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If you live in Iloilo, and you pass by SM City, you would see that Stavros is opening at Southpoint next to Starbucks. My sister and I were so excited to see this, wishing they would hurry up and open, and then to find out that they already have a branch at Amigo. Ergo, we didn’t have to wait anymore. Lol.
I find it awkward that Stavros would be found inside a mall. They serve Mediterranean, so it would be ideal if their location was outdoor; you know, where it’s sunny and warm. Air-conditioning totally kills the mood. But maybe that’s just me. On to the important stuff: the food!
For the appetiser we opted to get the Baba Ghanoush. Having never had it before, I don’t know if the dip was supposed to taste as bland as it did. I think the sane answer would be no, because the accompanying pita bread, while good, isn’t flavourful enough for the whole combo to be satisfying. I understand that baba ghanoush dip is comprised (basically) of eggplant and olive oil, but a little (or a lot) more flavour wouldn’t hurt, right?
This is the Spicy Beef Masala with Onion Casserole. I don’t know why onion is specifically mentioned because there was hardly any onion, just a crapload of zucchini and carrots. Having said that, this was really good, especially the sauce, although I wish it could have been spicier, but that’s just personal preference.
The real winner of the night was the Fried Fish Fillet with Creamy Garlic Sauce. Hoooly crap on a stick was this delicious. The fish, which my sister deduced to be dory (it was; we had already left before we remembered to ask so I went back lol), was perfectly creamy; it melts in your mouth and all. The sauce was a freaking revelation, I tell you. I ditched the baba ghanoush and dipped my pita bread in the garlic sauce instead. Match made in heaven.
The chef, Mervyn Whitfield, also infuses Italian cuisine into the Stavros menu, so don’t be surprised to see pasta and pizza. Other menu items include panini, gyros, salads and kebabs, among others. We would have ordered kebabs as they were a house specialty, but we wanted to try something we haven’t tried before. Definitely next time.
All in all, it was a good experience. Good food, good service. The baba ghanoush was under P100, the entrees (good for two persons to share) were between P160-P170 each, with unlimited rice! So that’s a really good deal. If you want to take a break from all the Chinese, Japanese or Italian restaurants I know we Ilonggos frequent (what’s up with that), definitely don’t think twice and go to Stavros. I know I’ll be going back fo shizzle.
Stavros’ Kebab & Mediterranean House is located in Amigo Plaza Mall, directly across Blue Jay’s Coffee & Deli.
If you do decide to visit The Corner House at Bondi Beach, go on a Sunday evening. It’s when they have their Sunday roast, and lucky for me, this month (week?)’s roast meat is 5-hour cooked lamb shoulder, complete with sides. When you come over, though, make sure you made a reservation, and don’t come in too late, otherwise they would have ran out of the roast. I read about this place in a magazine, commending it for its cocktails, so I naturally didn’t expect much of the food.
The ‘after’ picture was taken literally 10 minutes after the food arrived (I shared it with my dad, cos the dish is for 2). It was the best dish I’ve ever had in Sydney.
So last week Poch and I decided to finally go to Red Corner in Plazuela. It was awesome but at bad timing because I had left my camera at our apartment (in our university, which is an hour and a half away from the city, where everything relevant is), so I had to make do with my crappy phone camera (for all its innovations and features Blackberry decides to hold out on a good camera). Red Corner is basically affordable Chinese food, which is just great because ‘affordable’ and ‘Chinese food’ are just some of my most favourite words in the world.
This was the PAN FRIED TENDERLOIN CHINESE STYLE. It was good but nothing substantial about it. It’s basically pan fried beef in some sort of Oriental-y sauce (?).
This was the HOT PRAWN SALAD, which was just ineffably delicious and left the both of us craving for it for the rest of the week. It’s basically a cold salad (cabbage, pineapple and some other bits I forgot) coupled with bite-sized hot prawn topped with a sweet sauce (mayonnaise-y) and sesame seeds. I don’t know why there’s a cherry because it served no purpose (cherries never do—I don’t like cherries).
The problem with Red Corner is that holy crap they’ve got big servings. Well, probably they’ve got average-sized servings but we suspected that the Hot Prawn Salad was to blame for getting us full within probably the first fifteen minutes of our meal. Either way we’re not going back to Red Corner unless we have at least one other person with us to help us finish the meal. It was really tough, you know. At one point I got up and walked around the restaurant for a bit just so I could ‘burn’ some of what I ate and be able to finish my food.
