Afternoon Tea Time at Lady Alice Tearoom

Holiday is over, and now I'm back to the daily routine of being stuck in classes again. Problem is, I still couldn't move on from the holiday mood.
Just imagine, the sea breeze blowing in every second, the sound of crashing waves, sun reflected on the white sands, and clear blue skies for as far as you can see. Then suddenly, BOOM! You blink your eyes twice and find yourselves waking up in class to the lecturer calling your name out for staring into daze in class. Man, how depressing could that be?!

Anyway, I will be updating you guys on my holiday from 2 weeks ago soon from Tanjungpinang, Bintan Island. It is a beautiful resort island located in Kepulauan Riau of Indonesia. Please do look forward to it!

Okay, so back to how I was feeling bored stiff and inattentive in class. I figured that I really needed to find something to get my good mojo back, 'cause you know, getting back in class after a long holiday can really turn you off. (Well, at least in my case, it does)

In the end, I finally got some friends to hang out with me, and we planned to catch a movie, Ant-Man, which has just been released not long ago. Yay! And so we head over towards Gandaria City, where the IMAX studio is available. Thankfully, traffic that day was pretty clear so we managed to arrive pretty fast.

There were several hours left before the movie starts, so we went ahead and had a tea time session at Lady Alice Tearoom, of which I remembered from my past visits that the chimney cakes here were very good.

About The Place

I'm pretty sure that most of you out there have ever heard about the famous fairytale, Alice in Wonderland. Yes indeed, within that story, Alice joined in a tea party, hosted by The Mad Hatter, after tumbling down the rabbit hole. With a pleasing combination of blue and white tones as well as a dreamy-like setting, Lady Alice Tearoom is here for those of you who would also like to relive the fantasy of having such a pleasant tea party.

Of course, they also have their main course menus here as well, but as the name suggested us with the word; 'tearoom', of course we had to take a look on how their  Tea Party Set looks like.

Lady Alice Tea Party (IDR 120k)

The Lady Alice Tea Party Set (IDR 120K) is a tea party set for two people, consisting of assortment of finger sandwiches, buttery scones with fruit preserves and whipped cream, chimney cake, custard puff pastry & fruits, any 2 choices of the homemade cakes on display, and a pot of tea with your selection of teabag.

Clockwise; Homemade Cakes, Custard Puff Pastry w/ Fruits, Chimney Cakes, Tea, Finger Sandwiches, Buttery Scone.

We got ourselves the cake choices of a Red Velvet Cake & a slice of Matcha Cake. And as for the tea, we chose the selection of Lady Alice Tea.
To me personally, the cake was a bit too sweet for my liking, and the texture was a bit too dry as well. The fragrance of the cake is pretty strong in a way that you wouldn't feel able to eat much of it.

On the 2nd row of the tea set, we have the famous Chimney Cake and the Custard Puff Pastry with Fruits. The Chimney Cakes had definitely worked their charm as always, the cream inside was just at the right level of sweetness. Even though I had remembered it as way much better before, it still managed to satisfy me anyway.
The Custard Puff Pastry was no less delicious than the Chimney Cake too, I liked how soft the pastry was, and the texture of the custard was divine, it spreads evenly inside your mouth. The fruits placed on top of it also freshens up your taste buds.

Down under the lowest tray, there was a Buttery Scone and some Finger Sandwiches. The smell of the butter from the Scone is pretty fragrant, and the fruit preserves bring up a freshening sensation to your mouth. Aside from that, the Finger Sandwiches were quite okay, but at the same time, they taste pretty standard as well.

For every tea time sessions, the tea has got to be superb. I would say that we have made the correct choice by choosing the Lady Alice Tea selection. The tea was fragrant and we were teased by the bits of freshness in the tea. It was simply a perfect touch to the set.

Location:
Gandaria City, Lot 211 Level 2
Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda
Jakarta, Kota Jakarta Selatan
DKI Jakarta 12240, Indonesia
Phone: +62 21 29236376


Opening Hours:
9AM-10PM

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Ramen Village AEON Mall, BSD - Tangerang

Have you already heard about the newly opened mall in town, AEON Mall?
Located in BSD City, Tangerang, AEON Mall brings us not only a variety of Japanese related snacks and eateries, but also numerous brand new shops and snacks to town ever since their opening at the end of May 2015!

Some of you might be wondering, why is it associated with so many Japanese stuffs? AEON Mall is actually a shopping mall originated from Japan. Thus, resulting in bringing in lots of stores from Japan as well. One of the main attractions of this mall is located at the outdoor area, the illuminated garden. The lights will start lighting up from 6PM onwards and it is definitely a sight not to be missed.

One of the main reasons why we came here was to try out their famous Sushi and Sashimi sets which are sold at the Sushi & Bento Counter in AEON Market on their Ground Floor. Why are we so intrigued in trying out these sushi sets here? Well, because the sushi and sashimi sets here are sold at a very decent and cheap price, and they are also quite fresh as well. There are also a lot of varieties to choose from the counters!

