--> Aswin and Alia's Food Journey: March 2013

Mamak Kitchen: A Fusion of Singaporean, Malaysian, and Thailand Cuisine

Opened in the mid of 2013, the restaurant is serving a fusion of Singaporean, Malaysian and Thailand cuisine

Bali (Culinary) Trip in March 2014

Finally, after a year of planning, we are able to set up a trip to Bali. Very excited! Alia has been mentioning about Ubud for quite some time and now this trip is about to be realized.

Welcome Home: Nanny's Pavillon Housewarming

On 30th of April 2014, we were invited to the housewarming of the newest Nanny's Pavillon restaurant in Jalan R.E. Martadinata (Riau), Bandung.

Caffe Bene: Korean Coffee Shop in Bandung

Alia has been craving to visit this place for a while, so when the time comes to visit she was delighted

Warung Sangrai: Real Indonesian, Eat With Their Bare Hands!!

Located in the opposite side of Mamak Kitchen, the restaurant is serving traditional Indonesian Food with one particular course that are standing out: Quails


Dwilingga: 10 Years After We Visited the Same Vendor...

Going to this place is like reminiscing our college time. We sometimes bumped with current ITB students (mostly architecture students who are chasing their deadline) and thinking: we are like that 10 years ago...

The food itself is also remain the same. The ever favorite Internet Keju or Indomie-Telur-Kornet-Keju (Instant Noodle-Eggs-Corned Beef-Shredded Cheddar Cheese) remain their favorite menu until now, and I can say it still tasted sinfully good like the old days.

Hopefully this place can still be here in the next decade.


Jl. Ganesha (in the corner of Jl. Ganesha and Jl. Ir. H. Juanda)


Internet Keju

Grilled Cheese & Banana Sandwich


Homemade Sirloin Steak

We are so amazed with our visit to Pasadena Steak House yesterday, that we decided to try and make our own steak. The taste is still need improvements (a lot), but we guess it is going to the right direction :).


Homemade Sirloin Steak

200 gr Sirloin steak (you can ordered it through your favorite butcher, or in supermarket)
Carrot, slices in finger size
Ready to cook french fries
Champignon mushroom
Red wine (optional)
Worcestershire sauce
Yogurt/ cream
Eggs (optional)

How to make:
Put salt and pepper into the meat
Grilled the meat on high heat for around 3 minutes on each side. Let it cool for about 3-5 minutes.
Cooked the mushroom inside the pan where you cooked the meat, add cream, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Add red wine to your liking.
In other pan sautee the carrot, broccoli and fried the french fries.
Fried an egg if you need additional protein
Serve it while hot.


The Steak #1

The Steak #2


Warung Steak Pasadena

I will begin this post with an unusual plead.

In Bandung, there were so many old school steak house which serves great steak, but with the presence of new funky so called steak house with no identity, the old school steak house have become a rare vendor.  Sometimes it amazes me to eat in a so called steak house, but they also served rice, japanese, and even chinese food in it. I mean, c'mon! Steak house should only serves steak and potato, not steak with rice. Italian food is acceptable for me, but Indonesian, Chinese, even Japanese food? -_-".

Sadly, because they upheld the tradition and only serves steak (and the occasion Italian food), most of the new customers do not goes there. The result is whether they changed the strategy (and sells wider range of foods), or rely on regular customers who really liked the old school way.

The same case is probably happening in this steak house. We have been passing this vendor everytime we went to Paris Van Java (PvJ). Every time we passed it we swear to visit it the next time we went to PvJ. Finally after tenth or so visit to PvJ, we decided that we should go there exclusively without going to PvJ first.

The place is very old school, which we liked, a lot. Their menu is very straight forward, which we liked, a lot. They can serves the meat in accordance to our request, in this case medium rare, which we liked, a lot. And they serves a big portion of steak. So big, we thought we ordered a steak in Texas (where everything is bigger there), which we liked, a lot. Lastly, their price is very affordable, around Rp 60.000 (US$ 6) per portion, which we really liked, a lot.

In the end, this steak vendor is a dying breed. And for steak lover like us, we think it is one of the last few places in Bandung where we can get a great original old schooled steak.


Warung Steak Pasadena
Jl. Sukamaju No. 33 (in front of Pasar Sederhana)

The Interior

The Menu #1

The Menu #2

T-Bone Steak (can you see how big it is?)

Sirloin Steak (Huge!)

The Exterior


Zeevruchten Chocolade

Got this chocolate from one of our clients from Holland. The box is beautiful. So beautiful it took us almost a month to finally open it. Inside is a sea-themed chocolate with milk and hazelnut ingredients. Really mouthwatering.

We present you the pictures so you can enjoy it (the pictures) with us. No worries, all of it have been safely secured inside our tummy :p.


Zeevruchten Chocolade
Chocolaterie Guylian NV/SA Belgium

Europark-Oost 1
B-9100 Sint-Niklaas
Phone: +32 3 760 97 00
Fax: +32 3 777 06 81
Website: http://www.guylian.com/en/home/
Twitter: @Guylian_Chocs

The Box

Sea-Shelled Theme Chocolate

Beautiful isn't it?