So that was our experience at Red Corner. Chinese food is hella awesome.
How time flies, we’re already halfway through the summer and it’s nearly August! Have you made the most out of the summertime? If not, why not make some raspberry and vanilla swirl homemade ice cream? It’s one of the traditional summer things you can do and there’s no excuse if you have an ice cream maker sitting in your cupboard.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make your own homemade ice cream—it will just take a while longer (although worth it)! Still interested? Read on.
So last week Poch (one of my roommates) and I went to check out the new Diversion Road branch of Daily Buns, and when we passed by Smallville, we saw the most glorious sign: Bento-Bento Buffet at Maki for only P122.50. I was definitely ready to ditch Daily Buns but the plan was to go to Daily Buns, and we’re trying this new thing where we exercise willpower (haha what). So we made a promise to go to Maki the next Wednesday.
So this is how the buffet goes: you are each given a piece of paper, and you’re suppsed to tick off your choice under each category. For example, under the soup category, you have miso soup and ramen soup. You just tick off one for each category. Then you give back the paper and they just bring you your bento box! Then when you’re done with the first bento box, they give you another piece of paper again and the whole process starts over.
Out of everything I ordered I liked the crazy maki, beef yakiniku and tonkatsu best. I liked the gyoza fine but Poch didn’t. I was more than disappointed with the spicy tuna maki, because it just turned out to be tuna maki that already had wasabi in it. I’m really not a big fan of wasabi, so yeah, didn’t like that one at all.
We could only get two bento boxes because by then my head was spinning; from fullness, I suppose.
Anyhoo, this buffet is only available on weekdays, 11 am-2pm, and 5-8pm. It’s only until the 30th of August so if you want a part of this, better hurry up! Maki is located in Smallville, next to Freska and across Emcor.
Sorry for the extreme lack of posts. We’ve each been seriously busy with school (ah, the pains of being in college) and real life and it’s been sort of difficult to be able to post regularly. However, we haven’t exactly been idle, as we actually have plans to expand Tasteritos and make it a better experience for our readers. I’m not going to say any more on the matter, though, so as not to jinx it.
We would still really like to receive articles/reviews from you guys, so send us those at email@example.com. Also, don’t hesitate to ask us or give us feedback, too.
So where can I get cupcakes in New York? Other than the typical Magnolia and Crumbs? Well I tried Buttercup, which was okay. And there’s Sweet Revenge, which I have yet to try. But there is also Baked by Melissa!
The one I went to was located at this super tiny shop in SOHO. Since I was around, I decided to try.
Before we go further, I gotta tell you, the size is SMALL. And I mean SMAAALLLLL.
Do you see my thumb there? Sort of? Well yea that’s how small it is.
The cost of 1 cupcake is $1, which I think is kind of a rip off, but if you buy more the price per cupcake will be cheaper. It’s called ECONOMIES OF SCALE (I minor in econ, so pardon my geeky-ness).
About the taste, it’s actually really good. I think because the cupcakes are really small, they can add more grease without sacrificing the texture of the cake. So yes, the cake it actually quite greasy. The flavors are also quite strong, which I think kind of compromises the size as well. The variety of choices of flavors are pretty wide too.
Maya Da Dhaba has quickly become my favorite Indian restaurant in Sydney. The food is so good! We ordered the Biryani Rice, Chicken Tandoori, Chicken Tikka Masala, and my favorite, Palak Paneer (Cottage cheese with spinach puree).
Papadum (Indian-style crackers)
Biryani Rice (SO GOOD)
Yoghurt and mint chutney for the tandoori and rice
Chicken Tikka Masala (front), and Palak Paneer
We left STUFFED. If you’re in Sydney and looking for legitimately delicious Indian food, visit Maya Da Dhaba at Surry Hills.
This is a recipe for just a simple plain steak with some vegetables on the side.
Just to let you know, this was the first steak I made all by myself. I have made steaks before, but my mom would always be there to help, so I have to say that the experience was quite nerve-wrecking. Mainly because I didn’t want to overcook the meat. Also, I only used marinade powder for the meat because I wanted to focus on showing how to cook the steak instead of what ingredients to use. I’ll probably make another steak tutorial with full home-made ingredients in a few weeks.