Sushi Set (Back) & Sashimi Set (Front) - IDR 59K each


The sushi and sashimi sets are each sold respectively at IDR 59K. And with such generous portions served on the sets, what more could you ask for? There were several choices of sets available, but we went for the biggest one as it looked the most tempting out of all the sets there.
You can also buy the sushi themselves per piece, and each pieces are sold at around the price of IDR 3K - IDR 6K. They're surprisingly cheap right?! But each person may only buy 20 pieces at most per purchase, so if you're planning to grab a lot, I would suggest you to go for the sushi sets instead as the queue is usually very crowded.
And if you went for the sushi sets, you can pay for your purchase in any counters within the AEON Market area! Definitely choose the less crowded ones.

N.B. "Chopsticks" and "Shoyu" are sold separately and can be purchased at any cashier counters within the area.
For chopsticks, are charged IDR 500 per pair.
For shoyu, there are 3 choices available:
3ml at IDR 700
5ml at IDR 1K
10ml at IDR 1.8K

Next up, we went for dinner at one of the ramen outlets in Ramen Village, a district area that consists of seven specialty noodle restaurants located on the Mezzonet Floor of the 3rd Floor. Every single one of these restaurants was so packed with customers, and we had a hard time on choosing which one was suitable for us. We went ahead with the choice of Ramen Nagi - Universal Noodle. This restaurant has been well known for winning lots of awards in various countries.

From Left to Right; Butao Ramen (54k), Additional Ramen (Free), Ebio Ramen (58k), Genkio Ramen (58k), Chasiu (55k), Sanshoo Ramen (58k)

You can choose the noodle's texture by yourselves, whether you want it thin, thick, or even with udon or chasoba. There are also 3 types of soups available, light, standard, and creamy. And also 4 levels of spiciness are available. All customizable to your own personal likings.
Are you a big eater? If yes, then there's another perk of eating here! For every purchase of the ramen, you are entitled to FREE RAMEN REFILLS.
Yes, you've read it right, you can refill your ramen for free if you still have some soup left in your bowl after you ran out of noodles. They are also very generous with the additional portion of the ramen! (refer to the top middle photo for the additional ramen)

As for the taste, I quite like it, better than some but still not the best one that I have ever tasted. There are lots of varieties available here. The texture of the noodles was very fine, they don't break easily and still maintain their chewiness. Each of the different menus have their own distinctive flavors, and each of them are very fragrant in their own way.
My personal favorites are the Butao Ramen (Pork) and Sanshoo Ramen (Chinese Spices).
If you prefer an old-school original ramen, I would suggest you to go for the Butao Ramen, the flavors are not modified with additional ingredients and maintain the fragrance of the pork broth.

The service was just okay and not too shabby. They are pretty quick but quite sloppy in a way. They served our Sanshoo Ramen without even putting in the Chasiu meat pieces, we had to double check what was served on our table with what was presented in the menu before we called the waiter to fix our order as soon as possible. Please do double check your orders before digging in, you wouldn't want to lose the ingredients that are supposed to be in the ramen you ordered, would you?
But it was still understandable, since the restaurant was always so packed and the staffs must have been tired as well. Thank you for your hard work, keep on doing your best! お疲れ様でした! :)

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Some of the restaurants here at the Ramen Village are Halal (no pork), while some others serve pork. *For reference:
Halal: Ramen Sei-Rock Ya, Ebisoba Ichigen, Kazan Ramen
Non-Halal: Ramen Nagi - Universal Noodle, Hakata Men-oh, Tokyo Ramen Tabushi, Ramen Kanbe

N.B. Some of the non-halal restaurants also provide non-pork broths such as chicken broth, ebi broth, etc. for those who don't consume pork. The list of restaurants above is for general references only.

Address:
AEON MALL BSD CITY
Jl. BSD Raya Utama
BSD City, Tangerang 15345
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Phone: (+6221) 29168585


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Anatolia Kemang - Jakarta

A few days ago, I was invited to this authentic Turkish restaurant, Anatolia, located at Jalan Kemang Raya No. 110A, Jakarta Selatan by Makanluar and Nomi Inc. for a private lunch.
Honestly said, I have hardly ever tried Turkish cuisines before, moreover authentic ones, so I am actually pretty intrigued to try this one out. Anatolia has been around the area since 1999, and still here as one of the restaurants managed by Nomi Inc.

One of the things that caught my attention was these lights as they were hang in the middle of the room and look so pretty! The whole place was also surrounded by various Turkish artifacts and decorations like vases, carpets, etc.

The pretty lights hanging down from the ceiling.