Old School Cake Anyone?

Sometimes we got a delivery of food that are often could not be found in Bandung. This is one of the examples. One of my dad's student give this cake to us. The name itself is not familiar for us as we could not find the vendor in Bandung.

The cake is a traditional Indonesian cake. Perhaps influenced by the Holland type of cake during the colonial era. The cake is very buttery, soft, and sweet. Nevertheless, when I mixed it with some whipped cream with no sugar or accompany it with black coffee, the taste really complement each other and makes it a very delicious breakfast dish.


Majestyk Bakery and Cake Shop
Various Outlets (Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan)

The Logo

The Cake

The Box (you can see that it is only half left :p)

Lotek Pasar Palasari

One of our favorite food that is located in one our the last remaining traditional market in Bandung. This place is a dying breed of authentic traditional food vendor that probably would not be around in the next decade or two.

Lotek is the name of the food. It is consisted of mixed vegetable which then drizzled with peanut sauce and finished with a heaping pile of kerupuk (traditional Indonesian crackers). The making process is still very traditional but yet very fresh. And with a price of Rp. 8.000 (US$ 0.80) you will get a healthy food for your breakfast or lunch (providing that you are not allergic to peanut).

Cheap. Healthy. Helping to preserve local food. Could this be a sustainable eating habits that we are often talked about?


Lotek Pasar Palasari
(Located in the end of the market, just next to the Pindang (preserved fish) seller. You should asked around for it, otherwise you might get lost in here).
Jl. Palasari

The Lotek


Warung Kopi Purnama Again!

When you have dated someone for a long time, and then married them for quite some time, there is a tendency that telephatic thinking occurs more frequently. It is not a hocus pocus thing where magic plays a significant part (although I feel a little bit like a magician myself when this happened :P), but more likely because you are already familiar and tend to copy each other's behavior and way of thinking.

This day is one of those particular day when the telephatic thinking makes it way. After dropping our parents to the train station, we are thinking of a place to have breakfast. And boom! Both of us says the same name: Let's go to Warung Kopi Purnama! Wow! Talked about goosebumps :P.

So, we drove there. The place is as usual: fully packed. We managed to have a table in the middle of this small but crowded outlet. Changing my behavioral habits, I ordered their fried rice instead of ordering their famous egg-rolled bread. Alia ordered the egg-rolled bread. For beverages we ordered their signature black coffee and coffee with milk (you can guess which are my drink :p).

While eating, we noticed that we can ordered Bubur Ayam (Chicken Porridge), Lontong Kari (Curry with Rice Cakes?) and many other foods. Talked about encouraging the local business eh? Maybe on our next visit we will try ordered them.


Warung Kopi Purnama
Jl. Alkateri No. 22
Phone: +6222 4201841
Mobile: +6222 70738480

Fried Rice

Their Famous Egg-Rolled Bread


Missing Your Homemade Lunch?

Sometimes you are craving for old-schooled homemade lunch. Too many exposure with fast foods, food courts, and all of those fancy new restaurants can make you feel bored and uninspired.

So when this new vendor opened near our house, we are excited. The flyer suggested that they provided great homemade meals with a very affordable price (a single set menu can cost you only Rp 10.000/ US$ 1). Strangely, they also serves Chicken Cordon Bleu and Sirlon Steak.
Hmmm... Perhaps they want to attract larger audiences...

I went there for lunch after a meeting at Telkom University. When I go there, there are high school student on a date (a very weird place for dating I might say), and several office workers already ordering lunch there.

I ordered their fried chicken, tofu, tempe, potato fritters, eggs, vegetable dish, and iced tea. For this portion of two it costed me around Rp 27.000 (US$ 2.7).  The taste was ok, and it really mend my craving for homemade foods. I have a feeling that this place will become regular when we are bored with fast food and fancy restaurants bombardments.


Kedai Rumah
Jl. Cijagra No. 18
Buah Batu - Bandung
Phone: +6222 95995507 / 7323815
Mobile: +62 88802037817
Blackberry PIN: 31156FBD

The Menu

Interior with Iced Tea Background

The Food #1

Interior #2

Full set menu


It's Satay Time!

After a movie time, we decided to go and eat something different. I already craved for satay for quite some time, and so when the opportunity arises, I decided to vote to eat Satay.

There are several prominent satay house in Bandung, but we have not tried Harris satay house for a while, so there is the place we are going. As usual, due to weekend time, the place was fully packed, but we managed to get a table before a horde of tourist comes and tried to occupied the whole place. We tried to ordered the chicken satay with no avail, since it turned out they only serves lamb satay. So we settled for lamb satay and soup with rice.

Their lamb is freshly chopped in front of us, literally! We sat and wait for the food to be served while looking at the chef expertly sliced the meat into cubes, skewer it, and grilled it. The result is a lamb satay which is fresh, easy on the teeth (I can say that it is as soft as a chicken meat), and delicious. Their soup is also fresh and tasted superb. The only thing to be worried here is their calories content. Perhaps sometimes I would make a recommendation for them to serves alternative meat such as chicken or beef. But other than that it is a vendor worth trying.