I bought a big chunk of meat at Wholefoods and I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish the entire thing at once, so I decided to cut the meat to three and just use 1/3 of the meat for this meal.
This is how the meat looked like from the store.
And these are the side dishes used, except for the corn.
- Sirloin steak cut according to your appetite
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- Marinade powder for the meat
- Cherry tomatoes, each cut into 2
- Olive oil
Marinade the meat with the marinade powder and store it in room temperature for at least 1 hour.
You should start with the asparagus, as it takes the longest to cook.
I think that asparagus is best cooked in the oven, but since I didn’t know how to use the oven, I grilled it instead. To grill the asparagus, heat the pan and add olive oil into it. Once the oil gets hot, add the asparagus.
While you wait for the asparagus to cook, heat another pan and add the butter.
Wait until the butter is sizzling hot and ONLY until it is sizzling hot, and then add the marinaded steak fat side first for about 1 minute. By cooking the fat side first, it will help add more grease into the pan and make the fat less rubbery and tough to eat.
Then place the meat on one side and wait. You can lower the heat to medium high. I like my steak medium rare to medium, so I waited for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
While you wait for the steak to grill, add the cherry tomatoes into the asparagus pan cut side down and leave it there for about 1 minute.
PS: If you want the steak to be more juicy, you can pour the butter on top of the meat.
I went to Whole Foods the other day and bought this BIG CHUNK of steak. I had never made my own steak from scratch, so I decided to cut the meat down to three pieces and experiment with them. One of the ways I served the steak was with caramelized onions, so I decided to make a tutorial. Here goes…
Caramelized onion is basically yellow onion that is cooked slowly. This type of onion is naturally sweet, so slow-cooking it will release its sugar.
Caramelized onion is an excellent garnish for almost anything, especially red meats.
The onions I got was pre-diced, but caramelized onions are usually cut in thin strips, so I apologize if mine looks kind of different.
-Turn on the stove medium to low.
- Pour a few drips of olive oil into the pan.
- Wait until it is hot, and then put the onions in and keep stirring.
(This will take about 1 hour, so be patient and manage your time well if you want to use this for another dish)
- After the onions get a little browner, you may add a little sugar and/or salt. This will help trigger the sugar to come out of the onion. This is only optional because the onions will caramelize anyway. I added brown sugar and a little bit of salt into mine.
Kwang Tung is located near Jakarta’s chinatown. And it has the best bubur (rice porridge) I have ever tasted:
I ordered the Seafood Porridge with cakwe (chinese fried fritter dough thing), century eggs, and some soy sauce on the side. Now I really don’t know what makes Bubur Kwang Tung so good, I mean, it looks like regular porridge. But anyone who has tried it would know that this 24-hour bubur joint is worth the painfully long drive to Pecenongan.
1. I haven’t posted anything lately cos I’ve been doing alot of school stuff and my camera ran out of battery and I left the charger in Jakarta, so this is actually from a restaurant I visited almost 6 months ago
2. I don’t have Adobe Photoshop T_T so I can’t edit the pictures using the new watermark. I usually depend on Indita/Patricia to edit my photos, and these have already been edited before the new watermark was established, so I’m just gonna publish them
Anyhoo. Charlie & Co. is a new burger joint in a new mall in the city, with a menu designed by Justin North, renowned chef of Sydney’s own Becasse. I tried the burger and it was good, but what is definitely worth mentioning here are the fries. When you visit Charlie & Co., you MUST order the French Fries with Cheese and Truffle Oil.
The white crumbly stuff on the perfectly crisp fries? That’s cheese. It’s so good you guys. Seriously.
If you’re into fries, give Charlie&Co. a try (that almost rhymed)
… is that people get so intimidated by it. I kind of get it too, especially when it comes to gourmet food or something that requires more effort than just making scrambled eggs, you want to make sure that the result is as good as how much you put into it.
For me, as someone who loves food and cooking, I try not to be too scared of experimenting and trying new things. If I think that there is an ingredient that might suit the dish I, then I would just add it to the recipe.
Remember that phrase “practice makes perfect” ? Well it is true. The more you try the more you will be better. You should not be scared of not doing it right, because especially with Internet the world is basically your oyster. If you go to Youtube, you can find tutorials from the food geniuses themselves like Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver. If you go browse from Google, top food websites like Epicurious instantly appears. If you go on Tumblr, there blogs like Tasteritos to help you out as well.