Anatolia is cleverly curated and lets you feel the essence and authenticity of Middle East. The overall ambience of this place is covered in the color red and blue, the lighting of the place is also pretty dim. It feels as if you're inside a cave. Here are several shots that I took of the interior:

The waiting area.
The dining area; with tall chairs and tables.
The bar area; with low tables and sofas.
The restaurant is divided into 2 main areas, which are the dining area and the bar area. The dining area provides tables and chairs which are tall enough for you to have a comfortable seating when having your foods. While the bar area provides low leveled tables with sofas, which is more suitable for people who came here to enjoy some drinks, shishas, or just to hang out with some friends.
AND NOW FOR THE FOODS! GLORIOUS FOODS!

Foods

As Anatolia is a Turkish restaurant, it serves authentic Turkish dishes. (duh!)
First up is the Anatolia Mezze Plate, Borek (baked filled pastries made of a thin flaky dough known as phyllo) served along with 3 choices of dips; Hummus, Babaganoush, and Bibier Salatasi. As the bread themselves are very big, this dish is perfect for sharing. There are 2 types of pastries available, the plain one and another one with sesame seeds on top. The dips looked spicy at first as they exude vibrant red colors and also chillies incorporated inside, but once I have tried 'em out, turns out they are not spicy at all! In fact, they taste really refreshing. This is perfect as I can't handle spicy foods that well.
Anatolia Mezze Plate (Borek; Hummus, Babaganoush, Bibier Salatasi) - IDR 225k

Next up, is the Adana Kebab Chicken. Now this is new to me, the kebab that I normally know is the one which has been wrapped up nicely for us to eat. So how exactly do you eat this? (Sorry, I'm new to Turkish cuisines!) Turns out you rip out a part of the bread, take a chunk of the chicken meat, then wrap the chicken meat along with the vegetables inside the bread by yourself, and VOILA!
As this was my first time trying this out, I had some problems while wrapping it up and ended up having spilled some of the fillings on my plate. Oopsie!

Adana Kebab Chicken - IDR100k

Now, this is my personal favorite, all hail the Lamb Shank w/ Cous - Cous! This is the dish that captured my attention the most out of everything that was served during the whole day. The meat of the lamb was so tender and juicy, and the flavor fits my taste buds so much.
Lamb Shank w/ Cous Cous - IDR 240k

Last but not least, the Bademli Balik. Pan Fried Fish, served along with almonds and tomatoes, which adds up to a fancy texture, both crunchy and soft. The fish was seasoned pretty well, but I thought that it was a bit salty then when you eat it as it is, but when you combine it with some plain rice. It fits just right in. The portion served was also quite generous.

Bademli Balik - IDR 165k

Everything that we had here was very enjoyable. Especially when this is my first Turkish cuisine experience, I sure have learnt a lot about Turkish cuisines. 
I'm so glad that I get to try this place out! It is definitely recommended for those of you who likes Turkish dishes!

Anatolia
Jalan Kemang Raya No. 110A
Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta 12730
(021) 7194658

Opening Hours:

11:30 am – 2:30 pm

6:00 – 10:30 pm


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Quick hangout at Ombe Kofie

These past few weeks have been pretty stressful as I was having a battle for my final exam of the 6th semester of university, and there were also several other stuffs that bothered me. Nevertheless, I suppose I managed to pull through.

So to make things better again, one of my friends have been planning to visit Jakarta from Bandung, and we decided to catch up when he arrived in town. We didn't plan much as he would only be here for a day. We decided to hang out at a coffee shop around the North area, which is Ombe Kofie around the afternoon.

I was thinking about dropping by Central Park Mall beforehand to switch the pair of shoes that I bought around two days ago. Why? I suppose that would be the question that pops up by the time you read this.
I was supposed to buy the pair which is 42 in size, and I took them. So what's wrong then? Apparently the one that I saw was indeed 42, but the other half of the pair was 43! GASP!


I didn't even realize it until I got home. Even after I got home, I didn't pay any attention to it. And was so frustrated when I saw it, which means more work and it would be troublesome if the storekeeper couldn't find the other correct half.


Thank goodness when I called the store, the staff said that the other pair is still there. Which meant that I can just switch it later on when I visit the store. Phew!

Back to the topic, as I was getting ready to drop by Central Park Mall first, my friend told me that he needs to go back to Bandung by 4.45 PM. So I went ahead to Ombe Kofie directly, bringing along the unmatched pair. We didn't really have any much time to spare there, as it was already 3 PM. Every moment spent there was fun! The place was pretty crowded at that time but we still got a pretty good spot inside anyway.
The Simple Coffee shot.
From Left to Right; Michelle, Johan, Me

We didn't really have any much time to spare there, so we rushed around 4.10 PM for Johan to get to his travel bus back to Bandung. Unfortunately, we didn't make it anyway. So he needed to stay a night here at Jakarta,
The good news is, he could take another bus the next day after the travel agency called and we could still hang out in the evening. HAHAHA!

And so, we went ahead to Central Park to spend the rest of the evening there. Sure wished that we could have spent some more time for the day though.

Clockwise; Johan, Alex (me), Josephine, Michelle
Regards from us! :)

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