So if you do not have problem with cholesterol and calories, or just looking for a great meal, this is a place to visit.


Sate Harris
Simpang Lima (next to Bumiputera Building)
Jl. Asia Afrika

The front vendor

Fresh grilled lamb satay

Meat ready to be grilled
Finished product. Yummy!


Baker Street Bakery and Brunch: Another Bakery with Healthy Bread

The (brick) facade
The bakery and the stalls 
The stalls 
The front door
The serving area
Variety of cookies
The healthy breads
The seating area
Actually first time I saw this place, I was interested with its facade, it was all brick and the design is effortless and good. So, one day, we're heading home from ITB and decided to take a look at this place. It reminded me of bakery in Seoul, Korea. So, they were literally bakery which serve the healthy wholewheat breads just like Mom's Bakery, also various cake and cookies. They also provide brunch but too bad when we came there it wasn't available. The interesting things from their product are their packaging, I like it, and it became one of my reference if I want to send someone something. 

Baker Street: Bakery and Brunch
Jl. Sawunggaling No. 2
Ph. 0224232220


Self Indulgencing Meals: Domino's Pizza

I have a pact with Alia that I can have some self-indulgencing meal once a week so I can manage my weight to be more "proportional".
What is being categorized as self-indulgence meal? The meals including pizza, burger, french fries, etc. Basically all the delicious but yet junk foods in the world.
So on that time I choose to eat one of my favorite pizza in Bandung: Domino's Pizza. The good thing is that they just opened not far from our place, so delivery order is what comes in mind.

We ordered the promotion menu consisted of their American Classic Cheeseburger (how they managed to put cheeseburger into a pizza is still a mystery for me, but as long as it tasted good, I am game) and Sprinkle Chicken.

Yummy! Enjoy!

Domino's Pizza
Jl. Buah Batu No. 163
Phone: +6221-7337455
Website: http://www.dominos.co.id/

Springkle Turkey #1

New York Style: American Classic Cheeseburger #1

Sprinkle Turkey #2

New York Style: American Classic Cheeseburger #2


Kobe Lamptei at Gandaria City

Gandaria City is a new mall just opened in Jakarta. As our usual route when visiting Jakarta usually ends up in Pondok Indah Mall, Grand Indonesia (which were our first option today), Cilandak Town Square, or Senayan City, it is good to break the usual habit.

The mall in my opinion is HUGE. too huge for me actually. The fun thing here is that you can find a lot of new restaurants. For instance is this Kobe Lamptai.

The restaurant sells Japanese rice bowl (currently it is happening in Jakarta, apparently, after the Rainbow cake and Korean fried chicken fever).

Japanese+Food+New Restaurant+Fever(+Credit Card discount) = definite visit :)

The taste is quite great, and the portion is fulfilling. Yummy!


Kobe Lamptei 
UG floor #MU-05, Gandaria City Mall 
Jl K. H. Syafi'i Hazami No. 8, Jakarta Indonesia 
Phone : +6221 - 29053326

Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Website: http://www.kobelamptei.co.id/

Ra Yu Chili Beef Bowl Regular Portion

Edamame (Complementary)

Original Beef Bowl Large Portion

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl Regular Portion

The Interior

Ebi Furai and Crispy Cheesy Ball

Miso Soup


Kedai Kopi Bang Razali

It is my second trip to Jakarta in this week as I have some errands to be finished there. Everytime I went to Jakarta at Padaleunyi toll road, there are familiar signages with big letters saying "Kedai Kopi Bang Razali" written there.

It drives me curious...

So, on this lovely day I decided to give it a try. The place is located in the food court of KM 40 rest area. It turned out they served an old school type of coffee to their customers (I suspect they used Aceh coffee).
I ordered their coffee tarik (a twist of reknown Malaysian teh tarik, but with coffee instead). The price is Rp 20.000 (U$ 2.2), a quite hefty price for a coffee in Indonesia, but nevertheless it tasted great, and strong!

This will surely keep me up awake during my trip to Jakarta :).


Kedai Kopi Bang Razali
Food Court Rest Area KM 42
Padaleunyi Toll Road

The Coffee Stall


First Love Patisserie at Gandaria City

Really cute name for a cake stall, and it really IS a cute stall. With bold black and white color selection, it is hardly to be missed.
Their specialty is layer cake. A carefully 20-something layers of thin cakes being build using flavored spreading until it can become a full regular cake. With this kind of effort, now wonder it cost quite heavy, around Rp 25.000 (around U$ 2,6) per slice.
Well, like people always says, you cannot put a price tag to an art, and it is a piece of art in my eyes.
For the flavor, it kinda remind me of cakes make by Japanese cake shop. Very light and yet full of flavor.

Really cannot wait to have this food in Bandung soon (hopefully with more affordable price ^_^).


First Love Patisserie
UG Floor - Mainstreet Dining
Gandaria City

Thousand Layer Cake

The Cake Stall

The Display