So don’t hesitate and just do it. And when you start experimenting, my only advice is DO NOT FORGET TO TASTE YOUR FOOD, because at the end food is for taste and if you don’t like it, then why did you make it in the first place?
Now run along my friend and explore the world that is cooking!
PS: Talking about experimenting, I just made my first steak! It was a little overcooked (medium instead of medium rare, nbd), but as I said before, practice makes perfect. Will post the recipe soon :)
This is a recipe passed on from my dad. We had a scrambled egg competition - I used Gordon Ramsay’s recipe and my dad used… his. And he won. My dad vs. Gordon Ramsay, and my dad won. The judges were my family and a friend, so the competition wasn’t anything official. Whatever.
If you want to know which Gordon Ramsay recipe I used, click here.
If you want to know my dad’s winning recipe, read on.
(This recipe serves 1 person)
- 2 to 3 egg yolks, depends on your appetite
- Full cream
- Salt and pepper for taste
- A piece of bread
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 bigger pot
- 1 smaller pot
- Pour hot water into the big pot and put that on top of the stove
- Put the smaller pot on top of the bigger pot (as shown in the picture)
- Add the butter in the smaller pot and let it melt slowly
- While you wait for the butter to melt, pour about 3 tablespoons of full cream into the egg yolks, and add salt and pepper as needed, stir
- Once the butter melts, add the egg into the smaller pot and keep stirring until it is cooked
- Grill bread on a pan while you stir the eggs (MULTITASKING FTW!)
- DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE EGG IS COMPLETELY COOKED! You should take the egg out of the pot moments before you feel that the egg is complete, because it continues to cook even out of the pan (since the egg stays warm even out of the pot)
- Put the egg on top of the bread
- Serve and eat :)
Here is the picture again:
I guess my family just likes food with higher cholesterol. But I got to say, this one does taste better.
I know we’ve been absent lately, BUT we have a valid excuse. We’ve been busy with school work and life in general. But since I’m having my short summer break (short because I’ll be taking two courses in the summer in about a week) I have quite a lot of time to kill, so I’m gonna make a lot of tutorials and reviews. Also, that’s why I posted the last two posts.
Anyway, if any of you paid attention to our pictures, the watermarks were actually out-dated. So Patricia kindly created an updated version of our watermark:
I am thinking of making a tutorial for gourmet scrambled eggs tomorrow or the day after, and also some sort of steak. I’ll be renting an apartment in midtown NYC with a nice kitchen and close to the food store, so everything will be great. So look out for my upcoming posts!!
Dodilia also promised to post a review next week, so we’ll see about that. Hopefully she’ll remember to use the new watermark.
I went to Florida for Easter Break. Which was quite a while ago. Haha sorry. I stayed with my dad’s friend and he sort of treated me like a kid (even though I’m almost 21), because he always brought me to ice cream shops after dinner.
My favorite place was Kilwin’s because it has TONS of sweets! It’s not just a random ice cream place that literally just sells ice creams - this one sells fudges, chocolates, candies, and much much more. I loved it!
Kilwin’s have about 30 different ice cream flavors. I got my favorite ice cream flavor EVER, Moose Tracks, even though it’s not called that way there. I forgot what it’s called. Heheh. But it was equally good, nonetheless.
So I was looking at Kilwin’s website and apparently all its stuff are handmade. So that’s even better, because that means they were made it with care and loooovvvveeeee <3<3<3
Kilwin’s can be found nationwide, including Colorado, Florida, and New Jersey. So if you stumble upon a Kilwin, stop by and try out its handmade sweets!
As only a minority of you know (hence the telling-of-information) my school is in the Bronx. I know it seems really dodgy, especially since most of you probably have not been there (and why should you? It’s the Bronx -_-), but my school’s area is actually pretty okay. We have Little Italy just a few blocks away in a street called Arthur Avenue, and that’s where students usually hang out if they feel like eating out around the campus.
I don’t go to one Italian restaurant more than once, mainly because I have not found one that’s… outstanding, but also because I don’t want to bother to remember the location and the name. But there is one place that I go to every once in a while, and that is the Palombo Pastry Shop.
