Padi at Puri Denpasar Hotel

Sorry, I didn’t take any photo of the salad I ate earlier today.

Padi is THE restaurant of Puri Denpasar (Frenchies, Puri here has the same pronunciation with ‘pourri’, you may now chuckle). The ambiance was “meh”, didn’t hit the high note or  the low one. Perhaps it was due to the fact that the hotel, located in Jalan Denpasar, Kuningan, is frequented by seminar/workshop participants. Can’t put high hope, really.

They serve lunch buffet at IDR 150k (VAT excluded), but I was peckish so I opted salad. I’m not a fan of hotel restaurant’s food, Business hotel food more over, but I do make some exceptions. Not so many hotel restaurants in Jakarta actually worth mentioning, to be honest.

The Balinese Chicken Salad with Lemongrass Vinaigrette I spotted on their menu poked my curiosity, but they ran out of it. How the hell the most original dish of the restaurant is: 1. one of the cheapest on the menu. 2. ran out of it.

Fine! “I’ll take the Caesar Salad”, half heartedly I told the frowny waitress. She wasn’t so frowny when we entered the restaurant, but began so after learning that my colleague and I are not one of those ladies who lunch. Ha!

Lucky for u, the salad leaves didn’t look dreary, but the for some reason whoever prepared it has deep fondness with garlic. He/she didn’t drizzle the uber-garlicy dressing, it was slathered in.

The leaves were dripping and became soggy in no time. The garlic dressing was so pungent and strong giving the effect of wasabiesque flavor all over my tastebuds (oddly didn’t burn my sinus, though), my tongue went numb.  Felt kinda like I ate a dish prepared by someone who hates me before even know me. Horseradish nut!

Just sharing my experience, if one day you have the occasion to eat there and thinking about my post, just eat a lot of mints afterwards, try not to burp out all those gases and don’t kiss your sweetie for at least 24 hours.  😀

Despite so, I believe in second chances, perhaps the next time I stick with the rice or regional dishes. Besides, restaurant bear the name of the Asian staple.

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Nasi Campur Putri Kenanga, Pho24 at Food Lo(u)ver Grand Indonesia Shopping Mall

Another weekend, another mall rendezvous! Yay! Macet! Yay!

This time in Grand Indonesia Shopping Town (or is it city? hmm..)

Ugh! One of my peeves is reading a typo in public.

Grand Indonesia’s Food Lo(u)ver wagged the inner pedantic speller in me.

It’s down right cruel to name a food court after a celebrated museum in Paris AND making a typo too..

First, it’s Louvre not Louver, second, the letter “u” between the brackets is an extra eyesore.

Eventhough mall can get into my nerves sometimes, I love wandering about the food courts. The atmospheres may be a bit bazaary sometimes, but I just love discovering and re-discovering new taste or classic overlooked food.

When I got overwhelmed with the novelty foods, I just hit a mall food court for a plate of familiar dishes.

Super yummy Nasi Campur. The pork satay remains tender and juicy even after it went cold.

Case and point: Nasi Hainan Campur Putri Kenanga. Took me back to my childhood when my mom used to take home a box of Nasi Campur Kenanga. I wonder if the stall owner and the Nasi Campur Kenangan owners are related. I enjoyed my plate despite the busy atmosphere.

Hubby had a bowl of Pho from Pho24. The broth was clear and enriched with fragrant aromatics such as corriander leaves and chillies, and the meat (beef unfortunately) cut paper thin.. In short, perfect. Not a heavy lunch but not too light. Enough to give us the energy to wander the mall some more.

Before ordering, I saw that the Pho24 stall has Vietnamese coffee dripper. Arriving from the country where coffee drinking and preparing are serious business, we’re kind of tired of drinking sugary 3-in-1 coffee here. Without further ado I suggest hubby having a glass of Vietnamese coffee.

Pho Tai and a glass of hot Vietnamese coffee from Pho24

I always find Vietnamese coffee presentation pretty. Pitch black coffee with white condensed milk on the bottom of a clear glass. No frou frou foam, chocolate or caramel syrup, only good quality coffee served in a humble glass yet its taste deserves an acclaim.

Verdict!

Putri Kenanga:  Love, love, love the meaty pork satay. It remained tender and juicy even when it went colder (took my sweet time taking food pics, catching up with my old budette–‘ssup Tre!, and feeding the little one.).

Pho24: Great presentation, great taste, great coffee!

Billed: Around IDR 90K for two meals and drinks.

Food: 8 out of 10 emphasis on taste. The only thing that stopped the two dishes obtaining the perfect score is the food court presentations.

Service: 9 out 10 emphasis on efficiency on both booths.

Rawon Nguling Kelapa Gading

Where: Kelapa Gading Boulevard, sandwiched between Des Iskandar and Homemade Bakery.

Had: Rawon and Gulai Kambing minus rice, to go.

Billed: Less than IDR 50K.

I never knew why we never eat here before. The soups here are champions! My personal favorite is the Gulai Kambing (curry mutton stew). The meat cuts were super tender,  I was so sure it was mutton instead of goat (confused about the differences? Hang in there, a post about goat vs. sheep is underway(: ). I often avoid goat meat dishes because if they weren’t prepared well, they’ll stink and flush my appetite down the drain. The portion is enough to feed a hungry, cranky foodie.

The Rawon broth was pitch black, fragrant, with big chunks of beef meat swarming about, and served with the standard condiments: bean spouts and a spoonful of sambal so spicy it made you think about your sins.  An additional kerupuk udang (prawn crackers) would catapult the dining experience, however, I’d have to pay an extra IDR 10K (about USD 1.20),  so not that night, ’cause all day driving made me cranky and stingy >:D.

At the door, the restaurant’s poster said that it was started somewhere in East Java circa 1960s.

If you’re looking for ambiance, then this restaurant will fail you, however, if it’s taste you’re after, you’ll leave the place super happy.

Verdict: Mega yumm! The taste profiles were impressive, both the Rawon and the Gulai Kambing.  Will definitely come back to have some more and snap some photos.