang ikut menyusul Domicile, Isola, dan de Soematra.
Kafe Historica hadir di Jln. Sumatra yang sedang hot-hotnya akhir-akhir ini.
Di venue yang sama, akan dibuka juga resto semi fine dining bernama Society Complex. Belum ada info mengenai menu dan suasananya, karena masih dalam tahap penyelesaian.


Here's a new addition to the Sumatra Street, which is the one of the hottest street nowadays. Few months after the Domicile, here come an up and coming cafe. Along in the same venue, there will be a semi fine dining eatery, called Society Complex, still no clue about the restaurant though, which haven't opened yet.

30 April 2014

Ayam Goreng Sri - Pandaan

Simple yet Delicious Indonesian Fried Chicken

Ayam Goreng Sri - Rp 70.000

Ayam Goreng Sri, salah satu ayam goreng yang populer di sekitar Pandaan dan Tretes. Pandaan ini berdekatan dengan Surabaya, hanya sekitar 1 jam perjalanan. Lokasinya di jalan besar jadi tidak susah untuk mencarinya. 


As in many other countries, one of the favorite dish here is fried chicken. It's quite different from the popular US Fried Chicken though, which usually breaded and deep fried. Indonesian fried chickens are done usually with a rub of herbs and spices, including tumeric, shallots, etc. Pandaan where the restaurant's located, is quite nearby to Surabaya city. It's just an hour away by car.


28 April 2014

Bangi Kopitiam Surabaya

Coffee a'la Peranakan


Bangi Kopitiam - Mie


Kopitiam adalah kedai kopi tradisional yang banyak ditemui di Asia Tenggara, yang menyediakan makanan beserta minum. Kata Kopi merujuk pada minuman kopi sedangkan Tiam adalah kata dalam dailek Hokyan / Hakka yang berarti toko (店). Menunya biasanya terdiri dari hidangan sederhana seperti masakan telur, roti panggang dengan selai kaya, kopi, teh, milo dan minuman coklat malt yang populer di Asia Tenggara, terutama Singapura, Malaysia dan kepulauan Riau.


A kopitiam or kopi tiam is a traditional coffee shop found in Southeast Asia, patronised for meals and beverages. The word kopi is Malay for coffee (as borrowed and altered from English) and tiam is the Hokkien/Hakka dialect word for shop (). Menus typically feature simple offerings: a variety of foods based on egg, toast, and kaya, plus coffee, tea, and Milo, a malted chocolate drink which is extremely popular in Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, Malaysia and Riau Islands


25 April 2014

Lunch at Kopi-O Sutos

It's Lunch Saving Time

My Kopi O -Spicy Tina with US Potato Munch Skin
Salah satu jujugan makan siang yang cukup ok di kota Surabaya adalah di Sutos (Surabaya Town Square). Promo dan ketentuannya beragam, biasanya pada hari kerja mulai pk 12.00 - 15.00, sebagian besar resto di Sutos menawarkan program lunch saving, beberapa item di menu didiskon dengan kisaran 30-50%. Kali ini saya mencoba ke My Kopi O yang ada di lantai dasar


Surabaya Town Square or also known as Sutos is a good place to have lunch in Surabaya. The offers varies from each restaurants, but usually it's at weekday from 12.00 to 15.00. Usually they have special menu which are discounted from 30-50% off. On this occasion I had lunch on the Kopi O on the ground level.



23 April 2014

Enjoying Mt Takao Foothill

Shops & Dining Options on Mt Takao

Senbei - Mt. Takao
Setelah capek hiking sepanjang gunung Takao (http://www.foodgrapher.com/2014/04/views-around-mt-takao-japan.html), wisatawan bisa berlama-lama menikmati toko dan restauran yang menjamur di kaki gunungnya. Beda dengan di Indonesia yang sekeliling tempat turis biasanya hanya menjual barang suvenir yang mirip-mirip, di sini variasinya lumayan bagus.

 After spending the day hiking on the mountain, which you can see here : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2014/04/views-around-mt-takao-japan.html, visitors can enjoy window shopping around the foothill. Unlike the typical tourists shops that just sells the same thing on every shops, this place have a decent variations of souvenirs and snacks to buy.


21 April 2014

Ottimmo & Bistro VII - Surabaya

Ottimo Cooking Academy


Ottimmo Cooking Academy
Beberapa saat lalu saya mendapat kesempatan untuk berkunjung ke Ottimmo, sekolah masak yang relatif baru di Citraland. Kedatangan ke sini untuk menjuri cook off di antara dua grup muridnya.
Tempatnya menarik, dengan tampilan yang eye catching dan dapur yang lengkap dan mewah. Di sini saya bertemu dengan Pak Anton yang mempersilakan kami ke Bistro VII, resto yang satu lokasi dengan sekolah masaknya. 


a while ago I had the opportunity to go to Ottimmo, a cooking academy in Citraland area, Western Surabaya. I got an invite as a jury on a cook-off between two groups of student.
The place is interesting, with eye catching design and lots of banner showing the photos of their students in front. The kitchen is nice and looks very professional.
Upon arrival we were greeted by Mr Anton, the counsel for the academy, which shows us around and then to their restaurant in the same area, Bistro VII.


18 April 2014

Soto Praban - Surabaya

Rich & Tasty Indonesian Soup


 Saya termasuk doyan soto, tapi jarang makan soto di luar kantor saya di kompleks Ambengan Plasa, berhubung rasa soto di sini juga enak.
Kali ini saya berkunjung ke Soto Praban, yang lokasinya tidak jauh dari Ambengan, ada di perempatan Gemblongan dan Praban.



I like eating Soto but seldom tries the dish outside my office area in Ambengan Plasa, since the street vendor here makes a killer Soto, which makes me contempt not trying other versions.
Luckily for me, this time a group of friends invited me to try this Soto Praban, it's quite close to my office area too, in the corner of Gemblongan and Praban street.


16 April 2014

Hanamasa Tunjungan Plaza


Hanamasa Plasa Tunjungan IV

Hanamasa Tp4

Resto all you can eat tidak banyak yang cukup berani untuk buka di Mall Surabaya. Yang saya tahu ada dua, selain Hanamasa, ada lagi Sumibian di Lenmarc, tapi harganya terpaut cukup jauh, kalau di Hanamasa Rp 198.000, (2017) sedangkan di Sumibian Rp 690.000, seharusnya kualitasnya juga berbeda cukup banyak.

There's not many all you can eat restaurant that dare to open shop in Surabaya Mall. I've known only two so far, on is this Hanamasa restaurant, and the other is Sumibian in Lenmarc. The price difference is quite staggering though, Hanamasa costs Rp 198.000 (2017)per person where as Sumibian costs Rp 690.000. Granted there should be quality difference that follow suits.

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