(the two pictures above are not owned by Tasteritos)
It’s an Italian cake shop, obviously. What makes it special is it’s originality, because it is truly Italian, not just a shop claiming to be Italian just because it has tiramisu, cannoli, and other stuff like that. This one is legit Italian.
I have had a lot of their cakes and coffees, but the ones that are worth mentioning are the chocolate dipped cannoli, original tiramisu, almond tiramisu, and the cappuccino.
Here are some pictures I took from the shop:
And this is the cake I bought one day:
So if you are ever in the Bronx, or you go to Fordham University and weirdly have not been to Palombo, you should definitely come here. It’s worth the try!
First of all, sorry we haven’t posted in ages. We all just got more than a little busy with real life (a.k.a. education) that’s all.
So my dad, sister and I are in Manila for…well, just for kicks I suppose and we had nothing to do so we just basically went from mall to mall. We eventually ended up in MoA (SM Mall of Asia, to our non-Filipino followers) because my dad wanted to see/take pictures of the sunset from Manila Bay. Then sunset came and the sun was practically covered by clouds so…yeah.
Anyways the point of this post is…there is no point! LOL I just wanna randomly talk about some of the food I ate today (if you wanna run, run now!).
So what happens when two lovers with the same love for cupcakes separate? Well, in the case of Allysa Torey and Jennifer Appel, they made two rival shops! You may know Torey from her famous shop Magnolia, which is my favorite cupcake shop in New York. But then my friend introduced me to a new one, called Buttercup Bake Shop, which is Appel’s shop, and so I decided to give it a try.
There are definitely more variety in Buttercup Bake Shop compared to Magnolia, and the taste is more pop and modern (Magnolia’s cupcakes are very classy, since it focuses more in its vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet flavors). Its pop and modern because it has choices like strawberry shortcake and pumpkin - sort of reminds me of Crumbs (another one of New York’s finest cupcake shops).
I terms of price, Buttercup is definitely cheaper. I forgot exactly, but I think Buttercup’s cupcakes are $2.25 each and Magnolia’s are $3.25 each.
All in all, I guess you can’t really count on me to decide which one is better. Compared to Crumbs, I definitely like these two more. But if it’s just between the two, I still prefer Magnolia. I like it better because I feel like the texture of the cake is softer. The flavor is not too sweet and not too strong. But some people, like my friend Reem, prefers Buttercup better because SHE thinks that the texture is better. So I don’t know. I guess you better try it yourself. LOL.
I know it’s near impossible to classify a certain restaurant as the best in any city, but Kinokawa surely is, in my opinion, at the very least one of the best in Jakarta. It is an understated Japanese restaurant located in the parking building of Menara Thamrin, serves a crowd of mainly Japanese expats living in Jakarta, and is well-known for its omakase, or a Japanese degustation set. The twist is that when you order the omakase set, you let the chef decide what he will serve you, and you only stop when you’ve had enough (I stayed til it was closing time. Total of 16 courses. True story). The theme for the omakase that night seemed to be seafood, with its main attraction being the torched tuna belly sushi (it was certainly the best dish out of all the others). An interesting dish though, was *waitforit* fish sperm. Yes. Sperm sac and all. It tastes a bit like cow brains, but.. mushi-er. And the sperm sac *shudders* was surprisingly..large.. in size O_O awkwaaard. I would probably enjoy it more if the waiter hadn’t told us what it was, though.
Here are some pictures:
Octopus meat and duck liver pate
Clams, enoki mushrooms, and watercress in seafood broth
Combine the peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.
Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
To serve, scoop onto a plate and serve with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Thanks again Gloria for all these delicious food recipes!
Before I start with this, I would just like to thank my friends Gloria Susindra and Hannah Pienknagura for making this delicious dish for me (All the instructions were made by Gloria).
1 carrot - diced
1 celery - diced
1 onion - diced
2 cloves garlic
5oz ground lamb
5oz ground beef
2 tsp flour
small can of diced tomatoes (or use fresh or both)
1 tbsp tomato paste
splash of red wine
1.5 cup chicken stock
splash Worcestershire sauce
Saute onion, celery, carrot, garlic, thyme, and rosemary until aromatic in either butter or olive oil. Add lamb and beef, saute until browned, add tomato paste and flour. Deglaze with red wine, add chicken stock and canned/fresh tomatoes. Reduce to simmer, cook until almost dry (about 45 mins to an hour). Finish with Worcestershire sauce.
