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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 178.000, 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 178.000 per person where as Sumibian costs Rp 690.000. Granted there should be quality difference that follow suits.

14 April 2014

Beard Papa & 1A Crispy Puffs

Buah Tangan Populer dari Bandara Soekarno Hatta


Beard Papa - Bandara Soekarno Hatta

Salah satu buah tangan yang sering dibeli saat perjalanan ke Jakarta adalah Sus Beard Papa ini. Rasanya cukup unik, terutama di isian fla-nya yang beragam rasa. Favorit saya sendiri yang isian fla Green Tea.
Sempat melihat di Juanda akan buka juga gerai yang sama, setelah ini tidak perlu jauh-jauh ke Jakarta untuk mencicipinya. Lokasinya di terminal lama, dekat dengan Starbucks.



Beard Papa's sells cream puff, which is choux pastry filled with cream fillings. One of my favorite is their green tea ones. It's quite convenient to get, since they open shop in multiple terminals in Jakarta Soekarno Hatta Airport. They're also opening new shops in Surabaya Airport, in the old terminal, near the starbucks.


10 April 2014

Blue Sky Lounge - Jakarta


Blue Sky Lounge Jakarta
Tiap kali butuh ke ibu kota Jakarta, buat saya terasa berat karena suasana hiruk pikuk, macet dan tidak nyaman. Salah satu penghiburannya adalah saat bisa mencoba lounge-lounge di bandara.
Blue Sky Lounge ini grup sama dengan yang ada di lounge domestik Surabaya, http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/06/juanda-airport-lounge-surabaya.html
Tempatnya di tengah antara terminal 1b dan 1c Bandara Soekarno Hatta.


I sometime need to go to Jakarta for a business errand, and each time is a drag, because the city is quite hectic. On the positive side though, I get the chance to try their many selections of airport lounge.
Blue Sky Lounge in this review is the same group with the one in Juanda Surabaya that I've reviewed here : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/06/juanda-airport-lounge-surabaya.html
This lounge is located in the middle of terminal 1b and 1c in Soekarno Hatta Airport / Cengkareng.

09 April 2014

Daily Sweet Surabaya (New Photo)

Life is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First

Daily Sweet Cafe - Daily Sweet Degustation - Rp 37.000

Daily Sweets adalah salah satu kafe yang berorientasi pada hidangan dessert nan manis. Dahulu sempat banyak kafe serupa di mall, seperti Gelato dan Gelare, tapi beberapa tahun terakhir ini banyak berguguran, yang masih bertahan adalah kafe konvensional dengan menu minuman kopi sebagai daya tarik utama.
Salah satu pengisi kekosongan itu adalah Kafe Daily Sweet ini.
Lokasinya terletak di G-Walk, yang sebelumnya ditempati Hare & Hatter. H&H sendiri saat ini masih bisa ditemui di Sutos dan ada juga di CW, dalam satu venue dengan Kirkos.



Daily Sweet is one of the dessert oriented Cafe, there used to be abundant of similar options in Surabaya. For examples are Gelato and Gelare cafe, which is now closed. Surabaya hadn't been friendly to this kind of cafes. Meanwhile coffee based cafe are still standing strong, albeit using credit card discounts and other promotions to keep business up.
This Daily Sweet Cafe is filling the void left by those desserts cafe, located in western Surabaya area, G-Walk. Their place is previously used by Hare & Hatter cafe, which you can still find in Sutos Mall, and Ciputra World mall, in CW it's residing inside Kirkos Bar.


07 April 2014

Antica Osteria - 2014

New Chef, New Pizza

Fettucine Al Salmone con Punte de Asparagi (Antica Osteria) - Rp 95.000

Tahun lalu saya sudah mengulas resto satu ini, dulu pastanya termasuk favorit saya, karena rasanya otentik Italian. (bisa dilihat di link ini : http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/10/antica-osteria-surabaya.html) Kali ini saya mendapat kesempatan untuk ke sini lagi berdasar undangan owner restonya, Mr. Sebastiano.
Ternyata tahun 2014 ini ada pergantian menu, dan kokinya pun baru, dari chef pria menjadi wanita, Chef Luciana.



Last year I've written about this restaurant, I've mention that I love their authentic tasting pasta but not really keen on their pizza.  ( http://www.foodgrapher.com/2013/10/antica-osteria-surabaya.html).
This time around I had an invitation for food tasting here, turns out in 2014 they revamped their menu along with a new Chef on board, Chef Luciana.




03 April 2014

Views Around Mt Takao - Japan

Mt Takao Hike

Mt Takao
Mt Takao adalah salah satu obyek wisata yang cukup menarik untuk dikunjungi di Jepang.
Berhubung saya sudah pernah ke gunung Fuji saat kecil, jadi kali ini saya malah lebih tertarik untuk mengunjungi gunung satu ini.
Perjalanan ke sini memakan waktu sekitar satu hingga dua jam, saat itu kita menggunakan bis yang disediakan tour lokal untuk ke sini. Biayanya cukup murah, hanya sekitar Rp 200.000 dan kita mendapat kesempatan untuk berkenalan dengan penduduk Jepang yang ikut menemani turis selama perjalanan.


MT Takao is one interesting place to visit, since I've been to Fuji before this trip, I decided to try another mountain nearby for this time. Hence we decided to go to Mount Takao.
The trip here took about one to two hours using bus, our bus was supplied by a local tour in Tokyo, which were quite cheap, costing about Rp 200.000.
Aside from a guide and bus, we also get a chance to mingle with some Japanese locals which also partake in the excursion.



01 April 2014

Kantin Sehat Ceria - Vihara Kalisari

Temple's Vegetarian Canteen

Vihara Kalisari
Vihara Kalisari ini posisinya dekat dengan Twin Tower Hotel, jalannya sendiri relatif sempit, untungnya di dalam vihara ada ruang untuk parkir, jadi tidak terlalu sulit untuk menaruh mobil.


This temple is located near Twin Tower Hotel, in Kalisari Street. It's street is quite narrow, two cars could barely pass each other here. Not to worry though, there's a parking area inside the building, so parking isn't a big problem.

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