While simmering, make mashed potatoes:
2-3 potatoes, peeled and diced. Place it in a pot of water, bring to a boil.
2 tbsp butter
3 oz parmesan cheese
2-3 oz cream
2 egg yolks
optional: add 1 tbsp of mascarpone cheese When you pierce a fork through it and the potato slides off, take off from heat. Mash through with a masher or a sieve. Return to heat, cook stirring to take any excess moisture out. Add butter, egg yolk, and cream. Taste for seasoning.
Note: my personal favorite way to make mashed potatoes is to make sure that you dice the potatoes all the same size so they cook evenly. Make sure that you check them every so often to make sure they’re not overcooked. Once the potato slides off the fork, take it off the heat. Pushing potatoes through a sieve gives you smooth, creamy potatoes rather than little chunks. Cooking the moisture out of it will make sure you get super fluffy light mashed potatoes. I like mascarpone in it because it adds depth and creaminess.
When meat filling is cooked, move to a casserole pan, top with mashed potatoes. Use a fork and swirl tops to create waves, add a little water to the other egg yolk, whisk. Brush the top of the mashed potatoes with egg yolk to help brown. Put back under broil to brown potatoes. Be watchful as it browns quickly. Serve immediately :)
Thanks again Gloria for writing this post for me!
Even though the instructions were long, making this was not actually complicated. You just have to read through carefully and be patient. My suggestion is to do it with someone else.
I visited this place a long time ago, but never got around to publishing the article for it, so :
i love the interior! Plus you can see people making food while waiting for the inevitable loOoOOOOong line. We ordered the Rice with pork belly and fried egg, Green Chicken Curry, and Thai Spring Roll.
I went here with my family for my mom’s birthday. It kind of reminded me of this other restaurant called Warung, which is also in Bali. I’m not sure whether they renovated Warung and changed it into Metis, or if this is a totally different restaurant. We didn’t quite figure it out. lol sorry.
Anyway, I had the foie gras (essentially!) as a starter, and it was delicious! One of the best I’ve had. It had 4 layers of 2 foie gras and caramelized apples and the combination was heavenly.
While most of my family members had that thing above, my dad actually ordered the cold foie gras to share. It was okay. We were never big fans of cold foie gras - it doesn’t have that tastes-like-butter-and-melts-in your-mouth thing. This one was interesting enough because it had wine jelly and nice presentation. I mean look at it.
Now this one here was the best thing I’ve had IN THE WORLD! Sadly it was my dad’s main course, so I only tasted a couple of bites. My dad’s meal was a combination of pork meat and potato puree on the side. OH. MY. GOD. Let me show you the pictures first.
The pork was really juicy, buttery, and also crispy because of the skin. The potato was creamy. THE BEST MASHED POTATO IN THE WHOLE WORLD I TELL YOU! I’m going to ask my mom to make this for me before I leave for New York. I know it looks like a normal mashed potato in the picture, but the taste was… indescribable.
And these are some other foods we had that night. Enjoy!
Sorry about the quality of the pictures. The restaurant was dark, and I didn’t want to use flash. But I hope you enjoyed this!
This place is EXPENSIVE! But let me tell you, it is pretty worth it. The restaurant is located at the Banyan Tree resort, which is gorgeous! The interior was mainly white, with some hints of blue and sea-like designs. I sat on a table that was made of a gigantic chuck of polished wood - really pretty.
My family and I had a lot of food, because each of us had an appetizer and main course.
I started my evening with a foie gras, and this was the most interesting foie gras I’ve ever had. Instead of the usual fruits or berries on the side, this foie gras had palm sugar! This and some nuts made it really crunchy. I wouldn’t say that this is the best I’ve ever had, because I’ve had better ones (overall), but Ju Ma Na’s foie gras is definitely memorable.
My mom had the lobster cappuccino as a starter - THE BEST THING IN THE UNIVERSE! So the lobster was, I guess, mixed with some kind of liquid, which made it (of course) liquid. And then you are supposed to eat it with that bread on the side, which had something MAGICAL on top. I swear to you, it was OUT OF THIS WORLD. I would come all the way from New York just to eat this again.
This was the Caesar salad that my dad had. I loved it! It was so simple, but really tasty. The salad had scallops, which I think was the thing that made it really special. I don’t know. I guess we weren’t really expecting it to be as tasty as the others, that’s why we were really amazed.
This is what I had as my main course; risotto with some sea stuff. The white stuff is actually foam, but I wasn’t able to figure out the taste. So for me it was just some random foam on top of my food. It’s sad for me to say I wasn’t very impressed with this food. I think it’s because all the other foods were very fusion-y and had lots of flavors, but not this one. However, I think that this was quite of an interesting take of a marinara risotto, since many restaurants actually serve this meal; instead of just adding shrimps and squids with the rice, Ju Ma Na also added clams, scallops, and even oysters!
Duck with foie gras. This was my dad’s.DELICOUS! I wish I ordered this instead of the risotto. But anyway, the duck was cooked medium rare, which was really weird because ducks are usually cooked well done. But it didn’t matter cos the taste was amazing! That blurry chunk on the background was the foie gras, and that orange stuff was orange. Now let me tell you about the orange. It was super soft! I don’t know how they did it, but we were able to eat the skin too! So basically the texture was like jelly. Amazing! The combination of flavors were… Indescribable!
Here are pictures of the other food that we had.
We were so lucky because my mom actually went here for work a few months prior (she’s also a food writer, but professional!), so she had met the chef. So when I came here with her and the rest of my family, we were introduced to the chef. He was a really nice and humble guy from Bandung, which is only a few hours away from Jakarta - Indonesia’s capital city. I didn’t expect him to be Indonesian, because not a lot of chefs in high-end restaurants in Bali are Indonesian, especially in the western ones. But I was really impressed by him!
Anyway, I hope you liked this review! Please go to Ju Ma Na if you are in Bali. Even though it is really pricey, I think it’s okay to spend a little more than you would once in a while, especially if the food is worth it!
Biku is a place that is famous for its desserts, even though it does serve really good entrees as well. On the website, Biku claims to be a tea house, restaurant, and bookstore. The atmosphere of the restaurant is really nice, with traditional decor, despite the fact that it serves mostly western food.
I came here with my family after a long trip to the northern part of Bali. I had the soft chocolate pudding with ice cream, whereas the others a carrot cake, a pavlova, and a burger. We also had wheat grass shots at the end.
This was my soft chocolate pudding. I like the simplicity of the presentation and also the food itself. The pudding (which is actually the English way of referencing a cake) was really warm and gooey, which was really nice with the ice cream. i actually had the exact same thing the second time I went here, which was only a few days after my first visit!
This was the carrot cake my sister had. I actually tried a little of this and it was really nice! What makes this different than any other carrot cakes is the icing. Even though the icing looks like your typical mascarpone frost, it was actually really soft, thick, and buttery. My sister doesn’t usually like to eat, but she really liked this one.
My mom had the burger. My dad too. This was a wagyu burger, the kind my dad usually hates, because the meat is too soft, but he really liked this one. My mom thinks that the taste itself was really simple, but the presentation was really nice.
The pavlova….. The best thing in the world! I swear! My sister ordered this, but I was the one eating it. The meringue was sweet and the fruits were really fresh. The thing that looks like beans/frog eggs come from this fruit that’s similar to dragon fruit, but tropical; in Indonesia it is called Markisa. Overall, it wasn’t too sweet. I liked this a lot because the meringue was firm, but smooth. It had really nice texture. Really really nice.
And lastly, definitely lastly, is the wheat grass shot. This is THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD. I hate this with a lot of passion, I swear, but somehow I always end up ordering a lot. Maybe it’s the benefit, maybe its the adrenaline, or maybe I just wanted to compensate for all the junk I had. But the point is, the taste is horrible, but the benefits are great. So you decide whether YOU should have your own wheat grass. And may I suggest that you get the orange to run it with, because the first time I had my wheat grass shot ever, I didn’t get the orange, and the taste of grass actually stayed on my throat the whole day. Bad experience.
So that’s it. I hope you liked my review. If you would like to visit Biku, it is located at:
Jalan Petitinget No. 888
(right across the W Hotel and Bali Catering Company)
This means Mrs. Andika’s Spicy Rice. This is the best thing I have had in Bali. I swear to you.
Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika (sometimes Andhika) looks like your usual Indonesian street food, but the thing it serves is AMAZING! So what makes it special? Well, what I can tell about Balinese food, or any Indonesian dish in general, is that it has a lot of flavors and combination of food, and they don’t always synchronize. What I mean by this is that because of the mix of extreme flavors, the flavors end up being extenuated. BUT NOT THIS ONE! This spicy rice is really good!
So why is it called spicy rice? Because it is, of course! REALLY SPICY! My youngest sister said, “Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika is good and it’s very good and very spicy; you need to drink a lot.” Without the extra chili sauce (yes, you still get the extra chili sauce), it was already spicy, so you have no idea how it will taste WITH the extra sauce.
The combo includes rice with fried garlic sprinkled on top, chicken with turmeric sauce, salty fishes, water spinach, beef floss, and crispy chicken skin. I LOVE THE CHICKEN SKIN! This is only the best part of the food!
Here are some pictures of (basically) the same spicy rice, from different angles.
So, if you happen to be in Bali, you should stop by this place. It is located at:
Jalan Raya Kuta, Gang Kubu 120C, Kuta
Bali, Indonesia (across the Super Nova Supermarket)
I figured I will post one last article before the New Year rings in. :)
I’m not one of those “OMG PIZZA *drool*” people. You know, the kind that list ‘pizza, pizza, and pizza’ as their top three favourite food. I have pizza about…once a year? Not even kidding. It’s not that I don’t like pizza, I do! I’m just not in love with it.
So when I have good pizza, I remember it. And I remember the All Meat pizza from Pizzaro.
Pizzaro is a tiny restaurant located directly across the University of San Agustin gymnasium. It’s kind of hard to miss unless you know what you’re looking for. But anyways, damn this pizza was sooo good! There’s one thing I notice whenever I eat pizza, and that is the meat toppings almost always overpower the cheese. I hardly ever taste the cheese, but that’s not the case for this pizza. Not only can I taste it, I can tell that it’s actual mozzarella and not just some random supermarket variety Kraft cheese.
I can also distinctly taste each and every meat topping. You know how different meat toppings on one pizza taste like each other? Yeah not for this pizza. I can pick out which is roast pork and which is ground beef, and so on.
My favourite thing about Pizzaro pizzas is not only are they good, but they’re very affordable, too. Their smallest pizza size is good for two (six slices), and their biggest is good for…I’m not really sure, because it has thirty slices! LOL.
Anyways, this is Tasteritos’s last article for the year of 2010. We are so grateful for the support we have received for the 10 months that we have been up and hope to continue to be a good source for information. We also hope to have more feedback in the future, so don’t be shy to comment on our articles or leave us messages! And also, we would really love it if somebody out there submits an article to us. :) Anyways, the best of luck to everyone in the coming year!
This is one of my favorite Thai restaurants, EVER! What I love about this place is that the meals are not your typical Thai food, like the curry stuff. Sri Pra Pai’s food is more emphasized on raw stuff and also seafood. Very different. Very unique. Or maybe I’m just too shallow. LOL
Here are the pictures:
This is my favorite! Raw shrimp with chili and lemon sauce.
I think this is the Char Kway Teow. I like how thick the gluten noodles are, instead of the typical-sized ones - makes this one waaay more appealing!
Soft shell crab with curry sauce. The sauce on this one was very light and suits the crispiness of the crab really well. This is definitely nice to eat with rice.
Montauk is located a little bit outside of the Hamptons in Long Island. This restaurant by the beach is both beautiful and homey. I love the scenery and the decor it has. Here are some pictures of the place in the afternoon:
And in the morning:
Yes, I went to the place twice :)
These are the food that we had in the afternoon:
Scallops with spinach puree.
Iceberg lettuce with blue cheese and bacon. I LOVED THIS! If my school serves this I would eat salad everyday.
Grilled jalapenos. One of the best side dishes I’ve ever had. It had sea salts, which worked really well with the flavor of the jalapenos.
Shrimp over bread with fries. MY FAVORITE!
Another type of scallops; this one was grilled instead of raw, like the last one.
Grilled salmon over cold noodles.
And this was what we had in the morning:
Another version of the lobster over bread with fries, but with creamy sauce and chili.
Just so you know, for the afternoon trip, there were 5 of us. Didn’t have them all to myself. Hehe.
Our dear friend, Asyraaf, took these pictures when he went to Fish & Co. in Singapore. I know a lot of you have probably been here, but what makes this one special is because the restaurant is originally from Singapore. So…